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Prairie OkiePrairie Okie
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Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Brown Ale Aged In Oak Whiskey Barrels.

Added by impending on 05-19-2013

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 512
Photo of MinorThreat
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
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 +12.7%
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 enrique_m
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look dark amber color
Smell dark fruits like raisins and dates
Taste dark fruits, whisky, and maple syrup
Feel full bodied, tasty, and smooth
Overall tasty and lots of flavor

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Photo of Marius
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

35cl bottle. Dark caramel brown with a very thin beige head. Aroma includes whiskey, milk chocolate, toffee, bourbon and vanilla. The taste is very smooth and balanced, with notes of whiskey, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, maple syrup and molasses. The alcohol is very well hidden, only noticeable in the aftertaste. Super smooth mouthfeel with very low carbonation and a milk chocolate sweet aftertaste. Right up my alley, thank you, Prairie Artisan Ales.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
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 manfromanotherplace
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 alexpcat13
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to GreatStoutman for sharing a bottle with me.
Let me start by saying, the flavors Prarie is able to coax out of this brown ale is really something else.
Aroma- Licorice, dried musty fruitiness, firey spirits.
Taste- Licorice, though not in an overly bitter way, just in a subtle base note, sweet malty fruits, dates or even plums. Whiskey, maybe even some vanilla.

Overall- Really nice brown ale, highly recommend, definitely one of my favorites within the brown ale genre.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Dinglehacker
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into stein. Good head that slowly breaks apart.

Delightful nose of bourbon and molasses.

Lots of oaky sweetness, toffee, caramel. Lot going on and all of it good.

Mouth feels a little thick, but is quite smooth. Higher ABV not super obvious.

Great stuff. Not particularly indicative of American browns, reminds me a bit of wee heavies (Backwoods Bastard, for instance). Definitely one of the most satisfying Oklahoma beers. For fans of Scotch ale, dubbel, old ale, Munich Dunkel lager, and, of course, brown ale.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.51/5  rDev +10%
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 +9.8%
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 +9.5%
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 yesterdayfaraway
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: mahogany with no head
S: brown sugar sweetness
T: Carmel, brown sugar.....very sweet beer. No alcohol presence. The barrel notes are subtle, like a 3rd use barrel.
F: very smooth, a thin syrup feel.

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Photo of kitch
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 15215, meaning it was bottled on 1st June 2015. It was poured into a Moonzen teku glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy dark reddish brown colour with a less than one finger tanned head that dissipated quickly and left some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Rich bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee, vanilla and roasted malt.

Taste: Much like the aroma, sweet toffee, caramel and vanilla with a hit of bourbon and oak. There was also a hint of dark fruits, plum, raisin and fig on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Mid to full bodied but leaning more towards full with low carbonation.

Overall: A very nice brown ale as the bourbon, oak and sweet notes of toffee and caramel went well together. The 12% is not felt at all and goes down easy. Brown ale is not a style that has a great name, but this brew definitely redeems it.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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 bobhits
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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 +7.1%
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 Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky brown color with beige head. Atoms is full-on bourbon with caramel and fudge notes. Taste starts sweet with caramel, dark sugar and bourbon. Finishes smooth and fudgy. Body is medium to heavy with medium carbonation. You get some alcohol burn on the aftertaste but it doesn't bother. Really nice overall, like a barrel aged imperial stout but easier to drink and without the roastiness.

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Photo of caplone
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Shaler_Tate
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Phigg1102
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +4.6%
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 +4.6%
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 +4.6%
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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