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Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 64 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

SourAddict, May 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Phobicsquirrel, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

shredder83, May 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

masterofsparks, May 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

neckbracesub, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

afsdan, May 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Dicers, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ToadiesForCody, May 12, 2014
Photo of TheDoctor
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque dark copper with a fluffy tan head that pours at three fingers and settles to one or so. Great retention; touches of lacing.

Sweet, malty, and dark. The predominate aroma seems to be a sourish wine smell with lots of currants, black pepper, caramel malt, dried fruits, nuts, wood, and bubblegum; quite boozy and warm smelling.

Astringent and boozy. Flavor-wise it is slightly wine-like with a long woody tinge underpinning it all; red wine, currants, tea-like astringency, vague winey sourness. Very interesting.

Full-bodied with warming alcohol and a coating mouthfeel.

Impressive beer.
I am no old hand at old ales, but I did enjoy this one. It likely won't become an every day beer for me, but it was worth trying and exhibited some very nice characteristics. It is quite nice looking and has a very 'busy' nose. The flavor is rustic (woody and musty) with a little winey oxidation taste. All-in-all it is a nice cold weather beer and I enjoyed it. I feel strange being too critical as I have little experience with the style, but it seems pretty solid based on the BJCP guidelines, for what it's worth.
Would maybe have again; worth finding if you are a big beer fanatic.

TheDoctor, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

MNPikey, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

shadetree67, May 10, 2014
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Kelp, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

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

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

ellswrth, Apr 23, 2014
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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
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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
Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas from Prairie Artisan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.