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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Wine Barrel NoirPrairie Wine Barrel Noir

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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 64
Gots: 148 | FT: 16
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tronester on 06-18-2013)
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3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

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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4.05/5  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.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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1.51/5  rDev -61.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass with a branded grey/black pry-off pressure cap. Label art is nice, but strangely reminiscent of a diagram of female genitalia...or it that just me?

10%. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. Reviewed live as an "Imperial Stout Aged in Red Wine Barrels" per the label. Served cold into a snifter. Expectations are quite high given the brewery and the series; I quite liked the original Prairie Noir.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a luxurious, creamy, full head of fantastic dark khaki-tan colour. Evokes a rich dessert treat of a beer immediately. 2.5 fingers wide. Has a billowing soft consistency. Boasts excellent retention; the head stays at full mast for at least 15 minutes - longer than I can bear to wait for the first sip. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. I do think more thickness would be ideal, but that's nitpicking.

BODY: Solid opaque black. Dark, but not quite a jet black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible therein.

Overall, it's a good looking imperial stout and its head retention at this high an ABV sets it apart. I'm, looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Dry cocoa powder, roasted barley, a hint of peat and subtle accompanying smokiness, chocolate malt, a kiss of fennel. I get some very subtle dampened oak barrel notes, but what's sorely missing is a toasty oak character, or a woody richness. The oak lends too little, and while I pick up some faint vague fruitiness, I find neither grape nor red wine. The roasted barley is the highlight for me personally, but overall I find this a weak, reticent aroma for an imperial stout - yet one that promises subtlety.

There's no overt booziness or any other off-character. It's rather low-intensity for an imperial stout aroma. Not the big bold aromatics you expect from a beer in this style, which isn't a bad thing in general - but I do want more than this is providing. I hope the taste delivers what the aroma doesn't.

As it warms, though (as I wait for the head to recede enough for me to drink it!), some dark deep red grape notes do emerge, accompanied by a slight unanticipated tartness. I don't pretend to know wine, but this seems to tend towards a sweeter red wine rather than a drier one.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The open gives us what we expect - dark malts, some chocolate malts, maybe the beginnings of the roasted barley that doesn't hit until the climax - but it's the sharp left turn into tart fruit and shallow red wine territory at the midpoint that immediately seizes the drinker's attention. A guiding undertone of damp oak barrel throughout lends the build ample cohesion and helps ensure it never comes off too sweet...in fact I'd say the malty sweetness is perfectly balanced by the unnoticeable bittering hops and the hints of bitter herb from the anise/fennel family.

That is until the aftertaste, when some slight bitterness catches up, accompanied by a lightly scratchy mouthfeel which violates the up-to-then pleasant smoothness and wetness of the texture. Admittedly, it's thinner than most imperial stouts, but also more approachable. And the apt (if slight over-) carbonation makes sure the texture doesn't distract too much. It's soft, almost refreshing.

Getting back to the wine notes - wow, not what I expected. Shallow, certainly, but the tart fruit works very well here - like a good wine and chocolate pairing. Don't expect a whole lot of depth of flavour - especially where the barrel notes are concerned, but I do think overall the barrel does complement and add to the base beer well. It doesn't overwhelm it.

It's not a burnt, boozy, coffee-redolent, or bourbon-y stout. As it warms, the tartness even gives a bit - admitting a kiss of sourness into the profile. Any hopping is unnoticeable in terms of flavour.

It preserves the lovely marshmallow notes and creaminess of regular Noir, but not the caramel. In any case, it's excellently balanced, and while not the most complex imperial stout out there, boasts more than enough intricacy to engage the discerning drinker in the discovery of the many notes in its gestalt build.

OVERALL: At 11%, this is one drinkable imperial stout, but the evident high quality still demands the drinker slow down, if only to fully appreciate its subtleties and intricacies. I admit I haven't really preferred most Noir variants to the original base brew, but this is easily the best contender. I'd absolutely recommend this to friends and trade partners. It surpassed my already high expectations given the brewery responsible. I'll greedily finish the bottle alone.

For the nitpicker, or the discerning drinker seeking a superior beer with a similar flavour profile, look for Mikkel's Black Hole Red Wine Edition.

Chocolate covered strawberries or cherries would pair sinfully well with this brew.

I'm not sure I'd age this one, but maybe that kiss of sourness will take hold and blossom?


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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.