Vanilla Noir
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,141
Ranked #3,204
4.19 | pDev: 12.41%
Jan 22, 2023
Dec 11, 2013
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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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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pitch black, oily appearance. Small, bubbly brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing is left behind, but it disappears altogether after a while.

Whiskey dominates the aroma; strong, boozy, sweet, some dark chocolate, and oak.

Hits upfront with whiskey--booze, caramel, coconut, tannins. Big sweet vanilla note, like vanilla icing on cake. Thick dark chocolate, leading into fudge, and then a slightly spicy blackstrap molasses and licorice note near the finish. The oak tannins cut through much of the sweetness, preventing it from being too cloying. A slight sweet stickiness lingers.

Medium-plus mouthfeel, light carbonation--isn't as thick as I thought it would be, but the very strong boozy barrel-aged stouts are often thinner in feel than their non-barrel-aged counterparts. Nevertheless, it finishes out sticky.

Great BBA imperial stout. A bit on the expensive side for a single bottle, but delicious nevertheless.
Jan 22, 2023
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Reviewed by aBosslyElephant from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
L - Pours like a smooth black tar. No foam with a midnight black body.
S - Nice, strong notes of sweet vanilla bean. Mixed with a deep burnt molasses.
T - Amazing, despite the high ABV the alcohol taste is greatly shrouded by sweet, roasty, vanilla beans and dark chocolate.
F - Fantastic, super smooth and thick. One of the nicest beers to drink I've ever had.
O - A very high quality Imperial Stout, super smooth and rich.
Jan 09, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11.5%. Pitch black colour, moderate to small tan head. Strong aroma of vanilla, roast malts and molasses, a hint of whiskey. Sweet and rich flavour, roast malts, molasses and vanilla galore, also notes of oak and whiskey.
May 26, 2022
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Reviewed by DSMaine

4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
If you like vanilla infused stout, this is among the smoothest and creamiest. Excellent body and rich flavor. High alcohol but didn't taste it. A little sweet.
Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by Mastercamo from Georgia

Nov 29, 2021
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Rated by Pete_Simpson from California

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Had a weird flavor that I didn’t like much.
Maybe it was boozier than I like, can’t really say.
Wouldn’t have it again.
Oct 16, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Jul 11, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by o29 from Texas

Jul 02, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Apr 01, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Mar 09, 2021
Rated: 4.47 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Dec 27, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Nov 14, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Oct 06, 2020
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Reviewed by DvdP from Netherlands

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
11.14.2019. Most certainly does what it promises. Poors black, with brown foam. Smells soft, sweet vanilla. Smooth mouthfeel, but a tad alcoholic, thick enough. Taste is heavy vanilla, nice amount of bourbon, and smooth oatyness. Damn good, not their best
Sep 21, 2020
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottled 11.13.19.

Vanilla, chocolate, & barrel on the nose. A bit more booze on the palate, with the vanilla coming in nicely to cut through those oaky undertones. Could use a bit more body, but this one’s drinking pretty good.
Sep 14, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by beersampler6 from Michigan

Sep 10, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Sep 05, 2020
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Rated by MattDecker from Texas

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Toasty roasty malt vanilla charred oak boozy goodness
Aug 24, 2020
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Reviewed by johnInLA from California

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle, poured into snifter.

Black, small light brown head, which quickly diminishes.

Nose is oak and vanilla, with some leather, cherry

Nose carries forward into the taste, with a touch of whiskey.

Med/Full body, creamy feel with some warmth, finish is vanilla, dry, with light bitterness.

Mostly oak and vanilla, with other supporting favors, well balanced,
Aug 21, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by kmoen from California

Aug 10, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by BAsbill from California

Aug 10, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by BdM from Netherlands

Jul 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger creamy dark khaki head that has great retention

S- plenty of barrel on the nose with aromas if wet oak, barrel juice and caramel. Chocolate and molasses intertwine with fruity aromas of dark cherry and raisin. Burnt tobacco and vanilla close it out

T- vanilla is noticed immediately up front, coming through more so than the nose. Mid-palate gives notes of chocolate, molasses, figs, raisins and cherries. The finish brings out the barrel, adding oak, bourbon and enhancing the vanilla, which sticks around at the linger

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- vanilla comes through nicely, complimenting the barrel notes throughout
Jul 02, 2020
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Reviewed by jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap:

Pours a slightly shiny jet black color with a light tan head. Head retains around the circumference of the glass.

Smell: get ready for this one. Powerful aroma of mainly whisky with just a bit of vanilla. There is perhaps an afterthought of coffee there.

The taste delivers the booze promised in the aroma. Whisky, oak perhaps, and vanilla up front, followed by dark chocolate and coffee. The coffee bitterness is very pronounced, especially in the finish. Finish is long and bitter with remnants of booze and sweetness.

Feel is surprisingly smooth for such a boozy nose and palate. Each sip is a bit like a shot of whisky with some other stuff (makes me think of Scotch and Splenda, if you’re a fan of The Office).

Overall, a good stout. Personally the combination of booze and bitterness was too much, but I appreciate the complexity and the character the organic vanilla beans bring to the table.
Jul 01, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jun 24, 2020
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Rated by grover37 from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2017 bottle from NRG in June 2020 at home.

Pretty good. Probably better fresher but still fairly hot.
Jun 20, 2020
Rated: 4.71 by akopczyk from Ohio

Jun 10, 2020
Rated: 4.13 by Bandi from New York

May 28, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short mocha-colored head that quickly settled down, leaving a collar consisting of medium sized beige bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of whiskey are present in the nose along with hints of vanilla.
T: Like the smell, the taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of whiskey along with notes to hints of vanilla beans.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The whiskey barrel aging lends warmth to the mouthfeel, particularly in its finish.
O: This stout has lots of nice aromas and flavors of whiskey and the addition of vanilla beans adds a bit of complexity to the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle
May 28, 2020
Rated: 4.38 by Zonian1 from Ohio

May 16, 2020
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Rated by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Was not really impressed. Seemed a little overly boozy with light vanilla. Not for me. Very thin feeling beer.
May 12, 2020
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottled 11/13/19. Pours inky black, but with ruby edges; dark tan head of mixed bubbles; some brief cap retention reduces to an island of micro dots and a fairly heavy ring; small soapy suds and heavy legs on swirl. Vanilla and chocolate on first sniff; boozy whiskey retro nasal on exhale. Taste follows tongue; oaky vanilla, chocolate, two day old fudge, whiskey. Smooth creamy feel, medium body, light carbonation; warmth from 13.7%; dry oaky/cocoa powder finish. Overall, more enjoyable than yesterday’s Pirate Bomb because the barrel/oak/whiskey notes mix well with the vanilla and the underlying chocolate flavors; a pleasant vanilla/cocoa finish makes this an easy drinking higher abv offering from Prairie.
Apr 25, 2020
Rated: 4.84 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Apr 18, 2020
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A pour that makes motor oil pale by comparison. Chocolate flavor undermined to a degree by a coffee bitterness. The bitterness makes it a bit harsh--a shame since for a 13.7% heavyweight, it's a pretty smooth imperial stout. The vanilla presence is nice, not overdone.
Apr 15, 2020
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Reviewed by NoYouDidnt from Indiana

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours black with a finger head on aggressive pour. Aroma- chocolate, marshmallow, a little alcohol, cherry, vanilla, Taste- cherry, plum, tootsie roll, a little dark bread yeast, a little alcohol hint. Has a slight mint to it as well. The vanilla is there but certainly not smacking the face. Dark chocolate and a slight coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel- it is a little thin for being such a high octane beer. Overall- this is just a little too meek. I know that some vanilla beers are just absolute vanilla bombs and some barre aged beers are just blasting alcohol. This is just a little too light in those categories.
Apr 01, 2020
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle - 2019 vintage - poured into a snifter at 50°F. Purchased locally for $13.

Glugs out of the bottle with a used motor oil appearance sitting black as pitch in the snifter. A fingernail of bubbly dark mocha head forms and quickly disappears, leaving a loose, airy, soapy collar with great retention - slowly deflating one bubble at a time. Zero visible effervescence.

Nose: This is one of those stouts you can smell from several feet away. Diving in, there is definitely a huge vanilla presence. Sticky, sweet vanilla beans lending an almost marshmallow note and vanilla icing. Plenty of roast, but it's not ultra dark or blackened, so there's no cherry, ashen, or acrid aromas to be found. As expected, the roasted malt lends plenty of cocoa, brownie batter a touch of cafe latte, and plenty of caramel which is accentuated by the vanilla. There is a metric TON of bourbon barrel in this. Fresh, wet, bourbon-soaked charred oak. Not only is there a massive barrel presence, but the bourbon itself just leaps out of the glass with potent oak, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, and all the wonderful sweet bourbon aromas. There's plenty of heat from the near 14% ABV, which really highlights the bourbon note.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with an immediate sweetness and heavy vanilla presence. There is a healthy amount of roast, but the sweet vanilla really dominates, so there's essentially zero dryness, and instead of bitter roasty coffee and dark chocolate, the roast translates as brownie batter, milk chocolate, hot cocoa, with tons of vanilla bean, vanilla frosting, vanilla cake batter, Italian sweet cream, marshmallow, and some chocolate chip cookie dough. Heavy bourbon barrel presence, delivering both bourbon and barrel. The sweet vanilla aspect comes to a peak, and for a moment, comes across as an almost artificial vanilla flavour with. Slightly metallic artificial sweetness. It's very sweet, but not in a fishy way, but rather a too much sucralose or aspartame in your coffee way. This artificial vanilla/sweetener note lingers into the finish, where once again, there is just zero dry roasty bitterness. It's so vanilla saturated, that rather than finishing with cocoa, coffee, and blackened malt, the beer finishes with white chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, and thankfully, some bourbon-soaked charred oak, which lends some much needed tannic dryness.

Mouthfeel/Body: For what this beer is - a huge bourbon barrel-aged vanilla imperial stout, the body is a touch thin. Now, this thinner body paired with essentially zero cherry bitterness results in this being insanely drinkable for 13.7% ABV. It isn't a thin beer by any stretch - it's sweet, sticky, and full-bodied, but it lacks the viscosity of many other big stouts. Effervescence is naturally on the low side, and very fine in nature. Some ABV heat is evident, particularly in the swallow.

Overall: This is a truly outstanding barrel aged stout with vanilla. Despite my notes on the artificial vanilla/artificial sweetener note, make no mistake, the vanilla beans in this are 100% natural. In fact, they're organic. Often times, but stouts with insane amounts of vanilla will take on that artificial note. It just shows they didn't skimp on the beans. Yes, it's a touch thin, and yes, the vanilla could be a little more floral, but even as it stands, this is an absolute home run. Incredible bourbon barrel presence, no shortage of vanilla, and drinks like an alcoholic dessert. Pricey, but if you like vanills stouts, don't sleep on this one.
Mar 29, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Dope from Massachusetts

Mar 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This beautiful beast pours a
luscious coal black with a rich brown head that settles to a thick ring
with subtle lacing. Nose of vanilla, mild coffee, rich cocoa, spicy whiskey,
and light oak. Flavors hit the note. Whiskey and cocoa to the fore; spicy
and sweet notes overflowing with fudge and brown sugar. Mild coffee
and cream meld nicely with brulee and moderate char and cascade over
warming booze. Excellent mouth feel; full body, smooth, slick, lightly
coating, and finishing warm and vanilla sweet with a hint of dryness.

Overall----another WOW and perhaps the biggest WOW I have had
from the good Prairie folk......excellence....PERIOD!

Mar 22, 2020
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Reviewed by emyers from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. bottle poured into a teku glass.

Near black with thin light brown head.

Nose: Very vanilla and bourbon forward with a hint of cocoa powder.

Tase: Follows the nose - vanilla and bourbon with a subtle malt/cocoa base. Not much alcohol heat.

Feel: Medium body, light carbonation, extremely drinkable.
Mar 22, 2020
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