Bible Belt - Barrel-Aged
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #93
ABV:
13%
Score:
98
Ranked #363
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 5.86%
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
378
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Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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  92
SCORE
98
World-Class
Notes: Collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing

Prairie Artisan Ales and Evil Twin Brewing have joined forces again on a variation of their first collaboration.

The new beer is Barrel-Aged Bible Belt, a 12 percent ABV imperial stout brewed with cacao nibs, chili peppers, coffee and vanilla beans before being aged in Heaven Hill whiskey barrels for between seven and nine months. As the name suggests, the base beer is Bible Belt, a 13 percent imperial stout first released in 2014 that combines Evil Twin’s Even More Jesus imperial stout (12 percent ABV) and the same spices and other adjuncts that are used in Prairie’s Bomb! imperial stout (13 percent ABV.)
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aleigator from Germany

4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an oily, pitch black color with a very small, mohagony head.

Smells of fresh pressed coffee, peas and bakers chocolate among a lighter note of wooden vanilla. The nose is defined by its prominent coffee aroma, while giving the other ingredients enough space to unfold, balanced by cinnamon and mellow toffee.

Has a mellow, creamy mouthfeel with a complex heat peak during the finish, defined by peppers and the warming barrel, showcasing the beer‘s heavy body in a great way.

Tastes of coffee, toffee an initial vegetable peppers flavor, developing a pleasant heat, which gets accompanied by the dry oak barrel perfectly. Has a barrel balanced, sweeter mid palate, with some cinnamon and milk chocolate developing a well working complexity. Finishes with a good amount of booze, smoothed out by layers of chocolate and maintaining peppers, creating a long lasting, hot aftertaste.

Very bold and well balanced this is quite a treat, with well working adjuncts among a complex malt base.

Nov 10, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense half finger of tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of coffee, chocolate, some roasted malts, and a decent amount of bourbon barrel
T: Taste is coffee and dark chocolate with some vanilla and chili pepper notes along with some nice oaky bourbon barrel. nice roasted malt backbone as well. On the finish there's more coffee and dark chocolate with a little more oak, vanilla, and slight peppery heat.
M: This beer is full bodied with a silky feel on the palate. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a great beer. It has some really nice flavors and complexity. All the adjuncts are there and play well together while balanced very well. This is definitely one to try if you can get your hands on it.

Oct 16, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another of Prairie Artisan Ales great stouts

Look: black with a thin mocca head

Aroma: coffee, chocolate, bourbon

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, some coffee, pepper, and whiskey flavor. Pretty similar to the BOMB! But I think this has more chocolate and the bourbon flavor..

Feel: full creamy body

Apr 01, 2019
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell is bourbon and chocolate. Makes me very excited to taste it. Immediately I get the chocolate notes and a tiny bit of spice. Nice thick mouthfeel. Could use a bit more carbonation though. I’m loving this. I don’t see a bottling date, but now I wish I could have had it fresh bc I’m sure the spices would come through in a favorable way. Reminds me of Prop ‘16 which I love more than most bc of the spice but now has fallen off with a smoother character as the tradeoff.

I’ll definitely pick this up again if I have the chance. Drink now rather than later too.

Jan 21, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottling date code of '010117'.
Almost a total black colored body, with just a very thin sliver of red mahogany when back lit. Less that a quarter finger of tan head, which stays around. Oily left behind lacing film.
Aroma is quite strong with the barrel, along with dark roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of dark fruit, and cinnamon. The combined smells are like a fine liqueur.
Taste is dark roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon, all coated with the whiskey barrel. Some dark fruit extend into the after taste, and there is no bitterness.
Thick, creamy coating mouth feel. Supporting carbonation.
The barrel is present certainly but is not overpowering, but rather adds a nuance to each other separate flavor. The spice has likely faded but is still in good balance with the malts. Tastes like a rich and decadent dark chocolate and liquor dessert. Any peppers are more of a shadow at this point, but still count as an addition.

Nov 04, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 36416 (I think, as it was slightly unclear), meaning that it was bottled on 29th December 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.

Aroma: Vanilla, whisky, oak, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted coffee and light spices.

Taste: Lightly sweet, whisky, oak, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, roasty coffee, light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, velvety, full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Excellent, just so smooth to drink with wonderful notes of whisky and oak shining through. You don’t feel the 13% ABV at all, as you sip it.

Oct 29, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy dark brown head that has good retention and settles into a ring around the edge

S- rich herbal and earthy coffee up front, followed by bold aromas of nutty brownie batter, caramel & toffee, cinnamon, pepper skin & vanilla. Charred malt and dark chocolate close it out

T- nutty fudge brownies laced with mocha swirl up front, followed by vanilla cream, dark chocolate and molasses. Mid-palate brings out the earthy espresso notes, as well as just enough barrel to add some oak and barrel juice notes. The finish starts to bring out the cinnamon and just a hint of pepper flavor. The linger gives just a trace of pepper heat, as well as more mocha, bourbon & caramel

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- the base beer sets up perfectly for the spice addition, it'a already a bold stout and holds up well to the barrel as well, simply outstanding

Aug 31, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Side by side with the original. Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours out pitch black with no crown forming whatsoever. Hoping it's not too far past it's prime on carbonation. The smell is a whiskey and huge dark fruit mix. Raisins and plums along with some very present oak. It also brings a roasty coffee. The taste comes in with more of a vanilla like smoothness then transcends into a chocolately fudge. Warming bourbon and an oak dryness are dancing around the other flavors like they don't want to interrupt the party, just add to it. I'm wishing there were more peppers in here and I don't know if there aren't because they have faded with time or the whiskey is showing them up on the dancefloor of flavor. Either way, this still provides a warm whiskey with a drying oak and vanilla/chocolate sweetness and a fudge like body. Very complex with the right dimensions. I would be happy to drink again.

Jul 22, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with slight tan head. Aroma is a very pleasant coffee vanilla blend with some whisky accent. Taste is a slightly bitter coffee vanilla with a slight pepper spice and works well with the other additives.

Jul 12, 2018
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an aged bottle and the carbonation was almost gone for some reason, but it still had a nice feel otherwise. Pretty easy to drink. The flavors were just pretty average though. The barrel seemed to stand out rather than meld with/compliment the base and the peppers were muted.

Apr 19, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from @Dragginballs76 in NBS BIF #6 – Thanks Michael!
12 oz bottle with smeared, nearly invisible numbers that may or may not be dates. Stored and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Some roasted malt and a lot of chili pepper. Lasts.
Head – None. When pouring aggressively, no head forms, just a few large bubbles which disappear almost instantly. A one mm brown ring does form as does a single thin small island.
Lacing – None.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – Some roasted malt, a little coffee and a little chocolate, and some chili pepper flavor without the heat. No hops, no whisky, no barrel, no alcohol (13% ABV), no diacetyl. After swallowing, a brief mild gastric burn appears.
Palate – Medium, creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression: While the lack of lacing seems to be fairly typical for the higher alcohol brews, I find it to be detrimental to the appearance and the enjoyment of any beer. The aroma is inoffensive and does last throughout the consumption. I find the flavor to be neither offensive nor appealing, just adequate. The palate seems to be the best characteristic of this beer, at least for my taste. One and done.
Appearance 3, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.5.

Dec 11, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick viscous jet black in color with light amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising slowly along the edges of the glass and extremely faint very dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy dark mocha head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and chilis with moderate aromas of bourbon + toasted oak with a hint of caramel.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted + caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and light flavors of chilis with a light amount of spicy heat. Finally there are moderate flavors of bourbon and toasted oak. Moderate amounts of lingering boozy sweetness along with chili spices in the finish.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy with a light to moderate amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable - I like this much more than Bible Belt and it tastes much closer to Barrel Aged Bomb! in my opinion. Very well hidden alcohol though this is definitely a sipping beer.

Dec 09, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with no head at all and no lacing. Smells of whiskey, chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts. Tastes of whiskey, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, pepper, dark malts, oak and caramel. Medium to heavy bodied, minimal carbonation and a creamy mouth feel.

Nov 19, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Here is my 1000th beer on BA, it has been fun so long, I'll try to keep it going that way
Barrel aged Bible Belt. I've had Bomb!, I've had Even More Jesus, I've even had Bible Belt. This one is a totally different beer.
It's pitch black, no head, just a beige lacing.
The smell is very nice with a lot of cocoa, whiskey, some vanilla, espresso, some almond, very balanced. Reminds me of KBS in smell.
Follow the smell with some cassonade, mostly cocoa and coffee. Some acidity, good balance. The whiskey gets more and more present.
Smooth mouthfeel, very nice. Low carbonation.

Overall this is a very nice barrel aged Imperial stout. I don't know if the spices mix changed from the original Bible Belt but I get no pepper heat.
A wonderful beer anyway

Nov 05, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours solid black with a thin dark brown head. Nose is of rich chocolate, caramel and whiskey. Taste is very smooth, a nice whiskey kick and layers of rich chocolate. Light caramel, vanilla, oak and coffee. Light roasted malt presence but this one is really about that chalky chocolate. Medium body, smooth and silky feel.

Oct 29, 2017
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ASoftMachineMan from Florida

4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours black with visible viscosity even at room temperature. Body is opaque black with a minimal, dark-brown head that fades entirely within seconds.

Smell: Surprisingly light on the nose despite its huge body and taste. Nose is sweet chocolate with the smallest hint of dark malt.

Taste: sweet and beautifully balanced, forward notes are sweet chocolate, malt, and whiskey, back notes are a mild vegetable taste (presumably from the spices) and cafe mocha.

Feel: Heavy body with considerable syrupiness, minimal carbonation.

Overall: An absolutely fantastic imp. stout that I'm so glad to have found.

Oct 28, 2017
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Tommo from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In many aspects this is exactly as a BA prairie beer should be, sweet with a big body and very smooth. However on this one i get A LOT of dark fruit and not in a great way

Oct 15, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Small head, but there is a nice ring of retention around the edge that lingers for a while. Brew itself is a nutty dark brown verging on black.

The bourbon notes reach you from across the room. Not lost are the peppers and coffee, which both appear with wonderful foreshadowing. Chocolate and roasted malt struggle a bit more to be noticed in the din, but it's an inviting aroma.

So smooth up front, you forget everything that came before. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt; toffee, vanilla, coconut; vegetal peppers and spice. Growing chocolate, spice, booze, and bourbon (in that order), with a building heat that reaches a peak very late in the sip.

It's almost too weak up front, not necessarily giving you any strong notes on which you can hang your hat. However, the melange of flavors which follow is tremendous. The barrel influence is not overstated in such a strong brew, instead adding a sublime layer to an already deep and complex beast of a stout.

Hot and boozy at times, but for 13%, this is superbly smooth. Creamy and moderately thick, falling shy of the chewiest of stouts, but still fairly thick for a BBA brew.

The aftertaste really sells this brew: it leaves lingering notes of peppers, chocolate, bourbon, and a touch of heat, absolutely seducing you into the next sip.

Excellent! This takes everything I love about Bomb! and Bible Belt and adds a layer of bourbon complexity, without sacrificing in any area. I wouldn't say it's emphatically better than the base beer, but is rather wonderful in its own right. Think of BCBS, and then think: smoother, more complex, spicier. Then also think: yum!

Oct 06, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark dark dark black with the thinnest possible layer of brown head even with an aggressive pours. Smells of chocolate, whiskey, roasted malts, vanilla, and molasses. Tastes of rich creamy chocolate, whiskey, molasses, vanilla, sweet dark caramel, and dark roasted coffee. Heavy body with very very low carbonation. Overall this is pure gold. One of the best barrel aged stouts I've had.

Sep 27, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours out black, minimal head. on nose is deep spice profile reminiscent of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, also some roasty coffee and sweet sugary caramel and molasses notes. palate is much the same, mellow spice profile along with creamy caramel and vanilla, some molasses and deep dark malty tones rounding this one out. overall very sweet and kind of lacking overt barrel presence, but still comes together smoothy for a slow sipper.

Sep 16, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin film of motor-oil head fizzing on top. The little head that does appears vanishes quickly. No lacing left behind. Aroma is dark, with notes of cinnamon, spices, whiskey, oak, and roasted and toasted malts. Whiskey plays through at a good, controlled, volume. Flavor profile is boisterous, with notes of cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla bean, and a light, dry cocoa note towards the end. Whiskey and oak provide a solid hit, but refrain from being boozy at all, instead they add a slightly warming effect and a blast of flavor. Roasted and toasted malts are present throughout, but become more commanding as the beer warms. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a neither fizzy, nor flat consistency. Overall, a robust, flavorful stout that isn't a palate wrecker. The spices and whiskey are kept well within check, while still aiding to the dynamic flavor profile.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Jul 21, 2017
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick black with a brown head. Aroma- smoke, cherries, raspberry, coffee, hint of chocolate. Taste- dark chocolate, cocoa, raspberry, vanilla, roasty. Mouthfeel- nice creamy feel to this. Prolly my favorite thing to this. Almost like a instant breakfast shake feel to this. Overall- the barrel not terribly present in this one. I did like the almost powdery cocoa taste to this. But, a bit too little barrel, and a bit too much of a dark chocolate taste for my personal enjoyment.

Jul 17, 2017
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OrangeMen from New York

4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage
6 Months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a pitch black color, opaque, oily body. Very thin layer of brown colored, soapy / bubbly head. Alcohol legs coat and stain glass with a dark brown film-like layer, incredibly thick.

Aroma- Rich, chewy, fudgy chocolates. Rich espresso beans, spicy chili peppers, roasted malt. Whiskey, charred oak, leather, vanilla, macadamia nuts. Caramel, toffee, caramelized raisins, chocolate covered cherries.

Taste- Chocolate dipped espresso beans, fudge, dark chocolates, cocoa, caramel, vanilla. Gourmet roasted coffee, dark fruits, cherries, raisins. Whiskey, barrel char, tobacco, leather. Warming alcohol, chili peppers.

Feel- Full bodied, thick, rich, creamy, and chewy. Finishes with a mild amount of spicy heat, touch of alcohol as well. Lower carbonation, dangerously smooth.

Overall- Wonderfully decadent and rich beer, highlighted mostly by the chocolate covered coffee bean flavor. Chocolate flavors are so intensely chewy and dessert-like, and the coffee is reminiscent of a gourmet coffee shop. The barrel brings the beer to another level, tons of sweetness, whiskey, and earthiness. World class beer.

Jul 02, 2017
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jopezu from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an oil slick with almost no head, just lots of tiny bubbles. nose; sweet bourbon, bakers chocolate, cocoa, very light char, piney hops, & raisins. taste; rich dark malt, sweet whiskey, dates, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, very light oak, & light pine hops. medium carbonation & thick mouthfeel. nice, dark, & complex.

Jun 03, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Inky black with the slightest bit of dark mocha bubbles. Smells of peppers, which are a little green, something like coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and a lot of sweetness. Tastes of rich chocolate, fudge, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Cinnamon and peppers cuts the sugar nicely. Very heavy and boozy. Really rich, but very tasty.

May 29, 2017
Bible Belt - Barrel-Aged from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 378 ratings