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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.)

Added by Britt on 12-21-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
75
Ratings:
353
pDev:
5.88%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 353 |  Reviews: 75
Reviews by herman77:
Photo of herman77
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of Fireman_RK
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark chocolate fudge and roasted coffee hues with a 3mm sandy head and intense lacing
S: Sweet vanilla beans and creamy latte on the nose
T: Intense dark, black coffee notes combine with a rich molasses and earthy cacao nib profile that is ultimately complemented by a delicate chili and cinnamon spice
F: Medium and bordering on thick mouthfeel with moderate carb
O: Man, this was a treat. In my perspective, this was much deeper and complex than BA Bomb! The coffee, dark fruits, and brown sugar notes from Evil Twin's Even More Jesus half of the beer layer a welcomed depth that helps offset some of the heat from the barrel aging and chilies. Overall an expertly crafted stout that would warm even the coldest soul on a chilly winter's night.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even More Jesus becomes even more as the Bible Belt collaboration between Evil Twin and Prairie brewers undertakes chili pepper, vanilla, coffee and cocoa. But now, even more, Even More Jesus gets even more Jesus than that as the complex imperial stout takes on the flavor, texture and luxury of whisky barrels.

Now known as Barrel Aged Bible Belt the boistrous stout taunts the south with an ominously black pour and with an onyx-like sheen. With the daintiest swirl of espresso-like creme, the ale follows with high roast, burnt toast, espresso, cocoa and blackstrap molasses. As a tingle of spice, oak and whisky flirts with the nose, the early palate is slathered with robust, burnt sweetness; nearly to the proportions of burnt marshmallow, sweetened espresso and vanilla cream.

As the middle palate saturates with the heavy stout, the lavishly dark flavors of dark roast coffee mingle with bitter baker's chocolate, bitter walnut, and a whole host of burnt sugars from molasses to honey. The balance of sweet vanilla and cream rounds out the roast and softens the palate. A kiss of whisky, charred oak and its peppery spice offers a caramel, coconut and cherry taste with hints of licorice and chicory to follow.

Absurdly full and decadent, the beer's slight carbonation allows the full weight of the stout to rest soundly on the tastebuds, saturating them with flavor with relative ease. Its high rate of culinary art washes the tongue with its sultry bittersweetness. Chili spice along with an allspice medley joins the alcohol heat and woodsy bitterness that trails deep into the next sultry sip.

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Photo of Roguer
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours pitch black and obviously pitch black in the glass! Poured with a film of head that fades fast.
S: sweet whisky, chocolate, slight coffee. I love the barrel in this one.
T: sweet whisky chocolate! There is some slight coffee and spices, but all on the background.
F: thick, sticky and coating. Not the smoothest with he coffe and spices in the finish though.
O: another great Ba stout from prairie!

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Photo of KevSal
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

side by side by side with newest regular and batch 1

poured into a surly tulip

looks great, big and thick with no head

aroma is some faint bourbon, vanilla and slight coffee.

coffee comes up first, followed by some coffee and vanilla. bourbon in the back, but faint. as it warms it really shoots they the roof! bourbon comes thru and the coffee shows it's face, slight heat shows up too

body is thicker than regular and the alch heat comes through a bit more

overall i think this is the winner of the 3. i'd wish for a lot more barrel tho. feels like it was either mixed in with it fresh or was aged for a short period of time
edit: as it warms the barrel really comes thru! i'm really loving this one ma second half

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Photo of Harrison8
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of matcris
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a half finger of tan head that settles to a ring. Good carbonation when I rock The the glass. The head sticks to the glass and then slides down it like lava. The aroma is pretty heavy on the bourbon and woody, I like that. Apart from that, I'm getting a good dose of spiciness, as in heat, lots of milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut, mild coffee, and pipe tobacco. Same for the flavor, nice bourbon up front, but not harsh. And then all the flavors kind of hit throughout the rest of the sip. Boubon lingers and builds on the finish. The feel is a little slick, creamy, a little below average carbonation, medium full (lighter than I expected) body, and dries up on the finish. Real nice BBA stout.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - 12oz bottle to snifter, temp around 45 deg. F. Pitch black with very small dark mocha colored head

S - vanilla, toffee, oak, coffee, bit of whiskey

T - bourbon soaked fudge brownie, vanilla, molasses, coffee, ever so slight pepper in the back end but not until it warmed up a bit

F - the body is excellent, nice thick, and so smooth, lower carb which is perfect for the style.

O - just outstanding. Prarie does it again with some help from Evil Twin. A bit pricey at $12 but for how outstanding this beer is I don't mind paying it for a nice treat

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Photo of superspak
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5200th review! 12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/2/2017. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, chili peppers, marshmallow, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, tobacco, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, cocoa, coffee, spice, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, chili peppers, marshmallow, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, tobacco, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, chili peppers, marshmallow, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, light smoke, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, cocoa, coffee, spice, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, rich, and creamy/silky/velvety mouthfeel that is perfect. Minimal chalky roast, spice stickiness, or dryness. Alcohol is very well hidden; a light warmth lingering after the finish, with minimal barrel booziness. Zero lingering pepper heat or spice. Overall this is an insane barrel aged spiced imperial stout! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, cocoa, coffee, spice, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Mind blowing levels of rich complexities. Perfectly balanced between all flavor components; with one the smoothest/silkiest mouthfeels I’ve ever had in any stout of this ABV. Great barrel presence without being boozy or tannic. Absolutely world class offering all around.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours pitch black with a creamy brown foam head and a nice thin ring of lacing. Smells like sweet whiskey, oak, marshmallowy vanilla, rich luscious dark chocolate, coffee, fresh chili peppers, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted graham crackery malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sweet whiskey, oak, marshmallowy vanilla, rich luscious dark chocolate, coffee, fresh chili peppers, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted graham crackery malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout with cacao nibs, chili peppers, coffee and vanilla beans.

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Photo of AlexeiRoquentin
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

My lord...

Color as you expect, next to no head. The smell is full of bourbon, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla. Flavor takes the nose to a charred chocolate climax, with a slightly lighter mouthfeel than one may expect. This is a bit sweeter than the Paradise, but not to the Noir levels, balances well with the bourbon and almost touch of diacetyl which is probably all the "vanilla" I was picking up in the nose.

This beer has legs. Seriously, it sticks to the inside of the glass like a good Islay scotch.

The overall beer is greater than the sum of its parts. A well-crafted, well-done beer that's on the upper tier of the offerings from this (luckily) local to me brewery.

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Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark tan head. Black color.

Cocoa and chocolate. Light cinnamon and light spice. I wish the adjuncts were more like bomb! The bourbon barrels add a very nice layer here and make the base beer enjoyable. Warming bourbon and vanilla show.

Full bodied. Light roast. Ends a bit dry with cocoa powder.

I liked this much better than the base beer. Not as good as ba bomb! however.

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Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie stouts arrived here a few months back & have been devastating to my liver, wallet, & ability to wake up early. So damn good. 12 oz. bottle, per usual.

Black liquid goes into my favorite old Kuhnhenn glass, & out comes hearty barrel, alcohol blitz, fudged sweetness & a light touch of heat. Promising.

Bible Belt - Barrel Aged immediately reminds me of Hunahpu’s with about 24 months on it. The mouthfeel on this is beautifully thick, filling me up like a gas hose. Big bourbon & vanilla notes are layered over fudgesicle malts. Mid-palate come the chiles: subtle, soft, along with surprisingly understated booze, & chocolate milk. Going to empty fast.

I already expect a lot of Prairie’s amazing line of stouts & this one didn’t disappoint. Great barrel, great taste, great in the mouth. Yum. Excellent beer that’s just shy of the elite.

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

Pours dark as night with next to no carbonation. Nose is rife with chili peppers and bourbon barrel character. Chilis hit on the palate immediately, followed by vanilla, toffee, dark chocolate, and coffee with cream. Absolutely delicious; complex and decadent. Reminds me of Leche Borracho, but without the Tequila barrel presence. Great beer is a bargain at any price; at $13 a bottle this is an easy one to hoard.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sabitu
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deebo
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a snifter that is a dark, but weak head atop a big ole black brew.
S-Yums. Bourbony, vanilla, chocolate. A decadent dessert.
T-Beautiful flavors of rich chocolate, a touch of light roast coffee, oak, vanilla, a touch of chipotle like pepper flavor. It gets a bit vegetal as it warms is the only knock.
M-Thick, big malt body carries the booze nicely. The warming is down deep.
O-Dessert in a glass. Been awhile since I had regular BB and loved that, This is a keeper. Prefer a little colder than most BA stouts.

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4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Barrel Aged Bible Belt from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 353 ratings