Prairie Wine Barrel Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales
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4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Growler sent from Dallas, less than a week old #murica
The beer pours an inky black with a thin tan halo of head that provides minimal lacing and stays well carbonated throughout drinking. The nose is more roasty than anything when cold, but as it warms, there are more cherry and grape notes, which mix perfectly the chocolatey sweetness of the malt (think chocolate covered cherries) followed by a hint of alcohol. The taste improves with more notes of tangy fruit cutting through the beer's rich chocolate sweetness as it warms. The mouthfeel is full bodied and sweet with a tremendous wine barrel presence, good fruitiness, and a tart, lingering fruity sweetness in the finish. This beer is a big success in my book, far better when it warms, but truly nails down both the wine and stout components very well.
Serving type: growler
09-30-2013 15:26:37 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.93/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A- Pours an intense black with a slightly less than 1 finger mocha head. Retention is solid given the abv. A silky rings fights well to hang around the whole drink. Wispy lacing.
S- Coffee and cocoa. Touch of vanilla and booze. Caramel bordering on burnt, roasted malts and earthy, wood-like hops. Note overpowering wine characteristics on the nose, but some fruity, grape, plum notes.
T- Up front, its fairly in line with the regular noir- roasted oats, bitter coffee, chocolate...all along an oak barrel base. But then the wine barrel variation kicks in like a boss. It's an interesting twist as it takes this stout to a tangy/tart layer. Not exactly puckering, but a little sour stickiness on the tongue that you get with red wine. Some dark fruits.
M- As usual with this brewery, a wonderful feel. Dry, full body, somewhat viscous, and a welcoming ease to drink. Alcohol is well hidden for the abv.
O- Complex. Tang meets roast. The wine aspects tend to hold the flavor profile hostage at times, but that's not all bad. It borders on a sour stout, and if it were to fit into that category, then it could be the best I have had. Highly recommended if you like that style and are looking for something different from you standard strong stouts.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2013 02:45:37 | More by Bosoxfan20
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2013 15:58:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-23-2013 21:24:54 | More by MasterSki
3.86/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-23-2013 17:20:19 | More by kawilliams81
Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
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