Prairie Artisan Ales

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #32
Ranked #118
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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Photo of IKR
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black with a modest dark beige head that stuck around for a while.

Smell: Dark chocolate aromas and mild brown sugar aromas.

Taste: Smooth dark chocolate notes, roasted coffee notes, and a touch of toffee. Subtle alcohol presence shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Very nice body.

Overall: A very well executed non bal-aged IS

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Photo of Brew_42
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thinning dark tan head.

Aroma is coffee, chocolate, molasses, and what seems like it bourbon. Don’t think the regular Bomb! is aged in bourbon barrels but it seems present in the smell.

Taste follows the nose. Only difference is the slightest hint of heat from the chili peppers in the aftertaste. The bourbon or booziness is also more subdued than the smell suggested.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Love it.

Overall this is a really solid stout. The smell had me worried it would be overly bourbon-y but I was really pleasantly surprised. I think I like Birthday Bomb a little more, but man this is a good stout.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle 1 yo bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head, nice lacing and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of roasted malt, toast, dark fruit, poppy seeds and cacao. Body is full, creamy and crisp. Taste is of chili pepper, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit and vanilla. Finish is long and spicy. Great RIS, too bad I can’t have chili pepper.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another amazing imperial stout from this incredible brewery. Really competes well with their Birthday Bomb, as well as Founders’ KBS. Dark black color with some mild lingering tan head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and molasses. Tastes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, currant, caramel and a great malt backbone. Very smooth, slightly creamy with quite a thick mouthfeel. Great amount of carbonation. As with their Birthday Stout, this was a very high ABV beer but I tasted very little strong alcohol flavor. I would love to see an outstanding beer like this aged in bourbon barrels - it’s so good and so tasty and just so damn smooth. Well done!

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Photo of Damasen
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell is chocolate and vanilla with some spice. taste follows, dark chocolate brownie at the start then pretty big balanced vanilla then finishes with a touch of spice. overall a good balanced stout

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Photo of npolachek
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic Beer!!

Color: Dark Black with amazing dark reddish head.
Feel: Absolutely divine - one the the best beers I've ever had.
Smell: coffee, molasses, chocolate
Taste: Great balance with the mild chillis

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.99/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, but if you hold a thinner layer to the light you catch a red-brown glow. Dark brown head with short retention. I don't care about lacing. Am I really supposed to?
The aroma comes through with roast coffee, burnt molasses, a bit of dark chocolate, some raisins and plums, bourbon. On the palate, roasted dark espresso beans and some bitter coffee grinds punch through sticky molasses, chocolate, vanilla, spice, bittersweet orange marmalade, and bourbon. I don't taste the chilis. A somewhat syrupy medium body stands up well to the 13.5% ABV. Carbonation is pretty low. Though I'd prefer it to be a bit creamier, fuller bodied and slightly sweeter, it is rich in flavor and well balanced.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Looks like a March or a January 2017 bottling date, as stamped on bottle neck (03171).
Black colored body, with slight mahogany back lit highlights. Not much of a head upon initial pouring but stays around as interrupted cap and ring. Quite a bit of spotting patterns left behind.
Chiles are still present in the aroma, along with roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.
Taste has dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Quite well balanced.
Mouth feel is medium to thick. Okay carbonation.
Beer has maintained its main advertised features for a term of 1-1/2 years in the bottle. Overall a very well balanced and taste nuanced beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black. Small tan head.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, with a bit of pepper.
Coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla taste. Warmth from the chilis.
Perfect mouthfeel. All the ingredients played well together.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: silky jet black color with a thin tan film for a head

S: roasted malt, dark chocolate, a nice kick of chilli upfront. Smooth vanilla and baking chocolate behind that. Some roasted wood, and raw coffee beans to finish. Real rich smelling

T: roasted malt, chilli peppers, cola, and sweet malts. Big vanilla extract and dark chocolate in there as well. Some sweet malt to balance it out, and some spicy chilli at the end for a nice kick. Mild coffee beans in here as well

M: heavy mouthfeel with mid carbonation

O: very well made stout with nicely harmonized flavors. Definitely a chilli kick in here for sure. You taste it and feel it on the lips

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Photo of colts9016
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have wanted this beer for a while now. The beer is 48 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The hard pour on the beer into the glass produced a one finger light tan head. The head quickly dissipated, it was sad to see this. The color is SRM 35 A dark oily brown and is not opaque. The head reduced to a ring around the glass. The appearance of the beer is fair.

The aromas of the beer are dark roasted coffee with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, chili, molasses, brown sugar, dark roasted malt, biscuits, yeast, and char.

The coffee and the chili is prevalent. Additional flavors are chocolate, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, char, oak, biscuits, yeast, caramel, toffee, anise, and a touch smoky.

The mouthfeel of the beer is thick and chewy.

The body of the beer is full, medium-low carbonation, and a full finish.

The flavors in the beer are phenomenal. The beer is rich and satisfying. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Insanely smooth and without the tiniest hint of alcohol despite the very high ABV. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate but I cannot detect any chilies. Thick, and full of flavor this is one insanely good American Imperial Stout!

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great color but I found the peppers over powering. But the stout was still excellent. Very strong so 12 pz. was hard to drink in one sitting, need to share with others. Good coffee and cacao flavors.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I’ve walked past this one several times and balked at the price. I finally decided to treat myself.
Pours a viscous engine oil looking dark brown/black liquid. Due to the high ABV, there is no head, instead, a minimalist creamy tan film and thin lacing throughout.
Lovely aroma that highlights cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. A spicy chili pepper aroma more pronounced throughout.
The taste opens sweetly, with decadent flavors of chocolate, dark caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and dessert liqueur. Minimal perception of hops bitterness, instead, an espresso like roasted malt flavor is subtly perceptible amidst the sweetness and spices. Speaking of spice, the chili pepper spice is the centerpiece and what truly sets this imperial stout apart. It starts off slightly perceptible in the finish. However, it gradually develops in the middle palate, heating up the mouth and throat, never overwhelming and balancing beautifully with the chocolate cake sweetness.
Full bodied, viscous, rich and robust. Amazing balance between sweet and spicy. Alcohol is beautifully hidden and drinks dangerously well.
So worth it! A true wow beer! Delicious!

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Photo of Jimmys
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour is jet black practically. A big warming coffee, dark chocolate, and minor cinnamon filled aroma. The coffee in the nose is probably the boldest aroma and it is fantastic. And I think you can smell a little chili pepper in there. Roasty flavor is quickly sweetened by milk chocolate notes which then transition to a mild warming burn from the pepper. That note really lingers long past the finish. You can tell this thing is big, but not 13% big. Price tag was steep, but if you can get by that I’d say it is worth trying.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. THere is no dating on the label or bottle. Ive had it for about a year in my cellar but received in a trade where it was a vintage bottle from partner cellar. So I dont know what year this is.
The beer pours a dark cola brown with a dense creamy tan head of 1.5 cm that fades quickly to a sturdy edge layer. the foam lingers on the edge until the glass is empty. Very active fine carbonation streams rising to the surface of my glass based on the surface spiral movements, which is a cool impact.

Lots of roasted malt and dark chocolate on the nose, also with some coffee ground and a bit of spicy peppery notes. Vegetal pepper not the black pepper spice that can be attached to ethanol notes. No hop presence on this big stout at the aroma.
First sip reveals a silky textured beer with average body and fine gentle carbonation. thought it may be a little thicker based on the pour, but this is good so far. I get milk chocolate and darker bittersweet chocolate notes up front, with a dose of roasted malt and coffee grounds in the middle which is followed by lingering brown sugar and some spicy pepper note. The pepper is still tingly long after each swallow.
I never get any hint of the 13% which is pretty amazing considering the booze in this bottle. COuld make it a little dangerous. I wonder if the spicy pepper note would disappear if cooking with this could be the ultimate chilli beer I think. But it is also very enjoyable to drink, so I understand not going the cooking route. Glad to have tried this one in a bottle as Ive only had draft prior to tonight.

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Photo of Grahamday
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here is to wishing all stouts looked and tasted like this, and to wishing more American breweries took chances on truely distinctive, but well conceived brews like Prairie Bomb. It is a meal and dessert! But if you are up for the challenge it might change the way you think about beer forever after!

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Photo of 57md
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super dark brown that is almost black. The head is also very dark - like a chocolate cappuccino color. The nose has plenty of roast along with a touch of heat. The flavor is less roasty than the nose might indicate but the roast is still very forward along with some residual chocolate sweetness. The heat comes along on the finish and is on the verge of overly done. The body is adequate for the style but I was expecting something thicker (for some reason).

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A single 12-oz bottle of this was $10. But, if you have the taste for it, this is worth the money.

L: Just a film of earthy brown head, with tendrils of richer reddish cacao color. It's funny; I thought all pitch black stouts were essentially the same color, but this one seems to be significantly less red at the edges when held to light. I don't think I've seen a darker brew.

S: Upon going for a sniff, a sweet chocolate liquor presence is immediately interrupted by the onset of booze, followed by cooling vanilla and the heat from the chili peppers. Taking a deeper whiff, tobacco and that coffee come out, but the coffee is mellow and nearly drowns in the syrupy chocolate aroma. A bit of a grassy pepper aroma, nutty oak, and a boozy bourbon note accent the finish.

T: Taste confirmed: barrel-aging is apparently not necessary to get a great Imperial Stout. Semi-sweet chocolate is clearly the principal flavoring ingredient, as it appears first, and is the last thing on the finish. Heavy vanilla and buttery caramel and toffee appear alongside it, but the vanilla dissipates just after that touch of spicy starts to set in, at which point you do taste a distinct coffee acidity and roast character. Finally, a hot, boozy bourbon finish smoothed by semi-sweet chocolate.

F: I wish it were more carbonated. I would think it would be, not being Barrel-Aged. That noted, it could hardly be any smoother. Like velvet.

O: As it is what they are famous for, this is the first brew I have had from Prairie. This is also the first time in my life that I have wanted to pay a visit to Oklahoma.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with an almost nonexistent head, even with an aggressive pour. Initial impression is dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, vanilla beans, and booze. Oddly enough, I'm not getting much coffee. Mouthfeel is fairly thick - almost syrupy. There is just a hint of carbonation. Finish is boozy and somewhat sweet, with heat from the chili peppers. Overall, this is a thoroughly enjoyable Imperial Stout - not the best I've had, but it's up there.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2017 (month unknown)

A truly brilliant balance of flavors. Equal attention is given to the smooth chocolate, bitter coffee, creamy vanilla while all being effectively backed by a chili spice which never becomes too overwhelming. The feel is slick and creamy, and the big ABV is masked entirely. All in all, an incredibly well-structured imperial stout, even if its core flavors felt less asserted; this, in retrospect, could very well be due to the at least 5 months since the bottling date. I'd love to try this fresh.

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Photo of Suds
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew is an absolutely black, thick, dense liquid. Slim head. The aroma is boozy...licorice, chocolate, malt, dark fruit (figs). Wow. The taste has lots of warmth, a little spice, sweetness, and intensity. Full in body. Solid and incredible.

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Photo of Korymiller
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark beer with light head, some lacing, not a ton.

Smell: Coffee with a strong chili smell. A tad of olive oil as well.

Taste: Follows the nose. Coffee and chili, and I love it.

Feel: Good feel, not too thick, not too thin. Maybe a tad too much carb.

Overall: Really awesome stout. I love the bite from the chili peppers. Will be buying this again.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 2017
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Color is that certain opaque, dark brown that's almost black. Fine, light tan head dissipates quickly.

Smell is chocolate cake with strong coffee. That includes the icing, by the way, which somewhat comes across as lactic. A bit roasty.

Taste is strong, but not quite top-notch. Roasted coffee and malted milk lead, but there's a bit of olive oil along with it. (I can eat a disturbing amount of olives from those little snack packs, but I'd rather not have it in a dark brew.) It's not notably bitter, and there's a mild lactose sweetness. Slight savoriness. No heat, contrary to what the label leads one to believe. Cacao and vanilla are very buried, maybe due to age, but I'd expect those still to stand up for a year if it's a stout.

Aftertaste is a bit smoky, with some molasses. Maybe like a good rum. The taste might not be particularly sweet, and the aftertaste might be sweeter. I can get a good amount of creamy carbonation, and it's not prickly at all. I can hardly detect the C2H5(OH). Well crafted, and I'm wondering if I let it age too much.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Description: Appearance is pitch black with a light, khaki, head. Stout-like in every way. Coffee and roasted flavors jump up immediately while some dark chocolate and sweetness has a more subdued appearance. Taste is more balanced than the smell as the sweetness and coffee come through more readily. The flavors are balanced and complex and I think...yeah...I can taste it...there's a hint of chili on the finish; just enough to be noticeable without making a big splash. Very subtle. For a beer with an ABV this high, the alcohol is not very apparent. Feel is very nice overall as this is creamy, rich, thick and smooth.

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again) This belongs with the Who's Who of popular, big-name stouts. It reminded me a heck of a lot of KBS, with the exception of KBS being barrel-aged and this having some chili spice. It's certainly one to try. I had it on draft at a grocery store in Ohio, which might mean we've reached peak craft beer, but I'll take that gladly.

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Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 6436 ratings