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Vanilla Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

90 Reviews
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Reviews: 90
Hads: 711
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 41.52%
Wants: 188
Gots: 196 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 11.50% 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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Reviews: 90 | Hads: 711
Reviews by cjoc83:
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3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Never had batch one but wow batch 2 is delicious. Pours a black with a tan head. Really nice whiskey vanilla nose balancing each other out. The body is roasty and sweet with a good amount of vanilla. The whiskey is hardly noticeable and doesn't drink like an 11.5%. The mouthfeel is very smooth and this is just delicious overall.

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Photo of smb
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, nothing shines through even when held to the light. Maintains a tiny mocha head. Aroma is vanilla for days, as well as subtle whiskey and oak, a pleasure to smell. Taste is heavy on the vanilla but not quite vanilla-bomb status, light chocolate in the mix, as well as some whiskey and woodiness from the oak.

Can really feel the whiskey and a slight cloying sweetness from the vanilla. Pretty thin feel on the drink down. Overall, this is a decadent and tasty ba vanilla imperial stout, although just a little boozy and thin. Could definitely see this one benefiting from some age as well.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of TheWildWes
4.98/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Meyers1023
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured completely black with very little head if any. Smell is whiskey, vanilla, and some wood. Flavor follows suit and has so much going on. The vanilla is very present, you get roasted malt, oak wood, and finishes with a light whiskey flavor. The feel is thick , almost like syrup but works well with all the flavors. This is a great beer, very hard to find but worth looking for.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Vanilla Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.