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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

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 bouldercellar
5/5  rDev +11.6%

AMAZING! The ancho chili peppers, caco nibs, and vanilla beans are the perfect award winning combo. Left me tasting the vanilla beans and cocao nibs for hours after.

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Photo of MWilcox20
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Got a few these in a trade recently and plan to cellar the others.

a: Poured straight down the glass, black with a thin brown head. Looks really thick.

s: CHOCOLATE! I get much more chocolate on the nose that the chills or coffee.

t: Again i get heavy chocolate on the front. The coffee adds a nice flavor. The chills are very mild. This isn't a spicy beer and the chills give a nice flavor as the beer goes down the throat. You definitely cannot taste that 14%abv

M: Thick and full mouth feel. Not very carbed which adds to the chocolate flavor

O: Amazing. Honestly one of the best imperial stouts Ive had. Unlike other chili stouts this one is all about balance and delivery an amazing beer not just a different experience. I could drink this everyday. Looking forward to crushing this in the depths of winter.

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

12oz Brown bottle with no wax so was probably bottled spring of 2014. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark as motor oil with a tan head that recedes into a thin ring

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a whole lot of roasted aroma

Taste: An incredible blend of all the flavors mentioned in the aroma with a well balanced spice throughout

Mouthfeel: Creamy and just thick enough; the carbonation really tickles the tongue

Overall: I've had this a few times on draft and now I'm excited to crack a bottle to review. This is perhaps still the only chili beer I have had that I will enjoy to have again. Upon opening the bottle you are quickly greeted by all the ingredients with aromas of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla beans with all these working in perfect unison. This is even more demonstrated in the flavor with a blend of all these with a persistent chili spice that is persistent throughout and stays right in the back of your mouth. Most impressive is how hidden the alcohol is with little to no booziness in the finish.

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Photo of BogBoyJD
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%

Non waxed edition. Smell is of vanilla, coffee. Really nice
Taste is very coffee forward, creamy. As it warms up, the chilli begins to come out. Not my thing . Becomes very bitter as well. The chilli is a little too much. Dominating.It kills the vanilla, coffee. The smell is the best thing about this stout. Good, but not for me.

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Photo of Kegbeerd
4.75/5  rDev +6%

While I'm not normally a fan of stouts, this one is really amazing. It pours coffee dark and the smells of all of espresso, chocolate, and vanilla instantly make themselves known. The tastes of all of these are there along with a nice warm taste of chili peppers.

The mouth feel is good, with a heavier carbonation, and a thick, creamy body.

Great stout!

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Photo of aleigator
4.3/5  rDev -4%

Thank you very much for this one, Jason! Pours a viscous, complete black color, with a small, soon diminishing brown head.

Intoxicating aromas of fresh crushed coffee beans, melted dark-chocolate, tobacco, hints of gentle vanilla, also scorched caramel and rock sugar accompanied by roasted malts.

Has a very creamy, chocolate defined beginning, with earthy, calming malts, which maintain the balance of this brew, as sweet molasse, caramel and pungent tobacco come up, to form a very convincing, smooth start. Then, soon, uncompromising, burned coffee bean notes get detectable, which counter the established, rich, earthy sweetness by adding an almost dry bitterness to the beer, while hot chili peppers lend a hot, spicy background depth. This spicy sting stays on the back of the palate till the very end, altough the beer finishes with great chocolate qualities, blended with bitter coffee tones. Complex, slick and smooth in the mouth, a full-bodied, fantastic beer.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Very good, smooth and drinkable stout. Complex flavor profile, but the peppers come on a bit too strong at the end, not allowing the other flavors to linger as one would like. Still, this is an excellent beer and worthy of its lofty reputation. I have had it on tap and from the bottle. Consistently good and probably the best beer I have tried with spicier than average peppers added. I had it once with food (Peruvian food) and it went very well.

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Photo of JWQ
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Received this from a trade. Poured into Westbrook snifter.

Smells amazing! Huge chocolate smell, hints of vanilla, roasted notes, pours very little head. A lot of carbonation... First sip taste a nice roasted chocolate, light bodied and the peppers come in full on the back end. Surprising light bodied for a 13% ABV. I do wish it was a bit thicker. Notch below Mexican Cake and I have yet to try Huna. I am glad I have 1 more bottle left

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Photo of marycraig
5/5  rDev +11.6%

I absolutely love this beer. The pairings of coffee, chili and vanilla are fantastic. I've been fortunate enough to try this on tap as well and I'm not sure I'm convinced it isn't better in the bottle.

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Photo of StandupandStout
4.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The other day I was able to find this gem at a local bar here in Houston. After the first sip of this stout I realized that I underestimated the ingredients. Never have been a fan of pepper added to my beers but this one had the perfect emulsion of pepper, cacao nibs, and a hint of vanilla. As the title explains the flavor, an explosion of flavors graces your tongue with an imperial finish. Nice golden head with a dark chocolate body. Highly recommend this!

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Photo of Beer4B
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good stout. The chilies weren't as pronounced as I anticipated (recent batch) but all eged flavors were well balanced. Plenty of chocolate present with only a little heat from the alcohol.

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Photo of d_kizzle
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - used motor oil black as the abyss. Beautiful light cocoa head

S - oh my. So there's definitely coffee and cocoa. Then vanilla, not vanilla oak notes, but actual vanilla. Plus the chili aroma gives it a nice vegetal counter balance

T - one of the most pleasurable palate experiences I've had. Imagine ancho chili flakes in dark chocolate while sipping your favorite nutty espresso. And if that's not enough, add this rich vanilla note that smoothes out the entire experience. It sounds cloying and overwhelming, but it's not. That is the ultimate beauty of this beer.

M - maybe my least favorite part of this near perfect beer. If I were to nit pick, the weight if the beer in the mouth is not quite heavy enough to support its syrupy texture.

Overall, this is a game changing beer. For me. For you. For anyone. It is a sensorial experience.

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Photo of barhoc11
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Motor Oil blackness with a dark brown head that disappears rather quickly

S: A lot going on with the smell, you can smell the vanilla, coffee, peppers and chocolate. All combined smell like dark dark brown sugar

T: Very similar to the smell that comes in waves. At first you get the chocolate/coffee, then the vanilla which gives way to the slightest burn from the peppers. The burn from the peppers is almost nonexistent but you do get the taste and flavor, which is done perfectly.

M: For a big beer, this has a great mouthfeel. Nice and creamy being thick where it needs to be

O: This is such a different beer and so well done. I am very glad to have tried this beer and happy to have some in my cellar to drink when the mood strikes. I have yet to have a bad beer from Prairie

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Photo of Admbmb92
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did a trade for of these plus two bible belts. Very excited for this one. Here we go!
Poured into a bruery snifter.
A- pours thick oil black with a finger and a half of dark brown head. No light whatsoever. The darkest beer I've ever seen.
S-vanilla, dark chocolate, sweet malts, roasted peppers, dark roasted coffee
T- this beer comes in layers. Front of the tongue you get the dark chocolate followed by bitter coffee and vanilla. As it hits the back of the throat, I get some roastyness from the chilles.
M- very very thick and full bodied. Light carbonation
O- this is such a well balanced imperial stout, all of the spices shine through so well. This really is the Bomb!

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Photo of ELS
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bought a few bottles off the shelf at Specs while visiting Austin.

A-Nice dark color with a good tan head of foam but nothing exceptional.

S-Roasted malts as expected with slight chocolate and a bit of heat.

T-This is where this beer shines. Very good blend of chocolate roastiness of coffee with a bit of vanilla and chiles on the back end. The flavors really blend well together to make this beer a unique offering.

M- A bit disappointed here. I was expecting a good coating and silkiness but found the beer to be too thin for an imperial stout. When compared to the greats this beer falls short in this category.

O- This beer is all about a great blend of flavors with the heat of chiles on the backend. It definitely works and the chiles add just the right amount of heat without overpowering the beer. However, when compared to beers like KBS which I recently drank I find it falls short. Still a beer you want to be drinking.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid portion comes out dark brown to black and it's thick and fudgy. There is a dark tan colored head with both big and small bubbles, decent lacing and glass retention the by both the head and the liquid itself. A lot of setament in the bottle plus a fair amount will work its way to the bottom of the glass as it sits. GIve it the ol' wine swirl and it'll blend all in. Deep red/brown highlights on the edges, but pretty much black for the most part.

At first it seems like there's too much going on in the smell, but as it warms up a bit you can separate it out, and it's all pretty pleasant. Smells of dark over roasted stirred grain so it's darkly toasted around the edges. A little nutty, like earthy/bitter nuts like walnuts or pecans. Very dark roasted bold coffee, fudgey more sweet than bitter chocolate and a kick of chili peppers at the end that tickle your nose.

Taste is for some reason a large step up from the smell; and I think it smells pretty good. Sweet roasted grain glazed with honey that's been stirred in the heat till it chars/sears the edges providing that extra flavor that you'd normally expect a crunch. Good sweetness, way more sweet than bitter chocolate, but the slightest bit, because it's dark chocolate. Bold, dark roasted coffee (I'd totally drink this coffee) flavors very prominent. I couldn't smell any vanilla but there's a slight hint of it after tasting the coffee. There's a finish of heat from some probably roasted chili peppers because there's a peppery sweetness and spice all at the same time. Pepper takes a backseat to pretty much all the other flavors, more of a complementing side kick.

I gotta say, the mouthfeel of this beer is top notch. Nice and full bodied with lingering layer after layer of flavor. Good medium carbonation level that helps with the balance of the many flavors. Smooth most of the way through, sweet, fudgy, a little earthy with a spicy finish and lingering spice warmth at the end. Nice sipper of a beer. Really good beer, I don't know quite yet if it's worth all the hype, but I'm really glad I got a hold of a bottle. Thanks Matt for a nice trade. I'd drink Bomb! again for sure.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an unwaxed bottle into my plain snifter.

A- This dark concoction comes out nearly as thick as syrup into the glass. The color of the liquid is black as night with no light escaping it's grasp. A fairly sizable head for the style forms and retains pretty well, with an acceptable amount of lacing.

S- First scent that smack you in the nostrils right off the bat is slightly stale, yet potent coffee. Coffee flavor is dark and slightly bitter and dominates the front end of the scent. After the coffee fades away just a little, burnt dark malts come in and provide a little more darkness. Not a whole lot of vanilla in there, but it is slightly detectable under the dark malts with a little sweetness, but not as much as the cocoa nibs and peppers are. Chocolate and pepper flavors are subdued in comparison to the coffee that was right up front and bring the scent full circle by tying it all back to the coffee.

T- This beer starts off with a big bang of coffee up front, just like the smell. Coffee in the flavor is not quite as dark as in the scent, but a little more stale and bitter. Burnt malts kick in right away after the coffee, also like in the scent, but much stronger, enhancing the bitterness. The burnt malt is the primary flavor throughout the rest of the drink, but a hint of vanilla and pepper creep in towards the end. There is not- much chocolate flavor, if any, to be found in the taste of this beer, but the pepper does linger on the tongue just a little while after the drink.

M- Thick and dark and creamy, this fits perfectly into the feel for the style. One thing that really stands out in this beer's feel is the complete lack of alcohol burn or heat. It literally has zero, making it very dangerously drinkable for a 13% ABV beer.

Overall, this is a very good imperial stout. Aside from the small traces of peppery spice in the scent and taste, this reminds me a lot of KBS.

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Photo of sunnrider
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a suprising beer. Pours and smells like any decent stout, nothing off the wall but solid appearance and a hint of coffee.
The taste however, is another story. It´s a big mix of coffee bean, vanilla and a charred ash kind of flavour that is right on the line of "do i like it/hate it....but in the end love it"
I didn´t notice any chilli or heat until it warmed up a little and even then it´s very mild.
Great beer, happy to have ticked it but it goes straight back on my wants list again now.

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Photo of beergoot
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The bottle label has 13.0% ABV vice 14.0%.

The body appears India ink black with a thin, wispy dark brown head; sediment left in the bottle. Deep and rich aroma of coffee grounds, charred grain, and chocolate. The taste exudes vanilla, cocoa, and sour cherries; boozy; cigarette ash. Heavy bodied; rich and smooth; velvety mouthfeel.

My goodness, what a heavenly, heavy brew! Big, bold, and rich throughout with incredibly robust and earthy dark tones in appearance, aroma, and flavor! Depth and complexity galore and a perfect find for RIS/double stout fans. Most definitely a dark ale flavored road-trip in a bottle!

And I love the catfish on the bottle cap (not that that has anything to do with the beer or its taste appeal -- it just looks cool)...

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Photo of Justin8mypants
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Okay.. Ive had this before, and the first time I didn't do it justice. This is really the only world class beer here in Oklahoma and I wanted to sit down with it again and really enjoy it. I get a 12 oz bottle here for $5.99.

A- basically what you would expect. Dark black beer with a beautiful dark brown head. I always love seeing that.
S- For me I smell loads of chocolate, traces of vanilla and dark roast coffee. Nice and malty
T- First sip tasted like room temperature hot chocolate. All the flavors are there. You can definitely pick out the vanilla and coffee. The peppers were the hardest flavor to pick out, but I started picking it up after a while with just a touch of heat on the finish. The 13% alcohol is masked extremely well
M- Huge body. Incredibly smooth, Just perfect.
O- So glad I sat down with this beer again. It is like dessert in a cup. It is completely satisfying and I can't wait to drink this during the winter. Everyone must try this.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased in Oklahoma City, also had this at The Beer Trappe in Lexington, Kentucky a couple days beforehand. Liked the Bible Belt variation of this alot, happy to be able to review this now as well. ABV listed as 13% on the label.

Appearance - Oily black pour into a snifter. A finger or so of brown head forms, a swirly cap and thick ring are left by the end along with some good lace. Impressive for the ABV for sure.

Smell - Nice nose with prominent cocoa and chili spice, quite a bit of roasted malt as well, which rounds it all out very well. Coffee is on the lighter end of the spectrum but becomes more noticeable with warmth. Vanilla if you look for it. Noticeable alcohol but not bad. Pretttty nice.

Taste - More vanilla here, still very much cocoa/roast/chili forward. Coffee is pretty understated for me but can't really complain much. Smoke and heat from the chiles starts to build with further sips but it's not over the top and melds well. Touch of molasses.

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel, nice higher carbonation feels unique for a stout of this size, diggin' the liveliness on the palate. Very nice melding of flavors, a little booze noticeable but pretty damn drinkable. 12oz is no problemo solo.

Overall - As far as ridiculous-ingredient imperial stouts go, this may be as balanced, drinkable and enjoyable as it gets.

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Photo of M_chav
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black body with a golden foam 1 inch thick that quickly dissipated into almost nothing.
Nose is full of chocolate, not getting a ton of coffee. Just chocolate laced with chocolate and a hint of chili... Lots of ashy/campfire too
Tasting a bit heavy still on the ash tray/campfire but chili really comes through, cocoa nibs are bitter as expected
Medium body. Possibly medium-full but rich and thick flavors
Overall I am appreciating this much more than the first time I ever tried it (was nearly a drain pour)... Maybe my pallet has changed but this is a rich/chocolatey smooth imperial stout with some nice chili heat coming through to sooth the throat

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Photo of tviz33
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip. Thanks scotlyn911!

A- Pours like used motor oil with a half in brown head.

S- Lots of coffee and roastiness with some chili spice and alcohol in the background.

T- Oh, how this beer changes as it warms! The chilies become much more pronounced towards the end. My first impression was of a very roasty dryness, but the taste quickly transformed, showing signs of dark chocolate and raisins. Almost no sweetness.

M- The feel is medium-full with medium amount of carbonation

O- Very nice beer. Would have again.

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Photo of JulioH
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a really great beer. I wasn't expecting it to be this good.

Pours a nice dark beer. Forms a small dark brown foam. Smell is normal chocolate, coffee, nothing out of the ordinary for an imperial stout. Tastes like a good imperial stout, nice and smooth, not heady at all, lots of chocolate and coffee, not bitter. Then, you feel some heat in your throat, some tingling. The peppers hit you in the back of the throat but not in the mouth. Fantastic work. Body is syrupy.

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Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black with a lucious three finger chocolate laced head and clingy lacing everywhere, the smell is dark chocolate with an underlying chillie smokiness and coffee, the mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth with perfect moderate carbonation and the tastes are simple with the usual lineup of flavours you would expect in a big stout starting with a big dose of milky chocolate, vanilla,cacao and a slight smokiness from the chillies but no heat whatsoever and finished like a coffee with some sugar bittersweet and overall a bloody tasty Stout that will age well but once again its a pricey affair but its off my bucket list cheers.

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