Prairie Pirate Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 280
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 28.68%
Wants: 93
Gots: 117 | FT: 15
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Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: russpowell on 05-10-2013

Imperial Stout aged in Jamaican Rum Barrels
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Photo of Eachristman
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first word that popped into my mind when I sipped this was "WOW"! This is one of the best beers I have ever had, by far! This beer goes down so smooth, the taste is like spiked liquid chocolate in my mouth. The smell at first had me wondering, but after a few minutes it was heavenly. This is definitely in my top two beers!

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Photo of PalatePilot
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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 sittinggc
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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 yesterdayfaraway
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black beer, with thin layer of head. Smells like sweet rum. First drink I got rum and wait for it.....brown sugar. It was awesome! It's a thick beer, that coats good. This is an excellent beer, that I need more of.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Black in color. Pours a one finger tall head that is tan in color.

Aroma- The rum barrel is big in the aroma with notes of molasses and vanilla. Chocolate and mild roasty malts are present too.

Taste- Once again the rum is very present in the flavor adding a bit of boozy heat and sweetness along with vanilla and molasses. The base stout adds milk chocolate, dark fruits, and just enough roasted malt bitterness to add some balance to this sweet stout.

Feel- Medium/full bodied, low carbonation, and a decent amount of residual malt lingering in the finish. The barrel kind of thins out the beer at first, but then the base stout kicks in in the finish and provides enough malt to give this a full, and somewhat chewy texture.

Overall- Awesome barrel aged stout verging on world class status in my book. The rum barrel is clearly present and adds great flavors that meld well with the base stout. No major flaws in this beer, but the only knock would be the mild amount of thinning at the beginning of the sip. Personally this is a couple notches above pirate bomb for the simple facts of 1) taste 2)barrel presence. No way this beer should be scored in the 80's, Prairie must have amped this up since the last release.

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Photo of Bung
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The rum barrel imparts an acceptable amount of coconut for me. Really well done. Not Bomb, but not intended to be. Considering some things that rate high these days, this should be higher.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says 36441.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Big roast character, plenty of rum barrel and a pronounced booziness.

T- Big hit of rum at first but then it subsides to a very nice raisin flavor. Rum raisin for sure. Also some vanilla, mild milk chocolate and maybe even some maple. Nutty aftertaste. As it warms, there rises a new wave of complexity: burnt sugar, caramel and a coffee finish.

M- Somewhat sticky but also creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Yummy yummy. Sometimes rum barrel-aged beers can be too extreme with the rum presence but this one hits the nail right on the head. But, then again, I would expect nothing less from Prairie.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flat black pour with slight clarity on the edge. Very thin cap which dissipates right away. No lacing. Lots dried fruit in the nose; raisin, plum, apricot, fresh blackberry as well. Taste is plenty boozy, with caramel, vanilla, fresh tobacco, more dried fruit, especially the raisin. Flat cola feel fairly viscous and lingering alcohol.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black, into snifter. A chocolate and vanilla aroma. Smell rum a little bit.
Taste matches, great stout, rum adds an amazing touch. First rum aged beer. Nice change from bba beers.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look of this beer is jet black with a brown head that disappears immediately into nothing. No lacing. Smell is mostly rum with chocolate, coffee amd a hint of coconut. Taste is better than smell actually bc the rum isnt as overpowering. The rum actually blends very nicely with the coffee and chocolate. Feel is a little light for the style, but still not bad. Overall a great beer, would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a brownish-black, like cola. A mocha head is very subdued and dissipates rapidly.
S: toffee, caramel, and coconut stand out. The ABV is evident on the nose.
T: Initially, berry and wood flavors jump out. This is a sweet, sipping beer. Booze and sugary toffee/caramel/chocolate in the middle, with a somewhat dry clean finish that leaves a sweet chocolate aftertaste.
M: full bodied with a low carbonation.
O: A nice sipper, the coconut/rum flavor is balanced against the sweet caramel/berry/choco flavors. I would seek this out again.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black with almost zero head. It smells great. Lots of dark candied fruits, plum, Apple... the rum is probably most prevalent though. And it's not a bad overwhelming alcohol scent. It's a sweet, spicy rum with the alcohol playing a secondary role. Pirate Noir is very sweet, much the same as the smell, and the rum makes it slick. It has very little carbonation with a very slick mouthfeel. A very good offering once again from Prairie! Well done.

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Photo of KyleB1111
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 release poured onto a sniffer. a lot of rum in the nose with dark roasted malts present also. I also get a mild vanilla note on the nose. THe rum is also very present when tasting with quit a bit of alcohol heat. Vanilla and rum are the two main notes I get tasting with some chocolate as well. over all really good! glad a got a few bottles to throw in the cellar.

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Photo of MIbeerGeek84
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Ryancthomas7
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a completely different beer when you give it a little bit of time to warm up. Nice notes of the Caribbean rum barrels in the aroma and taste. Has a nice bit of heat to it, but is not overwhelming at all. Finished with nice chocolate bitterness. I think this will age nicely.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good rum flavor and smell, medium dense viscosity, low carbonation, just a hint of heat, tried w/ maple syrup and vanilla separately. Maple syrup was the best combo.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer and is a bit underrated because people tend to compare it to Pirate Bomb. This is a totally different beer, and I love it. This is a 2015 so it's still drinking a little hot, but I think this one is going to be great with some more age. Right now the chocolate and vanilla aren't coming through a ton with the rum barrel presence.

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Photo of JSeay86
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I was able to snag several bottles from the summer 2015 release. Had a 12 oz bottle poured into snifter. Color is pitch black with a thin, tan head with very little lacing. Smells of sweet rich caramel, molasses, raisin, and rum barrels. The body is thin up front, and asserts itself much more as you're swallowing. The high ABV is definitely present although it remains very drinkable overall. Taste: caramel, molasses, rum, and roasted dark malts are the dominant flavors for me, and they match the aroma perfectly. Overall a very good imperial stout for an after dinner treat.

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Photo of Austin32
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really tasty.... The rum flavor comes through well without being overpowering or too sweet as I find some rum barrel aged brews. Better than the rating suggests IMO.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 2015 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pour is a dark brown/black with a small khaki lacing, but no head despite a pretty aggressive pour. Smell is vanilla, caramel, chocolate and a hint coffee roast. Taste is led by caramel, with a little vanilla and chocolate, and a hint if butterscotch. Is a little light though it has a nice creamy feel with not a lot of carb, but enough to be noticed. Nicely balanced, but didn't reach the highs of the best prairie noirs.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a dark mahogany-brown with a thin mocha-colored head. Very light amounts of lacing left behind.

Aroma of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and boozy rum notes.

The taste matched the aroma with chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and plenty of boozy rum notes from the 12% abv warmed the tongue.

Medium bodied and smooth with a lighter carbonation.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, brown near finger of head. No lace.

Aroma: rum, booze, oak, chocolate , roast.

Taste: chocolate fudge, roast, char, oak, rum, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: thick, full bodied, svelt carbonation .

Overall: I think this edges out the regular Noir because it has more barrel strength.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: jet black. Ruby hues. Razor thin kahki brown head.

S: booze. Rum. Coconut. Dark chocolate. Black molasses. Burnt sugar.

T: bitter chocolate. Subtle rum booze. Wish it were more in your face. Doesn't live up to the smells. Raw molasses. Some very alight vanilla. EDIT: let this warm quite a bit. Rum comes through much more.

F: bitter bite. Low carbonation. Thick layer coating on the palate

O: The nose on this is lovely, however, the taste just doesn't live up to that initial aroma. Lacking on booziness. Some bitter chocolate and subtle booze but that's about it.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 7/18/2015, purchased at Warehouse Beverage for $10.99 American dollars.

Opaque, black liquid poured into snifter. One finger head quickly dissipates to a thin, tan rim. Scant lacing.

Wonderful aroma of dark fruits (plum, raisin, fig) with a nice sweet rum background.

The taste follows the nose but is a bit underwhelming and thin.

Under carbonated, thin.

Still a nice BA stout but a little thin for an IS. Overpriced.

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Prairie Pirate Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
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