Vanilla Noir
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #334
Ranked #1,261
4.24 | pDev: 12.5%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Vanilla NoirVanilla Noir
Notes: Vanilla Noir is Prairie Noir aged on organic, fair trade vanilla beans, and let’s just say it takes a lot of beans! The vanilla flavor compliments the whiskey barrel aging process and adds a delicious layer to the beer.
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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 1,019
Photo of TBoneJones
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11% abv. per the bottle. No wax seal as the photo here indicates.
Decent pour, nothing notable.
Nose is vanilla-coffee and some barrel, with a hint of cocoa nib and black licorice.
Taste is even more. Coffee-vanilla-molasses-caramel. A medley. Sweet but with the correct barrel burn.
Mouthfeel is medium and sticky.
The lingering aftertaste is near perfection. A highly flavorful imperial.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours oily black with very little head. Maybe cream khaki color. Dissipates fast so hard to tell.
Looks dense.
Smell is that of some raisin, fig, Barrel, and touch of vanilla. Kinda muted tho.
Flavor is raisin up front with a finish of vanilla. Barrel character is hard to pick up. There a little bit the more I drink.
The beer is very big and wouldn’t want to drink more than 4-6 oz. good thing I split it.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottle neck stamping has bottling date as '22616'.
Black body, no highlights when back lit. Quarter finger of tan head stays around as thin cap and ring. Each sip's lacing slips back down into the beer.
Aroma has lots of barrel, with roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.
Thick alcohol and barrel notes, with flavors of dark roasted malts, chocolate malt, and vanilla. No bitterness.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
This beer has some age in the bottle on it, but the taste is strong with the high ABV% and barrel. Rather sweet overall and smooth with the vanilla. A beer with a lot of expression.

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Photo of kitch
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 32117, meaning that it was bottled on 17th November 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a thin mocha brown head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate fudge, vanilla, marshmallow, whisky, brown sugar and caramel.

Taste: Chocolate, whisky, quite boozy (but not in a bad way), vanilla, marshmallow and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A nice enjoyable sipper. Vanilla while there, seemed lighter than expected given the name, but not a big problem.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from rutger this past summer. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Imperial stout aged in oak whisky barrels with vanilla beans

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a one finger, loose, fizzy tan head with lousier retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head recedes to swirly cap with lots of carbonation streaming up to the top. Splotchy wisp remains leaving falling dots of lacing down the glass. Kind of a lousy head a bit too much carbonation.

SMELL: A good dose of oak, whisky, sweet cream and definite vanilla beans on the nose. Decent strength.

TASTE: Vanilla beans, sweet cream, whisky oak and alcohol up front. More sweetness from the beans and barrels at the swallow with a bolder finish of sweet vanilla cream, cotton candy, woody notes, and a good dose of whisky and booze lingering on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. A little prickly on the palate, not creamy enough, goes down fine with no real scratch and finishes mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is okay. The vanilla is a little artificial at times and the overall flavor and feel is a little on the boozy side, but it’s still rather enjoyable. Perhaps a little too much carbonation on this one as well. Worth checking out if you’re a Prairie fan, which I am, but I think there are better ones in their portfolio. Thanks again, rutger!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with brownish head. Aroma has bourbon, toffee, vanilla and booze. Taste is sweet with vanilla pudding, butterscotch, toffee, creme brulee and roasted malt in the background. Medium plus body with soft carbonation. A bit boozy but it has really nice flavors.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a pitch black with a one finger tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is chocolate fudge, vanilla, roasted malts and bourbon.

T - The taste follows Thea aroma. Vanilla, chocolate fudge, caramel, marshmallow and bourbon.

M - Medium body with medium/low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with anime soft finish.

O - Another killer barrel aged stout from Prairie.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a Pitch Black with a medium khaki head. It has medium low carbonation. The beer smells of vanilla beans, marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies, brownie batter, and bourbon. It tastes of vanilla beans, marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies, brownie batter, and bourbon. The mouthfeel is medium. This is a great vanilla stout, lots of flavor but less boozy than the bomb beers.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp into snifter. Pours jet black with little head. Nose is immediately dominated by vanilla. Next up is a huge layer of chocolate and milk. Not getting whiskey on the nose, but it starts coming through on the taste. Taste is full of vanilla, chocolate, maybe a hint of cherry (dipped in chocolate) and some lactose. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. Overall, this is a great stout, but perhaps limited in complexity.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice looking brown and foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is a good looking dark chocolate black with a nice chocolate syrup like texture with a nice sheen to it.

The smell and taste are pretty good. Both have a subtle whiskey note underneath the more stronger vanilla note while the chocolate is fairly sweet and shows up but gets lost in the other notes; it acts more like a base than an individual note. The whiskey is a little bit stronger in the taste and there is a boozy note as well but other than that it strongly resembles the smell.

The feel is pretty good. It has a good heavy body with a nice velvety smoothness to it. The carbonation is nice and biting, yet fluffy.

Overall, this was a fairly enjoyable beer and worth getting.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let me just start by saying the taste is fantastic. The over abundance of the vanilla takes the whiskey notes and transforms the overall taste into a sweeter bourbon feel. Molasses, vanilla, fudge, caramel, booze. All things delicious. The feel is robust enough to go with the heaviness, but not too heavy as to overpower the melding flavors. Smell is not as potenent, as if it is hiding away its greatness in a way.

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Photo of BeckTheBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black, with little to no head. Smells of bourbon and molasses with very little vanilla scent which surprised me. Taste very much like the smell with heavy oak and molasses up front with sweet vanilla and dates on the finish. Not as thick as expected, easy to drink with the 11% completely masked. Overall a very good beer, but I was slightly disappointed primarily due to the hype there was behind it. Either way, I’d have it again! Recommended

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Photo of larryi86
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- Black with a fast fading two finger dark mocha head.

S- Tons of bourbon, big vanilla, chocolate, fudge, some caramel.

T- Vanilla, fudge/chocolate, some caramel, some dark fruits, touch of of oak, whiskey, touch of coffee.

M- Smooth, chewy, full body.

O- A huge and tasty stout with a lot of vanilla.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark appearance with tan head that disipates quickly. A very pleasant vanilla and caramel aroma. Taste is also a very pleasant vanilla with caramel and not alcohol aftertaste. No need for aging

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Photo of BergBeer
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Opaque jet black with a thin khaki head. No activity visible.

Smell: Big sweet vanilla up front. It get a bit more subtle as it runs its course with notes of fudge, marshmallows, toffee, a pronounced alcohol, rich sweet bourbon, and even more vanilla.

Taste: Much like the nose. Big cloying Vanilla on the attack. This covers the palate and sits there over the full course of the beer. When the body is allowed to peak through it is quite complex with notes of toasted marshmallows, milk chocolate, caramel, dates, fruit leather, tobacco, and raw honey. The finish is more vanilla, spicy boozy bourbon, and a super dry oak.

Feel: Sweet and viscous. Drink like flourless cake in a glass. Huge oily body. Medium plus alcohol. Low carbonation. Mild bitterness.

Overall: It’s a dessert in a glass. A lot of the time I wish there was more vanilla in stouts with vanilla beans but no complaints about that here. It’s like sucking on a bourbon soaked vanilla bean in between a bites of toffee covered date cake. It’s that sweet. 12 ounces is definitely too much and I would split any future bottles with a good friend. It doesn’t have that bitter or roasted malt balance I look for in a big stout like this. However this is obviously a beer that would rather explore the boundaries of what a beer like this can be so I can’t fault it. A wild beer that I am glad I got to experience it.

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Photo of strohme2
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into tulip.
Deep opaque black. Pinkie finger worth of tiny bubbles head that recedes quickly. Vanilla, molasses, roast and chocolate nose. So much vanilla! It’s intense vanilla, chocolate and more vanilla, dark fruits, heat. Honestly, it’s too much vanilla for me. One dimensional. Really thin body too and prickly carbonated. A shame as the Coffee Noir felt thicker.

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Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3/17/17.Pours into a snifter jet black even when held up to the light,a thin deep beige head atop.Obviously vanilla plays a big role in the nose along with raisin,and alcoholic whiskey tones.Vanilla extract and graham cracker notes upfront on the palate,dark fruits and some hot whiskey flavors in the finish,more toasted flavors come thru as the beer warms.It's warming and dessert-like without being too crazy sweet,if you like real vanilla flavors you will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of maltznhopz
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Loved the vanilla and character from the whiskey barrel. A little thin on the mouthfeel but nice subtle hints of chocolate and caramel. I would definitely seek this out if you haven’t haven’t tried it before.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled November 2017; drank 1/15/18 @ the Yarchives.
Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small dark tan head; decent lace.

Vanilla, milk chocolate, graham cracker & faint oak notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Vanilla & milk chocolate flavors up front; graham cracker & faint oak dryness on the finish. No booze heat.

A tasty, balanced vanilla treat. Not mind-blowing, but well above average. I'd have another...

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Photo of Prager62
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz. bottle with a hard to read date stamp that looks like 12/17. I purchased this before Christmas and I believe it was recently released then. Pouring in a Prairie snifter for the review.

Look- It pours a dark brown with a generous finger of tan foam that lingers forever. No lacing is present. I'm surprised at the amount and duration of foam for a barrel aged beer.

Smell- Vanilla, whiskey, brown sugar and char.

Taste- Vanilla, whiskey, oak, char and more vanilla.

Feel- Creamy up front, loaded with alcohol heat in the finish.

Overall- While not an overly complex barrel aged stout, it is as advertised with plenty of vanilla, booze and oak. It drinks pretty hot for the 11% abv. I can see how some may score it lower because it's a rather straightforward barrel aged beer, but I'll rate it for what's stated on the label and it's all there in spades. Another quality big beer from Prairie.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I should be totally up front with my Prairie adulation. Bomb is the beer that started me on my craft beer obsession - I have yet to try a Prairie stout that I didn't love.

So - Vanilla Noir. The beer pours a very deep brown with only the hint of a very light brown head. The carbonation is minimal. The nose is all vanilla - as soon as you remove the cap, it's totally airborne, like a vanilla air freshener or candle. I may be exaggerating. I didn't taste it while cold - I walked away and gave it some space, because that seems to work well with my girlfriend.

I'll just say it now: I prefer this beer over Madagascar. And while I know that makes me a crazy person, it's true. Madagascar's vanilla tastes hugely artificial to me. Vanilla Noir's vanilla and chocolate taste natural to me. They smell fantastic and delicious. The alcohol and bourbon make a tremendous contribution to the taste.

It's an amazing beer. I wish it had been more readily available and that I had bought so much more.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours a dark black body, pitch black with a one finger offwhite head, short retention, no lacing. Smell is rich vanilla bean, like french vanilla ice cream with a big depth charge of bourbon and oak, along with a heavy dose of chocolate. Rich, wonderful, sweet but not cloying. Flavour doesn't quite live up to the table that the nose sets for it, but it's still excellent. Big oily vanilla sweetness and moderate milk chocolate, sweet whiskey and vanillin, oak and a fair bit of whiskey heat. The base beer doesn't seem to give out much in way of sweetness or chocolate, but it apparently showcases the vanilla and bourbon really nicely. Still, the finish is a bit heavy on the oak and astringent. The body itself is almost completely full bodied but not quite syrup, low carbonation but appropriate for the style, with that astringent oaky finish on the backend. Great beer, super tasty although it is still a bit rough around the edges. The barrel comes out strongly here, which is overall a big plus for this beer.

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Photo of argock
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 vintage. Poured into a clear glass snifter.

A: black with minimal head and no lacing

S: oak is strong with heavy vanilla and fudge

T: oak also strong here too with a good dose of chocolate, mocha, and vanilla. I am not a huge fan of the tannic oak barrel character. A little booze and nice dark malt character with a bit too much roast sharpness.

M: heavy body with low carbonation and a slightly chalky feel. Wish it was a little smoother.

O: it has its flaws but still an excellent, very flavorful beer. I have not had the base Beer but would love to try it.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Imperial stout aged in oak whiskey barrels with vanilla beans. Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abby Teku. The pour is very dark, not quite black, and sports 1.5 fingers of rocky tan head with good retention. The nose has lots of vanilla, toasted oak, and cocoa with marshmallows. It smells like chocolate mousse.

Full body with a firm feel. Very rich flavor with tons of vanilla and oak. Opens up with toffee, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla milkshake. Some roasted coffee comes in around mid-palate to balance things out a bit, then that chocolate mousse from the nose comes in near the finish and lingers behind.

Very rich and satisfying beer. A dessert in a bottle. One of the more vanilla-forward beers I have had, but the vanilla is not quite over-done.

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Photo of MelonLord
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer that isn't a local barrel aged stout.

8oz tulip, brown but fleeting head poured semi-vigorously

Smells like mom's cookies right after the vanilla extract was added but before the flower. Cake like sugar smell and malt with bourbon and vanilla, also chocolates? Some walnuts and fudge bring out the chocolate flavor.

Taste is great, beer vanilla(really pronounced well done vanilla flavor) then coffee/chocolate/truffles then whiskey finish with a dry malt bitterness. My favorite part

Thick and sticky feel but not too thick. Coats your mouth with vanilla malt whiskey flavor.

I need to visit the brewery.

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Vanilla Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1019 ratings