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Prairie Coffee Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 92
Gots: 83 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Chardman on 12-24-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

DutchcdnTEXAN, Today at 02:41 AM
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4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whenever I open something from Prairie Artisan's barrel aged stout series, I expect perfection. Why not? Most of their non-regular offerings are phenomenal. That said, it hard to accurately rate what might be considered a "best of" from a lesser brewery. Coffee Noir is not quite what I would have hoped for. The coffee doesn't shine. It's a bit boozy. The acidity is a little high. The carbonation is a bit strong. However, given what I expect from these guys, I'm being overly critical. This is an outstanding beer. It looks beautiful, with a thick head and lots of lace, dark and black. The aroma is wonderful, a spectacular blend of fruit, dark caramel, and oak. Despite the alcohol, it really doesn't drink like an 11.5 ABV beer. The body is big and rich. The finish is long with a rich bittersweet chocolate end. Yes, it's not perfect. It's not even the best that Prairie has. But it will likely beat the pants off of anything but the best Imperial stouts.

Note: Despite what you may have heard about issues with infected Prairie stouts, I drank this beer about 7 months after purchase (probably a month longer than I would have wanted) and the cap showed signs of rust. There was absolutely not problem with this beer.

LittleDon, Today at 01:58 AM
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance-(3.75) Pitch black with very think mocha head produced. Tons of sediment at the bottom.

Aroma- (4) Roasted malt and dark chocolate evident at first. Some whisky, sweet, syrup aromas in there too.

Taste- (4.25) Dark chocolate and roasty malts big at first like the nose. In the middle the whisky is most noticeable, which then helps transition into a sweeter finish. As a whole this get sweeter as it warms up, which ends up knocking this out of balance. I'd prefer to have the roasty/dark choclate qualities to balance the whisky sweetness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable at first, but subsides quickly.

Feel- (5) Thick and chewy, but not too lingering at all. Very nice mouthfeel to this. Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation as well.

Overall- (4.2) I was a bit confused as my label said prairie noir, but it clearly was the coffee noir bottle design. I'm assuming a misprint must have happened. A little confusing, but that doesn't detract from this being a great beer. Great whisky flavors with a roasty malt and chocolate that sweeten as its warms, which really is the only down sides as it loses the roasty/bitter balance from the beginning. (92/100)

CTbrew32, Aug 18, 2014
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Prairie Coffee Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.