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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #420
ABV:
11%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,190
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 5.39%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
103
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Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
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Notes: Imperial stout with hazelnut roasted coffee. Malt beverage with natural and artificial flavors
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Reviews by rarigney:
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 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 kingjohnh
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AD17
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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 mig100
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Hazelnut, big time... Maybe a smidge too big, at the expense of other notes.

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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 GreesyFizeek
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.

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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 Jsalz21
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noahallen23
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjrider
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.

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

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

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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 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 DVMin98
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 103 ratings