boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured dark brownish with red highlights and a nice forming light, tan head. Nice cherry and acidic lactic notes with mocha coffee and cocoa. Hints of oak and burnt grains with ash and mild oxidation. Dark fruits dominated this one with a nice warming alcohol note.
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíd been told by people I trust that this was a good beer Iíd like. Iím gonna have to disagree with them. It pours dark reddish brown with a beige head. The aroma has wood, toffee caramel toast and alcohol (wonít be the last time this word is in the review). It has a medium / full body thatís quite thick and sticky with a low amount of carbonation. The flavor start with big woodiness, syrupy sweetness, caramel, raisins, heavy alcohol, apple tartness and pepper. The finish has more apple and raisin as well as a water aspect to the taste and an onslaught of alcohol booziness. Apparently there are a lot of people that like this, so I guess to many this is a good beer, but this was certainly down the lines of what I like.
conway (2021) - - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours cola color with a thin off white head. Aroma is mostly oak with lots of fruity sweetness, maybe raspberry and cherry. Taste follows suit and adds some deep port, vanilla and spice notes. Chocolate notes on the finish. Oily palate with a surprising amount of carbonation. Slightly buttery. This is really tasty and warning.
Prufrockstar (1500) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2015 Bottle, acquired in trade(s) -- thanks, J and M! Pours deep and dark with ample creamy white head, loads of nice lacing. Aroma is full of apples and booze. Cherries as well, and some vanilla, but everything is just soaked in booze. Like a boozy fig/cherry/apple fruitcake or something. This aroma is actually a bit off-putting. Taste: Booze-soaked fruits. Astringent. In the words of my wife: "Itís tangy. Yuck. Do I have to drink this?" No, honey, Iíll provide you something else, but Iím going down with this ship. Palate: full body, slick and oily texture. As the beer goes on (and on and on ... wow, thereís still half a bottle left? This is a chore ...) and Iíve acclimated a bit itís more tolerable, but still ... wow, do not like this.
jbeatty (1199) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to Justin, 01/15/2014. Pours dark earthy brown, huge frothy head with great retention. Aroma is toffee fudge, brown sugar, light vanilla and candied fruit, subtle vinous finish, mild tartness. Taste is moderately tart candied fruit, brown sugar and Christmas spices, cola, vinous oak. Medium body. Not quite sure if the barrel treatment works for me, but alright in the end.
jcnielsen (2585) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with off white head. Oak, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel aromas. Caramel, dark fruit, slight oak, slight boozy flavors. Alright, but probably my least favorite Prairie beer Iíve had.
rdixon77 (1581) - Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks drowland for the share. Great Unchristmas beer. Copper color. Aroma of fruit, caramel, oak, sugar, red wine. Taste was also complex with stronger sweet caramel and molasses, cinnamon, booze and a touch of sour. Crisp mouthfeel.
Terminus (3349) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at cuginos floorisant MO jan 2014
Pours almost black with a fizzy tan head and sparse lacing. Nose is woody oaky slightly salty metallic chocolate nibs. Flavors are choclate woody slightly salty coca. Hmm. Body seems thin yet hides the abv very well. No heat whatsoever. Finish is long woody chocolate and caramel. Like a wood aged tootsie roll or something. Finish is actually very dry was not expecting that at all. The wood really shines on the finish. Solid but I prefer Prairies belgian offerings.
wlajwl (4618) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is dark fruit, barrel aging/fruit, raspberries, malts and a good hint of tartness. The flavor is raspberries, malts, mild/medium sweetness, dark fruit and an acidic and a warming alcoholic finish.
drowland (6841) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/12/13. 500mL bottle from Johnís. Thanks, pepsican. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Nice aroma, seems barrel aged as opposed to oak, sweet booziness, vanilla, nice sweetness, a touch of funk and tartness. Nice flavor as well, lightly sweet, oak, vanilla, touches of roast, light funk and tartness.