Prairie No Chill
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #770
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
85
Ranked #34,666
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 10.22%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
146
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Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
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85
Very Good
Notes: Milk stout aged on coffee.
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Photo of CHickman
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A milk stout aged on coffee which tastes like a dark roast regular coffee with half and half and a splash of club soda for carbonation, I'm really digging this. The nose is like a cup of coffee. The coffee flavor is strong and full of char, sharp bitterness, roasted grains and then a chocolate milk sweetness that tames the bitterness a bit and calms it down. Some minor fruity notes jump in and then quickly fade as this is more like a cold pressed coffee than a beer. Coffee grinds and roasted espresso beans show up late with a dash of vanilla. The mouthfeel is slick like most milk stouts, with very mild carbonation and the lingering burnt coffee bitterness as it trails off with some cocoa nibs. I'm a sucker for good coffee beer and I found this highly enjoyable.

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CHickman from New York, Jan 13, 2019
Photo of jjamadorphd
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full disclosure - I am a huge Prairie Artisan fan, but not so much of this offering...

They say there's a first time for everything, well, even the best of brewers put out something that makes you pause and scratch their head. In the case of Prairie Artisan there hasn't been a thing I have tasted from them that I don't like - until now. This wasn't horrible - far, far from the fact. It was just way too strong of a flavor of coffee for my taste - and I like coffee - but damn this tasted like a way too large shot of Cuban coffee (and I'm Cuban! There's a reason we serve our coffee in little paper shot cups...)

The look is black as Cuban coffee and with little foam and no lacing like the same. The smell was muted coffee with a mouthfeel that was creamy, thick, and full-bodied. Overall, it's not a bad beer - it is definitely unique. But if you're not a coffee lover? You've been warned.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. The head is off white, 1 finger, and the retention was poor when poured from the can.
The nose has coffee notes to it. There's also a bit of a lactose smell.
Taste - Nice coffee flavor. Combined with lactose really works well together. Minimal hops. There's almost a pepper flavor to this beer.
The body is quite decent. not watery at all.
A good coffee/mik stout. Well put together, and the flavor profile works well.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - 1 finger mocha head rapidly recedes to nothing. Body is dark brown and opaque.

S - coffee, lactose, chocolate, roast.

T - follows the nose. Quite roasty and not too sweet. Mildly bitter, not boozy.

F - medium-light body and high carb. A bit too light, but good for outside drinking.

O - a very fitting stout for an 80 degree sunny day.

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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania, Apr 14, 2018
Photo of Tucquan
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2018-04-04 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz can with no date. I think this is about 6 months old.

A - Opaque dark brown with a short light brown head that fades immediately leaving no lace.

S - Espresso and a hint of dark chocolate. Mild.

T - Espresso, semi-sweet chocolate, medium roasted grain, touch of lactose. Mild roasted bitterness.

M - Light body and carbonation. Watery.

O - It's fine but not exciting. Would have liked a more substantial mouthfeel.

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Tucquan from Pennsylvania, Apr 04, 2018
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3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a snifter. No canning date visible anywhere on the can. Pours a fizzy dark black color with a light tan head that quickly fizzles away. The nose is espresso and sweetened cream. Light bodied and prickly carbonation on the tongue leads into a sweetened coffee taste that leaves a lasting roastiness into the finish. I would have prefered a thicker/smoother mouthfeel, this was more like a light lager or pilsner on the tongue. Not bad, not great, an average coffee stout.

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cjgator3 from Florida, Apr 01, 2018
Photo of Franziskaner
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Murky dark brown to black in appearance. No discernible head whatsoever. The aroma is bitter black coffee and not much else. I'm tasting muddled dark black coffee and a touch of lactose. The mouth is a tad watery and very quaffable.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Mar 31, 2018
Photo of puck1225
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Kind of boring, but a good taste. Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Dark brown, almost no head, lacing. It does smell like coffee, and the coffe flavor is strong. The flavor includes dark chocolate. Not unpleasant, but not something I will seek out.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark, rich coffee color with a decent thick chocolate head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Reminds me of a nice Baltic Porter more than a coffee and/or chocolate infused beer. I like it. It's smooth and tasty and a little different. It goes down easy. No bite. I imagine it improves as it warms and one could definitely have another at 5.1% ABV. Overall it's a nice beer but reminds me so much of the Bomb, I miss the heat on the back end. That ancho chili is awesome in beer. Poured into a snifter from an undated aluminum can. Go Prairie!!!

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Photo of Tilley4
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In comparison to other Coffee Stouts, this beer doesn't really hold up very well. It's very very thin and watery.That really hurts this beer in my opinion.The Taste is okay. A little bit bitter on the back endBut finishes with a strange acrid Bitterness that I can't shake.Big Aromas of dark roasted coffee.

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Tilley4 from Tennessee, Feb 02, 2018
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Can

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a quick/fizzy tan head, which leaves some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, coffee, slight vanilla, roasty. The taste is malty, nice chocolate/toffee, coffee, some vanilla. nice touch of roast. Medium body, ABV hidden nicely. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Wasatch from Colorado, Feb 02, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with minimal head and lacing.
N: Light coffee, malt, chocolate, and some vanilla.
T: Follows the nose, very light flavors, nothing over the top.
M: Light/Medium
O: A little underwhelming but not bad, I think if the flavors were a little more pronounced this would be a lot better.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Impression from a 12 fl oz can:

5.1% ABV. "Milk stout aged on coffee."

APPEARANCE: Dark brown-black body. Khaki-tan head. Head reduces quickly, starting at a good 8cm head height and dissipating within ~3 minutes, leaving no lacing on the sides of my nonic pint as it disappears.

AROMA: Earthy coffee is prominent, backed by lactose sugar and dark malt sweetness as well as less emphasized specialty chocolate malt sweetness. Slightly nutty. The coffee is pungent and helps counter the milk sugar sweetness with needed bitterness (at least based on the aroma), but more of a roasted barley presence would do wonders.

No overt hoppy or yeasty aromatics are present. I find no off-notes or overt booziness.

Aromatic intensity is moderately high, with that pungent coffee coming through vividly.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, but ends up imbalanced (too far to the sweet end of the sweet/bitter spectrum). The coffee character is above average but not unique and could be punched up. Roasted barley bitterness is unfortunately absent.

Milk sugar, dark malt sweetness, and chocolate malts lend this its robust backbone.

Decently built, but its imbalance makes it tough to really love.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, full-bodied, slightly syrupy, chewy, thick, well-carbonated, unrefreshing.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: It's enjoyable fare for what it is, but I won't be in any rush to nab a second can after polishing off a glass of this borderline saccharine ale. More coffee pungency and/or additional bitterness from other sources (e.g. charred sugars, burnt malts, roasted barley, hops) is needed to bring this into balance and make it more approachable, but it's certainly drinkable as-is. Depth of flavour is limited and it isn't horribly complex compared to the best expressions of the style.

I can't see anyone picking this regularly over the superior and far better priced Left Hand Milk Stout.

It does get better as it comes to temperature; I'd serve this chilled rather than cold.

Low C+ (3.05) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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01.12.2018 2nd impression from another can:

Thick and sweet. A bit of a sludging chore to drink, and its flavours are murky and indistinct, never quite harmonizing together to form a cohesive whole.

I'll take a Left Hand Milk Stout instead, please.

C / AVERAGE

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kojevergas from Colorado, Jan 05, 2018
Photo of AyatollahGold
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm picking up coffee in the nose but then it turns into hints of roastiness & peanut butter as I breath deeper. Same thing in the flavor.
The mouthfeel starts off like your normal milk/sweet Stout being a little thin but then it's like you can feel it expand as it goes through to make something a lot thicker. It's like the roastiness just coats your whole mouth. Overall I don't like the flavor of the coffee that was used very much (it tastes to me like a second batch of coffee you ran through and then it got cold) but do like the smell and mouthfeel of this.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From a can.

A dark brown with a rapidly receding light brown head, this looks solid. The nose is all coffee. Fruity, mildly berry like, light almond nuttiness, a blend of cream and chocolate, this smells pretty great. The palate, though, is disjointed. Mild caramel and chocolate, plenty of cold brew coffee, a noticeable acidity that doesn't work with the cream flavors. Berry and peach notes are present
Light in body with a rather disappointing finish, this is not quite what I was hoping it'd be.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a two finger high dark tan head that quickly died down, also lightening up to a narrow tan collar around the edge of the glass and a small patch of bubbles in the center. The head eventually completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of coffee beans and cold brew coffee. There isn't much in the way of sweet malts or lactose.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No smoothness or creaminess is perceptible.
O: This beer has a lighter body than I would expect for a milk stout—it almost seems like the coffee beans lightened things up. It's a nice breakfast beer but I wouldn't call this a dessert beer.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Dec 16, 2017
Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong coffee, strong sweet malt, roasted malt, and a hint of spicy hops. Fits the style of a Milk/Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is also a slight roasted malt, bitterness. Tastes of strong coffee, strong sweet malt, roasted malt, and a hint of spicy hops. Overall, poor appearance, strong initially, but then meek finish.

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Tone from Missouri, Dec 15, 2017
Photo of AustinWadkins
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown color with little to no head (looks a bit watery)
Smell of cigarettes, dark malt, burnt coffee, slight dark milk chocolate, some tobacco
Taste follows the nose
Overall I was quite disappointed in this one.

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Photo of Harrison8
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is alright with no lacing left behind. Aroma is burnt coffee, cigarettes, plastic, and toasted malts. Flavor profile is more smoky coffee, cigarettes, plastic, and toasted malts. Coffee is charred, burnt, and bitter. Mouth feel is medium-thin with a slightly watery, grainy texture. Overall, it comes off as smoked, bitter, and harsh. Even after revisiting this beer, it's still hard to swallow. It delivers a Tonka toy truck blazing from a lite cigarette aroma from the moment it's lit, and carries the same aroma through the flavor profile.

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

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Dec 09, 2017
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3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours dark brown with an average brown head. The aroma features strong, acidic coffee, milk chocolate, and a hing of burnt plastic. The flavor features fairly bitter coffee, with notes of dark and milk chocolate, and a hint of coca cola at the finish. The mouthfeel is very light and thin, with negligible carbonation. Overall this is a bit of a disappointment - the flavor is not bad, but the mouthfeel is so thin and watery, it really hurt the overall impact.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Dec 09, 2017
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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a solid brown color with a fingernail head that doesn't leave lacing. Nose of coffee and bitter chocolate. Taste is straight forward with coffee and some bitter chocolate. Medium light body and medium carbonation.
It's missing some notes for the style. While the coffee came through, it was more of a roast-ey brown ale than a sweet milk stout. Noticeable lack of lactose and sweetness. Maybe more chocolate and a touch of vanilla to break up the slow burning roast. Totally nailed the coffee though.

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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma, Dec 08, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to E for bringing this over to the garage after the Christmas tree lighting party on Friday night. Pours brown, thin lighter brown head 1/4" on the top. Aroma of cold dark diner coffee. Decent.

Taste, a little more of the diner coffee, no frills, not a super expressive kind of coffee aspect. Brown malt ample and provides a nice base. Not overly bitter, not overly hopped. Not overly thick, still relatively easy to drink. Soft carbonation in the mouth feel. Didn't have a large amount of lactose, this one felt just as much, if not more like a brown ale than it did a milk stout. Below average sweetness for that style. I dunno, when Mocha Merlin is all over the place for like half the price, might as well just go there. I liked this beer, but don't see a purchase in its future.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky brown with a marginal tan head that vanished almost instantly, leaving no lacing whatsoever. The aroma is coffee, and it tastes like a cold cup of coffee. Very little carbonation and overall a disappointing beer.

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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota, Dec 01, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of tan head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A roasty and toasty malt driven aroma with a scent of coffee, toast, and milk. Upfront scent of coffee beans. Malt scent of toast, chocolate, biscuit, grains, caramel, and nuts with yeast. Sweet hints of milk and brown sugar. Also some hints of earthy hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and toasty malt forward taste with notes of coffee, toast, and milk. Good upfront taste of coffee beans. Toasted malt notes of biscuit, toast, chocolate, grains and caramel along with some yeast. Sweet notes of milk and brown sugar. Some earthy hop bitterness. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid Coffee Milk Stout. Nice coffee flavor with a moderate body.

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MattyG85 from Minnesota, Nov 30, 2017
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3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Given how little this beer cost ($15 for a 4 pack) vs their Bomb! costing $9 a bottle at my local liquor store, I'm not surprised it wasn't as good the Bomb!. However, at that price I was surprised how mediocre this was.

Smell: Coffee and stout, but no distinct notes of anything else or any particular depth. Generic would be the best word.

Taste: Stout upfront, the coffee was a bit more in the back of the mouth. Nothing to write home about. And again, no particular depth or interesting quirks. I could get a similar taste dropping Folgers instant crystals into some Guinness.

Mouthfeel: This was the worst part. Watery with some light fizz. More like a Guinness than a good stout. I almost wonder if they used some nitrogen with the carbonation.

Overall: I'd take a Schlafly coffee stout over this for the better coffee flavour, a Samuel Smith Imperial or chocolate for the better stout flavour, or Prairie's own Bomb! for a general stout-with-stuff-added that is all around excellent over this one. Maybe I got spoiled by trying Bomb! before this, but this is merely a slightly above average yet still mediocre beer.

Trivia: I tried this cold, chilled, and room temp, hoping it would improve. It didn't. A stout that doesn't get better as it warms up really weirds me out.

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LuckyLuchadore from Antigua & Barbuda, Nov 30, 2017
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