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Prairie Coffee Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 90
Gots: 82 | 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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Reviews by MasterfulIdiot:
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Poured into an Ikea snifter. The pour produces the most unbelievable head for a beer of this ABV and in a snifter. It's two solid fingers thick, and stays for several minutes, and leaves plenty of lacing. I don't think I've ever seen an imperial stout with this thick of a head and with this much staying power. The head is a nice light brown, like cafe au lait. The liquid is totally black, with not even so much as a hint of mahogany. Even better than what I would hope a beer like this would look like.

Aroma is coffee, some chocolate, and then a little lactic tartness. The coffee flavor isn't overly roasty, (too much roastiness without actual coffee flavor is a pitfall I find all-too-often in coffee beers - and in actual coffee, for that matter!) instead, it's earthy and fruity. Just a hint of barrel character, with some understated vanilla and cinnamon notes.

Flavor follows the nose with a fruity coffee flavor complimented by some dark fruit notes from what I imagine is the base beer. The finish has hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Underneath it all there's a hint of a charred flavor, which, even though it's not a flavor I like very much, works well with everything else, since it's not so noticeable as to overwhelm. Very complex, where every sip tastes a bit different depending on what flavor you focus on. Like the nose, the flavor doesn't scream barrel character, but it's there, lurking on the finish.

Holy crap this may be the absolute silkiest beer I have ever tasted. The body is fairly thick, but it is somehow so soft and smooth that it doesn't feel syrupy or sticky. The thick head always lets a little bit of itself in with every sip. The beer somehow gives you a couple seconds to bask in the creaminess of the mouthfeel before some slight prickliness from the tiny bubbles comes in. An absolutely stunning mouthfeel.

Overall, a really incredible beer. Maybe the best coffee beer I've ever had, and one of the best BA stouts I've ever had. Just great on every level. Would love to have it again.

MasterfulIdiot, Jun 02, 2014
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Pours a nice, medium-brown sticky head, with very good retention and thick lacing. Brew is super dark black, with hints of purple.

Aroma: dark, over-roasted black coffee instantly springs to mind, with a slightly tart oak barrel behind. Coffee beans, grapes, cream, oak. A hint of chocolate.

The nose may not be overly complex, but everything is present in the flavor. Dark black coffee (French roast? Difficult to say), vanilla, chocolate malt, roasted barley, cream, with whiskey, hay, and oak on the back end. Surprisingly subdued from the BA aspect; not at all surprisingly strong on the coffee side.

Very thick and chewy mouthfeel; lively with minimal sting; full, full bodied. Slight foaming, and slight heat. Excellent!

This is a complex BA coffee stout that seems to do everything very well. The coffee flavor is very strong without overpowering everything else; the barrel adds complexity without dominating; more traditional stout flavors are present. Very nice beer.

Thanks to JayORear for providing this excellent beer.

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Prairie Coffee Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
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