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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.22 | pDev: 6.64%
Mar 12, 2022
Jun 03, 2020
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Notes: Imperial stout with birthday cake flavor.
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Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

12 ounce bottle, bottled 06.11.2020. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stuck around a little while. Decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like vanilla, roasted malt, milk chocolate and some frosting. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some yellow cake/bready malt, marshmallow and fudge flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and a bit creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, but would recommend this one more to those who like the really sweeter tasting imperial stouts. Definitely a dessert/pastry stout.

Mar 12, 2022
Photo of John_M
2.65/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by John_M from Oregon

Big fan of Prairie beers, and so was looking forward to this new to me beer. Oh well ..

The beer looks like any other prairie beer, as it pours a thick, viscous, blackish brown color with minimal head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, and does indeed remind one of cake frosting, chocolate and vanilla. I think it smells great. On the palate however, this is a complete fail. The sweetness is over the top, to the point the beer is cloying and pretty much undrinkable. Mouthfeel is full, but the sweetness, excessive vanilla and high alcohol make this a complete mess.

This is a pretty expensive beer, so I hate to just dump it, but this beer is a complete mess and is just undrinkable. Oh well...

Mar 07, 2022
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Feb 09, 2022
4.27 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Feb 08, 2022
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is vanilla and dark and milk chocolate.

T - The taste is vanilla, marshmallow, brown sugar, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and light roasted malts.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with an oily finish.

O - Well done dessert stout.

Jan 19, 2022
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3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by timmy2b from New York

Off white head when poured from the bottle. Dark Brown Color. Scent is very true to a cake! A little on the sweet side, but cant say much more than they nailed what they were trying to get here.

Sep 22, 2021
3.96 by Mikexw from New York on Sep 17, 2021
4.41 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jul 30, 2021
Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by CHickman from New York

Pours pitch black color with a small brown head that faded quickly and left zero lacing. The aroma is just as much chocolate cake with vanilla icing as it is chocolate. It comes off as very sweet smelling, with bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla icing and then what seems like brown sugar mixed into a glass of chocolate milk. No hops come through and minimal stout aspects.

The taste is like the smell and very sweet overall, in fact too sweet for my liking. The flavors include bakers chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla icing, brown sugar, coffee, cake batter, heavy cream, vanilla extract and confectionery sugar. Over the top in the sweetness department, this was not for me even though I respect the brewer's ability to emulate a piece of birthday cake in a stout form. The best part of this brew is it's ability to hide the ABV through the cloyingly sweet taste.

Apr 18, 2021
4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana on Mar 16, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Dark chocolate melted a umber color with medium carbonation and heavy coffee no milk fusion on the body. Tan head head rising about a notch below one finger's length above the body.

Smell: chocolate croissant with hints of hazelnut spread meshed with a sweet bread. Sticks to the nostrils and makes love to it.

Taste: A very complex milk chocolate with hints of yellow cake and another light dose of vanilla.

Mouth: Super full body, sticky as tar under your fresh pair of sneakers. Sweet finish and soft carbonation which feels like a true dessert.

Overall: My mom used to make yellow cake when I was a kid and I would love frosting it with chocolate frosting, this beer is that just all in one glass.

Mar 07, 2021
4.1 by caffeinelogic from New York on Mar 06, 2021
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3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Jet black brew that leaves a very thin, yet surprisingly sturdy head. And I mean thin! A true dessert beer--sweet but not cloying. You'll detect a blend of things--chocolate, vanilla, molasses, cake batter, milk. More novelty than art. Enjoyable, but not worth revisiting.

Mar 06, 2021
4.35 by HopBelT from Belgium on Feb 19, 2021
4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Feb 14, 2021
4.06 by tatecarson from Louisiana on Feb 07, 2021
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3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BucBasil from Rwanda

Happy birthday to me. Poured from the 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a completely pure black, even when held to light. Head was dark tan, slightly foamy, 1 finger with mediocre retention even after a pretty hard pour.

S: Vanilla at first, and an actual cake note throughout - like a funfetti cake. Some mocha-like, sweet milk notes. A very sweet aroma.

T: Sugary sweet from the get-go. You can tell this is a flavoring, as there is an artificial-ness to the birthday cake flavor, which kind of reminds me of a Monin style syrup pumped into a chocolate stout. Chocolate underneath, as well as a boozy sweet vanilla character like vanilla extract. I expected a bit more "cake" here, but it's mostly that sweet frosting flavor, which being the "corner piece" might be intentional.

Overall: A true dessert beer themed as actual dessert. The effect is that this is less like a real dessert and more of a novelty. It's OK but super cloying. I loved trying this and I dig the idea, but I won't be getting this again.

Feb 04, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

12oz bottle.

Pours opaque black with a minimal head or retention. Fudge, vanilla, and maple in the nose. Full bodied with a chewy, slick mouthfeel. Brownie batter on the palate with shades of espresso, vanilla, maple, and spices. Finishes boozy and sweet.
Good sipper to split four ways.

Jan 31, 2021
4.15 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2021
4.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jan 25, 2021
4.19 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Jan 23, 2021
4.22 by BAsbill from California on Jan 18, 2021
4.05 by MJSFS from Florida on Jan 16, 2021
4 by KrissyKat6 from New York on Jan 16, 2021
4.25 by UIR1983 from Iowa on Jan 12, 2021
Photo of True_Bodhisattva
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by True_Bodhisattva from California

Quite a sweet stout. The smell and taste are both heavy on the vanilla frosting. Does better for the smell than taste as the flavor is good, but becomes too much, too fast. Still true to name and still quite good. Body is medium I’d say for a stout.

Jan 05, 2021
5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2021
Photo of rex_4539
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Jet black color, no head, no lacing, no carbonation. Motor oil!

S: Sweet, alcohol. Heaven.

T: Sweet, alcohol, smooooooooth. Damn!

F: Very light bodied, extremely drinkable for the ABV, full flavored. A wonder.

O: World class imperial stout. Must have.

Dec 25, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by snaotheus from Washington

12oz bottle served in a pair of WABL sample glasses. If there's a date, I don't see it. I don't remember where I got this beer.

Pours tarry black with little head. Smell is vanilla cake, moderate roast coffee, mostly cake. I'm calling that a good smell, with the understanding that this is a pastry stout.

Taste is more of the same...vanilla sheet cake spritzed with stoutly coffee and anise. Works pretty well, though. Again, with the understanding that this is a pastry stout.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Overall, this is a quite tasty pastry stout.

Dec 23, 2020
4.25 by Maillard from Ohio on Dec 23, 2020
4.16 by SpaethJam from New York on Dec 15, 2020
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. This nice little
pastry imperial pours a shimmering coal black with a modest
head of tan foam that subsides to a thin ring, thin dusty
layer, and shows faint lacing. Nose of sweet confectionery
sugar, dark chocolate syrup, dark coffee, and subtle booze.
Flavors surpass it by far with vanilla, dark chocolate that is
bittersweet, cola notes, cream, dark cold press coffee, literal
frosting...white...with sprinkles...and warming booze with
touches of medium light molasses. Nice mouth feel; full
body, smooth, slick, coating, moderately warming, and a
sweet finish with faint carbonation.

Overall....hmmm....definitely a unique brew, not my favorite
of the Prairie Line, but they are always pushing boundaries
and this one hits good marks.


Dec 13, 2020
4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Dec 13, 2020
4.5 by paulish from New York on Dec 05, 2020
4.19 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Dec 03, 2020
Photo of InternetDrunk
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by InternetDrunk from Colorado

Excellent desert beer.

Nov 27, 2020
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Nov 23, 2020
4.18 by Keananmichael5 from California on Nov 19, 2020
3.98 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Nov 17, 2020
4.2 by chippo33 from Vermont on Nov 16, 2020
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