Pirate Paradise
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #28
Ranked #107
4.6 | pDev: 6.74%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Pirate ParadisePirate Paradise
Notes: Imperial stout brewed with coconut and vanilla, aged in rum barrels.
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Kahzaar from Sweden

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with almost no head.
S: Rum and vanilla.
T: Touch of coconut, but mostly roasted flavours, vanilla and warming rum.
F: Thick and chewy, some heat from the alcohol.
O: A very pleasant beer that showcases that bourbon isn't the only barrel for a stout.

Jan 17, 2021
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DvdP from Netherlands

4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, little bit of light brown foam. Smell of high quality rum, tobacco, coconut. Thick, smooth, and fairly sharp boozy. Taste is rum forward, the good way. Sweet, herbal, coconut and plenty of licorice. Not as paradisial as I was expecting.

Dec 26, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.76/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 October 2020 - Beer #195 - BA Top 250 Alert!

Acquired via trade

Appearance: 5 - completely black. No head, but tremendous lacing.

Nose: 4 - all barrel, basically no adjuncts.

Taste: 5 - yeah, not quite all barrel, but it dominates. The coconut and vanilla are there, but complementary.

Mouth: 5 - thick and smooth. Sticks around for a long while. I'll need to brush extra tonight.

Overall: 5 - better than the bourbon version. Truly world class.


Oct 15, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Prairie Pirate Paradise Imperial Stout, 13% ABV. Pours black with a ring of brown bubbles, typical for a Prairie stout. Nose is rum, coconut, and chocolate. Taste follows, plus coffee, with moderate bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, if slightly under-carbonated, overall world-class.

Sep 05, 2020
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Bruno74200 from France

4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A thing of beauty.
One of those beer that I could smell all day. It's so complex and gourmet on the nose.
Pitch black on the eye,
Cocoa, rum, vanilla on the nose, very powerful and complex.
A lot on the vanilla in taste, a bit roasted. Very balanced.
The mouthfeel is velvety.
Glad I shared this with some good friends but sad that I had only the one.

Jun 29, 2020
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Sandis from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at New Bohemia on 2/29/20. Not sure what year this is but had been wanting to try this one for some time and I was not disappointed. Very tasty.

May 06, 2020
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick, black pour. No head, negligible carb. Smells like rum and coconut... taste is similar, with a healthy dose of chocolate. Big body, just dripping with flavor, but composed perfectly. Outstanding

Oct 26, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 07.25.2019

From a 12 oz. bottle into a PAA Pirate whiskey glass, this beer pours out with a blackness and forms a pinky worth of caramel colored crown that doesn’t stick around long.

The nose brings botanical rum notes mixing with some marshmallow like vanilla, a fudgey chocolate and a hint of coconut.

The taste brings huge vanilla. Thick marshmallow sweetness mixing with that fudgey, silky chocolate and the botanical rum along with a kiss of coconut. There is somewhat of a graham cracker aspect that bounces in and out as well.

There is a warm barrel booziness that lingers the whole way through. Silky, sticky, full and widely thick with a coating sweetness.

Overall, this is an enjoyable beer. The amount of vanilla that comes through is phenomenal to me. The coconut somewhat gets lost with the rum botanical notes, but can be detected as an accent. What’s crazy is the vanilla marshmallow, sticky sweetness is huge from the start but only comes on more and more as it warms.

Aug 30, 2019
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Theresa82 from Tennessee

2.31/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I hate this beer. I just paid $10 for 1 12 ounce bottle of it and that would be fine if it was great but I hate it! I usually love dark beer. Even in the summer I'm ordering whatever porter or stout is at the bar. This one is all wrong. It claims to be vanilla coconut. I dont taste either. It just taste like any other dark beer but with an awful hard to swallow bitterness. I'm so annoyed with this beer right now. If it hadn't cost $10 and if it was 13% alcohol (something I didn't realize until after I bought it) I'd have thrown it out already.

Mar 14, 2019
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10/2016 - Amazing coconut, light rum, graham cracker, marshmallow nose; a ton of vanilla, creamy, light coconut too on the palate; incredible mouthfeel, semi-sweet finish; creamy, coconut, vanilla, rum goodness.

Sep 26, 2018
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Sirnickatnite from Texas

4.99/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 1 that Ive been holding onto for a while. First thing I noticed was the strong vanilla aroma. Very strong, in a very good way. Has a fudgy,vanilla, taste w a strong after taste of toasted coconut. And has ABV hidden well. Overall right on par w bourbon paradise. Prairie might be making the best stouts right now .. Alongside w Toppling Goliath. Damn do I wish I could get this often.

Aug 06, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours Pitch Black with a thin khaki head. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of coconut, vanilla, marshmallows, and rum. It tastes of toasted coconut, vanilla, marshmallows, and rum. The feel is medium light, sticky, and incredibly smooth. A great barrel aged stout from Prairie, tons of flavor but so drinkable.

Aug 05, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two of my friends recently put together a share to help me out after my bottles were stolen at Dark Lord Day. I told them it really wasn't necessary, but that seems to have even motivated them more! So we ended up drinking several top 250 beers, which is always exciting for me - I was stunned that they managed to grab a Pirate Paradise though. I'm a very big fan of Bourbon Paradise, and a huge lover of Prairie beers in general - this was certainly a wish list item!

So, it's a little odd to say that I was slightly let down by Pirate Paradise - particularly as difficult as I'd thought it was to find and procure. Strangely, it seems that bourbon seems to complement the base beer much better - which is exactly what I would not have thought. Rum and coconut beers are some of my favorites - so why didn't this one work quite as well for me?

That's probably not exactly a good or accurate statement, honestly, because Pirate Paradise is a damn good beer - but where Bourbon Paradise is almost TOO thick and sweet, this beer falls just a little short in those categories. Rum in the nose and the taste are pleasant, but it's definitely a bit thin in that. I'm also not getting the coconut and vanilla to nearly the same degree as in Bourbon Paradise. Quite surprising, I know.

So while I like Pirate Paradise - I can't help but review it in the long shadow cast by Bourbon Paradise.

May 27, 2018
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S: seeet chocolate and coconut cream with a touch of rum
T: omg! Amazing combo. Awesome chocolate, coconu, vanilla and smooth rum. Damn! What a combo!!
F: smooth, thick, just barely carbonated, awesome drinking

Apr 26, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a stemmed glass. Pours a thick, oily dark black body, one finger white head, short retention, not much in way of lacing. Smell is sweet rum, vanilla, sugarcane, milk chocolate, a bit of sweet coconut, cocoa. It's mildly boozy, but rum is more or less always that way. Flavour is chewy milk chocolate, cocoa, a bit of sweet and oily coconut, more milk chocolate, a smooth and extended run of rum throughout, with a smooth, mild vanilla sweetness lingering on the backend. Mainly it's vanilla and rum mingling together on the backend, which is rounded out by a slight cocoa-like bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied, substantial, lower but still appropriate carbonation, mildly boozy rum on the finish. A very good barrel-aged adjunct stout that isn't quite pastry stout level but it's an excellent stout in its own right. Probably one of the few rum barrel-aged stouts that I have really enjoyed. I do agree that this one is a step up above Bourbon Paradise as the rum seems to work better with the adjuncts than the bourbon.

Apr 11, 2018
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2018 release.

A: Viscous black with a thin ring of fine, dark brown head. Decent retention and no lacing.

S: Toasted coconut, vanilla ice cream, with moderate spiced rum, cinnamon, and a bit of dark chocolate and roast.

T: Spiced rum in the forefront with light toasted coconut (lighter than on the nose), vanilla bean, a bit of cola and roast, with moderate bakers spices on the backend. Medium sweetness pulls things together.

M: Thick medium-full body, sticky, with medium cola-like carbonation.

O: Delicious! The barrel is nicely integrated and the coconut and rum are both super tasty.

Mar 20, 2018
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big shout out to my buddy Donnie for this gem and my 1500 check in

Look: motor oil black, little head a very dark cola like color
Smell: big rum nose with hints of fudge and vanilla, the coconut comes through a lot as it warms up
Taste: big rum up front, with a perfectly balanced vanilla, fudge and coconut taste.
Feel: thick full mouth feel, very little carbonation.... like drinking a coconut fudge cake.

Mar 17, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very dark appearance with tan slight tan head. Aroma is malt with vanilla and coconut. Taste is also a coconut and vanilla with a slight rum taste with a significant alcohol aroma. A little more aging would help.

Mar 15, 2018
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RedhawkPoke from Oklahoma

4.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Beer pours a very black body. Very little head or lacing, as common with Prairie stouts. Head color looked almost like a Cherry Coke. Very dark red colored head. Look was very typical for a Prairie stout.

S: Large amounts of rum at first pour. As the beer warmed some of the rum aromas gave way to some sweeter smells. Vanilla, chocolate, and coconut become more noticeable as the beer got closer to room temperature.

T: Very nice balance of rum flavors mixed with multiple layers of dessert like tastes. Similar to the nose, the beer is very heavy rum and molasses in the beginning before somewhat dissapearing to give way to sweeter flavors. Nice amount of vanilla and chocolate mixed with some coconut as the beer gets warmer.

M: Thick full mouthfeel. Many sweet dessert like beers become too cloying here but Prairie did this one right with the addition of rum. Very full flavored and warming. The ABV is obvious while drinking and afterwards but somewhat subdued due to the coconut and vanilla.

O: Remarkable beer. Only negative is the lack of head or lacing. One of the best beers I have had regardless of style. So many beers in this style go overboard with sweetness but not here. Nice balance of alcohol and sweetness.

Mar 04, 2018
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dabrees from Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful rum soaked brownie batter. No booze. The best beer ever, even though it doesn't taste like beer. Truly sublime. The absolute best liquid I have ever tasted or smelled, and it's not even close.

Oct 23, 2017
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imstimpy from Texas

4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic variation of the tried and true BOMB! I might rate the 2015 Pirate BOMB! over the Paradise, the Paradise does beat the 2016 Pirate handily.

Aug 29, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank in a snifter on 8/26/2017

Look - pretty much pitch black, decent lacing, very little head, some flakes floating around that are either coconut or consistent bubbles. i say coconut. :)

Smell - coconut potent for sure. nice milk chocolate, hint of vanilla and oak

Taste - the balance here is incredible. All of the flavors are strong but also subtle at the same time. The Bomb! base comes through nicely too with a tasty hint of spice from the peppers. The rum barrel is so subtle that my dislike for rum barrels doesn't come into play while drinking this. Really incredible flavors.

Feel - creamy for sure. Not overly thick, but a very nice and smooth mouthfeel. No booze whatsoever.

Overall - lives up to the hype! All I can say here since this is an extremely hard beer to acquire. No disappointment whatsoever and may even chase again. Nice work Prarie!!!

Aug 28, 2017
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle. Poured in Prairie stemmed glass. Looks great. Smells of rum and coconut...decadent. Taste is insanely good! Coconut, vanilla and rum. Amazing beer.

Aug 27, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a yellow/orange prairie Dino glass.

Pours a deep brown body with a light brown head that reduces quickly to leave a ring.

Aromas of strong coconut and vanilla, run and milk chocolate.. this is straight chocolate covered coconuts.

On the tongue.. absolutely decadent chocolate coconut macaroons and sweet vanilla rum. Thick rich body, velvety.

One of the best stouts I've ever tasted.. this is a real vanilla coconut stout, kills prop 13

Aug 27, 2017
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edthehead from New York

4.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily the best from Prairie yet. Jet black, with minimal head that disappears very quickly. The vanilla coconut rum nose and flavor last throughout the entire beer, and the mouthfeel is thick and lasting. Must try!

Aug 11, 2017
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