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Okie | Prairie Artisan Ales

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OkieOkie
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial brown ale aged in oak whiskey barrels.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,374
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
574
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
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Ratings: 574 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of ElGallo
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown appearance with slight off white head. Aroma is a mild slightly sweet. Taste is also a semi sweet malt with a fairly strong warm alcohol taste. This one would definitely taste better with a little aging

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark brown with a one finger white head. The head dissapates into a thin ring leaving some light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is whiskey, caramel and vanilla.

T - The taste is brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, raisins, oak and whiskey.

M - Medium body with medium/low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Very tasty whiskey aged brown. The flavors are nice and rich with the ABV well hidden. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Prairie beers - or at least their Bomb! series and the like - are super expensive around here, but IMO, not necessarily better than similar, cheaper beers - this imperial whiskey barrel brown, in a 12 oz. format was $11.99 at Total Wine, the cheapest place to buy any form of liquor on Long Island...

That said, this is an excellent brown ale, and worth the buy... Pours dark brown, close to black-looking in the glass, with a slim fizzy head of dark tan that quickly slimmed into a wispy collar... Awesome impressions of molasses, dates, dark sweet bread, vanilla, oak, and whiskey all mulled together across the palate and nose... Medium-bodied, smooth, moderately sweet, very mild bitterness...

Bottle has 014 19 stamped on it, so perhaps a 1/14/19 bottling? Really good in any event; recommended...

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter the beer was a dark muddy brown color with no head.
Aroma of alcohol, vanilla, nut, chocolate, and dark fruit.
Taste of whiskey, vanilla, nut, chocolate, toffee, and raisin. On the sweet side.
Medium bodied, easy-drinking despite the 12% ABV.

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Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color. It poured with large patch of beige bubbles covering the surface and a collar of medium-sized bubbles around the edge fo the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of vanilla-like oak are present in the nose along with notes of whiskey.
T: The taste is a tad sweet and has flavors of whiskey with notes of whiskey and underlying hinds of chocolate and dark malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the aromas and flavors of whiskey and vanilla in this brown ale, which was deceptively easy to drink considering its strength because any traces of alcohol were very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of tjarnoldi1972
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khargro2
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbtkd
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prairie Okie, 12% ABV. Pours dark brown with no head. Nose is strong dark fruit, plus moleasses, curry-like spice, nuts, and whiskey. Taste is sweet dark fruit, roast malt, moleasses, with moderate sweetness and slight bitterness. I keep picking up new things as it warms. Excellent mouthfeel, though slightly under-carbonated. Overall outstanding. There's a lot going on with this beer, incredibly complex.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rich raisins, smooth whiskey, woody oak barrel, spice, toasted bread, dark dried fruits, roasted caramel, light char, mild hops, fairly sweet but slightly balanced, hints of booze, really nice whiskey barrel aged imperial brown ale

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with slight light transmission in the glass with a thin, light khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted dark malt, oaky vanilla, nuts and whiskey. Flavor is dark toasted and lightly caramel malt, vanilla, nuts, cocoa, hints of dark dried fruit, light oak and whiskey; close to an American strong ale profile. Medium bodied with a silky light to moderate creaminess and great mouth feel. Although the body of this is lighter than a stout and the whiskey presence is quite forward, this tastes great. Toffee, wood, whiskey and vanila are the main flavors, but there are nutty and faint fruit flavors here too. A little hot, but enough flavor to handle the beg ABV. The last barreled big brown ale I had showed why deep bodied stouts are the main basis for a barreled ale, but this proves that a brown ale will work too. Nicely done and flavorful, I like it a lot.

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Photo of CHickman
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with a half finger creamy beige colored head that faded on the quick side and left good streaky lacing as the brew slid down the glass.

Smells of whiskey, roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, piney notes and light peppery spices. Mild sweetness and nice whiskey aromas bring out a lot of earthy complexities and barrel notes.

Taste is like the nose with whiskey up front, then roasted malts, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, rye, piney notes, tea leaf and light peppery spices. There's some bite from the booze which cuts the sweet aspects but allows the roasty malts and grains to release a caramel sweetness to balance out the barrels and whiskey. The hops play the accent here with a light bitterness that does a good job of hiding the ABV and helping this go down relatively easy. It has a thin feel that's almost watery which also helps it slide down easier than it should. A real nice take on a brown ale and a beer I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of Benji88
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avalon07
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick and cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, somewhat long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: An alluring aroma of malt, hops, booze, coffee, chocolate, caramel, a nutty quality, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of hops (just a bit), a good shot of chocolate, a little of the nutty quality, a fair amount of malt (present throughout), mild coffee notes, some caramel, lots of whiskey, and a hint of vanilla. This is a big, boozy, aggressive flavor. Yes, the whiskey is pretty dominant, but the other elements support it well.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a warm finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A well done, easy to like beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Meanwhile back at the ranch..." is the phrase that I think about every time that Prairie Artisan Ales comes out with a new beer. And this go round has them looking at the brown ale style, but a big one, with one eye and the other one on whisky barrels.

They are okie-dokie with that combination of flavors as Okie pours a hazy brown hue, medium in its saturation and topped with a thin tan sheet of foam. Bold sweetness wafts onto the senses while carrying strong suggestions of toffee, toast, chocolate, coffee and whisky spice for an oxidized and savory medley that's redolent with port wine. As a smooth translation with a malty sweet early palate leads with the taste of caramel, candied nuttiness, chocolate and the overall sense of praline.

The middle plate keeps the sweet and savory flavors of malt and age but slowly folds in the decadent fruit flavors of marinated cherries, dates, figs, raisins, plumbs, grapes and blueberries- all seemingly of the booze soaked macerated variety. Aspects of coffee and chocolate liquor follow with the spice of whisky, oak and sarsaparilla, the final frame of taste remains sweet but with welcomed complexity and a moderate balance.

Full bodied and sweet, the spice of whisky stands out more than usual because of the quiet nature of brown ale, relative to the normal stout that's popular in whisky barrel aged beer. The spice balances the sweet and adds a peppery character in finish while a long aftertaste of port wine and pecan pie persist.

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Photo of matcris
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Medium to dark brown, small tan head that fades to a ring, very mild lacing.
AROMA: Oak and vanilla, brown sugar, mild whiskey, and sort of a coconut or nutty vibe.
TASTE: All of the above, and what I perceive as maple.
FEEL: Above average carbonation, a little sticky, medium full body.
OA: Very nice sipper, with bright carbonation, and building heat from the whiskey/alcohol. Lots of nice flavors, here, blended very well.

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Photo of andyjeigh
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jhfinn
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maximum12
2.89/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stubby 12oz. bottle picked up in a local Carlsbad, CA shop. All I can pick up from the incoherent “bottling info” is that it was done as 11:47. Good slobbering poodles. How hard is it to put a date on a bottle?

The pour is blech brown, barely any visible carbonation. The nose is heavy handed malts, fall nuts, whiskey, & wood. Appealing.

This Okie sucked a lot of whiskey out of the barrel. Whiskey etches a warm path from throat to belly, & leaves plenty of the taste around in my mouth, too. Yowza. Boozy, whiskey, wood. Hello, Prairie? Did you put any beer in my bottle? There’s an indistinct nuttiness & a sweetness probably leeching out of the malts, with a big sprig of figs coming to the fore as the beer warms. I don’t like figs. Weirdly thin for a 12% beer, & I’m already feeling full after about half the bottle.

There is no dispute that Prairie crafts world-class stouts. This is a muddy, muddled, murky mess of a beer with a premium price tag that I would not pay again. Barely acceptable at half the cost.

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Okie from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 574 ratings