Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,751
Ranked #14,109
3.95 | pDev: 8.86%
Wednesday at 10:23 PM
Feb 18, 2022
Very Good
Notes: Buntastic is an imperial stout inspired by Paula’s carrot cake. It’s made with real carrots, so you can count it as a healthy snack.

Imperial stout with cake mix, carrot, and carrot cake flavor.
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Rated by Beer_aenima7 from Idaho

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Flavor awesome, look is a little strange but everything else is on point.
Wednesday at 10:23 PM
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Name: Buntastic
Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales
Location: Kreb, OK
Style: Pastry Stout
ABV: 12.2%
Date: 02/14/2022
Next on the review desk is Buntastic by Prairie Artisan Ales. Two years ago, I was at a Brewfest, and the people at Prairie said they were working on this stout. I was stunned when I got my sample. A beer combined with carrot cake, seriously. I went back an hour late to sample the goodness again. Fast forward two years, browsing a store in Texas, I saw this beer again in a bottle and bought one to review.
I served the beer at 46 degrees in a KBS glass. The pour created a frothy, foamy dark brown one-fingered head with no retention. Something was left on the glass; more was needed to declare lacing had occurred. I suspect the high abv had something to do with it; however, I have seen 15 percent beer hold a head quite well. Examining the color, I am charting the beer around SRM 35. The color is dark brown, nearly black. No clarity, nothing is going to pierce the darkness. Overall the apperance is about average for this style.
The recognizable carrot cake aromas invade my nostrils with love. Nosing the glass again, I smell carrots, spice cake, medium-roasted chocolate, medium-roasted coffee, molasses, caramel, vanilla, and dark-roasted malt aromas.
The flavor is an imperial stout with a delicious carrot cake. Carrots, spice cake, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, raisins, molasses, and baking spices are what I taste.
The mouthfeel is warming and finishes dry. The body is medium-plus and medium carbonation.
I love this beer, but I have issues with it. The carrot cake is phenomenal; it reminds me of how my grandma made a carrot cake minus the frosting. It was love at first sip. My hang-up with this beer is the body. If this is an Imperial Stout, make this beer chewier, and give it body and depth. I would have given it a higher score. Tasty damn beer!
May 10, 2023
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

May 09, 2023
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Very dark brown, nearly black, color. No head.
Aroma of carrot, chocolate, and spice
Taste of carrot cake, chocolate, with a little cinnamon
Big-bodied beer, sweet
Mar 04, 2023
Rated: 4 by Taenim from New Jersey

Feb 09, 2023
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
My 4th Prairie Beer. This one is definitely the 3rd of the three stouts I have had from them but much better than their Saison!!! Poured from a stubby 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, this beer features a dense dark brown color with no light coming through. A small very bubbly dark brown head appears briefly on the first pour (more a covering of the top of the glass). The head fades fast (as you would expect with a strong beer) and there is no lacing. Subsequent pours display a lighter cream colored head. Aroma and taste are carrot, pastry and baking spice oriented.There is some carrot, some cake mix, cinnamon and maltiness. Mouthfeel is rich with some alcohol warming aspects. Smooth and rich enough with no alcohol "burn". As I said, I liked the 2 other Prairie Stouts much better, but this is still not a bad brew!!!
Feb 01, 2023
Rated: 3 by doctorgary from New York

Jan 25, 2023
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
dark chocolate color with no head in a snifter.
Very strong and pronounced flavors of carrot cake and carrot. Sweet.
MF is very light. perhaps a little more viscosity is due.
The taste is very sweet with cake and carrot cake.
this is a pastry style stout. Well done beer, but there are a lot of other beers in the style which are much better.
The carrot cake and cake flavors are not appealing for me in a stout.
Best served at 48° plus.
Dec 31, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
This beer sat in the fridge for a while before I decided to indulge. This is not my favorite Prairie beer. I cannot say it was I’ll described on the bottle. Definitely smell and taste of carrots. There is also chocolate and coconut. Some cinnamon.

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle. Dark brown, very little head and essentially no lacing. Some small carrot bits. Syrupy and too sweet, nothing to balance this. Not something I would up again.
Oct 20, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Had this on draft 9/29/22 @ the Hopleaf.

Black/brown appearance.

Almost no dark tan head; no lace.

This smelled...exactly like a carrot cake.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

This tasted...like a liquified carrot cake.

Too on the nose to be great, but impressive in it's mimicry.
Oct 01, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by Scotchboy from Idaho

Sep 19, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jul 28, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by Dope from Massachusetts

Jul 26, 2022
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Pours oily black with a bronze sheen of carbonated bubbles that form no head. Aroma is carrots (big time!), with what I might detect as cinnamon and chocolate, though these are not included on the label. Taste is carrots. The brew is sweet, with a noticeable ABV, and not very carbonated in any way.
Jul 24, 2022
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Reviewed by TBoneJones from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
While it looks headless and lumpy, it’s a sweet beer full of carrot cake and vanilla flavor. A dessert beer, but one that should probably come in singles even smaller than a regular bottle. Kind of cloying. While they nailed much of the flavor of a carrot cake with icing (there’s cinnamon in there too), it won’t be everyone’s cup, but I know this brewery does better imperial stouts.
Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 3.18 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jun 19, 2022
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Reviewed by nick_perry from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Motor oil appearance, no head. Strong aromas and flavor of vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg. I don’t really taste any carrot. Instead, the flavor is more in line with general carrot cake spices. Low carbonation gives it a velvety texture, almost like cake icing is melting in your mouth. I’ll never say it’s the wrong season for a beer, as I’m perfectly content drinking a heavy stout on a hot day inside my air conditioned house, but I feel like this beer would better compliment a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner instead of lime marinated chicken thighs I grilled outside.
Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Jun 01, 2022
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Prairie Artisan Buntastic Imperial Stout, 13% ABV. Pours black, with no head. Nose is carrots and cake mix. Taste follows, quite sweet, slightly bitter. Decent mouthfeel if a bit under-carbonated. Overall excellent, better than other carrot cake beers I've had.
May 29, 2022
Rated: 3.35 by chrismattlin from Ohio

May 27, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

May 27, 2022
Rated: 4 by archero from Texas

May 26, 2022
Rated: 4 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

May 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- aroma smells just like carrot cake! All of the elements are there; cake batter, carrots, cinnamon, even a creamy buttercream icing aroma. Undertones of chocolate and roast

T- taste follows the nose, bold cinnamon and raisin up front, followed by cake batter, carrots and a sweet vanilla/buttercream finish. Undertones of chocolate, lingers of buttercream and cinnamon

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly creamy, warming finish

O- they pretty much nailed this one. If you don't like carrot cake, you won't like this beer. Well done
May 22, 2022
Rated: 4.32 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by HardTarget from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Black glass, no head, slight clarity at the rim. A thin dark film coats the glass when swirled, crazy legs.

Aroma: Cake batter, cinnamon, sweet malt. There's a definite carrot cake note, with the cream icing.

Taste: Cola gummies, super sweet malt, toffee, with a light cherry finish.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation, heavy body, full chew, clean finish.

Overall: A candy bomb, super sweet, strong cola flavor which I am enjoying. Glad I'm sharing the bottle, but I will enjoy my half. Could see picking up another next Easter as it fits the holiday well, but I couldn't see doing these on a regular basis. Worth the experience!
May 20, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by andyjeigh from Oklahoma

May 03, 2022
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Apr 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poor head production and retention. There's a slightly nasty aspect to the floaties on top.

Cola and carrot cake aromas emerge from the pour. Up close, that intensifies. It does indeed smell like carrot cake, including notes of vanilla creme and cinnamon. It doesn't smell much like a beer. I can say the aroma advertises the beer well.

Immediately sweet, rich, and thick on the palate. Much like the nose, it delivers on the premise of a carrot cake ale, but thankfully there's a lot more stout to the flavor. Flavors of cinnamon, vanilla creme, chocolate, ginger cake, carrot juice, molasses, brown sugar. It does remind me of a carrot cake, but it's not a 1-for-1 relationship - which is good overall. Unlike many flavored stouts, however, this one leans probably 60/40 in favor of the gimmick instead of the imperial stout.

This would make an interesting candidate for barrel aging.
Apr 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
This is tricky. It looks thick and chewy. Smells and tastes like carrot cake. And I bought it for that reason. But somehow I hate it despite being exactly what it claims and I expected. It just doesn't taste like beer.
Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by Eman17 from Illinois

Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Dumpsterpong from Mississippi

3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
My wife took a sip and asked if it was pancake syrup, this beer is way to sweet! The smell is amazing. After the initial teeth aching sugar blast fades a bit you get a good range of spices and flavor, but good God that sweetness is a problem.
Apr 04, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Apr 03, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
i have publicly loathed and lambasted the recent prairie sours, canned lactic fast and cheap and trendy stuff, so i have to be forthright about how great the dark stuff has continued to be, gold standard level, i remember corner piece and some others recently literally changing the game, and this is no exception to that, it literally is apparently made with actual carrot cakes, and i taste all of it, the wet eggy batter, the silky rich milky cream cheese frosting, the sweet almost honey milk carrot richness it has, yet its all in a stout somehow, so wild. i would also suggest that this is the first time lactose has had meaningful flavor in a beer, it tastes like cream in the right way past the dark roasted grain, its not just sweet, its not just body, its not here to balance acid, its an important part of this, assuming its in the mix of course! more like this with that please! hints of vanilla, cinnamon, real actual like from the earth carrot, and the cream cheese, all somehow in front of a massive stout. each sip bring something new, it warms up like heaven, and all the wet cakey goodness of the real dessert, frosting and all, but also such a good base stout, its already the cup of coffee accompaniment! cannot say enough about this one, and for all the lackluster sour stuff recently, this redeems it all. world class, unforgettable, why has this not been done before?! so freaking good.
Mar 31, 2022
Rated: 4 by MattDecker from Texas

Mar 30, 2022
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Mar 26, 2022
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Mar 26, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by oberon from North Carolina

Mar 24, 2022
Buntastic from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 47 ratings