Prairie Artisan Ales

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #522
Ranked #3,169
4.28 | pDev: 4.91%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Notes: Imperial stout with hazelnut roasted coffee. Malt beverage with natural and artificial flavors
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Photo of beersampler6
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
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 -1.9%
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 -0.7%
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 -5.1%
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 +2.3%
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 -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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 +3.7%
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 -0.5%
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 +1.4%
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 +2.8%
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 -6.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +2.8%
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%
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 +4.9%
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 -12.4%
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%
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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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/11/2019. Pours dense pitch black color with a small fairkly dense and fluffy dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, hazelnut, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of vanilla, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, 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, hazelnut coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, hazelnut, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of vanilla, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate wood, herbal, grass, pepper, roast, charred bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, hazelnut, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted biscuit, dark bread/crust, vanilla, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, 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, hazelnut coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great hop/char bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, fairly sticky/chalky, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 11% after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic flavored imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, hazelnut coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mellowly bitter/charred/drying finish. Nicely soft/silky feel, and not overly bitter/charred. Fantastic balance of super rich malts and fruity hazelnut coffee complexity; with balancing earthy hops, and restrained fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with lingering hop/char bitter dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected. Not as silky/velvety as most of their other stouts.

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Photo of puck1225
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a treat beer - not something to have often, but really enjoyed when you do have one.

Extremely rich beer, both in taste and feel. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Deep dark brown with a thin brown head and great lacing. Fragrant hazelnut mocha smell, followed into the taste. Silky smooth feel. Nice hint of booze.

Another nice stout from these folks!

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent ebony with rapidly falling caramel colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, mocha

T: Follows the nose, some stronger coffee notes & dryness as well up front. Roastyness, other dry notes, vanilla, caramel & chocolate as this warms. Finishes dry, warming with roastyness & caramel

MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation, smooth

Easy to drink, ABV is well hidden. Tasty brew!

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