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Prairie Pirate Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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4.15
pDev:
24.34%
 
 
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Prairie Pirate NoirPrairie Pirate Noir
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged in Jamaican Rum Barrels

Added by russpowell on 05-10-2013

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 414
Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black. Tan head.

Thick and heavy. The rum and spice notes are awesome. Chocolate and oak with vanilla, raisins, and molasses.

Thick and chewy. Roasted feel.

One of the best noirs out there.

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Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a thin espresso head. Burnt caramel, cherries, sherry, raisins, cocoa and coffee. Super soft mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. The alcohol makes itself present in the aftertaste. An excellent stout.

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

Had in a 12oz bottle (about 1 year old from cellar)

L- Dark and impermeable to sunlight
S- Aromas of Rum, raisin, and wet cardboard (wait wuuut?) yes wet cardboard (oxidation)
T- Roasty, cocoa, rum, and yet again (way back on the finish) wet cardboard
F- carbonation was spot on for the style. It spread over my tongue like a velvet blanket

O- great beer, although some oxidation can create complexity that take a Imp Stout to the next level, this beer tastes like the packaging it was shipped in. But, for some strange reason I'd drink it again.

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Photo of SHerninko
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquired via trade
Great rum barrel flavors help this base stout go to another level. Not too sweet, dark as night, nice tan lacing after the pour and until the last drop. Very tasty, wish it was more common and cheaper of course. No alcohol presence from the 12%. Smooth brew.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

07/2015 bottling date served at cellar temps in a snifter glass

Appearance: motor oil thick with a faint tan head that sank to nothing (thanks 12% ABV). Dark, dark, dark brown color. Almost black. Oily top.

Nose: booze bomb, nutty, hazelnuts, raisins, figs, prunes, hot and spicy alcohol, oaky, vanilla, toasted coconut, caramel, burnt sugar, brown sugar

Taste: well hello rum! Boozy, thick and rich, chewy mouthfeel, follows the nose to the fullest extent. Nutty, alcohol sweetness for days, lighter dark chocolate, dark fruits, spicy notes from wither the run or something in the barrel but it could be whatever hops were used to balance that intense malt profile. This is one hell of an Oatmeal Stout.

Overall: WOW! This is everything I was hoping it would be and then some. I wasn't sure how the spicy Jamaican rum would play with a traditional oatmeal stout but the match is perfection in a glass. That booze could be toned down a bit and that would prop up the score. I have another bottle that I'll try next year some time and see whats changed. Great job Prairie AA!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is boozy and sweet maltiness. Flavor is a little sweet with some booziness and roasted malts. Has a good body and overall this is really nice.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks!). Bottled 7/5/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours oil black with a finger and a quarter of thich tan head. A persistent haze remains with a full collar that leaves several sizeable dashes of lacing.

Smells of sweet sugar cane, rum, chocolate, caramel and some deeply roasted malt. Nice.

A boozey heat immediately hits the palate upon first sip. Rum, fudge, wet oak, roasty malts, burnt caramel, sugar cane, coffee and a faint earthy note. Leans a tad bitter and just plain hot for my tastes but still a solid imperial stout with some nice rum barrel character.

Full body with moderate carbonation. The long lasting finish contains bitter roast, dark cocoa and some sugary rum-infused oak.

Pirate Noir is a bit too bitter and drinks a tad too hot for my specific preferences but I still think Prairie has another nice imperial stout here. After the seemingly endless parade of bourbon barrel aged stouts I appreciate the rum attributes.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with a small dark brown head. Aroma of molasses and charred malt. Taste has molasses, chocolate and light coffee. Medium to full bodied.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10 oz pour at Craft Beer Co, Covent Garden. Pours uber black. Dense, thick beer with thin head that stays and sticks to the glass. Nose is strong liquor, burnt sugars, malts, sweet dark fruits. Taste is a powerhouse. Sticky lip smacking blackened sugar, spirits, coffee, over-baked raisins. Rum flavors do not dominate, but certainly come through. Stunned that some would call the mouthfeel thin. Overall, an over-the-top kind of big beer stout.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black color with mocha head. Aroma has intense dark malt, dark sugar and some spirit barrel, I wouldn't really guess it's rum. Taste starts promising with chocolate, fudge, caramel and some vanilla sweetness. In the middletaste I get a weird acrid flavor, maybe some tannins from the wood barrels. This doesn't fit very well with the rest of the flavors. Body is heavy and has a very smooth mouthfeel. Really nice overall. The only thing that spoils it a bit for me is the slightly tart note from the taste.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly disappointed in the fact that this beer was very one dimensional. The look was pitch black with super low carbonation. The smell was mostly rum, with some dark malts thrown in for good measure. The taste was good, but the more you sip, the more it... stays the same. The two dominant flavors: rum and roasted malt dominate the taste so much that everything else is overwhelmed. There are hints though of: vanilla, chocolate, yeast, coffee grounds... Overall a good beer but not as great as it could be.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #1400

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black in color with a paper thin fizzy off-white head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- plenty of rum barrel on the aroma up front with notes of black strap molasses, caramelized brown sugar, vanilla, raisin & fig, caramel candy apple, chocolate

T- rum barrel flavors follow the aroma for the most part with notes of molasses, brown sugar, caramel red skin apple, raisin & fig, spicy oak barrel and a hint of booze on the finish

M- medium-light body with low carbonation leads to a slightly thin foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- very rum forward, but still remains drinkable, mouthfeel is a bit thin, but otherwise quite tasty

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage
6 months since bottling

Appearance- Pours black color, opaque. Razor thin, deep mocha colored head. Tons of alcohol legs, coats the glass, spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Dark fruits, raisins and figs soaked in spicy rum. Oaky notes, spicy apples, chocolate, vanilla. Bready, sweet fruitcake.

Taste- Chocolate, vanilla, lots of dark fruits, raisins, figs, plums, spicy tart apples. Spicy rum, earthy oak barrel, coconut cream, boozy fruits.

Feel- Full bodied, creamy smooth, silky and coats the mouth. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Intense and very forward barrel characteristics. The barrel really imparts its own flavors to the beer that turn out to be the highlight. Lots of rum, but also nuanced flavors of fruit, spice, oak, vanilla, and coconut. Base beer adds rich chocolate notes and creaminess. A wonderful marriage of flavors.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

December 22, 2015

12 oz. bottle, snifter

A – Deep black with just a tinge of brown, pours moderately thick though not oily. A couple millimeters of medium-tan head disappears almost immediately.

S – Chocolate and rich vanilla, with a ton of boozy esters of apples and maybe cherries. Low roasted notes, brown sugar, and notes of soy sauce and maybe licorice.

T – Definitely some distinction from a bourbon barrel stout, with a more pronounced fruitiness and spiceiness from the rum. Vanilla and chocolate also prominent, with some high-end, freshly roasted coffee in the background.

M – Somewhat thin for a big boozy stout. Only medium-bodied, with very low carbonation. Sweetness of the malt balanced with a spicy finish from the rum.

O – Interesting because of the rum character, but doesn’t differentiate much from the gluttony of imperial barrel-aged stouts that are out there.

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Photo of radclyffe
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz. into a lambic glass. Very boozy and rum notes dominated while it was still cold . Flavors came out very nicely once the beer warmed up vanilla with a warm roasted flavor and a slight bite of alcohol at the end which was much more present when cold. An excellent imperial stout - would recommend letting it warm up a bit before imbibing.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE stout pours a deep oily black with a moderate head of light tan foam that settles to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of heavy boozy rum, brown sugars, and spice notes that are all over the board. Flavors are excellent showing off a heavy rum laden flavor, chocolate covered cherries, deeply roasted malts, moderate char, and smooth notes from the oatmeal touched with cinnamon and licorice on the back finishing with moderately bitter malts. Slick and full mouth feel, low carbonation, and warming all the way down. A wonderful ale that while pricey is an excellent celebratory ale for the colder seasons.

Cheers

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin khaki film of bubbles that persisted in small patches and a thin ring that left light lacing. Nice aroma of dark toasted malt and rum, lightly fruity and oaky. Flavor is dark toasted malt, hints of licorice, vanilla, rum, hints of cherry, light fruit and chocolate. Finishes with dark malts and mild fruitiness. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. I would not have thought that rum would be an ideal stout barreling style, but this is quite nice. The profile reminds me of a robust Baltic porter, because the rum barrel gives light indistinct fruit flavors, although the Jamaican rum presence is clear. Very enjoyable. Only a few bottles arrived in my area and if someone hadn't saved this for me, I would never have seen it. Glad to have an opportunity to try this great, offbeat barreled stout.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. Pours more black than brown with a thin layer of tan head. Nose is quite sweet, definitely rum notes dominating over some faint roastiness. Taste is sweet as expected from the rum, finish is a bit hot. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout with this much ABV, carbonation was good. Definitely an interesting beer that I'd happily drink again if the price point was lower.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours black with finger tan head fades quickly to a bubbly ring, not much lace. Rum and vanilla in the aroma, soft but powerful. Taste follows with rum barrel flavor dominating. A little vanilla present. Alcohol burn is there in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin but soft. Have not had many rum barrel beers, but enjoyed this, nice twist on a stout, will be looking for more.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured hard from 12 oz bottle. pitch black with almost no light brown head. smells like rum and coffee. boozy. tastes like rum and vanilla. light coffee notes in the background. mouthfeel is thick and sweet. moderate carbonation.

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

Evil looking blue label bottle poured into a Mikkeller “Starry Night” teku. Sipped on while listening to Telepathic with the Deceased.
Appearance: Pours a thin cap of dark khaki head with a few big bubbles. Body is a nice bright black. Looks like an Americano. Thick mocha lacing despite the abv.

Aroma: Right away you get a big barrel presence on the nose. Sticky sweet molasses, sweet vanilla, vinous barrel, and some white oak. Beneath the barrel the stout jumps up with notes of freshly ground coffee, cream, and roasted black malts. Great aroma that just calls you in.

Taste: The barrel very much dominates the stout here. Brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, soft cinnamon/nutmeg, and well, rum barrel. The base stout brings to mind espresso, almond dark chocolate, and cream hold up the big barrel presence to where the residual spirit notes aren’t too overpowering. Mocha with a shot of nice rum? Yes, please.

Mf: Very soft feel and creamy with a full body. The barrel does impart a prominent booziness but it’s more in line with a well-aged spirit and not an alcoholic harshness. Drinks easier than it should for the 13% abv.

Overall: The beer drinks like some kind of ancient spiced/spiked chocolate drink. I opened this at about 48 degrees and the beer just opened up more and more as it warmed. For those in search of a well-crafted BA stout that highlights both the stout and the spirit barrel that housed it it will not disappoint. Your next favorite desert stout. Props for throwing everyone for a loop and using Rum barrels.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is pitch glossy black with a coffee colored head that flattens quickly.

On the nose you definitely get the Jamaican rum with slight roast coffee notes. Full bodied aroma that fills your nose and the room.

Mouth feel is thick and sweet like molasses. Taste is equally molasses sweet with a nice balance of rum and roasted malts.

For a barrel aged beer it shows a lot of restraint and balance making it a delicious.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is about living up to its art work and name. Heaps of rum and booziness on the nose and palate, nearly overbearing but never goes (ahem) overboard. Compared to, say, the BBVH, which was beyond overpowering, this delivers the taste it promises, seeming like it might push it too far, but never does. Deep, deep brown, beautiful near-black color, nice and heavy body. Like all of Prairie's superb stouts, you want to drink one after another, but for that pesky ABV. I prefer the Bomb, but this is another worthy, monstrous Pirate stout from these prolific Tulsans.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours dark brown with a tan head that builds up to about a quarter-inch then quickly dissipates into a thin ring. Laces thinly (but nonetheless) throughout.

S: Booze. Booze marinated in alcohol with an ethanol floater. A huge beer. Beneath the shimmering layers of all that are notes of chocolate, raisins and a little coffee. And booze.

T: Chocolate, toffee, some roast, a little raisin and, of course, a little alcohol. The rum doesn't come through for me much, rather the beer's name seems to come through as it tastes more like a stout aged in a pinot barrel.

M: Despite the big ABV and undeniable presence of alcohol, this beer isn't warming at all. This is a big-bodied beer with plenty of "tiny" carbonation present.

O: I was a little intimidated by this beer at first, but it settles in nicely. Big flavors, nice body, decent carbs. It's definitely a big beer from start to finish, and I look forward to having this and other Prairie offerings in the future.

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Photo of justinp444
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle, it has a inch thick had of a darker beige and a black body. Smell of rum, molasses, vanilla, some alcohol, roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is rum, chocolate, oak, coconut, vanilla, some subtle earth notes, caramel, slight alcohol (nice burn), and a slight nutty flavor. Tastes somewhat like a rum ball and a macaroon. A heavy thick and yet not syrupy mouth feel and body, massively creamy. One of the best stouts in mouth feel and flavor I'd had, just fantastic, and I prefer this over the Bomb! any day. *May be impartial because rum balls are one of my favorite desserts, but a definite must try.

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