Prairie Wine Barrel Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales
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Reviews by chinchill:
3.13/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
06-25-2014 03:56:19 | More by chinchill
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4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-17-2013 18:21:55 | More by tectactoe
3.89/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
07-04-2014 16:12:33 | More by Franziskaner
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
07-18-2014 04:13:58 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.94/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-19-2014 23:52:49 | More by Roguer
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
12 oz. bottle poured onto a HF wine glass. Served at 58F.
Thanks to Wayne17 for the chance to try this beer.
A: Thick, rich mocha head about 1.5" thick over a pitch black body. Fine carbonation. Head dissipates quickly, but is revived fully by gentle swirling. Minor lacing on the glass as I drank this.
S: Dark chocolate, hints of coffe, notes of wine and lactic sourness. A blend of dark fruits/sour cherries is present as well.
T: Rich, thick flavors consistent with an imperial stout tempered by tartness from the barrel. If you've had red wine barrel aged beers, you'll recognize similar notes...but they are well integrated without any sharpness or spiky characteristics. IMO, the balance of the two is excellent. A clean finish lack any tannic dryness, leaving faint hints of cherry and chocolate.
M: Rich, but not overdone. Appropriate carbonation for the style. No slickness or oily residue. The heaviness of the alcohol is well hidden.
O: This style an be polarizing for many, but I find this to be excellent. If you are interested in soured stouts, seek this beer out. Great blend of flavors without any one standout flavor.
06-08-2014 01:18:17 | More by F2brewers
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Opens with a very low-key pop
Pours jet-black with 2+ fingers of caramel colored head. Nice viscosity to this, above average lacing & head retention
S: Dark chocolate, oakyness & rum, plums as well
T: Plums, dryness, pruneyness, & oaky sourness, an odd bit of marmalade as well up front. Plenty of wine cask as this warms, figs & a touch charred oak, smokeyness, plus raisins& prunes. Finishes sooo dry, with figs, prunes & a touch of grape jelly
MF: Chewy, slight carbonation, but enough to push flavors forward, warming
A nice RIS, that will probably age very well, not in love with is as much prior Prairie stouts. Will try to buy a few to age if I see it again. Very few wine aged beers have impressed me, this is just another one not quite in my wheelhouse. Pretty complex not matter how you slice it
07-13-2013 05:48:31 | More by russpowell
Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
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