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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
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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 metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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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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 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 jlindros
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
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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Photo of kojevergas
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and red wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local Texas bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery and that this is currently #26 on the Top 50 Southwest beers list. 11% ABV. Reviewed as an "imperial stout aged in oak whsikey barrels." Distributed by the Shelton Bastards - which explains the high $7.49 USD price point.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of gorgeous khaki colour. Full and supple, with a great soft complexion and shiny sheen. Smooth even consistency. Good creaminess and thickness. Head retention is quite good for the 11% ABV - about 6 minutes. Perfect even consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Great looking head across the board.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid jet-black. Some fine yeast particles are visible about the bottom of the glass. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's a really good looking imperial stout. That said, it's exactly what you'd expect and isn't unique or special. I'm really looking forward to the first sip. It's a rich appearance and the head is seductive.

Sm: Has a notable oat presence; they really used the oats for taste here - not just for the smooth texture. That's ballsy. Has a lovely milk chocolate aroma which comes off authentic; this is genuine chocolate, not artificial chocolate character or mere chocolate malt. Wonderful succulent cream, subtle hints of coffee, and well-integrated caramel notes are detectable, and work brilliantly with the other notes here. I also get a fantastic underside of roast (both barley and coffee) which I hope to God gets preserved in the taste. As it warms, some marshmallow emerges.

The barrel notes seem very motivated. The subtle whiskey spiciness, buried faint oak, and kiss of vanilla complement and accentuate the notes of the base beer instead of overwhelming them.

If this tastes as good as it smells, I'm in for a real treat.

No yeast character or overt alcohol is detectable. There are no off-notes.

T/Mf: The open greets the drinker with a welcoming creaminess and a smooth almost silky feel which remains throughout the beer. It's very soft for an imperial stout; this isn't the aggressive heavy texture you might expect. Ideal thickness and weight on the palate. Full-bodied. Has a great presence and texture overall. Excellent carbonation as well.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

The creaminess is marvelous, and the oats work incredibly well in the body alongside the dark malts. There's no booziness at all here, and no yeast character or alcohol makes an appearance. The subtle milk chocolate is magnificent and integrates very naturally into the flavour profile. Light caramel, marshmallow, and vanilla lend still more nuance to an already wondrously complex and subtle beer. A very cohesive brew; I'd say the build is gestalt - there's nothing extraneous here and if you took out any individual note the beer would suffer. The whiskey barrel character is unfortunately a bit reticent, but that may be a plus because spiciness wouldn't really suit this taste too well; bourbon seems like it'd be a much better fit.

Good depth of flavour. Above average duration of flavour. Slightly below average intensity of flavour.

Constructively, it's a touch too sweet and there are some wisps of sticky dark fruit which never really amount to anything. Similarly, there's a barely present coconut note (probably from the whiskey?) which should really be amped up. Additionally, the roasty character I loved in the aroma is much more tame in the taste, which feels like a major missed opportunity.

Dr: Sinfully good and obscenely drinkable for the high ABV. This beer is a real treat and is a hell of an imperial stout. Really solid work from Prairie; I was beginning to think they were a one-trick pony what with all their farmhouse ales, but I'm happy to say I was dead wrong. I can see why it holds a spot on the Top 50 Southwest - and it definitely deserves it. I'd absolutely recommend this to friends, and in spite of its high price point I'd definitely buy it again. As far as imperial oatmeal stouts go, this is right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout in my estimation. I could easily have another. I'll go out of my way to hunt down the variants. Incredible stuff.


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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a small patch of medium thickness, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of whiskey and oak barrels with some lighter notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted and sweet malts with some lactose notes. Light to moderate flavors of whisky and oak. Some much lighter notes of dark chocolate and caramel. There is a light amount of spiciness in the aftertaste, like from a rye whiskey.

M: Heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Really enjoyable, this beer has great flavors and aromas contributed from the barrel aging. The alcohol is well hidden making this beer easier to drink. Definitely one worth finding and my first beer from Oklahoma.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served alongside the Vanilla Noir.

Deep black with an oily beige head. Lovely aroma with all the usual suspects. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Fabulous flavor and wonderfully smooth. Rich flavor with ample dark chocolates. Mild alcohol presence. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Complex and well balanced. A top notch imperial stout.

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

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a decent khaki head. Medium khaki head. Good surface foam.

Smell - Whiskey, dark chocolate. Vanilla. Some bright aromas from the booze.

Taste - Whiskey. Not a rich whiskey aroma. Chocolate malt. Some coffee.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Overcarbonated. Medium bodied.

Overall - Nice, but the whiskey flavor doesn't lend much richness.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours really dark and oily, looks like more than a 9% beer.

Smell is HUGE whiskey, rarely have I ever smelled a BA beer that smells so purely of whiskey. Also lots of vanilla and oak and booze. Barely any stout to be found in there!

Taste also has lots of whiskey but is a bit more balanced. Tons of vanilla and oak. Fairly boozy, very sweet, some chocolate and hazelnut. Much better and more balanced than I expected from the nose.

Mouthfeel is excellent, super creamy and rich and think.

For being only 9% this is a huge beer--huge flavor, huge barrel aging, tastes and feels like much higher abv. Very nice beer, although somewhat dominated by the barrels (not necessarily a bad thing but I'd love to try the base beer).


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Photo of vfgccp
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep cola black with black cherry highlights. Firm, milk chocolate head has nice retention and ok lace.

S - Soft and semisweet. Coco nibs, caramel, roast grain, plums, oak, booze, balsamic glaze.

T - Nice barrel character; caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Smooth, creamy milk chocolate. Toasted grains, and bread crust. Lingering woody bitter and caramel finish.

M - Medium body. A shade light for the style.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured dark brown, nearly black with a nice tan head with some good retention providing some lacing and a good amount of bubbles.

S: Chocolate, oats, bourbon, vanilla and oh so good.

T: Upfront I get a little bit of marshmellow and chocolate with a hint of caramel and toffee, now this is all meshing with the bourbon barrel presence. Now on the back end I get more oats, bourbon sting but not as dominant as initial taste, some roast, coffee and vanilla

M: Medium bodied, velvety and flavorful. Medium carbonation suits this beer.

O: Very nice beer overall. The bourbon is not overbearing. I would take this over Velvet Merkin anyday.

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Photo of rudzud
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra, shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice dark brown nearly black hue with a thin mocha head that leaves light lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, barrel, coconut (due to barrel), light vanilla, light dark fruits.

T - Taste is light smoke, roasted malts, dark chocolate with a weird minty thing going on in the middle. The bourbon is super faint, which is unfortunate, light barrel notes. Not much vanilla either.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was a bit disappointing when compared to bomb or pirate. Not nearly as much whiskey as I would like.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.30.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a small dark tan head that fades fairly quickly.

S - Oaky, chocolate, coffee, whiskey.

T - Lots of chocolate, with a hint of oak and whiskey. Nice.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Nice balance of chocolate and whiskey. Tasty brew.

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Photo of champ103
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A big thanks to Dajai007 for sharing the bottle, buy indirect generosity from wolfman17.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black with some ruby highlights around the edges. A light tan head rises to just over one finger. Nice lace is left behind.
S: At first, the nose is very muted. Though eventually all the great subtleties come out. Light toasted malts, bitter bakers chocolate, and vanilla sweetness. Light wood comes out, and continues to build in its boldness throughout. Really enjoyable.
T: Oh man, this is great. At first toasted malt, and light caramel sweetness. As this warms so much more comes out. Bakers dark chocolate, oats, vanilla and oak flavors. The barrel flavors are so subtle, but still amazing. This seems blended to me. Even some dark fruits of plums and chocolate covered cherries in the mix. So enjoyable, this is excellent.
M/D: An excellent and full body. Soft carbonation, but not under carbonated at all. A near perfect mouthfeel for an oatmeal stout. So luscious, smooth, and velvety. This is like silk, it is so smooth. Everything works perfectly here, which make this a treat to drink. The alcohol shows just a bit towards the end, making the ABV known and a wonderful sipper.

Just an incredible oatmeal imperial stout. Subtle complexities abound, everything is so enjoyable, and works perfectly together. The barrel character is there, but so well blended in to the mix. A wonderful beer, which I hope to come across many more times. Up there with the likes of KBS, BCBS, and other top flight imperial stouts.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few of these now and wow, just a phenomenal stout. Onto the review:

A - Prairie Noir has a dark black, obsidian color, almost tar black. Poured into a Dogfish head glass, minimal lacing, but a good amount of nice tan head on this beer.

S - On the nose I get whiskey, coffee, and hints of cacao nibs. Very pleasant on the nose.

T - On the palate first is the cacao, coffee, and maltiness, very pleasant. There is a slight sweetness on the finish and a distinct whiskey note, definitely unmistakable.

M - Full-bodied and rich on the palate, and the carbonation is just right.

O - A very well done imperial stout, I'm glad they are making more and more! I highly recommend trying this beer, it is worth every penny. From start to finish this is a beer that will impress even the biggest beer snobs (well, at least it should, imho). Can't wait to try the Pirate Noir!

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Photo of Rutager
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thank you to willandperry!!

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, black in the glass with over a finger of thick dark tan head, great lacing.

Smell. Smooth bourbon and oaky vanilla, some sweet dark chocolate and a bit of black licorice and coffee.

Taste. Woody whiskey and some cocoa, well roasted dark malts, and a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A nice barrel aged stout but it doesn't stand out quite like most of the other brews I've had from prairie.

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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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Photo of EgadBananas
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice black pour, brown head, a finger, nice lacing., the aroma is a little lacking, but still good. The barrel is mild, with softer whiskey notes, toast, and plenty chocolate. Taste is as well heavy on the chocolate, and really starts to open up when it warms, giving a nice whiskey note, vanilla, charred wood, and toast. Mouthfeel has a nice creamy, soft feel, with a silky body and fullness. Drinks great, I kinda like the lowish ABV. Overall, while not astoundingly aromatic, it make up in tast and mouth feel.

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

No date that I can find on this one.

A: Pitch black pour with a good sized and dense medium brown head. Head fades very slowly with top notch retention. Wide splotches of lacing everywhere.

S: Nice charred oak with sweet caramel and vanilla. Get a little bit of...coconut maybe? Decent sweet roasted malt - chocolate primarily. Sweet grains too, must be the oatmeal.

T: Oh yeah, this is nice. Sweet caramel and chocolate up front. Oatmeal joins in along with the char, giving it a burnt oatmeal like flavor. Not as bad as it sounds, quite pleasant in fact. A bit of chocolate syrup in the middle. Finish is charred oak and hints of vanilla and burnt sugar. Fairly drying.

M: Heavy, smooth, creamy. Really nice.

O: One helluva nice stout. Barrel character is not overpowering, this is not BCBS (for better or worse). But it does add a nice element of complexity and really makes this one big and tasty brew. Oatmeal adds creaminess and further complexity. Beer is mellow and smooth throughout, no sharp flavors at all. No real booziness either. Great brew.

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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 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 SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger mocha colored head with moderate retention. Beer is thick, opaque and pitch black. Lacing is thick but sticks close to the head. Real thick legs. Solid.

Nose is plum, prunes, chocolate, mocha, roast, leather, molasses and booze. Rich and very deep.

Opens chocolate, molasses and dark fruit. Roast, plum and more dark chocolate in the middle with a background of leather, oak, and wood. Ends chocolate, sweet cane sugar and syrup. Finishes sweet and boozy with the same aftertaste. Nice complexity that pulls together well.

Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and warm in the mouth and goes down oily and smooth. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Exactly what I'm looking for from the style.

My first offering from Prairie is a good one. Great flavor with a nice, supporting body. I'm looking forward to more!

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