Vanilla Noir
Prairie Artisan Ales

Vanilla NoirVanilla Noir
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #362
ABV:
13.7%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,270
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 12.24%
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
1,084
From:
Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
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Wants
  212
Gots
  261
SCORE
94
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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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Reviews by travolta:
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travolta from California

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black as hell with a dark tan head. Minimal retention with some spotted lacing.

Nose: espresso, vanilla, some faint whiskey heat, cocoa.

Taste: a quite syrupy mouthfeel with molasses, tight carbonation in the background, slightly bitter chocolate, vanilla extract, whiskey heat in the finish. The heat lingers for a little bit.

Notes: In-laws are up for Charlie's second Christmas. Cabin is almost done :) A nice winter sipper with family around.

Dec 24, 2019
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chIAhawks89 from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
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

Feb 06, 2016
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W_Des from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Nov 06, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Dec 17, 2015
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Sep 26, 2017
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mig100 from Texas

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Oct 31, 2015
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OnryAndMean from New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 06, 2014
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gibgink from Missouri

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 29, 2016
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Endtro from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Jun 10, 2014
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RobinLee from Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 08, 2018
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Oakhtar from California

4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 04, 2015
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thesteve1000 from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The nose is mainly whiskey & malt. Vanilla is a great counterbalance to the boozy whiskey barrel aspect. Great beer to be certain, nice weight and mouthfeel. Not thin, just right.

Oct 25, 2015
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kingston2 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad but not up to par with PB and BB. A bit thin and a bit astringent. Not as big a mouthfeel as the others. Vanilla which usually wins me over in these stouts misses the mark jus a bit in this one. Don't think it was infected but just seemed off a bit.

May 03, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 16, 2015
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Mikeypnh from New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 13, 2016
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jws6w7 from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big want for me so bought 4 even though they came with an $11.99 price tag. Now there's no question I made the right decision. This is one of the best beers I've ever had.

Nov 08, 2015
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nc41 from North Carolina

1.12/5  rDev -73.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The worst craft offering I've ever had. Bmc stuff is bland this was just bad. Worst nose on any beer I've ever had, tasted medicinal more than anything. Really a drain pour of a beer with no redeeming values. Mediocre would be a huge leap. Vanilla? Where?

Jun 21, 2014
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BeerMeBrah from Florida

3/5  rDev -29.4%

Sep 02, 2014
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SpasmWaiter from Vermont

2/5  rDev -52.9%

Jun 23, 2014
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CBrodbeck from Florida

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 19, 2016
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 10, 2020
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marqoid from Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.9%

May 17, 2014
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briiguy from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 22, 2014
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Smarty_Pints from California

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Apr 06, 2014
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jonbonfondle from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 17, 2015
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