Prairie Artisan Ales

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #253
Ranked #1,036
4.27 | pDev: 6.79%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with coconut and vanilla
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Reviews: 200 | Ratings: 793
Reviews by deebo:
Photo of deebo
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Poured into a teku glass, a thin finger of beige head atop a dark as midnight brew.
S-Dessert in a glass. Chocolate, vanilla and coconut in that order.
T-A chocolate coconut creme pie.
M-13%? Well hidden. Not overly thick. Easy drinking. Way too easy drinking for 13%.
O-Drinks like an 8% big stout. Well played like all of the big stouts from Prairie.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the sweetest stouts I've had, but I dig that so no complaints here. Smells of coconut and spices, body is thick and oily... Not much for bitterness, but whatever.

Overall, this is not going to be for everyone, but if you like your big stouts sweet and with lots of flavor, this is a winner.

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Photo of maximum12
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie stouts might be the best MN import over the past couple of years & they’ve already put a good dent in my wallet. One more here. 12 oz. stubby.

I had a bit of this on tap a few weeks ago, so glad to have a big, black, hard pour at my disposal. The nose is chocolate, vanilla, insulin shock. I like.

Naming your beer Paradise is like naming your bicep Arnold. This muscled-up beer has plenty of layers to peel back. In your face is a dense, thick, sweet, malty monster of a beer. As the beer warms, it unfolds like the face of a Consult before a Mandate Schoolman. Violent coconut finally emerges, with vanilla piling on the sweetness quotient. Chocolate, mild bitterness, honey, light roast, mineral water. No alcohol. Sipping, sipping, sipping, until I start thinking about the other bottle in back…

Flex, Paradise! Attend, brewers! Rather than throwing adjuncts into a middling to shitty stout & hoping it transforms like Cinderella, once you have an all-star base, you can do some wonderful things, & this is better than most of the barrel-aged Prairie. Magnificent beer.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paradise. For some it may feel like a utopian society. Being out on the water, breeze in the isles, anglers just getting away from the hustle - making a big paycheck and lavishly spending it they way they deserve. Coconuts and palms. These are the images that this beer has brought forth.

For me it is this creamy, darkish character that takes the forefront. A little plum, a little licorice and touchh of sweet malt. Lighter body for a porter, but it is at the perfect balance and feel to carry out the myriad of perfection in this beer. Here in Texas we don't get the chance to sample such incredible artisan ales - what a damn treat. I love you.

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

For those all-too-common moments when one side of the palate yearns for an imperials stout and the other side- a Mounds coconut and chocolate candy option. Well, now there's an ale for that- a dark one, a strong one, a robust one. Prairie Paradise is a massive stout that steps out of the dark and dreary with tropical flavors of coconut and vanilla; putting a bright spin on dark ale.

As dark and devious as any imperial stout, the ominous black austere carries a near onyx-like sheen with a dainty espresso-like creme. Is rich scent is decadent with roasty, chocolaty, nutty underpinnings with the soothing scent of coconut and vanilla swirling gently above. Its taste is creamy, roasty and toasty with burnt molasses and batter-like sweetness to follow.

As the stout saturates the tongue to completion, the robust sweetness of bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, roasting walnut, burnt toast and black-strap molasses is unforgiving in its sultry resolve. As softer caramel, vanilla, heavy whipping cream and coconut cautiously enter the fray, the ale takes somber turn to suggest something decadently of chocolate desserts.

Full, lavish and marshmallowy on the palate, the beer's char links into the stern booziness for a spicy, toasty and lightly drying taste and texture. Reading like kaluha at times, the notions of Irish coffee reigns supreme. A long roasty aftertaste continues to be rounded by the tropical coconut and soothing vanilla for an indefinite linger.

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Photo of chinchill
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle at the 2017 Decatur Beer Festival.
Opaque black body with an excellent tan head.
Sweet aroma with more vanilla than coconut. The flavor follows. Higher ABV not entirely obvious except in the feel. Very good balance if a bit too sweet for some.
Lively carbonation.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a two finger tan head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is coconut, vanilla, milk chocolate and roasted malts.

T - The follows the aroma. Coconut, vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Light alcohol heat in the finish.

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - This is a very nice imperial stout. The coconut and vanilla add a nice depth of flavor. Very smooth and easy drinking at 13% ABV.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, reasonably fresh. I had this beer this spring while in Florida.

(Wrtten a couple of months after having had it)

Overall I remember that it was really good--especially rich and creamy, but not worth $7; I expect more from an imperial stout that is 13%ABV. I found Stone's W00tstout to be much better.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thinner than expected and sits a dark cola brown in the glass with a fair amount of light coming through the edge with barely any head that lingers. Smell is nothing like what the adjuncts are supposed to be. It smells more like a sweet coffee stout rather than a coconut vanilla imperial stout. Notes of vanilla are definitely but the coconut is imperceptible. Taste follows the smell with a nice roasty note and vanilla sweetness. The feel of this beer is light with a fair amount of carbonation especially for the ABV. Overall this beer is good but not what it's supposed to be. I can't get over how much it tastes like a sweet coffee stout with no coconut. Good but was expecting more.

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Photo of Holderness
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L — Pours a very dark black body with a small light brown head produced with aerated pour. 1000 lumens passed through the glass reveals barely anything — maybe the slightest bit of light from the other side of the glass, although it’s hard to tell. Some retention and lacing
S — Vanilla, espresso, dark chocolate, cream, coconut, and raisin
T — Milk chocolate, char, vanilla, dark roast coffee, leather, and sweet cream ice cream
F — Sweet, dessert-like stout. The intensity of the mouthfeel cuts through a good amount of the sweetness. Silky, medium- carb
O — Pretty pricey @ ~$10/12 oz bottle. I prefer the Bomb! series from Prairie. Still a good adjunct stout in its own right. The coconut character is fairly mild


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Photo of zbooks
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the first time having this, but the first time reviewing. I'm on a beach in Florida pouring from a 12 oz. can (my first from a can) into a snifter glass. This beer pours out an absolute beauty. It's black and forms a great two finger mocha/caramel colored dense crown. The smell is boozy chocolate and coconut mixing with some vanilla as well. The taste comes in with a sweet vanilla and works it's way through the boozy warming chocolate to find coconut. This is awesome. Better than I even remember.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rebrown221
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MinerBob
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dark motor oil color with a small but deep tan colored head. The smell is alcohol (it is 13%) coconut and coffee. It has a sweet dark chocolate flavor and oh so smooth going down. Prairie makes great beers!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cd34
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a small tan head. Smells of coconut, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste follows the nose exactly along with sweet chocolate. Medium-heavy in body and medium in carbonation. Overall an incredibly delicious stout.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drink warm for best results.

A chocolate colored pour with a khaki brown head.

Aromas of fudge, coconut, vanilla, lots of bright cherry, and hazelnut.

Flavor profile is of hot melted fudge, followed by some syrup cherries, iron, dry cocoa, coconut shavings, vanilla pods, and a faint finish of acidic roast coffee. Hot booziness lingers on the finish.

Feel is thick and viscous, like motor oil (not that I've partaken in that), with a hot, stinging, boozy finish.

Easily tastes like it was barrel aged even though it's not. One of my least favorite Prairies, but it's still top shelf. As stated earlier, if you drink it cold, some of the iron flavor disappears, but when you drink it at about 50 degrees, its subtleties start to shine, and the only flaw that comes out is the iron which isn't that bad to start with. Definitely serve mildly chilled but only mildly.

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Photo of shoegaze
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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