Paradise
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #337
ABV:
13%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,173
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 6.79%
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
830
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Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
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SCORE
95
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Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with coconut and vanilla
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BucBasil from Rwanda

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz can into a pint glass. The beer is a pure black color with no light coming through, topped with a 1.5 finger frothy brown head with moderate retention after a hard pour.

Smell is quite boozy with notes of vanilla, leather, and caranel, with some roasted character coming through. A light sweetness throughout. Rum, burned sugar. Coconut aroma is almost like a mounds bar dipped in vodka.

Taste: not as boozy as the aroma, but quite complex and sweet. Coconut is more evident here. Toasted coconut mostly, then comes caramel and burned sugar. Roasted malt, rum, vanilla extract, coffee. Hints of mounds bars covered by booze and coffee. A lot going on here, but all quickly covered by stronger notes.

Overall this is one complex beer. Fun and tasty for one drink, but probably just a one time thing for me.

Jul 23, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with a thin espresso colored head. Smells rich of coco, coconut, roasty malts, vanilla, just a hint of dark fruit. Taste very much follows the nose, boozyyyy. Feel is full-bodied, low carbonation, very warming, syrupy. Very well done stout!

Apr 03, 2021
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one admittedly sat in my cellar for 2+ years before consumption, so perhaps the aging worked against it. But this thing is so boozy and sweet.

The look was almost flat, but it is a pitch-black liquid which is what I was looking for.

And the nose is gigantic and evolving, with massive amounts of coconut, vanilla, dark fruits, dark chocolate, molasses, charred oak, toffee, tobacco — everything you want from a barrel aging. But the sweetness is obvious right away.

On the tongue, the sweetness starts to overwhelm, with massive sweet vanilla first, then chocolate covered cherries and berries, then Milky Way and Mounds chocolate bars. It’s plenty tasty, but unbelievably boozy and sweet. First few sips were fun, but the last few weren’t enjoyable. Oddly, the tasting notes fall off really quickly at the end, leaving a mild syrupy sweetness and little else.

Mar 18, 2021
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Coconut, vanilla, very smooth-creamy MF. The finish is smooth, unlike other stouts with a sharp bitterness. One of the better imperial stouts.

Dec 21, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to prolly elrogish who brought this to March Madness 2017.

Pours black. Soft brown head1/4". The aroma puts down a heftier degree of vanilla than it does coconut. Roasted grain is probably in the middle of the two.

Taste wise, you get something approaching but not quite breaking the barrier of entry into pastry stout land. The vanilla almost gets you there, the coconut is pretty mild, but they both make for a smoothing experience that keeps the roasted malt from taking on acridity or a bitter mouth feel. Additionally, this is pretty easy to drink for a 13% beer. Vanilla really do be like that. Also has a chocolate feel to it. Like I said, pulls up just short of the sugary free throw line. This one is shooting from the top of the key. Oily but welcome texture to the body.

Might be a good desert beer when you don't want your beer to rival the sweetness of your actual dish. These are good, but when you're around that $1/ per ounce price point, you better be. Don't think I would venture after this unless I found a good deal on it.

Oct 09, 2020
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very decent stout, but not my favorite of theirs. I was really hoping for more of the coconut to come through, or more of a pure vanilla flavor, but what you really get is a caramel flavor that pretty well dominates everything else. Super smooth, and the alcohol is very well hidden as per usual with them, though, so overall it's very drinkable- just not exactly what I was looking for- especially at their price points.

Jul 30, 2020
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StJamesGate from New York

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thinner-than-expected chocolate brown that doesn’t even attempt to have any head retention; booze, ash, oily coconut, dried dates, meringue and incense on the nose; brown sugar, some burn, cocoa syrup, coconut meat, black grape, fig jam, and cold brew coffee end; low carb, sticky, medium-full.

3.75 4.25 4.25 4 3.75

For starters: Bomb! is world-class, so this is being held to a very high standard. And I drank Speedway last night, so I’m calibrated tonight.
With that in mind, this is wanting. The first sign of trouble was the pour, where no amount of rigour could rouse a head - that’s bad no matter the ABV.
The nose warns of the ABV, but otherwise has not much to offer. On tasting the vanilla is faint, yet there’s also not enough roast to clean up the dessert cart flavours. If I concentrate, the heat and brown sugar combine into something that could be called bourbon, but as easily be marshmallow. In other words: where's the vanilla?
I’ll score it well for Taste, just because there are so many flavours, but this has to rank as a letdown. Only the burn cuts through everything - combined with the flatness, this is almost more like a liqueur.

Prairie play in the big leagues, so by that measure, this is hot, thin, and vanilla-less.

Jun 28, 2020
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DanO1066 from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draught 8oz snifter at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore (outside & distanced fm others): Nice black body w/a dark tan head that survived the trip fm behind the bar, but not long afterward. Vanilla & coconut on the nose & tongue. Thick & smooth. That high ABV is VERY well hidden.

Jun 14, 2020
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bobv from Vermont

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle.
Moderate pour yields a medium to dark tan head over a black body with some lacing. Nose of dark malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coconut. Taste is more vanilla and coconut and finishing with bitter chocolate. Alcohol is definitely there! Nice feel and overall, a very pleasant after dinner dessert beer as in my case, or, it would be a great Sunday brunchy kinda thing with pancakes or waffles.
Cheers to Prairie Artisan Ales for another gem!!!

Apr 29, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And now, for something CANpletely usual, we take you back to The CANQuest (tm), joined in progress! I have really been whaling away (in the hit, thrash or beat soundly meaning of the word, NOT the highly-coveted beer sense) at the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. This CAN will provide a segue into a short horizontal which will lead once more back into the breach, seeing a return to the pesky Bottles! This one & the next were both purchased at The Beer & Beverage Shoppe on Roseville Road.

From the CAN: " Imperial Stout Brewed with Coconut and Vanilla".

This was one of the more spendy CANs that I CAN ever remember purchasing so I wanted to savor every moment of it, beginning with the Crack! of the vent. I was pleasantly surprised my a light spritz across my fingertips due to its being a brimful craft CAN. They overfilled on THIS beer?!? Holy Baker's Dozen, Batman! I had to position the awaiting glass for the Glug, vice the other way around, so as not to lose even a single drop of this precious fluid. As such, I did not get much in the way of head & even a vigorous in-glass swirl failed to raise much more than wisps. 8=( Color was obsidian Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), not only allowing ZERO light penetration, but acting as a black mirror, reflecting on my soul. 8=O Nose was redolent with especially coffee and Baker's chocolate laced with coconut & vanilla. Think a liquefied Mounds bar! 8=O I have said before, I dig coconut & I always have, but it isn't everybody's bag. J/S. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. This was passing strange since it seemed light for the style. I let it roll around in my mouth & on my tongue to warm a bit, having just come out of my admittedly cold reefer. If I thought that I got chocolate & coconut on the nose, I REALLY got it in its taste! Phew. My first swallow left me with a pleasant tingling from my esophagus to my belly, reminding me that this is no playing around & to take it slow & easy. Finish landed in the Twilight Zone between Semi-Sweet & Semi-Dry. Phew.

Well now, as if that weren't enough of a jump start to the day, I also scored a Bottle (Eeek!) from Tavour before we parted company. They were a good service, but their local delivery agent was an inflexible pain-inna-a** + I just felt like it was all adding to the backlog & so I stopped doing business with them.

From the Bottle (!): " Imperial Stout Brewed with Coconut and Vanilla".

As I finished the last of the CANned version, whose ratings appear as my official version since CANs trump all, I readied a fresh glass for a Pop! of the cap. Once accomplished, I gave it an aggro C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I watched in rapt fascination as it first evinced a pseudo-Cascade, followed by the brief formation of a fizzy finger of bubbly, deep-brown head that quickly faded not only into wisps, but simply an oily skim atop the beer. 8=O Color remained obsidian Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), reflecting my soul in its black mirror. 8=O Nose retained its scent of a liquefied Mounds bar. Mouthfeel was slightly fuller than in the CANned version, but it still seemed thin for the style. The taste was comparable to the CANned version, so fair dinkum. Finish was samey-same as from the CAN.

Not an appreciable difference between the Serving Styles, but for me, if there is a choice, I'm going with CAN. Just pour it into a glass.

Apr 17, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 3/28/19. Opened 4/11/20.
Huge 2 finger tan head with very good retention...falls slowly down to 1/4" and hangs tight there. Black Imperial Stout, no light or color change to the edges. No lacing.
Fudge brownie, thick and rich with chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Maybe, maybe some coconut - no vanilla perceptible - those aromas have faded at 1 year. Still a bold imperial stout aroma. Some dark fruit.
Fudge, dark chocolate, roasted malt.
Full body and medium carbonation. Velvety and rich mouthfeel. Long malt-full finish along with a little heat of the 13%. Off dry in the finish.
Very good.
Need to catch this one earlier in it's life cycle to assess the coconut and vanilla aspect, at 1 year it's not existent.

Apr 12, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle with a smudged stamped date but the year in 2019. Sampled on April 11, 2020.

An amazing 5 out of 5 looking pour that is dark brown to near black with a full brown colored head that fades down quickly. No light penetrates this baby.

The aroma is just spectacular. 5 out of 5 again with an array of characters including coconut, vanilla, dark roasted malts, floral notes and absolutely no booze for 13%.

Bold mouthfeel but a little on the effervescent side. Still nice.

Sweet roasted malts, coconut, and vanilla define the flavor with no alcohol to speak of here either. This is so soothing and warming - it relaxes me. A slow sipper but well worth it.

Apr 11, 2020
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Msp004 from New York

4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, Black pour, minor head and slight lacing
Nose is Expresso roast, roasted malt, sweetness from I guess could be coconut and whiskey undertones.

Mouth is dark rich Expresso roast coffee, whiskey, coconut powder sweetness, roasted malts with a slight bitter finish as from a nice coffee brew.

Mild carbonation. 13 AVB is masked very well. Long lingering finish as from a good coffee brew.

Dec 11, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light carbonation with an above average body. Has a creamy dense feel
Aroma is coconut, toasted coconut, roasted malt,black coffee,mocha candy,biscuits and cookies.
Mildy sweet but far from cloying. Has some kind coffee bitterness. Otherwise it totally resembles aroma.
This is by far my favorite from prairie and ranks high to me compared to other beer in this category

Oct 28, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If there has ever been a more perfect pour for a stout, I haven't seen it. Huge two finger firm, dark brown head from a moderate pour. Retention is fantastic, with 1/4 finger lingering about 20 minutes after the pour.

Coconut and vanilla are barely noticeable on the nose behind the huge roasted malt base. Absolutely massive tones of molasses, red grapes, toffee, char, nuts, toast, caramel, burnt coffee, and Baker's chocolate.

Pecan, chocolate, vanilla, very restrained coconut, wood, light char, red grapes, banana, molasses, brown sugar, chewy caramel, toffee. Waves of chocolate (in a stout without added chocolate) colored by espresso, molasses, and licorice. Moderate sweetness, but neither a dessert nor pastry stout.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel; beyond full bodied. Thick, chewy, expansive, and mouth-filling. Lively without sting. Medium finish. Wet.

Oct 21, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass. Coding on bottle B#08181 116, so as to age, who knows. (Tried brewery website and freshbeer, but no help)

Standard jet black body with small coffee with a dash of cream head. Very little lacing

Aroma faintly of booze and a little medicinal.

On tasting, molasses, alcohol, roasted malt and soy sauce. No coconut or vanilla. Fairly smooth. Thinking this beer may be pretty old, but since PA doesn't use clear dating, hard to say.

Mouth medium, finish molasses and soy.

Overall, pretty unhappy with this beer. Not as advertised, and unable to figure out if it's old or not.

Aug 26, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a near pitch black color with a finger of effervescent tan head. The head is gone in a hurry, leaving no lacing as it settles into a thin golden ring.

The aroma brings notes of baker's chocolate, vanilla cream, and toasted nuts with some coconut shavings on the back end.

The flavor brings lots of vanilla, as well as some cocoa, biscuits, and roasted malt. Finishes with plenty of toasted coconut.

The feel is full-bodied with soft carbonation. Creamy, chewy and smooth with a ton of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a very good imperial stout that comes exactly as advised. It's sweet but not too sweet, with plenty of balance. Definitely a slow sipper.

Aug 14, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured it from a bottle into a small fluted glass while at a dance party.

Nearly black body with a creamy brown head with great lacing. Smell and taste of chocolate and dark berries. Flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, and a bit of licorice. Smooth , rich feel. Excellent beer, one I would only drink on occasion.

Aug 03, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: smooth, sweet, vanilla, toasted coconut, chocolate malt, sticky molasses mouthfeel, some boozy notes. Same with the nose. Black, opaque, tan head, delicate lace. Full but not heavy body. Good dessert ale with kick.

Jul 29, 2019
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Foyle from North Carolina

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass. A thin light brown head drops quickly with no lacing. Color is dark brown/black, plenty of carbonation. Rich aroma of cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, nuts. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with warming alcohol in the slow drying finish. Flavors of vanilla, coconut, chocolate, dark fruit, earthy hops. Overall: excellent imperial stout.

Jul 20, 2019
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BerryKumquat from California

4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Extremely dark brown near black color.
S: Strong smells of coconut with hints of vanilla.
T: A light rush of chocolate notes that builds into vanilla as the body and fades away. It's very light unlike other stouts.
F: Light and sweet.
O: An enjoyable stout paradise without the heaviness.

Jul 02, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Poured an opaque black with a small chocolate-colored head with little to no retention and decent lacing.

Rich cocoa dominates the aroma. Pecans, hazelnuts, fudge, nutmeg, molasses, caramel, maybe some warm cinnamon, toffee, faint vanilla and coconut, and oddly soy sauce. There are some light roasted coffee notes, although it's quite light for this stout. The aroma is pleasantly sweet and diverse, all around wholesome.

The sweet coconut and vanilla are more noticeable on the palette when tasting, and one can detect grassy hops more easily. Some licorice, tobacco, roasted barley are present too, and one can taste the coffee more easily. Follows the aroma well. Has a somewhat spicy lingering aftertaste. Medium-bodied.

Jun 29, 2019
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz

Pours opaque black. Tan film for a head.

Smells of cocoa, caramel, pecan, hazelnut, coconut and biscuit.

Tastes of chocolate, pecan, caramel, coffee, tobacco, mesquite, oak, maple and toast.

Full body, fizzy carbonation on the tongue. Hint of warmth going down.

Very rich and flavorful, but balanced by a dry smokey undertone. Drinks smooth and feels filling. Good slow sipper and very much worth trying.

Jun 27, 2019
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into Night Shift stemware.

Pours big and bold. Nose is chocolate, molasses, toasted coconut, anise, almond mintiness and fudge. A nice brightness with this one. Beer opens chocolate, molasses and fudge. Very sweet with some hints of coconut in the middle but this one's dominated by waves of chocolate and vanilla. More of the same towards the end. Body is medium to full with low carbonation. Slick and viscous on the palate and goes down warm but soft and luscious. Messy aftertastes that lingers forever.

The coconut is a bit faded in this one and that's a little disappointing. The flavors are there but the sweetness is almost too much without a distinct flavor characteristic.

May 01, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Date stamping on bottle neck appears to be early 2017.
Dark brown colored body, with a swath of medium brown back lit highlights. The pour doesn't bring out much of a head, but what sticks around as a tan cap does so for a lengthy time period. Each sip leaves behind a scattered pattern of lacing spots.
Aroma reveals the vanilla but any coconut is faint. Lots of dark roasted malts with chocolate.
Taste is very close to the smell, in that there is sweet vanilla mixing in with the medium dark chocolate. Part of the sweetness may be from the coconut but the coconut is only glimpsed way at the tail end. At this age the beer has a touch of sourness, which does not linger. The chocolate fades out with a bit of a chalky nature.
Medium plus mouth feel, with some stickiness. Okay carbonation.
This beer is too sweet for me to drink more than one per session, but the beer still has a very good tasting experience going on. Higher ABV% is hidden very well.

Mar 09, 2019
Paradise from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 830 ratings