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Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 60 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Cowboys9 on 11-10-2013)
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 500ml bottle into chalice.

A - Dark brown with dark amber highlights around the edge and a 1 finger foamy white head that fades into a thin film. Very small spots of lacing on the glass.

S - Tart fruit notes along with chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and brown sugar.

T - There is a bit of tartness up front, not so much cherry, with chocolate and vanilla. The oak is present and has an earthiness to it. I pick up some dark brown sugar and dark fruit.

M - Medium body and nice carbonation. Finishes dry and semi tart with a bit of earthy wood.

O - At first I was calling this a stout and remembered that it was an Old Ale. Cool idea and one I really enjoyed.

Ri0, May 04, 2014
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Kelp, May 03, 2014
Photo of kristougher
4/5  rDev +8.4%

kristougher, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of bierdeflanders
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

bierdeflanders, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ArchEnemyBrew, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of ellswrth
4/5  rDev +8.4%

ellswrth, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of scott2269
4.5/5  rDev +22%

scott2269, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of bryanbullock
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S- Oak aroma on the nose indicative of the bba, strong cherry aroma with a hint of tartness, almost sour in aroma yet this is a pleasing smell. Chocolate and malt undertones.

A- Pours a milky dark chocolate brown with small microbuble 2 finger head and good lacing.

T- Taste leaves more to be desired after such an inticing smell. light malt sweetness and light sourness at the onset that finishes with a high sour end. Some grapey fruit flavor all the way through.

M - Mouthfeel is lighter than expecting, with low viscosity for an 11 percent beer, but good effervescence.

O- All in all a very complex quality beer, not sure it is worth the 20 dollars I paid for it but I would definitely drink this beer again. Very Unique!

bryanbullock, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of mhaugo
4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle decanted into a snifter. 10% ABV. Served at 55F and allowed to elevate to room temperature.

Appearance: Deep chestnut, pours brilliantly clear until you get into the dregs, relatively fat bubbles make up a pretty firm head (3.5/5).

Aroma: Wood, leather, molasses, bourbon, Cherry Coke, and a touch of sweet vinegar (4.5/5).

Taste: I’m initially struck by an interesting sour note that I did not expect. That flavor crescendos pretty quickly, and then it thins out and clears with only a soft touch of oak left behind. A little research has informed me that Prairie spikes the beer with a “mixture of wild bacteria”, so I’m glad to see the infection is intentional. I also get some tobacco, cherry, vanilla, and chocolate. As it warms, the cherry flavor comes marching into the forefront. God… what an interesting beer (4.75/5).

Mouthfeel: Rather thin with a touch of astringency from the oak (3.25/5).

Overall: Man, this is great. It’s an old ale, aged in bourbon barrels, and inoculated with wild bacteria. I’m (nearly) speechless. It certainly isn’t traditional by any stretch of the imagination, but I love what they have done with it (4.25/5).

mhaugo, Apr 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

M1A2, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

mpayne5, Apr 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

errantnight, Apr 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Dirty25, Apr 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

smutty33, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

treywinkle, Apr 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Mar 31, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -39%

tectactoe, Mar 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

mrebeka, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of StaveHooks
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

White waxed bottle served in a Prairie teku.

A - Dark brown body, with a small frothy head leaving behind bubbly legs.

S - Big cocoa presence, roasted malts, lacto tartness, vinous fruit, grapes, cranberry sauce, musty wood, vanilla. The chocolate becomes a back seat to the wood once it warms. Various spices, allspice is very present, brown sugar alcohols,

T - Woody chocolate malts followed quickly by acidic fruits, cranberries, tart cherries, pecans, brown sugar, allspice, dark currents. The malts have some roast and seem to be creamy but the tartness cuts through adding sharpness. Finishes dry and semi tart with spice and earth left on the palate.

M - Soft effervescent carbonation, medium body,

The beer smells great but the flavors don't meld like the aroma. The tartness has a middle ground so it seems to be in the way. I'll crack another bottle in a few years to see if this goes further on the sour train.

StaveHooks, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

SteeleWright, Mar 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

RuckusDu, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nothing like a boozy barrel-aged beer to quell a chest cough…I think. At any rate, my nose and throat are clear, so some beer before bed sounds just about right. Cheers.

Pours a deep red clay color, dark and brooding, with a loose, barely-there head of light brown bubbles. Little to no retention, but there’s a few strands of lace around the glass.

The nose mixes sour brown and old ale aromas in an interesting way: the gentle, controlled acidity of balsamic vinegar sits atop a vanilla and toasted coconut barrel tone, buttery brown sugar, and maple. The palate follows suit, but with more emphasis on the old ale character. Warm dessert flavors come through, though slightly faded by a thin body, a bubbly carbonation, and the overripe fruit character of the sourness, pushing a front of butterscotch and molasses. The balance in the palate is always tipped toward the old ale tastes, with supporting flavors of toasted oak barrel and brandy filling in the gaps of the profile. On top of that, there’s a distinct sour tinge that sits in clear opposition of all that’s normal here – toward the finish, tastes of lemon-lime and pie cherry add an acetic tartness. Vinegar and brown sugar don’t mix, right? Then why have I finished my glass so fast? Anyway, the aftertaste is mild and smoky: neither dry nor cloying.

A strange beer, but not a bad one. I enjoyed the interplay between the acids and the sugars, something you don’t normally find in darker styles like this. Sure, there are some kinks to work out – I mean, sometimes it comes together and the blend tastes plastic – but it ended up pretty tasty.

BarryMFBurton, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Bhale4, Mar 20, 2014
Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas from Prairie Artisan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.