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Prairie Pirate Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 286
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 28.19%
Wants: 93
Gots: 118 | FT: 15
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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 homebrew311
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours opaque black with razor thin head. Pretty lifeless appearance. Nose starts with a strong and astringent rum character paired with light chocolate and some wood. Smells a bit oxidized. Taste is one note with this rum character dominating the palate. The base stout just does not hold up to the barrel treatment in this case. Mouthfeel is a tad thin for style with mellow carbonation and a slight boozy heat at the finish. This beer was overall pretty forgettable. I had the pirate bomb immediately following this beer, which was proof that prairie knows how to use a rum barrel, just didn't work for this beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: black in appearance with a small head that is chocolate in color that is gone in a flash

S: The rum is front and center with that molasses and burnt sugary smell but there is a good deal of chocolate on the nose as well

T: has a flat soda coca cola like flavor the flavors are hard to distinguish alcohol is very present chocolate I can not taste

M: thin and flat tasting

O: Very disappointed in this that coca cola flat flavor is not what I'm looking for in a beer. This is my first disappointment with rum barrel aging. If I didn't know this was a stout I never would have guessed from the flavor.

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Photo of jason3125
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of rum, burnt sugar, and coke. The taste follows the smell. It taste like a Vanilla Coke with rum. The beer is way to sweet and lacking any complexity. The mouthfeel is thin and flat.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Small khaki head. Some surface wisps.

Smell - Black patent malt is strong. Minimal sweetness. I don't get much rum barrel at all, if any. Very slight fruit.

Taste - The fruit is a little more prevalent. Oak is present. Extremely roasty. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel - Harsh bitterness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Where's the rum barrel? C'mon now.

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Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got a giant package of Prairie in the mail about a month ago, and their Bomb! was so impressive that I’ve almost been scared to try any more of it. You got to have an excuse to be so decadent, and since I spend 80% of my life wearing unwashed sweat pants I can justify feeling so fancy.
So let’s go with a beer held only in middling esteem, in spite of its exquisite packaging: Pirate Noir (which is French for “Grey Homosexual.”)

Noir is an imperial stout brewed by Prairie for the express purpose of aging it in different types of barrels. This makes sense for the kind of people who claim to be able to taste the difference between barrel varieties. I am not one of those people. Dudes, for example, will tell you that pappy Dark is way different from the regular bourbon aged Dark Lord, but it’s totally not, they’re lying.

I mean, yeah, I can taste the difference between weird gross barrels and BBA stuff. There is no excuse for aging a stout in a tequila barrel, for example. Rum barrels? Eh… I hate to admit it, but I can taste the difference. It’s not bad, but it’s overwhelming, and the noir base is really timid for an RIS. So up front you got a big dose of Bicardi burn and then you get this watery-seeming, mildly hoppy and mildly vinious impy. The Noir might not actually be watery and mild, but it’s just not strong enough to stand up to the giant rum burst.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black and pours thick with a nice khaki head that quickly fades

Nose is a bit sweet boozy but nice. Chocolate and vanilla tones; mild toffee notes.

Mouth feel is thick and creamy with light carbonation and is inviting.

Flavors are licorice, booze, burnt toast, dark black coffee, and hints of sweeter Irish Whiskey.

Finish is long and booze with a big licorice/anise carryover from taste profile.

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Photo of ccg
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: After pouring, a thin, khaki-colored head appears very briefly. The look is somewhere in between a non-BA stout (which would generally be foamier) and a bourbon-BA stout, which would usually have a noticeably boozy, brown edge.
Smell: I don't think I've smelled a beer like this before, but I also have not had many rum-BA stouts. It is a sweet, boozy smell with a little bit of bite. It makes me think of candied fruit soaked in rum. I'm also getting a bit of toffee and vanilla, and something a little earthy, like a faint whiff of tobacco. I just noticed that another reviewer mentioned soy sauce, and that's probably a better name for what I'm picking up.
Taste: The rum is definitely noticeable, but it doesn't make it overwhelmingly sweet. If anything, it still has a little bit of a bitter finish. The smell is a bit more interesting than the taste.
Feel: About average for a stout. It does not have the syrupy viscosity of many bourbon-barrel-aged stouts.
Overall: It's pretty good. I might have gone into it with unfair expectations, having had many good bourbon-barrel-aged stouts but very few if any rum-barrel-aged stouts. It's absolutely worth trying once, but I think I'd rather have a bottle of Prairie BOMB, especially when it's a couple bucks less.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/8/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark fruit, rum, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, dark fruit, rum, wood, and slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with great rum barrel aged aromas, but there is a slight soy sauce flavor that diminishes the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BullDoza
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours dark brown, deep auburn/red on the edges. Settles black in the glass. Virtually no head - more of a thin, mocha colored ring around outside of the glass.

S: Rum. Has that hollow, rubbing alcohol character that vodka and rum tend to have. Standard dark roast, common on Prairie's stouts, is there - but muted. Dark fruits are there.

T: Rum is not as detectable as I would expect on the front. The dark roast is less, as well (which is a bummer. I've grown to really appreciate that property in big Prairie stouts). Really a pretty "flat" flavor profile until the rum starts to come through in the middle of the palate. Very rum like finish. Slightly bitter on the back. Maybe a hint of chocolate. Score bumped .25 up due to the fact that they hit on rum barrel in the taste.

F: Seems almost flat. Medium bodied at best. Just kind of whatever.

O: Not their best. I've grown fond of the usual dark, burnt roast flavor - it's their stamp on big Stouts, IMO.This lacks that flavor profile, vanilla, and mouthfeel. The Rum is there...so that kicks it up a notch. Buy it if you see it? Yes. Hunt and trade? Maybe not. Glad I can get it locally so I didn't trade for it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared large bottle. Poured very dark and opaque but with red-toned edges.

Feel: Very full thick feel with low but adequate carbonation. Alcohol burn reduces the rating.

Flavor: Tastes very rich with moderate complexity. Prudently restrained rum barrel effects.

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Photo of stephens101
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pure black with a beautiful thick, dark tan head that is covered with large, bursting bubbles.

Smells woody and sweet like homemade smores on a campfire. Some prunes eventually work themselves in to the mix folled by faint notes of honey and persimmon.

Gooey, chewy goodness going down and I could swear some marshmallow is left dripping off my chin. A faint dark fruitiness is almost covered up by the woody notes that strike toward the end. Has a substantial body that doesn't sit too heavy.

This beer screams dessert so much that you almost forget it's beer until you realize it packs a super sneaky 11% punch. A little sweeter than I like, but can't imagine this beer being much better.

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Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jet black, thin layer of tan foam on the surface. No lace really, but that's to be expected for a 12% BA beer. Dissipates to a glassy still obsidian surface.

Aroma is ok at first, rum and pecan, cola, vanilla. Oxidized malt creeps in soon after.
Feels a little rough, slightly astringent and fairly boozy. Roast malt, rum soaked, dry and prickly alcohol heat. Minor pecan and cola rum notes, dry and astringent from the booze. Overall it's a slow sipper, probably best consumed in the dead of winter.

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Photo of portia99
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a thick looking caramel tinted near black color with a thin cap of foamy brown head that falls to leave a collar and hardly any lacing at all.

S - Surprisingly mild aroma. Definitely picking up the rum barrel, sweet, sugary, caramelly with some vanilla and some booze. The base stout comes thru with a fair amount of roast, a bit of charcoal, some licorice.

T - Dry, bitter roast, charcoal, licorice, some alcohol, mild rum component with some sweetness, booze, caramel. Much more of the base stout comes thru in the flavor than aroma - lots of roastiness and char. Also, a bit of a cool, herbalness as well that I can't quite identify.

M - A bit on the thin side for an imperial stout, a touch watery, lower level carbonation...just shows a hint of life on the tongue, tingly booze warmth on the lips and the back of the throat - noticeable in a pleasant way.

O - Overall, nice BA imperial stout. Rum barrel is a nice change of pace - showed its influence especially in the aroma but lost a bit of intensity in the flavor. Flavor influence is very subtle. Mix of roast, booze, some berry-like sweetness as it warms, herbalness, and some charcoal. Body is a little on the weak side which takes away a bit from the overall experience.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of rum, dark fruits such as dates and plums, bakers chocolate, booze, vanilla, and touch of spice. Some very interesting apple qualities that were totally unexpected. This beer comes in sweet, hot, spicy, fruity waves that connect with me at times and at other times leaves me scratching my head. Overall, I can really dig it though. Unique to any Prairie stout I have had yet

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thinner quick to fade deep beige head atop.Rum and vanilla stand out in the nose along with dark fruit and graham cracker,oddly enough no roast or chocolate detected from me.Molasses and vanilla tinged rum with a bit of butteriness and roasted nut,man alot of stuff going on flavor-wise,again no roast to be found.It's good but not great,the look and feel are not stellar but the flavors are.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep black color with minimal. The nose has good spiced rum scents with some sweetness. The taste is more sweet and silky. The finish is smooth but with a lingering hint of funk. Overall a solid beer.

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Photo of zonker17
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with no head. Aromas of rum and chocolate. Great tastes include chocolate, booze. As it warms the alcohol content becomes more apparent. I think this base beer worked very well in the rum barrel.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into tulip from 12 oz bottle acquired as an extra in a trade.
Look is a muddy deep brown color with a slight tan head of about 1/2". Retention is quite low but lace is quite sticky.
Smell is of vanilla, raisins, dates, a bit of chocolate, toffee, a bit of booze.
Taste somewhat follows the nose but now you get a helping of the rum barrel. Big dark fruit flavors, candied fruits, candied figs.
Feel is medium-bodied but still feels a bit thin for the style. Carbonation is on par for the style.
Overall, a nice BA stout but I thought the rum barrel would have been a little more pronounced. Despite that, I enjoyed the presence of the dark fruits and candy attributes.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle opens with a light pop.

Pours ebony with a thumb of brown head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Plums, vanilla, molasess & general rum notes

T: Follows the nose, a bit of carob, cola & leafy hops up front, plus oakyness. Chocolate, charcoal & vanilla all surface as this warms, along with a whisper of boozeyness, some oaky dryness, some plum as well. Finishes dry, oaky, with dark fruit & molasses & restrained boozeyness

MF: Chewy, slight carbonation & warming, thins out a touch as this warms

This drinks great, the rum aspects of this are subtle but enjoyable. The ABV is well hidden, wished it had a bit more carbonation. I prefer Prairie Noir to this but only by a little bit

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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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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 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 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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Prairie Pirate Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.