ryanfolty (1872) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 5, 2013 - bottle via trade from Matt. Black pour with nice amount of light tan head that faded relatively quickly and spotty lacing. Aroma was chocolate, coffee, spice and veggies. Taste was dominated by the coffee and roasted malt with some chocolate and vanilla in there. A nice amount of spice lingered in the background and in the finish. Finish also had some veggie / peppers and was somewhat dry. Little bit of carbonation and medium bodied. Thanks Matt!
mattwilliams81 (33) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black, very thin tan head. Aroma has lots of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste is similar but with good vanilla flavor as well as a lingering, though not overpowering, spiciness at the finish. Nicely balanced sweetness and bitterness. Thick and full-bodied. Tremendous beer.
Concealer (810) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque black with a foamy tan head. Laces on side and head around the edges stay for a long while. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and spicy chili peppers. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and chili. Sweet at first with a semi bitter end and spicy bite. Lingering coffee and chocolate. Full bodied and smooth.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle gold waxed bottle served in a Prairie Artisan Ales snifter. Big thanks to beerboy9960 for sending a few of these gems my way.
A: Pours dark black color with a thick dark tan head forming on the pour. it recedes to a thick collar and thin film that leaves a sticky webbing of lace down the glass.
S: Wow. Absolutely delicious. Lots of sweet cinnamon, milk chocolate and fresh ground coffee beans. Sweet vanilla as well with some very light pepper on the back end. Mild roasted malts throughout, but the adjuncts really make up the bulk of the nose.
T: Unfortunately, the taste doesn’t quite live up to the deliciousness of the nose, but it’s still very good. The vanilla is slightly artificial, but the coffee and cocoa nibs mask it mostly. The peppery qualities come through a lot more in the taste with some fleshy heat. Roasted malts with some light bitter bakers chocolate. The booze is non-existent on this guy. Extremely well hidden.
M: Heavier mouthfeel with a thick and chewy texture. The carbonation is medium with a sweet, roasted and slightly spicy finish.
O: Outstanding work from Prairie. This is the real deal and I’m so glad I’ve got a three left from the trade. The booze is extremely well hidden and the mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Will have again soon.
Serving type: bottle
tectactoe (2060) - Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2014 [Bottle / Batch 1] Thanks, Dave! Deep black, only some dark brown at the very top with a beige head that settles to a collar rather quickly. Aroma is full of roasty coffee beans, some sweet chocolate, light vanilla, and some smooth toasted malt. Not much chili pepper, but it smells great. Full, robust, & well-integrated. Taste is very nice; good dense coffee beans up front, roasty and sharp. Lights underlying cocoa beans, not as sweet as the nose seemed but still very smooth. Mild vanilla with only the most faint chili pepper tingle in the very back of the throat. 14% ABV? No way. So smooth and very tasty. Great balance between the ingredients, very tasty.
[Bottle / Batch 2] Also thanks to Dave. Didn’t notice much difference between the first two batches. I could argue that the chilies were a little more dominant in the second batch, but not my a large margin. Still just as delicious!
[Bottle / Batch 3] Thanks, Jason! A very nice smoothness to this batch, more coffee than I remember with a big roasted cocoa bean mid-section. Lots of chili flavor but without the normal burn/tingle that you get in the throat. Interest, very tasty... possibly the best batch I’ve had.
[Bottle / Batch 5] Thanks, Jason! Definitely the most chili-heavy batch, (possibly due to the freshness of the beer, too) but it never gets overwhelming. More chocolate & dark cocoa flavors in this one, too... Did they use less coffee? Also very smooth & well integrated, just like the rest. This beer can do no wrong!
Pailhead (4932) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Dave
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and like peppers. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring. The flavor starts with milk and dark chocolate. The finish has moderate roasted coffee and vanilla. There’s just a touch of pepper that tingles the tongue. There is no sign of the 14%. It’s medium bodied with somewhat soft carbonation and mouthfeel.
Steasy66 (892) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Burnt umber, tiny tan head. Nose is intense with pepper, vanilla, and coffee. Tons of coffee upfront with a little tingle, finish is all vanilla. Really well crafted beer but too much coffee for me.
AndyW68 (1119) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best. Black pour with deep beige head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Taste follows nose. Creamy goodness. Accidently tasted some chipolte pumpkin salsa with it. Holy crap that is a goos pairing.
PhillyCraft (3344) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2013 Bottle, shared with Bill, pours deep black with thin beige head, light lace. Aromas of milk chocolate, rich chili, wet bourbon wood, and bitter coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, espresso, light metallic, vanilla, chalk, molasses, fudge. Medium to fuller body with sticky mouthfeel. Well done Russian imperial. Tastes like fresh hunah without as much burn. Cheers.
jcartamdg (2033) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with no head. Aroma of roast, peppers, chocolate. Taste is roasty coffee, peppers, chocolate and vanilla. Very nice, much better as it warmed
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