Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas - Prairie Artisan Ales
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District of Columbia
3.94/5 rDev +6.8%
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!
04-19-2014 21:58:16 | More by bryanbullock
4.39/5 rDev +19%
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).
04-19-2014 04:43:39 | More by mhaugo
3.28/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
03-28-2014 00:46:58 | More by StaveHooks
3.8/5 rDev +3%
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.
03-22-2014 05:31:28 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
P: Pours a murky brown swamp body with a khaki airy head. A small amount if milky off white bubbles congregate around the edge if the glass.
S: Rich aroma of Borbon soaked oak, chocolate, brown sugar, plums, sugared prunes, tart grape presence, star anise, pencil shavings and plant bulbs.
T/M: Chocolate and timid booze arrives on the first sip. Dark fruits, licorice, ground cumin, burnt toffee and the faint grape tartness shows up as well. I'm picking up some strange flavors that bring hoisin sauce to mind. Molasses drizzled scorched grains linger in the background after the swallow. Medium body with subtle carbonation and finishes semi dry.
O: I'm not really feeling this Prairie Ale. I'm a huge fan of the brewery but this one seems like a mess. It gave some off flavors. While it was complex the flavors didn't play well together. Good but not great.
03-16-2014 01:48:44 | More by Hopswagger
Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas from Prairie Artisan Ales
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