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Prairie Okie - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 427
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 23.77%
Wants: 41
Gots: 141 | FT: 21
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Oklahoma, United States

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 Phigg1102
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +0.5%
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 -7.8%
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 -0.7%
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 -9.1%
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 -4.9%
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 +2.7%
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 +6.6%
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 +13.2%
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 -5.1%
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 +1.2%
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 +3.7%
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 -0.7%
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 +3.2%
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 -8.1%
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 +7.6%
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 +10.8%
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 +10.3%
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 +5.1%
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%
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 -19.4%
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 +0.5%
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 +6.4%
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 +10%
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 +8.6%
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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Prairie Okie from Prairie Artisan Ales
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