Prairie Artisan Ales

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #32
Ranked #119
4.53 | pDev: 8.17%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Notes: Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

ABV varies by batch.
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4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle -dark as night with little to no head or lacing. Nose is muted roasty malt ,some sweetness and a whiff of chili. Taste follows more or less with a hint of cocoa and vanilla. Was ready to not be impressed with this but after a few sips I have seen the light -outstanding in a not so subtle way.

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sjrider from California, May 07, 2020
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4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Summary: I've wanted to write about this beer, and Prairie Artisan Ales, for awhile now. To the point, Prairie is great. Just great. It's amazing that they work in a po-dunk, backwater town like Krebs, OK (population - approx. 2,000). I went to college in OK, and now live in Detroit, MI, so I am blown away. This beer (their flagship, in my opinion) is excellent.
A: Black, like when you black out from drinking too much. And if you drink too many of these, you will black out (i.e. this beer has a very high alcohol content).
S: Smells like bourbon, dark beer, some chili peppers (so its kind of hot), and some vanilla/chocolate.
T: To the point, it's excellent. Period. This is a great beer. One of the best out there, for sure.
M: It feels like most bourbon barrel-aged stouts (i.e. it is warm and hearty). Especially in the winter, it begs you to drink more of it.
O: This is a great beer. I always pick one up at Discount Drinks in Wyandotte, MI, when they have it. It's expensive, however. 12 oz. bottle retails here at $7.99. So, it's hard to buy a lot of it, but you really don't need a lot considering it's 13% ABV.

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BadBob18 from Michigan, Apr 22, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a traditional pint. Bottled 5/2/2019. Brewed with Spaceship Earth Coffee.

This beer is an absolute stud.

L: Pours thick and black with a moderately dark caramel head. When held to the light appears extremely deep ruby around the top of the glass, but almost no light passes through. Like a beer black hole. Little head retention and no lacing on the glass. Looks menacing in the glass.

S: Pretty alcoholic on the first smell. Sweeter notes of vanilla and cacao come through as well. I didn't smell a lot of coffee initially. More so when the beer warmed.

T: There is a lot going on in this beer. Initial taste are very sweet with vanilla and some booze flavors followed by a more bitter bakers chocolate and coffee finished. Lots of cacao nibs on the finish. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol (which is almost bourbon-y) dominate the taste at first. There is a mention of chili peppers on the bottle; however, I didn't detect those. There is a mild zest, but it is very subtle.

F: Easily the thickest beer I've ever had. Pours heavy and thick into the glass and feels almost syrupy. Big mouthfeel

Overall, this was a fantastic Imperial Stout, and one of my favorites to date. If I'm being picky, the beer was a little sweet and could've benefited from some added bitterness on the finish. There is so much going on with the vanilla coffee and cacao to take the bite out of the high ABV which was superb.

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4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I remember my very first bomb. I walked into the store, saw it and thought, "well I like everything that it has in it so, why not?" Secondary thought was, "why are they charging almost $9 for this little bitty bottle?". Well, I decided to take a chance and I found out that I really only needed one bottle, if that. Definitely is sipper and one to drink while enjoying a beautiful fall or early spring day while sitting on the porch. It is Da Bomb

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4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow....what a great stout!! It has a great coffee and peppery taste that is just amazing. It is obviously a high ABV beer so I recommend only drinking one!

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OK_Denise from Oklahoma, Apr 11, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of DonnieT79.
Great extra!
8/1/19 bottling date. 13% abv.
Black as expected. Looks like black coffee. Dark brown foam and bubbles burn off pretty fast.
Smells like chocolate, coffee, boozy, vanilla & spice.
Tastes like unsweetened chocolate, espresso. Difficult to discern pepper’s specifically for me. Initially slight sweetness followed by a bitter/booze burn/pepper combo that all melds together.
Medium smooth bodied, with a little boozy kick.
Overall: Nice. I think the chiles just weird me out a little. Pretty harsh to drink these regularly. (I did prefer bourbon paradise).

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bret27 from California, Apr 10, 2020
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4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Had this sent to me in a BIF by one @Mikexw and had few expectations for an ale steeped in chili peppers. Other things are in there too, but that was the one that gave me pause. I poured it at 54 degrees into a 16 oz snifter and that was quite enough - no head to speak of. It settled quickly though, and the aroma was malty, coffee, chocolate and a little boozy. The taste was excellent, and surprised me with its drink-ability. Well balanced malty goodness and just enough hop presence to balance out the sweet. Viscous mouth feel, I didn't discern the peppers until the third sip, and then they didn't leave. They made their presence known at the back of the tongue in a way I still cannot define, but it had to be them. Just this intriguing edge to the smoothness everywhere else. I have to rate this highly because the skill necessary to craft a beer with peppers and not have those peppers be more than a subtle edge impresses me. That said, I won't be stocking up on them - I am very glad to have tried it, but think I prefer my stouts edgeless. I will, however, start acquiring Prairie Artisan's other offerings as they obviously know how to brew.

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Whyteboar from Michigan, Apr 06, 2020
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4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An Oklahoma beer for an Oklahoma boy. Easy enough to find in bottles in Kansas City. Yay!
Pours like pitch. Well, not as thick as pitch, but that's the color. Coffee roasty aroma and taste. The chili is on the back end. The spice on the tongue melds with the coffee roasty aroma when you lift the glass to take a sip. That's a nice experience, the taste on the tongue, the smell on the nose.

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robwired from Kansas, Mar 24, 2020
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4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Bayberry Beer Hall in RI, absolute honor to try this

The pour out of the bottle is easily the least impressive part of this, just pitch black with a slight ring of light brown lacing

This really is a bomb of aromas, the vanilla and coffee being most prominent, the chili brings a dry cinnamon character, not very spicy

Holy shit, this is incredible. The flavors meld together perfectly, with the chili and chocolate tying the coffee and dark fruits all together

This is more carbonated than I was expecting, but still very full. Leaves a bit of a slick feel in the throat

Wow, I’m thrilled to have tried this one, I really hope to find it in stores somewhere, because this is truly something special

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KRug from Massachusetts, Feb 29, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Brewers Haven. I've kept missing this one, until now. Black, slick pour, spotty beige head. Light coffee aroma, roast malts, mildly sweet. Taste features all of the notes of the aroma, with the adjuncts highlighting additional flavors, cacao, vanilla. Chili faint but apparent. Smooth, mild burn.

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stevoj from Idaho, Feb 22, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from 2019. Poured hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, eventually forming a finger of brown head that soon faded to a ring of lacing. Smells primarily of ancho Chile peppers with a hint of vanilla. The taste is just a bit of malt background, primarily ancho Chile peppers followed by a bit of vanilla. Very unique and amazing combination. A bit of heat at the end of sip, but doesn't really stick around too much. Can't really tell it's 13% ABV, which is good. Medium to thick bodied with light carbonation. Another excellent, heavy stout from Prairie.

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EnderFett11 from Virginia, Feb 13, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I’m torn about this beer because it has all the elements to be a really great beer. The aroma is nice, malty & boozy oak. Taste is leans more chocolate than roast with great barrel aging vanilla character. However, the base beer is a little one dimensional. This is close but falls short from being great for me.

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omahawk from Nebraska, Jan 01, 2020
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4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly well crafted. I love a good dark beer, very little head, and this is right on the money. You can definitely smell the vanilla immediately. The taste is unique; some people say it starts off hot and becomes sweeter as it warms up, but I found the opposite to be true. Very sweet and bitter to begin, with the coffee and vanilla dominating initially, but becomes spicier the more the beer itself warmed up. Definitely a one-of-a-kind beer that belongs in its place in the top 150 beers of all time!

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4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomb! has a thin, tan head, a very dark brown appearance, and minimal glass lacing. The aroma is of hot chili peppers, dark malt and coffee. The flavor does not really evidence pepper, however. I detected dark malt, sugar, coffee, & cocoa. No vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Bomb! finishes just on the sweet side.


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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana, Dec 08, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 release. Grey wax sealed 12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour... the faintest wisp of tannish head. No real lacing. Still and oily.

S: Big time coffee... some smoke/pepper, roast, and chocolate.

T.F: Just like it smells. Loads of coffee still sticking around. The heat from the peppers has cooled a bit but still some noticeable chili character and mild warmth. Vanilla and cocoa, bitter French roast, and some sweetness. Thick and oily... slick on the tongue and warming.

O: A classic, and a 6 year old bottle held up very well. Would love to try it fresh for comparison purposes.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Nov 30, 2019
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4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

THIS BEER DOTH DELIVER! If you ever have the chance....HAVE THIS DECADENT BEER ON TAP WHILE PEERING OVER A WINTER LANDSCAPE.....but do make sure there is a fireplace nearby.

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4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Beer Hog, Pelham AL.
Dark, viscous, motor oil pour. Cold, so not too much head that rises up. What does settle around the glass is ivory in color.

Chocolate-covered coffee beans and vanilla on the nose. Not getting any hints of chili, but you don’t need it. The inviting aromas on this are great on their own.

More of the same in the flavors; milk chocolate, light roast coffee, and sweet vanilla. Again, the flavors don’t really add anything to the flavor profile, but there is a touch of heat on the back end that lingers nicely.

Smooth, soft, medium-bodied. ABV hidden well, like most Prairie, with only a mild boozy heat on the tail.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Jul 11, 2019
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4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: rued oil black with a short brown head, which is appealing if you love stouts.

S: Dark chocolate and cofee, with a hint of spice.

T: chocolate upfront with heavy coffee notes and a light spice finish

F: like bitter sweet chocolate and coffee with a warming quality as it goes down.

Overall: It is one of the best imperial stouts you can find. 13% ABV is well hidden. If you love stouts you will love this.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle. Jet black color with a half finger of brown head. Boozy malts and cherry smell. Medium feel. Big roasted malt/bitter chocolate/vanilla flavor with a noticeable alcohol/chili pepper burn. A very complex beer that makes an interesting treat.

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Photo of JohnFred4
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look: no head AT ALL. could have mistaken it for coca-cola. actually pouring it into the bottle, it looks like syrup.

Smell: wet chocolate milk. the bowl of cocoa pebbles after you've eaten all the cereal. menthol cigarettes. baking chocolate.

Taste: bitter chocolate, herbs, anise. tastes like one of those weird german liqueurs with 131 herbs; malort, jaeger, chartreuse. as it warms, now i pick up the chili peppers, roasted, at the back of my throat. even stronger milk chocolate. bread. if rye bread were actually chocolate bread. don't get the vanilla.

Feel: cloying, like southern sweet tea.

The mezcal of beers. Vegetal, spicy, smoky.

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JohnFred4 from New York, Jun 27, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Color is a deep reflective jet black, with a slow-rising then descending thin mahogany head that dissipates. Good lacing, but not retention.

Very pungent and pleasant smell. Espresso, roasted dark chocolate/cocoa, peppers, and roasted malt are upfront on the palette. Other notes of vanilla, smoke/char, licorice, marshmallows, and brown sugar.

Roasted dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, and vanilla are the most dominate flavors. In the background, the chili peppers play an interesting subtle role in adding some assertive personality. The rest of the notes in the aroma are present in a minor sense, but give a nice malty contrast to the strong notes on the palette. The hops leave a nice smokey and bitter aftertaste with notable alcohol. Medium-bodied.

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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky, Jun 23, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been a while since I had one of these.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color with very thin brown head but good lacing. Pleasantly pungent coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla smell and taste. Flavors of licorice and dark bread. Hint of smoked chili’s. Goes great with cheese and crackers.

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Photo of spectru
3.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, opaque, seems almost viscous while pouring. Initially no head, then a thin dark tan head forms after pouring, but it doesn't last long, no lacing; Aroma is rich with coffee/chocolate, as expected, with a hint of alcohol; Alcohol is the main ingredient in the flavor, also with coffee/chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth, not a lot of carbonation, but tangy nevertheless; This is a very expensive beer, a single bottle ($9.99) costing as much as a six-pack of the mass-popular beers. It also is a very interesting beer - much better than the ever-popular Guinness Stout, but does it justify its costliness? I've had stouts or porters that are at least as good, or better, and with a much more reasonable price tag. It leaves a brown residue in the glass.

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spectru from Florida, May 18, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Black colour. Light brown head with some retention. Aroma's: big roast, umami, chocolate, vegetal/pepper, ground coffee, roast, sweet. Retronasal it’s about the same but different order: sweet, chocolate, peppers, roast, coffee. Flavor is moderate to full sweet, peppery, chocolate. Alcohol feel isn’t as strong as you’d expect with 13%. Medium bodied. Pepper heat is quite mild and not at all as distracting from the flavor as with some beers. Finishes roasty, with moderate bitterness. Really nice, and drinks deceptively easy.

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Arjen from Netherlands, May 03, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomb! with Spaceship Earth Coffee. Dateless bottle purchased in Seattle in March 2019.
L: Deep reflecting black hue with thin light carbonation. Thin quickly dissipating head collects around the rim.
S: Cocoa, vanilla, hint of chilis, sweetness, and fresh roasted dark chocolate.
T: Chocolate, candy bar, roasted coffee, finish of vanilla, nutty aftertaste, cocoa lingers, and spiciness from the chilis is not detectable.
F: No heat, slightly viscous, chilis spice come out slightly on the lips.
O: Very drinkable for 13%. A nice treat that doesn't feel too heavy or viscous that it isn't enjoyable. My first Prairie beer. I can't wait to try all of the other variants.

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Herbertly from Washington, Apr 28, 2019
Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 6486 ratings