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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

452 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 71
Gots: 140 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tronester on 06-18-2013)
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Photo of Premo88
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter

L: pitch black topped by huge, thick tan head of foam -- classic big stout look, and the head sticks and is now lacing ... perfection

S: like the look, classic big stout -- all coffee and chocolate, super sweet with some nice dark roasted malt notes and only a hint of red-wine sour-grape note underneath all of the typical stout notes; after the first sip, wow -- the red wine notes really show through ... once the palate gets triggered, that red wine mixes with the stout chocolate/coffee and offers a big vanilla-cherry milkshake kind of thing

T: burnt bitter malt, so dark bitter that it masks much of the sweetness picked up in the aroma; definite tart/sour note from the red wine, especially in the lingering aftertaste; the 10% ABV warms the throat but doesn't seem present in the taste -- too much malt flavor to notice alcohol

F: full and weighty but not overly slick or thick ... very drinkable for a beer that should be nursed

O: fantastic spin on a style I love straight up. the red wine barrels impart a cool sour/tart note that's very subtle amid the sweet coffee/chocolate tastes of the stout. a perfect sipping beer

Premo88, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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Photo of kojevergas
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass with a branded grey/black pry-off pressure cap. Label art is nice, but strangely reminiscent of a diagram of female genitalia...or it that just me?

10%. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. Reviewed live as an "Imperial Stout Aged in Red Wine Barrels" per the label. Served cold into a snifter. Expectations are quite high given the brewery and the series; I quite liked the original Prairie Noir.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a luxurious, creamy, full head of fantastic dark khaki-tan colour. Evokes a rich dessert treat of a beer immediately. 2.5 fingers wide. Has a billowing soft consistency. Boasts excellent retention; the head stays at full mast for at least 15 minutes - longer than I can bear to wait for the first sip. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. I do think more thickness would be ideal, but that's nitpicking.

BODY: Solid opaque black. Dark, but not quite a jet black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible therein.

Overall, it's a good looking imperial stout and its head retention at this high an ABV sets it apart. I'm, looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Dry cocoa powder, roasted barley, a hint of peat and subtle accompanying smokiness, chocolate malt, a kiss of fennel. I get some very subtle dampened oak barrel notes, but what's sorely missing is a toasty oak character, or a woody richness. The oak lends too little, and while I pick up some faint vague fruitiness, I find neither grape nor red wine. The roasted barley is the highlight for me personally, but overall I find this a weak, reticent aroma for an imperial stout - yet one that promises subtlety.

There's no overt booziness or any other off-character. It's rather low-intensity for an imperial stout aroma. Not the big bold aromatics you expect from a beer in this style, which isn't a bad thing in general - but I do want more than this is providing. I hope the taste delivers what the aroma doesn't.

As it warms, though (as I wait for the head to recede enough for me to drink it!), some dark deep red grape notes do emerge, accompanied by a slight unanticipated tartness. I don't pretend to know wine, but this seems to tend towards a sweeter red wine rather than a drier one.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The open gives us what we expect - dark malts, some chocolate malts, maybe the beginnings of the roasted barley that doesn't hit until the climax - but it's the sharp left turn into tart fruit and shallow red wine territory at the midpoint that immediately seizes the drinker's attention. A guiding undertone of damp oak barrel throughout lends the build ample cohesion and helps ensure it never comes off too sweet...in fact I'd say the malty sweetness is perfectly balanced by the unnoticeable bittering hops and the hints of bitter herb from the anise/fennel family.

That is until the aftertaste, when some slight bitterness catches up, accompanied by a lightly scratchy mouthfeel which violates the up-to-then pleasant smoothness and wetness of the texture. Admittedly, it's thinner than most imperial stouts, but also more approachable. And the apt (if slight over-) carbonation makes sure the texture doesn't distract too much. It's soft, almost refreshing.

Getting back to the wine notes - wow, not what I expected. Shallow, certainly, but the tart fruit works very well here - like a good wine and chocolate pairing. Don't expect a whole lot of depth of flavour - especially where the barrel notes are concerned, but I do think overall the barrel does complement and add to the base beer well. It doesn't overwhelm it.

It's not a burnt, boozy, coffee-redolent, or bourbon-y stout. As it warms, the tartness even gives a bit - admitting a kiss of sourness into the profile. Any hopping is unnoticeable in terms of flavour.

It preserves the lovely marshmallow notes and creaminess of regular Noir, but not the caramel. In any case, it's excellently balanced, and while not the most complex imperial stout out there, boasts more than enough intricacy to engage the discerning drinker in the discovery of the many notes in its gestalt build.

OVERALL: At 11%, this is one drinkable imperial stout, but the evident high quality still demands the drinker slow down, if only to fully appreciate its subtleties and intricacies. I admit I haven't really preferred most Noir variants to the original base brew, but this is easily the best contender. I'd absolutely recommend this to friends and trade partners. It surpassed my already high expectations given the brewery responsible. I'll greedily finish the bottle alone.

For the nitpicker, or the discerning drinker seeking a superior beer with a similar flavour profile, look for Mikkel's Black Hole Red Wine Edition.

Chocolate covered strawberries or cherries would pair sinfully well with this brew.

I'm not sure I'd age this one, but maybe that kiss of sourness will take hold and blossom?

A-

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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.