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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.

Added by MinorThreat on 05-29-2013

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

Dark black pour with zero head

Aromas is just incredible. Insane melted chocolate, peppers, vanilla, cherry, amaretto, coffee, lactose.

Flavor is more of the same but chili forward yet amazingly not overdone. Coffee and chocolate pop up in between bites of chili. A firm, roasty finish takes place.

Feel is slick and semi thick but not as thick as id like. Only let down here.

Overall, what a great beer. Now I know what I was missing.

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Photo of jaketaz
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good but compares unfavorably to Stone Xocoveza IMO. They do a good job with all of the Mexican chocolate type flavors, chocolate cinnamon and chilI. But it's rougher and harsher and the 13% abv is obvious. I caught a slight cigarette taste and Aroma as well. Letting it warm up for 10 minutes really ups the quality. At ten bucks a bottle I won't be going for this any time the Stone or Cigar City Mexican choc beers are in circulation.

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Photo of aquabears
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola-brown with no head, smell is seriously vanilla with hints of roast. Taste is mostly vanilla with a spicy heat on the very back end and mild roast from malts. Warmth from the alcohol as well. Hints of bitter chocolate, not getting much coffee. Slick mouthfeel, brightly fizzy on the front.

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Photo of TheHappyGriffin
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - pitch black, great head with some mocha color. Not see through but no visible sediment

Smell - semi sweet chocolate, coffee, toffee, hints of vanilla bean ice cream. Basically when starbucks grows up, this is the cologne/perfume it will wear

Taste - all of thee above plus hints of black pepper and serrano on the back on the tongue during the finish. Tiny bit of earthy hops midway through, but barely noticeable. Mainly sweet dark charred notes.

Feel - thick and luscious. Leaves an espresso taste long after the swallow, much like an Americano or a double shot. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

Overall - one of the best readily available heavy stouts on the market. Not cheap, but worth every penny. 12 Oz is the perfect serving.

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

Pour: looks black as night, a typical stout. Little to no head. If you're lucky you'll get a bit of tan off the head which will be gone like a fart in the wind.

Smell: Smells like coffee grounds, earthy soil after a rainstorm, cocoa powder, madagascar vanilla beans, and a touch of cayenne.

Taste: Mother of god, this caos of a combination humbly harmonizes. Right up front a touch of milk, then roasted toffee, caramel, and vanilla to linger. Most importantly the subtly peppers give you a bit of a palate awakening and invite the next sip.

Body: The body is almost a bit of a throw off. It's not at all as heavy as the nose and taste would lead you to believe. At times it is watery, like a guinness. Abv is well hidden, almost untraceable.

Overall, this is a fantastic stout. I hope they do not sell out to major corporate beer and produce this for the masses on a commercial scale. This is just perfect. It's not as hard to find as pliny or another hyped up beer, but you will find this occasionally in your local craft store. This should be enjoyed to the rest of the country as a specialty like christmas, and to the locals as their own. Just a wonderful beer. cheers.

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Photo of 98green
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle. Solid black with a thin tan head. Smell is light stone fruit. Taste smooth chocolate and coffee, some late ripe stone fruit. Very slight bitterness to balance. Maybe some mild heat from the chilis. Feel is silky slick, low carb, not chewy thick, but in no way thin. Booze is present of course, but would not guess 13%. Overall an excellent beer, but with these big stouts, I always compare to a BBA, and I find the non-aged ones lacking a bit. Also, at $10 per single 12 oz I doubt I will be buying many

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Photo of TH28
4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 9/9/14 production date. Appearance: Black, opaque, with a brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Rich coffee roast, dark chocolate, some dark cherry, grass, pepper, and a touch of cardboard oxidation Taste: Starts with a rich coffee roast and dark chocolate, quickly turning to a moderately strong, grassy, chili pepper that delivers some heat, and a moderately strong bitterness that’s accentuated by the pepper spice. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with some syrupy consistency, and low carbonation. Surprising that the alcohol warmth isn’t noticeable considering it’s 13%. Finish: Leaves a chocolate and coffee roast bitterness on the finish, with some lingering chili heat. Overall: If I had to sum this up I’d say it’s a coffee pepper imperial stout. Strong coffee roast character throughout, and the chili pepper adds a significant heat and vegetal/grassy flavor. For an imperial stout of this strength the alcohol isn’t noticeable and the dark fruit character is nonexistent. An interesting beer, but not sure I would buy a 2nd.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

Aroma: tobacco and green olives with a mixture of bittersweet and milk chocolate, cedar and vanilla.

Appearance: black - 10 W30. Head is a light tan with microscopic bubbles that fades quickly to a very long lasting lacing at the edge of the glass.

Flavor: many layers and flavors, all woven into a beautiful tapestry. No one flavor dominates: the vanilla and coffee combine wonderfully. The chilis are barely detectable and there is only the very mildest of heat, which would probably go unnoticed without the mention of chilis on the label. Very good.

Mouthfeel: medium, but surprisingly light given the 13% abv. You can easily drink a few of these.

Overall: Very good and worthwhile, but I feel the overall BA score is greater than deserved by this beer. This beer is approaching BCBS' BA score, but BCBS is the much superior imperial stout. Certainly try this beer given the opportunity, though.

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Photo of Buck89
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Opaque brown-black color with a thin light-tan head. Little retention or lacing. Striking aromas: cocoa, chili powder, cinnamon, coffee, and vanilla - as advertised! The first sip brought coffee initially, followed by vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a sturdy, warming chili spiciness which lingered on the finish. This balanced the heat from the alcohol perfectly. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of BigGold
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had on poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped "___15," into tulip. This beer is big in every way, including price ($7.29 for the bottle in Indiana), but worth it.

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Photo of farrago
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate one finger head which steadily simmers down, dark tan or light brown, take your pick, very even surface, the lacing slides around the glass in broad sheets, eventually spilling downwards. Black liquid yet not so opaque that you can’t see the bubble beads, no color tint at the edges. Spicy nose with the chili pepper making the initial splash, at times almost green and leafy with a wet fur edge, oily tar, the chocolate seems dense enough as to be inert, burnt coffee, close to zero fruit scent presence, quite interesting yet not immediately pleasurable. Full-bodied, viscously thick and layered, here the sweetness of the chocolate and vanilla is on full display, all confectionery goodness. The chili spice there but more proportionate, bringing heat for balance. Coconut, cafe con leche and a hint of witch hazel. Not much movement from the carbonation, just a tickle under the tongue. The pepperiness lingers the most through the finish. Avoids both excess booziness and needless showiness, for its scale and level of richness displays good agility. One bottle is the perfect size for a single sitting.

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Photo of RuffReader
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

After much hype, my first sip was disappointing. I initially thought, "This is good, but there's too much going on." But on subsequent sips, I began to appreciate the flavor complexity: smoky sweetness smoothly rolling into a mild bitterness, the subtle spice in the finish, the creamy mouthfeel, and the nearly complete lack of alcoholic taste in an absurd 13% abv. Very little carbonation, which I like in stouts. If I want to be picky, I wish there was more head.


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Photo of DrunkenYeti
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark ruby almost like Guinness. Almost no head at all. A pleasant spice from the chili pepper that almost pops in your mouth, with a light vanilla and coffee finish. The aftertaste is amazing and lasting. This is the most unique brew I've had and one of best.

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Photo of RichardRankin
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

These are local for me, and I try to get as many of them as I possibly can.

Look pours completely black with a nice brown head that settles out and leaves lots of lacing behind.
Smell is amazing coffee, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and just a hint of chili peppers.
Taste is amazingly complex, starts out boozy, settles into a bit of ancho pepper, than finishes with vanilla beans and chocolate. The only better taste is when this is rum barrel aged i.e. Pirate Bomb.
Mouthfeel is smooth, full, and complex. Let this one sit and warm for a bit - doesn't get much better.

Absolutely incredible brew. Find you one or trade me for some!

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Photo of MalarkeyMcGee
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L: Coffee black with nicely retaining light caramel head.

S: Boozey, licorice, cacao nib. Sweet caramel.

T: Caramel, chocolate, coffee. So many delicious adjuncts. Smooth and velvety. Sweet without being cloying.

M: Light for a stout of this caliber, but in a good way.

O: Pretty fantastic. So many delicious adjuncts so well balanced.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Paid £10.75 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, inky black body, that when held to the light allows some dark ruby glimmers to be observed near the edges of the glass. A dense and creamy, one-finger in height, light tan coloured head with excellent retention slowly reduces to a thin film and collar, leaving behind small amounts of soapy lace.

The rich and full nose leads initially with a combination of lightly roasted dark malts, sweet toasty grains and milk chocolate. Darker, earthy notes of dry, bitter cocoa powder and hints of smoke, ash and char are noticeable underneath. The finish reveals restrained chilli pepper heat and spice, along with vanilla and traces of fusel alcohol sweetness. Taste roughly follows suit. Lightly roasted dark malts, coffee beans and baking chocolate are sweetened considerably by creamier milk chocolate, roasted grains, vanilla and hints of burnt caramel, Mid palate, ancho chilli peppers enter with a little more presence than the nose suggested. Although moderately hot and spicy, lingering malt sweetness and vanilla soften the edges to deliver a pleasantly smooth and subtle warming profile overall. In the mouth, a medium to full body pairs well with a liberal amount of fine carbonation, present just enough to aid drinkability without effecting the luxuriously rich, smooth and creamy feel. Towards the back-end, espresso, dry earthy roasted dark malts, cocoa, smoke, vanilla, caramelised sugars and chilli spices linger to give a lengthy bittersweet finish. Traces of alcohol and roast combine, drying the palate slightly, while capsaicin oils bring faint and pleasant warmth to the lips, throat and chest.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Rich, flavourful, well balanced and insanely drinkable, despite the substantial 13.0% ABV. Its alcoholic content in fact, is so masterfully disguised, I had to remind myself to slow down and savour the taste after quickly consuming nearly half the glass. As both a beer I’ve wanted to get my hands on for a very long time and a rare find in the UK, the price I paid seems fair enough. Despite meeting expectations however, now that I have tried it, at £10.75 a single, realistically I can’t see myself picking up another unless it was for a very special occasion.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie Artisan Ales - BOMB!. 13% ABV. 12oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled August 4th, 2016 (Code 21716).

Look: Completely pitch black, with a thin ring of dark tan lacing present.

Smell: Hot chilies, cocoa, coffee grounds all in the aroma, which has a slight vegital tinge.

Feel: On the heavier side of medium, with mild carbonation. great mouthfeel.

Taste: Spicy chilies bring on head initially on the palate, but soon replaced by sweet coffee, chocolate, and caramel.
Finishes with a mild spicy/sweet flavor.

Overall: Been wanting to try this for a while now, and finally spotted it at the beer store. I can say it was definitely worth the wait. This is up there with the best; words cannot describe how it is. It combines my favorite styles of chile beer, and stouts.

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Photo of do_ob
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a snifter. Pitch black in color with a fair amount of carbonation rooted in the bottom of the glass. A thin, short-lived head of brown foam rests on top. Huge nose. Definite coffee, peppermint, lactose, spicy chiles, and a touch of vanilla. Smells delicious - one of the best smelling beers I've had in a long time. On the taste, I get a butt load of coffee and chocolate up front with strong backing notes of vanilla and cream. After a second or two, the chiles creep in and make their presence known. Not too strong, but strong enough. The mouthfeel is perfect. Thick, dense, milky, but not overly chewy. This sum'bitch is as balanced as one could hope for.

I've been waiting to try this for a long time and it didn't disappoint. Perfectly balanced, incredibly tasty, and quite unique. Is it worth the price? Not on a regular basis, but it's worth picking up at least once. Great beer.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

p- black as night
n- bold roast, smooth pipe tobacco, hints of vanilla and chile spice; stands out for sure; inviting
t- wow! big coffee and roast mingles with vanilla/cacao sweetness throughout; finishes subtle chile heat; some lingering bitterness; nice complexity; alcohol is very well-hidden
mf- full-bodied with med-high carb; sticky, yet slick
o- nearly flawless! very happy I had the opportunity to grab this when I saw it

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Photo of mbunje
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks like light motor oil. I've seen darker.

Smells great. Chocolate roasted malt, vanilla. Impressive for a not barrel aged beer.

Tastes slightly better tan it smells. The peppers are subtle but are the balancing factor that make this beer sofa king good!

Mouthfeel is spot on. Not syrupy but still a mouthful.

Overall... One of the
Best ever. Stone IRS plus more flavor. My fav non-barrel aged stout! Great job PAA

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, mocha head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes of cocoa and coffee mostly.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes layered with some vanilla. Malt notes of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and molasses lead off with plenty of sweetness. This gives way to some vanilla notes. Chilis are more noticable as it warms. Next comes some earthy hops as well as roasted bitterness. Finishes with a lingering roasted coffee note.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a brilliant Imperial Stout. I could do without the chilis, but it does fit well.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black pour, finger of tan head, a touch of lacing. Not a bit of a highlight. Nose is massive, roasty malt, coffee, big dried fruit, big bourbon. Really a massive nose on this one. Flavor is likewise - giant coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Love the mild spiciness at the back end. Mouthfeel is quick and creamy. Just a fantastic beer. Would (and will) get again when I have the chance.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. Watching Supercup Final between Sevilla and Real Madrid. The best chili beer Ive taken. The chili never tires and provides a very recomforting warming. To enjoy in short sips.

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Photo of FFreak
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at the grocery store for $8.99/12 oz bottle. Poured into a short tulip and enjoyed around a camp fire with s'mores. Dark like used motor oil with good-sized brown head that sticks around. Wonderful aroma with muted chocolate, coffee and dark malt. Taste is also excellent - with just a hint of chili. Mouthfeel is just how I like big stouts, not too thick and viscous - still a sipper, but easy to finish the whole bottle. Overall, one of the better stouts I've had. Love it.

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