Prairie Artisan Ales

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #17
Ranked #3,136
4.14 | pDev: 8.94%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Notes: Imperial brown ale aged in oak whiskey barrels.
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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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HighABV_HighRating from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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
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mynie from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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
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mschrei from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
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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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
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
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark Ice tea brown with a thin tan head that falls away fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and plenty of whiskey barrel. Flavor follows the nose, very sweet. Feel is medium bodied. Overall a fabulous dessert beer.

Apr 11, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a muddy-brown body with a bit of khaki head that slowly dies. The aroma is boozy, woody, has some roasted notes to it and hints of chocolate. Thick, heavy, sticky, yet not rough as the roasted and boozy notes are in the background and it is easy to drink considering ABV. The chocolate sweetness is minimal at best, and to be honest I get something akin to dark fruits (think raisins or figs). Easy finish with slight heat and a pretty enjoyable beer.

Apr 10, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Brown Ale is aged in Whiskey Barrels and the whiskey flavor comes really nicely, smooth but distinct, and the alcohol is well hidden. Very easy drinking for its alcohol foot print. I am surprised it has not gotten more love. Never heard of it before. It is one of Prairie Artisan Ales best in my opinion.

Look: dark brown with a thin fizzy mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, whiskey

Taste: The flavor is roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, some chocolate, and whiskey.

Body/Overall: medium body, thinner than a stout, but all the flavor

Apr 09, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This thing. This thing... well, it’s interesting. It’s like going out with a girl who is a lady in the streets, but when it comes down to it she a freak in the sheets! This bad sucker is kind of unassuming; then you pour it, sniff, it, and take a sip... And waboom! Like a Nolan Ryan fastball to the jugular. I mean, this thang is strong! But you know what? Like my baby mama after a session at Burke Williams, it’s also clean and hella smooth.

Would Raul do it again? I dunno. But for a one and done, yes please!

Apr 07, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. '010 19'.
Dark brown colored body. Light tan head. Not much for lacing.
Aroma of caramel/toffee sweet malt, with whiskey and vanilla.
Taste is dark roasted malts with oak, vanilla, whiskey barrel. Caramel/toffee. No bitterness.
Barrel aged influenced mouth feel, medium texture. Good carbonation.
Barrel aged blend with caramel/toffee malt. Totally a brown ale that has been aged in an oak whiskey barrel.

Apr 07, 2019
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy opaque extremely dark cola brown in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate dark chestnut brown + garnet red + copper + brown colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film covering a little more than 50% of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of toasted oak, vanilla, caramel, whiskey, and vanilla over the top of just shy of moderate aromas of brown + toasted + caramel + chocolate malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness as well as some light aromas of cocoa.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of brown + toasted + caramel + chocolate malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of cocoa and a hint of nuttiness. Finally there are moderate to strong flavors of toasted oak, vanilla, caramel, whiskey, and vanilla. No perceptible hop presence and minimal bitterness but the whiskey and barrel flavors linger through the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Drinks pretty easily considering the strength and hides that alcohol relatively well but still more of a slow sipper - would have been perfect sitting in front of the fireplace on a cold snowy winter night. The whiskey barrel aging really complements the base imperial brown ale quite well with the vanilla + caramel flavors. Definitely one that I would be happy to enjoy another time.

Mar 28, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Mar 15, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

Mar 14, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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...

Mar 13, 2019
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Mar 10, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Mar 10, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Mar 03, 2019
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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

Mar 03, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Feb 24, 2019
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