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Prairie Vanilla Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 566
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 51.16%
Wants: 146
Gots: 128 | FT: 16
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopsMatt on 12-11-2013

Imperial Stout Aged in Oak Whiskey Barrels with Vanilla Beans
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Photo of Pete_IV
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know to not rate beers that are really not at their premium but this infected vanilla is quite tasty. I could only imagine a clean bottle. A little funk makes this heavy stout quite smooth

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Photo of HopSavant
1.41/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Clearly one of the notoriously infected bottles. Acidic--tart cherries and funk throughout. Oddly, taste is okay given the circumstances. Since this isn't Prairie's intent, however, I have to hammer it on the rating.

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Photo of mbmiche
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Infected unfortunately. Still some vanilla and decent base. Mildly sour with a dark bitter aftertaste. Probably really solid if you get a good one!

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer, as I thought the vanilla (there's a lot of it) and the whiskey barrel aging blended very well together. Also, was drinking this with a cheese selection, and that seems to really bring out a huge chocolate component as well. A very fun beer to drink, with a lot of coffee, whiskey, vanilla and chocolate showing at this point.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Prairie Dino Glass.

Pours a deep brown, opaque body with a chocolate colored head that reduces slowly and leaves nice retention and lacing.

The aromas definitely indicate infection, lacto, funk, sour grapes, some coffee and chocolate.

On the tongue.. well, it's infected. If this were a sour stout I'd rate it as such, but tonight I was expecting a rich, vanilla forward imperial stout. Instead I got tart cherries, funk, leather, coffee, chocolate, no vanilla.

Mouthfeel is thin, which I'm assuming is due to infection. Medium carbonation.

Honestly this wouldn't have been a terrible American Wild or sour stout, but that wasn't the original intention and there's really no vanilla or heavy stout character here.

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Photo of Intelbeerlord
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Poured from a bottle on 8/28 into a Prairie Teku

A: Pours a pitch black. Head is the color of Chocolate milk

S: Hints of vanilla abound with your typical stout -like aromas of coffee and chocolate. Great smelling beer

T: Vanilla tones with a slight whiskey taste. Hints of oak

M: Great big body, heavy mouth feel and medium carbonation.

O: Great beer. Maybe even my favorite as of this first tasting of it. Definitely ISO another bottle. Heard some were infected, glad my wasn't.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out black. Chocolate milk colored head. Stout base is redolent of chocolate and coffee aromas. The nose hints at vanilla, and has a pronounced bourbon barrel character. The flavor has big roasted malts, although I don't get an outright coffee flavor or chocolate. Vanilla comes out more in the flavor than in the smell. Bourbon barrel gives a bit of sour-ish heavy oak. Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and creamy. This is solid, but I'm not crazy about the barrel and vanilla combo on this one.

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Photo of mothman
2.03/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Tan head with some lace. Color is black.

Flavor profile: Fairly roasted. Has a burnt like tar flavor. Reminds me of Mikeller black hole beers which all suck. Vanilla is no where to be found. The barrel flavors are very faint because of all the flavors that I don't like in this beer. Cigar smoke in the aftertaste. Just not enjoyable.

Moutfeel: Roasted and burnt. Full bodied.

Overall, I don't like this beer at all. The worst prairie beer I have had yet.

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Photo of Wayne17
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Appearance - Dark Brown, not much of a head to speak of
Smell - Vanilla for sure, metal, brett, dark roasted malts, hint of bourbon
Taste - Metallic, funky, hint of vanilla
Mouthfeel - Thin for a stout but I don't mind that, medium carbonation
Overall - Had 2 bottles and once on tap and every time it smelled and tasted strongly of brettanomyces. I'm sure that was not intended and it really distracted me from trying to pin point any other flavors really. I hope they attempt this one again so that I might get to experience the brewers intended beer. Until then I can only rate based on my experience (x3).

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Photo of zac16125
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Prairie Vanilla Noir
12oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

Thanks to Narthax for sending this one over via trade

A: Pours opaque black with 1.5 fingers width of tan colored head which has good retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Coffee, milk chocolate, a nutty character, and lots of vanilla. Barrel notes are fairly subtle but are present with a whiskey booze aroma, and I also get some vinous dark fruit notes. Really like the big vanilla character here.

T: Chocolate, roasty, lots of vanilla. Barrel notes with oak and an almost harsh whiskey character. Some bitterness.

M/D: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, ABV well restrained but overall a bit harsh which limits drinkability.

O: Overall, not bad but a bit disappointing. Worth a try though.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Shared by Sasha - thanks.

Silver/grey wax on a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours black with a solid 1" tan head which fades slowly and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Whiskey, vanilla, roast, oaky.

T: Boozy, oaky, roasty, whiskey with vanilla. Slightly sweet.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Rich, roasty, vanilla and whiskey soaked finish.

O: If you like your whiskey a little bit sweet with vanilla, then this is for you. Not for me.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from an awesome BA @beerboy9960.

A - black thick liquid with a nice 1" mocha head. Lacing sticks and hangs around but dissipate.

S - wonderful vanilla bean with some rye and boozy notes. Some dark chocolate, coffee, earthy tones as well.

T - vanilla bean with a rye boozy finish. Not bad.

M - mild-medium carbonation but not too viscous and a crisp boozy finish.

O - glad I didn't get a bad one. This was a great stout with a nice mix of favors.

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Photo of nc41
1.12/5  rDev -71.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The worst craft offering I've ever had. Bmc stuff is bland this was just bad. Worst nose on any beer I've ever had, tasted medicinal more than anything. Really a drain pour of a beer with no redeeming values. Mediocre would be a huge leap. Vanilla? Where?

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into Hoppin' Frog snifter. A big thanks to frenchblood21!

Opaque, black elixir, thick two-finger mocha head, lacing all over the place.

The first whiff gets you huge barrel and not much else. Further olfactory inspection reveals mild vanilla, subtle char and sweet malt.

The barrel predominates, not much whiskey, but just wood. Sweet malt and vanilla. A bit of a mess.

Over carbonated with medium-light body; sticky.

A bit disappointing when compared to their other selections. A nice extra, tho.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours pitch black and rather thick out of the bottle. A sizable head that is chocolatey brown forms at about 3 fingers and retains very well. Lacing is also very good.

S- The scent of this beer starts off with bang of dark malts and a touch of hops bitterness mixed in there. Right after the slight bitter quality of the hops, the vanilla is evident, providing a slight sweetness underneath the entire scent. The vanilla sweetness leads into a little bit of bourbon barrel spiciness and oak smell before trailing off.

T- Starts off with the traditional dark malts and burnt flavor of any imperial stout with just a touch of underlying barrel flavor. Bourbon and oak flavors add a little bit of spiciness under the malt before the vanilla sweetness kicks in. The vanilla flavor takes over the middle part of the drink, blending with the malts and barrel flavors to sweeten and balance the beer. The lingering taste on the tongue is a pretty delicious blend of vanilla, dark malts, barrel flavors, and just a touch of hops bitterness.

M- Thick and fairly smooth on the palate. A surprising amount of carbonation limits the smoothness and creaminess. Alcohol is undetectable and the sweetness from the vanilla really lends this beer to easy drinking for an imperial.

Overall, much better than its base version. The vanilla adds a certain level of complexity that the plain Noir lacks and the barrel is a perfect compliment.

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Photo of carrionricardo
1/5  rDev -74.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

INFECTION CITY. THIS ONE WAS A VANILLA BOMB WHEN I FIRST HAD IT BUT 3 month later metal,funky,highly carbonated in all it's glory INFECTION!!!
Smells of wet penny's
Appearance was black with a huge head very over carbed
Taste was terrible,like a 20year old Hershey kiss wrapped in cast iron
Overall just want to get the word out.

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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud.

Nice darker creamy darker colored head, inky dark colored beer.

Nose big sweet malts, candy, caramel and chocolate, ok vanilla but not a ton, nice cocoa though, decent creamy note.

Taste brings great vanilla, little sweet malt, toasty, little creamy choc and cocoa, little caramel like syrup,

Mouth med to heavier bod, nice carb, smooth, touch of warming booze.

Overall pretty nice.

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Photo of raynmoon
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this is in a trade and was excited to try it. Had heard some were infected but the flavor combination sounded like a must-try.

Right when I cracked the cap it started to foam out and all over the counter... uh oh. It ended up being fine but when poured the beer had a huge fluffy head that never went away. Reminded me of a Port /Lost Abbey beer.

Smell... first wiff... lactobacillus... or perhaps brettanomyces... funk... tart, dry, chalky funk. With some underlying chocolate. Not sweet. Just... dry and funky and lactic.

The taste was basically the same, tart and funky; total turn off. It had some redeeming roasty, chocolate tones underneath, but even the base of this beer was disappointing. No barrelm, no vanilla. Or berhaps the vanilla was so sweet and fake that it disguised itself as an infection.

the Mouthfeel was fine. Medium, high carbonation; Weird.

Overall... ugh. That is all.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vanilla and roasted malt notes with some light coffee notes and bourbon. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt notes with plenty of coffee and vanilla with nice bourbon finish. Body is full with nice rich creamy body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Smooth drinking with plenty of complexity but I still think I prefer the chiles in the original version.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to stillmatic2232, thanks man.

Pours a very dark black, with a quickly receding half inch head, that leaves a film on top of the beer. Only a little bit of lacing.

Smells strongly of vanilla, and additionally, roasted malt, oak, and strong whiskey flavors.

The flavor has an odd and lingering bitterness that I didn't expect. It's a bit woody and roasty at the same time, and dominates the beer when it's cold. As it warms, the vanilla flavor comes more to the forefront. It becomes more smooth, with some chocolate, and lots of roasted malt. There's a bit of boozy burn, understandable given the 11.5% ABV.

Medium bodied, could be a little thicker. Creamy, thick, smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

The woody bitterness and the alcohol burn keep this one from being great, but it's still a very good BA stout.

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Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros and Threelions.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice motor oil hue with a thin mocha head that leaves thin halo and wisps.

S - Aromas of nice chocolate notes the vanilla is relatively quiet, there but subdued.

T - Taste is nice chocolate with strong vanilla on the taste. Vanilla bomb, ABV hidden very eel. Good vanilla and chocolate very nicer.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with the alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty, nice vanilla notes.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, silver wax
Deschutes TEKU

A: pours a deep brown but glass is black. Lots of carbonation. Two full fingers of light tan head. Sticks around a while. Lacing sheeting.

S: lots of sweet vanilla malt, almost milk shake like. Really masks any true bourbon heat. Smells delicious. Light roast.

T: bitter chocolate. Don't know if it's infection, or just odd metallic flavors. Vanilla bean is there underneath it all. More booze than from the nose. Lingers on the back of the palate and throat. Vanilla bean on the tongue for a while.

M: full bodied. Creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of kingston2
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad but not up to par with PB and BB. A bit thin and a bit astringent. Not as big a mouthfeel as the others. Vanilla which usually wins me over in these stouts misses the mark jus a bit in this one. Don't think it was infected but just seemed off a bit.

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Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Fully opaque black in color. Forms a very large, bubbly, deep, dark tan colored head. Pretty good retention, as it eventually falls to a thick crema-like head. Some moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is different. A good different, but different none-the-less. First hit is the whiskey barrel. Whiskey and wood. Then there is a vinous quality, much like red wine. Coffee, dark malts, mild sweetness and a hint of vanilla.

T: The taste starts off much like the aroma. Whiskey dominates the flavor over everything else. Unfortunately, the whiskey has a harshness to it and is not at all smooth. Some dark malts and burnt coffee. Reminiscent of an Irish Coffee. Some very light vanilla notes. Alcoholic.

M: Full bodied, but feels quite a bit thinner than it should. Alcoholic heat. Mild bitterness. Harsh, scratchy, and rough around the edges.

O: Well this is an interesting beer if nothing else. Certainly not the world class beer I was expecting, but it is an interesting blend of flavors. Unfortunately the whiskey is harsh and abrasive - exactly how you don't want whiskey to be - which translates to a beer than was likely smoother and more cohesive before it hit the barrel than when is came out.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Silver wax capped 12oz bottle from BeerMeDuffMan (thanks man!). No bottle/batch date but I believe this was a late 2013 release. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

It may be worth mentioning that there was a significant amount of rust on the cap and I fear it was also brown rust sediment that I wiped from the mouth of the bottle. Pours plack with a finger and a half dark khaki head that fades pretty quickly. Almost no lace.

Overall a good aroma. Vanilla, slight oak barrel, roast and a faint "offness".

Flavors seem inconsistent. They come in waves, not all of them positive. Bitter burnt roast, slightly off barrel funk, vanilla bean, cocoa, semi sour dark fruit, charred coffee grounds and a little alcohol. I never detected any flavors that I would call whiskey. Admittedly there is very little perceivable booze and an authentic, pleasing vanilla but the lack of whiskey character, near over-bearing bitterness of the burnt roast and (worst of all) the notes of sour barrel funk keep this from coming close to what I think it could/should be.

Chalky, medium full feel with mild carbonation. Bitter, slight funk and mild vanilla aftertaste.

While I applaud the authentic vanilla flavor, which is what I was most looking forward to, this was a fail. No hint of whisky, overly bitter and an unfortunate semi sour funk that really detracted fromy enjoyment. A missed opportunity by Prairie and a real shame.

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