Vanilla Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Vanilla NoirVanilla Noir

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

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

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Ratings: 976 |  Reviews: 153
Reviews by cjoc83:
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3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with grey wax recieved in a trade from my man Jon in Texas. Thanks a bunch dude!

A - Pours jet black with a light to moderate viscosity into my Ommegang tulip. Light pour brings about a hefty 3 finger mocha colored head that doesn't stick around long and leaves no lace as expected. Appears over-carbonated and a bit thin.

S - The nose seems kind of muted... Definitely big vanilla notes front and center, with some roasted malt, cocoa powder, slight chocolate. The whiskey and barrel character is there, but you have to dig for it. Hmm.

T - Some slightly bitter coffee and big vanilla sweetness hit the tongue first, giving way to roasted malts, brown sugar, and powdery cocoa before finishing off with more vanilla, and some slight whiskey and charred oak. Nicely balanced, but the flavors are a bit subdued, they don't pop like you would expect in an imperial stout to. I was expecting more from a barrel aged stout, especially one with such a high rating.

M - Creamy, a bit over-carbonated though. A little thin for the 11.5 abv. On the upside it's quite easy drinking. Alcohol is well masked.

O - Nice stuff, but not without some glaring flaws. I would have liked more barrel character and the mouthfeel left a lot to be desired. Vanilla notes are great, and it's well balanced, but there's definitely room for improvement. A nice quaff but not worth the $8 price tag. Hopefully Coffee Noir is a bit better.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an absolute black with a finger of khaki fizzy-foam on top. Not much for head retention with no lacing left behind. Boozy bourbon hits the nose immediately after opening. Caramel, oak, molasses, vanilla bean, and dark chocolate all form additional layers within the aroma. Flavor profile showcases vanilla bean, and bourbon. Caramel, molasses, and dark chocolate produce a wonderful arrangement of warming, sweet notes. Oak with toasted and roasted malts become more apparent as the beer warms. Mouth feel is thick and filling, with a velvety texture that has a little bit of graininess to it. Overall, a huge, flavorful stout. Vanilla bean is definitely on show, but it's not a one-trick pony. Bourbon and booze is at a nice, but upfront, level.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of chIAhawks89
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - black oil with a light brown head
S - amazing amount of vanilla/marshmallow on the nose. really excites to drink
T - big vanilla, chocolate, and roasty
M - thick and chewy
O - this is an excellent beer, so so close to vanilla rye, really well done

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Photo of superspak
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/30/2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, cocoa, caramel, toffee, molasses, coconut, toasted oak, whiskey, light dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness. Insane aromas with perfect balance of dark/roasted malt, vanilla, and whiskey barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, cocoa, caramel, toffee, molasses, coconut, toasted oak, whiskey, light dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness. Light roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, cocoa, caramel, toffee, molasses, coconut, toasted oak, whiskey, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Insane complexity, robustness, and perfect balance of dark/roasted malt, vanilla, and whiskey barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth and creamy/silky mouthfeel that is heavenly. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely top class Barrel aged imperial stout. Incredible complexity, robustness, and perfect balance of dark/roasted malt, vanilla, and whiskey barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV with zero booziness. A mind blowing offering.

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

Never had batch one but wow batch 2 is delicious. Pours a black with a tan head. Really nice whiskey vanilla nose balancing each other out. The body is roasty and sweet with a good amount of vanilla. The whiskey is hardly noticeable and doesn't drink like an 11.5%. The mouthfeel is very smooth and this is just delicious overall.

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Photo of mig100
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, nothing shines through even when held to the light. Maintains a tiny mocha head. Aroma is vanilla for days, as well as subtle whiskey and oak, a pleasure to smell. Taste is heavy on the vanilla but not quite vanilla-bomb status, light chocolate in the mix, as well as some whiskey and woodiness from the oak.

Can really feel the whiskey and a slight sweetness from the vanilla with a very smooth finish. Overall, this is a decadent and tasty barrel aged vanilla imperial stout. Could definitely see this one benefiting from some age as well.

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Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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 DanGeo
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marklaker
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tiernan
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Spaten454
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of TheWildWes
4.98/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours dark with a carmel head that dissipates eventually. It's beautiful and almost has a dark, dark, mahogany color when held to the light.

The smell is unbelievable with vanilla, chocolate, and a roasted note coming through.

The beer coats your mouth and is very smooth. You get a hit of chocolate and vanilla up front and the whiskey starts to set in as the beer finishes.

I have enjoyed a few of these and find myself enjoying them more each time I have one. The perfect stout.

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Photo of Krafty34
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of RoninBirdman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black wth a dark tan head.
The aroma is loaded with vanilla, dark chocolate and roast notes.
Taste follows. Lots of vanilla bean, milk chocolate, dark fruit and some warming, whiskey-like notes.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Definitely delivers on the vanilla.

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

Photo of Meyers1023
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured completely black with very little head if any. Smell is whiskey, vanilla, and some wood. Flavor follows suit and has so much going on. The vanilla is very present, you get roasted malt, oak wood, and finishes with a light whiskey flavor. The feel is thick , almost like syrup but works well with all the flavors. This is a great beer, very hard to find but worth looking for.

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Photo of ryancl
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prospero
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of dankjohn
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gibgink
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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