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Prairie Okie - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 384
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 37
Gots: 123 | FT: 20
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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 Stevem68
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
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 +3.9%
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 -0.2%
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 +5.1%
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 +10.3%
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 -5.4%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +8.3%
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 +4.9%
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 -12%
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 +4.9%
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 -0.2%
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 -30.3%
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 +4.6%
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 +1.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -0.7%
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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Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of zhanson88
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
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!

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Prairie Okie from Prairie Artisan Ales
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