Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #786
Ranked #1,834
4.26 | pDev: 6.81%
Feb 12, 2024
Jun 14, 2016
Imperial Stout brewed with coconut and vanilla
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Rated: 4.16 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

Feb 12, 2024
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Reviewed by Spade from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. can. Gorgeous sable color with thin brown foam. The coconut and vanilla blend nicely and offset the roasted malt without being sweet. Some alcohol burn in the finish. Outstanding beer.
Jan 06, 2024
Rated: 4.35 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jul 22, 2022
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour... thick and viscous with 2 fingers of dark mocha colored head. Great lacing.

S: Vanilla, coconut, and cocoa plus roast and espresso.

T.F: Rich... semi-sweet dark chocolate and coconut. Vanilla, roast, chicory, and coffee. Some roast bitterness comes with... thick and heavy bodied. Smooth/creamy... with relatively low carbonation. Almond joy finish. Warming.

O: An outstanding big boozy Imperial Stout. Great cold weather beer... a sipper, and they packed a lot of flavor into this 13% monster.
Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by BigJoosh

4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Absolutely the best stout that I have had. Hands down. I absolutely love bourbon barrel aged stouts and typically they are all pretty similar and are hard to tell apart from each other. However, Paradise stands out! The coconut on the smell adds another dimension that is unlike any other. It comes through on the taste a little bit as well.

No head, very little to 0 lacing.
Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by Mastercamo from Georgia

Nov 29, 2021
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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
Rated: 4.11 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts

Mar 21, 2021
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Reviewed by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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
Rated: 4.15 by o29 from Texas

Jan 12, 2021
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
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
Rated: 4.21 by einman from Minnesota

Dec 11, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by TheWolf from Delaware

Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
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
Rated: 4.29 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

Aug 27, 2020
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Reviewed by Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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
Rated: 4.16 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Jun 24, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 15, 2020
Paradise from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 834 ratings