Basic Becky
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #627
ABV:
11%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,266
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 6.56%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
41
From:
Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Basic BeckyBasic Becky
Notes: Imperial Stout with pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, coriander, clove and caraway.
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 41
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In my snifter the beer was black with just a halo of a tan head.
Aroma of chocolate, spice, and pumpkin. Happy the pumpkin was not overwhelmed by the spice.
Complex taste. Chocolate, cinnamon, and caraway. Pumpkin held up well.
Smooth, very drinkable.
Fantastic beer. Everything worked well together. I need more of these!

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours effervescent & pitch black with a thin caramel colored head that doesn't hanging around long. Nice viscosity, a little lacing, zero head retention

S: Dark chocolate, plenty of Pumpkin Pie

T: Follows the nose, a little roastyness & coffee as well, plus a little Carraway, interesting addition & a little boozeyness up front. Dark Chocolate, cinnamon, dryness & little bit of raisin as this warms,just little boozeyness

MF: Pretty thick, slight pricklyness to the carbonation

I loved the idea, I wished they dialed back the cinnamon

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Photo of EnderFett11
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. Extremely dark brown/almost black color, and the end of the pour was actual thick with sediment. Practically no head at all, with maybe a tiny ring of carbonation at the end. Might consider shaking a little bit before pouring. Not a strong smell, but a bit of maltyness. The flavor is so complex its hard to describe. The background is pumpkin/malt, with chocolate and pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon more prominent. The mouthfeel is extremely thick and creamy, with only a little bite of carbonation at the beginning of a sip. Amazing stout.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Head is mocha with red tints as well, but without much staying power. Minimal lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate and pumpkin pie spices. Flavor is sweet chocolate, cinnamon, all spice, vanilla on top of the dark roasted malt base. Feel is thick and creamy. Overall a great beer. I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers, and almost passed on this but I love the stouts this brewery puts out and decided I'd give it a chance. Glad I did.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: big plush mocha head on the pour that recedes too little. Very dark brown, opaque in the middle, some cola highlights around the edges when held too light.
smell: Pumpkin and aromatic spice. Some stout roastiness lurking underneath all that spice.
taste: much more good ol' Prairie stout than in the nose. Dominance reversed...the stout wins with the pumpkin pie in the background.

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Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shockingly impressive head production, with a strong dark tan foam hat for a very dark and inviting body.

Huge pumpkin spice nose - perhaps a detriment for some, but then again, this is 100% in line with what one should expect for the style. Along with the pumpkin spices (including cinnamon and allspice, not entirely unlike a spiced sweet apple pie), there are plenty of rich tones of the huge stout base: caramel, toffee, brown sugar, red grapes, molasses, and toast. Fair amount of booze on the nose, as well.

Sweet and rich, with an emphasis on chocolate and the huge stout base; pumpkin spices and pumpkin add a wonderful complement, but are very much a part of the overall profile, instead of the main show. Chocolate, vanilla, espresso, molasses, and red grapes; cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg; brown sugar, toast, toffee, and chewy caramel.

Super rich and creamy on the palate; thick, smooth, a touch chewy. Growing heat on the back end, but very, very drinkable.

This is absolutely a fantastic beer, without any real flaws, and easily the best pumpkin stout I've ever had. Warlock is a pumpkin beer that happens to have a stout base; this, by contrast, is a huge stout that has pumpkin and pumpkin spice added for flair.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a mini goblet. pours pitch black with a thin mocha colored head that forms a ring around the glass. smells of pumpkin pie wit the slightest bit of roast. perhaps a hint of chocolate too. taste is pumpkin pie up front with rich milk chocolate backing it all up. not a hint of roast that i picked up on the nose is present. mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy. overall, i’m super impressed. perhaps my initial expectations were somewhat low but this exceeds them by a mile. really well put together with the stout and pumpkin combining for a wonderful seasonal experience. this could be thanksgiving dinner dessert in a glass.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/6/2019. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with solid retention, that reduces to a minimal spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, coriander, clove, caraway, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, anise, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, pumpkin, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, coriander, clove, caraway, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, anise, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal, grassy, roast, charred bitterness; and cinnamon, coriander, clove spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, coriander, clove, caraway, toasted biscuit, dark bread/crust, licorice, anise, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, pumpkin, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 11%, with minimal lingering booze after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic fruit/spiced imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, pumpkin, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy/drying finish; fantastic soft/silky feel for the ABV. Amazing balance of super rich malts, pumpkin, and spice complexity; mild hops and fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding experimental style example as expected. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

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Photo of Crispy7581
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I just picked up a bottle of this wonderful brew here in Oklahoma City, and the best way to describe this beer is to say that if you could capture the entire season of Fall and put it into a bottle, this gem would be it! If you like stouts, please pick up a bottle or two. You won't be disappointed!

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Photo of avalon07
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy / fizzy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing here.

S: An incredibly enticing aroma of a myriad of spices, pumpkin, malt, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of malt (present throughout, though subtly), a good amount of pumpkin (not overpowering), lots of spices (cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, etc.), and some chocolate notes as well. An extremely complex and powerful flavor. It's a spice-centric flavor, but this isn't off-putting. Delicious.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A thoroughly enjoyable beer. Drinkable.

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Basic Becky from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 41 ratings