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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #560
Ranked #2,407
4.25 | pDev: 5.88%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
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Notes: Imperial stout with birthday cake flavor.
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CHickman from New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
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
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
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
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BucBasil from Rwanda

3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
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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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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
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True_Bodhisattva from California

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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snaotheus from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Teku glass bottled on 6/10/2020. Pours pitch black with a finger brown head that leaves a few streaks of lace and disappears rather quick. 4.25

Smell is frosting, bakers chocolate, vanilla, and toffee. 4.5

Taste follows immediately frosting, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and toffee rather sweat, but still very tasty. 4.5

Mouthfeel is bigger than average a little syrupy, very little carbonation, not dry, and at 11% the alcohol is well hidden and exception drinkability. 4.25

Overall this is a very nice stout, wish it was a bit bigger in body and carbonation, but still really pleasant. 4.25

Nov 15, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head. Head retention is average.

Smell: Rich dark chocolate aroma to start. There is some molasses and sugary elements. It has a cake icing aroma in the background as well.

Taste: It has rich dark chocolate and fudge flavors with some molasses. It is a bit sugary like icing. There is some cocoa and vanilla in the background.

Feel: It has a full body and is a bit chewy. It has a bittersweet finish.

Overall, it takes like a chocolate cake with icing.

Oct 24, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am sitting in my backyard, it is 96 degrees (36 centigrade) and humid, 101 real feel, we are expecting rain. My first beer today is Corner Piece and Imperial Stout from Prairie Artisan Ales, ABV 11.00%. The aroma is overwhelmingly chocolate, chocolate frosting, vanilla, some roasted malts. The flavor is roasted malts, chocolate frosting or fudge, vanilla, sugar. Just like the label says it taste like birthday cake, chocolate birthday cake to be specific. To be honest it's a bit too sweet for my taste. I hope I don't get diebeetus. However, I still think it is good. If you love chocolate cake you will love this.

Look: black with a thin mocca colored head

Aroma: chocolate, chocolate frosting, vanilla, some roasted malts

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate frosting or fudge, vanilla, sugar. Just like the label says it taste like birthday cake,

Body/Overall: medium body to full body

Oct 06, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

after being a little bit let down by some of the other huge adjunct stouts these guys do, i was a little skeptical of this one, but man and i glad we didnt skip this entirely, we would have missed one of the most unique stouts i can remember drinking this whole year, what a beer! it says done with birthday cake flavor, it tastes like straight up heavily frosted yellow cakes were added right from a church potluck into the boil at prairie! i can smell like piped on, slightly hardened blue, pink, and white frosting, as well as the cheap vanilla character of the actual cake part, its uncanny how much of this comes through in the nose, artificial color and confectioners sugar, it certainly seems like cake is in this beer. the base stout is at prairie level, massively bodied and smooth, roasty, full of dark chocolate character, and in this case with a woody oak barrel sort of vibe too, although i did not see that this was barrel aged at all. the flavor is almost just as potent on the cake side as the nose, most of it coming late after the chocolate and coffee complex of the grain has had a chance to coat the palate. again its real yellow cake and heavy handed frosting, i cannot believe how well they nailed that, once i am onto it here, i cannot think of anything else that i taste. there is a boozy woody finish to it, and its oddly less diabetic than it sounds like something like this would have to be, desserty still sure, but this is way better than a gimmick or a novelty, and its a glass of beer my wife and i both marveled at every time we took a sip. these have not always been successful in my experience (what was the one with caramel sauce?), but this one really is impressive. it takes me to the place where i am a kid and blue cake frosting is all over my fingers and cheeks and i just keep shoveling it in, but like, this memory wrapped up in adult form, a cozy and strong and well executed imperial stout. overall just a joy to drink and leaps and bounds ahead of my expectations for this! worth the hefty price tag!

Oct 05, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one tucked away in the frig a couple months, first hint of cooler weather seemed worth celebrating.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Inky brown color with a good initial brown head and decent lacing. Great smell of chocolate cake with vanilla icing, my personal favorite cake. The taste is what the bottle advertised.

A wonderfully tasty beer that is an excellent, occasional, treat!

Oct 01, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tan head briefs tops dark brown liquid with ruby edges; poor cap retention leaves only a small island of micro dots and a fleeting thin ring; micro dots of lace and thin legs on swirl. Chocolate cake batter, vanilla nose. Chocolate fudge, sweet vanilla icing, chocolate b-day cake; Hershey’s chocolate syrup stirred into a glass of Nestle’s Quik. Rich, thick almost chewy body; light carbonation; some warmth from 11% abv; viscous without feeling adjuncty. Overall the beer is as advertised; tons of sweet vanilla icing, almost but not quite cloying; dangerously easy drinking, if you like sweet pastry stouts.

Sep 21, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Low carbonation with an above average body. Has a creamy,slick feel,one of the thickest beers I've ever had.
Aroma is toasted coconut, coconut, vanilla cake,vanilla frosting,macaroons. In the background some roasted malt and milk chocolate.
Taste is vanilla and coconut cake and vanilla frosting. There's some milk chocolate and malt but its all cake
Do not reach for this after mowing the lawn on a hot day. But fora dessert beer it is phenomenal. Would definitely look for this again.

Sep 19, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: dark black, thick, tan head, legs, very good retention,
AROMA: sugar, vanilla, lactose. Very sweet.
TASTE: milk chocolate, vanilla, piped icing, Ganache/pudding.
FEEL: thick, low carbonation.

Way too sweet. Not enough bitterness to counteract.


Sep 19, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours like coca cola with minimal caramel colored head. Viscous, traces of head retention

S: Initially Birthday Cake, vanilla & chocolate & then a little coffee sneaks in. Fades a touch as it warms

T: Follows the nose, minus the coffee, can taste the frosting up front! Dryness mixes in with the sweet once warm, a little fig & leafy hops as well. Finishes a little dry with dark chocolate & vanilla

MF: Medium body, dialed back carbonation

A proper dessert beer that delivers on the advertised flavors

Sep 13, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, viscous jet-black pour with a mocha-colored head; big-time vanilla sweetness as expected; white cake frosting; milk chocolate; caramel; hints of almond and fruity sweetness; viscous thick sticky body; sweetness is never cloying; Prairie delivers with another Pastry stout, this one is pretty great.

Sep 07, 2020
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BerryKumquat from California

4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A light black stout.
S: A very sweet rush of sugar.
T: A slow start of stout into a sweet rush of sugar not much different from a birthday cake.
F: A birthday cake in a bottle.
O: A very sweet ride built upon the usual stout formula.

Sep 05, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick viscous jet black in color with light amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark chestnut brown + dark cola brown + garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense fizzy foamy dark tan head that quickly reduces to a handful of small patches of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of strong aromas of milk chocolate + fudge over the top of moderate aromas of roasted + chocolate + caramel malts with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lactose sweetness. Moderate aromas of vanilla and something akin to buttercream icing (sweet and sugary).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted + chocolate + caramel malts with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lactose sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of milk chocolate + fudge along with moderate flavors of vanilla and buttercream icing. Light amounts of roasty bitterness which are quickly overtaken by slightly stronger than moderate sweet chocolate fudge cake lingering flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Drinks quite easily considering the strength/ABV and the sweetness with a smooth almost full body. Very enjoyable birthday cake flavors and aromas - definitely a dessert beer but would you expect anything else on this one.

Aug 28, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip, paid $8.99 at fort point market

Dark brown west Texas crude oil capped by a one finger fizzy brown cap that quickly recedes to a thin ring

Aroma is roast malts and sweet vanilla

Taste is very sweet vanilla icing over roasted malts

Sweet low sudsing

Good beer

Aug 27, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Packie
Pours an inky black without much of a head, small ring of tan appears after pouring but dissipates pretty quickly. Roasty chocolate with plenty of vanilla frosting in the aroma and flavor. Hints of cinnamon and light earth round this out nicely. Its sweet, I couldn't drink too many of these, but its pretty tasty.

Aug 20, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another wonderful imperial stout from the amazing Prairie. I really feel they are one of my top 3 in this category based on their consistency. No date printed on bottle. This one pours a jet black color with some tan head and just a little spotty lingering lacing. Smells amazing, deep dark rich roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, birthday cake, malt, caramel. Truly tastes as billed. Taste follows the nose, great balance and depth, delicious and only got better as the beer warmed. High ABV was deceivingly well hidden. Smooth luscious chewy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Delicious!

Aug 19, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best imperial stouts from Prairie Artisan ales
Best to start at 50° for full flavor.
Very rich smooth MF, layered chocolate, vanilla, and birthday cake.
Buy it if you see it.

Aug 17, 2020
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