Coffee Okie
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #6
Ranked #1,002
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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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 445
Photo of Roguer
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.

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Photo of ghostwalker
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.

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Photo of kitch
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.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
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.

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Photo of Furlinator
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.

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Photo of BWood
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.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
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

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Photo of Dragginballs76
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.

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Photo of Shanex
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!

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Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
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

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Photo of nickfl
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
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

Prairie Artisan Ales'
Coffee Okie

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Photo of Nhens0016
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
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

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Photo of SHODriver
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.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
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

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Photo of jopezu
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!

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Photo of 911CROFT
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
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.

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Photo of stortore
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Prairie's Coffee Okie for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye and i'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a unique design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a dark brown color that took on more of a caramel color when held to the light with half a fingers worth of bubbly slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly lower amount of high sweetness with the coffee being the first to show up and it imparts nice black coffee aroma with some sweet caramel flavors that it give it a caramel coffee like flavor. Up next comes the bourbon barrel which are noticeable with hardly any woody aromas and it has more of a bourbon aroma to it along with a little bit of vanilla that works well with it. Towards the end there's a little more toasted malts, caramel malts and sweet malts. This beer has a good aroma I like the bourbon, coffee, caramel combination.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that goes into the coffee which is the first to show up and it imparts a nice black coffee flavors that goes right into the caramel which is pretty noticeable and it works well with the coffee. Up next comes The bourbon barrel which show up just enough with a little bit of a light booze flavor. On the finish there's a little bit more coffee and it's followed by some more sweetness with some a caramel and warming aftertaste that is a little like werthers candy. This is a good tasting beer, but's a little too sweet. .

M- Not the smoothest, fairly cloying, on the thicker side of being medium bodied, a little sticky a little boozy with a lighter amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was smoother and no a little cloying

Overall I thought this was pretty nice beer and a nice example of the style, but It could have been great if it wasn't just a little rough around the edges. This beer doesn't have the best drinkability, it's too sweet and a half a glass is enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the flavor, it's good. What I like the least about this beer was teh sweetness and drinkability, they need some work. I don't know if I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn down a little. I would recommend this beer if you like sweet caramel and coffee combination, but it's not a must try. All in all I liked this beer, but i didn't love it. It's not a favorite Prairie beer, but it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, but with a little more work this could be a very good beer.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a tulip glass. Pours an almost opaque brownish black with a half finger of white high density head that left minimal lacing. Nose is dominant in alcohol and coffee. Preceded this brew with Founders Sumatra and a starked difference in the nose of the beer. Founders far more balanced, could actually pick up the attributes of the base brown from the Founders Sumatra. Taste was good, but the booze hid the Okie brown flavor for my palate. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an imperial brown with this ABV, carbonation is fine, and the finish has a hint of coffee bitterness and plenty of booze. It's a good beer that I'm glad I tried, but I'll in a heartbeat grab 4 pk of Founders Sumatra Brown for cheaper than what I paid for a single bottle of Coffee Okie. This beer is WAY overpriced for the offering, and sadly the Sumatra is a better beer. Hmmm, 4 bottles that are better and cheaper than contest. YMMV

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Coffee Okie from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 445 ratings