Prairie Vanilla Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales
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Reviews by cjoc83:
3.49/5 rDev -12.8%
12oz bottle with grey wax recieved in a trade from my man Jon in Texas. Thanks a bunch dude!
A - Pours jet black with a light to moderate viscosity into my Ommegang tulip. Light pour brings about a hefty 3 finger mocha colored head that doesn't stick around long and leaves no lace as expected. Appears over-carbonated and a bit thin.
S - The nose seems kind of muted... Definitely big vanilla notes front and center, with some roasted malt, cocoa powder, slight chocolate. The whiskey and barrel character is there, but you have to dig for it. Hmm.
T - Some slightly bitter coffee and big vanilla sweetness hit the tongue first, giving way to roasted malts, brown sugar, and powdery cocoa before finishing off with more vanilla, and some slight whiskey and charred oak. Nicely balanced, but the flavors are a bit subdued, they don't pop like you would expect in an imperial stout to. I was expecting more from a barrel aged stout, especially one with such a high rating.
M - Creamy, a bit over-carbonated though. A little thin for the 11.5 abv. On the upside it's quite easy drinking. Alcohol is well masked.
O - Nice stuff, but not without some glaring flaws. I would have liked more barrel character and the mouthfeel left a lot to be desired. Vanilla notes are great, and it's well balanced, but there's definitely room for improvement. A nice quaff but not worth the $8 price tag. Hopefully Coffee Noir is a bit better.
03-09-2014 00:36:43 | More by cjoc83
More User Reviews:
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
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