Prairie Artisan Ales

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #432
Ranked #1,834
4.27 | pDev: 5.39%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Notes: Imperial stout with hazelnut roasted coffee. Malt beverage with natural and artificial flavors
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at fort point market, $6.99, poured into a snifter

Pours a deep dark pitch black obsidian motor oil . Thin brown layer recedes to a ring, some lacings

Aroma is hazel nutty, roasted malts, coffee

Taste is hazel nuts, coffee, roasted malts , hint of cocoa, slightly sweet

Mouthfeel is rich, thick, syrupy. No alcohol burn but you feel the alcohol presence

Good beer

Feb 14, 2021
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SteamPilot from South Dakota

3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle (bottled 10-14-19), moderately aggressive pour produced a small, dark amber head which dissipated fairly quickly and left minimal lacing. Smell of hazelnut is very forward. Very heavy on the tongue. To me, it tasted like drinking a brownie. Very smooth and sweet, with overpowering hazelnut and chocolate/coffee notes. Fun to try, but one is enough for me!

Jan 03, 2021
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robwired from Kansas

4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There's a nose of boozy chooolate fruit. Smooth drinking that tastes of ... hazelnut. There's no bite from the ABV. There's a beige ring that follows my sips to the emptying glass. There.

Dec 16, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 57 degrees, pours inky black with ruby edges; fast, fizzy reddish brown head disappears in the blink of an eye, leaving no cap and the thinnest of rings on agitation; no lace, no legs. Roast coffee bean nose. Dark chocolate, bitter dark roast coffee, light spicy peppers; nutty finish on top of roasted beans. Medium light body, moderate minus carbonation; a bit of a bite on the tip of the tongue; some warmth from 11% abv. Overall a very good tasting coffee stout, but at $8.99 12/oz bottle I was hoping for more; I felt like I was drinking BOMB! Lite, missing the heat and the layers of flavors; glad I tried it, but one and done for me...

Jul 26, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

The pour is jet black, like motor oil, with a finger of soft mocha head. The head leaves a ring of cobwebs around the glass before settling into a thin crown.

The aroma brings notes of sweet milk chocolate, roasted hazelnuts, bitter coffee, brown sugar, vanilla and molasses.

The flavor comes exactly as advertised: Milk chocolate with fresh roasted hazelnut coffee. There's some subtle notes of vanilla, molasses, and brown sugar with the foggiest idea of sweet dough. This one is very sweet but not cloying.

The feel is full-bodied with very low carbonation. Thick, syrupy and smooth. The alcohol is present on the finish.

Overall, this is a great imperial stout that once again comes exactly as advertised. There's a ton of chocolate and hazelnut coffee here. It's right there on the bottle. It's very sweet but never cloying, and has a nice roasted malt balance.

Jun 04, 2020
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decent stout appearance, scant head/ lacing, rich body appearance.
Nose is toasted hazelnut with a hint of booze. A sweet molasses pokes through, as does some chocolate. Very nice.
Taste is rich toasted malts with molasses and coffee, brown sugar and a nice vanilla note to go along with the sweet hazelnut. Well done on the hazelnut!
Feels medium, medium-low carbonation, and sticky.
Tasty stuff, yet another example of why Prairie crafts some of the best imperial stouts in the U.S.A.’s midsection.

May 18, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a relatively new Prairie, at least to me, and I thought it was excellent, among their best. It is delicious.

Look: black with two inch thick mocca colored head (in snifter)

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, hazelnuts, coffee

Taste: roasted malts, hazelnuts, chocolate, coffee, maybe vanilla.

Body/Overall: medium to full body. smooth, soft, easy drinking for an Imperial Stout.

Apr 06, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a thin tab head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is hazelnut, vanilla and black coffe.

T - The taste is coffee, hazelnut, dark chocolate and vanilla.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Very tasty dessert stout.

Apr 02, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is really good. It’s one of those things where flavors play together and your brain immediately jumps to a certain place. Mine went to peanut butter with this coffee hazelnut stout. I find it pretty creamy on the aroma and that takes me to PB. A strong swirl and deep inhale yields a faint vegetal aroma. No where near enough to put me off, but perceivable. It’s nicely drinkable at 11%. Barley noticeable on the nose and just some pleasant warmth on the palate and in the pipes. It’s neither over the top with artificial hazelnut nor too sweet, but resembles hazelnutnut flavored coffee with a couple creams and a sugar. In fact, the sweet flavors mid-palate are more dry and nutty on the finish. I haven’t had many non-BA stouts from Prairie, but this one might be my favorite.

Mar 27, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

another banger from these guys in this big adjunct stout category, but it sort of seems like these are getting less beery, like more candied and artificial as they go, i miss the good old days of prairie, but whatever, this is progress according to most right?! hazelnut coffee in this one, its very natural on the nut side and very chocolate forward to me too, some bitterness from the roast of the java, but no appreciable bite from the grain at all, and in the end this sort of seems like another beer thats pretty similar to all the other ones they do, not a bad thing because its delicious, but like, this is the same base beer every time no? thick and sticky and with brownie batter and rocky road ice cream qualities, luscious and rich, chocolate driven, but the coffee and nut elements are there too. the depth is awesome, the alcohol is warming and somehow seems to call the hazelnut up to the front, and this is sweet overall but not offensively so. if im going to have stout like this, this is where its at, but i am getting over this sort of thing pretty quickly. nice coffee through the whole thing, hazelnut when i look for it, and nothing forced. better than most of its peers, another objectively nice beer from prairie in this style, but with that said, i dont need a whole lot more of these coming down the line, lets go back to weird hoppy black saisons and stuff....

Mar 12, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/14/19

Pours a vivid, oily jet black body topped with a ⅓ of a finger of deep khaki foam disappearing as quickly as it forms to a fast-receding frothy collar, a large, paper-thin island of cap, and no lacing.

Aromas open with an effortless mingling of hazelnut and vanilla perking into fresh coffee; vanilla wafer and underlying roast are subtle but increasingly prominent, and round out an easygoing nutty sweetness to the bouquet as a whole.

Taste features semi-bitter coffee upfront with hazelnut coursing through the background accented with touches of butterscotch; a combination of vanilla wafer and bakers chocolate appear over the mid-palate as a creamy sweetness develops on the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium-thick body with minimal carbonation and a creaminess amplifying over the mid-palate; an oily quality coats the mouth briefly before roasty, easy bittersweetness dries with a slight char and a touch of booze hits at the very back end of the finish.

While this can easily be construed as a one-dimensional stout, a flowing display of bittersweet hazelnut balances with ease and synchronizes enough with roasty coffee to never become cloying while contributing enough detail to appreciate the steady balance of the nutty tones coursing through this one. A great example of a sweeter stout that isn't just overtaken by sweetness.

Mar 06, 2020
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a very slow building dark mocha foam. No lace.
Rich aromas of hazelnut, toasted coconut, and chocolate.
Flavors are the same, lingering bitter dark chocolate, hazelnut coffee.
Bold and medium bodied, slight astringent bite, bittersweet, dry finish.
Overall it packs a punch, full of dark chocolate and hazelnut.

Mar 06, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming less than a finger of brown head that faded soon to a ring of lacing. Deep brown/black color. Smells strongly of hazelnut with just a hint of coffee. Taste is very similar, with strong malty hazelnut and just a hint of coffee. No bitterness, just a bit of sweetness, and not too syrupy. Not quite thick bodied with moderate carbonation. Definitely one of my favorite Prairie stouts and my favorite hazelnut flavored so far. Another excellent one from Prairie, just wish they weren't so darn expensive!

Mar 04, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 10-7-19, opened 2-22-20.
1/4" tan head on top of a pitch black stout. Head falls quickly but retains after a second wind from agitation in the glass. Spotty lacing.
Hazelnut coffee latte. Roasted malt and an earthy/nuttiness buried underneath. Chocolate - either milk or bakers...smells chalky maybe...going with bakers. Smells like it's going to be a smooth drink.
Coffee with milk, hazelnut is strong but not overpowering. Brown sugar. Dark fruit. Milk chocolate
Full body, oily mouthfeel with low carbonation. Some alcohol heat / sweet. Long hazelnut finish, smooth and a little more than slightly sweet.

Feb 23, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle -black as night with minuscule khaki head leaving virtually no lacing. Nose is mild roast malt ,hazelnut and coffee. Taste follows more or less with a creamy smooth finish. Really delicious.

Feb 16, 2020
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

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

12 oz. bottle poured into Trilllium Six States glass. No idea when it was bottled. Like all stouts, I let it warm for at least 30 minutes.

L: Less than 1F light brown head, leaves long-lasting ring and partial cap, but no lacing. Beer is very dark brown.

S: Roasted malts, hazeknuts, and roasted coffee. Quite nice.

T: Very roasty, light coffee, hazelnuts definitely present, but not sweet like Nutella, which is a smart call. Pretty neutral on the sweet/bitter scale. ABV hidden nicely as this brewer is good at it.

F: Medium side of full bodied, not much carbonation. Construction solid and flavors are subtle and well-rounded. Well balanced.

O: This is almost, almost, almost as good as a Trillium dessert stout. Really close. Excellent and especially great for the value. Highly recommend along with all the BOMB!s

Feb 11, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black body; opaque; thin, wispy head. Intense charred grain and coffee ground aroma; roasted nuts; scorched sugars. Burnt caramel and grain char flavors; dark roast coffee beans; a faint suggestion of vanilla; roasted peanuts. Heavy, oily body; warm.

One of the more unique imperial stouts I've experienced, especially in this age of super barrel aged this and that. The label touts hazelnut roasted coffee. I believe that. I taste that. I like that. Yes, this is a big 'un, and it doesn't exude undue notes of alcohol or booze. Nope, roasty, toasty, with a strong dry and bitter charred graininess and roasted tree nut quality with a note of espresso lingering around in the background to keep you wondering...

Feb 09, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells pretty sweet, with coffee, caramel, chocolate, and molasses, and just a hint of roast.

This is very fudgy, and very sweet. I don't get a ton of hazelnut, unfortunately, just sweet coffee creamer type flavors, along with caramel and molasses and other very sweet flavors. This is definitely tasty, but it feels a little messy. I definitely would prefer to have some hazelnut in here.

This is thick, and kind of syrupy, and just a bit flabby. It doesn't have too much booziness, at least.

I wanted to like this one a lot more. It was still worth a try, but I won't be looking out for it again.

Feb 08, 2020
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MaximalC from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*Bottled 10/11/19

Pours a deep, opaque brown topped by a modest crest of fine, mocha foam that recedes in short order. Aroma smells of chocolate brownies and fudge with hints of coffee and peanut brittle (or hazelnut brittle, as it were).

The taste features a robust melange of hazelnut, molasses, and brownie batter, accented by a moderate dose of earthy, slightly spicy hops for contrast. Alcohol affords an undercurrent of warmth without being obtrusive. Hefty body and moderate carbonation make for a full, substantive mouthfeel. A palpable stickiness lingers on the lips between sips.

Overall, this is a pretty boss stout. It's full-flavored with a beefy body without being over the top, and the hazelnut character comes off as authentic. Another winning stout from Prairie.

Feb 05, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This big brawny stout pouts black with a lot of leakage to mahogany on the edges and a dense, dark tan head.

The nose is crammed with coffee and hazelnut aromas, along with heavy char and some dark chocolate from the base beer, and those notes translate directly to the taste, with the hazelnut decadently leading this beer to near world-class status.

This is what Prairie does so well (massive stouts with almost cartoonish flavors), and this beer is yet another example of their prowess in that arena. Exceptionally well done, IMHO.

Feb 02, 2020
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is hazelnuts, coffee and chocolate, kind of a take on rocky road. The flavor is hazelnuts, dark/roasted malts, mild coffee, chocolate and a dark fruit/vinous/acidic /warming alcoholic finish.

Jan 29, 2020
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32 ounce crowler filled at Braxton Labs/Party Source on 1/11/2020. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stuck around for a long time. There's a small amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like hazelnuts, coffee, dark chocolate and burnt/charred malt. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some dark bread and cream flavors. Definitely a hazelnut/coffee brew! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Really like this one a lot, but then I can't think of many Prairie stouts that I haven't liked. Somehow me and Brutaltruth knew at the same time we were both getting crowlers of this one, lucky we got them when we did because the keg kicked soon after!

Jan 17, 2020
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with minimal khaki head and no lace ring. The aroma has a mild chocolate and hint of lactic quality underneath the hazelnut aspect. Silky smooth medium body with a chocolate and rich nutty taste. A dryer, nutty finish with well-hidden ABV and very easy to drink.

Jan 17, 2020
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Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straightforward imperial stout with just the right coffee bitterness. This could easily be boring if someone else made it, but Prairie just knows how to do big stouts. Love it.

Jan 16, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another winner from Prairie. This fine brew from a crowler via
Braxton Labs at The Part Source in a snifter pours a blackish
brown with a thin cola highlight and a decent head of tan foam
that subsides to a thin ring, light dusty film, and shows subtle
light lacing with agitation. Nose of dark coffee, fudge, roasted
nuts, and subtle char. Flavors expand on the nose with an (as
close as I get) to a peanut butter and hazelnut flavor as I can get
with rich coffee and touches of light cream with layers of roast
and char. Nice moth feel; full body, smooth, medium light
mouth feel; and a lightly dry and roasted finish.

Overall, a FANTASTIC brew and another winner from Prairie
who never cease to impress.

Got this one with Bluejacket on his brewery tour of southern
Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Excellent time!


Jan 12, 2020
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 143 ratings