Prairie Artisan Ales

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #392
Ranked #2,846
4.35 | pDev: 5.98%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Notes: It's packed with coconut, cacao nibs, and a *serious* amount of marshmallow (as opposed to a "whimsical" amount of marshmallow, which we find stupid and dumb and lame and stupid). HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
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Photo of RedhawkPoke
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Beer initially comes from bottle with a jet black body and a rich milk chocolate like head that almost instantly disappeared. Beer has no noticeable amount of lacing while drinking. Unremarkable beer based strictly on appearance. (3.75)

S: Lots of different aromas going on here with the beer. First noticed the strong smell of booze. After settling down somewhat I notice more hints of chocolate and marshmallow sweetness. Also picking up a slight amount of coconut. Really balanced aromas from a non barrel aged beer by Prairie. (4.5)

T: Really sweet dessert beer. The marshmallow becomes more noticeable as I continued drinking. The high alcohol content is obvious but not overpowering. A nice milk chocolate flavor is here as well but takes a backseat to the marshmallows. (4.25)

M: Solid mouthfeel here on this beer. The ABV is noticeable. However, it is masked with the marshmallow mouthfeel. Above average thickness to this beer. Nice but not outstanding. (4.0)

O: One of the better non barrel aged beers I have had from Prairie in a while. The aroma is the high point of this beer. I wish there was more of a coconut presence on the taste. The double digit ABV is prevalent but not overpowering. Overall, a nice non barrel aged beer and solid beer overall. (4.25)

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

there is a decadent marshmallow sweetness, invoking a fat spoonfull of fluff, there is plenty of milky sweet chocolate and some coconut flavor hinting at a melted mounds bar. also has a fair amount of dark fruit flavor - plum, maraschino cherry, some hints of chocolate covered blueberry, also plenty of vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, walnut, pecan, caramel and mellow spice character dancing around in there. very smooth for the abv, some solid texture on the mouthfeel, velvety, medium plus bodied. overall a pretty awesome expression of marshmallow in a beer, I am impressed... at the end of the day its not really my style, its just ridiculously sweet and sugary but I guess I should expect that for a 13% dessert stout... 6-8oz of this is more than enough. I do appreciate the execution though!

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Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quarantine diary day twelve spent mostly recovering from a psychotic break on day…well, a few days ago. Better now. Time to dull the senses. 12 oz. bottle. And it is the weekend! Not that anyone can tell nowadays.

I’m always excited to pour another black Prairie stout, especially one that smells like a marshmallow stout popsicle. Get thee in me.

Weekend is akin to having marshmallows & diabetes stuft into every hole with extreme prejudice. And sugar. This beer could kill devotees of the Hallmark Channel in one sip. Big black marshmallows, every kind of sugar known to man, & a corresponding amount of dark, deep chocolate vie for supremacy. Coconut peeks out like bush in soft core porn mid-palate with a flourish of vanilla on the end. Thick, decadent, this is more desert than cheesecake. Only someone like me with a sweet tooth could drink much of this, & I’d like to try.

I can feel my blood glucose spiking, my tastes buds celebrating, & my brain function decreasing. I’d expect no less from Prairie than what this is: an excellent beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is brown sugar, molasses, fudge, coconut, chocolate, sweet cream and brownie. Rich, robust and very very sweet. Beer opens coconut, sweet cream, plum, chocolate and fudge. Some more dark fruit in the middle with layers of molasses and chocolate bar. End is cane sugar and more chocolate. Solid but a bit one-dimensional. Body is medium with moderate to low carbonation. Creamy on the palate but not heavy. Goes soft with a clean aftertaste. This one feels lighter than it is.

As I drink this more, the marshmallow appears and migrates to the forefront of the flavor profile. I can't tell if I like it or not.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with a poofy mocha foam settling to islands of tan film.

In general, Weekend is like Swiss Miss hot cocoa with those mini marshmallows plus a light tang that comes with a tiny prickle of heat. A mild roasted walnut presence with just a touch of soft coconut nougat and roast come out on the exhale after the semi-dry finish.

This sweet pastry stout has a medium-full body and a fine crisp carbonation that leaves a pleasant, not cloying aftertaste of chocolate candy bar.

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Photo of mschrei
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, ruby hues on edges, almost nod head or lacing. Smell is a sweet mix of marshmallow, coconut, and chocolate. Taste is similar-it’s a very tasty liquid candy bar. You could expect it to be cloying overly sweet, but it’s not. Feel is medium bodied, just a hint of oiliness, booze tries to be subtle. Prairie knows their stouts.

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Photo of avalon07
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick, opaque consistency, there was a quarter inch of creamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Above average lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of chocolate, marshmallows, malt, coconut, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (present throughout, but muted by the other ingredients), a good shot of marshmallows (quite sweet), a whole lot of chocolate (a major factor), a tinge of vanilla (kind of lingers around for awhile), and some coconut. This is a big, complex, and powerful flavor. It's very chocolatey and rich. Delicious stuff.

F: A below average amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: Another excellent stout from Prairie. Drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a pinky of caramel colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Marshmallow,a little booze & vanilla

T: Follows the nose, cocoa as well & just little toasted coconut, plus dryness up front. Hints of mint mix in with darker chocolate & a little creme' brule' as this warms, plus dryness. Finishes dry with toasty coconut & creme brule

MF: Medium body, near zero carbonation

ABV completely under the RADAR, insane drinkability, compare favorably to Southern Tier's Creme Brule, but ST slays them on price & mouth feel

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Photo of Holderness
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L -- Usual pitch black Prairie imperial stout appearance with a scant half finger of deep tan head. Minimal retention and some lacing
S -- Has this really hard to pin down artificialness throughout. Not quite fruity, not quite chocolatey, not quite boozy...
T -- Luckily things take a turn for the better here. Coconut, marshmallow, milk chocolate truffle, hazelnut coffee, vanilla cookie
F -- Medium+ mouthfeel, medium carb. Dangerously easy drinking for the ABV


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Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never ones to shy away from a good ole' fashion diabetic shock, the brewers of Prairie put together an imperial pastry stout that's way too much for weekdays.

As viscous as thatch in its pour, the visual appeal of chocolate syrup allows Weekend to swirl with a rich brandy-like cling to the glass. Inky and tar-like, its pitch black darkness caps with a dense foamy cap seemingly like a richer espresso. Coffee and sweet cream greet the nose with a tingle of kahlua, coffee and chocolate while its subsequent sweetness is much the same but slathered with the overt sweetness of vanilla cream.

Unmistakably marshmallow in how the beer saturates the sweet tooth, the beer's sweet cream and candied coconut character soothes the palate and calms the spiciness of alcohol, as well as the earthen char of dark-roast coffee and cocoa. The slow recession of vanilla and coconut sweetness allows the beer to linger like death by chocolate cake on the late palate.

Full, lavish and rich on the palate, the stout carries a pleasantly cloying texture to support an utmost sweet and savory session. Lingering long with caramel, cream and a brownie batter taste; a firm suggestion of sweet espresso and coconut cream lingers deeply into the next sip.

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Photo of CraigDeMoss
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured the same as many imperial stouts; thick and viscous as motor oil. Short lived frothy mocha-colored head, about a quarter-inch into a tulip.

Smells of coconut and marshmallows, a definite selling point on this otherwise spendy stout. Seriously smells great

When it comes to taste, if it’s what you’re looking for. And if it’s a smore with coconut flakes then you’re in luck. Honestly a little sweet, but pretty solid considering the style.

Feels great, full and mouthy like you’re scarfing down some s’mores with coconut flakes, seriously thick, which I like.

If it’s what you’re into (cozy campfire booziness) look into it. It’s in store so you can find it

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