Bourbon Paradise
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #26
Ranked #100
4.57 | pDev: 5.25%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
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Notes: Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with coconut and vanilla
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Iamaskier from Idaho

4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Nearly black brown, no head. Smell is coconut, chocolate, and vanilla. It smells like a liquid almond joy. Booze is very noticeable. Taste is incredibly rich vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate, bourbon, and a second wave of coconut on the finish. Feel is absolutely incredible— thick, silky and viscous. It’s like drinking melted chocolate. A pronounced alcohol warmth seals the deal. Make no mistake, this is an incredible beer, but the bourbon finish is almost so rich that it’s a bit unbalanced. Other than that, nearly perfect feel, wonderful smell, and great taste.

Apr 03, 2021
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle (?), drank April, 2021 out of a tulip. 15.9% ABV

Poured thick with little head. Nice bourbon smell, followed by sweet taste although I couldn’t get much coconut or vanilla. Think the coconut manifested itself in the sweetness. Very bourbony which was great. Thick mouthfeel.

Overall great beer, but these days it doesn’t stand out as much as it once may have given the huge plethora of coconut vanilla bourbon imperial stouts that are good to great...

Apr 03, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 13.7%. Pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma of bourbon and molasses, hints of fusel alcohols, also notes of oak, chocolate, coconut and vanilla. Warming mouthfeel, very moderate carbonation. Sweet flavour, with the same elements as the aroma, the bourbon notes are very distinct. Low bitterness.

Mar 22, 2021
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MostlyMetalz from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very rarely does Prairie have a miss, but this one is solid. Just the right amount of booze and coconut. The term 'paradise' is very fitting for this beer!

Mar 22, 2021
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brief Review:

O: I was very surprised to see this was almost a Top 100 beer after last year's release. Missed out on that one, but was able to grab one this year. I'm maybe just a touch let down by this. It comes across a little boozy and hot on the nose and flavor. The coconut doesn't really pop for me either. Mouthfeel is just okay after what looks like a pretty slick pour. It's a touch messy and could be reigned in a bit. For a beer ranked this high, I don't think those are unfair criticisms. Is it still a good beer? Yes. It's rich, complex, and super bourbon forward (if you like that). But I have a feeling that previous iterations were maybe a bit more solid.

Recommendation: Maybe better a couple years ago? But this is still a world-class beer any BA-lover should try.

Mar 10, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2020 release, 13.7%. Thanks, Brian !

Jet black with no head, this looks decent. The nose is decadent. Tons of vanilla and coconut are layered on top of rich, bitter dark chocolate. Toasted coconut, rich, floral, fruity vanilla are present, complementing the coconut and vanilla notes from the bourbon barrel. The adjunct and barrel character is massive, almost overpowering the base beer, but some dark chocolate and bitterness are able to power through.

The palate opens boozy and brash, with tons of coconut and vanilla, almost macaroon like. Dark chocolate, creamy, mildly bitter upon which coconut, bourbon and vanilla are layered. A ganache like creamy feel and flavor are present. Dark fruit flavors with raisin and some dried cherry flavor. Boozy, a little hot on the finish. Fully in body and softly carbonated, flavors of vanilla, bourbon, coconut and chocolate linger in the finish. Unabashedly hedonistic , this isn't particularly deep or complex but is really well done. I do wish this had more of a rich, dark chocolate, though.

Mar 07, 2021
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MattMMMan17 from California

4.05/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: This pours black with almost no carbonation. A thin tan bit if head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Smells boozy with some chocolate, no much else.

Taste: I get the strong booze backing a bitter dark chocolate, followed by slight vanilla. Where's the coconut?

Feel: Like a standard Prairie, good viscosity the coats the tongue. But the booze overpowering the adjuncts gives it a quick finish that doesn't linger.

Compared to most Prairie Dawgs, this one lands at about a 4 because of the imbalance of booze/adjuncts and the lacking sweetness. (I love 90% dark chocolate so have no problem with bitter). It just doesn't go well here.

Feb 19, 2021
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/24/20, opened 2/14/21.

Pours black with no head.

The nose is coconut frosting and soy sauce. Equal parts sweet coconut/vanilla/dark chocolate and savory depth.

The taste follows. Coconut, vanilla, dark chocolate, soy sauce, and bourbon.

The mouthfeel is medium+ with light carb.

Overall, very good. A tasty blend of dessert and bourbon.

Feb 14, 2021
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maxcoinage from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Goodness! Finally got my hands on this bad boy. So smooth, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, slight amount of coconut. The body is right on point for a big stout

Feb 12, 2021
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical Prairie stout appearance. The flavor is delicious, like one of the old 12oz bottles of BCBS. Coconut and vanilla are present but not overwhelming. Went back the next day for a second bottle after having this.

Feb 06, 2021
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BucBasil from Rwanda

3.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a pure black color topped with a wisp of a dark brown head that dissipates quickly, even after a hard pour.

S: An odd initial aroma of soy sauce and earth under pure cocoa. Big boozy bourbon note underneath those layers as well. and the ABV is definitely evident. Not detecting a ton of coconut in there.

T: Chocolate and roasted malt mixed with a heavy bourbon taste profile - woody and earthy. Alcohol is definitely evident. Not super balanced. Didn't detect any coconut. Leather. There is some vanilla and sugar sprinkled throughout. Cloying.

Overall: This actually didn't really impress me a ton. Not bad, but also not very drinkable. It reminded me a lot of World Wide Stout. It is alright, but really overpowering and not very balanced.

Feb 04, 2021
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black. No head, very little carbonation. Aroma is dominated by the bourbon with a bit a vanilla. The taste is amazing. A combination of strong bourbon flavor, chocolaty fudge with hints of vanilla and malts. Mouthfeel is medium. Incredible stout.

Jan 31, 2021
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JohnG190 from New York

5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours motor oil dark and thick with no head whatsoever, just a thin mocha ring around the glass. On the nose, big bourbon aroma with a whiff of vanilla and ever so faint coconut. On the palate, big bourbon booziness right up front followed by dense sweet chocolate fudge and bitter espresso, finishing with faint vanilla and coconut. The mouthfeel is pure velvet, thick and oily with very little carbonation. Overall, this is a spectacular imperial stout!

Jan 27, 2021
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Jlabs from New York

4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/12/2020
Color is jet black
Smell is bourbon, fudge and vanilla
Smell follows the nose as bourbon is present up front with mild sweetness from vanilla, Caramel and chocolate .
Mouth feel is sticky and carbonation is low

Prairie keeps bringing the heat with this exceptional stout!

Jan 24, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, born on 11/9/2020, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - dark, like molasses, deep, dark hazelnut head that disappeared instantly
S - bourbon, coconut
T - wonderful! bourbon with faint coconut and vanilla notes, malt on the finish
F - thick, oily mouthfeel with minimal carbonation throughout
O - this beer is special, the blend and balancing of the flavors is phenomenal

Jan 24, 2021
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Stubby 12oz into a becher with a motor oil pour and a dark, deep brown cap that rises up minimally to a foam layer and recedes to a bubbly belt around the edges of the glass. Fair head retention and spotty lacing.

S- Brownie desserts that are just saturated with cocoa powder and have a heavy but not overbearing coconut presence. The vanilla comes in next and the base stout is imposing in this brew. Once the beer has some time to breath the barrel opens up a lot with sticky charred Bourbon oak and whiskey notes. Burnt barley, caramel, nuttiness, toffee and a tiny hint of candied dark fruit.

T- The thing that makes the biggest difference on the palate is the booze which cuts into the sweetness and serves to minimalize that brownie dessert effect. The beer feels a bit more coconut forward but it is not centered around that flavor with toasted coconut notes joined by dark chocolate, espresso, roast barley, spicy Bourbon, vanilla bean and milk chocolate notes. Caramel, toffee, spiced dark fruit, cherry, leather, oak wood and nuttiness also come to mind.

MF- Hefty heavy bodied brew with a medium-low carbonation level. The beer is a oily and a touch syrupy. It puffs up a bit with a slight creaminess but the high alcohol cuts into that. Ends very warm and bittersweet.

One of those beers that has a stark, prominent foreground with layers and layers of wonderful things supporting those notes in the backdrop. The coconut, dark chocolate and barrel are big but you can dig and deep dive into this beer to find beautiful complexities.

Jan 18, 2021
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2020 12 ounce bottle poured into a DFH tulip. Inky dark brown body through which no light travels topped by a small dark tan head which quickly dissipated to a thin ring. Smell is of vanilla, bourbon and malts; can't detect any coconut. Taste is very full and complex with shifting tastes blending together including a hint of coconut on the back end. Really a rewarding sipper and typically of Prairie stouts nothing is out of balance. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. A home run.

Jan 17, 2021
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is slightly burnt dark malts and big bourbon. The flavor is bourbon, dark/roasted malts, a hint of maple syrup and a warming alcoholic/acidic finish.

Jan 16, 2021
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John_M from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and light lacing. On the nose, I pick up considerable dark chocolate, coconut and vanilla, with some underlying bourbon as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but I'm impressed by the richness and plush Mouthfeel. This beer is pretty sweet, but the bourbon helps to counter that sweetness a bit. Even so, this is very much a dessert beer, and a sipper at that. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy and full, with a long finish. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell the abv is up there a bit.

Impressive beer from the folks at prairie. The sweetness is a bit much, but otherwise, it's hard to find any flaws in this well crafted beer. This is quite excellent.

Jan 11, 2021
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: jet black, not much head, some lacing
S: sweet, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, smells very rich
T: chocolate brownie with some bourbon on the back end
F: good mouthfeel, very creamy
O: this is a liquid dessert, very tasty, booze well hidden

Jan 10, 2021
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Praeternatural from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter from the fridge and allowed to warm while sipping over the course of an hour or so.

Appearance - Thick and black. Small amount of head dissipated quickly. Head was chestnut brown.

Aroma - Rich vanilla and bourbon barrel sweetness and light coconut

Taste - Big roasted dark malt tastes, vanilla all over, toasted coconut, and plenty of bourbon barrel caramelly sweetness. Smooth and not boozy for 13.5% (2020 bottling)

Feel - Medium to thick mouthfeel. Sufficient for a stout of this flavor and ABV. Not too thick or thin. Not overly carbonated.

Overall - An excellent stout. Adjuncts aren't overdone or out of place. This is a very good beer.

Jan 09, 2021
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Jo_Renish from Vermont

4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stemmed tulip at approximately 45 degrees.

Appearance - Midnight black, completely opaque, no evidence of any type of head manifestation other than a thin ring of lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

Aroma - Treads over the olfactory with palpable vanilla extract, closely followed by shredded coconut and led out by a slightly fusel barrel presence.

Taste - Hit with a truck load of dark roast whole bean, soft vanilla and coconut provide a creamy fruit bar presence combined with a peeping banana profile. The barrel emerges triumphantly on the tail end with a nasal effervescence and warm fusel burn. Devil's food cake and black coffee highlight the experience.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mild carbonation; I also found there to be a discernible silky presence on the tail end.

Overall - This is a very well done adjunct BA stout, not terribly overdone in any aspect.

Jan 01, 2021
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Bottle to snifter. Sample against Paradise (from a can).

LOOK: thick dark black, healthy light brown head fades pretty quickly, retention is difficult.

AROMA: roasted peanuts, roasted malt, bourbon,
TASTE: dark chocolate, peanut, some hints of fig and blueberry. bourbon comes in sweet and late with some oak. nice finish.
FEEL: smooth, pretty flat, Extra-Full Body.

Very nice. Great peanut flavor. A kick up from the regular paradise for sure.


Jan 01, 2021
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon Paradise from Prairie is a fitting name. This almost 16% ABV stout showcases the whiskey. You immediately get that slow burn followed by the sweetness from the coconut. There is a nuttiness as the beer warms up. This was a nice change of pace from all the recent pastry stouts. I'm a bourbon lover, so this one works for me.

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Dec 31, 2020
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DanBrenda from Washington

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered from Tavour and poured into a snifter. The 2020 bottle of bourbon paradise wasn’t paradise but was definitely boozy and bourbon.

Look: black with small head and no lacing.
Smell: bourbon up front, with some hints of chocolate (more as it warms), trailing vanilla but no coconut.
Taste: sweet, booze and bourbon up front. Bren says the ethanol mountain is almost too steep to climb to get to the backend flavors on this one, but as we let it warm, we got bourbon in the middle, hints of chocolate and trailing notes of vanilla. If we REAALLLLLLy reach we get coconut.
Feel: sweet, thick, full mouthfeel. Let it hang around and swirl it in your mouth, breathe in through the nose and there is a light tickle of carbonation. No trail end drying which is interesting given the high ABV.

I guess if you like boozy flavor and bourbon this would be a good beer for you. Being dark, stouty fans we were hoping for Prairie to hide the booze a bit, but alas, they got us again with a high ABV (tasting and by volume)... if you like high ABV Prairie beers (as they have a tendency to do) this beer is good... if you want the chocolate, vanilla and coconut to smack you in the face in a stouty way, stay away because the ABV will beat you back with a whip. Cheers!

Dec 27, 2020
Bourbon Paradise from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 771 ratings