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Prairie OkiePrairie Okie

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

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
Photo of gspeer711
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served at cellar temps in a teku glass.

Appearance: nice bottle artwork but I've come to expect that from Prairie. The beer poured a fairly thing darkish brown color. Barely any light gets through the sides of the glass at all. There was a nice 1 finger creamy head that is sinking fast. The bottle had no sediment in it and the beer appears to be clear.

Nose: walnuts and other nutty notes, barrel character, bourbon, oaky, toasted marshmallow, rich caramel and toffee, vanilla and a touch of booz or solvent cleaner thing that I sometimes get from higher ABV beers.

Taste: The appearance of the viscosity is deceiving on this beer. It has a wonderful creamy mouthfeel that is pretty surprising from a barrel aged brown ale of this high of ABV. The mouthfeel is upper medium to heavy. Some alcohol in the taste but mostly alcohol sweetness. The nuttiness is crazy on this one. It is like strong walnuts or hazelnuts. More of that solvent cleaner thing but I don't think it's a bad thing, just a part of the barrel aging and high ABV. some chocolate, barrel character, toffee, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, just delicious

Overall: I passed this beer up a while ago but am glad I grabbed one this time. This is a really nice BA brown ale from a brewery that knows how to brew styles well. Well Done Prairie.

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Photo of bobanddoug
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigdog3838
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mscudder
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kerry4porters
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into stein. Good head that slowly breaks apart.

Delightful nose of bourbon and molasses.

Lots of oaky sweetness, toffee, caramel. Lot going on and all of it good.

Mouth feels a little thick, but is quite smooth. Higher ABV not super obvious.

Great stuff. Not particularly indicative of American browns, reminds me a bit of wee heavies (Backwoods Bastard, for instance). Definitely one of the most satisfying Oklahoma beers. For fans of Scotch ale, dubbel, old ale, Munich Dunkel lager, and, of course, brown ale.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlesstheHarvest
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

35cl bottle. Dark caramel brown with a very thin beige head. Aroma includes whiskey, milk chocolate, toffee, bourbon and vanilla. The taste is very smooth and balanced, with notes of whiskey, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, maple syrup and molasses. The alcohol is very well hidden, only noticeable in the aftertaste. Super smooth mouthfeel with very low carbonation and a milk chocolate sweet aftertaste. Right up my alley, thank you, Prairie Artisan Ales.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More Belgian Dubbel than American Brown Ale but yummy just the same.

A - Pours thin with very little head but looks can be deceiving!

S - caramel, molasses, sweetness, a bit of drowsiness, maple syrup.

T - Oak whiskey barrels does not mean this beer has a high alcohol taste. Frankly no whiskey but plenty of sweet oakiness like southern comfort in a beer.
MF - Medium bodied, slightly sweet finish, warmin, pours thin but not reflected in th mouthfeel

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Photo of Holopirek
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Klourie
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ac-dx
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patrickt22
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of kitch
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 15215, meaning it was bottled on 1st June 2015. It was poured into a Moonzen teku glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy dark reddish brown colour with a less than one finger tanned head that dissipated quickly and left some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Rich bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee, vanilla and roasted malt.

Taste: Much like the aroma, sweet toffee, caramel and vanilla with a hit of bourbon and oak. There was also a hint of dark fruits, plum, raisin and fig on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Mid to full bodied but leaning more towards full with low carbonation.

Overall: A very nice brown ale as the bourbon, oak and sweet notes of toffee and caramel went well together. The 12% is not felt at all and goes down easy. Brown ale is not a style that has a great name, but this brew definitely redeems it.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Prairie Okie is brewed in the style of an Imperial Brown Ale aged in Oak Whiskey Barrels, available in single 12 oz. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, sudsy tan head over a densely hazy caramel brown body with abundant carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and patchy. 3

(Smell) Barrel notes come forward, including moist oak, grain whiskey and subtle vanilla atop a subtle bread malt body. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Bread malts and caramel grain body with potent undertones of whiskey and oak, very flavorful and also highly drinkable, more whiskey flavor than booze, alcohol is fairly concealed regarding the whiskey character in this ale. Finishes moderately dry with a wet toasted oak character and a lingering nip of clean whiskey booze. Overall, very interesting lightness on the malt front, but plenty of alcohol character from the whiskey and oak makes them the leading focus of this beer. This may be a solid crossover beer option for one who loves a smooth and balanced whiskey. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, smooth, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to grain alcohol and oak dryness. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) It's good to see the occasional beer that goes for whiskey treatment over the more intense and sweeter flavors of bourbon, and this beer does a decent job at keeping drinkable despite having a lot of whiskey and oak flavors. Noticeably high gravity, but doesn't come across as overly grainy or sharp in flavors, rather very well-mannered considering. Perhaps my biggest gripe is the price- despite it being a solid oak and whiskey-aged ale, I expect to consume something phenomenal at the hefty price of $9 / 12 oz, and overall this was quite good but phenomenal is a stretch. 3.75

Prairie Artisan Ales'
Prairie Okie

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Photo of smi69
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexpcat13
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to GreatStoutman for sharing a bottle with me.
Let me start by saying, the flavors Prarie is able to coax out of this brown ale is really something else.
Aroma- Licorice, dried musty fruitiness, firey spirits.
Taste- Licorice, though not in an overly bitter way, just in a subtle base note, sweet malty fruits, dates or even plums. Whiskey, maybe even some vanilla.

Overall- Really nice brown ale, highly recommend, definitely one of my favorites within the brown ale genre.

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