Prairie Pe-Kan
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,557
Ranked #4,054
4.09 | pDev: 8.31%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Prairie Pe-KanPrairie Pe-Kan
Notes: An 11.5 percent ABV imperial stout conditioned on “copious amounts” of pecans and vanilla.
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A rough pour generates a very thin dark tan head on top of very dark brown body. Very sweet aroma, lots of caramel, some dark fruit & alcohol. Sweet flavors, caramel, vanilla, pecan, coffee, toasted malt & alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick & silky smooth with mild alcohol heat. A malty pecan pie of a beer.

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Viaduck from California, Dec 14, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First time trying something from Prairie.

Enjoyed in Spigleau stout glass. Pours pure black with no head. Smells delicious although more vanilla than any almond detected, just like the taste. Seems thin to the tongue despite its characteristics.

Bottom line: worth a try but won't be regular part of my purchases

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oldred1492 from Minnesota, Mar 02, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer, it's sweet, there is some vanilla, a tad bit of booze and a titch of pecan shell bitterness! It feels a little thin, there is something differet about it, (it's unique?) but it is still a mighty fine beer!!

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luron from Iowa, Jan 08, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a tulip. Don't remember where or when I got it. If I read it correctly, it's dated 091517.

Pours black with a tiny head and little carbonation. Smell is very roasty, Anise and vanilla. Smells nice.

Taste is very sweet, lots of vanilla, roastedness is kind of drowned out by the sweetness and vanilla. There is definitely something nutty about it, but I might not have picked it out without the cues on the label. Some kind of minor fruity sour flavor.

Mouthfeel is very thick and silky. Overall, it's not bad, but I'm not likely to buy another bottle. I wouldn't hesitate to have it again if someone offered it to me.

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snaotheus from Washington, Dec 16, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, slightly heavy sipper of a beer from an outstanding, always reliable brewery. Pours a jet-black, oily dark color with just a little tan head after a vigorous pour. Smells nice, deep rich stone fruit, roast coffee, roasted nuttiness and a little caramel and malt. Taste follows the nose, along with hints of milk chocolate mocha, raisin, brown sugar and molasses. Smooth mild mouthfeel, surprisingly not as creamy as I would have expected. Just enough carbonation. Warming alcohol throughout. I really enjoyed this beer but it wasn’t in the same stratum as this brewery’s Bomb beers.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Nov 24, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottled in 2017.
Dark brown body with a brown edge when back lit. Vigorous pour brings out a thin tan cap and ring. Oily sheen left behind with each sip but only a few small spots of lacing.
Aroma is dark roasted malts with chocolate and vanilla. Also has smells of charred nuts, raisin, and licorice.
Taste is quite sweet, with dark roasted malts, burnt sugar, cocoa, and vanilla. Has a bit of a sour nut flavor.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Low carbonation.
Detractions are the high level of sweetness, the slight sourness, and the thinner body. Acceptable flavored stout but not outstanding.

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2.86/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Aggressively poured, the dark brown to black body builds almost no head but for a thin tan ring.

I get absolutely no pecan out of this beer, but instead it is totally dominated by a raisin flavor. Notes of molasses and a hint of maple faintly accent, but that's about it. As it warms, a touch of bark, apple and fig come out, reminding more of a barleywine than anything else, but weaker in flavor with a hint of smoke.

Pe-Kan has a thin, wet cola-like feel with a slight presence of bubbles.

This is fine if you just want to get drunk at a higher cost, but it's otherwise lame as hell. I've had some good brews that used pecan well, so this is a major letdown, especially considering the name and where it was brewed.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Oct 29, 2018
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3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Market of Choice.

Key black with a thin dark brown head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing this looks decent. The nose is... strange. A toasted nut note, pecans, I take it , is present, along with some dark chocolate, brown sugar, a little booze, some vanilla. There's really not a lot going on. The palate opens mildly sweet with dark honey, a pecan flavor, chocolate, brown sugar, a little oily, a little fatty. The mid palate has a flavor reminiscent of cheerios, rather unwelcome. A mild but fake sweetness is present. Mildly bitter and boozy on the finish, this beer is surprisingly light in body, clocking in closer to medium light, with a soft carbonation. Decent

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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle purchased around April of 2018. I'm assuming there's about a year on it now. Poured into a tiny taster glass to enjoy little by little.

Deep dark black pour with a thin ring of beige-brown.

Deep malty aromas with hints of brown sugar, glazed pecan, and slight chemical/green vegetable.

That signature Prairie alcohol burn is there, with a nice sweet presence of malt, brown sugar, popcorn ball, caramel, slight oak barrel, slight vanilla, and hints of tobacco.

Feel is creamy and smooth, lots of pleasant alcohol burn. Great CO2 burn as well.

Overall, a pretty good beer that I'm not sure I'd say is an imperial stout, but more of an imperial brown ale. Decent, not as good as any of their BOMB stuff.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Sep 01, 2018
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3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

So, I think that this beer is supposed to resemble a pecan pie. It pours a black color with a tan, foamy head. The aroma has serious nut scents, along with chocolate, caramelized sugar, and vanilla. The vanilla stands out. The taste is sweet...almost too sweet. Boozy alcohol. Full in body. Interesting, but not really drinkable.

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Suds from Missouri, Jul 01, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful look to this with the jet black body and the rich tan head. The nose is rich char notes, dark chocolate, and a bit of pecan.

The taste has the char, but there’s a sweetness that approaches cloying that diminishes this a bit. It would be really nice to sip on a chilly fall evening, but moving the pecan flavor forward a bit would elevate this substantially, IMHO.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Jun 27, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark appearance with slight white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a mild malt with a touch of vanilla and pecan. Taste matches the aroma that is a little thin

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Radcpa from Washington, Apr 21, 2018
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4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Tons of vanilla and pecan on the nose, smells great. The vanilla on the palate helps smooth this one out. Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, pecans on the dessert-like palate. Not overly sweet. Very tasty beer! I'm in the with the smell, the vanilla and pecan notes are just spot on.

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cjgator3 from Florida, Apr 08, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into 16.5 ounce teku glass. No bottling date on bottle, which is a bummer.
Look: Pours near solid black, with half inch of tan head. Lacing is evident from the start.
Smell: Malts upfront, with nutty-ness (pecan I'm guessing?), chocolate, and even more malt. Smell wasn't as good as I was hoping.
Taste: Upfront, you get malts, nuttiness, and chocolate which combine into a strange sweetness. The booze really is noticeable on the back end as it kind of bites your tongue. Taste for me is a toss up, because the sweetness and booze seem to be competing rather than working together.
Feel: Feel is medium to thick bodied, with low carbonation. It coats your tongue evenly, and isn't all that heavy on the palate. I quite enjoy the feel to this beer.
Overall: This is an interesting stout. I like the idea of it, but it didn't live up to my expectations. As it warmed up, it was a little more enjoyable, but as said before, the sweetness and booze are unbalanced. I am glad I tried it, but it doesn't stack up to other Prairie offerings that I have had.
Edit: I really started to enjoy it a little more as I sipped on it. The initial shock of the sweetness was overpowering, but it balances out better as it warms. Even though still not one of my all time favorites by Prairie, I am glad that I tried it.

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TheBrewsky from California, Mar 03, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

molasses, roast, caramel, nuttyness, sort of cloying sweetness clashes with a touch of booze. an astringent almost metallic off note. not loving this one.

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Jan 05, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’m a total sucker for stouts at the moment.
This was a gift and that person knows how much I love them.

Look is pitch black with an auburn head that disappears in less than a minute.
Smell is definitely nutty with vanilla and caramel as well.
Taste is a bit acidic, due to the temp at pour, letting it sit for about 20 minutes it becomes so smooth, the last few sips are the best.
Feel is warm with the nuttiness being subtle, but definitely there.
Overall I liked it a lot, it’s a bit pricey so not sure how often I’d get it, but as a gift it was the perfect gift.

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3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't see any obvious bottle date but there are a bunch of illegible numbers on the neck.

Appearance: The beer has a black body and a short tan head. The head fizzes away pretty fast. There is a thin ring that remains which gives just a bit of lacing.

Aroma: The beer has a sweet-smelling caramel aroma with a strong malty scent.

Taste: The beer has a strong alcohol and caramel liqueur flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a full body and it feels a bit heavy on the palate. There is a bit of slickness to the beer which is cut by a sharp alcohol tinge towards the middle.

Overall: The beer has a bit of a Dopplebock flavor to it. Although it is called "Pe-Kan" it really doesn't taste like pecans all. It has a lot of alcohol flavor, which isn't necessarily bad, but there's not much to compete with that alcohol flavor. I probably wouldn't drink it again and I can't recommend it.

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teromous from Virginia, Dec 29, 2017
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4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of tan head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A rich and sweet dark malt driven aroma with a scent of vanilla, pecan, and chocolate. Big scent of pecans and vanilla. Dark roasted malt with a scent of chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, grains, toffee, caramel, and nuts along with yeast. Sweet hints of molasses. A pretty nice rich aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich and sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of pecan, vanilla, and chocolate. Dark roasted malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, grains, nuts, caramel, and toffee along with some yeast. Also some molasses and brown sugar sweetness. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slick, silky, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good Stout. Good pecan and vanilla presence.

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MattyG85 from Minnesota, Dec 28, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin brownish black body with medium bubbles to the body with a subtle tan head rising just about a quarter inch off the body with slightly sticky lacing.

Smell: believe it or not it's hoppy as far as scent. Threw me off a bit which lacks coffee or chocolate aroma.

Taste: okay it's a touch sweet with a lager type feel to the brew which confuses me a bit. Malty and missing complexity, alcohol taste is subtle.

Mouth: medium carbonation and semi sticky but the after taste over powers any thing you're eating. That's plus points for me.

Overall: good brew but I have had much better prairie imperial stouts and than than this. With Bible Belt and Bomb both setting the benchmark of what Praire is capable of. Still worth having...Salud.

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Dec 28, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a case of ambition vs execution. The body was too thin and not enough pecan flavor came through. There was enough vanilla and artificial pecan to hide the ABV and make it a easier than expected drinker. That doesn't elevate the nose and thin-ness of it though.

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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma, Dec 16, 2017
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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First "stout" from Prarie. I have enjoyed a few other beers of theirs, and a Bomb review is upcoming. The look of this beer in the glass is mostly black with chestnut/mahogany undertones around the edge of the glass. I poured the last few ounces aggressively, leaving a thin one finger of head the dissipated quickly, to leave patchy islands. Thin long curtains of lace and alcohol legs were evident after swirling in the glass. The smell (and taste) are the most perplexing and interesting things about this beer. The nose is sweet almond extract, vanilla, hazelnut, and marzipan? Mouth feel is pretty nice, low carb with a silky medium body. The taste experience is three-fold, initially sweet and nutty, followed by slight roast/char, then ending with a sweet boozy finish. Overall an odd beer, that balances between a dessert beer and traditional stout.

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Dan411 from Missouri, Dec 08, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate notes with some light vanilla and pecan syrup notes. Taste is also a mix of vanilla and sweet chocolate notes with light pecan flavoured syrup notes. Body is about average with somewhat of an oily texture. Not bad but end up tasting too much of flavoured pecan notes.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Nov 13, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Quick Stop 9-4-17 for $7.99. Bottled on 3-19-17.

Beer poured black as night with a good tan head with the initial pour.

Nose is dark chocolate, roast nuts and sweet malts.

Taste is sweet with dark chocolate and pecans over a huge malt base. Hopping could have been more but i get the concept that this is a dessert brew.

Mouthfeel is full, viscous, and smooth.

Overall a very nice desert beer. 12 oz is plenty for one session.

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arizcards from Arizona, Nov 08, 2017
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4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

look: very dark, nearly opaque brown like an Imp Stout outta be. Sparse mocha head, lingering messy, though sparse lacing.
smell: vanilla, subtle dark chocolate, nutty. Pecans are more subtle than I expected.
taste: Wow. Pecans are more prominent in a good way, while being nearly perfectly melded with sweet vanilla and some balancing dark roasty char. Delicious.

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3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that has good retention after the pour

S- aroma is light overall, I'm getting some roasted charred malt, along with aromas of rocky road ice cream.

T- roasted charred malt with a hint of chocolate up front, mid-palate brings out an artificial nutty pecan flavor, reminiscent of something from a pecan flavored ice cream. The finish gives light caramel and a super sweet artificial tasting flavor

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

O- a good concept in thought, but the pecan flavor tastes too artificial and come across as cloying. It's not bad, but this one will be tough to finish

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Oct 23, 2017
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