Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas | Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie The Beer That Saved ChristmasPrairie The Beer That Saved Christmas
BA SCORE
3.69/5
373 Ratings
Prairie The Beer That Saved ChristmasPrairie The Beer That Saved Christmas
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Cowboys9 on 11-10-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,212
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
373
pDev:
13.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
59
Trade:
9
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 373 |  Reviews: 69
Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Prairie The Beer that Saved Christmas
2013 Edition

The beer pours a nice dark mahogany almost black/brown color. There is a nice fluffy and dense 1 inch head that forms. The head is off-white to light cream/tan colored and is pretty dense with some nice stickyness. (4.0)

Aroma is interesting. Starts off with some sourness that quickly is enveloped by more bready grain notes and is followed by some notes of banana bread and some slight raisin notes. Mild funk and some tartness come back up near the end. (3.5)

Flavor starts off with some nice bready grain notes and some mild dark fruit sweetness; some slight sour notes and nice woody funk and earthyness then follow these flavors. Nice slight yeasty phenols are present mixed in with some mild raisin and banana bread notes. The barrel adds such a nice dimension to what could be a one-dimensional beer. Mouthfeel is nice and fluffy with good full carbonation and a light to medium body. (3.75)(4.0)

An interesting variation on an Old Ale. There are nice underlain traditional dark fruit notes and sweet bready notes but with a woody funk and mild tart acidity that makes this beer dangerously drinkable. (3.75)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
2.25/5  rDev -39%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally $13.50 for a 500 ml bottle, but 20% off because Tully's was unloading some Christmas beers. Still on the expensive side.

In a snifter the beer was dark brown. The thick tan head persisted to the end, and left a smattering of lace.

A sweet fruit and caramel malt aroma.

Plums and prunes, toffee, a little oak.

A nice, medium-bodied old ale. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Afroman
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of StoutFox
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: brown, huge medium brown head
Aroma: a bit sour, bitter oaky,
Taste: Dry, I'm getting a number of spices, clove nutmeg, to name a couple, finishes tart and oaky
overall: not a huge fan it could have been a whole lot better. it almost tastes as though something got into the brew either in the bottle or the barrel more than likely form the spices added. the sour oakyness does fade a bit as it warms.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle cellared for a year. Pours a very dark reddish brown with a tan head that laces the glass. Smell is sweet, raisiny, and alcohol. Taste is malts, raisins, a bit of tartness, and oak. It has a good amount of carbonation and thickness to the feel. Overall it's a very well done old ale and the barrel aging gives it a good complexity. Not having it fresh, I don't know what effect cellaring had on the beer. I'd look for this beer again if it became available.

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Photo of mrw1zard
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a thin but tightly knit cream colored head. I get some serious bourbon,carmelized sugar,and dark malt in the aroma. The flavor is molasses,Brett,plums, and bourbon and it somehow works together. The blend of molasses and bourbon are sweet,but the tartness of the Brett quickly follows. Mouthfeel is thick but dry.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

: Pours dark chestnut crowned by a persistent 2” creamy tan foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Prune, dark malts, some dark sugars, spice T: Starts creamy, foamy fruity and then finishes with a dry, very long lingering complex layering of malt loaf and caramel flavors laced with some alcohol heat. The dark sugars, some traces of anise to cola, a dash of pepper and a little alcohol dominate the finish and the aftertaste. F: A medium body leaning to saftig, very creamy, above average carbonation. O: A big, tasty, complex old ale.

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Photo of Janis_Hoplin
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of VinceMig
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of phildow
2.32/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if this was bottled with Brett, but that might be the case based on my experience. Opened the bottle and half the contents gushed out immediately...

Appearance is pretty much the only thing here resembling an old ale. Hazy brown, too much carbonation leading to a three finger head even with a gentle pour. Lace remaining throughout the drink.
Smells funky, tart. Not really what one expects when they hear old ale.
Taste is full on farmhouse. That's it.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Again, not an old ale.
Overall, something went wrong, maybe this was sitting out too long before I got it and cellared it, not really sure. I just know it's not what I expected when I read old ale.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of MorganSaunders
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Tyrus
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hooliganlife
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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