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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

ABV varies by batch.

Added by MinorThreat on 05-29-2013

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Reviews: 797 | Ratings: 5,370
Photo of MichaelCoyne
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer, but wasn't crazy about it. A lot going on with the coffee, chili, and vanilla. My taste buds were confused. I drank one at room temp and one super cold out of my fridge, and the cold one was much better. seemed to blend all the flavors better

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

LET THE BEER WARM UP. The chilies disappear at a cold temp. This beer is fucking outrageous. The taste and mouthfeel are world class. Took me a while to reconcile the vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, dark ground coffee and ancho chilies but, man oh man, once I got my act together it started to sing. Unlike anything I've had before. Silky smooth with a lingering heat that complements, not overpowers, the flavor profile. One of those whole-is-better-than-the-sum-of-its-parts experiences. You can imagine how each component will taste individually but not the whole. Somehow worth the money.

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Photo of Beric
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: On tap in a snifter
Served: 7 May 2016

500th beer!

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark black with just the slightest evidence of a tan head on the top of the beer, clinging to the sides of the glass slightly before dissolving under influence from the high ABV.

Smell: Quite a complex nose, with strong assertions of cocoa powder, coffee, mocha-like sweetness, and vanilla. Not picking up much of the chilli peppers in the nose.

Taste: Clean and clear flavors identifiable with nothing really being muddled together, which is nice for a stout of this repute. I picked up more of that mocha-coffee sweetness, likely due to the coffee and cacao nibs interacting together. You could pick out coffee notes but also a definitive chocolate as well. Soft vanilla sweetness in the midpalate and back end. Again, not picking up much from the chilis at all, though there is a bit of cut of something not sweet at the very back of the palate, which I attribute to the chilis. Perfectly masked alcohol, even at 13%.

Mouthfeel: Large body with medium carbonation. It's big and it drinks big. I felt like the small 6oz serving was perfect at the bar I was at though, which kept me from feeling bogged down in the beer.

Overall: A marvelous brew and one I would highly recommend. Definitely a treat for my 500th brew!

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Photo of Ibcrew5
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Birthday beer from Ricks. BLACK! Peppers don't show up much in the flavor. Has a good coffee sent but not overpowering and lot flavors jumbling up in the first drink that seem to organize themselves as you get into. Finish is what I like from an imperial stout. 13 percent alcohol is hidden well. Order again if you see it.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pitch black appearance with a nice brown head. pretty standard appearance, thought the bottle was cool tho.

big coffee on the nose and a nice roasty scent coming from the coffee and malt profile. palate is similar - sticky sweet chocolate, molasses/brown sugar, burnt malts and coffee, caramel and a subtle vanilla. also getting some raisins and a bit of spice on the finish ... really nice stuff. full bodied, good mouthfeel and very drinkable considering the abv, which you dont really pick up. overall glad to try this one and am definitely eager to try some aged versions.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

Opaque seal brown body supports a thin layer of ecru foam which recedes to a sizable ring round an island of micro-bubbles. Decent retention, fragile legs, delicate lacing.

Intense nose with surprising synergy among the aromas - cocoa, coffee, and vanilla appear almost in equal measure. The base malt offers further roast aromatics, though above all the smell is sweet, like a fine demerara sugar.

Brown sugar, not-particularly-dark-chocolate, smooth (medium roast?) coffee, and gentle grain notes fill the palate - the vanilla lingers on a bit longer, and the faint savory (roast?) chile note keeps things from being cloying despite an almost candy-like finish. This one definitely favors clarity over complexity, with the big flavor additions dominating the beer and concealing any hint of heat from the alcohol. Well crafted, without the slightest hint of bitter, sour, or acrid notes, let alone any off flavors.

Creamy, almost oily, medium-full-bodied mouth-feel with sufficient carbonation.

It's interesting to have a big rich stout like this that isn't barrel aged for once, but the flavor (while not insipid) is a bit too simplistic compared to the best of the breed - sort of like a painting executed in primary colors, it's attention grabbing and impressive, but at the expense of nuance.

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Photo of Maxyim
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Textbook-perfect. Not much to say here except that this scary monster is scarily awesome and definitely well worth trying for stout lovers who have not gotten their hands on one yet.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of the 12oz bottle. This is an excellent brew with very up front hints of coffee and vanilla and ending with a nice smash of chilli flavors to round out this stout. Very nice and I can't wait to find another one of these! So good!

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle at Arch Bridge the other day. My first chance to try this highly regarded beer.

The beer pours a black brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is certainly attractive in this beer, as I get considerable chocolate, vanilla, maybe some light black cherry, and then some underlying coffee. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with the chocolate and vanilla really dominating. I pick up a hint of the ancho chili peppers I guess, but this beer is pretty sweet, and it probably use a bit more of a chili bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the finish is long and smooth. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and frankly, I was surprised by the 13% abv.

Nice beer, no doubt, though I'm not sure I'm quite as in love with it as some of the folks who have reviewed this beer. I do appreciate the 12 ounce bottle format, however, and the price point seemed OK (here in Oregon, I paid $8.75 for a bottle). Anyway, I'm glad to finally have the chance to try this one at long last.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
2.9/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark. Minimal head that dissipated quickly, no lacing. A bit of an orange-ish halo when held to the light.
Aroma of sour stout. Nothing much that suggests coffee or vanilla.
Flavor shows some coffee but not as much as expected. The high alcohol is evident as is the chili pepper when you walk away from it for a minute. General impression is that it is trying too hard to be too much of everything at once.
Mouthfeel generally flat, mostly triggers mid-central receptors of the tongue. Relatively clean aftertaste for a high abv brew.
Maybe I got an off bottle but just not excited at all about this. Maybe I've developed Imperial Stout fatigue...I would much prefer a 3.5-4.5% seasonable stout with some balance. This is too plum/alcohol for me.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Prairie Bomb!. Definite chocolate and vanilla nose, taste is chocolate, coffee and booze, not much bitterness. Chili pepper is there if you think about it, but doesn't dominate. I like it, though struggle to justify the cost. Still, It is going on my favorites list!

Update: The review above was from a fresh bottle. I later had the chance to have it on tap and the keg was aged 6mo - really brought out the peppers!

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a mug. The appearance is pure black with a brown head. The aroma is chocolate. The taste is Hershey chocolate and coffee with a big warm sensation from the high alcohol content. World class.

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Photo of asmangat
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku. Minimal head, good lacing. Nose full of chocolate, super sweet but with green peppers. Very drinkable, these pepper infused beers can sometimes be too overpowering, but this is very well balanced, with heavy coffee, pleasant bitterness and a tinge spice on the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, silky, and smooth.

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Photo of JohnPaulJone5
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not what I expected to be honest! I mean that in a good way. I have a guy OK who hooks me up and usually I trade this along. Gave this a try finally and instantly fell in love. The whole chili peppers threw me off but I caved in and gave it a try.

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Photo of Coldkiller
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect Imperial Stout. It has the best coffee, the best chocolate, and it tied together with a hint of spice from the pepper skins. It is super pricey, but worth every penny. Holy crap!

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Photo of FBarber
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Since this beer has been reviewed plenty of times, I'm not doing a full point by point review, but rather just putting down my overall thoughts.

This beer is beautiful looking (even without any head) and smelled amazing, however, unlike many people here, I did not pick up any pepper notes either in the smell or taste - perhaps because it was left sitting for about 4 months? Either way, it was very good.

But what really set this beer apart from any I've ever had like it was the feel. Seriously, its like drinking a fudge brownie - just so decadent. That brownie analogy also applies to the sweetness of the beer. Its just a bit too sweet for my taste, Id like a bit of a drier cacao finish rather than sweet brownie batter, but hey, thats just a minor quibble.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.54/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours black, maybe a little bit of mahogany on the edges. a small tan head that fades pretty quickly and leaves nothing behind. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: huge coffee flavor that either mixes with or comes off a bit like the peppers. strong chocolate-y fudge. very faint vanilla. peppers return in the finish.

Taste: opens with a little bit of chocolate that gives off strong fudge like notes. strong pepper heat comes in and mixes with coffee. some roastiness barely makes it through along with a touch of vanilla bean. more pepper heat and taste near the end.

Mouthfeel: nice thick and a bit chewy. heat leave is good and not to strong. a little deceiving for 13%

Overall: the coffee flavor adds complexity to the pepper flavor which I can see being a good thing but I just can't come around to the taste. I do really like the fudgey body and like the level that the heat comes in. could pack a bit more alcohol punch though.

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Photo of Mexi_locobarrel
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured like a midnight silk color ,
scents of a grind house chocolate coffee hit the nostrils. The taste was absolutely great aromatic coffee was not to ignore with a sweet cacao finished that lingered to the very end.

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Photo of lic217
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark Black, small tan head, a little lacing 5
Smell: Mostly chocolate, with a touch of vanilla and alcohol
Taste: Starts sweet, but it ends less so. Chocolate and vanilla flavor, with a warming touch of alcohol heat and a slight dark fruit flavor 4.5
Feel: Smooth, creamy, really nice, but maybe a touch too thin. 4.5
Overall: It's a well made big beer, with a great chocolate flavor, but I would have preferred more complexity. 4.5

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Photo of LMO1190
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look pitch black, with a super thin mocha head.

Smells, Like rich dark chocolate ,coffee, and vanilla.

Taste like creamy dark chocolate with coffee. A good amount of sweetness, A nice spiciness that comes out more as the beer warms up. Awesome well balanced beer.

Feel= Nice and cream, with some tingling on the tongue and roof of the mouth. A little bit of pepper burn at the end.

This is probably one of the best imperial stouts, I have had. I would drink this again and will try more brews from Prairie Artisan!!! Just Awesome

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Photo of rarigney
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured straight down the middle of a goblet. Black. No head, just a thin tan line around the edge. Maybe I poured it a bit cold, 45-50F. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Taste chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, coffee.

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Photo of MrHolden
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into snifter. Pours black with a stubborn tan head. Aroma is hot cocoa, coffee, molasses, and a hint of chili spice on the tail. The flavor is malt, chili, and burnt coffee up front followed by smooth chocolate and some booze. Big mouthfeel with lower carbonation and a slick, wet finish. The chili spice is not very present until the aftertaste builds up after multiple sips. I am a fan of spice so this feels very mild to me, but it's there. The chocolate is noticeable throughout and is not overly sweet. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Nin10dude64
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the BOMB poured into a snifter

pours black, no head, probably because i poured it very smooth given the small size of the snifter, but a thin tan foam did form. Bubbles rise from the sides of the glass

smell is of instant dark chocolate, slightly sweet but immediately followed by the chili pepper presence. Coffee can be picked up, and an alcohol afterscent persists

spicy at first sip, followed by a rush of coffee then chocolatey chewiness (reminded me of M&M's lol)

smooth and creamy, the spiciness sits in the throat and tongue between sips, and gets slightly spicier with time and warmth

I had barely noticed right before I drank this that they put chili peppers in it. I hate spicy food and I had already seen a few beers on BA that have peppers and the idea seemed unappealing to me, but here spiciness was separated from heat, it was incredibly enjoyable and I had more fun drinking this stout than any other up to date. A must have for anyone who likes stouts

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Photo of fx20736
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle from Brockport Beverage, Winter 2015/16. Poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temp.

Look: Black, thin cinnamon head which completely disappears

Smell: complex but I get coffee and chocolate

Taste: coffee, chocolate, some peppery heat

Feel: solid and slippery

Overall: pretty good

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Photo of HardTarget
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as night, holds a thin ring of dark tan head.

Aroma: Malt extract, burnt grain, hint of a citric hop.

Taste: Heavy toffee notes, burnt sugar sweetness, bit of molasses, a dose of dusty earthy notes in the finish try to explain why it doesn't all go cloyingly sweet. Bitters are coming from a coffee note as well.

Mouthfeel: Viscous, chewy, heavy body with low carbonation. Dry finish has a little alcoholic heat.

Overall: Big impact! Malt monster goes down like a old fashioned hard toffee candy. A little smoky burnt coffee gives it some depth and character. Hops are very background, but doing some heavy lifting to keep this enjoyable. I get the big numbers, I can't throw any serious stones at them. This is clean, big, bold, and tasty. It's pricey too, so I won't be getting a lot of them, but will probably reach for another.

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