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Prairie Pirate Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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65 Reviews
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 376
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 25.18%
Wants: 105
Gots: 154 | FT: 17
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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: russpowell on 05-10-2013

Imperial Stout aged in Jamaican Rum Barrels
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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +10.4%
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 +2.9%
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 -5.1%
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 +1.5%
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
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage, ~6 months since bottling, 12 oz bottle

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 -5.6%
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 +7%
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 +1.7%
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 +1.5%
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 +2.4%
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 +3.6%
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 +4.8%
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 +8.7%
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 +3.6%
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%
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 +16%
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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Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with a modest head of khaki foam; spotty lace.

Smell: Cocoa powder, vanilla, molasses, booze.

Taste: Chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, oak barrel and subtle savory notes (soy sauce). Gentle bitterness and alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy feel and light to medium carbonation.

Overall: Tasty, barrel-aged stout with nice alcohol heat, though no obvious rum notes.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with a small half finger light brown head. Doesn't look to have a ton of body, but this looks pretty tasty.

S: A bit underwhelming. Light spicy barrel, but there really wasn't much of a hint of whatever spirit was in there. A little bit of wet wood, charcoal and roasted malt. This does open up a bit as it warms, which is nice. Starting to get a lot more barrel, toasted brown sugar and just a hint of rum.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and toasted oak. A smooth and mellow middle followed by a finish that sparkles with some spicy oak and a touch of booze. The mouthfeel is pretty light, which does not help things. Definitely wanted a bit more from this one. Not really picking up the rum at all and the rest of the flavors just don't really pop. I'm good with having this one once.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased one bottle of this on a whim and then went on a wild-goose chase to find as much more as possible. I drank this beer out of a snifter and it had a great smell and texture. Very little head, that did not appear immediately while pouring. Color is completely black with slim tobacco-colored head. Great rum flavor! For anyone who likes anything barrel aged, this beer is terrific! This beer will definitely age well.

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Photo of MIbeerGeek84
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best of all the noirs. Its hard to say this but it was kinda thin for a imperial stout. This had a great retention in taste though, it would linger in your mouth for quite some time. If you've not had this one try it id give it a B to B+ overall.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra. Poured into Teku glass.

Look: Dark black. Small khaki head.
Smell: Lots of rum and booze. Also get some dark fruit and chocolate.
Taste: Tasty! Haha. Really chocolaty. Also has a nice rum spiciness to it which complements well.
Feel: Nice silky mouthfeel. Great carbonation.

Overall: I think this beer is really great! Was happily surprised how much I liked it based on reviews on here. Usually not a big rum guy but it was really well executed in this beer. I really feel as though this beer would be more highly rated if the label said it had some adjunct in it. Try this guy out!

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Photo of PalatePilot
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Beer! A little sweet at first but great mouthfeel.

As it warms candied walnuts and dark fruit. Chocolate and Vanilla

I drank this after a huge meal and it lasted all night.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

As to be expected in appearance, pitch-black body, light graham cracker head. Nothing remarkable and nothing to complain about. Good looking. But that's not what I want to talk about.

I want to talk about this aroma. Crazy. I keep smelling sweet, fresh-baked cookies. And walnuts. Cookies with walnuts. Insane. Vanilla and some solvent booziness. Light barrel aroma and suggestions of rum. This aroma is seductive. 4.25

Chocolatey. Definite rum presence introducing spice, vanilla and more sweet cookie flavor. About a half hour after opening, the chocolate and caramel start to interplay with the aforementioned flavors to present a deliciously dessert-like flavor with some booze to it. Maybe like a rum cake. 4.25

Like many a Prairie brew I've enjoyed, the heat undercuts the overall experience a bit. Body could be considered thin, but some sweet and creamy touches make it more savory. Mid- to late-palate comes effervescence, tingly spice, and light bitterness. The finish is wet like a shot of booze would be. 4

A winner by almost all standards. Good stuff.

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Prairie Pirate Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.