Prairie Artisan Ales

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Stout - American Imperial
4.06 | pDev: 9.11%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Imperial Stout Aged in Tequila Barrels.
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Msp004 from New York

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from 2015.
Poured black with paper thin mocha head which departed quickly.
Nose is dark semi sweet chocolate, dark malts, dark fruit, vanilla and tequila in the back of the bus.
Mouth is boom!!!, Tequila moved to the driver seat, chocolate malts, coffee, finishing with a slight bitterness and a nice lingering tequila finish.
Very well made stout especially if you enjoy tequila. Aged very well.
It's a shame it's no longer brewed.
Bring it back. bring it back ........

Mar 09, 2020
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Prairie always gets the mouthfeel and look of their stouts down perfectly. The tequila barrel is odd but not offensive. Smell of the tequila has faded I’m thinking since their bottle is a few years old. I can’t read the bottling date on it though. Taste has a stronger tequila note than the smell. Alcohol is well hidden. Glad I picked it up, but I wouldn’t get another one.

Feb 05, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a half finger of khaki head. Head retention is okay with a few stripes of lacing left behind. Aroma is tequila right on the nose, with roasted and toasted malts behind. Flavor profile is harsh tequila, chocolate, and toasted and roasted malts. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety-thin feel. Overall, huge notes of tequila in the aroma and flavor. The stout hides behind the boozy front end, but is barely visible.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Jan 25, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz bottle
Served in a Prairie snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma has chocolate, roasted malt, hints of coffee, and tequila.

It has a cocoa taste with some roasted malt. The tequila comes in the finish.

Full, chewy mouthfeel

This is an interesting stout. I think it is the only tequila barrel aged stout that I have had. It doesn't meld as well as bourbon barrels, but I kind of like the contrast. I prefer the bourbon barrel aging, but this was a nice and welcomed change of pace.

Feb 02, 2017
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Mateo2699 from Texas

4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark brown, nearing black hue with a big bubbled light khaki head. Aroma is fresh wood and hints of tequila upfront. As it warms, subtle spices of cinnamon and nutmeg come through. Same with the taste, interesting hints of cinnamon and pepper reminiscent of Bomb. Tequila isn't as noticeable, but barrel presence is. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, very velvety. Prarie never fails to disappoint.

Jan 08, 2017
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pitch black, thin tan head, little lace. Chocolate n tequila aroma. Taste is big chocolate notes, plenty of tequila and wood, balanced well. Nice soft creamy mouthfeel. Very different, interesting taste, liked it.

Jul 02, 2016
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jopezu from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours an oil slick with almost no head. nose; tequila, chocolate, & earthy hops. taste; easy roasted malt, chocolate, tequila barrel, lime pith, & molasses. light char, chocolate & tequila on the aftertaste. light+ carbonation & medium+ mouthfeel. slightly anemic on malts, but has decently stouty character with some standout tequila notes.

Apr 02, 2016
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

March 19, 2016

12 oz. bottle, snifter

A – Inky black, and pours fairly thick. A thin cap of tan foam with almost no retention.

S – A lot going on here. Fruity esters and alcohol notes, pears and strawberries. Vanilla bean and lightly roasted, fruity coffee, along with some bitter chocolate. The fruit notes are chewy, thick. Noble, spicy earthy hops. Slightly smoky impression from the tequila. All very pleasant, but not sure how it’s all melding together.

T – Fruity coffee, again strawberries and some blackberry-like notes, along with bitter chocolate and vanilla extract. Spicy hop notes and some green-ness that might be from the tequila.

M – Full-bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Some malt sweetness up front is subdued by moderate to moderate-high bitterness, and spicy notes from the hops and tequila. Finishes somewhat dry with a lightly bitter aftertaste.

O – A unique entry, definitely with distinctive character from the tequila barrel. But not as great as the sum of its parts.

Mar 30, 2016
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OmahaKF from Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell is chocolate, a hint of soy sauce, brown sugar, and agave syrup.

Taste is tequila sweetness and a mild booziness up front, mixed with chocolate and a bit of nuttiness.

A solid barrel-aged offering, but I'm not sure I've had enough tequila on its own to distinguish particular characteristics of this type of barrel-aging. I did like the sweetness that the tequila barrels brought forward and thought it melded fairly well with the base stout.

Feb 02, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black and oily thick, with only a thin halo of off-white head. Aromas of rich chocolate and vanilla, molasses, and the distinct tang and spice of tequila. Flavors are heavily roasted and richly sweet forward, with solid notes of coffee and chocolate blending nicely. Follow up flavors of vanilla and tequila provide pulls in different directions for the palate, with the vanilla going rich and sweet, and the tequila providing that agave sweet and spice, as well as some boozy notes. Smooth and creamy bodied, but with a solid weight to it. The beer has a tequila and chocolate aftertaste, which leaves a linger that is rich, sweet, and boozy. Smooth, layered, heavy finish that goes slow, and leaves a solid linger representing all the flavors. Solid beer, and this is coming from a guy who hates tequila.

Jan 31, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed fresh.

A - Dark, midnight black body with a finger and a half of creamy tan head. Nice retention and lace.

S - Tangy agave, lime, and woody tequila nose. Surprisingly mild stout notes.

T - Really nice balance. Tequila and agave blend with mocha, bread crust, molasses, and medium roast coffee.

M - Medium body.

O - A solid imperial stout with a strong tequila barrel character.

Jan 10, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is strong tequila followed by dark malts and vinous notes. The flavor is tequila, dark bread, dark/roasted malts and a long and very alcoholic/liquor finish.

Jan 01, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in trade from RobertDale, thanks for the opportunity!
Dark black with a smallish bubbly tan head. Wow that is aroma is different, but in a good way! Thick sweet caramel brown sugary malt with some roast and chocolate countered with some okay vanilla citrus and that distinctive tequila bite. The flavor is thick brown sugary chocolate and roast maltiness with a bit of light vanilla and spicy earthy okay with light spirit. The woody notes come off as almost herbal or menthol. Intensely complex and different. I enjoyed the aroma more than the flavor, but yeah that's pretty good, glad I got to try it!

Dec 17, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours like motor oil capped by an inch of mocha foam that fades to a ringlet; dots and dashes of lacing

Smell: Ashy, with chocolate and oaky tones; apple and agave round out the aromatics

Taste: The barrel shows off its oaky character at the outset, with the roast and chocolate tones building; by the middle, the apple and agave elements take over; strong sense of Tequila in the finish

Mouthfeel : Full bodied with moderate carbonation; a little thin, though, compared to what one would expect

Overall: Tequila barrels produce a difference effect but, after a while, my palate tires of it

Dec 09, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours an opaque black with a one-finger creamy dark tan head that retains for a while, before settling into a film, leaving a touch of lacing behind

S- initial aroma smells just like a candy apple; red skin apple with melted caramel. The illusion of apple probably stems from the agave notes from the barrel. Beyond the fruity notes, picking up aromas of tobacco, chocolate, oak & salty lime, quite interesting

T- tequila barrel is strong up front with big flavors of agave with hints of lime. Luckily, the base beers is strong enough to match up with the huge barrel notes, providing plenty of dark chocolate, caramel, charred malt, leather & a hint of coffee. More tequila barrel on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a bit of a thin finish, ABV hidden well

O- the tequila barrel is strong, but not overbearing. One of the lesser used spirit barrels has some nice characteristics when matched up to a strong base stout

Dec 02, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black. Very thick, dense, mocha head. Looks amazing. Get the roasted malts right away but it fades away mid palate and you pick up some fruity notes and oak. Slick and medium bodied mouthfeel. Pretty great beer.

Sep 24, 2015
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with an espresso coloured head with decent retention. Aroma of dark cherries, almonds, molasses and some strong liquor (safe to assume it's the tequila). Tastes bitter, a bit sour and hot, with notes of dark cherries, cocoa and prunes. Medium body (I was expecting something thicker) and a boozy, spicy mouthfeel with a warm aftertaste. Not the best stout from Priairie Ales, but a good one to try.

Sep 15, 2015
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This looks good in the glass. The smell is something different though. It smells like cheap tequila shot dumped in a stout. The taste is overwhelming like cheap tequila. The worste prairie stout I've had.

Sep 07, 2015
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mabermud from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: The body is typical Prairie Bomb(ish), deep, dark, and viscous. Opaque. The head is fine and creamy. The curtains melt gracefully from the sides of the glass as I give the liquid a twirl. The legs leave smooth artistic drapes on the glass as the stout disappears.
Smell: The tequila barrel makes a bold stand. For me, the aromas are mainly of tequila, barrel, dark roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, and bakers chocolate.
Taste: Of course, the taste follows the smell. The tequila barrel leaves a unique, tequila sour taste. Bready. Lemon and vinegar...Tequila sour combined with sweet roasted malt taste.
Feel: Thick in the mouth. Lower level of carbonation. Warmth.

Overall - Unique. I am glad I had the opportunity to try this.

Sep 01, 2015
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303beer from Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark muddy brown with a small bubbly head. Has a molasses nose to it. It does leave thin lacing that quickly dissipates. Has a heavy roasted flavor to it. Has a slight molasses flavor in with the roast at the end.

Aug 25, 2015
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: very dark black a small darkish chocolate head that disappears quickly

S: lots of big roasty big chocolate sharp leather and tobacco

T: big sharp alcohol taste the taste is very hidden getting a little pepper heat some chocolate some of the roast but lots of booziness

M: nice feel to it silky but not chewy lot of slickness from the alcohol

O: Meh, I would never guessed this was in tequila barrels just a lot of astringent alcohol taste hidden behind what might be a great bee but its very masked

Aug 15, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Black in color.

Thick like the other noirs. It basically has all the same flavors as noir with a subtle tequila flavor in the background. A lot of enjoyable flavors in this unique beer. It tastes like what it is supposed to be.

Reminds me of expedition with the tequila barrels.

Aug 09, 2015
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danh53 from Florida

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice, clean tequila aroma with chocolate brownie and roasted malts. Taste is agave, oak, lime, chocolate, coffee, and tequila with salt. Mouth feel is thin which confuses things. Is it supposed to be a light and refreshing summer beer? If so, I'd rather drink an IPA or wild ale. For a stout, this isn't thick and rich enough to be in the top tier. Still, I really like what they've done with the tequila barrel. It's different and I'm glad I got to try it.

Aug 07, 2015
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TreeBear from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Deschutes teku. Pours black. Small head that sucks around. Smell is bright and clean with the tequila. Starts off with lots of roasted malt and chocolate. Finishes with coffee and a little oak. Average mouthfeel. Overall it's good not great.

Aug 03, 2015
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imyourhero21 from California

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not a bad ba stout at all, but when compared to prairie bomb or apple brandy noir , this doesnt stand out. Better as it warms and the coffee notes come out. Nowhere near FW PNC for a tequila ba beer.

Jul 27, 2015
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