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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.

Added by impending on 05-19-2013

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Ratings:
537
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
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1.75/5  rDev -57.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -57.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.1%

Photo of Armando_Perez
2.26/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Another mierda beer from Prairie. They never disappoint with the mediocreness of their beer..

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Photo of bhuenke
2.83/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ArrogantB
2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle $10.99. I have to learn to stop buying Prairie beers, they just don;t do it for me. This one was heavy whiskey smell and flavor with a body that didn't support it. Not much more than booze and I love whiskey barrel beers.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid but doesn't compare to their other offerings but worth a try

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

"Imperial Brown Ale Aged in Oak Whiskey Barrels." Reviewed as an imperial brown. 13% ABV confirmed. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. 750ml brown glass bottle with well done label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery; I'm in an oak/whiskey barrel mood so I hope this delivers.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor; no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a satisfying pop upon removal of the cork. No beer surges upwards. Carbonation seems good.

A: Pours a one finger head of khaki colour. Nice cream and thickness. Rather good (~4 minute) retention for the high ABV. Light even consistent lacing as the head recedes. I wouldn't say the head "has legs." But it's attractive. No bubble show.

Body colour is a dull solid dark black; not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible; it's opaque. Maybe it's actually an extremely dark brown; it's hard to tell in my glass.

Overall, it's a bit darker than you'd expect for a brown ale, but it's looking pretty good. Not unique or special, but impressive for the high ABV. No overt flaws.

Sm: Definitely getting some whiskey notes with accompanying spice and alcohol. Nice cream. Surprisingly forward vanilla notes - but they come off as somewhat artificial and a bit too sweet, not fresh and redolent of actual vanilla beans. Not only is the vanilla prominent; it's artificial. Not getting as much oak as I'd hoped for; no toasty or woody notes anyway. Very minimal floral hop character is detectable. No yeast character is detectable. I wouldn't call it hot or boozy, but alcohol is certainly too obvious here. Dark malts. Caramel. Chocolate malt. Some burnt sugars. Maybe a hint of dark fruit - light plum perhaps. Some toffee, sure. What it's sorely missing is roasted barley; the closest note is the burnt malts but it's no substitute. More reminiscent of a stout than a brown ale; I'm not getting any nutty notes. Though the chocolate and coffee you might expect from a barrel aged stout is absent. Balance doesn't seem ideal, but I'm intrigued. A pretty strong aroma. Nice complexity. The barrel aging seems to work with whatever the base flavour was.

T: Heavy vanilla sweetness up front - way too much so. Almost cloyingly sweet. Artificial to boot. Doesn't feel like it's emerged naturally from the whiskey barrel; it feels like a fake additive. Ugh. And it stays throughout the entirety of the structure, even leaving you with the unappealing sweetness on the aftertaste.

Body seems to be comprised of dark malts and chocolate malt, plus some caramel, toffee, and brown malts. A kiss of dark fruit; it'd be a nice touch if it wasn't buried by that horrendous vanilla.

It should go without saying that the balance is horrible given the troublesome vanilla described above. It's way too sweet, and I say this as something of a fan of Southern Tier's creme brulee. It comes off heavy handed, lacking any subtlety due to the overbearing vanilla.

No yeast character or hop character comes through.

As far as the whiskey & oak/barrel notes? Not getting any whiskey spice or intricacy. I do pick up a hint of nice subtle oak on the climax - definitely a highlight of this beer. Little woody notes. I suppose it comes off far more bourbon-y than it does whiskey-redolent.

There's complexity here; it's just poorly executed. I really thought I'd like this more, but the lack of balance is making it really difficult.

Mf: Creamy, smooth and wet. Nicely soft. Good presence on the palate. Good thickness. Good body, if a bit burdensome. Suits the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Boy do I hope the vanilla will recede with age for the sake of other purchasers. I'd recommend 3-5 years. I won't be getting it again to find out, especially with its hefty pricetag. But I'd like to try a 5 year old bottle for free. I'm content to chalk this up to an honest failed experiment on the part of Kreb's/Prairie Artisan Ales. It's not poor enough to warrant not bringing it to market, but it seems it didn't quite work out like they planned. Noticeable alcohol and the above-mentioned problematic flavour profile really hold back the drinkability. I'll finish the bottle alone out of respect for it (and because I'm a cheap bastard), but it'll be something of a chore. Probably best shared with 3-4 friends.

I imagine this will find its audience. In fact, given its current 91 rating, I'm in the dissenting minority. I was ready to love this having tried and really liked some of Kreb's' previous beers, but it just didn't do it for me. Glad to have tried it, but it's not for me. Still, there are good elements at play here; they're just hard to appreciate with the distraction of the vanilla.

Low C+

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Photo of NT03
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of pagriley
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Uber sweet, malty, boozy - probably what they were aiming for, but not particularly original (unlike the vast majority of PA beers). Should be served alongside bourbon balls and fruit cake over the holidays. 10 bucks a bottle way too much, glad I tried but not necessary again.

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3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown but fills in glistening dark brown with half finger of light tan froth.

Smell is toffee, caramel, oak, Dr. Pepper, and raisin.

Taste is black pepper, molasses, caramel, toast, hot bourbon, and sweet cola.

Nice uniform medium fizz and medium body. Wet.

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Photo of Lare453
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vylo
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cfrobrew
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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