Prairie Wine Barrel Noir - Prairie Artisan Ales

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85
very good

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 625
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 57
Gots: 184 | FT: 23
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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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours similar to the ill-fated Vanilla and Coffee Noirs which doesn't have me excited to try this. Huge mocha head erupts and sits atop a black body. A couple minutes later the head allows for a drinkable beer. Leaves some lacing and has good retention.

Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster that the beer just seems over-carbonated. The smell is lovely due to the wine. Sweet raspberries and wood from the barrel. Chocolate and roast from the stout.

The taste is akin to the nose. Wood with red and dark fruit notes from the barrel. I like the pronounced wine character to this. A little roasty and chocolatey.

A whole lot smoother than I was expecting from the head eruption. Medium bodied. The Noir beers never seem to hit a full body but it works. (754 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Kratt for this free beer!

A- Pitch black, pours half-pinky head with good retention leaving medium to medium large lacing vanilla in color. Medium legs on lacing. The beer doesn't gum up the glass when swirled around.

S- Some sour wine vinous characteristics come off first. Toasted oatmeal and toffee in the background.

T- This is probably my favorite of the three Noirs that I have tried (vanilla and reg). The somewhat acidic and a bit sour wine vinous blends perfectly with the base oatmeal stout. Mellow malt background allowing the adjuncts to do their thing.

M- It would appear that there is too much carb in this one, but it dissipates in your mouth very quickly into a creamy texture that makes this beer shine on the M. Thinner than Bomb!, but still thick enough for me.

O- A well done wine-barrel stout. (829 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Purchased in Little Rock and reviewed in my hotel room as I lie in bed. Poured into a rocks glass.

A – Pours a viscous inky black with a half-finger tan head. Some minor lacing. 4.75

S – Roasted coffee. 4

T – Very vinous. Can definitely taste the red wine. 3.0

MF – Medium-bodied with a dry finish. 3.75

O – A unique beer that I would best described as a stout mixed with a red wine. Not a sour stout but similar in some tastes. 3.25 (448 characters)

Photo of BeerExplorer
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It is very dark in appearance with strong hints of wine and chocolate. It has a very strong taste initally, but after a few sips it starts to balance out.Red wine has an obvious presence and with an ABV of 11% it is a slow drinking beer. (262 characters)

Photo of bens0n
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice dark brown (not 100% black, but pretty close) with a small amount of light/medium colored head, nothing really unique looking, but still solid.

On the nose I pick up on the sweet wine barrels, plus that awesome stout backbone. The wine barrels really shine in this brew, definitely dominate almost every characteristic of this beer, but I definitely dig it. Not boozy at all.

Flavor wise its more on the sweet side for a stout. The wine barrels add just enough tangy sweetness to it. One of those beers thats hit or miss with a bold move like this, and its definitely an out of the park kind of deal... Awesome brew.

Mouthfeel was very unique and interesting too, I would to say its alot like red wine, its not really thick like a stout, its crisp/soft/wet to dry, really interesting.

Would definitely get this again if I had the chance. (864 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a completely opaque black color. An incredibly well formed, silky smooth tan head rises to two fingers. Excellent retention, and rings of spiderweb looking lace. This is a looker.
S: A huge aromatic nose. Dark fruits of cherries, plums, and grapes comes billowing out of the glass. Light wood/oak aromas from the barrel. Milk chocolate in the finish. Actually not a lot of stout character in the nose, but still so enjoyable and unique.
T: Chocolate covered cherries, plums, grapes. The fruit flavors are almost jammy. Lightly vinous, light wood/oak flavors. More stout like character comes through as this warms. Some roast, vanilla, slightly bitter bakers chocolate pokes through for a second time. Incredible, and really unique.
M/D: A big full body of coarse. Though not nearly as viscous as other stouts of this size. Which seems to be a Prairie MO. Some bubbly carbonation on the tongue that is a little strong for the style. Though still plenty smooth. The alcohol is warming, but never over barring. A great sipper.

At first, you really don't get any stout character at all. It is just dark fruits, wine barrel and chocolate. As this warms a bit more stout comes through, but still certainly not what you expect from an Imperial Stout. That is perfectly fine cause it is so enjoyable, and unique. Well done. (1,325 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Firm tan head atop a black brew.

Smell is gentle with notes of chocolate, oak, soured grapes and taffy all happy and such. Did you say noir? More like a black comedy so far. Sounds fun.

Of course it tastes vinous with a sour, fruity blanket covering a body of subtle milk chocolate and soaked oak. Leaves some vinegar on the lips.

Medium bodied with the alcohol existing as a distant afterthought.

Obviously not up to Prairie par, but a fun escape for entertainment purposes only. (486 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. About a half a finger of a tight dark khaki head. Looks really good. Smelled like chocolate covered cherries, roasted barley and sugar sweetness. The initial taste comes off slightly tart that hits the sides of your tongue, but then mellows out with the roasted malts and finished clean. This was medium bodied stout, good lacing and coating of the mouth. Really enjoyed this beer. I haven't had too many wine barreled stouts, but I would say this is up there from what I have experienced. (549 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of JimmyW
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting beer! Imperial Stout aged in wine barrels turned out to be not what I was looking for, but still more than I expected.

First thing I noticed was this beer is very fruit forward....specifically dark fruit/grapes. You can smell it. You'll definetley taste it! It's like an Imperial Stout and a jammy Pinot Nior got together and made the perfect baby. And this baby inherited and now features all the best traits from both
parents (Stout & Wine) and the house he grew up in (Wine Barrel).

It's basically like drinking an awesome stout and an awesome glass of red wine, both blended perfectly together in one glass. I definetley recommend this one. (671 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Thick, inky black colour with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S - Roast, chocolate, coffee, molasses and a vinous wine character.

T - Chocolate and roast with a big vinous wine character and some rich and sweet red wine notes that really become noticeable as the beer warms. Fairly sweet overall with well hidden alcohol.

M - Full body and somewhat silky. Light carbonation. (386 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle served in a Old Guardian snifter.

A - Pours pitch black with a micro bubbled mocha head. Smooth lacing left behind.

S - Roasted malts and baker's chocolate jump right out. Sweet but savory. The wine barrel is very present. Woody red wine, and raspberry aroma, some smokiness. The malts overtake the wine barrels as it warms up.

T - A vinous tartness wakes up the palate. Pinot noir, raspberries, cranberries, woody tannins, tangy fruit, the roasted chocolate malts stay underneath the acidic fruit/wine notes. As it warms the chocolate comes out more and almost pairs with the wine character, but when room temp the roast seems to clash with the acidity of the fruit. Finishes tart and dry.

M - Medium body, kinda on the thin side, carbonation is low but creamy,

This was a fun one to drink. I haven't found a wine barrel stou that I've fallen in love with yet. This comes close though. There's a small window of temperature were the flavors work pretty well together but before and after that window it's not exactly harmony. It's not bad just not great. The nose is very enticing and gives notions of minor tartness but the flavor is more tart than I was expecting. I love the wine component but I'm not in love with the combining efforts. Glad I tried this and am anxious to see how my other bottle turns out in a couple of years. (1,370 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Update 2014 Crazy delicious, muted barrel tannins and delicious stout base

2013 bottle poured into a shifter
A: black with mocha head about 1 inch and a bit of soapy caramel bubbles right on top
S: Red wine upfront, bit of acidic fruit, toasted sugars
T: red wine grapes upfront, tart dark fruits, slightly bittersweet chocolate.
M: thick with a creamy smoothness, wet finish

Overall might be my least favorite from prairie yet. Layers of flavor a bit choppy and dominated by a upfront red wine tartness and somewhat of a backend sweetness (543 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 750ml into chalice. Cork had 2013 printed on it and I have had this bottle for 6 months.

A - Night sky black with a 1 finger dense tan head. Fades slowly into a nice collar around the glass and there is a good amount of tan lacing.

S - The wine is upfront. There is a good aroma of Cabernet Sauvignon. The stout is in background with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and maybe a hint if brown sugar.

T - At first sip, this was very different. I certainly get the wine barrel that gives it a slight tartness. The stout is more dark chocolate with some marshmallow. It ends with an odd aftertastes. Even at 11% I don't pick up alcohol.

M - A nice full body with normal carbonation for a stout. There is a dry aspect from the wine.

O - At first I didn't know what to think, but it did grow on me. I think the wine barrel adds an unfortunate odd aftertaste. This is good, but once is enough for me. (910 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,251 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike M for bringing this one by and popping my Prairie Artesian Ales cherry. Or grape, I guess. I've been loving wine barrel-aged stuff recently, so I was very excited to try this one. Black and oily squid's ink on the pour with just about no head. It just sits in the glass, viscous and still, with barely even a collar to mention. Swirling the glass gets a little bubble movement, but it still looks relatively motionless and tranquil.

We're talking Rocky and Apollo Creed, Round 2, where Rocky is the roast and my boy Creed is the vine. A wonderful clashing of roasted malt and vinous inclusions; sweet, roasted cocoa beans, burnt caramel and delicate brown sugar is met equally by oaky wine barrel notes, tingly grape sweetness, and a faint, underlying, vine-like tartness. Many people are but off by the roasty and sour combo, but I've been falling in love recently, sinking like a fat kid in the summer camp swim class.

The taste teeters towards the wine barrel side, which is more than fine with me. Dominant bouts of tart grapes, vinous oak staves, wine, and mild tannins flow through a moderate sea of roast. The potency of the wine barrel aging is enough to bury the roast quite a bit, but over time, it starts peaking its head out a little more and really gives the tart essence an extra leg to stand on. Good complexity so far, though a little more balance may be necessary.

A few sips in, the vinous flavors and apparent tartness start stroking the saliva glands nicely before it turns into a full blown hummer. The increasing levels of tartness and the increasing robustness of the roast stretch the flavor spectrum of the brew and is sure to turn some people off, but I'm enjoying every minute of it. The bananarama fades to a timid sweetness in the finish with a complimentary roasty and grape-y flavor. Medium-heavy bodied, oily and thick and viscous on the palate with lower carbonation.

Once again, this isn't something that many people will fall in love with. But for some sick and twisted reason, I've been really "coming around" to some strange sour and roasted combo beers, especially darker brews that have been hanging out in wine barrels. A little more or heavier roast would do this one well, but it's pretty damn good as is. Not something you'd drink on a daily basis, but an enigmatic and delicate brew for when you're feeling frisky. (2,377 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black, brown finger head, decent lace.

Aroma: red wine, oak, vanilla, chocolate and roast. The wine is really prominent and I'm digging!

Taste: again, big red wine notes, mild acid, chocolate cherries, oak and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: solid near full body with a quite pleasant creaminess.

Overall: huge on the wine notes, and for me, its delicious! My personal favorite Noir!

Thanks Herf! (407 characters)

Photo of Bierlerner
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of the bottle and into a PAA tulip

A - dark and ominous. Looks great with a great 2 finger head.

S - very different. Roast, chocolate, and wine. Wine, wine, wine.

T - Tastes like a pinot or cab with a stout mixed in. Figs, oak, cherry, chocolate, etc.

M - while effervescent, its hot still. Full bodied.

O - what the heck did I just drink? A wine or a beer? Had to drain pour the rest. A hot wine mess that seemed interesting, but only for a moment. (460 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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 (810 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an absolute pitch black with a thin brown head. Aromas of charred oak and sweet alcoholic perfume. Taste begins with a tart grape flavor, then a hint of chocolate. Following that is some red wine vinegar. The finish is surprisingly dry, smokey, with a hint of tartness. Very rich mouthfeel. Overall an excellent RIS, the wine barrel adds some really cool flavors on top. (376 characters)

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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
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