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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 75
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rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 18.11%
Wants: 56
Gots: 185 | FT: 23
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Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: tronester on 06-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

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. (633 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.39/5  rDev -11%

12oz bottle poured into a TG snifter 8/22/2014.

A- Dark black body, almost opaque and brown. For an imperial stout, this comes with a suspiciously large tan head that persists for quite a while. [3.75]

S- Wine barrel, a bit of diacetyl butter, oak and graham crackers. There isn't a lot of the base imperial stout to be smelled here. [3.5]

F- Dark fruit, blueberries and raspberries, oak, red wine tannins, graham crackers and a bit of cocoa. Not as much of the base beer as I'd expect, but at least this isn't infected as far as I can tell. [3.5]

M- On the thinner side, a bit lower in carbonation. Drinkable, but that's as good as it gets. [3.25]

O- Not that great. Thin body kind of kills the wine barrel flavours that otherwise come across fairly well here. [3]

Final score: 3.3875

(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20% (938 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Pours a silky looking black with probably the most ridiculous head I've ever seen. It's like a root beer float head that lasts half an hour. If you move the beer, the head wiggles like jello. Pretty crazy stuff.

S: Dusty cocoa, light raisin and red wine and maybe a hint of spice. A little underwhelming, but still smells good.

T: The wine and stout kind of work together and kind of don't. At their best, the flavor is reminiscent of dark chocolate covered cherries or Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Powerberries. But other times, the flavors become a bit disjointed and you get strong cocoa and dark chocolate flavors trying to mingle with a heavy zinfandel note and not really melding. An interesting effort and definitely worth a try. (740 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as 10% ABV on the label. Had this on-tap while in Oklahoma City and enjoyed it quite a bit, this is my first of two bottles that I purchased out there.

Appearance - Black pour into a snifter with a surprisingly tall tan head. Good retention and decent lace.

Smell - Raisins, red wine grapes and berries make for a pretty nice dark fruit/tart wine feel. Blends well with a roasty chocolate base, which is less prevalent, but makes itself known.

Taste - A touch more red wine-centric with lots of grape, dark fruit, light tartness, oak barrel. The stout is more buried here, it leans mostly towards roasted/char with some sweetness and licorice there as well. Kinda reminds me of a Belgian quad.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with some heft to it, medium carbonation, definitely a dry winy feel . Some alcohol warmth but really pretty easy-going for 10%.

Overall - The appearance hinted towards infection, and with the mixed experiences I've heard about with this beer I wouldn't of been surprised, luckily this bottle seems to be alright - it's on the tart side but I'm thinking it's just really heavy on the red wine barrel. I would've liked more stout presence personally but the flavors from the wine barrel are quite nice and it's very enjoyable overall. It will be interesting to see how the other bottle ages. (1,315 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, nearly black. Dense head of fine, light brown bubbles; moderate lace.

Smell: Berries and roasted coffee - smells like desert. Aroma sweetens as it warms.

Taste: Opens with bright, tart raspberries giving way to chocolate sweetness and dark roasted coffee bitterness. Sour berries linger in the aftertaste. No hint of its 10% ABV. A little oak tannin comes through as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; not nearly as full as the color might suggest. Well carbonated, nicely matching the tartness.

Overall: A surprisingly light bodied and tart stout, almost as though cut with a framboise. A distinct flavor combination I definitely enjoyed, but may not be for everyone. An interesting contrast to more abundant bourbon barrel stouts.

Notes: 2014 release. (864 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

Thanks to Narthax for sending this over via trade.

A: Opaque black, just over 1 fingers width of mocha colored head, pretty good retention before dissipating down to a thin film that remains throughout the drink. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: Lots of tart vinous dark fruits, roasted malt, cream, some tannic fruity red wine aromas, subtle oak, faint coconut. At first, I was like meh, but this really grows on me the more time I spend with it.

T: Really tart, which surprised me. Somewhat sour dark fruits, lots of vinous red wine notes. Roasted malt, herbaceous oak, and coffee on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, could be thicker and carbonation is on the higher end, fairly smooth though, and fuller than I remember the other Noir's being. ABV is well restrained, and drinkability is good.

O: Interesting, and my favorite of the Noirs. I found the other Noirs and Bomb to all be pretty disappointing (Bible Belt was fantastic though). In this one, the barrel presence was strongest, and although a big unique I found it to be quite enjoyable. (1,106 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Black with a slight red hue. Pours a huge three finger mocha colored head..

Aroma- Dark chocolate, chocolate covered raisins, and red wine.

Taste- Big on the red wine from start to finish. The wine mixes the chocolate in the middle which gives an awkaward boozy twang, but that quickly subsides to a great finish with dark fruit/grape and sweet dark chocolate flavors..

Feel- Smooth and creamy feel, with slight lingering malt presence. Medium to full bodied and much greater carbonation than the average high abv stout.

Overall- The red wine barrels are big in this beer especially at first. I can definitely see the boozy twang putting off some people, but it is only a minor detraction for me. The The start and finish really make this beer. Great red wine flavors at first and dark fruit and dark chocolate rounding it out. Seems to be a hate it or love it beer, but I think its one of prairie's better barrel aged stouts. (945 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

About time and pours the darkest kola hue almost black with a rather rocky dimple laden three finger head that doesnt budge and a rim of leggy boozy lacing, the smell is red berries, booze, funky chocolate, marmalade with a ever present red wine oak background and yeah very enticing, the feel is medium bodied with slight carbonation and quite light for its high ABV,the first sip is like a fight of flavours all vying for your attention at once But the red wine and oak win the race to your palette briefly interrupted by a smooth milk chocolatiness and topped off with a funky blend of red wine, funk and sour cherries and overall I wasn't expecting that light a body but its real tasty and worth a taste just a little pricey cheers. (736 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (529 characters)

Photo of danieelol
2.27/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Black with creamy tan head. Nice, huge head.

Nose is typical stout licorice up front, lots of jersey caramel, some raspberry. Hints of sourness. Some marshmallow.

Taste has a strong sourness to it. Lots of red wine tannins. But just huge sourness...it shouldn't be here. It has a grittiness to it...at times it tastes like biting into off fruit.

Back palate has huge sourness, more raspberry, mushrooms

Really pretty woeful to be charging the price they are in Australia for such an obviously infected and malformed beer.

People are gonna buy this expecting BA stout flavours and will get a soured acidic and tannic mess.

The sourness is totally at odds with the bold stout profile and is ultimately somewhat unpleasant.

Disappointing as there is still a bit of the original stout's presence before it was raped by infection, and it is quite solid. I will probably finish this beer, but it's not great. (909 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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! (2,038 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from trade. Pours dark brown to black with a mocha head that keeps on growing well after the pour and I to a mountain on top of my glass. Weird. Wonder if this is a slight gusher. Gotta wait a bit to drink this I guess. Roasty chocolate aroma and some definite dark vinous fruitiness head still sticking around 5 minutes later. Flavor is a big punch of sweet red wine behind dark roast and cocoa powder. If infected then not too bad. Body is soft and rich with lowish carbonation. This has some big time red wine notes. Slow drinker for me but a definite must try for the red wine barrel stout lover. (613 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from a Dino glass.

a - brew pours black with a thin off tan head that didn't hang out long but never fully went away.

s - nose is chocolate roast with vinous notes.

t - chocolate covered cherry a bit medicinal, as the red wine seems to fight for prominence with the stouty base.

m - prickly carb a hint of booziness, fruity on a stout.

o - overall, not really my bag but drinkable. The red wine doesn't really seem to work too great here and seems to take away more than it gives. Fun tick, but skip able brew. (523 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
1.5/5  rDev -60.6%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into KBS glass.

Pour reveals a deep black brew (very fitted to the name) with huge dark roasty brown head that dies down extremely slow. Surprised at the carbonation this has. Also has a syrupy consistency to the flow of the beer. Can tell the mouthfeel will be thick.

To get to the aroma I have to wait out and fight the huge rocky head that is left behind. But when I do get my first whiffs a huge chocolate character hits first. Coffee follows and subtle hints of oak and red currants peek through. Not getting a ton of wine character, mostly a berry fruity essence which I imagine originates from the barrels.

Then boom, the flavor bleeds of wine tannins and tart red grape juice. Much more barrel character on the taste. Still plenty of bakers chocolate, acidic coffee bean, and even some old tobacco making up the key players of the flavor profile. Astounded at the tartness the barrels have resonated onto the roasty and bittersweet base of the beer. Hints of plum, dried cranberry, raspberry currants make for a nicely integrated imperial stout.

Mouthfeel, as guessed, is full with some syrupy residue left behind at the lips and middle of the tongue. The medium high carbonation is actually quite welcome as it gives an impression of a cleaner finish. The oak and tannins counteract and compliment the syrupiness while the tartness fully rounds out the feel of this sexy imperial stout.

Overall a triumphic variation of the Noir beer series and better beer (IMO) than the overhyped Bomb!. Awesome mouthfeel, complex enough flavor with good balance, and more than appealing appearance. If this was a little cheaper I'd probably trade for a few more bottles to lay down. Solid brew. (1,702 characters)

Photo of EGreen
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark roasted malts.. slightly nutty, and plenty of red wine in the nose. slightly sour on the initial flavor which lingers throughout.. transitioning nice chocolate notes, sour finally begins to dissipate as it transitions into a bitterness which i can't tell if it comes from hops or from a coffee type flavor. No, it's hops... definitely hops. Nice wine flavor is present, but is ruled by the tartness... I'm also getting some blackberry notes in the flavor. This is a VERY complex beer that balances nicely the tartness and the maltiness of a solid impStout. The most amazing part is that the beer is super smooth and you'd never guess it has an ABV of 11%!! No alcohol noticeable in either the nose or the flavor. Very enjoyable drink and another absolutely wonderful offering from Prairie. (794 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a dark, dark brown. The creamy mocha head settles to a thin, but ever-present layer of foam. The aroma of chocolate, malt and wine is fairly muted. Not so in the taste. Tart cherry lays on top of a strong red wine. There some chocolate and coffee there too, with maybe a bit of red plum. The chocolate cherry aftertaste hangs on the tongue. Not as sour as I would have expected after reading other reviews. Mouth is medium, and not nearly as thick as Prairies other imperial stouts. While it's good, I'm reminded of those dark chocolate covered cherries you see around Christmas. You have to try these one-off beers from Prairie. This is my least favorite of their stouts, but it's still pretty darned good. (729 characters)

Photo of F2brewers
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of utfiero
1.5/5  rDev -60.6%
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 (605 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of uastone
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep brown with a reddish tinge. Steady, light head of fizz.

S: Wood, cherry bubblicious, cardboard, smoke.

T: Disjointed - bit of an acidic tang/sourness, woody bitterness, backbone of sweetness.

M: Bit fizzy - carbonation doesn't match the style.

O: The barrel treatment is kind of clumsy - the beer doesn't really come together. I'd like to try the base beer for comparison's sake. (392 characters)

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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.