Paradise
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #310
ABV:
13%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,128
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 6.79%
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
825
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Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with coconut and vanilla
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 17, 2020
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GreatStoutman from Texas

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.

Jul 17, 2016
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maximum12 from Minnesota

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.

Feb 22, 2017
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

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.

May 22, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Jul 11, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Oct 21, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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.

Jun 27, 2017
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

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.

May 13, 2018
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Amguerra305 from Florida

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.

May 23, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

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

85/100

Nov 29, 2017
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zbooks from Texas

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

Apr 30, 2017
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chrismattlin from Ohio

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

Jun 06, 2017
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

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.

Jan 02, 2018
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

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

Feb 05, 2017
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Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 20, 2018
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Rebrown221 from Minnesota

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

Feb 26, 2017
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bigred89 from Maryland

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

Sep 19, 2016
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hozersr from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 20, 2018
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MinerBob from Oklahoma

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!

Aug 19, 2017
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BarryMFBurton from Indiana

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

Jun 19, 2016
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cd34 from Illinois

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

Oct 17, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

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.

Sep 17, 2017
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DaveHack from Pennsylvania

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

Jan 06, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Feb 26, 2017
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shoegaze from California

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

May 31, 2017
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