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Prairie Okie - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 375
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 24.75%
Wants: 37
Gots: 121 | FT: 18
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Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: impending on 05-19-2013

Imperial Brown Ale Aged In Oak Whiskey Barrels.
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of Treyliff
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that reduces quickly, leaving just a think ring around the glass, no lacing

S- the aroma reminds me of a barrel aged wee heavy or English barleywine. Tons of oak, which brings out notes of vanilla, caramel/toffee & bourbon. Layers of brown sugar, sweet molasses, brown bread, raisin & spiced cider follow. Smells great overall

T- warming sweet caramel malt up front gives an explosion of toffee, molasses, brown sugar, raisins & fig. The oak barrel kicks in mid-palate, providing woodsy flavors that mix with a hint of vanilla & coconut. The bourbon barrel is quite noticeable and compliments the caramel sweetness. As it nears the finish, notes of brown bread crust, toasted walnut & some spicing hops poke through. More bourbon on the linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a bit of a chewy, warming finish

O- I wouldn't really consider this a brown ale, as it drinks like an English Barleywine. But I would put it up there with some of the finest BBA English Barleywines that I've had, simply outstanding

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This fine brown ale pours a murky brown with a mahogany highlight and a nice head of thin off white foam that dies down to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of strong boozy bourbon , brown sugars, vanilla, and a touch of raisins. Flavors follow the nose with strong bourbon, raisins, dark brown sugar, vanilla, and oak on the back as it warms. A substantial ale, slick on the mouth feel and a sweet finish that is slightly warming. Bourbon is a compliment without blowing you out the door with the flavor. Better with substantial warmth, smoother without being so brisk. Nice. Would love to have this on tap.


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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Murky reddish brown body, with some head clarity and a bit of an oily top in the glass. Head barely makes half a tan finger with no retention, and manages a thick bubbled tan collar along the edges.

Aroma is a nice mix of mild spicy whisky, tannic barrel, and toasty malted notes. Chewy with a hint of thick oak quality, hints of spiced caramel and fruity raisin like quality in the mix come out as well. Not overly boozy smelling either.

Palate manages some very nice qualities. Light bodied mouthfeel but also with a nice thick oaked and sweet woody character. Much of the mid palate fills with some of those dark fruits, raisin, plum and prunes with a great caramel flavor to go with it. Warm finish and not overly hot feeling on the swallow. Sweetness is quite noticeable, and the velvety oak character is missing just a bit. Slightly fizzy on the front tongue just a bit as well.

Overall with some minor faults, drinks real easily too and is quite delicious for a brown.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.99. Bottled 5/29/15. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a deep, opaque, chocolate brown with a finger and a quarter sand hued head. The froth subsides to a moderate halo without leaving much of anything to call lace.

Sweet aromas of whiskey, vanilla, toffee, caramel and faint cocoa.

Plenty of nice, sweet barrel right up front in the flavor followed by chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla, wet oak, dark fruit and a mild nip of booze. Everything works well, creating a smooth, dangerously drinkable big beer.

Pillowy, creamy, full feel with soft carbonation. Smooth, sweet aftertaste with notes of cocoa, whiskey, caramel and vanilla tinged oak.

Okie seems much more like an English barleywine with heavy chocolate notes than a brown ale but I have no problem with that. Whatever you want to call it, Okie is delicious and certainly worth at least a try.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/28/2015. Pours hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, light chocolate/nuttiness, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, light chocolate/nuttiness, and oak/toasted earthiness. Minimal bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, dark fruit, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish; but never boozy. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial brown ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.85/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle $10.99. I have to learn to stop buying Prairie beers, they just don;t do it for me. This one was heavy whiskey smell and flavor with a body that didn't support it. Not much more than booze and I love whiskey barrel beers.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Brown in color. Almost look like a plum color with a purple hue. Pours a fizzy one inch head that is white in color.

Aroma- Sweet all around with sweetness from the barrel and caramel/chocolate malts.

Taste- The barrel is noticeable upfront with boozy sweetness and vanilla coming through along with a slight bit of heat. After the barrel subsides the sweet malts open up with caramel, toffee, and chocolate providing a perfect blend of sweetness. There is some oaky dryness that adds some balance in the finish along with some warming in the throat.

Feel- Medium/Full bodied and medium carbonation. Despite being a very sweet beer the finish isn't too cloying and it goes down surprisingly easy.

Overall- A Barrel Aged Brown Ale is one to cross off the list, but this beer obviously shows the style can be great when put in barrel. Sweetness dominates the flavor with vanilla, whisky, chocolate, toffee, and caramel combining for a awesome overall flavor, but at the same time this isn't cloying and overly sweet. Not sure whats really keeping the balancing and lack of residual sugars in the finsih (oak?), but it works and it works well. Definitely want to buy a few more of these, but the price has to come down a bit. Nearly $10 bucks is kind of steep for 12oz of this. Regardless of the price, however, this is an awesome beer that is well worth picking up a few of.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tbryan5
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not my favorite barrel aged beer from Prairie but a good beer nonetheless. But for a barrel aged brown ale, it is all I could want. Not too much barrel and oak to smack you in the face but enough to make this an enjoyable sipper.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HeyYoMar
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a dense opaque deep brown body with a thick cream of light tan that last a good bit.

S- The rich wet oak and paper straws aroma has some nice bourbon notes in the finish. There is a hint of permanent marker that leads to some toffee notes as it opens.

T- The well-blended bourbon and oak flavor leads to a dark sweet malt finish and an alcohol spice to it. Some chocolate earthy malt flavor grows as it opens.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a nice alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- This is a big beer but well blended and cut with some nice alcohol makes this a great sipper. It would be nice to have a bit more malt forward but it is still very tasty.

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3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Prairie Okie from Prairie Artisan Ales
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