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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Wine Barrel NoirPrairie Wine Barrel Noir

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very good

79 Reviews
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Reviews: 79
Hads: 642
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 35.73%
Wants: 55
Gots: 189 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
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Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tronester on 06-18-2013

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Reviews by MasterfulIdiot:
Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ikea snifter. The liquid is just totally black. The pour produces an ungodly-sized dark brown head for a beer of this ABV. Normally for stouts like this I just pour the whole thing into the center of the snifter and count myself lucky if I can get a finger of head, but this one ballooned up almost instantly and I had to wait a minute before I could pour the rest. After a minute, it fades to one finger and stays that way, leaving a nice amount of lace the whole way down. This is a ridiculously good-looking beer!

Aroma is kind of strange. There's a weird, surprising tartness that's the dominant note on the nose, and some roasty chocolate in the background. The tartness isn't overtly vinous, but I can kind of imagine that it came from the wine-barrel-aging if I think about it. Almost like a vinegar note buried in there too.

The taste starts out with a bit of smooth dark chocolate, and then the tartness from the nose comes in and starts to dominate. It is more vinous on the palate than on the nose, and is hard to describe - it does kind of taste like fermenting grapes, and maybe a little bit oaky. I know I'm probably kind of off describing it with the word cellar at all, but it kind of tastes like what I would imagine an old wine cellar would smell like. Tartness kicks in even more on the aftertaste, along with some kind of astringent mineraliness. It's interesting, but I can't say I like it all that much. Maybe I would if I was more into wine?

Mouthfeel is pretty luxurious, at least. The body is pretty full, and there's some nice carbonation to cut through it, and the good head retention seems to help keep the mouthfeel really silky, as a little bit of the head comes in on each sip.

Overall, it's an interesting beer, but kind of seems like an experiment gone wrong - or, at least, an experiment that didn't really hit my preferred flavor notes. I still haven't had regular Noir, but, aside from the incredible appearance and luxurious mouthfeel, this is shockingly different from Coffee Noir!

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Photo of dar482
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark black color with a tinge of purple and red in the dark brown head.

The aroma attacks of huge red wine quality, milk chocolate, some coffee, caramel sweetness.

The flavor hits of red wine throughout. It's almost as if stout was poured into a huge glass of robust red wine. The berries of raspberries, currant, cherries, and red grapes hit up front, then some smokiness, sweet chocolate, coffee. Lots of carbonation on this. Then onto a big attack of alcohol and lots of red wine tannic drying.

A fun fun beer.

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Photo of Premo88
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

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Photo of Smokesnotes
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of tectactoe
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike M for bringing this one by and popping my Prairie Artesian Ales cherry. Or grape, I guess. I've been loving wine barrel-aged stuff recently, so I was very excited to try this one. Black and oily squid's ink on the pour with just about no head. It just sits in the glass, viscous and still, with barely even a collar to mention. Swirling the glass gets a little bubble movement, but it still looks relatively motionless and tranquil.

We're talking Rocky and Apollo Creed, Round 2, where Rocky is the roast and my boy Creed is the vine. A wonderful clashing of roasted malt and vinous inclusions; sweet, roasted cocoa beans, burnt caramel and delicate brown sugar is met equally by oaky wine barrel notes, tingly grape sweetness, and a faint, underlying, vine-like tartness. Many people are but off by the roasty and sour combo, but I've been falling in love recently, sinking like a fat kid in the summer camp swim class.

The taste teeters towards the wine barrel side, which is more than fine with me. Dominant bouts of tart grapes, vinous oak staves, wine, and mild tannins flow through a moderate sea of roast. The potency of the wine barrel aging is enough to bury the roast quite a bit, but over time, it starts peaking its head out a little more and really gives the tart essence an extra leg to stand on. Good complexity so far, though a little more balance may be necessary.

A few sips in, the vinous flavors and apparent tartness start stroking the saliva glands nicely before it turns into a full blown hummer. The increasing levels of tartness and the increasing robustness of the roast stretch the flavor spectrum of the brew and is sure to turn some people off, but I'm enjoying every minute of it. The bananarama fades to a timid sweetness in the finish with a complimentary roasty and grape-y flavor. Medium-heavy bodied, oily and thick and viscous on the palate with lower carbonation.

Once again, this isn't something that many people will fall in love with. But for some sick and twisted reason, I've been really "coming around" to some strange sour and roasted combo beers, especially darker brews that have been hanging out in wine barrels. A little more or heavier roast would do this one well, but it's pretty damn good as is. Not something you'd drink on a daily basis, but an enigmatic and delicate brew for when you're feeling frisky.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Tiernan
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Krafty34
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Afroman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mctizzz
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Formula01
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Jcru33
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.5/5  rDev -10%

A Pitch black beer with a thick brown head, good retention

S It smells almost exactly as I expected, nice malty stout, lots of chocolate and roast malts with just a hint of the wine barrel.

T The taste is a lot more wine barrel than you would think by the aroma. A lot of tart grape flavor and oakiness but the imperial stout takes a backseat. Tastes like a chocolate covered cherry.

M Thinner than it should be for the style. Light carbonation.

O Not a bad beer but not what I was hoping for. I think I would enjoy it more if the wine barrel was more subtle. The Smell got my hopes up, but the wine flavor is a little overpowering. With a little tweaking this has potential to be an outstanding beer.

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Photo of mrw1zard
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet black in color with a quarter inch dark brown head. Aroma of red wine and dark roasted barley is very prominent. The flavor is initially tart with the flavor of red wine and then very quickly rushes into deep,dark barley. Notes of Pinot Noir interplay well with chocolate and a hint of coffee. A bit more sour than bitter,overall. The mouth is fairly heavily carbonated and thick.

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Photo of poopfaced
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave11899
1/5  rDev -74.3%

I was looking forward to this one....

Aroma was magnificent. Chocolate and cream.

Taste. What a tannic and sour hot mess. There is complexity to this beer. However I was unable to enjoy it.

Poured the beer out.

Mouthful was acidic with a dry finish.

Overall. Somethings were not meant to be blended such as a dolphin and an elephant. They're both mammals, such as wine and beer cause I intoxication... But both should not be blended. Tannic has no place in beer like a roving dumbo has a place in the ocean.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of kwkdmk
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12 oz undated bottle prchased at Central Market (San Antonio) 2 days ago.

A - Pitch black; creamy brown head with great retention and sticky lacing.

Aroma: Moderate-strong red wine and wine barrel components dominate the dark malts.

Flavor: over-powering red wine and wine barrel aspects. The normal stout flavors start to come out mid-taste, but it's back to red wine and barrels

Feel: soft, medium-low carbonation; very smooth; full body.

O: an unsuccessful transformation of a fine Imperial Stout.

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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
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