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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

ABV varies by batch.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #2500. Bottle from Market of Choice.

Pouring a jet black with a dense, dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is quite excellent. Very clearly a coffee-forward imperial stout, though the addition of the chili peppers, which add a heat and flavor that bring to mind green peppercorns, The coffee character is rather fruity with dark roast. There's a rich malt flavor with cocoa, roast and the vanilla pairs nicely with the rest of the nose. The cacao nibs are whelmed by the coffee and the pepper, so their distinctive flavor is slightly lost here. Still, this is impressive. The palate opens with a blend of caramel sweetness, a touch of dulce de leche, plenty of coffee and cacao before a mild heat becomes noticeable. Fruity coffee with green peppercorns, mildly vegetal, with this character growing towards the finish. Sweet on the finish with vanilla and caramel with cocoa and coffee. The pepper character is mildly smoky as well. Alcohol is well hidden in this full bodied beer that's softly carbonated and quite wonderfully creamy on the palate. The pairing of the sweeter, more malt and milk chocolate like flavors up front with the darker roast and coffee on the mid-palate is intriguing.

This beer is almost fantastic - the flavor notes are there, the integration is almost there and the vision is clear. Highly recommended.

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Photo of c_tails
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark dark brown
Dark tan head
Thin lacing once head settles

Smell is chocolate/coffee upfront with little notes of cinnamon and booze

Taste is complex: rich chocolate with coffee upfront. Spice, and a pepper/booze burn on the back. A slight hint of licorice, cola, dark berries. Some bitterness but the other flavors and sensations dominate. Changes as you drink it/warms up. Chocolate and coffee mellow and the toasty malts come through more

Pretty amazing. this is my first time trying it after years of passing it up for some reason.

Not something I will drink every weekend but it's incredible. Glad I finally tried it

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Photo of jeffreed61
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Late April '15 bottle, poured at about 60 degrees. Twenty-one months in the cellar has turned this into a chocolate bomb. Huge nose, very sweet. Time has whittled the peppers and spices to just a hint on the finish. Want to try this much closer to the bottling date to see if non-chocolate flavors are more prominent.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark body, reddish-brown highlights, with no real head, no lacing. The body is fine, but without a head, it is not your typical stout.

S - Huge nose of alcohol, big roast with nut and wood, a bit of pepper warmth, chocolate, brownie. Yum.

T - Open is chocolate and full, a quick drop to the middle with a sharp bitter bite, and a slow pepper warmth in the close.

M - Amazing feel, moderate and slick, so much easier than most beers at this ABV. This is the real stand-out characteristic.

O - I cannot say I love pepper infused stouts. But this is one well built version, with a great flavor open, and a feel that makes this a real treat to drink.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Total Wine Boynton Beach $10

Pours thick as oil with that ominous appearance big stouts seem to carry.

Nose is coffee, toffee, molasses, and that vanilla/oak character. No noticeable chili presence at first pass

Slight chili heat on the palate, especially the finish as it warms up. More molasses and coffee than I expected and certainly some vanilla. Pretty damn balanced with that subtle hop bitterness. Booze as it warms

Wow this is smooth! Definitely not expecting such a perfect feel to this given the ABV and nose

Overall, very smooth for a high ABV beer. Would definitely seek out again

Think a boozy and spicy Breakfast Stout, if you are one for comparisons

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black. Harsh pour brought a minimal mocha colored head that quickly fizzled away. Moderate carbonation

The nose brings notes of milk chocolate syrup, roasted coffee, chillies, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and booze

taste includes milk chocolate and coffee that is equaled out by chillies and cinnamon that seem to last the entire sip, followed by a faint vanilla/ cinnamon after taste

Overall I'm in love with this beer! It has such a creamy and full mouthfeel! The flavors work wonderfully together in this complex beer. With so many flavors, it's easy to see why they call it BOMB!!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Type: 6-oz. draft (listed as 6, more lie 8)
Glass: Clear snifter
From: Pub 365 at Tuscany Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
Price: $8.00
Purchased: Dec. 15, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 15, 2016
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: N/A

Went to this place with the intention of trying and reviewing two barrel-aged stouts. This was after eight 4-oz. tasters each at Craft Haus and Bad Beat. Decided on Even More Jesus and Bomb! over a Russian Imperial Stout from Joseph James. Was looking forward to finally trying this one. Would be disappointed with anything below a 4.30.

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Excellent spiderweb lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled chile peppers, dark roasted chocolate, dark cocoa, vanilla and some hints of coffee. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, spices coming in late and brownie batter. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly spicy warming finish. (Feel - 4.75)

This was about as good as I could have hoped. Glad I got to try it and can’t wait to have it again. (Overall - 4.50)

4.45 | 99 | A

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled late 2015; drank 1/27/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head which quickly dissipated; minimal lace.

Dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, sweet cream & faint raspberry notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean & sweet cream flavors up front; a hint of smoke & VERY faint pepper heat notes on the finish. No booze heat. A delicious, rich, dangerously drinkable treat. Bravo!

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Photo of MinerBob
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a dark beer fan but this is by far one of the best dark beer I've ever had. It pours dark with a dark tan head it smells and taste like coffee and dark chocolate and is very smooth. Mouth feel is nice not to thick or carbonated. It is a tad expensive I paid $6.99 for one bottle but my curiosity had got the best of me.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a pint glass at O’glee, Bangkok.

It comes black as night in color with one finger of frothy tan head that stands with pretty decent retention before gradually sinking to some bubble on the surface, lots of lacing patch and spot left on the glass-side.

Very intense espresso coffee, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla and sweet caramel aromas as well as some roasted and bready notes. Those scents are nicely infused with a chili spice and hint of cherry and alcohol to create a very inviting aroma.

The taste follows the aroma but has a little bit astringency while mostly it is rich yet intense coffee and chocolate, chili spice and warming alcohol.

Bold and full body with a bit sticky mouthfeel through the palate, anyway, it is crisp and lively enough to carry all the things well with a dry finish.

Superb Stout with solid coffee, cocoa, and chocolate profile, its alcohol content will make you feel the heat as well as chili, complex and hefty but truly great.

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Photo of iridius
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent stout. It's not overly spiced, but it fills you up. Price of like $10 for a little 12 Oz bottle near Chicago. I would like to taste it head to head with founders breakfast or the imperial biscotti one from new York.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown so deep that it appears to be shoe polish black. The pour produces barely half a finger of frothy, very shortlived, deep mocha head that leaves only a hint of a collar ring & no lace. A very mundane look for such an otherwise outstanding brew. Aroma is deeply roasted malts, dark chocolate, chili pepper, caramel, toffee, coffee, alcohol booze & a hint of smoke. Taste is deeply roasted coffee, cold & spent coffee grounds, burnt dark malts, spicy chili pepper (ancho?), dark chocolate syrup, alcohol booze & smoke with hints of dark fruit. Fronted by chili pepper spice, dark roast/burnt malts, semi-sweet dark cocoa & smoke mingling & riding into the prickly finish where they are joined by dark fruit transitioning into an earthy, coffee, chocolate, slightly bitter, & pepper prickly burnt aftertaste. Alcohol is evident in warmth, flavor & maybe bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with weak carbonation, the pepper spice pricklinesscould be confused for carbonation bite that manifests as a crawling spicy, prickly bite, tongue coating creamy & chewy. As is usual with many such brews this one improves in flavor as it warms. It is certainly a top end example of an imperial Stout chili beer. Well done!

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- black with a slight bubbly tan head. Fades fast, but it keeps a thin ring.

S- coffee forward. Milk chocolate in the background as well as a little spice.

T- Chocolate base, a little coffee and spice. Smooth, basically no booze.

F- It's fine. Smooth with a decent richness. Not very thick though.

O- Probably one of the best stouts that's regularly on the shelf. Admittedly the price ($10 for 12 oz) is a good chunk of the reason. Would like it a lot more with a thicker feel and/or a $20 four pack.

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Photo of zuun
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark black colored with no head. A little bit of alcohoIic smell. Chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts flavored and it was a little bit salty and sweet. Almost no sparklings which was quite soft and creamy.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Pitch black with a foamy, brown head that dissipated pretty quickly, as expected, but leaves a thin ring that leaves splotchy tan lacing.

S: Dark roast coffee, like espresso, most prominent, with a massive backbone of bittersweet dark chocolate that compliments the roast of the coffee. The spices are subtle, but faint hints of chili pepper and cinnamon are there in the background to tingle the nostrils.

T: Upfront, it tastes like mocha as the coffee, chocolate, and vanilla beans meld together for rich, creamy experience. As it moves on to the middle of your tongue, the chocolate and coffee express themselves fully, a rich, bittersweet dark chocolate compliment by the roastiness of the espresso and coffee that cuts through the chocolaty sweetness. On the back of the palate, the vanilla beans come back, smoothing things out. Then on the finish, you're hit with the cinnamon and chili peppers, but they are not overpowering. There is some alcohol warmth, but it very well hidden for 13%, and the heat melds with the cinnamon and chili peppers for a warming sensation. Finishes cleaner than expected, with a slightly bitter cacao aftertaste and tingling hints of the cinnamon and chili peppers, begging for the next sip.

F: Not super thick or chewy, but a medium-full bready feeling. It glides easily across the palate, with just enough slickness to coat the mouth with all the flavors.

O: This is the best Mexican hot chocolate-inspired stout I've had thus far. The spices are more subtle, which is my personal preference, and they serve simply to compliment the rest of the stout. However, the coffee and cacao nibs are phenomenal in this one, and I love me some coffee in beer. The sheer drinkability is insane. This is a world-class beer.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look- oily black with no head. Smell- strong coffee, peppers, and chocolate in that order. Amazing! Great balance of those 3 flavors with the noticeable booze kick. A top beer in this high gravity stout style.

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Photo of djkman
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Beer is ridiculous!
Look: it looks like a stout (deal with it!)
Chocolate and coffee is the first smell. Interestingly i do not smell the 13% booziness. PAT yourself on your backs for that. If that was what u all were going for, you did it. Don't smell the pepper like the stone's Xocoveza.
Taste: in my selfish humble opinion...OFF The HOOK !
On taste i get the coffe chocolate and pepper. Interestingly the pepper smell did not come out but on the taste it did but not strong, it arrives as a blend with the coffee and chocolate.
Feel: as all my reviews the feel is private and personal, go away (LOL!)
Overall: I want another one! I think that says it all, i want another one.

OK my humble opinion, this beats stone's Xocoveza.
Sorry stone. But this is my subjective palate.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours oil black with a solid head, looking good so far

this smells like peppers and coffee, very interesting. smells like coffee with hot sauce yet is sweet.

this beer has a great full flavor. tons of chocolate, coffee, and even pepper. a soft and mellow hotness comes thru but the coffee/chocolate shines through. this is a hell of a beer, especially because it's 13%. goes down so smooth for such a big beer. the only beer that resembles this is Stone Xocoveza but this is still different than that.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and semi-thick, frothy brown short head. Smells of coffee and vanilla.. sweet. Taste is a smooth blast of coffee, cocoa, vanilla... it's all there. Represented perfectly. Creamy and drinkable, very flavorful. This particular bottle was one year old and was tasting great. I'd like to try a fresh one to compare, but have no reservation about cellaring this for a year. This is a delicious stout.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a bottle into my Four Firkins snifter. Pours a ridiculously thick, very dark brown color. The liquid itself appears to be as thick as I've ever seen, having motor oil like qualities in color and appearance. A moderate sized head dissipates quickly, leaving nothing but a small ring of lacing around the edge.

Oh my, the aroma. Deep, vivid chocolate and burnt coffee malts. Very strong.

Smooth, bitter, and a bit of a bite. Very complex flavor. Cacao nibs and hints of vanilla are mostly there, but it's dominated by the same notes from the aroma of a blend of dark and milk chocolate. I'm getting some notes of dark fruits on the back end. The finish is sweet and bitter, some might consider it overly-so and possibly harsh. I think it's a beautiful touch to a wonderful winter brew.

As drinkable as it gets at 13% ABV. Sweet, but not too much warmth or bite from the alcohol.

Overall, an excellent winter beer worthy of all the praise it received. I can see some people disliking it's sweetness,but it works for me. Would really like to try aging this one.

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3.45/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours super thick and dark, tiny little twister of bubbles at the end. Took for ever for this to warm up in my room. I drank more of it than I should of before it reached optimal temp. DEF want this to warm up to get the full taste. On the nose I'm blasted with coffee and chocolate. It kind of reminds me of smelling a flavored dunkin donuts or starbucks drink. Tasting it, you get rich bold flavor, but it's extremely sweet. lots of coacoa, vanilla sweetness, don't really get too much of a kick from the peppers. This beer is pretty yummy, but it sort of feels some where in between drinking a syrup'd out starbucks latte and drinking the most choclatey bottom of a milk-shake. Althought packed with rich flavors, something about the overt-candy rush vibe of this beer doesn't feel right. It's like some hipster donut in beer form.

note: this is the 2016 batch that just came out, maybe next time I get a chance to grab a bottle I will try to wait a couple years before trying it.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle,into a Prairie Artisan Ales snifter.

Aggressive pour led to a 1 finger dark khaki,and dark brown mottled head,with large to medium bubbles.Very light carbonation.Jet black in color,with absolutely no light coming through the glass.The head leaves a nice looking ring around the glass,with a spider web lacing in the center.Eventually that dissipates into nothing.Sipping leaves a beautiful lacing on the side of the glass.

The nose is chocolate,coffee,cocoa,and a little bit of peppers,ending with slight alcohol aromas.I also get little bit of earthy roasted malts,along with some slight hints of vanilla.

The palate follows the nose with strong black coffee,cocoa,some dark chocolate,and dark roasted malt.You get a little bit of pepper,but nothing offensive to me.I think the slight hint of peppers on the back end,does a beautiful job of hiding the alcohol.You also get a nice warming alcohol feel on the finish,which makes it a good beer for drinking in the cold.

The body is medium,but slightly sticky.You get a slight tingling sensation of peppers,and alcohol on the way down.Medium dry finish.

This is a very good imperial stout.The flavors are very well balanced,and the pepper does an excellent job of masking the alcohol...Looks,smells,tastes,and feels GREAT!!! This is in my top 3 favorite imperial stouts...Excellent brew!!!!

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Photo of rypkr
3.46/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I appreciate peppers in beer but just not green peppers. This is loaded with the aroma of peppers and taste of peppers but sadly there is zero heat. I can't decide if I don't like it or if it's straight up a gross mix of a salad and a beer.

Addendum - halfway through it became obnoxious sweet and difficult to considered drain pouring. However since I'm a fan a real pepper beers I added a habernero hot sauce I have before added to sub par IPA's. Didn't drain pour but will never buy this again.

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Photo of JColin
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottled 10/1/16
Duvel Tulip

A - Black oil. Little to no head with a brown sugar color

S - Heavy coffee, cacao and vanilla

T - Lots of chocolate, coffee and creamer. Real sweet

F - High abv hidden. Chocolaty coating

O - The smell is most pleasant. Dessert like. Overly sweet though and $10 for a 12oz around Chicago. I won't reach for it too often.

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Photo of hgw605
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Straight black. Thick. Almost no head. Oily and viscous.
S: Best part of the beer. Tons of vanilla and coffee come through along with dark chocolate, some spice, and sweet booze.
F: More of the ancho chili peppers come through in the taste. What you would expect from the aroma but the sweet booze takes over a little more than I would like.
F: Thick and full but almost abrasively warming from the high alcohol.
O: Very very good but stouts that get into this range of abv can be a little too aggressive for myself.

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