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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Ratings: 737 |  Reviews: 179
Reviews by meanmutt:
Photo of meanmutt
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of GreatStoutman
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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 HotDogBikeRide
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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 maximum12
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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 chinchill
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Holderness
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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 HopsAreDaMan
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
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 TreyIsWilson
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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 BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Amguerra305
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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 oberon
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in a stemmed glass jet black with a thinner deep tan colored head atop,very menacing looking.Rich chocolate and dark fruits stood out most in the nose with French roast coffee playing a role as well,well rounded.Dark fruits and mild coconut hits upfront on the palate than a hefty shot of chocolate and vanilla making it rich than the coffee roast in the finish makes it robust.I'am not a fan of coconut but this big stout has so much going on I didn't mind,one of the best imperial stouts I have had in a while...great stuff!

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Photo of DanGeo
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marklaker
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a pitch black vanilla bomb with subtle notes of coconut and a pretty good amount of chocolate. I also don't find it overly sweet or cloying. I could drink a whole glass without feeling that my teeth are going to fall out. I love this beer. What would a BA version taste like? I need to know...

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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 red_5_sooner
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, no date, stamped B#01081. Mini explosion when opening the can. Pours jet black with a small sized dark khaki head which recedes to a small ring. Smells and tastes of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, toasted coconut, earthy hops, and some licorice; strong flavor intensity. The vanilla and coconut blend well with the base beer. Near perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness, and dryness. No noticeable alcohol. Despite it's intensity, it's not too thick/syrupy and is actually quite drinkable. Low carbonation. Overall, I was pretty impressed by this IS. The base beer is great, adjuncts are well integrated, and everything is nearly perfectly balanced.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle. Couldn’t find bottled on date. Poured into tulip glass.

Pour: dark brown/black. Very little head and no ring or lacing.

Nose: dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Noticable and very pleasant.

Taste: dark chocolate, black licorice, roasted malts, cola, vanilla, toffee, coconut, brown sugar. There’s a lot going on here, more than I can identify. Really complex but extremely well balanced. Really, really good.

Mouthfeel: super smooth, silky. Low carbonation that is perfect for the beer. Not oily but full mouthfeel. Excellent.

Overall: this is a really great beer. The only thing that would improve it is some head and lacing. But, that would probably bring down the mouthfeel and maybe the taste. I wish I had more but am glad I got to try this. Definitely try this if you can. Hard to imagine not really liking it.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lofreqwave
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deebo
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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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