Bourbon Paradise
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #30
Ranked #91
4.56 | pDev: 5.26%
Apr 24, 2023
Nov 30, 2017
Bourbon ParadiseBourbon Paradise
Notes: Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with coconut and vanilla
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Rated: 4.46 by SharkNado from Pennsylvania

Apr 24, 2023
Rated: 4.53 by sbrock22 from Rhode Island

Feb 21, 2023
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Rated by Sandis from Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2019 version poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter on 2/15/2022. Aged very well.
Feb 11, 2023
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Name: Bourbon Paradise
Style: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stuff
Location: Kreb, Oklahoma
ABV: 13.7
Date: 2022

Continuing with stouts, I chose this from Prairie. Using my Jester tulip glass, I let the beer warm up to 56 degrees. A hard pour created a half finger, medium dark tan head. The retention is dismal, and dropped as fast as it formed. The color of the beer charts arounds SRM 36, dark brown with ruby hues. The beer is opaque but does show some carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass. Overall the appearance is average for this style, I wanted to see a longer lasting head.

Nosing the beer, I detect dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut with espresso. After smelling the beer several more times, I notice caramel, bourbon, oak, hints of floral, dates, raisins, slight char, roasted malts, bready, and a touch of Maillard.

The chocolate weaves coconut with vanilla seamlessly. Other flavors in the beer are caramel, bready, roasted maltiness, raisins, figs, oak, bourbon, oak, anise, soy sauce, oranges, hints of floral, Maillard, and char.

The heavy roasted malts gives the beer a heavy body and a low carbonation. A chewy thick mouthfeel and a lasting finish.

The beer is tasty, yet I have a few complaints. I wanted more coconut flavors and less char. Overall the beer is a wonderful example of Imperial stout. I enjoyed sipping this one on a cold winter night.
Jan 07, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2023
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Rated by TerryMills from Tennessee

4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
As good as it gets
Jan 06, 2023
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Frisco Taphouse in Crofton, MD. Definitely lives up to expectations - pours pitch black with a tan head, huge aromas and flavors of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and some coconut. Rich and sumptuous mouthfeel. Stellar.
Dec 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
It's incredibly rich and's delicious....perhaps the thickest creamiest beer I've ever had... the bourbon is quite evident, as it should be... the coconut wafts in and out like a ghost....incredibly intense experience....having this on Black Friday morning while cooking a breakfast casserole... warming to the belly after a few healthy sips...this is a real banger.

The sort of beer you pull out for just the right moment.. I love is enough due to its intensity and richness...

A masterpiece...
Nov 25, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by smb71481 from Vermont

Nov 03, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Mr_Beer_Belly from Illinois

Oct 21, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Oct 07, 2022
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Reviewed by IvoryBilledWoodpecker from Florida

4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
Poured from bottle to wine glass. Super dark color with rich brown head. Totally opaque, head is very small and is soon totally gone, there is some lacing however. Strong scents of soy sauce and dark malt, I like this though it is bordering on being too strong. Taste, there is a lot here. Extremely rich, strong flavors of raw coconut, bourbon, soy sauce, roasted malts, licorice. It is delicious but it is simply too much. The beer is creamy and the finish is incredibly long. A great beer but it is just not for me.
Oct 02, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look - Fantastic looking BA Stout! Black and thick with a really nice thick tan head and fantastic rimming and lacing. Not sure what you can do better
Smell - nutty dark chocolate woody smell. I'm sure that nut smell comes from the coconut but I don't get the coconut, more just nut. maybe some molasses caramel deep in there
Taste - a little sweet but not overly sweet. dark chocolate some char woodiness along with the toasted coconut and vanilla.
Feel - Medium full body with a medium light carb, slight creaminess
Overall - I like how the vanilla and coconut aren't overly done and instead just bring out some great flavors of the beer in different ways. The Barrel to this beer is fantastic. Well done not overly sweet BA Stout
Sep 15, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Aug 28, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by atrocity from Virginia

Aug 21, 2022
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Rated by MadMadMike from Florida

4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pricy? Sure.
But worth every sip.
The art of the craft.,.
Stuck 2 in the cave for Xmas.,.
Aug 02, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jul 23, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by mattycasey from Massachusetts

Jul 18, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by izzyismyrott from Indiana

Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by smithj4 from New York

Jul 14, 2022
Rated: 4.41 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Jul 11, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by Zaphog from Michigan

Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Shy_Ronnie

4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Fantastic! Before getting into the flavor, I greatly appreciate this brew being offered in 12 oz bottles. Though I enjoy drinking socially, I do most of my drinking solo, which makes those 16 oz plus bottles a challenge. That might be the wimpiest thing I've said this week. I should probably go start my lawnmower in one pull to make up for that. As for the flavor, both the coconut and vanilla come through, but hold back from dominating the flavor profile. I liken it to Phil Anselmo holding back in Cemetery Gates, unleashing at just the right time. It goes without saying, but drink this one slowly, as the flavor profile changes as it warms. Enjoy the ride.
Jun 24, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by TP2MSU from Michigan

May 08, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by Affinity from Missouri

May 05, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Appearance - The beer poured thick blackness with brown bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - Dark chocolate was most prominent in the nose. Coconut was faint in the nose.

Taste - Initially, the dark chocolate led the way. It was like a bourbon barrel aged Mounds bar. The chocolate and coconut worked so well together. The sweetness of the coconut was most prominent in back. The bourbon made for a warming finish.

Mouthfeel - The body was thick with roasted chocolate. Carbonation was largely non-existent.

Overall - This was a great coconut stout.
Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Mar 25, 2022
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Reviewed by augustgarage from California

4.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Packaged on 11/20/2020 - consumed on 3/13/2022. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

Dark seal brown to bistre body with a thin fawn/camel collar. Vague lacing; fast running legs; poor retention.

Vanilla, barrel char, bourbon, roast malt, and a hint of tobacco, molasses, cocoa, and toffee in the nose.

Intense palate entry - all of the flavors above but concentrated. Rather sweet, with a long chocolate-laden finish. Some barrel/alcohol elements along with a gentle, clean bitterness add a little balance. Stewed dark fruit notes emerge as the ale warms. Neutral yeast character. Coconut and vanilla seem a little redundant, overwhelming their counterparts in the bourbon flavor, and reinforcing the borderline cloying impression.

Silky, almost oily, rich mouth-feel with active yet low carbonation. Moderately warming.

More on the dessert end of the spectrum for the style, but very potent with some balanced barrel influence. Enjoyed it more than my notes might suggest.
Mar 13, 2022
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by 40ontarget from Colorado

4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Little to no head. Only a very thin tan ring clinging to the glass. Very dark like dark chocolate cake. The nose is chocolate and more chocolate. Bourbon comes right out of the middle of the chocolate. Vanilla and barrel leak out at the end. The taste has bourbon, vanilla, and oak jumping right out. Chocolate and a small hint of coconut follow. There is a small bit of spice that hides behind the coconut at the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but with the right amount of carbonation. This is a wonderful beer. It wants to be too sweet but stops just short and balances out to make you smile. (Found old notes on this one)
Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by akopczyk from Ohio

Feb 16, 2022
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Reviewed by brewskis from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
2019 version enjoyed 27 months later.

Pours pitch black with a finger of fizzy, dark mocha, almost reddish head that fizzes away almost instantly. When swirled, it coats the glass with a dark film.

Aroma is light coconut and even lighter vanilla as expected from the extended aging. This allows the base stout and barrel to shine more. Dark chocolate, black cherry, tobacco, roasted malt, some peat, and molasses from the base and some charred oak and bourbon from the barrel.

Taste brings more of the adjuncts than expected given the aroma, but they're still quite light given today's "pastry stout" standards. Toasted coconut and light vanilla bean dance in the background while the barrel treated stout is at the forefront. Bakers chocolate, some bittersweet chocolate chip, roasted malt, some peat, tobacco, black cherry, some fig, molasses, some brown sugar, charred oak, bourbon spirit. I'm sure there's some vanillin and even possibly some coconut coming from the barrel, but it's hard to tell if that character is from the adjuncts or the barrel.

Medium to high medium body. Slick, oily, sticky, warming. Could use a bit more body. Doesn't drink like 16%, but you know you're drinking a big beer.

I know I shouldn't have sat on this as long as I did because I'm sure there was a lot more coconut and vanilla character; however, the base and barrel integration are top notch and allowing the adjuncts to subside has shown this. It also has led to what I'd imagine is a smoother drinking experience than when it was fresher. I'm sure a fresher version of this would meet my expectations more, but this is still a very enjoyable beer at where it's currently at.
Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by Cubatobaco from Virginia

Jan 28, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 20, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana

Jan 14, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by shehateme from Massachusetts

Jan 02, 2022
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Rated by msdonohoe

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Wonderful brew. So far, my favorite.
Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 4.54 by BLPasch from Michigan

Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 4.95 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
Bourbon Paradise from Prairie Artisan Ales
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