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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 70
Gots: 132 | FT: 11
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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3.74/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, red wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid red wine barrel aged presence.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

djrn2, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

zestar, May 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

acurtis, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Texasfan549, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

kjkinsey, Sep 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

spycow, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

kylehay2004, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

jaydoc, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

emerge077, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

SocalKicks, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

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

russpowell, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

On-tap at Northdown. Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and splotches of lacing. Black body with the faintest hint of brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Big red wine character here; jammy dark fruits and oak are quite present. Base beer contributes notes of roasted malt, anise, dark chocolate, and perhaps a touch of char. Slightly boozy, but not excessively so for 11%.

T - The taste has more malt sweetness to it, although the roast and char flavors appear late, leading to a bitter finish. Wine presence is a bit more restrained here, with the dark fruit character of the red wine integrating with the malt profile. There's some lingering vinous and lightly tart notes that linger through the finish and into the aftertaste.

M - Very dry, with loads of tannins, but also a good deal of lingering stickiness on the palate. Hefty medium-full body, with some obvious alcohol warming.

D - I enjoyed my snifter, but with Bomb! available this was a one and done. The red wine character is pretty intense, so enjoyment may depend on one's wine tastes. That being said, a well-executed and tasty beverage.

MasterSki, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

one of the more interesting variants of noir i think this one. its really heavy on the wine, red wine, and although i cant pick the wine specifically, i have to imagine its cabernet or zinfandel, given the robustness of the wine aspect in this beer. probably first or second use barrels too, since so much flavor gets imparted into the beer. bakers chocolate colored beer, viscous, and just a short mocha colored head. the smell is the wine tannins first, with the bitter dark malt and booze coming later. more wine flavor from the fruit than from the oak, not common, and odd in such a big stout, it seems a little out of place does the fruitiness, but it works in the flavor. blackberry notes as much as grape ones in the flavor, lending further to my cabernet theory. the stout is almost back seat to the wine, and with such a full flavored and bodied beer, it seems impossible. the dark malt comes through a little sweeter than i remember in the others, and the alcohol seems more up front. some desserty notes in here too, chocolate layer cake and unlit cigar. complex and fun, but the beauty of noir is lost to the wine a little bit. i rarely describe a beer as over barreled, but this may be. the wine is super intense in it, unmistakable, flavors more than mellows, and finishes long and a little tart even from the wine. clever but not my favorite of the series.

StonedTrippin, May 27, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

This was quite hard to get these days, but thanks to Duffy for sharing.

Dark super dark almost black beer,

Nose nice sweet malt, great barrel note, like fresh oak barrel without overwhelming, little vinous like note, bright fruit, candy caramel, etc.
Taste sweet candy malt, toffee and candy, brandy like fruity notes, little vinous note and vanilla clean barrel, little vanilla, etc. Some booze heat and tingle, fruity, little grape note interestingly, etc.

Mouth med bod, little syrupy fuller, nice carb.

jlindros, Apr 04, 2014
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1.51/5  rDev -61.6%

Seriously...are there any Prairie beers that don't totally suck and/or aren't infected? Do people rate them up just because it's the only thing that comes out of Oklahoma?

Slight gusher from the bottle. Dark black-brown pour into a mini-snifter...but that wasn't cutting it...I needed a full-sized snifter to contain all the foam that came out even from a careful pour. The head never completely died down between when I opened the bottle and when I dumped the beer down the drain. Infection was apparent in the aroma right from the beginning, lesser notes of roasted malt, and not much else. Taste of rotten fruit, sour infection, wet wood, charred malts. Really bad, and completely undrinkable. Seems to be the trend with Prairie beers, and I don't know how they're getting away with it. Well, at least their glassware is neat.

Rifugium, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

oline73, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

XmnwildX12, Feb 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

beernads, Jun 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

drewone, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%

On tap at petrol station.

1 finger of tan head. Splattered lace. Color is black.

Flavor profile: it kind of tastes like a sour stout. The wine barrels really come through on this one. Tart cherries and sour grapes. Roasted malts. Plums, black licorice, molasses, and black cherries. A decent amount of oak. Chocolate.

Mouthfeel: tart and roasted. Full bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall, a bit too sour/tart for a stout for me and too roasted on top of that. Other than that, I enjoyed it, but I won't buy more of this one.

mothman, Jul 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Gonzoillini, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

mdaschaf, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

John_M, Aug 06, 2014
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3.13/5  rDev -20.4%

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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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.