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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

586 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 59
Gots: 154 | FT: 17
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:
Beer added by: tronester on 06-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of nmann08
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a jet black color with a big brown head.

The nose is yeast esters, dark fruit, raspberry, chocolate, red wine oak and molasses. The flavor is jam-like, raspberry, chocolate, molasses, dark malt and a little toasty. The finish is good, but thin. I would enjoy this more if it was a bit more substantive. It must have thinned out a little in the barrel.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

Well vintaged imperial stout will generally trend dry, winey and beautifully oxidized to reveal layer upon layer of savory aroma and taste. But with the wine barrel at their normal disposal, the Prairie brewers simply cannot help themselves.

The darkest shade of brown settles into the glass with a hazy and muddled appearance. Its delicate lace swirls about the rim, giving a glimpse of stout first, but then sour red wine in waves. Its smoothly roasted sweetness reveal the burnt sugars, chocolate and molasses character ahead of grape puree, vinous barrel and oak.

Drier than expected, the lavish taste of bitter chocolate and french-press coffee are propped up with scorched sugars and a savory link that bridges across the middle towards a dry winey finish. Strong red wines of cabernet and merlot carry a sourness that associates with under-ripened berry, sour cherry, cider and plum although its grape presence remains strong.

Full bodied, but forgiving upon the finish, the stout lightens considerably upon its own acidic thinning, its warming alcohol and its powder-fine tannins. Oaky, caramel and vanillan-rich, its soft chalky exit is tangy and moderately bittered with char.

It takes a masterful hand to get these flavors to fuse together so seamlessly because their natural tendencies are to conflict in taste. The brewers and agers flirt with complication but rather are embraced by complexity.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -4%

Oil black body with a big, dark tan head. Notes of chocolate and dark, red fruit in the aroma. The flavor is full of vinous character with a fair amount of grain bitterness and a coffee like roast character. Medium thick body, slightly high carbonation and a dry finish. The aroma character is great, but it doesn't pull through in the flavor. The lack of sweetness emphasizes the bitterness which really clashes with the fruit, a bit more sweetness and body would go a long way.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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 MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rifugium
1.5/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.