Coffee Okie
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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #6
Ranked #1,109
4.29 | pDev: 7.46%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Coffee OkieCoffee Okie
Notes: imperial brown ale aged in whiskey barrels with coffee added.
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Purchased locally in December 2015, and consumed in December of 2017.

A: Rich brown, but certainly brown rather than black. Nearly opaque. Forms a one-finger dense creamy tan head, with lots of small bubble carbonation running up the sides. This is very pretty.

S: Really nice here – rich coffee, vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Some dark mocha. Toasted malts and mild toffee. The whiskey is in nice balance with the other flavors – it's definitely there, but at a level to allow the others aromas to take the lead. Just a hint of barrel char and whiskey spiciness, plus more bitterness from the roast (though I don't know if the roastiness is from the malts or the coffee...or maybe both). Very nice and balanced. I'm not sure you could ask more on the nose from a barrel-aged coffee brown ale.

T: The taste follows the nose, although maybe more mocha forward than the nose. Coffee, sweet vanilla, and whiskey. Mocha, caramel, Heath Bar, and oak tannins. Toasted malts, sweet ethanol, mild leather. A modest roasty bitterness near the end, and more sweet whiskey and lingering mocha in the hang.

M: Full-bodied, as long as you remember it’s a brown ale rather than a heavy porter or Imperial Stout. The whiskey flavors are integrated though obvious, and I do find this a bit warming going down. Carbonation sensation is on the low side, despite the plethora of bubbles on the appearance. It’s not flat, and while it accentuates the creamy mouthfeel it does seem a little low to fit the beer.

O: Very good. I don’t think the flavors were quite as good as the nose, but it’s still tasty. While not sickly sweet, it’s certainly malt and whiskey forward. For personal preference, I think I would have liked a bit more bitterness, whether from the coffee roast, malt roast, or hops – or maybe even the wood from the barrel to come out a bit more. But enough quibbles - it's certainly quite good as it is. Scores given to style.

May 24, 2020
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elNopalero from California

3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a ruddy brown black with thin lacing. Nice aroma with notes of French roast and whiskey barrel. There's a bit of a boozy sting. Thin bodied, surprisingly, with a nice lingering heat. Had this with some age on it, but it was hard to read the exact bottled date.

Nov 28, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very little head production, and correspondingly no retention to speak of. Body is a fairly clear dark brown body.

Nose is mostly coffee and whiskey fighting for dominance, while tones of oak, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel hide in the background like children watching their parents fight. And just like a classic parental spat, there's no hiding the influence of booze on the nose.

Much smoother on the palate, with tons of whiskey, red grapes, brown sugar, and coffee; around mid-palate, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel really take over, giving this a sweet character that it rides to the finish, accentuated by the whiskey mash.

Remarkably smooth; for all the booze on the nose, this massive beer is lively and supremely drinkable on the palate. It's boozy, but like the lies of the devil, it sucks you in with honeyed words (I'm not a big boozy brew; I'm just like a sugary toffee bar!) and flattery (oh, YOU can take this brew, you big MAN you!) until it's too late. And oh, it's too late ... by the time you recognize that 13% WILL knock you on your ass (or should, you lush), it's too late; you're grasping for your water, but it's so far away on the desk across the room, and after all the carpet is soooooo comfortable.

Shhhh.....good night.

Jan 27, 2019
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ghostwalker from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Super dark brown body with a whisper thin white head.

Smell: Barrel nose, sharp whiskey notes covered with malt sweetness.

Flavor: Noticeable barrel again, malt body with slight coffee on the finish. Sweet and smooth. Not boozy at all, (shockingly at 13%?!).

Mouthfeel: Thin. Elements of tartness on the palate, but not especially tart flavored. Warming down the palate and down the chest as well.

Overall: Super nice sipper. Highly drinkable for the ABV. I will let this one rest at room temp for a while to see if it
continues to open up.

Mar 25, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 33415 (I believe), meaning it was bottled on 30th November 2015. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear dark brown colour with a thin tanned head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, oak and sweet whiskey.

Taste: Sweet, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, oak, whiskey and booziness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A nice sipper, maybe a touch on the sweet side, but still great on a cold day.

Mar 03, 2018
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Hazy orangish brown. Modest tan head on the pour that mostly recedes. Sparse but messy lingering lacing.
smell: Coffee is aggressive and great. Caramel, toffee, and vanilla bourbon from the base Okie hold their own.
taste: Very much like the nose. No hint of booze.

Jan 21, 2018
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Furlinator from California

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque near black with a thin beige head that quickly disappears completely. The smell is of caramel, coffee and subtle barrel notes. The taste follows with caramel, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, a hint of nuttiness and faint barrel. Medium texture with low carbonation. Not as much coffee as I expected, this comes across more like an English barleywine.

Dec 09, 2017
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BWood from California

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks dark Coca Cola Brown is its small head and slight carbonation.

Base beer is present. Some slight coffee and whiskey. Not super strong. But nice.

Excellent taste. Silky base beer and the whiskey compliments it perfectly. Wish I did a side by side with FW bravo. This might edge it. It has that great prairie touch I love.

Creamy mouthfeel. No complaints. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Overall a great beer. Not quite AB noir level imo. But a great showing as always.

Oct 13, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown almost black, with small mocha head.
Aroma has huge amount of coffee, whisky, oak, raisins,
Taste is lots of whisky, coffee, muscovado sugar, bitter chocolate, little vanilla

Mar 28, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours deep dark mahogany color with thin tan head

Aroma - Lots of rich brewed coffee aromas, vanilla, the whiskey is subtle but noticeable. Dark chocolate and roasted malts .

Flavor - Wow this thing has an amazing flavor, big rich coffee, sweet toffee, dark chocolate, the whiskey is a little stronger in the flavor but it is perfect and does not overpower any of the other flavors.

Feel - Full velvet feel, warming very smooth. There is a slight burn from the alcohol but no where near the 13% ABV this thing packs.

Overall - A very well done beer, the taste is amazing you can taste every flavor and they are all balanced.

Feb 26, 2017
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Shanex from France

4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An exceptional American brown ale. One of the best beer I've had from this side of the Atlantic. Definitely world-class. Prairie products are a tad pricey but totally worth it. Cheers!

Jan 20, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color and very murky in complexion. There's a fingernail of light brown covering half of the center of the beer. Aroma is comprised of sweet whiskey, caramel, and coffee. I taste sweet whiskey, caramel, coffee, and plenty more sweet whiskey. The mouth is very sticky and warm with alcohol.

Jan 14, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage; drank 12/13/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Opaque brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small khaki head; minimal lace.

Roasted coffee bean, caramel & peanut butter notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Rich caramel & dark roast coffee bean flavors up front; whiskey & oak notes on the finish. Mild raspberry notes emerged as this warmed. A bit boozy for me but otherwise right up my alley.

Jan 11, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - Very dark with a thin white head

S - Good complexity, caramel, coffee, oak, vanilla

T - even better than the smell, it's also a lot about caramel, nuts (hazelnut and chestnut), oak, vanilla, coffee, some sweetness and bourbon with a nice balance

M - low carbonation, nice mouthfeel but could be better

O - a wonderful beer, not a brown ale nor an imperial stout, it's quite unique. It's bold and strong but not boozy. It has all the good aspect of great double stout without the roasted characteristics but with some nice caramel and nutty notes

Jan 04, 2017
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nickfl from Florida

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flat and dark brown, with no persistent foam. Lots of vanilla toffee and oak with little coffee in the aroma. The coffee comes out a bit more in the flavor with a bit of sweetness and a thin body. There is a kind of lingering cola character that keeps the overall from ever quite being able to live up to the aroma.

Nov 24, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Coffee Okie is brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale aged in whiskey barrels with coffee beans, available in 12 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp froth head of an ecru tan over a moderately hazy deep brown body with light carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) Bread malts, bourbon grain heat, coffee beans, soft cocoa. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Follows the aroma, with bread and chocolate malts with a moderate sweetness, giving way to bourbon barrel grain notes, finishing on the lightly roasted finish of coffee bean. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly residual, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is shy of heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A pretty bourbon-heavy brown ale, but I was looking forward to more impact from the coffee than the bourbon, which is very front-and-center in this ale, and a bit hot as well. 3.75

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Coffee Okie

Nov 03, 2016
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Nhens0016 from Louisiana

4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very surprised by this beer. I was expecting more nutty brown/bourbon then what I am getting. I get a bit of coffee, nothing overpowering, but the bourbon is front and center. I would call this more inline with a bourbon stout then a bourbon brown/coffee. Fantastic beer though. It might actually be on par with Bomb! and that beer is on my upper most list of stouts.

Oct 12, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a deep, vibrant, mahogany coloring, with a thin halo of off white head. Aromas of robust coffee, heavy booze, wood spice, whiskey booze, vanilla, and sweet hazelnut. Very bold nose. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, heavy on robust coffee and creamy hazelnut, with a spiced blend of booze and vanilla following. Solid earthy undertones, too. Smooth, creamy, and light bodied, with a boozy, rich, sweet hazelnut cream and bitter coffee aftertaste. The finish is smooth, creamy, but still fairly light. Great beer.

Sep 05, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky dark brown with nearly no head at all, leaving just a think ring of foam around the edge of the glass

S- aroma is predominately coffee and bourbon. Take a fresh roasted coffee, pour in a shot of bourbon, add a bit of vanilla sweetness.

T- plenty of bourbon up front, along with some woodsy oak barrel & vanilla sweetness. The coffee hits mid-palate and gives some espresso-like notes, along with some nuttiness, reminiscent of hazelnut. The finish is slightly sweet, with some caramel notes, along with more coffee and bourbon

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- coffee and bourbon throughout, a nice sipper, although I prefer regular Okie

Aug 23, 2016
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown beer that's nearly black topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of coffee, chocolate and oak with some caramel and vanilla going on as well.
T: Taste is chocolate covered espresso beans with some nice whiskey notes. Some caramel and vanilla as well plus hints of oak. Coffee never strays far from the front and there's a little roasted malt as well. Swallow is whiskey barrel through and through with caramel and vanilla with still more oak with just a little lingering coffee toward the very back.
M: This beer is pretty full in body but not excessively so. Carbonation is light but adequate and the finish on the beer is dry from the ABV.
O: Overall this is another quality beer from Prairie. The beer has great flavor and complexity and the beer has just the right amount of barrel influence. Definitely one to try if you like coffee and whiskey combined.

Aug 10, 2016
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HeartofMiami from Florida

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish brown with no head. Smell is freshly roasted coffee, caramel and toffee malts and whiskey. Taste follows but more subdued. Well blended and minimal carb. Some heat on the back end from the whiskey

Jul 31, 2016
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jopezu from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a dark mahogany with almost no head. nose; coffee, molasses, chocolate, & easy hops. taste; chocolate malt, toffee, molasses, sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee, sweet raisin, caramel, & hops. massive oak aftertaste that lingers strongly. the sweets & bitters are balanced a bit towards the sweet, but the complexity holds it together. densely carbonated & medium mouthfeel. the 13% abv is masterfully subdued. dark, sweet, strong, & complex. delicious!

Jun 04, 2016
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911CROFT from England

3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle into an oversized tulip. Paid £8.00 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, dark mahogany brown/ almost black body, that when held to the light displays some amber highlights towards the edges of the glass. A light, thin, one-finger in height, white head quickly fades to a slim collar, leaving behind absolutely no lace of any kind.

The sweet, rich and toasty nose leads primarily with brown sugar, molasses, lightly roasted coffee, caramel malt and toffee. Underneath, but still easily perceptible, are notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla and alcohol. Taste follows suit, but with a slight change to the billing. Sweet, boozy, bourbon profiles come to the forefront, leading above the robust malty base. Around the mid-palate, hints of dark fruit and lightly roasted coffee join warm toasted malts, while soft notes of caramel, toffee and dense brown sugar sweetness linger for an age before slowly fading towards the finish. Medium to full-bodied with a low to moderate amount of carbonation, the mouth-feel starts rich, slick and silky smooth, despite being a touch syrupier then ideal. As initial malt sweetness recedes, coffee profiles reveal a previously hidden mild bitterness, and together in combination with traces of oak, vanilla and pleasant alcohol warmth, finishes dry and slightly astringent.

Overall this is a very good beer. Hugely malt forward, but with plenty of well-balanced bourbon and coffee notes that add interest, complexity and prevent substantial sweetness from becoming cloying. At 13.0% ABV, alcohol is masterfully disguised, making drinkability dangerously high, despite the slightly disappointing body. Recommended.

Jun 02, 2016
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours thick dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, loads of toffee and caramel. Flavors follow the aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, coffee and some hints of bourbon and vanilla.

May 28, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy, dark amber, with no head and no lacing. Smell is of whiskey, malt, vanilla, coffee, some toffee. Taste leads with the whiskey, then malt, vanilla, coffee, caramel, some oak, some raisins. Good stuff. Smooth, solid body, well carbonated.

It's whiskey forward- not a bad thing, really, but delicious. Although, it is a bit light on the coffee. Great brown ale. Definitely worth trying, but it comes at a pretty high price point, like it's cousin Bomb.

May 26, 2016
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