Prairie Okie - Prairie Artisan Ales
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4.01/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
06-11-2013 17:02:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours brown/chestnut with a finger of tan head. Decent lacing & average head retention
S: Rich cakeyness, pralines& bourbon notes
T: Much cakeyness, a touch of brown sugar & bourbon up front. Dryness, more brown sugar, & toffee, along with boozey warmth. Finishes dry, cakey & with nice bourbon notes
MF: Chewy, subtle carbonation, nice warming sensation
Very tasty, the heft does get to you rather quickly. I preferred this on draft vice the bottle I tried months ago. If I ever see any more bottles I will scoop em up. They will age nicely I'm sure
08-09-2013 04:09:04 | More by russpowell
3.03/5 rDev -25.4%
"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.
06-12-2013 04:30:05 | More by kojevergas
4/5 rDev -1.5%
(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.
09-12-2013 15:03:09 | More by rhoadsrage
3.74/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
07-09-2013 01:20:18 | More by Alieniloquium
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
01-19-2014 21:19:11 | More by sweemzander
Prairie Okie from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.