Vanilla Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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4.17/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by HopsMatt on 12-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,493
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
986
pDev:
12.95%
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Photo of Patches826
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YvesB
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StormAles
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 562Brew
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phineasco
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Dave2234
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beersnake1
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +1.9%
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 TCOlson
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wordemupg
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of REVZEB
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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 NathanBeets
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RichD
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Furlinator
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeckTheBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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 khargro2
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LloydDobler
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of caahare
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of larryi86
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Burghman
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Vanilla Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 986 ratings