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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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

TXhomebrewer, May 26, 2014
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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
Photo of tectactoe
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

tectactoe, Aug 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Tiernan, May 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Krafty34, Aug 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Formula01, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Jcru33, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Justin8mypants
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Justin8mypants, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

mrw1zard, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

Franziskaner, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Cynic-ale, May 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

TKEbeerman, Jun 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

HoppySeb, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

chinchill, Jun 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

jtladner, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Schlafly33, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

acurtis, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

RobertH50, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Ashinpaugh, Jul 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Iparedman, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- mocha colored head. Pitch black color and some lace. No visible carbonation. 4

S- fruity, vinous, slightly malty, berry. 3.75

T- huge raspberry, slight chocolate, very grapey, kind of like a cordial. Baker's chocolate finish. 3.5

M- vinous, thin, lightly carbed and very dry. Some sweetness. Slightly sour. 3.75

Overall- 3.5 good but slightly odd. A bit vinous and lacking in stout qualities.

ONovoMexicano, Jul 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

mdaschaf, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big, frothy dark beige head. Great retention. Brew is solid black. Tons of lacing.

Roasted barley and red wine mingle together pleasantly, but unfortunately masking the rest of the smells pretty effectively. A big of chocolate sneaks through.

Flavors of tart red grapes mingle with a huge dose of roasted barley, complemented by dark cacao, cream, oak, and oats.

Full flavored but medium feel. No noticeable alcohol or sting.

This is a very tasty, very interesting stout. It's a little too tart for my tastes; the red wine comes through quite strong.

Roguer, Jul 20, 2014
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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.