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Prairie Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 690
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 28.19%
Wants: 189
Gots: 193 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chocosushi on 12-24-2012

Prairie Noir is our bourbon barrel aged imperial oatmeal stout. We brew this beer with a huge amount of oats to give it an ever so silky mouth feel. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and toasted marshmallow can be found in the flavor and aroma of this beer. Notes of whiskey and carmel are also packed into this beer.
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this was a killer beer, probably the bottle i have been holding on to longest in my cellar. it might be batch one, still in the format pictured here, but listed at 9% abv on the label. Its aged well, a little faint oxidation on the nose beneath the fluffy creamy tan head. it smells more mature than anything though, no heat at all. flavor is very rich velvety molten chocolate thing going on. the whiskey is really influential here, vanilla and barrel char in with all the chocolate flavor, you would almost swear there is cocoa in this. the integration of the many layers is whats most impressive, and i wonder if this is a product of the time in the cellar or if its just that well done. caramels and toasted almonds go right in with the chocolate, and the wood is heavy and wet still. not a trace of the alcohol strength here, and despite a mild dusty, just inching past its prime, sort of vibe to it, i cant help but be impressed. its so much less goopy thick in texture and sticky sweet than a lot of these, less of a kitchen sink thing, more calculated and artful than that. the oats give it plenty of body, but the heaviness isnt there at all, especially with this level of carbonation. glad i hung onto this one so long, it made an excellent preshow beverage before dead and company last night up in broomfield. i wish i had another one, but now keen to try this fresh. do they still make it?

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: barrel woody notes, smokey malty, oatmeal and dark fruits.
Black and opaque, with a cocoa colored thick head.
semi sweet toasted oak nose.
Full body.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another great beer from PAA! Typically, deep black look that is expected with a imperial stout. Heavy whiskey smell. Strong cocoa, whiskey, and tobacco taste. Slight vanilla taste as well. I love how most Prairie whiskey, bourbon, or rum barrel aged beers feel...and this one is no exception. Very thin and smooth.

Overall, I can't help but love most barrel-aged brews I have from Prairie. A great beer, that I can't get enough of!!!

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Photo of lochraneg
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received in Trade

Look: Pours black, little to no head
Smell: Bourbon, cocoa
Taste: Bourbon, Cocoa, toasty malts
Feel: Medium body
Overall: I liked this one a lot, a good trade and a great beer from Prairie

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Photo of justinp444
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip it has a inch thick darker beige head with a black body. Smell is of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, slight slight coconut, with a bit of the faint oatmeal stout smell but not as metallic or over the top. Taste is fresh roasted coffee beans, chocolate, vanilla, oak, a bit of oats, fudge-y, a nice somewhat overly dry bourbon and alcohol flavor as well. A very fufilling rich mouth feel, that has a bit too much alcohol, and a body to match. Not my favorite of the prairie stouts but a fantastic stout none the less.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle in a Teku

L: Pitch black, small beige head
S: Bourbon, vanilla, malt,
T: Chocolate, roasted malts, more bourbon
M: Thin, hot
O: One dimensional - bourbon bomb - a bit of a let down

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Photo of cwrightcrawford
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was one of the last couple I found at a Spec's. Dark and easy to drink. Pretty good with dark chocolate. Silky feel with good mix of coffee and chocolatenotes in the flavor and aroma of this beer. Can get good sense of the caramel and whiskey as well. Similar to St. Arnold's whiskey barrel stout.

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Photo of mschantz
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as an Alaskan night with a decent head for a beer this big. While bourbon dominates the nose, vanilla and Carmel sweetness are apparent. Taste adds roast coffee and toffee notes to flavors picked up by the nose. Mouthfeel is slick with a bit of lingering booze. Man I need a campfire right now.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, I believe about 2 years old, poured into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that eventually reduces to a thin film floating on top and around the edge

S- slightly smoky dark malts gives off aromas of smoked meat, milk chocolate, campfire, toasted marshmallow, oats & a hint of coffee. Bourbon barrel gives notes of caramel, barrel juice & some woodsy aromas

T- lots of sweet powdery cocoa and milk chocolate up front gives it a big sweetness on the palate. The bourbon notes are subtle, but kick in mid-palate, adding some bourbon alcohol, caramel and a hint of toasted coconut. Smoky charred finish with lingers of smoked meat

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel from the oats, and continues into a silky finish, alcohol is hidden well

O- the chocolate notes are smooth and creamy and seem to blend very well with the other elements of the beer, most likely due to the extended cellaring, very good overall

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Photo of Jsmes
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look. Jet black. Legs for days.
Smell. Barrel. Chocolate. Coffee. Toasted marshmallows.
Taste. Barrel up front. Chocolate and coffee balance out the heat from the barrel. Marshmallow on the backend with the coffee bitterness balancing out the sweetness.
Feel. Good not great. I would like for it to be a little more chewy, but honestly, I'm just nitpicking at this point.
Overall. Another really nice brew from prairie!

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Photo of Premo88
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into small snifter

L: black, small tan/brown head ... looks thick; slight stick and lacing; it's keeping a beautiful brown collar of foam ... some of the darkest foam I've seen; brew is 100% opaque, even held up to the Texas sun

S: raisins, raisin bread, prunes, peat, molasses, brown sugar ... has a wee heavy/winter warmer feel to it, very English dark malt-esque; as it warms, the whiskey shows up, and it's not light -- this is dark, meaty, boozy whiskey, "dark" as in not English pale ale fruity but smokey, cask-wood rich like a good single malt scotch ... yes, you can smell the alcohol; still a lot of sweetness here; about 1/3 in, it's all prunes, dates, raisins with rich whiskey on top

T: whiskeeeeeeee ... all you can drink :) damn ... the nose is peaty and dark, raisiny even, but the flavor here is all chocolate bourbon, very "light" and sweet compared to that formidable nose; the bourbon flavor is a tour de force, giving all other notes no shot, even the first bit of chocolate has disappeared until it reappears in the lingering aftertaste

F: wonderful ... it's held on to enough carbonation to keep it a bit crisp, but the weight is noticeable

O: no surprises here except maybe the split nose/flavor with the nose being much darker than the flavor. it's really good, but at $1 per ounce, it arguably doesn't hold up compared to other great (and much cheaper) barrel-aged stouts. the whiskey flavor is good, and perhaps the highlight of the brew: the 12 oz. serving. I love being able to enjoy this beer without the commitment of 22 oz. or more per session.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours blackish brown into a Prairie snifter with a half-finger head. The aroma's of rich fudge, dark fruit, vanilla and bourbon. The whiskey is more predominate on the tongue, bringing out the vanilla and caramel. The chocolate is still there, but not to the degree suggested by the nose. There is more booze to this than most of the Bomb! varieties, and it's quite warming. The whiskey thins the mouth somewhat, but it's still on the thickish side. This is good as-is, but will benefit measurably from cellaring.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle (marked "27441RV1 10:20 11715") poured into a 7 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark, reddish brown with a good layer of khaki head and nice, spotty lace.

Smell: Vanilla, salted caramel, oak, faint bourbon and roasted malt.

Taste: Full malty body, molasses, bourbon and oak, mellow roasted coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied, velvety smooth and lightly carbonated. Slight alcohol burn.

Overall: Rich and flavorful with well integrated bourbon barrel notes.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black in color. Pours a one finger mocha colored head.

Aroma- Roasted malts, boozy whisky sweetness, chocolate, and a touch of dark fruit.

Taste- The barrel is pretty big up front with the whisky flavors, but not overbearing. There's a really good balance between sweet and roasted flavors going on here. On one hand there's the whisky barrel upfront which gives way to milk chocolate and marshmallow flavors. Then there is a bitterness from the oak and roasted malts.

Feel- Full bodied (easily the fullest body for a noir variant, low carbonation, and a chewy/rich mouthfeel overall.

Overall- This is a great noir variant with a good array of flavors and a great chewy texture to it. There is some great flavors going on here but I don't think the roast/bitter aspects blend well with the sweeter flavors, at least not, Essentially this is great now, but could probably improve with some age. Worth buying a couple to try fresh and to age.

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Photo of ohbeer89
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rich creamy oats and toasted marchmallow, milk chocolate, backed with bourbon-y corn sweetness balanced by charred oak and some hints of coffee more akin to a sugary starbucks drink than to raw espresso. Wow, this thing is a monster. From the "second round" this one has the black background label and is listed at 11%.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I originally had this in December of 2014 and rated it a 3.91. This batch is much better or I wasn't feeling it the first time I had it. This batch is very good.

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Photo of Tommo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

With all the hype over the bomb, i feel like people forgot about this. Yeah the variants are great, but the original is easily one of the best BA stouts around. Incredibly smooth and not over bourbony, this is a top choice for a cold winter night

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Photo of LittleDon
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz wax top bottle of unknown date. Jet black with a bit of oily lace. Milk chocolate aroma with a bit of vanilla. Chocolate, first, caramel a distant second, and vanilla far behind in third. The barrel aging adds a bit of vanilla, but that's about all. Dry. Medium carbonation and lighter than expected body.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Little lace left. Color is black.

Flavor profile: A lot of bourbon and whiskey flavors. Oak and vanilla. Toasted marshmallows with a light coconut flavor. Lots of chocolate and caramel. Roasted malts. Maybe some nut flavors (almonds). Molasses.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, warming. A bit of heat shows, but not much. Full bodied.

Overall, an enjoyable stout, but nothing crazy for a barrel aged beer. Good, but not mind blowing. I'd drink it again, but for the cost, I'd probably rather drink BCS. Too much roast for me.

Edit: had a 2014 or 2015 bottle and it was much better. Way less roast. Smoother and more enjoyable. Nicer barrel flavors.

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Photo of zac16125
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

Thanks to Nathrax for sending this over in a trade!

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost but not quite black, with lightening on the edges. Decent amount of sedimentation can be seen in the glass. Less than 1/2 fingers width of tan colored head builds and then quickly dissipates down. Leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: An almost sour dark fruit aroma, roasted malt, subtle cocoa. Oak and a little bit of whiskey booze are the only components I get from the barrel, and are faint.

T: Roasted malt, booze, chocolate, some oatmeal stout flavors, whiskey oak-like characters from the barrel.

M/D: Medium body, thinner mouthfeel that I expect in the style, appropriate carbonation, not terribly smooth, ABV is very well restrained though and drinkability is good.

O: Kind of disappointed in this one. I would certainly prefer stronger barrel notes and a fuller mouthfeel. Flavor/aroma could be bolder as well. Still good, but I had higher expectations.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep black chocolate notes with some light bourbon notes is quite interesting. Taste is a mix between some vanilla and bourbon notes mix in with some sweet black chocolate notes. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed stout but I was expecting flavours to shine through even more so.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours an inky black in color and fairly thick. A small, creamy, tan head forms and retains very well with a pretty good lacing job. Looks just like an imperial stout should in the glass.

S- Dark and roasty with a lot of barrel characteristics up front. Burnt and dark malts are also dominant in the scent with a touch of slightly bitter hops.

T- Lots of dark malts and a touch of hops up front. Lots of char and oak spiciness come next with the barrel flavors. May just a touch of vanilla in there with the bourbon flavors that linger with the dark malts and the hops. Hops and barrel spiciness are the predominant lingering flavors.

M- Thick and smooth with a low level of carbonation, which makes this beer an easy drinker despite the alcohol. Little to no alcohol heat with just the right amount of barrel flavor.

Overall, not as barrel and whiskey forward as I was expecting, but still a very good beer that displays a lot of underlying Russian Imperial Stout with a good amount of hopping.

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Photo of Florida9
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: appears to be a very dark shade of brown in glass. Almost black but not quite there. Forms just the slightest bit of head, but there really isn't much and whatever does form disappears quite quickly. No lacing.

S: Aroma is a pleasant blend of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, and alcohol.

T: Taste is also pleasant. Very smooth. Mildly sweet. Notes of chocolate, dark malts, coffee grounds, and vanilla. There is a bit of an odd whiskey off-flavor, but thankfully it is fleeting.

M: full bodied,but very smooth. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness. A hint of alcoholic heat.

O: a very nice and quite enjoyable brew. I do believe I enjoyed this one more than the vanilla version. Seems more balanced in my opinion. Dangerously drinkable for a beer of this strength.

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Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, red wax, poured into a Prairie Teku. Reviewed from tasting journal.

The beer pours a jet color, oily texture, thick with a taut, caramel colored head that has nice retention but yields little lace. The aroma is of big malted grain, bitter dark chocolate, mild whiskey, oak barrel, a bit of roast and char. It's a simple nose, but effective. The flavors follow well, big, big barley, dark chocolate, bitter, lightly roasted, the whiskey is more pronounced, lighter oak barrel, minimal char, almost a bit chalky with a noticeable alcohol burn. The body is livelier than expected, but still feels a bit rich, coats the mouth very well, the finish feels a bit creamy, but ends surpassingly dry.

Verdict: A solid barrel aged stout from Prairie, straighforward but effective. Perhaps time with tone down the alcohol heat and maybe a bit of the chalky flavors, but this is very quaffable and enjoyable at present.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with red wax. Thanks David! Poured into a Surly Darkness goblet today, 4/14/2014.

A- Dark cola brown coloured body. Pours with a one finger dark mocha head, fine retention. Drops eventually into a thick collar along the glass. Not much lacing. Fairly placid.

S- Graham crackers, chocolate batter, earthy oak barrel. Not particularly sweet or boozy.

F- Milk chocolate, cheap whiskey heat, oxidized sherry, graham crackers, oak. Earth. Not particularly sweet despite the chocolate character, but seems to be quite balanced actually.

M- On the thinner end of the medium body designation. Not watery, but feels a bit thin on the palate. Still a sipper, as the cheap whiskey seems to contribute a bit more heat than any smooth umami.

O- Solid whiskey barrel stout. The base is solid, but seems to have oxidized quite a bit in the span of only half a year. The barrels could be bringing a better contribution in my opinion. But this is certainly not a bad or offensive stout by any means.

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Prairie Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.