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Prairie Pirate Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 333
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 102
Gots: 132 | FT: 17
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Oklahoma, United States

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 Eachristman
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
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 justinp444
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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 PalatePilot
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Eamonn-Cummings3
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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 sittinggc
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +8.3%
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 +6.8%
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 +6.6%
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 +6.6%
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 +6.1%
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 +5.6%
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 CowsandBeer
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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 CNoj012
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +4.4%
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 ryanhooks81
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Chris_Huston
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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 tbryan5
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.4%
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 +3.2%
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 +3.2%
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 +2.9%
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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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Shaler_Tate
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Prairie Pirate Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.