Bourbon Paradise | Prairie Artisan Ales

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4.61/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with coconut and vanilla

Added by Ristaccia on 11-30-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
433
pDev:
4.99%
 
 
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67
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Photo of kitch
4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of, I want to say, 32517, but it’s not so clear. Meaning that it was bottled on 21st November 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a thin mocha brown head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut, bourbon and oak.

Taste: Rich creamy milk chocolate, bourbon sweetness, oak, vanilla, caramel and light toasted coconut.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth, rich, full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Wow, almost 16% ABV but it still drinks so smooth. The bourbon sweetness comes through strongly along with the booziness that follows, but it’s well balanced with the rich chocolate flavours and compliments the vanilla and coconut. An excellent sipper.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Date stamp is '32017'.
Black colored body, with a very thin dark brown edge when back lit. One finger mocha brown head which settles into a thick creamy cap. Spots of lacing are left behind.
Aroma is dark roasted malts, with a wafting of vanilla, milk chocolate, and bourbon barrel notes.
Taste is rather sweet, with dark roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon barrel notes. Coconut is minimal but adds to the sweetness. Not bitter at all.
Thick and slightly syrupy mouth feel. Body cap is fed by active rising bubbles.
Tasty, bourbon barrel aged stout, but not overly complex.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mpwiemann
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fossage78
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JMFP
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kavinci
4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tafyob41
4.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ha-sheem
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pcshotsauce33
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SayBoom
4.77/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DraftDaddy
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajramirez1
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of wolfpac255
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Damian
4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a teku
Review #1600

Thick and viscous, dark brown/black appearance. The body was capped by a tight, frothy, finger-tall, khaki colored crown that slowly dropped to a thick, clingy, lasting collar. A few droplets of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was insane and reminded me of a liquid Mounds Bar. Chocolate brownie batter notes came through big time. Sweet but not excessively so. Loads of fragrant bourbon as well. Quite boozy. There was an intense vanilla and coconut presence too.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but somewhat rougher around the edges. Roasted malts dominated on the front end. Bakers chocolate notes were also apparent. A strong boozy, bourbony quality came forth as the beer moved along the palate. Coconut and vanilla notes appeared in the center. The bourbon intensified on the back end and crescendoed in the finish. A touch of lingering heat and roastiness appeared after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was the only truly disappointing aspect of the beer. It was thinner bodied for the style and contained a fine, fairly aggressive effervescence that turned light and fizzy on the palate. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled to a more appropriate level.

Bourbon Paradise is an unapologeticly bourbon-forward imperial stout with just enough coconut and vanilla to contribute complexity but not overwhelm the base beer. Overall, an impressive offering though perhaps not quite as earth shattering as its scores might suggest.

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4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamison85
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of driftlessbeer
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paresis
4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rjbrew
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.21/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Bourbon Paradise from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 433 ratings