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Prairie Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 177
Gots: 151 | FT: 29
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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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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high tan head.
S: Moderately strong aromas of whiskey are present in the nose that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of whiskey from the barrel aging process and also has notes of dark chocolate and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some notes of warming from the alcohol.
O: This is a nice beer if you like whiskey bucause it is prominently featured in the smell and taste but isn't overpowering.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass.

What better beer to celebrate the partial completion of the wedding jockey-box than a barrel-aged oatmeal stout? This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a bit over a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises mild whiskey, wet wood, roasted malts, light cocoa powder, and a light touch of char. The taste brings in more of the same, with the barrel really holding some powerful leverage over the base stout. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially if you like whiskey, but I do prefer some semblance of balance in my beers. As things warm, the whiskey aspect takes on a slightly sour character, not unlike sourdough bread. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lithely smooth feel. Overall, not a bad barrel-aged stout, but one where the stout portion is choked out by the barrel at most times, and one that comes across as a bit thin for its own good. Again, it's tasty, but nothing all that noteworthy or special.

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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark colored creamy thick but smaller head that leaves some lacing, pitch black thick beer with some legs too.

Nose big cocoa and bakers choc, big fluffy nougat carafa and mild biscuity malted milk ball, coffee roast, nice caramel layers and toffee, mild chewy hops and nice fluffy malts, little candy bar chocolate. Very light vanilla barrel notes but not really whisky.

Taste starts a bit sweet, lots of dark malts, cocoa, dark choc, bakers choc, into a mild smokey note and roasty, slight char, into a big spicy earthy hop, little peppermint like note with its own tingly anesthesizing feel, but then dies as the malts come back through again, with more cocoa and roast, very slight hint of barrel but barely. Finish gets a little warming booze, more roasty and dark cocoa, lingering earthy spicy hops and fair bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent fluffy carb, little warming booze.

Overall nice but nothing too special, just a basic imperial stout.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours ebony with a pinky of caramel brown head. Viscious, look to this, a bit of head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruits in abundance, raisins, carob, faint boozeyness, vanilla

T: Carob, oakyness, vanilla, charcoal & baker's chocolate up front. Raisins, plums, dark chocolate, boozey oakyness as this warms, some sourmash attributes,slight smokeyness, slight dark cherry sweetness & vanilla. Finshes with a nice bit vanilla & oak, sour cherry, a modicum of licorice & raisin

MF: Medium/heavy bodied with subtle carbonation, pretty dry, fairly slick/smooth as this warms

Drinks easy for the style & ABV, this just got better as it warms. Not sure I would age this as it is drinking fabulous right now

I predict this will be highly sought after if kept in the regular rotation

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Prairie Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.