Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #77
Ranked #198
4.49 | pDev: 8.24%
May 07, 2023
May 29, 2013
Notes: Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

ABV varies by batch.

Originally brewed using Nordaggios coffee; now brewed with Spaceship Earth coffee.
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Ratings by raust:
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Rated by raust from Texas

4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 22, 2022
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.89 by Beergod420 from Michigan

May 07, 2023
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Reviewed by BigMac59 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look is black with a dark brown head that dissipates quickly with very little lacing.
Aroma is coffee, chocolate and a hint of pepper.
Taste is strong with coffee and cacao and pepper and bitterness.
Feel is not as smooth as some stouts, but it works well with the chili pepper taste.
The glass looked like it had a lot of carbonation, but it's not noticeable while drinking.
The 13% ABV is not noticeable.
Very Nice.
Apr 20, 2023
Rated: 4.57 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Apr 08, 2023
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Rated by Beer_aenima7 from Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Amazing stout. Would try again and would buy again.
Mar 26, 2023
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Reviewed by Anders91 from California

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look: black with a dark brown head

Smell: vanilla, raisins, coffee, chocolate

Taste: nice blend of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate with just the slightest hint of pepper

Feel: super smooth
Mar 24, 2023
Rated: 4.41 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

Mar 19, 2023
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Reviewed by UWDAWG from Washington

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle dated 1/20/22 into a snifter.

Look- Black, opaque, plentiful visible particulate at the edges, dark brown frothy head, zero head retention, below average lacing (but coats glass wall).

Smell- Cacao, coffee, chili pepper, vanilla, high strength of scent.

Taste- Cacao, coffee, chili pepper at finish, moderately bitter, high strength of flavor.

Feel- Between medium and full body, well below average carbonation, mildly spicy, moderately mouth warming, mildly mouth coating, moderately bitter, syrup like.

Overall- Black in color with visible particulate at the edges and zero head retention. Bouquet was high in strength with a great mix of cacao, coffee and chili pepper. Taste was also high in strength with the same wonderful flavor profile. Feel was between medium and full bodied with mild spiciness and moderate mouth warming ability. Overall this was a really great beer that provided an excellent drinking experience. The only critique I had was that the carbonation was noticeably weak, but that could have been a one-off.
Mar 17, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Mar 10, 2023
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
From a 12oz bottle, dated 03/17/22. Served in a tulip.

Pours a slightly thick-appearing chestnut-black with a finger of dense mocha foam. The head holds up for thirty seconds or so - actually pretty good considering the abv - leaving a scant collar and a barely rousable spattering of super-slippery lacing.

Nose is rich and chocolatey. Aromas of milk chocolate and chilis.

Taste is candy bar-like, mildly sweet, nutty and lightly roasted. Sweetened coffee taste is present but dominated by Lindt-type milk chocolate at the beginning, then by ancho chili and vanilla on the back end. Tasting demerara sugar, mocha java, ancho chili and vanilla. There’s a subtle nutty, peanut buttery character at the end and into the aftertaste.

Feel is smooth and creamy, not much more than medium bodied I think, but further lightened by the ample, fine carbonation. It’s a notably clean mouthfeel considering the style, the abv, and the various adjuncts.

Overall, nice. Clean-drinking and tasty, only lightly sweet and not at all syrupy. At least comparable to many of the finer imperial stouts I’ve met but perhaps at a more regrettably unattractive relative price point.
Feb 14, 2023
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
L: Thick motor oil poured from a 12oz bottle into a sniffer - slight head risen. No light shining through this one.
S: Big coffee aromas followed by chocolate, vanilla and a slight spicy smell to it. Reminds me of a Ducato imperial stout that was made with chili peppers.
T: Ohhh wow, Definitely an AMAZING beer!! Huge spicy chili chocolate up front followed by a easy vanilla ride to the coffee profile in the after taste. Man oh man this one is top 5 in the books.
F: Spicy, acidic, heavy bodied beer - not to carbonated. Easy to drink, can't taste the alcohol at all.
O: This reminds me of a similar imperial stout made with spices that resemble chili peppers. This for me is a barrel aged version of Ducato Verdi Imperial Stout but with different characteristics that make it much more complex such as a spicy bakers chocolate upfront taste followed by a smooth vanilla ride to the end where the coffee after taste lingers. Very well done and a solid A+ for me.
Feb 06, 2023
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Reviewed by keithmurray from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - Dark mahogany body with tan head

Smell - chocolate, fudge, chili pepper

Taste - Chocolate, fudge, mocha, vanilla, chili pepper

Mouthfeel - Medium Bodied, full carbonation, chocolaty upfront, slight heat from the pepper in the middle, fudgy on the finish, no hint of booze at this ABV

Overall - this is a good beer, great sipping for those chilly nights, not quite worth the price of admission (>$10), which I did not pay
Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by KC_beerman from Missouri

Jan 01, 2023
Rated: 4.63 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Dec 11, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by ear-bending from Texas

Dec 10, 2022
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle in a stemmed stout glass.

Midnight black color topped with a dirty dark brown cap. The head stands tall, momentarily, drops to a half-finger, then disappears. Lacing is limited to a few spots.

There’s roast in the aroma, coffee and malt. Strong vanilla, modest cocoa and pepper.

Vanilla coffee with additives. More like sweet milk chocolate than cocoa. Barely a hint of chili pepper.

Thin feel, in a good way. It’s like a cup of black coffee.

This pour came in at 12% abv. It’s good but not up to my expectations.
Nov 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Legendary_Geko from Florida

4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Look: 2 finger head. Black as night.

Smell: Nice! Chocolatey with a hint of coffee, then some spice at the back end

Taste: Unlike Pirate Weekend this actually tastes good. Chocolate and then a hint of spice from the Chile peppers. Coffee on the finish makes it very pleasurable

Feel: Another notch over Pirate Weekend, it doesn't feel like I am sucking down oil which is nice, I appreciate a beer that's not super heavy.

Overall: I found this to be quite enjoyable. Very nice beer after a meal.
Nov 10, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by chris826 from Mississippi

Nov 07, 2022
Rated: 5 by Mr_Beer_Belly from Illinois

Oct 22, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
12% - Bought this hoping it would be a shadow of the old Central Waters "Space Ghost" chili stout - and it is. This is missing that beer's intense heat, being replaced with a vegetal pepper taste and scent. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla... All the tastes meld together well, but it just makes me miss "Space Ghost"
Oct 05, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Oct 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Noggleam02

4.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Simply a perfect beer. First the history- Prairie Bomb! changed the alcohol laws in Oklahoma to open up the door for higher alcohol content beers and a wave of new craft breweries. The complexity is incredible. In this style it is so hard to hide the alcohol content. Prairie does this well. Slight chili taste in the end keeps it from tasting too sweet. Also stands apart because of the carbonation. Slight bubbles, small head are a delicate balance which is also hard with this style. Appropriately named, this one will sneak up on you. Best beer from the best brewery in Oklahoma. Period.
Sep 21, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle into a Firestone Walker snifter. 13% ABV. Looks like it was bottled in June 2022, but that’s a guess through a clump of yellow numbers on the bottle neck.
Zero head, get straight to the point I guess.,
Smell is milk chocolate, plum, vanilla.
Tastes great. The chocolate and vanilla play nice and Satan sends a small heat spear on the tongue and back of the throat at the finish. Balanced rolling flavor profile.
Feel is not-quite motor oil thick, a little oily, very low carbonation, but enough to add a little fizzle to the sizzle.
Overall, a real treat. Big Stout!
Sep 05, 2022
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Rated by SmoothOverEverything from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Burbony smooth style and you can definitely taste the ancho chili, nice little spice at the end.
Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 4 by Affinity from Missouri

Jun 02, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 02, 2022
Rated: 4.52 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

May 07, 2022
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Rated by sglooney316 from Texas

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I love this Imperial Stout.
May 04, 2022
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Rated by Julie_B_

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I usually shy away from anything this dark. It's very nice!!
May 01, 2022
Rated: 4.65 by festizio from California

Mar 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
bottle into glass
Moderate level of head, which is medium brown. It recedes into a beige ring at the edge of the glass. Nearly black and opaque, which pours somewhat thickly. Sweet tinged, heavily toasted grain/wood and chili pepper on the nose. Not very sweet, smooth caramel and toasted wood flavors, with the added chili, cocoa, coffee and vanilla bean, blending into a subtle and singular note, which is really well done and probably not very easy to balance together and not become the main flavor component of a beer. At the very tail end of the finish, there is a bit of coffee, on the palate.
Feb 22, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by OU-CXpunch-DP from Oklahoma

4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Looks rich, not much carbonation from this bottle. Smells sweet and vanilla comes through. Taste is full of each of the advertised flavors - chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a hint of spicy. It feels smooth and thick. Tasty beer.
Feb 02, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by gkrishnan704 from Connecticut

Jan 29, 2022
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Rated by MattDecker from Texas

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Damn, if you can find this on draft, TREAT
Jan 28, 2022
Rated: 5 by birdsellam from Indiana

Jan 25, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by joran from Kansas

Jan 22, 2022
Rated: 4.73 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 18, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by Bbock13 from North Carolina

Jan 09, 2022
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