Consider Yourself Hugged
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Stout - American Imperial
4.32 | pDev: 6.71%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Imperial Stout with Peanut Butter Roasted Coffee.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well now, as if the previous beers weren't enough of a jump start to the day, I also scored a Bottle (Eeek!) of this one from Tavour before we parted company. They were a good service, but their local delivery agent was an inflexible pain-inna-a** + I just felt like it was all adding to the backlog & so I stopped doing business with them.

From the Bottle (!): "Imperial Stout with Peanut Butter Roasted Coffee."

I was anxious to Pop! the cap on this one as it was all starting to catch up to me. I may need a nap after all of this. Once accomplished, I simply let it fly in a free-running C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. It evinced a pseudo-cascade that formed a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, rocky, deep-brown head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black-Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with garnet highlights at the edges. Nose smelled imprecisely like peanut butter & more like roasted/roasting peanuts.

When I was a lad, we had a fellow who roasted peanuts at a small Art Deco (!) stand downtown as well as El Capitan Roasters, not far from where I live now. The latter was mainly coffee, but they would/could also roast peanuts.

It is such a pleasant smell, as opposed to roasting/roasted chestnuts, I am pretty hearty, but that is one smell that will make me gag. They taste good, but that smell just evokes my gagging reflex.

Onward! Roasted/roasting peanuts & coffee on the nose. Check! Got it. Mouthfeel was bug, thick & creamy, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. The taste was like a melding of two of my favorite flavors - deep, dark-roasted coffee & peanut butter!

Do you like P.B.? We had a spirited debate in my classroom once. Smooth v. Crunchy. A fave student, who happened to be a hardcore gangbanger, but respected/liked (?) me inadvertently ended it with "Crunchy! 'cause I like the feel of nuts in my mouth, yo!" I had to step out to keep from laughing as the classroom erupted. He fully owned it though & it became a running joke.

This had a kind of green peppery tang, as I believe that someone else noted. Not at all off-putting, though.

Dateline: USS Normandy (CG-60) as we were volunteered (!) by our overzealous skipper to transition from the Red Sea into the Persian Gulf! USS Princeton (CG-59), same hull-class, same capabilities, had just sussed out a floating mine & needed relief.Okay, kids, with two (2) gas turbine engines & a rooster tail, do you think that the ponderous, oil-burning boilers of the re-supply ship could keep up? NO! We were a day (or two) from UNREP & now, we would be bereft until we got (at least) into the Gulf of Oman! I was a MT501 (50-cal) gunner in 8/8/8 & when I came down from the 02-level the last morning before our rescheduled UNREP, the Mess Decks were empty. In the Salad Bar was a #3 CAN of peanut butter, a #3 CAN of sliced jalapeno peppers (in light oil) & a freezer-burnt loaf of white bread that had been "discovered" when the freezers were defrosted & emptied! With a sign reading "Self-Made PB & Jalapeno Sandwiches! Help Yourself".8=O I toasted two slices, assembled a sammich, slipped by my rack for a stogie & headed to the fantail for breakfast & a smoke. I would have died for some coffee & many were.

Wotta beer! Enjoyable throughout with its unending coffee & peanut butter melding presence. So many flights of memory, so many digressions, but so it is. Finish was semi-dry & I just kept licking my lips as I reminisced on my shipmates.

Crazy ship, but lifelong shipmates. I salute all of you on this quarantined morning!

Apr 17, 2020
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black color with a small tan head that lingered on the circumference of the glass.
Subtle peanut butter aroma with coffee. A little bit of chocolate.
Taste follows the nose. Peanut butter, not overpowering. Coffee. Hint of chocolate.
Thick mouthfeel, almost like I ate a spoonful of peanut butter.
Very nice beer.

Oct 19, 2018
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monty79_1997 from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 01, 2019
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with tan head and solid lacing.
N: Peanut butter, chocolate, and some coffee.
T: Outstanding, full on peanut butter with chocolate and coffee mix, you cannot get much better.
M: Medium
O: Loved it, this is the perfect treat beer. Flavors are on point, nothing is too sweet or too harsh, just a solid stout with loads of flavor and smoothness.

Nov 16, 2018
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 03, 2019

4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 16, 2019
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Tigerbrau from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just wasn't as good as other Prairie stouts I've had.

Sep 14, 2018
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RMW66 from Australia

4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not really a big fan of beers with peanut butter as they are invariably too sweet for my personal taste. This is no exception. I would much prefer a bomb or paradise.

Dec 20, 2018
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chitownfanatic21 from Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 12, 2018
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 17, 2018
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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 06, 2018
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peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 06, 2018
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 16, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass. This beer pours out pitch black and formed a quickly dissipating peanut butter colored crown. I can smell peanut butter without even putting my nose to the glass. Putting my nose to the glass it becomes even more pronounced while also bringing in a nice velvety chocolate smell. The taste comes in and just hits you with that Prairie stout flavor as a base. It's chocolately and peanut butter like. Not picking up too much coffee but it is slightly in there. The mouthfeel is great. Warming with a velvety smooth, creamy and thick body. I love the balance of this and how it shows the layers without being too much on any.

Sep 23, 2018
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Nunya from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 04, 2019
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BeanBump from California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is now officially the best peanut butter beer Ive ever had. They nail the PB flavor while having the foresight to include coffee to keep the sweetness in check. Its heavy, boozy and has the perfect blend of sugar and savor. Seek this beer out. Im sure at some point there will be a barrel-aged version of this somewhere. When that day comes, I'll sell a kidney to obtain some.

Sep 24, 2018
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MinerBob from Oklahoma

4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 11, 2018
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vikingpillager from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Prairie OKC, I ordered just the 4oz taster because I was afraid of the peanut butter.. However this is much more of a straightforward coffee stout, quite bitter but still wonderfully balanced in the normal Prairie style. Not too sweet and I would've come back to it but their cellar list was just too tempting.

Sep 05, 2018
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Bum4ever from California

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black with a small dark tan head. Poured it pretty hard and the head only showed up at the end, and it didn't last long. Not much lacing.
Smell: I am getting a ton of roasted coffee while its cold, followed by a slight smell of peanut butter. As it warms I am getting a tiny bit more PB and some chocolate.
Taste: Roasted coffee dominates the front, but peanut butter is all over the finish, with small notes of chocolate and toffee.
Feel: On the thicker side and creamy. Also has a dryness to the finish, really excels here.
Overall: Really solid peanut butter stout. Wish the coffee didn't dominate as much as it does.

Sep 17, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm a very big fan of Prairie Artisan - but I've fallen a bit out of love with their more recent non-barrel aged releases. Consider Yourself Hugged was one of the first that failed to wow me.

I'm a big fan of peanut butter in stouts and porters - but coffee and peanut butter somehow just do not work well together. Perhaps it's the char and acidity to the coffee in Consider Yourself - I do like the roasty notes, but the char and acidity tastes terrible with the creamy nuttiness of the peanut butter. I think that unfortunate chemistry results in the unpleasant finish and lingering bad tastes.

It's still a big, sweet beer, and not a bad one - but of the Prairie line-up, it's one of my least favorites. I'd like to see what a barrel would do to this beer, but I can't imagine peanut butter aging well.

Jan 03, 2019
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TCOlson from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 20, 2019
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dubnation from Kansas

4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 24, 2018
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TooGood from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 06, 2019
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TheBrewsky from California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours viscous motor oil black. A whopping amount of head on this thing, about 3 fingers of a dense brown head that dissipated quickly, but leaves heaps of residual lacing. As far as a cap goes, this is probably the best I've seen on a Prairie stout. The lacing is abundant too which I am loving.
S: Some chocolate on the nose and molasses. I can actually smell the peanut butter in this beer. Coffee is also present, which blends nicely with peanut butter. As it warms, the roasty peanut butter smell gets more pronounced.
T: Chocolate, malts, molasses, and peanut butter. It tastes great, just as advertised. There is a bit of a booze bite to the beer, but it isn't out of the norm for a Prairie beer.
F: Thick and full with moderate carbonation for the style. It is a heavy beer and a slow sipper. Very enjoyable.
O: I wasn't sure what to exactly expect from this, but it has exceeded my expectations. I am thoroughly enjoying it. I am glad that the peanut butter is noticeable, and actually one of the dominant flavors. I am very grateful to have tried. Cheers!

Oct 05, 2018
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Sirnickatnite from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very definite roasted peanut aroma and taste. Familiar bomb like base w a lot of added coffee and roasted peanut/nuttiness. Worth picking up IMO.

Sep 06, 2018
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