Paradise | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout brewed with coconut and vanilla

Added by gruss004 on 06-14-2016

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Photo of JeffSK
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersampler6
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Outstanding imperial stout, but man, I wish there were more coconut taste in it. Nice dark black color with just a little tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells nice, dark chocolate and roast coffee. Tastes similarly, along with vanilla, cream, caramel and malt. At the end, especially when it warms, there’s that faint hint of coconut. Would have given the taste score a higher rating if the coconut came through more clearly. Smooth, mild, slightly creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. High ABV is quite well-hidden and not overwhelming at all, with just the right amount of warming alcohol. Another excellent beer from an excellent brewery.

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Photo of CollinaTiger
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color with just a film of tan head.
Roasted malt aroma. Chocolate and vanilla. No coconut.
Chocolate, vanilla, and a little coffee. No coconut.
Smooth, easy to drink. Alcohol well-hidden.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timi
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super tasty imperial stout, especially on tap!

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rkarimi
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of HardTarget
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as night, doesn't hold a head, a few bubbles of tan around the edges.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, pine and earthy hops, edge of soy sauce dark malt.

Taste: More chocolate, vanilla manages to rise above all the volume, rich malt base goes a bit toward burnt sugar toffee. I don't get any coconut which is fine as I don't care for it.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, low carbonation, full chew, slight heat, surprisingly clean finish.

Overall: Malt monster, and does it well. Lots of flavors melt well, makes it complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of DBosco
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AirBob
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BAC801
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black and thick w/ a carbonated kick. Slightly boozy. Can says coconut and vanilla, I get no coconut. I get vanilla, raisin, oak, toffee and sour notes. Great sipping stout.

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Photo of Nick4444
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Prairie Artisan Ales Paradise - 13% ABV - ? IBUs
Date: 23017, consumed on 08/28/18.
Appearance: Its black, like used motor oil black with a dark brown sugar colored head.
Aroma: Milk chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, brown sugar, and some sweet milk like lactose aromas. Paradise smells very dessert like, super rich and sweet, even more than expected. No coconut, which is fairly disappointing.
Taste: Tons of chocolate and vanilla up front with some rich roasted malt flavors as well. Paradise is massively sweet, like glazed doughnuts soaked in chocolate milk. The back end approaches a cloying level of sweetness, like the last spoonful of milk in a sugar sweetened bowl of cereal. Like the nose, there isn’t any detectable coconut on the taste either, although the vanilla is very nice. In fact, I would have believed this to be a vanilla stout with coconut, not the other way around. As it comes to room temperature, it seems to only get sweeter, like a bowl full melted candy bars, wow. Also, I must mention there is absolutely no hint of the 13%.
Biased comments: If you love super sweet pastry stouts, this beer is for you. However, 12oz is entirely too much, I could have done with 6oz, be sure to share this one. It is very well made and reasonably complex, but after one bottle, the level of sweetness comes close to nauseating. Cloying sweetness aside, the value hurts the score as well. I could buy a four pack of the vastly superior North Coast Old Rasputin or one bottle of Paradise, its a no brainer for me.

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Photo of mntlover
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a two finger coco colored head if the person had smaller fingers. some light lacing down my glass.

Aroma is nice rich roasted malts, lots of sweet chocolate, brown sugars or molasses like sweetness too, rich and sweet. Good coffee notes as well , licorice and maybe coconut hints with some light vanilla but not really any more vanilla then in most big stouts anyway.

Taste is like the nose not quite as sweet but still good sweet notes. Big roasted malts, good dark coffee beans, black licorice, vanilla light alcohol warming notes, finish might have some light coconut but would be pushing it to say it was definite. Overall the flavor is good but not as nice as the nose made it seem.

Mouthfeel is big medium, not sure if the alcohol is lightening this one up but at 13% it is not as big or chewy as one would expect.

Overall eh its a good beer maybe a little of a let down from this brewery but still a solid beer.

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Photo of csfcmitchell
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jheimbigner
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Would not know that there was Coconut, or really vanilla in this brew if I was to blind taste it. It does have a nice sweetness. I think I would rate the flavor higher in a blind taste test, however, that I know there should be Coconut, decreased the taste rating accordingly.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yes! This one is quite good. Just about pitch black in color, with just a slightly sweet, nicely complex flavor. Nothing special about the smell, so the flavor is rather surprising. Carbonation feels right, unlike some stouts that are nearly flat.

Neither coconut nor vanilla overwhelm, but they are likely what give the flavor its bit of sweetness.

I was not familiar with this brewery, but this offering makes me curious to try more of their stuff.

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Photo of BrueryDC
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Daniellobo
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dark_Scarecrow
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with a creamy dark brown head. Long retention with rings of lacing.

S: Brown sugar, chocolate syrup, fudge, molasses, booze, toffee, soy sauce, licorice. Immense, strong, and rich.

T: Massive dark chocolate, burnt sugar, chocolate syrup, fudge, caramel, toffee, and espresso. Burnt toast, earth, and soy sauce as well. Sweet with a hint of roasted, burnt bitterness, and a warm finish.

F: Thick and creamy. Not quite chewy, but almost. Moderately carbonated. Very rich and sticky with sweetness.

O: A delicious and rich imperial stout, but where is the coconut and vanilla? This would have been better off listed as a normal imperial stout. It's still great, though.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inky black pour, black as night in the glass; slim finger of dark foam slipped away quickly... Aromas of sweet molasses and dark malt with a dose of vanilla and something faintly herbal - maybe the coconut? Tastes follows suit, a more sweet than bitter or dry stout, with ample chocolate, molasses, and vanilla suggestions... Coconut is somewhat subdued in the richer flavors, but there is a faint chewy sweetness that has that milky coconut note to it... full-bodied and smooth, a little sticky... A very good imperial stout... Bottom of can said B#01081; a $10 12 oz can here on Long Island...

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