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Prairie Okie - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 378
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 37
Gots: 123 | FT: 19
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: impending on 05-19-2013

Imperial Brown Ale Aged In Oak Whiskey Barrels.
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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looked jet black, so i turned my kitchen light on and it was only a kind of amber tinged black. Smells sweet and boozy and a hint oaky, almost brandy like in its aroma Seriously though, for what this beer is, its excellent. A brown ale aged in whiskey barrels is exactly what it is and its a fine one. Goes down easier than girl from liverpool and has only mellow aftertones of the whiskey, this really is superb.im doing a side by side with a palo santo but these beers are so different i find them hard to compare, even if they are both brown ales.this is more like a wulver or backwoods bastard in taste and feel, but better than both of those.only thing putting me off is the 12 bucks for a 12oz.great beer though.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 750ml C&C Bottle. Thanks to JTMiller03!

A-Murky amber brown with a nice off white head, minimal retention and lacing

S-Sweet caramel malts, molasses, bourbon, oak and some deeply ripe dark fruit. Really nice

T-Subtle notes of caramel and molasses play well with the boozy bourbon/vanilla and oak. Some cereal grains and dark fruits are in the background

M-creamy and viscous

O-This comes across as an English Barleywine that spent some time in a barrel more than a brown ale. Beautifully balanced and integrated while remaining somewhat assertive. A real treat

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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 hoptualBrew
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared two ways. Received in trade thanks to Newkidroundhere.

Pours deep murky brown, light khaki head. Head recedes quickly. Not much of a looker.

Aroma is absolutely killer though. Really heavy freshly cut oak and whiskey. Smells literally like the inside of a used whiskey barrel. Some sweetness from the malts comes through, but the aroma is all barrel here, and a unique barrel at that.

For an imperial brown ale aged in whiskey barrels, this is right on point. Couldn't ask for a better representation. Barrel character is ridiculous, fresh oak, vanilla, cellar must, faint sweet chocolate malt, touch caramel. Really well done, and very well rounded beer.

Carbonation is good, a touch on the high side, but I think it moves the beer along. This is a fantastic barrel aged beer. Prairie is for real, they know what they're doing. Standard lineup, check. Funky brews, check. Barrel aging, check. Keep an eye out for these folks.

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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 HopHunter19
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's true the look of this one is meh - brown, murky, no head resulting in no lacing. Smell is huge coconut, vanilla, bourbon, chocolaty brown malts, caramel, toffee, little bit of brown sugar. Taste is even better with big bourbon, coconut, toffee, caramel, vanilla, figs. Reminiscent of FW DDBA. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a little booziness. Aftertaste is nice bourbon, caramel, toffee, smooth creaminess. Overall I rated this one for what it is - a BBA imperial BROWN ALE. It's not a BBA stout nor do I think it's supposed to be. What it is, is one hell of a beer.

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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 madelfonatree
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased mid June 2015 and enjoyed August 12, 2015 in a MadTree tulip/snifter.

Look - Unique murky dark brown that brightens at the top. Hint of red. VERY thin head, barely a ring of light tan. Clear edges. No lacing. It looks like zombie apple juice.

Smell - Licorice. Sweet molasses. Whiskey. Caramel. Pop. Raisin.

Taste - Whiskey. Pop. Caramel. Apple. Vanilla.

Feel - Heavy. No carbonation. Alcohol burn on tongue.

Overall - Bomb and Okie are helping Prairie's case. Unique style. I can feel myself getting drunk but do not taste it.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on 5/29/15, making this almost a month old.

A: Pours a thin, dark purple/brown color. Minimal white head.

S: From the nose alone, I don't get that this is an Imperial Brown Ale as a base. But I do get the nice whiskey notes, very clean and fresh. It's certainly not dominating, though. Some vanilla, oak, and even Coca-Cola in there.

T: Vanilla, oak, raisin, cherry, bourbon. Comes across a bit sweeter and more decadent than expected.

M: Fuller body than it appears. Good carbonation. 12% ABV is extremely well hidden as this one is scary drinkable. Very sweet and sticky mouthfeel too.

O: Kind of a unique style here, don't see many BA Imperial Brown Ales. But it's nice. More sweet and not as hoppy as expected, given the style, but it still works. It's very drinkable and tasty. Super glad it's in a 12 oz., as a bomber of this would be too much. The barrel treatment here is also really nice. It loses points because I don't think it executed the style just right, but how it ended up it still pretty darn good.

Recommendation: Not an essential Prairie beer, but one worth seeking out for sure.

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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 bobhits
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The pour is a dark amber, well short of a stout in color. Not much if any head to speak of. Dense but not overly thick. The 12% doesn't really show here at all.

The nose is lovely, just wonderful malt enhanced by oak barrels. Caramel, oats, oak, vanilla beans, brandy, and alcohol.

The beer drinks even better. Light red fruits, caramel drizzle, chocolate, hints of mocha, oak, vanilla, fruity hops at the finish.

This does NOT taste or feel like 12%. This is good stuff!

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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 Shaler_Tate
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely love this beer, and I am not a fan of brown ales. It pours like your typical brown ale: opaque, thin brown with minimal head. The flavor is spectacular. There is so much barrel character that pairs so well with the nuttiness of the beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very dark brown, but not quite black with a foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells like caramel, toffee, whiskey, and some slight roasted malt.

This tastes quite good. The flavors are mellow and soft, and fairly restrained for a beer of this heft. There's tons of silky caramel, and sweet toffee, with some sweet bourbon whiskey. There's a lot of vanilla notes from the barrels here, adding some sweetness to the proceedings, but not a whole lot of actual oak, unfortunately.

This has a medium body, with a fairly low level of carbonation. Pretty drinkable- no discernible boozy notes.

This was really tasty, and one of the better brown ales I've had.

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Photo of zonker17
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown opaque pour with beige head, no retention. You can smell a bit of booze and wood. Taste of booze and smoky goodness abounds. Medium-full body with slight carbonation. A brown bordering on something close to stout. Cheers!

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

June 19, 2015

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Deep brown, basically black, opaque. A slim head, off-white to light tan, with moderate retention.

S – Lots of barrel character, vanilla and light oak tannin. Light chocolate and some raisins.

T – Vanilla, chocolate, toffee, raisins. Some light fruity hops.

M – Somewhat thick, juicy, medium-low carbonation.

O – Tons of barrel character without that taking over the beer. Would love to taste the base brown ale on its own. A great example of whiskey barrel aging adding to the beer.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a clear, deep brown, likened to oiled wood, with a thin off-white head that fades away quickly without lacing. The the nose is thick with barrel character - vanilla, coconut, raisin, caramelized sugars - more similar to a BA old ale than a brown. However, the clean malty body builds up a slightly-bitter, biscuity BA flavor that lingers on the palate like a cigar. The beer maintains a light-medium brown ale body that allows the barrel to do all the talking, forcing the consumer to begin recanting tales of successful, though embellished, fishing & hunting trips by way of such a drinkable and potent abv.
The beer drinks with malt and barrel in your face, bitterness is at a minimum - seek this out if you're a fan of lighter bodied old ales with aggressive barrel features.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky brown with little to no head at all. Smell is of sweet, buttery toffee, bourbon, rich vanilla bean, caramel. Lovely nose! Taste follows with the caramel, bourbon and wood character. Feel is light-medium and very easy to drink. Not much heat. Overall, this one is up there with Prairie's BA stuff.

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Photo of impending
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75


750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep ruddy opaque walnut, an encouraging pour needed to rise a middln mocha colored head, minor lacing.

The aroma in general is restrained, the whiskey is not front and centered rather the vanilla wood with molasses and roasted brown sugar.

The flavor does not share the restraint of the scent - the bourbon, although still restrained is now a shy star backed by the molasses, hint of anise and bittersweet dark roasted chocolate. The alcohol is a deserving flavor component, strong and pungent but not solvent, a welcoming warmth. Little in the way of bitter, only the bitter of a semi sweet chocolate chip morsel. Full bodied appropriate lifeless mouthfeel. Warms wonderfully. Aftertaste till tomorrow.
delicious, rich and satisfying
the last taste is the best taste
Krebs, OK - who knew !
the brewers have again demonstrated a competence that is exciting
qualifies as an english barleywine

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

750ml bottle to snifter

A - Pours black with a cream colored head. Impressive head retention and lacing for the ABV. Wow, this sucker has big legs!

S - Bourbon barrels, toasted dates, sweet caramel malts, molasses, hints of chocolate flavored fruit, whiskey scented alcohol,

T - Oak wood, vanilla, sweet dark malts with some subdued hop bitterness, spicy molasses, bakers chocolate, buttery burnt sugars/caramel, floral notes are layered in with a hint of earthy funk. Finishes somewhat bitter and fairly dry.

M - Thick body, firm feel, gum numbing, creamy carbonation,

Big flavors all around. The gums go numb after swishing this stuff around in your mouth. It packs a punch and delivers on flavor. Lots of whiskey, vanilla, with just the right amount of chocolate. As big as this beer is, I found myself taking bigger drinks than I would normally for this kind of brew. It's good to see that Prairie has another side.

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown/chestnut with a finger of tan head. Decent lacing & average head retention

S: Rich cakeyness, pralines& bourbon notes

T: Much cakeyness, a touch of brown sugar & bourbon up front. Dryness, more brown sugar, & toffee, along with boozey warmth. Finishes dry, cakey & with nice bourbon notes

MF: Chewy, subtle carbonation, nice warming sensation

Very tasty, the heft does get to you rather quickly. I preferred this on draft vice the bottle I tried months ago. If I ever see any more bottles I will scoop em up. They will age nicely I'm sure

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, I assume the 14815 printed on the bottle is a julian date, so I think this was bottled on May 28, 2015. This bottle says it's 12% ABV. Served in a Prairie Artisan Ales Teku, the beer pours a hazy brown color with almost an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, whiskey, and some chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some molasses noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's a pretty good barrel aged brown ale, I know I'd buy this one again. $9.99 a bottle.

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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 jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours light fizzy head that disappears almost instantly, outwards fizzy bubble popping, murky peach orange color.

Nose nice tart fruit, lots of fruit and little citrus rind, light pithy flesh, Brett funk, slight souring fruity Brett funk but not horse blanket, nice sour and funk blend. Faint sweet make note.

Taste brings more of the same, grapefruit like citrus, juicy pith and citrus fruit, tart green fruit etc. Nice funk, light barnyard funk with faint tart citrus notes, tart fruity funk, etc. Nice Brett funk characters. Light blond malt base, touch sweety and sticky, flemmy acidic note as well. Finish is dry but a little flemmy sticky, lingering tart Brett funk and sour fruit.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, little flemmy sticky feel.

Overall quite good.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

- 2013 vintage
- 750mL bottle poured into snifter on 25-May-13.

Flavors begin like a nice double IPA with juicy nectar, pineapple, honeydew melons, and a bit of orange and pine. Then it quickly transitions into a nice bourbon malt body presence not far off from a barleywine. Caramel malts, molasses, oak and hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Definitely do not taste the ABV.

Very nice! Love how the complexity of flavors all gel together smoothly. Another impressive offering from the brewery and probably my favorite of theirs so far.

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