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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.22 | pDev: 6.64%
Mar 12, 2022
Jun 03, 2020
Imperial stout with birthday cake flavor.
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
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Reviewed by John_M from Washington

2.65/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
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
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Feb 08, 2022
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by timmy2b from New York

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.96 by Mikexw from New York

Sep 17, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Jul 30, 2021
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana

Mar 16, 2021
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.1 by caffeinelogic from New York

Mar 06, 2021
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 4.35 by HopBelT from Belgium

Feb 19, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Feb 14, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by tatecarson from Louisiana

Feb 07, 2021
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.15 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Jan 30, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jan 25, 2021
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