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Prairie Okie - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 471
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 23.23%
Wants: 48
Gots: 166 | 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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Photo of enrique_m
4.62/5  rDev +13%
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 mothman
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beige tan head. Color is a dark brown.

Huge whiskey and vanilla notes up front. Chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Dark dried fruits. Oaky. Coconut. Brown sugar.

Medium bodied with a bit of heat.

Solid offering. Very fun to try.

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Photo of Prager62
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up in late November. The date code is a bit hard to read, but looks like 14915. Poured in my 13oz. snifter for science!

Look- Pours a very thin reddish brown color with a thin ring of light tan foam.

Smell- Whiskey forward with some raisin, dark cherry, vanilla, and brown sugar.

Taste- A bit of sweet whiskey to begin, followed by dark cherry, figs, and a hint of vanilla. There is a considerable amount of oak that comes out in the finish.

Feel- Thin, a tad flat, with a little alcohol burn.

Overall- A pretty tasty beer for the pretty hefty price of $10 for twelve ounces. I don't regret my decision to try it as it was really good, but I prefer stouts to brown ales and will spend my money there in the future.

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Photo of marcfromphilly
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet malty boozy beer. Out of a bottle purchased in September 2015 and god knows how much older. Solid beer, but not my style. I had hoped for a different offering from prairie, but maybe it was a shelf turd, maybe it's just the style, but this was weak.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Whopping $12.99 bottle. I saw this a month or two ago at the same store but passed it up to spend $12.99 on a Vanilla Noir, which as of today (1/18/16) is my current favorite beer. Seeing two bottles of this left on the shelf, I went ahead and got myself both of them. If they're anywhere near as good as Vanilla Noir, I'll be glad I got two.

Appearance: I heard this beer looked kind of... bad, so in my oversized Perfect Pint, I poured the beer as aggressively as possible, as if it was a nitro'd beer. Well, I got a half finger of a "tight" head that went away within a minute, leaving just a ring. The color of the beer itself is beer bottle brown with a lot of haze and quite a few floaters. Let's not beat around the bush, here: it looks like liquid shit in the glass.

Smell: Well, for what-the-hell-ever reason, as soon as I popped this, I suddenly got a bit of a stuffy nose. I guess a part of me was expecting this beer to smell like shit. After it cleared up a bit, I've come to decide that... I don't think this is a brown ale (based on just the nose at least). This smells like a bourbon (the bottle says whiskey) barrel barleywine. It has that typical hard-for-me-to-describe almost "twang" that barleywines have, with an essence of vanilla underlying massive amounts of caramel and even some butterscotch. I hope this tastes like a barleywine at this point.

Taste/feel: Wow, well that is different -- good different. Not sure where to begin on this. First, the sweetness ... actually not that sweet which is very strange to me given the aroma. As for bitterness, I'd say there's zero: just a little sweetness. The feel of Okie was also unexpected. It seems flat at first, but it has an almost delayed carbonation on the tongue that for some reason intensifies the whiskey, oak, and vanilla characteristics a bit. Other than the usual whiskey or bourbon barrel flavors, this has plenty of caramel and, at times, dark fruit flavors. Regarding the ABV, there is no indication that this is 12%... I figure most people would only even guess 10% because of the assumption that a BBA'd beer is usually higher in alcohol. I don't smell any of it, taste any of it, or feel any of it.

Nice beer and not what I was expecting ... then again, before I even opened it, I wasn't sure what to expect. BBA'd brown ale? I can say I've never had one before. I enjoy this quite a lot because, for me, it's unlike anything I've really tasted before. The smell had me thinking barleywine, but I guess it *is* more of a brown? Sure, the beer itself looks like initial colonoscopy prep diarrhea, but it tastes great.

The important question is, is it worth $13 a bottle? Nope, not for me. I think I said Vanilla Noir was worth (or almost worth) that, but I don't think this (or many/any beers) is worth over a dollar an ounce. At the same time, I will very happily enjoy my second bottle ... or, I could see what its trade value is. Regardless, this is a delicious tasting beer that's worth at least a try.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown in color with a murky complexion from the whiskey barrel aging. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim that also covers about half of the middle. The aroma is sweet whiskey and dark malt. I taste a plethora of sweet whiskey and dark malt. The mouth is thick, chewy, and warm with alcohol.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma and flavor is roasted/dark malts, coffee, a good amount of vinous, medium sweetness and a complex mix of acidity, slight sourness and dark bread in the finish.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a "pretty" brown ale. It's kinda watery with light coming through the edges a bit of head is gone quickly.
The smell is whiskey, wood and malt -nice
This tastes very sweet, smooth with a bit of alcohol bite, but not too much
The feel is thicker than the look, but thin compared to most %12% beers pleasant
I was looking forward to trying this and am glad I got the chance.

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okie looks just okay. A fairly deep and well concealed beer, only the brightest and most direct light exposes its clarity and muted mahogany brown highlights. Its head isn't ample but, for a 12% offering that's spent time in whiskey barrels, I'm somewhat impressed there's any at all.

Brown Ales are natural candidates for barrel aging; the style's inherent flavours of toasted nuts, caramel and malt are great pairings for the vanilla, brown sugar, and oak characteristics of the wood. But just because it works on paper doesn't mean the end product always pans out...

Aging beer in barrels is a tricky ordeal. First off, one has to design a beer that not only pairs well with the personality of the cask but one that can stand-up to it as well. Then there's questions like how long to age, whether or not to blend batches, and concerns of sanitation, infection, evaporation, and oxidation.

So I'm unsure what's responsible, but Okie doesn't smell particularly intricate. It has fruit esters (whether from yeast or alcohol) that suppress the underlying sticky toffee and molasses notes. And the palate is likewise restrained when it comes to features of vanilla, creme caramel, and toasted coconut, even if its primary flavours of hazelnut coffee and chocolate-dusted malt play into the oak.

Moreover, the mouthfeel is a string-bean. There's no meat on these bones! This otherwise minor shortcoming is significant since we're dealing with double-digit alcohol. The barrel characteristics are fairly mellow and well-integrated but, nonetheless, the thinness certainly detracts from drinkability.

I'm curious to know: is this aged in bourbon barrels or other (i.e., scotch, rye, or Irish)? Prairie is ambiguous, listing it as matured in 'whiskey barrels' but then citing bourbon as a flavour. I feel like if it really is bourbon casks I shouldn't have to ask; the vanilla, butterscotch and tar notes are relatively faint.

A wonderful concept that didn't quite come to fruition, Okie fails to highlight either the imperial nut brown or the whiskey barrels in which it's aged. Anyone cellaring it aught to reconsider; the booze eventually subsiding will help but this pool is shallow end only and not likely to improve in my estimate.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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 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 CaptCleveland
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz single bottle, $9.99, poured into DFH chalice.

Murky, cola-colored elixir, thin tan rim, scant lacing.

Whiskey, oak, molasses, vanilla and dark fruits.

The whiskey and oak predominate with a sweet brown sugar baseline and some sticky molasses and dark fruit on the backend.

Medium body, thin but expected from the base brown ale.

Really dig the barrel and whiskey. A nice sipper and interesting take on the style.

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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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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 Premo88
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter

L: dark amber, clear, flat ... pushes up no head with very little bubble activity; the color and clarity is a 5 -- you can't find a prettier dark amber brew; the pour and head is a zero

S: chocolate, dark and milk; coffee; whiskey ... vanilla ... oak wood ... it's super sweet and rich

T: the whiskey is front and center, much more so than the other notes in the nose, though those other notes are present with a little more dark than milk chocolate and all the vanilla on the back end; a bit hot from the alcohol; bitter up front on the tongue, but it's immediately smoothed out by all the sweet dark malt and whiskey flavor

F: watery thin with little carbonation, though there is some (the pour suggests there's none)

O: the much thinner mouthfeel suggests this is, in fact, a brown ale converted into a big beer -- everything else is a facsimile of the big american stouts with loads of whiskey, vanilla and chocolate flavors; the pour is so flat that I wonder if I haven't got a 2013 or 2014 bottle ... fortunately there's just enough lingering carbonation to keep it drinkable; Prairie Artisan makes fantastic big stouts ... I'm not sure why they bother with this thing because there's virtually nothing "brown ale" about it; a very confusing mish-mash of notes and mouthfeel that doesn't live up to the brewery's higher standards.

still, the beer *does* take on the barrel notes extremely well, so for whiskey lovers, it's worth a try.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: murky brown in color with almost no head

S: soft roasted malts, nutty, and bourbon, oak, light vanilla,burnt sugar

T: much the same as the nose roasted malts with some nuttiness rich bourbon flavors with some vanilla and a little bit of alcohol burn

M: watery light on the feel with a little bit of coating from the alcohol makes the beer feel ver high in ABV

O: pretty tasty beer but it is no Palo Santo Marron it has a lot of nice flavors from the bourbon and the brown the nutty taste the roasted taste and the soft bourbon. It is pretty thin though which detracts from the overall beer.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in Trade

Look: Pours Dark Brown, little to no head
Smell: Whisky, Malts
Taste: Not as impressed with this as the other Prairie Ales
Feel: Medium to Thin
Overall: Good, but not their best

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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 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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Prairie Okie from Prairie Artisan Ales
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