Prairie Vanilla Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales
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3.84/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Finally got around to opening one of these up. No sign of infection or rust on the inner cap. Only aroma from the bottle is vanilla.
A - Pours opaque black, as expected. A thin tan head that recedes fairly quickly. Pure darkness.
S - Mostly vanilla with a hint of oak barrel (no bourbon) and a touch of roastiness.
T - Vanilla leads the way on this one. Finishes with a little bit of roasted flavor and oak. Nice, but nothing compared to their other offerings. Small amount of bitterness on the side of the tongue.
M - Thinner than expected considering the style. I would put it at medium. I am surprised by the carbonation that finishes and the heat in the throat.
O - A solid offering but I will always take Coffee Noir or Bomb! over this.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 02:42:32 | More by tpgraham
4.3/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
awesome tweak on an already sensational brew. the vanilla here is not subtle in the least, and dominates the aroma and flavor of this beer, especially in the finish. its not too much though, since noir is already such an enormous stout, that it actually tempers the bitterness of the malt, smooths the alcohol intensity, and adds a complimentary layer to the chocolate cake flavor and texture of the base beer. rich and frothy look, not black but a sturdy brown, milkshake tan head, no let down. it smells like dessert, more vanilla than stout, but the bitterness of the roast still comes through. its alluring, i already know this texture, its like bomb almost, a little less thick, but in that vein. enormous vanilla flavors to this, more like extract than beans, it both softens the sting of the booze, but amplifies its flavor, especially after the swallow. noir doesnt need vanilla to be world class, but its addition makes it even more special and unique. i could drink a 750 ml of noir no problem, not sure i would want more than a 12 oz bottle of the vanilla edition, but i certainly think this is lovely stuff. prairie is just on fire this year.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2014 16:40:19 | More by StonedTrippin
Prairie Vanilla Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.