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Prairie Okie - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 428
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 ThickNStout
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.99. Bottled 5/29/15. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a deep, opaque, chocolate brown with a finger and a quarter sand hued head. The froth subsides to a moderate halo without leaving much of anything to call lace.

Sweet aromas of whiskey, vanilla, toffee, caramel and faint cocoa.

Plenty of nice, sweet barrel right up front in the flavor followed by chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla, wet oak, dark fruit and a mild nip of booze. Everything works well, creating a smooth, dangerously drinkable big beer.

Pillowy, creamy, full feel with soft carbonation. Smooth, sweet aftertaste with notes of cocoa, whiskey, caramel and vanilla tinged oak.

Okie seems much more like an English barleywine with heavy chocolate notes than a brown ale but I have no problem with that. Whatever you want to call it, Okie is delicious and certainly worth at least a try.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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.


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Photo of ccg
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -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!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The pour is a dark amber, well short of a stout in color. Not much if any head to speak of. Dense but not overly thick. The 12% doesn't really show here at all.

The nose is lovely, just wonderful malt enhanced by oak barrels. Caramel, oats, oak, vanilla beans, brandy, and alcohol.

The beer drinks even better. Light red fruits, caramel drizzle, chocolate, hints of mocha, oak, vanilla, fruity hops at the finish.

This does NOT taste or feel like 12%. This is good stuff!

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looked jet black, so i turned my kitchen light on and it was only a kind of amber tinged black. Smells sweet and boozy and a hint oaky, almost brandy like in its aroma Seriously though, for what this beer is, its excellent. A brown ale aged in whiskey barrels is exactly what it is and its a fine one. Goes down easier than girl from liverpool and has only mellow aftertones of the whiskey, this really is superb.im doing a side by side with a palo santo but these beers are so different i find them hard to compare, even if they are both brown ales.this is more like a wulver or backwoods bastard in taste and feel, but better than both of those.only thing putting me off is the 12 bucks for a 12oz.great beer though.

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Photo of StrongRepublican
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, I assume the 14815 printed on the bottle is a julian date, so I think this was bottled on May 28, 2015. This bottle says it's 12% ABV. Served in a Prairie Artisan Ales Teku, the beer pours a hazy brown color with almost an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, whiskey, and some chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some molasses noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's a pretty good barrel aged brown ale, I know I'd buy this one again. $9.99 a bottle.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very dark brown, but not quite black with a foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells like caramel, toffee, whiskey, and some slight roasted malt.

This tastes quite good. The flavors are mellow and soft, and fairly restrained for a beer of this heft. There's tons of silky caramel, and sweet toffee, with some sweet bourbon whiskey. There's a lot of vanilla notes from the barrels here, adding some sweetness to the proceedings, but not a whole lot of actual oak, unfortunately.

This has a medium body, with a fairly low level of carbonation. Pretty drinkable- no discernible boozy notes.

This was really tasty, and one of the better brown ales I've had.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's true the look of this one is meh - brown, murky, no head resulting in no lacing. Smell is huge coconut, vanilla, bourbon, chocolaty brown malts, caramel, toffee, little bit of brown sugar. Taste is even better with big bourbon, coconut, toffee, caramel, vanilla, figs. Reminiscent of FW DDBA. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a little booziness. Aftertaste is nice bourbon, caramel, toffee, smooth creaminess. Overall I rated this one for what it is - a BBA imperial BROWN ALE. It's not a BBA stout nor do I think it's supposed to be. What it is, is one hell of a beer.

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Photo of Roguer
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on 5/29/15, making this almost a month old.

A: Pours a thin, dark purple/brown color. Minimal white head.

S: From the nose alone, I don't get that this is an Imperial Brown Ale as a base. But I do get the nice whiskey notes, very clean and fresh. It's certainly not dominating, though. Some vanilla, oak, and even Coca-Cola in there.

T: Vanilla, oak, raisin, cherry, bourbon. Comes across a bit sweeter and more decadent than expected.

M: Fuller body than it appears. Good carbonation. 12% ABV is extremely well hidden as this one is scary drinkable. Very sweet and sticky mouthfeel too.

O: Kind of a unique style here, don't see many BA Imperial Brown Ales. But it's nice. More sweet and not as hoppy as expected, given the style, but it still works. It's very drinkable and tasty. Super glad it's in a 12 oz., as a bomber of this would be too much. The barrel treatment here is also really nice. It loses points because I don't think it executed the style just right, but how it ended up it still pretty darn good.

Recommendation: Not an essential Prairie beer, but one worth seeking out for sure.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

June 19, 2015

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Deep brown, basically black, opaque. A slim head, off-white to light tan, with moderate retention.

S – Lots of barrel character, vanilla and light oak tannin. Light chocolate and some raisins.

T – Vanilla, chocolate, toffee, raisins. Some light fruity hops.

M – Somewhat thick, juicy, medium-low carbonation.

O – Tons of barrel character without that taking over the beer. Would love to taste the base brown ale on its own. A great example of whiskey barrel aging adding to the beer.

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Photo of stephens101
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a clear, deep brown, likened to oiled wood, with a thin off-white head that fades away quickly without lacing. The the nose is thick with barrel character - vanilla, coconut, raisin, caramelized sugars - more similar to a BA old ale than a brown. However, the clean malty body builds up a slightly-bitter, biscuity BA flavor that lingers on the palate like a cigar. The beer maintains a light-medium brown ale body that allows the barrel to do all the talking, forcing the consumer to begin recanting tales of successful, though embellished, fishing & hunting trips by way of such a drinkable and potent abv.
The beer drinks with malt and barrel in your face, bitterness is at a minimum - seek this out if you're a fan of lighter bodied old ales with aggressive barrel features.

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Photo of Jjski
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.85/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky brown with little to no head at all. Smell is of sweet, buttery toffee, bourbon, rich vanilla bean, caramel. Lovely nose! Taste follows with the caramel, bourbon and wood character. Feel is light-medium and very easy to drink. Not much heat. Overall, this one is up there with Prairie's BA stuff.

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Photo of Atatum
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours light fizzy head that disappears almost instantly, outwards fizzy bubble popping, murky peach orange color.

Nose nice tart fruit, lots of fruit and little citrus rind, light pithy flesh, Brett funk, slight souring fruity Brett funk but not horse blanket, nice sour and funk blend. Faint sweet make note.

Taste brings more of the same, grapefruit like citrus, juicy pith and citrus fruit, tart green fruit etc. Nice funk, light barnyard funk with faint tart citrus notes, tart fruity funk, etc. Nice Brett funk characters. Light blond malt base, touch sweety and sticky, flemmy acidic note as well. Finish is dry but a little flemmy sticky, lingering tart Brett funk and sour fruit.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, little flemmy sticky feel.

Overall quite good.

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Photo of M_chav
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Prairie Okie from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.