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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #463
ABV:
11%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,456
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 5.39%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
86
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Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
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SCORE
94
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Notes: Imperial stout with hazelnut roasted coffee. Malt beverage with natural and artificial flavors
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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
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!

Cheers

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Photo of REVZEB
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slate black with a thin brown ring. Hazelnut coffee with slight cream and chocolate malt aromas, simple but pleasing. Taste is also simple, hazelnut, coffee, but then lingering malt that is thin, though good supporting chocolate, caramel, vanilla and earth save it before the finish. Feel is thin for an imperial, but flavoring is so pure than you don't mind it too much. Good for your hazelnut coffee fix

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always look forward to a new Prairie stout (or an old one for that matter) that reaches MN. 12 oz. bottle.

It’s black. Why do we have to say that for stouts? They all bloody look the same. It’s like trying to describe different Kit Kats. The nose is sweet malts & hazelnut, with only a ghost of roast.

Screenshot boasts some aggressive filbert nuts. Hazelnut for furlongs, which leaves the rest of the beer & it’s additions in the dust. The coffee comes across as cool, distant roast with a thousand yard stare, brown sugar, with a smidgen of cocoa on the end. Full. Thick. Up to Prairie standards there. Especially at the price point, one bottle will do me.

This creation would be right at home as a hazelnut addition at Starbucks, you know, to make your coffee taste less like coffee. A good beer – but I except better from Prairie.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass. Pours pitch black with a 2 finger mocha head that leaves a few thin streaks of lace as in quickly settles into a thick ring around the sides of the glass. 4.25

Smell is hazelnut, coffee grounds, vanilla bean, cocoa, and a hint of alcohol. 4.5

Taste follows huge massive hazelnut, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and some hits of alcohol in the big bold finish. 4.25

Mouthfeel is bigger than average, gentle carbonation, a touch dry as expected, and at 11.0% ABV it goes down rather easy. 4.25

Overall this is yet another tasty treat from this place. A great sipper on a cold winters night. 4.25

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with no light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and a trace on the rest of the top. The hazelnut coffee aroma is very inviting. I’m tasting plenty of hazelnut coffee and milk chocolate. The mouth is silky smooth and creamy.

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

The beer is a dark brown, nearly black color. A small tan head that persists and a little bit of lace.
Aroma is hazelnut throughout. Chocolate, a little coffee, some vanilla.
Hazelnut dominates the taste. Cocoa, coffee, vanilla, caramel.
Very sweet, almost a dessert beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. As is so often the case with these Prairie "Bomb variants," the beer looks viscous and attractive sitting in the glass. On the nose, Prairie really nailed the hazelnut aroma. I'm picking up considerable hazelnut, dark chocolate, vanilla, butter and light coffee. It's really quite attractive. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this delicious, sweet imperial stout, though I seem to be picking up just a hint of heat from chili peppers on the finish. It helps to tame the sweetness a bit and keeps it from becoming too cloying on the palate. Mouthfeel is fairly soft and smooth, with a long finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can certainly tell that the abv. is up there a bit.

Impressive beer. Another excellent effort from the folks at Prairie. I quite like this one (though have learned not to drink this too late in the evening, as the sugar and coffee can sometimes screw up my sleep pattern).

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Photo of beersampler6
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice imperial stout from the always great Prairie. This one had just a little too much hazelnut for me, however. Bottled date 10/14/19. Pours a thick black opaque color with a little tan head and small amounts of lingering lacing that clung to the glass. Smells of deep roast coffee, chocolate and hazelnut as well as some weaker vanilla, caramel and malt. Tastes similarly, just a little too strong with the sweet hazelnut and not enough balance with the coffee and chocolate. Smooth, luscious mouthfeel, quite decent carbonation, a little creamy but could have been better. A great effort.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Teku glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Super dark brew resembling espresso body with medium bubbles creating a dark tan head which initally rose half a finger's length but drops pretty quick before first sip.

Smell: Vanilla bean aroma with with a mesh of chocolate. Sweet caramel which hits the nostrils pretty strong but leaves right away...a hi and bye situation but does smell incredible.

Taste: Complex sweet mocha with doses of smooth coffee and a touch spicy feel which feels a bit like black pepper and chocolate.

Mouth: Sticky body with with a soft carbonation and

Overall: Good brew, similar to one other Prairie beer which we all love but more chocolate and less spice. Always in a glass...salud!

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

Pours jet black with no light getting thru,a thin deep beige head atop that is gone in a flash.Charred coffee roast and some of the hazelnut come thru in the nose,not overly sweet with light vanilla lingering.A mix of dark fruits,bitter chocolate,mild Nutella,and deeply roasted coffee on the palate with a bit of char in the finish,it's pretty bold up front then kinda lingers afterwards.It's just really good with no flaws hence the nice score across the boards here.

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Photo of rarigney
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is very dark brown with a very thin head and no lacing. Aroma is a bit nutty, but no hint of coffee. Taste is also nutty and mildly sweet, with a nice coffee finish. Body seems just a bit thin. There is some alcohol heat on the swallow.

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

poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. pours black with a half finger of mocha colored head. smell is straight hazelnut. anything and everything else is an afterthought. i get a little bit of coffee and chocolate flavors but it’s pretty much a hazelnut bomb. mouthfeel isn’t super thick but it’s certainly not thin either. pretty slick and smooth for an 11% imperial stout. overall, i rather enjoyed this. if you’re into hazelnut stouts (or coffee) you’ll likely enjoy this as well.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*click!*

12 oz bottle
Odell Teku
$8.79 price point

Pours a deep inky black that oddly still looks brown, with nearly zero head, perhaps a thin fingernail on certain sides of the glass.

Aromas of black forest cake, toffee bits, and nutty coffee. The sweet chocolate-cherry persists throughout the aroma.

Flavor is of black forest cake and spicy phenolics, some alcohol, brown sugar, hazelnuts, with toffee bits, a touch of espresso, and bit-o-honey.

Flavor is slick and thick, though not as thick as some Prairie stouts; a smooth but present alcohol heat; has a slight oiliness to it, and a roasty hot finish.

Overall, a bit less exciting than I thought it would be, but it is still a very good beer. Prairie continues to put out good stuff, no surprise there.

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

Prairie Screenshot, 11% ABV. Pours black with a slight dark brown head. Nuts on the nose, plus coffee and brown sugar. Taste is chocolate, slight coffee, brown sugar, and loads of hazelnuts. Moderate sweetness, slight bitterness. I'd call it a pastry stout. Typical Prairie mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

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Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan colored head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of hazelnut are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of hazelnut flavors along with notes of coffee beans and dark malts.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout does a very good job at exemplifying the aromas and flavors of hazelnut and also manages to hide any traces of alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

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

Great head production and excellent retention. Nose is incredibly roasty, including massive tones of hazelnut and coffee along rich malt tones of chocolate, espresso, toast, cream, and brown sugar.

Thick and creamy on the palate; absolutely chewy. Fairly easy to savor as well, with very little sting and almost no sign of the high ABV.

Slightly creamier and sweeter than expected, but not quite a dessert beer. More hazelnut tones than coffee. Brown sugar, molasses, red grape, chocolate, raisin, toast, and toffee. Really delicious.

If you find FBS thin and too easy to drink, you should give this a try. It's bigger, bolder, and thicker, but still clearly a fairly straightforward coffee imperial stout.

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Photo of WebbFlyer
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick, pitch black on the pour, small out of creamy, tan head that faded pretty quickyl

BIG notes of coffee, hazelnut, almost chocolate syrup like. Warmth!

Dark chocolate, hazelnuts on the palate, other notes of vanilla and sweet caramel as it lingers

Warm and roasty finish with not much heat.

Another very enjoyable stout from Prairie. A nice treat on a cool fall day.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Tan head. Black color.

Caramel, fudge, brownie batter and cake batter. Pastry stout like. Thick and chocolaty, full bodied with a nice smooth feel.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an oily midnight black with a thick reddish mocha head. Great retention and nice lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and hazelnut. Flavor follows the nose, sweet chocolate and coffee the fore runners. Feel is thick and creamy. Overall a fantastic beer. This brewery rocks when it comes to stouts.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Still madly in love with all things dessert, hazelnut, caramel, chocolate and toffee, the brewers at Prairie Artisan Ales brewers seek out an imperial strength, roasty beer to carry those sweeter, toastier, nuttier dessert flavors with high impact. Simply billed as an imperial stout, the softness of Prairie Screenshot begins with a rounded toasty and chocolate taste and that's just the start.

Menacing black like espresso, the beer's oily coloration crowns with a short statured, temporary creme that falls within the beer, greeting the nose with coffee, dark chocolate, hazelnut and buttery caramel scents. Its taste is of carbonized sweetness, along with peps of caramel, butterscotch, toffee and chocolate are fat, lush and coating on the early palate.

As the ale rolls across the middle palate, the sweetness relaxes and the influences of roasted hazelnut starts to rise. Strong nutty flavors links up with fortifying malt components for a sem-dry, toasty and chocolate driven cake batter character to frame the bulk of taste. Coffee dominant and roasty, the ale trails with a bitter and woodsy spice, heavy cream and delicate Nutella character.

Nearing its finish, the stout is full, lush and robust. Shy on varying complexity, the flavors somewhat a simpleton with toasty sweetness, caramels sweetness and strong hints of nuts and cream. A long aftertaste trails with pecan, nutmeg, coffee spice and a near whisky warmth to close.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a GI snifter, bottle dated 9/30/19. Lovely hazelnut and coffee flavor throughout, poured at 50 degrees F. Smooth, creamy, odiferous, worth the $10.99 price for 12 oz bottle.

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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 jet black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted a below average amount of time. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A very enticing aroma of coffee, malt, hazelnuts, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of hazelnuts (just enough), a good shot of dark chocolate (quite sweet), a tinge of caramel (clings to the palate), a hint of vanilla (fleeting), a fair bit of coffee, and roasted malt (present throughout). A robust, well-balanced, and well done flavor. All of the ingredients get a good showing. Delicious.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A truly enjoyable stout. Drinkable.

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

Bottled 10/15/19; drank 10/27/19 @ the Yarchives.

Midnight black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small dark tan head; decent lace.

Hazelnut, chocolate syrup & medium roast coffee bean notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup, hazelnut & medium roast coffee bean flavors; no booze heat.

This was too sweet for me to really get into.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick dark chocolate black body. Large dark brown head that settles to outer ring of soapy' sticky lace thru out. Prairie is usually hit and miss when it comes to head retention. This one is a hit.
Nose is huge amounts of hazel nut and chocolate. Faint roasted coffee.
Taste is hazel nut (of course) with dark chocolate backing and hints of dark roasted coffee on the end. Very well made.
Body is medium to thick. Medium to low carbonation. Mouthfeel is chewy and sticky. Lingering after taste.

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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 86 ratings