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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 69
Gots: 143 | FT: 14
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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 +1.5%

Ncpogs, Yesterday at 06:21 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Devman171, Saturday at 06:19 PM
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3.52/5  rDev -10.7%

Thedawgpound79, Friday at 12:49 AM
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

holmesmi, Thursday at 01:27 PM
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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

JamesStreet, Thursday at 12:35 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Kurmaraja, Oct 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

belljt33, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of orangesol
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

orangesol, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Afroman, Oct 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Nuggetz, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

lysergicdream, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

PG2G, Oct 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Kram3r, Oct 09, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

Well vintaged imperial stout will generally trend dry, winey and beautifully oxidized to reveal layer upon layer of savory aroma and taste. But with the wine barrel at their normal disposal, the Prairie brewers simply cannot help themselves.

The darkest shade of brown settles into the glass with a hazy and muddled appearance. Its delicate lace swirls about the rim, giving a glimpse of stout first, but then sour red wine in waves. Its smoothly roasted sweetness reveal the burnt sugars, chocolate and molasses character ahead of grape puree, vinous barrel and oak.

Drier than expected, the lavish taste of bitter chocolate and french-press coffee are propped up with scorched sugars and a savory link that bridges across the middle towards a dry winey finish. Strong red wines of cabernet and merlot carry a sourness that associates with under-ripened berry, sour cherry, cider and plum although its grape presence remains strong.

Full bodied, but forgiving upon the finish, the stout lightens considerably upon its own acidic thinning, its warming alcohol and its powder-fine tannins. Oaky, caramel and vanillan-rich, its soft chalky exit is tangy and moderately bittered with char.

It takes a masterful hand to get these flavors to fuse together so seamlessly because their natural tendencies are to conflict in taste. The brewers and agers flirt with complication but rather are embraced by complexity.

BEERchitect, Oct 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

nuttermcbutter, Oct 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

aasher, Oct 08, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -9.6%

Halfbrother83, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

IMFletcher, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

kybeerdrinker, Oct 07, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

Dark chocolate, tar, roasty malt, and a hint of soy dominate the aroma. Flavor reveals a base of almost raspberry tartness initially, underlying a backbone of dark chocolate malt, which becomes roasty after the oak barrel kicks in mid palate. Fruity red wine grape character weaves throughout. Seems light and fruity enough to be a pinot grape, actually. The finish is dry and slightly chalky, and fairly bitter. Subtle vinous notes emerge late in the aroma. The bitterness that lingers is a bit much for my liking, but the chocolate and fruit notes are exceptional.

barczar, Oct 07, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Seabass1964, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

lillitnn92, Oct 06, 2014
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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.