Barrel Aged Moose Boots
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #592
Ranked #1,752
4.3 | pDev: 5.35%
Nov 14, 2023
Nov 06, 2021
Barrel-aged imperial stout with maple syrup, toasted almonds and vanilla.
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Barrel Aged Moose Boots – from Prairie Artisan. 12 fl oz bottle. Acquired 13/11/23 from Spec’s #69, $ 14.97 (Including tax), $ 1.25/oz. Reviewed 14/11/23 (Review 3176). Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottle stamped “11.02.21” in yellow ink on the shoulder. Stored at 34 degrees at home. Served at 54.3 degrees F in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. The final temperature was 57.0 degrees F.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Deep Brown (SRM 30), light barely penetrates.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. Under direct light, same. When rear-lite, same.
Head: Tiny (Maximum 0.4 cm, aggressive center pour), ochre, fizzy, dropping to a 0.25 cm crown and no cap.
Lacing – None expected (13.4% ABV), none found.
Aroma – 4 – Weak whiskey (13.4 % ABV according to the label). No hops, no malt, no yeast. No maple, no vanilla, no almonds.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins slightly bitter with bourbon. No malt, no yeast, no hops. No maple, no vanilla, no almonds. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Nasty gastric burning.
Palate – 4 – Full; slightly creamy; aggressive carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Average Murican Impy Stout. IMHO, markedly overpriced. The bourbon completely buries any other flavors. One trick pony.
Nov 14, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by jiggidy from Michigan

Nov 11, 2023
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours dark, no carb or head. Strong scents of barrel and vanilla. Maple and almond are present, just not as strong. Taste is subtle and balanced. All the flavors as advertised are there. Big, bold, just a hint of oiliness/ thickness, slight pleasant boozy burn. Sometimes I think these guys can’t make a bad barrel aged stout. This one is excellent.
Oct 26, 2023
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A - Pours pitch black with a very thin tan head. Light oily lacing.

S - Aroma is maple, dark chocolate, vanilla, almond and a heavy barrel presence.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, maple, vanilla, roasted malts and a lingering bourbon finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a slick dry finish.

O - Really nice. Big barrel presence throughout.
Sep 13, 2023
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Reviewed by SpaceCamp from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Pours a thick chocolate brew that forms no appreciable head. No lacing or retention detectable. Motor oil. Held to the light, this beer is effectively black.

S: Bourbon barrel, roasted malt, chocolate, and oak form the base. Followed by roasted malts, almonds, caramel, and hints of maple syrup and sugar.

T: Starts with dark chocolate, vanilla, and the bourbon barrel adding some kick. Lingering char and roasted malt. Mellows out as it transitions to almonds, maple syrup, caramel, and a faint hint of dark fruit. Finishes with some alcohol heat, oak, and char.

F: Full-bodied. Slick, oily, and coating with very faint carbonation. Spicy, warming aftertaste and a dry finish.

O: The barrel influence elevates this beer. Fantastic stout base with good flavor, the maple syrup and almonds are tactfully mixed, and the beer avoids being a sugar bomb. As with most Prairie stouts, there is no head, lacing, or retention but that's remedied by the rest of the beer.
Aug 28, 2023
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz bottle. Date stamp on neck is '11.02.2021'.
Black colored body. Brief lasting brown colored head. No lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malt base, bourbon barrel, vanilla, maple syrup, and a touch of nuttiness.
Taste is a mix of bourbon barrel, almond, vanilla, and the cover is the maple syrup.
Thicker mouth feel. Dry finish. Supportive carbonation.
Not very sweet, but vanilla and almond add immensely overall. A balanced blend of components. The lingering bourbon barrel is a treat.
Jul 31, 2023
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours perfectly black with mahogany brown on the edges and a minimal sudsy dark tan head that dissipates in seconds. The nose is big maple and vanilla notes, with some almond and barrel notes as well.

The taste is led by the maple and vanilla and is absolutely delicious , with the almond and barrel flavors providing balance so this doesn’t come in too sweet, and a bit of stone fruit at the very back of the palate. Really excellent stuff.

The mouthfeel is full but just a smidge o the softer side. I wish I had a couple more bottles of this to age, because I think it will do that well.
Jul 18, 2023
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours black with only a thin, copper head. Aroma is all bourbon, all the time. If I inhale multiple times and talk to myself, I think I can detect a bit of maple but it's difficult. Taste is all bourbon, all the time. If I close my eyes, I think I can detect some almond but it's difficult. Carbonation is non-existent. The flavor isn't at all bad, though it is admittedly unbalanced. Yet, still good.
Jun 15, 2023
Rated: 4.51 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Apr 03, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by BAsbill from California

Feb 20, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Jan 27, 2023
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours opaque black that allows no light to pass. Aggressive pour yields a thin mocha cap that dissipates immediately leaving no lacing. Aroma is boozy, with chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla. Flavor follows the nose, sweet with a hint of maple joining the other flavors. Feel is thick and lacking much carbonation. Overall, a fantastic beer. These guys do stouts right.
Jan 19, 2023
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle poured into a moose mug

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring

S- aroma is predominately rich chocolate and almonds, followed by vanilla bean and woody bourbon barrel, which adds caramel and enhances the nutty aroma. A touch of maple at the end

T- chocolate and charred malt up front give way to an amaretto-like almond nuttiness, followed by light vanilla bean. Mid-palate brings out some barrel juice and oak, along with caramel. The finish gives almond, chocolate and more barrel, with a hint of maple sweetness on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish
Dec 25, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by dtm426 from Michigan

Nov 23, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by sd123 from Georgia

Nov 13, 2022
Rated: 4.45 by travolta from California

Oct 18, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by DrOfGolf from Delaware

Oct 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Seanjohnhunt from California

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours black sludge motor oil color with a awesome dark roasted coffee color lacing and bubbles.
Smells rich, bourbon, and chocolate.
Taste super rich, chocolate, fudge brownie and bourbon boozy. The brew is sweet but I don't get maple flavor unless it is the sweetness.
The date on the bottle says 11/8/2021. Little less than a year 'aged'. Still wondering if the maple will come through if drunken fresh. Would like to try one fresh to compare but for now it is still a dam good beer.
Oct 03, 2022
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled on: 11-04-21

A - Dark pour with dense toffee colored lacing.

S - Toasted chocolate, almonds, vanilla, Bourbon,

T - Toasted almonds, vanilla, Bourbon, some residual maple, a small amount of heat, and ends on the sweeter side with some lingering almond and Maple.

M - Light syrupy body that leaves a lip smacking sugary residue on the lips. There's some warming in the back of the throat with dryness on the back of the tongue while the rest of the mouth remains wet.

O - This is a pretty fantastic beer and well worth checking out.
Oct 01, 2022
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

bottle to snifter. bottled 11/04/21.

motor oil

roasted malt, bourbon , almond, vanilla.

maple evident in taste, super sweet. a little hot still even approaching 1 year.

super thick full body, no carbontion.

very simple, but tasty. a little over sweet.
Sep 24, 2022
Barrel Aged Moose Boots from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 93 ratings