Prairie Wine Barrel Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 59
Gots: 183 | FT: 24
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Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by kawilliams81:
Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at North down served in a 8 oz snifter.

Pours black with a 2 finger beige head. Lots of spots and trails.

Huge barrel notes, red wine and dark fruits. Some chocolate also.

Chocolate, some roast, red wine with vinous notes. Slight tartness.

To me the red wine barrel overpowers the beer but still a good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dar482
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Premo88
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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

Photo of tectactoe
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Dave11899
1/5  rDev -74.7%

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Roguer
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of F2brewers
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mongrel
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully with a copious mocha colored head. Had to pour in multiple stages - impressive for a barrel aged imperial stout.

Smells immediately bright and grapey, with roasty coffee behind that. Really seductive nose, especially for those who appreciate a vinous character in beer.

Tastes quite fruity, with grape and berries taking the lead. An effervescent, almost tangy stout that remains somewhat anchored by a full, roasty body. I wouldn't say there's a complete marriage of flavors though - the fruit comes to dominate everything else, with citrus flavors even adding to the mix later. Faint chocolate brings up the rear. The wine barrel might have married better with a barleywine. Still a tasty and intriguing experience, especially for those who enjoy wine-y beers.

Mouthfeel is full and somewhat creamy. But also high on the carbonation/effervescence scale for an impy stout.

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +1%

On the nose I could sense dark chocolate malts, light coffee roast, fermented purple grapes and wine like alcohols.

The flavors were pronounced chocolate, coffee roast, light grape, some woodsy oak and a nice raspberry finish.

I found this to be an exceptionally balanced beer as the stout malts of chocolate and light coffee flavors did not over take the fruit and wine properties.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Thick, inky black colour with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S - Roast, chocolate, coffee, molasses and a vinous wine character.

T - Chocolate and roast with a big vinous wine character and some rich and sweet red wine notes that really become noticeable as the beer warms. Fairly sweet overall with well hidden alcohol.

M - Full body and somewhat silky. Light carbonation.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black, brown finger head, decent lace.

Aroma: red wine, oak, vanilla, chocolate and roast. The wine is really prominent and I'm digging!

Taste: again, big red wine notes, mild acid, chocolate cherries, oak and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: solid near full body with a quite pleasant creaminess.

Overall: huge on the wine notes, and for me, its delicious! My personal favorite Noir!

Thanks Herf!

Photo of JimmyW
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting beer! Imperial Stout aged in wine barrels turned out to be not what I was looking for, but still more than I expected.

First thing I noticed was this beer is very fruit forward....specifically dark fruit/grapes. You can smell it. You'll definetley taste it! It's like an Imperial Stout and a jammy Pinot Nior got together and made the perfect baby. And this baby inherited and now features all the best traits from both
parents (Stout & Wine) and the house he grew up in (Wine Barrel).

It's basically like drinking an awesome stout and an awesome glass of red wine, both blended perfectly together in one glass. I definetley recommend this one.

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Black with 2-3 fingers of dark brown head. Head dissipates very slowly.

S - Lots of tart cherry in the nose, along with grape and roasted malt.

T - Sweet grape, sour and tart cherry, roasted malt with a bit of chocolate. This is more sour than I was expecting, and the deep rich cherry flavors are really outstanding.

M - Moderate-to-thick body with low-to-moderate carbonation. A bit sticky in the mouthfeel.

O - More cherry than grape in the flavor, and a bit of sourness that I wasn't expecting. This is a pleasant surprise and definitely something I would get again. Still very impressed with Prairie.

Photo of marieli
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Started about 55+ degrees (too cold).
Poured dark brown, near black. Very dark tan head, two fingers, long staying power, quite foamy. A lot of carbonation.
Smell was wine. Maybe malt at one point, but ultimately it is wine, wine, wine.
And the taste? Well, that was wine too. First drink was, wow, is this a stout? Check that, is this even a beer? It was wine, and a bit sour at that. I chose to let it sit, breath and warm up. Good choice.
This beer started kicking in at 60 degrees. I was no longer drinking a sour wine. I could detect beer! But wine was still dominant flavor. Sourness dissipated, still in background. Or did I just grow use to it? Tart fruit. Hint (just a hint) of chocolate.
I took my time with this stout. In part to let it warm up, in part out of self defense. That's a good thing because I believe this is a sipper all the way.
Overall, not sure when or why I would drink this again. I wouldn't replace a wine with it like I might an aged Abyss. This beer never mellowed out like a wine or even a good bourbon barrel stout, for example. Never had anything like this one. Will be interesting to see what the Brandy Noir is like when I get around to that one. I love Prairie Bomb! One of my favorites. The only reason I would recommend this one is to experience its uniqueness.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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!

Photo of infinitebruner
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

December 29, 2014

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Jet black, not quite inky, but still very thick, viscous. About an inch-plus of dark khaki-brown foam made of tiny bubbles. Retention is moderate-low.

S – Vanilla, sweet, oaky, boozy. Highly roasted dark malts. Hops seem to be for bitterness mostly, some mildly herbal notes in the far background. Not getting any wine notes, but barrel character is very prominent. Perhaps some fruitiness as the beer warms, potentially currant or berries.

T – A combination of sweet, lightly tart, mildly bitter, the wine seeming to be much more noticeable here. A bit of the tannins and leather I’d expect of a cabernet or pinot noir. Plum, currant, a bit of mixed berries. Vanilla is light, as is the oak.

M – Highly carbonated, an almost fluffy feel, and very dry. Well-attenuated. No outstanding sweetness or bitterness, both are in excellent balance with each other and the carbonation helps balance both. Slightly astringent, especially as the beer warms.

O – Gives a lot of barrel-aged stouts a run for their money. Some interesting flavor from the wine, only the slight astringency holds it back. Excellent.

Photo of Ri0
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 750ml into chalice. Cork had 2013 printed on it and I have had this bottle for 6 months.

A - Night sky black with a 1 finger dense tan head. Fades slowly into a nice collar around the glass and there is a good amount of tan lacing.

S - The wine is upfront. There is a good aroma of Cabernet Sauvignon. The stout is in background with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and maybe a hint if brown sugar.

T - At first sip, this was very different. I certainly get the wine barrel that gives it a slight tartness. The stout is more dark chocolate with some marshmallow. It ends with an odd aftertastes. Even at 11% I don't pick up alcohol.

M - A nice full body with normal carbonation for a stout. There is a dry aspect from the wine.

O - At first I didn't know what to think, but it did grow on me. I think the wine barrel adds an unfortunate odd aftertaste. This is good, but once is enough for me.

Photo of utfiero
1.5/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Color- black. Thick coffee with cream head.

Aroma- Godiva coffee liqueur, chocolate covered coffee beans, and hint of rum raisins.

Taste- A weird sour imperial stout. The intro is harshly sour, probably from the wine barrel aging, then finishes with a long lingering traditional imperial stout roasted coffee tone. Overall, a disappointment. I had to pour this after three small sips. Purchased at an HEB in Austin May 2014. Perhaps a bad batch? But this was really sour and off.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 6/7/14

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: pours black with a nice thick tan head with excellent retention.

S: wine barrel characteristics definitely come through most prominently on the nose. heavy toasted barrel.

T: very unique. heavily toasted oak is very prominent, slight vanilla from the barrel. red wine characteristics are fairly dominant. I get some dry red grapes. a slightly chocolately toast from the malt. Alcohol is not present.

M: too thin for the style. too highly carbonated.

O: eh. not as good as I had expected. The appearance is definitely the best part of this beer.

O: certainly an interesting and unique beer.

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +1%

Black pour with a brown two-finger head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark coffee and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is very oaky upfront with some nice roasted malt and dark fruit tastes. Also has some wine like grape and cherry flavors. Medium bodied. Dark fruit flavors develop more as the beer warms giving an almost tart finish. Different from most stouts in that the body is a little thinner than expected and the roasted/burnt flavors are replaced by the fruit. But still very good and stands on its own.

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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
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