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Prairie Okie - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 332
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 36
Gots: 96 | FT: 15
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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 ArrogantB
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
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 -24.4%
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 Bloodbuzz99
3.29/5  rDev -19%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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 -13.1%
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 -12.6%
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 -11.3%
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 -7.6%
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 -7.1%
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 -7.1%
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 -6.2%
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 -4.7%
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 ccg
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -2.5%
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 -1.5%
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 mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -1%
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 -0.7%
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 Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Cheers (665 characters)

Photo of M_chav
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cinnamon, butterscotch, caramel. Nice flavors especially in a brown ale. The whiskey barrels really compliment this beer, lots of heat on the nose but the taste is great! Awesome beer (183 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,543 characters)

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Prairie Okie from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.