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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #276
Ranked #1,068
4.27 | pDev: 6.79%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with coconut and vanilla
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Photo of bobv
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!!!

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Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of Msp004
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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

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Photo of Roguer
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
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.

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Photo of puck1225
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.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
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.

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Photo of Foyle
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.

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Photo of BerryKumquat
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.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as night with a 2 finger thick brown colored head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, fading slowly and leaving minimal spotty lacing. The head left lacing like it was a 5 year old barrel aged stout, which it's not so that was a letdown. The aroma is dark chocolate, light vanilla, Hershey's chocolate syrup, coconut, smoked malts, molasses, faint soy sauce, roasty notes and black licorice as it fades. The nose is complex and full of all the descriptions listed above, making for a really nice malty bomb that allows the star ingredients, coconut and vanilla, to come through.

Flavor starts of with dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, chicory, soy sauce and molasses, but then the vanilla takes over and brings roasty notes like smoked malts and burnt campfire wood with it. As those flavors start to fade the coconut and earthy aspects come through with hints of pine adding balance. Really smooth and easier to drink then it should be for a 13% ABV brew, this is another great stout from Prairie.

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Photo of mkh012
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours near-black with a rocky tan head that dissipates quickly. Like a lot of coconut stouts, once the head's gone, it ain't comin' back.

The nose is milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, and coconut. Sweet, with subtle roast in the background.

The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, cherry, and coconut. Faint roast and bitterness. Oily and slick feel. Medium+ heft. Some savory elements in the background.

Overall, very good. 4.25

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, small beige head
The coconuts and vanilla are quite nice in this strong and powerful imperial stout. Some cocoa and coffee notes.
Very balanced.
Quite smooth.
Nice one. Glad I have bourbon barrel aged version waiting for me in the basement

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Photo of beergoot
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown body; relatively thin yet lasting head, tannish. Rich chocolate aroma; sweet; roasted nuts; peanut butter. Roasted peanut and cocoa flavors; boozy; some vanilla sweetness. Heavy body; silky; smooth sweetness.

A very fine imperial stout that delivers some deep, rich chocolate flavors with minimal alcohol heat. Full-bodied with a smooth and velvety feel.

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

-Brewed with coconut and vanilla.

A: Quickly diminishing burnt coppery-bronze head is bubbly and thin, lapsing to a polished surface. Dark inky black color with a shiny reflective nature and a encircling dark coppery-bronze ring around the edges.

S: Sweet vanilla and marshmallows on the nose backed with some cold chocolate. Spicy nutmeg, warm cinnamon add highlights along with some warm cocoa. Dark chocolate finish, dried pine hops adds an earthy evergreen feel and bitterness finishes out. Good strength.

T: The flavor was dark roast, earthy chocolate and sweet vanilla, almost hot coco like. Hints of dried coconut, nutmeg spicing is accompanied by a spicy bite of black liquor. Dark fruit of figs, sweet burnt cake, roasted barley and burnt currants. Smoky dark malts and pine that finishes with bourbon, and a black roast flair on the swallow.

M: Thick and creamy mouthful is medium-full. Softly carbonated, spicy alcohol bite.

T: Lots of complexity on the nose, sweet vanilla, coconut and spices. Hearty roast body with burnt sweentess for flavor. Warming spicy alcohol and rich coffee dark roast on the finish. 13% is rich in deep roastiness, thick slurry stout and outstanding per style (milk stout).

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft Gray Lady, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Pours deep, dark, nearly black. Cold pour, no head, no lace.

Roasty coffee and vanilla take over the nose. Predominantly mild, but good. There’s a dark fruit backbone that really helps balance out the profile.

Dark fruit, chocolate, booze, and subtle roast malts right off the bat. As it settles, dark roast coffee and vanilla emerge. While the sweet vanilla is nice, I don’t get a lot of coconut.

Creamy, smooth body. Warm, boozy, great feel. Sticky finish.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fluid jet black with a mild mocha foam that quickly fizzles out to nothing but a thin chain.

Smell is nutty malt, almost like black bean, with earthy roast coffee and milk chocolate.

Taste also has that sort of black bean roast with an acidic coffee-like presence and a rum-like heat that comes with the very mild coconut. There's also a bit of a dusty, bitter woodiness before it comes back to a sweet pecan pie character as it warms.

Feel is medium-full with a sharp but filling carbonation, finishing with a tingly, semi-dry sting.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
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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