Prairie Vanilla Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales
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Reviews by DelMontiac:
4.36/5 rDev +9%
I was lucky enough to find a couple of cases of Vanilla Noir right around the corner from where I live at Plaza Wine and Spirits. I didn't buy it all...but I thought about it. I sure as hell bought enough of it though, lol!
I poured Vanilla Noir into a Bodum mouth-blown double-walled 13oz glass. The body is about as black as they come and covered with a gingerbread-colored two-finger dense head. Lace was off the chart making a nearly solid sheet of microbubbles all the way down. A thing of beauty.
Nose is loaded with vanilla bean, dark chocolate, bubbling brown sugar, and big booze. Mmm-mmm.
Note that this beer should be near room temp, only slightly cool. It requires time to open up. There's much to miss if it's very cold. The vanilla is huge here - wonder how it will be in a year's time. Bitter dark chocolate, burnt brown sugar, burnt marshmellow, and a lot of booze are all in your face at once. But it's that vanilla that keeps on giving. The alcohol is not covered as well as I would like and it comes in hard and hot at this point in time. It's definitely a sipper. I'll keep some in the cellar and check again down the road.
Feel seems thin for a barrel aged stout, but the smooth tiny carb bubbles make up for it. It's very sticky, however.
I wish I could give Vanilla Noir a better score, but right now it's still fairly fresh to the bottle. There's no telling how it will develop, but I feel if the vanilla hangs in there then we'll likely see some improvement overall. It's a very good beer.
02-19-2014 01:22:00 | More by DelMontiac
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4.98/5 rDev +24.5%
This beer pours dark with a carmel head that dissipates eventually. It's beautiful and almost has a dark, dark, mahogany color when held to the light.
The smell is unbelievable with vanilla, chocolate, and a roasted note coming through.
The beer coats your mouth and is very smooth. You get a hit of chocolate and vanilla up front and the whiskey starts to set in as the beer finishes.
I have enjoyed a few of these and find myself enjoying them more each time I have one. The perfect stout.
01-08-2014 01:36:38 | More by TheWildWes
4.19/5 rDev +4.8%
A- dark brown/mahogany with a thin brown head that fades quickly.
S- vanilla, Irish whiskey, rye, pepper, oak, tobacco, with a bit of smokiness
T- vanilla, smoked grains, rye, harsh spices, bourbon, fire wood, bakers chocolate
M- thinner body for an imperial stout, medium carbonation.
O- pretty complex flavor and aroma. If you are expecting a sweet vanilla ice cream stout this is not the one. The only downfall is the thin body and weak head retention.
01-25-2014 00:47:45 | More by AdamF625
3.18/5 rDev -20.5%
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black with some transparency. Small khaki head.
Smell - Tons of vanilla. Milk chocolate. A little bit of barrel, but not a ton.
Taste - Vanilla right up front. Dark chocolate. Oaky. There's a sharp, almost green pepper flavor. Off-putting.
Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium body.
Overall - The aftertaste isn't pleasant, but it does smell incredible.
01-28-2014 03:25:58 | More by Alieniloquium
4.44/5 rDev +11%
Pours an effervescent ebony with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Sheets of lacing & very nice head retention
S: Vanilla & Bourbon
T: Follows the nose, caramel, dryness & faint roastyness up front, plus dark chocolate. More vanilla, a bit of caramel with dryness, a touch of smoke & booze as this warms, plus more oaky dryness. Finishes with vanilla & caramel sweetness & oakyness
MF: Chewy, low carbonation, so smooth
Drinks extremely easy, the ABV is extremely well masked, another great stout from Prairie,. I will pick some up to age if I get the chance
01-13-2014 06:01:00 | More by russpowell
Prairie Vanilla Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.