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Reviews: 41
Hads: 288
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 33
Gots: 86 | FT: 14
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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 ArrogantB
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle $10.99. I have to learn to stop buying Prairie beers, they just don;t do it for me. This one was heavy whiskey smell and flavor with a body that didn't support it. Not much more than booze and I love whiskey barrel beers. (233 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

"Imperial Brown Ale Aged in Oak Whiskey Barrels." Reviewed as an imperial brown. 13% ABV confirmed. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. 750ml brown glass bottle with well done label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery; I'm in an oak/whiskey barrel mood so I hope this delivers.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor; no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a satisfying pop upon removal of the cork. No beer surges upwards. Carbonation seems good.

A: Pours a one finger head of khaki colour. Nice cream and thickness. Rather good (~4 minute) retention for the high ABV. Light even consistent lacing as the head recedes. I wouldn't say the head "has legs." But it's attractive. No bubble show.

Body colour is a dull solid dark black; not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible; it's opaque. Maybe it's actually an extremely dark brown; it's hard to tell in my glass.

Overall, it's a bit darker than you'd expect for a brown ale, but it's looking pretty good. Not unique or special, but impressive for the high ABV. No overt flaws.

Sm: Definitely getting some whiskey notes with accompanying spice and alcohol. Nice cream. Surprisingly forward vanilla notes - but they come off as somewhat artificial and a bit too sweet, not fresh and redolent of actual vanilla beans. Not only is the vanilla prominent; it's artificial. Not getting as much oak as I'd hoped for; no toasty or woody notes anyway. Very minimal floral hop character is detectable. No yeast character is detectable. I wouldn't call it hot or boozy, but alcohol is certainly too obvious here. Dark malts. Caramel. Chocolate malt. Some burnt sugars. Maybe a hint of dark fruit - light plum perhaps. Some toffee, sure. What it's sorely missing is roasted barley; the closest note is the burnt malts but it's no substitute. More reminiscent of a stout than a brown ale; I'm not getting any nutty notes. Though the chocolate and coffee you might expect from a barrel aged stout is absent. Balance doesn't seem ideal, but I'm intrigued. A pretty strong aroma. Nice complexity. The barrel aging seems to work with whatever the base flavour was.

T: Heavy vanilla sweetness up front - way too much so. Almost cloyingly sweet. Artificial to boot. Doesn't feel like it's emerged naturally from the whiskey barrel; it feels like a fake additive. Ugh. And it stays throughout the entirety of the structure, even leaving you with the unappealing sweetness on the aftertaste.

Body seems to be comprised of dark malts and chocolate malt, plus some caramel, toffee, and brown malts. A kiss of dark fruit; it'd be a nice touch if it wasn't buried by that horrendous vanilla.

It should go without saying that the balance is horrible given the troublesome vanilla described above. It's way too sweet, and I say this as something of a fan of Southern Tier's creme brulee. It comes off heavy handed, lacking any subtlety due to the overbearing vanilla.

No yeast character or hop character comes through.

As far as the whiskey & oak/barrel notes? Not getting any whiskey spice or intricacy. I do pick up a hint of nice subtle oak on the climax - definitely a highlight of this beer. Little woody notes. I suppose it comes off far more bourbon-y than it does whiskey-redolent.

There's complexity here; it's just poorly executed. I really thought I'd like this more, but the lack of balance is making it really difficult.

Mf: Creamy, smooth and wet. Nicely soft. Good presence on the palate. Good thickness. Good body, if a bit burdensome. Suits the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Boy do I hope the vanilla will recede with age for the sake of other purchasers. I'd recommend 3-5 years. I won't be getting it again to find out, especially with its hefty pricetag. But I'd like to try a 5 year old bottle for free. I'm content to chalk this up to an honest failed experiment on the part of Kreb's/Prairie Artisan Ales. It's not poor enough to warrant not bringing it to market, but it seems it didn't quite work out like they planned. Noticeable alcohol and the above-mentioned problematic flavour profile really hold back the drinkability. I'll finish the bottle alone out of respect for it (and because I'm a cheap bastard), but it'll be something of a chore. Probably best shared with 3-4 friends.

I imagine this will find its audience. In fact, given its current 91 rating, I'm in the dissenting minority. I was ready to love this having tried and really liked some of Kreb's' previous beers, but it just didn't do it for me. Glad to have tried it, but it's not for me. Still, there are good elements at play here; they're just hard to appreciate with the distraction of the vanilla.

Low C+ (4,926 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Thank you very much for this one Jason! Pours a murky brown color with a fiery, rubin-red hint in it, while its head diminishes fast.

Has a boozy, sweet nose of caramel, molasse and a sharp alcohol bite among oaken earthiness.

Tastes of scorched caramel, earthy malts, accompanied by a gentle pleasant oakiness. A spicy, burning boozines gets calmed by sweet malts and hints of vanilla, while the wooden oak notes settle down on the back of the palate. Has a high, sparkling carbonation, which pushes malt sweetness on a detectable level during the finish, with warming, wooden alcoholic hints in the background. (616 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, short-lived khaki head that collapses to a few swamp bubbles. Big booziness right off the bat. Working through that some thick caramel, prune, ripe apple, coarse wood, toffee, and a dusting of coffee grounds. More booze on the finish, huge whiskey note. Much more like a massive English barleywine than any type of brown ale. Carbonation is low, even taking style into consideration. Lots of flavors going on, the booziness is a little much even for a 13% barrel aged beer. I wish I had another one of these to try in a year. (537 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Prairie Teku, cellared for a few months since initial purchase.


The beer pours a very dark cola brown color, almost black but not quite there, lots of opacity, hard to see any visible bubbles or floaties, lots of light brown, amber and burgundy colors when struck by the light with a soft, but thick, khaki head that rises about 2 fingers high before settling nicely into a nice layer of film over a good amount of time, but yields no lace. The aroma is of heavy barrel character, lots of whiskey, oak, stiff malt, burnt brown sugar and caramel, some vanilla, and a big whoosh of fusel alcohol at the back end. It's aggressive and taxing but yet complex and intriguing. The flavors start with a big rush of peat flavor, earthy and dirty, with plenty of whiskey character, mild charred oak, a bit of a roast quality, brown sugar, caramel, raisin, vanilla is more of an afterthought but a nice chocolatey stone fruit flavor comes across towards the end with some firm grain. The alcohol is hidden much better on the tongue, although it does make itself known. The body is a bit thinner, crisp carbonation but it feels nice, there is a lot of smoothness and it coats well. The finish is soft and easy with a strong warming sensation from the alcohol.


Verdict: I'm not sure the base beer held up to the barrels, but there is a lot of complexity. The balance is poor for the most part, but it's still an enjoyable brew. It's big, bold and pretty in your face, but it's remarkably quaffable. My glass was nearly empty before I knew it. (1,567 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with an impertinent bubbly tan froth.

Aroma is a thick mix of sweet bread, allspice, cherry and molasses.

Tastes of various dark fruits, caramel and grain with a deep woodiness. Thinnish body, syrupy and astringent in places.

Draw your on conclusions as to whether this relationship is worth it, and don't forget how your wallet feels after a few sips either. (387 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brow with reddish flecks. Nice khaki head. I expected lifelessness. Retains well and even some clings inside the glass.

Smell - Very fruity. Dark fruits and whiskey. Oak. Caramel. Booze.

Taste - Strong apples and whiskey. Nice combination. Oaky. Caramel behind it all. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, especially for its size. Boozy as hell and kinda harsh. Dry.

Overall - Good flavors, but it's really boozy. Not what I expected at all. (508 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a deep brown with a short tan head. Minimal lace. No bubbles.

S - big whiskey barrel, toffee, vanilla, mild chocolate malt, hint of coconut, faint fruity and floral hops. Really nice aroma when still. A swirl produces a less enticing aroma.

T - much less impressive than the aroma. Not surprisingly, it tastes like a big brown ale aged in a whiskey barrel. I get mostly whiskey and some dark chocolate. The flavor is a tad rough for me, but not harsh. Definitely a sipper.

M - medium-full body. Creamy. Slightly astringent. Boozy with a long, warm sustain.

O - the whiskey barrel presence is prominent and the base beer is difficult to appreciate. I think I'd would have liked this much better with some age, but I'm not convinced the base beer is where it needs to be in the flavor department for an outstanding rating. (836 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a nice deep caramel brown color. Has a boozy aroma that is backed up with a bourbony sweet taste. A nice drink but a touch too sweet for me. I think it would benefit from a little aging. (192 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks willandperry!!

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with red coming through when held up to the sun. Topped with almost two fingers of thick khaki head.

Smell. Whiskey barrel, caramel, and dark fruits.

Taste. Dark fruits and caramel, woody (smooth) whiskey, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body, medium low creamy smooth carbonation.

Overall. Good stuff. Thanks again for all the tasty brews Will! (407 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid dark brown ale, almost no head - and correspondingly no retention.

Huge whiskey aroma, drowning out any other base brown ale aromas. Great if you're a bourbon fan; not so great if you're looking for the base beer.

Flavor follows, being whiskey heavy, although there's more of a carry over from the malts, providing a nice blended flavor of coconut and vanilla, oak, brown sugar and toffee, and a touch of oxidation, despite being fresh. Tons of coconut.

Very drinkable; silky, smooth, and lively. A good balance between a traditional brown ale and a very, very strong BBA brew.

This is a good, creative brew. I wouldn't reach for it over the better BBA stouts, but it's solid on its own. (697 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, dirty amber colored body; lasting, one-finger thick head. Dense caramel notes; dates; brown sugar; cocoa; raw white oak. The flavors reflect the same characteristics as the aroma; a bit boozy;. mild phenolic background. Thick, chewy mouthfeel; heavy with residual sugars.

Big, woody, boozy. That's what this beer is all about. The whiskey barrel aging really comes through with oak tones and alcoholic burn, prominent but not dominating. Heavy and sweet malt sugars also make a firm presence known although the brown ale aspect doesn't seem to really come through. This definitely feels and tastes more like a barleywine. Regardless, if you go for barleywines or big, dark, northern European styled ales, this one is definitely worth trying. (748 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brought back from KY by PurpleCloud. Thanks dude.

A: copper color, clear, poured with nice t hick head that dissipated to thin veil
S: medium nose, strong vinous characteristics, barrel aging, and heat, very port-like but thinner
T: roasted malt, vinous, barrel aging, with a bit of heat
M: port-like (301 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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)

Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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! (471 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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 sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Jjski
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 t420o
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Atatum
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +2.5%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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 smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
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)

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