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Prairie Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 177
Gots: 151 | FT: 24
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Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: chocosushi on 12-24-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

smithj4, Apr 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

bsuedekum, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle into a sniffer glass. Pours a beautiful, syrupy near black with just the smallest mocha colored head. I tried and tried to get some foam going with this beer but no luck. Under carbonated? Possibly. Not much lacing. Love the color though.

S- Some chocoalte and coffee, tons of carmelized malts, dark fruits, roasted marshmellows, wiskey, damp wood, and booze. A sweet, wonderful aroma. Very intriguing!

T- Taste follows nose wonderfully. Huge amounts of roasted flavors. Dark chocolate, oats and oak. Oak aged to perfection. Everything i smelled and maybe enhanced some. Warm, dry finish. Balanced and complex.

M- Oh so creamy. Full body. Viscous. Undercarbonation is my only complaint, and it is a modest complaint at that. But the smoothness of this beer seems to make up for it. The alcohol presence gives it a nice, crisp finish that lets you know it is a sipper.

O- My second brew from Prairie, and like the first (Standard), I find it really enjoyable. Goes nicely with a steak dinner. The barel aging may have subdued the carbonation a bit too much, but overall this was an outstanding imperial stout.

$11.99 for 750ml bottle

Bosoxfan20, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

OUJayhawk1799, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Hopswagger
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%

P: Pitch black darkness peered down upon by dense fresh espresso froth. Moderate retention leaving a completely covered blanket of dark froth and lacing forming a wall that sluggishly slips down the edges.

S: Robust roasted dark malts, salted caramel, vanilla bean, sweet whisky mash, cooking cocoa, milk chocolate, and a shaved coconut background.

T/M: Cherry mash, cooking cocoa, aggressive grain alcohol. The vanilla and shaved coconut are there but masked by the aggressive whisky barreling. Once swallowed bitter cooking cocoa, and espresso hit the back of the throat. Super boozy and rough. Mouthfeel is medium at best and the zesty carbonation level almost ruins the entire beer.

Second glass is much better and more blended. Booze has blended much better and carbonation settled its self down.

O: I was excited about this given the experience I have had with this breweries offerings. At first I really had my reservation about this and wanted to pour it out. The carb level dialed down on the second glass and really joined the family together. I'm glad I continued this adventure because it really got better with every sip. Cheers!

Hopswagger, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Sparky44, Apr 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

PoBear, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%

750ml served n a snifter

A - Black as night with 1 finger of mocha colored bubbles. Noticeable retention with specks of lacing.

S - Chocolate and whiskey creep out right away, dark and berry fruits, the barrel really starts coming out and addind a sweet rustic, woody character with hints of herbs. Malty alcohol vapors wake up the senses.

T - Creamy chocolate, vanilla, whiskey barrel comes in with a wave drying out the sweet chocolate malts, hints of lightly acidic fruit add a perfect touch of tartness. A kiss of alcohol hits the outside edge and laces caramel, vanilla, herbs and roasted malts. Finishes roasty with a hint of fruity alcohol.

M - Thick and viscous feel, full dense body, very creamy carbonation, feels the mouth like a milk shake but doesn't overbear. Very different but complex feel,

I've never experienced a mouthfeel like this. The only word that describes it is "decadent". Excellent stout base with careful whiskey barrel roundness. This is an impressive beer. It almost forces you to sip and savor it. Well done Prairie!

StaveHooks, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of DelMontiac
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Finally, a big barrel-aged imperial stout from an Oklahoma brewer. My first encounter with Prairie Artisan Ales. Purchased at Brown's Bottle Shop, Stillwater, OK. Twas a good day, that one...

Opened the 750mL corked/caged bottle with a friend and poured into original Crown and Rose nonics. Did not notice any dating, but was so excited I forgot to look for one. Pours opaque black/brown with a single finger of rusty brown foam. Very good head retention forming scant crackled lace.

Not allowing for bottle warming, the aromas are a bust upon initial pour - faint licorice, coffee bean, whiskey, and wild yeast. After several minutes of warming in the glass the nose awakes, but still a bit drowsey - espresso, dark Belgian chocolate, port wine, burnt brown sugar, and whiskey.

Flavors are more pronounced than the nose would indicate. Bittersweet dark chocolate, black cherries and raisins simmered in bourbon, smokey charred oak, scorched molasses, and vanilla bean flecks on the finish. There is a distinct grassy hop character and some warming alcohol.

Medium-full chewy body is not as sticky as some imperial stouts, but smooth and comforting. Carbonation is just right. Alcohol warmth stops this one short of 5 in the feel dept. Still, righteous.

These brewers should be proud of this gem. Can it hang with the "big dogs" of the imperial stout style? Some of them - yes. I'd like to see what this can do in cellar. If I can find more, I'm on it.

DelMontiac, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

cfh64, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Dirty25, Mar 02, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +8.5%

A: This beer knocks it out of the park when it comings to appearance. It is dark black and nearly opaque in color. It pours and a huge head, which is a burnt dark orange / brown. I’ve never seen a BA stout with such a pillowy thick head. Lacing stays the whole time while sipping. It really doesn’t get better looking than this.

S: Smell is a splash of just the right balance of whiskey, roasted malts, and chocolate. You get a little alcohol burn that hits the back of the nostrils.

T: Is right inline with the smell. Smooth and externally well balanced; you get the entire great flavor with nothing stealing the show from the other flavors. It is big and complex, with just the right amount of whiskey, so as to yet again not detract from what else is going on.

M: This thing hops like a bottle of champagne. Carbonation is crazy and both the mouthfeel and head as noted in the appearance confirm this. Body is medium to heavy.

O- This is a diamond in the ruff or a car guys analogy, like finding a 427 Cobra in a barn; I just had never come across this if it wasn’t for a great trade partner. It is well-balanced, smooth and complex . . . what else could you ask for from a BA imperial stout.

InVinoVeritas, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

MinorThreat, Mar 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

IpeeA, Feb 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

hardrock, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

drummermattie02, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

spycow, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of champ103
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

champ103, Feb 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Efay, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of TX-Badger
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%

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!

TX-Badger, Jan 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

tufetuf, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%

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

russpowell, Jan 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

chaseabeer, Jan 24, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%

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).


AlexFields, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

lakersfan16, Jan 23, 2013
Prairie Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.