Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
American Brown Ale
Ranked #25
Ranked #5,455
4.12 | pDev: 8.98%
Sep 24, 2022
May 19, 2013
Notes: Imperial brown ale aged in oak whiskey barrels.
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Rated: 4.19 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by LukeCov49

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: muddy musket brown color. Lots of sediment. No head or lacing

Smell: yeasty, boozy, sweet malt, oak, and bourbon

Taste: very sweet, too sweet for my liking but nevertheless a good beer. Fairly boozy and bourbon/oaky. Leaves the palate fairly quickly other than the bourbon notes

Feel: fairly thin, basically no carbonation. Smooth
May 12, 2022
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Sep 07, 2021
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: Dark, muddy brown. Half a finger of fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Definite oak, sweet malt, and bourbon.

Taste: Sweet bourbon, a bit of dark chocolate, mild earthiness. No real bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Milk-like creaminess with mild carbonation.

Overall: An excellent beer with hearty complexity.
Feb 27, 2021
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Reviewed by HighABV_HighRating from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
To describe this beer as "thin" would be an understatement. This beer pours on Monday like the can of soda you left in your car on Friday. The aroma is definitely "booze forward," with a slightly sweeter whiskey profile I would compare to Jim Beam and licorice. The taste is very much the same, which I don't necessarily classify as a bad thing; in fact, it's pretty good. The mouthfeel is odd, to the point where you will wonder if the cap was always slightly ajar, but I'm also left wondering, "How important is that, really?"

As someone who gladly drinks sodas at room temperature, while still acknowledging chilled is best, this beer will still do the trick. A chilled, carbonated Best Choice Cola is still inferior to a room temperature Coke, and I feel like that is the case here: there's definitely a lot of room for improvement, but the product itself is quality.
Aug 08, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Jul 14, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jun 24, 2020
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This bottle is very old. First batch ever, I think. 2012-ish?

Pour is a little flat, but again it's old and also it's high ABV. Dark brown, minimal head.

It smells thick, sweet, and boozy. Caramel, brown sugar, and whiskey. Intense but inviting.

Flavor is smooth up front, nicely rough in the back. Maple reigns throughout. Sweet malt and syrup up front, dense brown barley in the middle, and more sweetness on the end and finish. Borderline cloying--this probably would have been better younger, with more pronounced hops. But still nicely crafted
May 30, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 10, 2020
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Rated by animal69 from Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Def. could use some age
Mar 25, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Mar 19, 2020
Rated: 4.37 by jvillefan from California

Feb 25, 2020
Rated: 4.77 by BKast409 from Virginia

Feb 24, 2020
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Reviewed by jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Aged 1 year. Pours a dark brown, murky color with a small brown foamy head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is decent. Has a definite strong whiskey aroma. A little oaky with some toffee. Has a smooth, strong whiskey taste with some toffee and caramel at the end. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Feb 06, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by hopkrid from Florida

Jan 05, 2020
Rated: 4.55 by dbarny76 from Oklahoma

Dec 28, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by TylerJ from Iowa

Dec 27, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Dec 07, 2019
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Long time want. Poured with a slight head, dissipated quickly, no lacing and a muddy brown color. Smell is big old whiskey notes and not much else. Taste has the whiskey notes more muted with a strong dark malt presence. Medium bodied, mouth watering, not thick but not thin, just the right consistency with a bold warming alcohol buzz to it. Damn, does Prairie make great beer.
Dec 04, 2019
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of some nice toffee notes with some oak, caramel and vanilla from the barrels
T: Tastes of toasted malts, maple sweetness, caramel, vanilla, slight coffee, and some hints of oak along with some slight toasted nuts. On the swallow there's a hint of chocolate, more oak, vanilla, caramel, and maple sweetness with some more toasted nuts.
M: This beer has a medium amount of body with a slightly silky feel. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while the beer has a slightly drying finish.
O: Overall this beer is pretty awesome. It's a little sweet but everything works really well together. The beer has a great amount of complexity with a nice amount of balance. Definitely worth a try if you can find this one.
Nov 23, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Nov 21, 2019
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Prairie rarely disappoints, and this one doesn't at all...

I think the best aspect of this beer is it's full-on, in-your-face, whiskey flavor. No bones about it, it is full of malt and full of booze. I think the brew would do well to be aged, but even so it was tasty. The smell was full on whiskey, the mouthfeel was mostly carbonated, and the taste reminded me of whiskey sour - not too sour, not too sweet, just about right.
Nov 12, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by smithj4 from New York

Nov 03, 2019
Rated: 4.05 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Oct 10, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

Oct 08, 2019
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: Dark Brown, a touch of light comes through and shows some murky/muddy brown. Beige Head fades, poor retention.
AROMA: bourbon, fruitcake,caramel apples
TASTE: bourbon is front and center. mild malty-ness, bread, apple pie, brown sugar.
FEEL: Medium to Full Body. Poor carbonation.

If I read the bottling date correct, this is from January 2019, so 9 months old, but it is hard to read. My gut tells me it is younger than that, since I feel like this needs some age to mellow out the whiskey and sugars. If I can pick up another maybe I'll cellar for a year. Still very tasty, but just imperfect and rough around the edges.


Oct 04, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Oct 02, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by Sirnickatnite from Texas

Sep 15, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by oberon from North Carolina

Aug 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Wolvmar from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Couldn’t read dat on the bottle but I think it’s sometime in 2019.

Pour: deep, deep brown. 1 finger dark tan head that ends with a thin ring and bubble lacing.

Nose: oak, some bourbon, maybe sweet malt. Oak dominates more than any beer I remember.

Taste: oak is upfront with sweet malt and a little booze burn. Dark, slightly bitter chocolate on backend.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation. Not oily, fairly clean finish.

Overall: not sure what I think. It’s so oakie; which is good but it might be too much oak. More balance with dark chocolate, or some caramel would help. That said, might buy another to age if nothing else. Worth trying as it’s unique.
Aug 25, 2019
Rated: 4.2 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Aug 24, 2019
Rated: 4.2 by cmrncrzy10 from Ohio

Aug 21, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by admonster00 from Illinois

Jul 27, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

Jul 22, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A little disappointing since I usually love Prairie’s beers so much. I can’t tell if this beer hadn’t aged well, or if I just got a bad batch. Looks nice, deep dark brown color (not quite black) with some nice fluffy tan head and lingering lacing. Smells mainly of oak, whiskey, medium coffee, milk chocolate, a little vanilla and malt and caramel. Taste follows the nose, except there was a slightly unpleasant sour acid taste at the finish. Couldn’t tell exactly what it came from and usually these beers age fairly decently. A little boozy especially as the beer warmed. Smooth, mild, surprisingly thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation. All in all, not bad, just fell short of the high standard I hold for all Prairie beers.
Jun 17, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by kkarimi from Texas

Jun 16, 2019
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A- Pours from the stubby 12oz bottle to a snifter with a deep toffee brown body and a one finger creamy cap. Very good head retention and rare spotty lacing.

S- Toffee and toasted browned grains make up most of the aroma along with a really laid back and balanced barrel. The barrel brings vanilla, aged whiskey and a touch of oak as well as a hint of booze that plays off the toasty, toffee and caramel grains. A touch of raisins and dried dark fruits.

T- The booze gets a bit of a boost here but the rest of the barrel and the grains make up for it. Overall it is somewhat sweet with toffee, caramel and brown sugar notes from the base beer. The vanilla and booze from the barrel curb the sweetness and balance it quite a bit. Peppery whiskey, raisins, figs and a slight hint of cocoa also come to mind.

MF- Medium bodied considering the ABV and the style with a puffy texture. Ends rather hot from the alcohol.

A brown that leans towards the toasty side with a big barrel. Toffee, caramel and whiskey booze with some vanilla that balances everything out.
Jun 01, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by Avitra from California

May 25, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by Mikexw from New York

May 22, 2019
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