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Prairie Vanilla Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Vanilla NoirPrairie Vanilla Noir

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 16.04%
Wants: 142
Gots: 124 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Stout Aged in Oak Whiskey Barrels with Vanilla Beans

(Beer added by: HopsMatt on 12-11-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice vanilla presence all around.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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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4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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2.85/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured into a purple-logo Prairie bell tulip. Room temperature. Dark brown-black color, topped with a foamy tan head that receded to a thick ringlet, lacing the glass; some floaties in suspension, possibly vanilla "seeds"? After breathing for a while, there was a good amount of vanilla in the aroma, sweet, with undertones of roasty malts, and something vaguely herbal. The taste was kind of a let-down. Roasty malts up front, raw cocoa bitterness, vegetal, earthy, fusel alcohol, vanilla bean as a distant afterthought, somewhat drowned out by the roast, bitterness, and booze. Also a slight sour milk component that seemed to indicate it was on the way to infection. Regardless, it was way too bitter for a stout. Mouthfeel was boozy and somewhat thinned out, drying; body was medium. Overall okay, but nothing special.

Don't ask what I traded for this one...I should've known better.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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Prairie Vanilla Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
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