Prairie Okie | Prairie Artisan Ales

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
537
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
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49
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180
For Trade:
25
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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyrushire
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okie looks just okay. A fairly deep and well concealed beer, only the brightest and most direct light exposes its clarity and muted mahogany brown highlights. Its head isn't ample but, for a 12% offering that's spent time in whiskey barrels, I'm somewhat impressed there's any at all.

Brown Ales are natural candidates for barrel aging; the style's inherent flavours of toasted nuts, caramel and malt are great pairings for the vanilla, brown sugar, and oak characteristics of the wood. But just because it works on paper doesn't mean the end product always pans out...

Aging beer in barrels is a tricky ordeal. First off, one has to design a beer that not only pairs well with the personality of the cask but one that can stand-up to it as well. Then there's questions like how long to age, whether or not to blend batches, and concerns of sanitation, infection, evaporation, and oxidation.

So I'm unsure what's responsible, but Okie doesn't smell particularly intricate. It has fruit esters (whether from yeast or alcohol) that suppress the underlying sticky toffee and molasses notes. And the palate is likewise restrained when it comes to features of vanilla, creme caramel, and toasted coconut, even if its primary flavours of hazelnut coffee and chocolate-dusted malt play into the oak.

Moreover, the mouthfeel is a string-bean. There's no meat on these bones! This otherwise minor shortcoming is significant since we're dealing with double-digit alcohol. The barrel characteristics are fairly mellow and well-integrated but, nonetheless, the thinness certainly detracts from drinkability.

I'm curious to know: is this aged in bourbon barrels or other (i.e., scotch, rye, or Irish)? Prairie is ambiguous, listing it as matured in 'whiskey barrels' but then citing bourbon as a flavour. I feel like if it really is bourbon casks I shouldn't have to ask; the vanilla, butterscotch and tar notes are relatively faint.

A wonderful concept that didn't quite come to fruition, Okie fails to highlight either the imperial nut brown or the whiskey barrels in which it's aged. Anyone cellaring it aught to reconsider; the booze eventually subsiding will help but this pool is shallow end only and not likely to improve in my estimate.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: mahogany with no head
S: brown sugar sweetness
T: Carmel, brown sugar.....very sweet beer. No alcohol presence. The barrel notes are subtle, like a 3rd use barrel.
F: very smooth, a thin syrup feel.

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Photo of Joshmistake
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hellpop65
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdwil
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jroden5446
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMind
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmorgan310
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason_cs
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phigg1102
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with a thin ring of fiam that settles to the edges. Aroma of caramel, toffee, shortbread, vanilla, chocolate,;very bourbonesque. The hops are easily overpowered in this and as delicious as it is hops should be a prevalent part of a brown ale. Obviously these are special circumstances and I do like the idea of barrel aging a brown ale. I can pick up a bit of floral hops in the taste, but it gets a bit lost with the high alcohol levels. Anyway I'll keep my rating from getting too picky about the name of the style and say that this beer is a real treat and worth seeking out!

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Photo of IPAchris
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreatBloomer
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captainbearcat
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz single bottle, $9.99, poured into DFH chalice.

Murky, cola-colored elixir, thin tan rim, scant lacing.

Whiskey, oak, molasses, vanilla and dark fruits.

The whiskey and oak predominate with a sweet brown sugar baseline and some sticky molasses and dark fruit on the backend.

Medium body, thin but expected from the base brown ale.

Really dig the barrel and whiskey. A nice sipper and interesting take on the style.

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Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ricoslim
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matthew_Reagor
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prairie Okie from Prairie Artisan Ales
4.09 out of 5 based on 537 ratings.
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