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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.

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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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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, undated. Poured into Carton O-Dub glass.

L: 2F light tan head, no retention as the ABV knocks it right away, leaving a tiny ring and cap. Beer is as dark as can be.

S: Lots of coffee up front, some cocoa, vanilla, caramel malts, and a hint of chili. No alcohol in nose, which at 13% is a heck of an accomplishment.

T: Coffee, cocoa, then vanilla, caramel malt, and then chili at the finish, but just a little bit. The cocoa especially really carries through the entire taste experience from beginning to end. I believe the chili is designed to dovetail nicely with the alcohol heat as you just can't pick it up without the spice. Seriously, there is almost no indication this is an alcoholic beverage (well, until you get through half of it). Most impressive.

F: Medium, and less heavy than you might expect. Very little carbonation to speak of. Very good construction and just immaculate balance in making all this flavor work together.

O: Really amazing stuff.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a black of some sorts. Aroma is vanilla, cold brew, soy sauce, and peppers. Also a ton of rich chocolate. I taste Hershey's syrup, vanilla bean, cold brew liquor, soy sauce and some actually pepper flesh. Just a hint of heat. Huge, slick feel. Pretty good but I probably won't buy it again if I run into it.

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Photo of thebeers
3.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany color with very little head but a lasting thin tan crown.

There's an almost plum-like quality to the aroma, with coffee and some slight mildly-smokey pepper behind.

The taste is much more coffee-forward. Lightly sweet tasting, with a peppery backend. Medium bodied.

There's a lot going on here. I will say that the pepper addition is well done, adding some character to the beer and a slight numbing burn to the lips, without overpowering anything in the aroma or taste. That said, the balance and flavor of the coffee and other additions didn't really impress me in comparison to all the other delicious stouts available these days. Glad to have tried it, but I won't be looking out for it again.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look : Pitch black, brown head - 4/5
Aroma : Amazing. Big chili and vanilla nose, chocolate, coffee backbone. Very well balanced. - 5/5
Mouthfeel : Medium-low carbonation, full bodied, silky smooth. - 5/5
Flavor : No booze at all, very drinkable. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla flavor at first, spicey and hot at last. A little bit of sweetness and biterness. - 4.5/5
Overall : This beer is good. Huna = Abraxas > Bomb = Mexi Cake > Xoco... - 4.5/5

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Photo of MurphDog14
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drink this beer warm! This beer poured dark black with a little head and some lacing. The smell of the beer is dark chocolate with coffee as well. The taste is the same. A lot of coffee and some dark chocolate. When the beer is warm you can pick up chili pepper notes. The beer felt smooth and had a little bite to it. Overall this was great!

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Had on-tap at Stein & Vine. Served in a snifter glass.

A: Essentially black and opaque, with no real head to speak of. Minimal if any visible carbonation.

S: Huge on the nose, even when it's cold (as served). Big dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, spicy peppers, coffee. Rich and dank tobacco notes, sweet malts, vanilla, and hints of lactose. Some vegetal sweetness as well. Very, very nice nose.

T: Big chocolate and cacao nibs, spicy peppers, and rich roasted malts. More pipe tobacco. Chocolate covered espresso beans and bits of vanilla. Finishes with both roasted malt and milder hop bitterness after the chocolatey sweetness fades. The spicy pepper presence actually fades a little as it warms through the drink - or perhaps I adjusted to it.

M: Thick sticky body, though not as much of either as Hunahpu. Low carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is incredibly well-hidden here. The beer disappears awfully quickly.

O: This is a very good adjunct stout. The comparisons to Cigar City's Hunahpu are inevitable. I found the Bomb! to have more chocolate presence and less vanilla, as well as not having the thick, glass-staining body. Missing the cinnamon and molasses of Hunahpu. But in its own right, this is a very good beer. And relatively easily obtained in convenient 12 oz. packaging to boot. Not likely to be the best you've ever had, but you owe it to yourself to try it.

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

Roasted malts, coffee, molasses, and hermit bars baking in the oven greet the nose, followed by a touch of smoke and licorice. Taste is a blast of waffles covered in maple syrup, followed by gustatory incarnations of the scent. A warm scintilla of booze and chilli pepper linger on the tongue... alcohol is well hidden for a 13 percenter. Mouth feel is a bit thinner than the flavor might suggest, but leaves nothing to be desired. One of the best stouts I've ever had, barrel-aged or not.

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Photo of DraftyBrew
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a chilled mug. Pours very dark with a chrimson tint. Smell is phenomenal, heavy with the smell of dried fruits, chilis, chocolate liqueur, which reminds me of eating the fruit filled See's candies. Sweet chocolate is the first flavor that hits your pallet, followed by a slight red wine booziness, ending with bitter coffee and the slightest smokey heat of chipotle chili peppers that builds with every drink. All in all a very tasty and interesting beer that deserves a go.

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Photo of NJBrews609
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had from the bottle

A - Black, opaque, minimal head.
S - Cinnamon, spice, chilies and some coffee.
T - follows the nose, the flavors come together very nicely. Chilies take a bit of a backseat to the rest of the adjuncts, finishing with a slight warming heat.
M - Medium to full bodied, moderate carb.
O - This is a great beer to be able to find on shelves fairly regularly. Extremely enjoyable but not a true standout in the category.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap, pours dark and opaque with chocolate and ruby highlights at the edges. Smell is vanilla, chocolate, coffee and dark, dried fruits--super complex and outstanding. Taste gets everything in there, with a very subtle warming from the chilies on the finish. Kind of genius, the chilies, and perfectly proportioned. Feel is a rich medium, just right for the style. Alcohol very well hidden. Maybe a little under-carbed.

A great, unique take on an imperial stout. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of akolb
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: chocolate, cinnamon, chiles, vanilla, a little alcohol. Very warm and rich.
Taste: Chocolate and coffee up front, with layers of vanilla, sweetness, and chiles following. The chiles are not aggressive but instead slowly build to up a warming aftertaste. A truly great stout, deserving of its reputation. Sweet, spicy, and luscious.

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Photo of rkmcdonal23
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Kicked the keg for a 64oz fill at Dallas Craft and Growler this afternoon. I feel like I won. One of the best stouts - period - I've ever had. Favors blend like paradise with the anchors bringing everything together. Zero heat from the peppers, just flavor. Pitch black, little or no head, oozing laces of deliciousness. Find it and drink it. Now.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark and luscious, this is a superb stout! It pours as dark as molasses with no head at all. The aroma thickens the glass with chocolate and coffee, with a subtle hint of pepper. It is hard to believe this is 13% Abv since it is so smooth.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is pitch black with a small caramel-colored head. The head leaves no lacing as it dissipates but settles into a nice golden ring around the top of the beer.

The aroma brings loads of sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and roasted coffee beans, with just a touch of alcohol. Just the faintest hint of chili peppers are lurking in the background, giving a nice little tingle to the nostrils.

The flavor has a ton of coffee up front, followed by a wave of sweet milk chocolate and faint vanilla. Finishes slightly charred, with a subtle touch of spicy chili peppers.

The feel is full bodied with lower carbonation. Incredibly rich and smooth. Has a fair amount of alcohol warmth and lingering heat from the chili peppers.

Overall, a fantastic imperial stout that really brings out the flavors and aromas it advertises. I'm not a fan at all of chili peppers in beer but it's done very subtly here and adds a nice spicy character to the beer without detracting from the coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Just an excellent stout.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appropriate name -- I am blown away. Nice dark stout pour but only the slightest of head. Residue after sip oozes thickly down the glass reminiscent of the old Blob movie. Nose is not huge considering all the flavor that follows, but hints at dark chocolate and vanilla bean. Taste is incredible, delivering what is promised on the label. Leads with some chocolate and coffee and finishes with vanilla bean and a tad of molasses. Dominant flavor seems to be the bitter vanilla, but there is plenty of other action going on too. The ancho comes in at the very end -- no heat, but a bit of spice and a touch of smoke. I also suspect the ancho is bringing out some of the other flavors. Bottom line -- one of the best stouts I have had -- might be time for a road trip to Tulsa.

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Photo of Bleer
3.84/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Maybe I should rate this beer since I don't like chili peppers....However, my take on this beer was that it was an amazing delicious stout that they unfortunately added chili peppers too. You don't notice the pepper until the aftertaste/finish. Not hot at all, just that oily pepper heat feeling.

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Photo of nfarhadi
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Made an account just to review this beer.

Poured into a pint glass, as I do not have any other beer glassware.

Look: Very dark brown color. Very thick, with no head. When held up to a light, no light passes through.

Smell: Lots of cocoa and vanilla. Smells absolutely delicious. Almost smells like something I would expect from a gourmet dessert.

Taste: Again, very dessert like. Lots of rich chocolate and vanilla flavors. Even though it is 13% ABV, you do not taste very much alcohol at all. Furthermore, you get a slight spiciness along with some coffee flavor as well. Definitely one of the best beers I have ever tasted.

Feel: Very creamy and rich.

Overall: Definitely one of the best, if not the best beer I have ever had. Absolutely delicious.

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BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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