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Prairie Okie - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 471
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 49
Gots: 165 | FT: 23
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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

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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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 471
Reviews by zhanson88:
Photo of zhanson88
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown, close to opaque. About 1" of khaki head forms, which has decent retention and pretty nice lacing. Nice looking beer. 4

Smell: Rich hazelnut sweetness with a significant vanilla presence. Excellent woodiness along with light whiskey character.

Taste: Rich nuttiness with a bit of coffee-like bitterness mixed in. Sweet vanilla comes out from the barrel, and oaky whiskey on the back end and finish. A bit sweet overall for me, but very nice still.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied verging on full, with an excellent level of fine carbonation. By no means does it drink to the level of its ABV. Just about perfect. Overall extremely impressed with this. Just about a perfect level of barrel aging presence. I need to pick up more of these. I have been extremely impressed with every Prairie Artisan beer I have tried, and this one is no exception. Very good.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of Treyliff
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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 -1.2%
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.

Cheers

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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%
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 TBoneJones
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just ran into plenty of these for sale, a week or so after a bottle shop clerk alerting me to its critical acclaim and imminent release.
But $12.99 per 12 oz. bottle?
Even at $12.99 per 4-pack you're expecting a great beer.
We'll see if this tag is justified.
Pours a deep brown, looks rich-bodied, and has some fine lacing.
Smell is like chocolate licorice, molasses, bourbon barrel with some alcohol.
Taste is a sweeter, still-boozy version of what I found in the nose, with molasses, nutty caramel, vanilla and sweet malts.
Medium feel, almost sticky. Somewhat dry, some burn yes, but never overly sweet.
This is a solid brown ale, the biggest one I've probably ever tried. Even though it's on the boozy side, everything else works to success. As it warms, it's more of a nice whisky.
And the other flavors remain tasty and complex.
The price is still steep. Although I don't regret buying one, knock it back about five bucks.

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Photo of gman1602
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A solid base brown ale that is heavily bourbon barrel affected. If you want a bourbon barrel aged beer, this is most definitely for you. Up there with the best, this has a great vanilla, bourbon, scorched caramel flavor with the brown ale and bourbon barrel mixing, finishes just a tad rough which makes me think this was begging to be aged. Definitely recommend setting a few of these back and exploring the change.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark and relatively clear mahogany brown. Brief cap of tan foam without any lace.

Smell: Toasty malt, caramel, dark fruit, light oak, warm spice and whiffs of whiskey.

Taste: Massive malt body, caramelized malt, molasses, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, smooth almost sticky feel, light to medium carbonation. Subtle alcohol burn in finish.

Overall: A nice alternative to typical barrel aged stouts - brown ale maltiness works well with the whiskey barrel notes. Improves as it warms.

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Photo of caplone
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker brown with medium head and retention. Smells if carmel malt, a touch of chocolate malt, vanilla and whiskey. Very faint smell of wood. Taste is like a very boozy brown ale with notes of vanillia, whiskey, and some roasted malt. The Feel Has A Good VELVETY texture to it. Overall this is a great beer. Very well done, and I would seek out again.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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 oldn00b
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with almost no head, nice typical brown ale hue. About crystal clear.

Nose is a lot of oak and caramel.

Flavor is huge on the barrel/whiskey. Incredibly sweet but wonderfully complex in its caramel and oak notes. Would be nice if it had a bit more carbonation to help offset the sweetness but it's very nice.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Booming brown ale. A little thin. Whiskey is prominent. ABV is well hidden. Ridiculously overpriced ($11/ 12 oz bottle) but so is everything Prairie. Still this is a fantastic beer for what it is.

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Photo of denver10
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark caramel brown with a brown head that quickly recedes, except for a lingering amount around the edge of the glass. Aroma is pumpernickel bread, chocolate brown sugar, whiskey barrel, a little vanilla. The alcohol is dangerously nowhere to be found. Flavor follows suit. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 10/25/15 notes. 12 oz. bottle from Dane, poured into my HF stemware.

Pours a murky medium brown color with one inch of light tan head and low carbonation evident. Tons of bourbon, chocolate, toasted malts, nuts, vanilla, and sweet caramel. Thin, lighter than expected body and low carbonation.

Overall good but a ton of whiskey. Thinner mouthfeel than I would have expected but not too hot considering the ABV. A good beer.

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Photo of puck1225
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into. A snifter. Dark brown, no head or lacing. Strong boozy taste that improved with warming. Felt smooth and soft on the palate. A good taste, but a beer you need to be in the mood to drink. It went well with roast pork.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
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 +8.3%
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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Photo of Phigg1102
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with a thin ring of fiam that settles to the edges. Aroma of caramel, toffee, shortbread, vanilla, chocolate,;very bourbonesque. The hops are easily overpowered in this and as delicious as it is hops should be a prevalent part of a brown ale. Obviously these are special circumstances and I do like the idea of barrel aging a brown ale. I can pick up a bit of floral hops in the taste, but it gets a bit lost with the high alcohol levels. Anyway I'll keep my rating from getting too picky about the name of the style and say that this beer is a real treat and worth seeking out!

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Photo of babaracas
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear medium-dark brown, thin offwhite head. Smell: sweet booziness, vanilla-ish note, tons of caramel and fairly oaky. Taste: lots of caramel, dates, otherwise dominated by the whisky barrel flavors. This one is good if that's what you're looking for... quite sweet with tons of barrel character.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tiernan
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Prairie Okie from Prairie Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.