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Prairie Okie - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 384
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 24.69%
Wants: 37
Gots: 124 | FT: 20
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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 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 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 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 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 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 Getalegup
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good! Dark brown like a black tea with a little foam that fades to lacing at edges and in the center. Smell is definitely strong whiskey. Has medium carbonation that constantly bubbles in the center and adds a slight pepperiness to the sweet smooth whiskey flavor.

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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 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 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 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 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 mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on June 1, 2015. A new one to me from Prairie, this one an Imperial Brown Ale aged in oak Whiskey barrels.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful creamy caramel / toffee brown body with less than a finger of tan-beige bubbles for a head that doesn't stick too long. Some sticky boozy lacing that slowly cascades back into the glass.

S - Big aroma of oak wood, whiskey, & mustiness. Sweetened boozy caramel, toffee, & brown bread.

T - Taste follows the nose: woodsy, earthy, musty, boozy, with tons of sweetened caramel / toffee, & brown bread.

M - The feel is silky smooth & creamy. Medium-full bodied with good low lying carbonation. Lightly syrupy & sticky.

Overall, a nice bourbon barrel aged brown from Prairie, but definitely not worth $10+ per bottle.

Prairie Okie -----4/5.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Uber sweet, malty, boozy - probably what they were aiming for, but not particularly original (unlike the vast majority of PA beers). Should be served alongside bourbon balls and fruit cake over the holidays. 10 bucks a bottle way too much, glad I tried but not necessary 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 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 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 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 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 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.


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

Look: deep translucent mahogany color with almost no head or carbonation.
Smell: when cold, it has a slightly savory scent without much bourbon. The barrel scent amplifies noticeably as it warms a bit.
Taste: Bourbon definitely comes to the front in the taste despite its subdued smell. Sweet caramel mixed with something more savory and slightly fruity, like raisins. Maybe some vanilla notes. Not the most complex beer you'll find, but for a brown ale base, it has a lot of interesting things going on, and the alcohol is well hidden.
Feel: Personally, I prefer a more viscous feel, but it's good for the style.
Overall: Another tasty and well-crafted release from Prairie. However, in my opinion, there are similarly good beers that are fairly regularly available for about half the price per ounce. This 12oz bottle cost me $11 in Chicago.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark caramel, no head, and very little visible carbonation (though there is, medium body). nose; brown sugar, table syrup, vanilla extract and sweet bourbon. taste; firstly, the alcohol is very well hidden. the taste follows the nose and finishes a tad sweet. the barrel shows up and rounds out the sweets with some bitter earth notes. reminds me of founders dirty bastard, though a tad sweeter. i'm not a big bourbon fan, but those who are may want to check it out!

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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 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 manfromanotherplace
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | 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 StrongRepublican
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Prairie Okie from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.