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.

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

12 oz bottle Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: deep dark brown. One finger tan head that leaves a nice ring and some bubble lacing. Attractive.

Nose: big coffee as you would expect. A little spice, burnt caramel, nuts, dark chocolate. Big, upfront.

Taste: follows the nose with coffee dominating. Chili spice comes through on the back end.

Mouthfeel: good viscosity, oiliness. Feels good, smooth, relatively low carbonation.

Overall: really like it although you have to enjoy the coffee because it’s big and bold. Fairly complex and spice on the back is a really nice finish.

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Photo of elohim
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let me preface this by saying almost every bottle of Bomb! I have ever had was amazing. It is a stellar beer. With that being said I got a bad bottle last year that tasted like you were sucking on a penny. I contacted the people at Prairie just to let them know and they were really rude about the whole thing even though I was just trying to give them a heads up. So while this beer is delicious I now choose other beers in this style to help support other breweries who care a bit more about their customers.

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Photo of KingTen144
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown with a matching head. The spice from the chilis wafts up to the nose. Delicious beer with a lot going on. Very chili-forward, with a nice bite. It has the perfect amount of coffee flavor, with a nice background of the cacoa and vanilla. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jd2017
4.26/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My assessment of this one is close to that of 'micada'. Fresh off the tap in a 32 oz. growler. Similar to Weyerbacher Sunday Morning. As with that ~ can respect / detect the booze (bourbon-like-burn)....

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

355 mL bottle received in a trade quite a while back (thanks, Farees). The code stamp has become illegible, but I know it's at least two years old. Served slightly chilled.

Impenetrable to light, this jet black-coloured stout starts off with a thin, frothy, tan-coloured head that fizzles off in under a minute; a quick swirl of the glass kicks it back up, but it fades just as quickly thereafter. A nondescript collar remains, but there's no cap, and very little lace. Not much to look at, but it smells pretty damn good - smoked ancho chili peppers and rich cocoa notes are easily discerned, with roasted coffee beans and molasses also coming through fairly clearly. Very subtle suggestions of prune and raisin, too. Not getting a lot of vanilla - which is fine by me, as IMO vanilla works best in beer when it's used sparingly.

Very tasty, even when aged. Notes of molasses and milk chocolate are soon shoved off to the margins by its roasted malt backbone and robust adjunct bill. Cocoa, dark chocolate-covered coffee beans and vanilla beans come together with exquisite cohesion, especially during the tail end of the sip. It concludes with an earthy, highly roasted flavour which plays beautifully with the hints of smoke and the mild heat of the ancho chilies that linger briefly into the aftertaste. Some roasty astringency and a touch of licorice, too. I am genuinely shocked at how flawlessly well the 13% abv is hidden/integrated - I barely notice any warmth from it whatsoever. Medium-full in body, with very gentle carbonation that hardly registers on the surface of the palate; the texture is mostly smooth, slick, and quite soft. My only regret is that I don't have a younger bottle available to use for a side-by-side comparison.

Final Grade: 4.4, a fabulous A grade. Prairie Bomb! is currently the 103rd most highly rated beer on BA, and now that I've had a glass of the stuff it's not hard to see how it wound up in that relatively prestigious spot. The chili peppers, vanilla, cocoa and coffee are present in such painstakingly perfect proportion that there's no way it could be an accident - it's just a wonderfully well-crafted stout that I am glad I had the chance to try (aged or not). Well worth seeking out - if I'm lucky enough to acquire another bottle, I'll drink it fresh... but from experience I'd say it does hold up reasonably well in the cellar.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ironically this is a beer, I am told, that lives up to its name: (the) Bomb! This 13% ABV American Imperial Stout has an assortment of ingredients that conjure up images of a deep, shadowy and impressive brew that the Gods themselves might sup on within the mighty halls of Valhalla: Spaceship Earth roasted coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chilli peppers - yep, that’s a recipe for “awesome-sauce” in any legitimate definition of said word (which I borrowed from ‘Parks and Recreation’). Indeed I’ve never had the urge to waffle less in one of these preambles than I do right now: the desire to crack this dark temptress open and imbibe the black ooze within is a powerful aphrodisiac that I am too weak to resist *crown cap pops* [still managed to waffle though - the waffle is strong with me].

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep opaque inky black nightmare of a body with a chocolate brown dense head that sticks around impressively well and belies that 13% ABV that is waiting to consume me soon enough. 9/10.

S: Earthy AF, roasty AF as well... verdant roasted cold-drip coffee mingles freely with vanilla and coffee cherry hints, a lingering sweet roasted malt base, then a bit of smoke and dark chocolate. Not getting much in the way of the ancho chilli peppers, but as we [I! The Royal "we"! You know, the editorial...] know that chilli in beer tends to come across more in the flavour profile (and generally in the back of the throat). 9/10.

T: Flavour profile hits with that pervading earthy AF/roasty AF character noted above and follows through to a broad mid-palate coffee/dark chocolate sweetness and a good sweet/bitter balance IMO (maybe a tad towards the dessert side if you’re not a fan of dessert beers though). Hints of vanilla and smoke come in towards the finish, and yes there’s a chilli bite at the back, though I reckon Bomb! could get away with more chilli. Balance is pretty sublime - a real Imp Stout sipper right here. Bit of booze in the aftertaste that detracts a little though. 9/10.

M: Heavy bodied and a bit too sticky and cloying here - less of that please. 7/10.

D: Apart from a mouthfeel that requires a good old tongue scrapping, this is a solid Imp Stout that puts Prairie on the map for me. It’s like a halfway between Founders Breakfast Stout and Omnipollo Selassie, with the chilli adding a nice touch of heat to the proceedings. Price is a sore point at $23 AUD a bottle, yep. 8/10.

Food match: Something dark and spicy: Mole Poblano with rice and black bean.

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Photo of safaricook
3.79/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

loads of coffee, espresso in the taste, coconut as well, booze on the palate, spice is only side note luckily. not bad but somehow weird too. too roasty for me in the end. body is smooth and with reduced carbonation and nothing to complain about. not my favourite coffee stout. I guess I should stop buying those as a not coffee drinker.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Praire Atisan Ales Bomb! 13% ABV.
Look: pitch black, tan head
Smell: From the bottle I told my friend that it smells like soy sauce, ha, from the glass more boose, coffee
Taste: coffee, chocolate, roasty bitterness and warming from the booze(blended well)
Feel: a bit heavier, smooth and silky with some bitterness on the back end
Overall: It's a really dark and heavy, but smooth. I am not sure where the chili peppers went, but I could not taste any of those. That's kind of a disappointment because I never had a chili peppery stout, but it was still a very good beer.

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Photo of micada
4.06/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 12 oz bottle. Pleasantly surprised to find this locally, though I'm not saying where...I might need a couple more to cellar! Poured slightly chilled into a snifter. Dark like oil with very little head, fading to thin tan ring. Very noticeable chili pepper and coffee on the nose. First sips are strong coffee forward, with a hint of the chili in the background. Thick mouthfeel, satisfying for the style, with barely any carbonation. After letting it warm to open the profile, cocoa comes forward over the coffee, and the vanilla pokes out a bit. Good flavor balance, no bitterness, no hoppiness, but all malt bomb with a little heat. I have a second bottle to cellar, so we'll see how it develops over time. Next time I'd start with it warmer as the chill seemed to stunt it too much.

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

Poured into 20oz tulip glass from 12oz bottle. Appears to have Julian dating on bottle.

Look: Pours near black in color. No head formation, but residual hazelnut brown bubbles did form around edge of glass. Minimal lacing on glass.

Smell: Wow. Chocolate, roasted malts, and pepper on the nose. Earthy smell as well, with some coffee. Maybe slight bit of booze on the nose, but very well could be the peppers. Smells fantastic. Full of chocolate, peppers in malts. Really impressed.

Taste: Follows the nose. Peppers take the dominant role, but in a pleasant way. Chocolate and malts back up the peppers, with a dark fruit complexity. Prune, plum, and fig are present in the flavor, adding a subtle sweetness. Coffee, and earthy in flavor. Little bit of bitterness in flavor as well, typical in imperial stout.

Feel: Medium in body, but not that heavy. Carbonation seems to be a little high, but not overly done.

Overall: This is a delicious stout. Everything is balanced and very enjoyable. Don't have much else to say, other than it is totally worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of curtis6290
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle acquired from my local shop, poured into snifter. Very nice foamy head that lingers. Deep black, blended well, no sediment. Smell is syrup, chocolate, pine, earth, dirt, rain, swamp, vanilla. Taste is quite different, very strong coffee with a hint of vanilla and light chocolate, citrus, and chilis have a nice heat that come way after you swallow. Exceptionally smooth and drinkable for an imperial, really opens up as well. Let this warm up a bit and see the citrus fade into chocolate and spice. Very enjoyable, wish I jumped on more of these.

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Photo of ejmontoy1
4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coffee and chili pepper aroma. Dark opaque color. First taste is coffee with after taste of chili pepper. Love the chili pepper taste which brings some heat to this beer.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Nice opaque black inky color, sliver of tan head that quickly dissipated after a minute.

S: Lots of imperial stoutness on the nose, but not much else stood out. Maybe a little vanilla.

T: Earthy at first, quickly followed by vanilla and coffee notes.

M: Full body, not sticky though. Perfect carb.

O: I expected great things from this beer, but it was just "meh" for me. Compared to other beers in this price range, it just didn't wow me. For $9 I can get KBS. Granted this is more available, but just not worth it. I'll try some of their other variants when available.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a thin tan head
S: Very aromatic. Strong coffee, chili, cocoa and vanilla; everything the label says it's brewed with
T: Matches the nose; the cocoa & vanilla here are more intense than the coffee/chili; everything is quite bold and balanced
M: Full-bodied, smooth, the alcohol is very well hidden
O: Completely delicious, worth seeking out

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Photo of CMEG
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beers pours black as oil, with minimal light brown head. A sweet nose of hot chocolate, with a hints of cinnamon. Rich chocolaty flavor, with a wonderful peppery aftertaste. The mouthfeel is not as heavy as expected for such a strong stout. Despite the high ABV, the beer drinks easily -not boozy or heavy. Overall, a very solid after-dinner brew.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2/26/18 - 12 Ounce Pour into snifter, $11 Happy Hour at Pizza Rock in Downtown Las Vegas. Pitch black pour, thin tan head. Heavy malt aroma, chocolate. Sweet blend of roasted malt and chocolate, somewhat offset by light peppers. Strong ABV not felt while drinking. Velvet smooth going down, extremely smooth. Overall excellent offering, nice after meal drink!

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Photo of michiganmatt
4.12/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep brown/black with a thin layer of light-brown head.
S: Chocolate, booze, cinnamon, spice, roasted malts
T: A typical "Mexican hot chocolate" taste: Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, a tad bit of spicy heat, a bit sweet. Tasty, but nothing extraordinary. An interesting and relatively positive aftertaste. Also a tiny bit of metallic taste. One compliment I will give is how completely disguised the 13% ABV is.
F: Creamy, but with a crisp carbonation kick. Medium body.
O: This was quite good. I don't quite know if it's "da bomb" though (sorry I had to). Actually a bit underwhelming considering the hype. Definitely a very good beer. Is it worth $10 a bottle - probably not.

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Photo of Nass
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the first stout that I have used ancho chili peppers inside of it. The chili pepper is not overdone which is pleasant but it is definitely there on the backend. The 14% abv is well hidden. The nordaggios coffee is tasty and that chocolate is prevalent too. The vanilla is being dominated by the other flavors which is not a surprise to me. It's a little tough to figure out I want to drink after drinking a bottle of this. I don't know maybe I should drink a few non adjunct stouts. Anyways, I like this stout a lot and it might even go well with some hearty & spicy mexican dishes for a pairing. It's different & the label is eye catching. There is NO DATE on the bottle and that coffee & chocolate is going to dissipate over time. I don't care for the wax which is a little hard to get off of the cap. Cheers! A-

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

Other than it being incredibly chocolate forward, this is an superbly balanced BIG stout with no alcohol burn, but I love the pepper heat on the backside. Usually I'm a big fan of aging beers in this range of alcohol % but this is perfect fresh. This will be a regular part of my consumption pending availability.

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

It might be the perfect stout. Pours black. Not much of a head. Vanilla and coffee nose. Dark chocolate on the tongue, with a little heat in the back of the throat. Love it.

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

Surprised I didn't have a review in the books on this fav. The beer that put these guys on the map...still drinks as great as the first time I've tried it despite all the advanced in the stout universe. This is a classic coffee stout w some heat and nilla n nibs. They've really got it dialed in just right.

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Photo of Maninthearena
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Black, can’t see through this one. Head fizzled away after a few min.

Nose- Coffee, toffee, chocolate malt typical of the style.

Taste- Robust and strong. More coffee balanced well with thick alcohol. Chocolate dipped roasted almonds in a high octane sauce. Really kicks the tastebuds

Mouthfeel- Thick and chewy, but not syrupy. High alcohol content mixed with the fine carbonation leave a tingly feeling on the way down.

Overall- Probably not my favorite imperial stout ever, but a great tasting, strong, worthwhile beer.

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Photo of Gdobber
4.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz poured aggressively into a goblet.
Look: thick like oil. very dark brown to black. 1 finger head with a very deep mocha color. Faded fast but for a beautiful ring showing my progress.
Smell: Strong hit of coffee, some slight vanilla and chocolate makes it's way through the coffee. Sorta gets hints of vanilla wafer.
Taste: Coffee up front and hard. A bit of spiciness hits after the coffee like a bar of chocolate with paprika and cayenne. Just the right amount of spice. Not overpowering and just a hint. As it warms and I was accustomed to the coffee and spice, more malt, vanilla and bitter chocolate stood out. Absolutely delicious, top notch.
Feel: smooth and silky and bubbly. Not too syrupy where it gets unpleasant towards the end.
Overall: excellent beer. Wish it was more accessible in my region. I'd keep a case at all times.

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Photo of drizzlemybeerzle
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found it on tap at a local bar in the area, had to order it. Pretty amazing how much flavor they got into the beer without it being overpowering at 13% abv, starts smooth with chocolate & vanilla taste and finishes with a light hint of spice from chili, just enough to make you notice it and not enough to take away from anything else. Great beer !

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Photo of JamFuel
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with hardly any foam.

Smell is full of coffee and licorice, with quite a bit of chocolate and just a hint of chili.

Taste is very coffee forward, with hints of soy sauce. Complex, with a bit of bitterness and a chocolate finish with just a tiny hint of heat.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would prefer, but still very nice.

Overall, a very good stout, which I may have hyped up a little bit too much to myself.

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