Prairie Pirate Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales
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4.11/5 rDev +4.3%
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
05-10-2013 03:32:13 | More by russpowell
3.9/5 rDev -1%
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.
06-02-2014 14:07:09 | More by chinchill
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
12-17-2013 03:12:15 | More by Alieniloquium
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
08-02-2013 03:14:02 | More by mynie
4.14/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
08-16-2013 00:00:01 | More by EgadBananas
3.33/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
12-01-2013 06:13:44 | More by homebrew311
Prairie Pirate Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.