Prairie Okie - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 277
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 33
Gots: 83 | FT: 13
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  12.00% ABV

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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 +16.6%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of MinorThreat
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
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 (580 characters)

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of HopHunter19
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of Sparty1224
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,174 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of impending
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

A

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
cheers
jd (936 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (554 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep, deep mahogany brown into my CCB sniffer. Moderate pours leads to a soft, tan head of about 1 finger. It hangs around for a while before settling around the edges. Lacing is sticky and nearly spectacular.

S- Fairly pungent aroma of vanilla, wood, chocolate, raisin or dates. Intense alcohol and spice stings the nostrils. Not the best nose from Prairie, but pleasing none the less.

T- Whiskey barrel certainly makes itself known here. But I don't find it overpowering at all as it tempers some to let the impressive flavor profile take over. Vanilla, wood, chocolate with some nice dried dark fruit notes as the nose indicated with some earthy spice hop presence. I really enjoy the sweetness of this one. Charred molasses almost.

M- Doesn't hide the fact that it is a big beer at all. Alcohol is present to the point that it's almost hot. Warmth all the way into the chest. A sipper for sure. Creamy and viscous though. Sometime browns can run a little thin imo. Not the case here. Dry with nice carbonation for the style.

O- I really like the comparison of a barrel aged English barley wine. Very sweet with body, balance, and a bite that borders on harsh. Seems to get better as the drink goes on...not sure if that is the beer warming up or the alcohol kicking in. Whatever the case may be, I like it!

$11.99 for 750 ml (1,344 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of Atatum
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, redish orange with no apparent head. Minimal carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel. Flavors of Raisin, prunes, nuts, brown sugar. It has a strong, booze throughout. Overall, not my up to the hype. It has tiny bits of depth but really lacks the unique catch that make this worth $10 a bottle. (303 characters)

Photo of StrongRepublican
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep amber/dark golden/caramel with a billowing, creamy, tan head that sticks around in some thickness (1/4") and maintains decent lacing.
S: Lots of sweetness, big brown sugar notes, come molasses/caramel, young whiskey/clean oak/biscuit.
T: Surprising amount of spiced hop character with big caramel/toffee sweetness and nice oakey/burnt sugar notes. I actually find the flavor to be a blend of a hoppy brown ale and a malty/sweet barleywine.
M: Carbonation is medium along with the mouth feel/body. There is a nice viscosity and syrup like consistency to this that almost feels out of place on a brown ale but given the ABV and barrel notes, it makes for a perfect fit.
O: This beer definitely grew on me with each sip. I wouldn't buy it again at the price ($11/12oz) but if it were available in a ~$12-16 4-pack I would be all over it. (851 characters)

Photo of t420o
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Prairie Okie

A- pour yields a 1-1/2 finger dark tan/ light mocha colored head resting on a black body with some amber highlights when held to the light. Decent retention but not much in the way of lacing. 4

S- nice oak scent with the usual vanilla. Chocolate, molasses, char, toffee. Smells very nice 4.25

T- a rich oak flavor imparting the usual vanilla, cocoa, char, toffee, good amount of roasted malt, some dark fruit. Hides the abv quite well, but has a nice warmth. Very pleasant. 4.25

M- lighter body than I'd prefer on such a big beer. Lighter carbonation. 3.5

O- very good beer. Another winner from Prairie. The mouthfeel is the main deterrent, but all the flavors are great and it's still excellent. 4

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Photo of Jjski
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty darn good, barrel brown. Caramel, oak, whiskey. IMHO tastes like a hot Backwods Bastard. Expensive $11 For one 12oz bottle, probably not worth it (152 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a snifter. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2015.
3.5/4.25/4.25/4/3.75

Slightly translucent brown ale.
Fantastically boozy and woody-deep.
Initially kind of harsh, but it opens up. The brown ale is evident, but the alcohol changes everything.
A good, interesting beer, but eh...that'll probably be the last. (341 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours an almost pitch black color. Subtle tan froth.

(S)- Slightly chalky roasted chocolate meets a subtlely sweet toffee and vanilla charater.

(T)- Similar to the smell with sweet roasted chocolate and toffee with subtle oaky vanilla. On the finish, it has some subtle nuttiness.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level meets a rather sweet yet nutty base. Strong barrel showing though, not the heat.

(O)- A big beer, but well balanced and well integrated with the barrel notes. (569 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and whiskey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of a woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a slightly better barrel aged presence in the smell. (577 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (707 characters)

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