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Prairie Coffee NoirPrairie Coffee Noir

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Chardman on 12-24-2013

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 378
Photo of Chris_Huston
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown black with a classic burnt cinnamon head. The head builds generously but not out of control, and then abates to a thicker-than-normal level, with proportional creaminess that blankets the glass more than laces it. Quite pleasant visually and texturally.

The barrel ageing is superb. The oak whiskey barrel really comes through without overpowering -- indeed even the oakiness and whiskey are well balanced with each other, as well as with the coffee notes and stout base. Maybe the whiskey is a touch strong, but that can be allowed more to taste than to an actual "weakness" of the recipe.

They don't specify what type of whiskey, just that it's oak "whiskey" barrels -- but it doesn't taste like bourbon whiskey. I'm not a fan of BBA beers, and I think the whiskey barrels used here just work better with the coffee and stout anyway. It heightens and fleshes out the roastiness rather than adding a strange booziness.

Definitely a Prairie -- unlike my recent Wine Barrel Noir -- that I'd love to repeat.

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Photo of ChrisP802
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nothing super special here. Smell of coffee and bourbon and tasted like an average stout you could find on any shelf. Basically coffee with some bourbon dumped into it. Not terrible, but not great

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Photo of lochraneg
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours jet black, low head, creme colored ring around glass, full body appearance
S: boozy, sour, slight coffee
F: thinner than expected, medium body
T: no coffee, Brett Sour, infected over yeast
O: I was hoping for more. Others are better from prairie artisans

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TimDisaster (reddit) for this one, shared with rudzud.

Big fluffy creamy darker colored head, fades slowly with nice lacing, pitch black thick beer, long legs.

Nose tons of nutty coffee, big roast, nutty peanut like coffee, nougaty and earthy peaberry like acidic earthy fruity coffee, little whisky like a rye barrel, touches of spicy rye perhaps, and barrel. Hint of Brett funk?

Taste brings big chewy dark malts, dark fudgey cocoa, chewy nougat and caramel, nice roasted malt, bright nutty coffee, earthy fruit peaberry coffee. Then funky Brett, infection Brett, fairly distracting but not bad per se, some bitter roast and coffee grinds. Mild barrel notes, fudgey cocoa, hint of whisky, etc.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, lots of fluffy popping carb infection like.

Overall good, the base beer is great, but infection of Brett got in the way. Great coffee, nice base beer, decent barrel, but Brett infection.

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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark oily black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of barrel, whiskey, fruity coffee, light roast. low alcohol, fruity, mellow.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, lots of whiskey barrels, fruity coffee berries, light roast, lots of barrel, fair amount of booze. Little bit of infection too.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden but not by much.

O - Overall this beer was good, however, the brett infection obviously hinders this beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of LittleDon
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whenever I open something from Prairie Artisan's barrel aged stout series, I expect perfection. Why not? Most of their non-regular offerings are phenomenal. That said, it hard to accurately rate what might be considered a "best of" from a lesser brewery. Coffee Noir is not quite what I would have hoped for. The coffee doesn't shine. It's a bit boozy. The acidity is a little high. The carbonation is a bit strong. However, given what I expect from these guys, I'm being overly critical. This is an outstanding beer. It looks beautiful, with a thick head and lots of lace, dark and black. The aroma is wonderful, a spectacular blend of fruit, dark caramel, and oak. Despite the alcohol, it really doesn't drink like an 11.5 ABV beer. The body is big and rich. The finish is long with a rich bittersweet chocolate end. Yes, it's not perfect. It's not even the best that Prairie has. But it will likely beat the pants off of anything but the best Imperial stouts.

Note: Despite what you may have heard about issues with infected Prairie stouts, I drank this beer about 7 months after purchase (probably a month longer than I would have wanted) and the cap showed signs of rust. There was absolutely not problem with this beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at lil Woodrow's

Tan head with a lot of lace. Color is black.

Flavor profile: this beer has coffee all throughout the beer. A lot of roasted malts. Espresso and chocolate. Oak and vanilla. Some caramel. Molasses and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: smooth, but roasted. Full bodied. Ends dry.

Overall, a very tasty beer. A tad too much roast, but great coffee flavors. The whiskey flavors show nicely which I like.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade. Pours black with a creamy mocha colored head. Aroma of earthy coffee, some molasses and roast, a bit of whiskey booze. Flavor is a big punch of spicy coffee with light whiskey notes that are more sweetness than whiskey flavor, and a lingering oakiness. There is some metallic apple note going on here and I wonder if this is contaminated a bit. Slightly astringent and lingering bitter. Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation for the style. Very coffee forward which is nice--like straight coffee grounds--but no sign of the other characteristics I would expect here. Overall worth drinking but maybe not seeking out.

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Photo of MarcWP
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into TG gold chalice.

Pours thick, black, with a nice fluffy roasted peanut color head.

Aroma is,,, coffee. Coffee pot, spent coffee grains, with a bit of fruity coffee undertones. Where is the whiskey? Get some oak, dark bitter chocolate, and very old tobacco as well.

Taste is coffee, old bakers chocolate, light woodsy oak, and brief stale tobacco. Also get a slight fruitiness bit disappears just as soon as it hits.

Thick, pretty dry with just a touch of sweetness.

It's pretty good but either I'm over stouts or this just didn't hit my soft spot. Yes there is coffee but the whiskey barrels are no where to be found. If you put whiskey barrels on the label people are going to want to taste some trace of that whiskey/boozy presence. Enjoyed Wine Noir more than this. And I must say again, Prairie should just stick to saisons and Brett beers. Those are much better than their stout iterations.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an Ikea snifter. The pour produces the most unbelievable head for a beer of this ABV and in a snifter. It's two solid fingers thick, and stays for several minutes, and leaves plenty of lacing. I don't think I've ever seen an imperial stout with this thick of a head and with this much staying power. The head is a nice light brown, like cafe au lait. The liquid is totally black, with not even so much as a hint of mahogany. Even better than what I would hope a beer like this would look like.

Aroma is coffee, some chocolate, and then a little lactic tartness. The coffee flavor isn't overly roasty, (too much roastiness without actual coffee flavor is a pitfall I find all-too-often in coffee beers - and in actual coffee, for that matter!) instead, it's earthy and fruity. Just a hint of barrel character, with some understated vanilla and cinnamon notes.

Flavor follows the nose with a fruity coffee flavor complimented by some dark fruit notes from what I imagine is the base beer. The finish has hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Underneath it all there's a hint of a charred flavor, which, even though it's not a flavor I like very much, works well with everything else, since it's not so noticeable as to overwhelm. Very complex, where every sip tastes a bit different depending on what flavor you focus on. Like the nose, the flavor doesn't scream barrel character, but it's there, lurking on the finish.

Holy crap this may be the absolute silkiest beer I have ever tasted. The body is fairly thick, but it is somehow so soft and smooth that it doesn't feel syrupy or sticky. The thick head always lets a little bit of itself in with every sip. The beer somehow gives you a couple seconds to bask in the creaminess of the mouthfeel before some slight prickliness from the tiny bubbles comes in. An absolutely stunning mouthfeel.

Overall, a really incredible beer. Maybe the best coffee beer I've ever had, and one of the best BA stouts I've ever had. Just great on every level. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of kingston2
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep black with thick brown foamy head. Slowly dissipates to thin lacing on surface of beer. Smells are strong coffee. Black coffee with no hint of sweetness. Perhaps a touch of vanilla on. Nose as well. Flavors follow suit. Very intense black coffee. Almost to point of losing some of the rich mouthfeel in the stout base. Alcohol really well hidden. Would never think was over 11%. Overall pretty good effort from Prairie. Not quite up to bomb standards but I do like it.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.57/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a Prairie lime green logo flute.

Dark brown-black color, with a careful pour still giving about 3 fingers of frothy brown head; this soon sank to a collar and held there, leaving a few islands of lacing on the glass. Aroma of cold coffee grounds filled the air as soon as I opened the bottle, but there was also a strange herbal tea scent too, and some rotten fruit. Lots of coffee grounds in the taste, stale dark malts with some roast, very very astringent, with a harsh and lasting bitterness that lingered in the aftertaste. There was some oak here, but the whiskey was extremely subtle...to the point of being practically non-existent. Medium-full body, a moderate boozy kick, medium carbonation; the bitterness/astringency really detracted from the drinkability. Overall, not very good.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, gold wax
Deschutes TEKU

A: pours a very thick dark brown but black in the glass. Multiple fingers of marshmallow tight bubbled head. Sticky lacing.

S: deep rich coffee. Dark chocolate. Vanilla. Marshmallow sweetness. Roast.

T: nice coffee grinds and vanilla milk shake on the tip of the tongue. Not overly boozy at all, and 11.5 is hidden nicely. Some metallic flavors that I don't like. Mid palate. Tobacco char. Lingering finish, even though it's somewhat bitter and dry.

M: full bodied. Creamy.

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Photo of mlhyatt
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

A- jet black, thick motor oil with minimal head. After 1 minute. 0 head 0 lace.

S- tons of burnt coffee with little hints of caramel and vanilla due to barrel aging.

T- follows nose a little bit. But all I get is burnt coffee. The burnt taste completely overwhelms the palate. Zero actual coffee taste. Just tastes like I'm drink a burnt match.

M- lots of roughness from the burnt taste. Not smooth at all. Feels like i'm chewing on burnt sand paper.

O- i was excited for this after trying bcbcs but it just left me super dissapointed. No real coffee flavor at all, just a roasty burntness wrapped up in a bottle. Has no real coffee flavor at all. Just a bunch of fake flavoring that leaves you question what really went into this beer. Hugely disappointed.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Gold wax capped 12oz bottle from BeerMeDuffMan (thanks!). No bottling date but I believe this was a late 2013 release. Served in my trusty Phish snifter.

Pours black with almost two fingers of tan head. About a quarter finger of long lasting retention and a good bit of lace.

Smells of coffee, soured barrel and roasty malts. The barrel dankness pretty much ruins the rest.

Bitter black coffee, oak funk, charred malts, molasses, mild anise, a little bit of whiskey and a healthy nip of booze.

Medium, fairly creamy feel with moderate carbonation. Disjointed, lingering finish with plenty of coffee grounds and sour dark fruit skins.

I'm now two for two on apparently soured bottles of Prairie Noir. This was much less off putting than the vanilla but still not the experience that I'd hoped for. I've had some nice imperial stouts from Prairie but I'm done going out of my way for them.

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Photo of shadetree67
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gold wax - no date

A. Pour yielded 2 fingers of cocoa colored head. Decent lacing and head retention. Color is black and no light gets through.

S. Dark Roasted Coffee and Whiskey. Slight Dark Chocolate

T. Black Coffee. Whiskey and Vanilla. The barrel isn't very obvious. Bitter Finish.

M. Medium mouth feel and carbonation. Dry finish. Was hoping for a thicker body since it is barrel aged

O. The coffee is a bit overpowering in my opinion. I don't typically like coffee itself but enjoy coffee beers. This one has too coffee forward for me and though it is barrel aged, it doesn't seem apparent in the mouth feel or taste for some reason. I prefer BCBCS

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Photo of yourefragile
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle.

Pours a dark mocha with a quickly fading tan head. Nose of fresh, cold coffee grounds, light roast, vanilla. Thicker side of medium, light carbonation. Flavor is cream and light sugar, roasty coffee grounds, espresso, touch of dark fruit., bitter finish.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a deep pitch black with 1 finger of creamy dark brown head which goes down to 1-2cm head that persists the entire duration.

S - I get a lot of roasted coffee in the aroma, along with a little sweet chocolate.

T - Coffee is the main flavor with a large amount of roastiness, followed by bittersweet chocolate and oak. The roasted coffee tastes really great.

M - Extremely thick and viscous, low-to-moderate carbonation. Very sticky.

O - A very good beer from Prairie as I've come to expect. Not as good as Bomb or Vanilla Noir, but still a great offering. The roasted coffee flavor is one of the best I've had and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice, medium-brown sticky head, with very good retention and thick lacing. Brew is super dark black, with hints of purple.

Aroma: dark, over-roasted black coffee instantly springs to mind, with a slightly tart oak barrel behind. Coffee beans, grapes, cream, oak. A hint of chocolate.

The nose may not be overly complex, but everything is present in the flavor. Dark black coffee (French roast? Difficult to say), vanilla, chocolate malt, roasted barley, cream, with whiskey, hay, and oak on the back end. Surprisingly subdued from the BA aspect; not at all surprisingly strong on the coffee side.

Very thick and chewy mouthfeel; lively with minimal sting; full, full bodied. Slight foaming, and slight heat. Excellent!

This is a complex BA coffee stout that seems to do everything very well. The coffee flavor is very strong without overpowering everything else; the barrel adds complexity without dominating; more traditional stout flavors are present. Very nice beer.

Thanks to JayORear for providing this excellent beer.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Tony (dareibreathe) for the hook-up.

A- Pours a dark opaque black with about a quarter finger of mocha head that recedes fairly fast to a thin wispy top. Decent carbonation level with nice consistency for a hefty stout.

S- Rich chocolate, chocolate malts, balanced coffee, hints of dark fruits in the background. Nicely balanced, decent aroma strength, reminds me slightly of Coffee Framinghammer.

T- Velvety chocolate, with some slightly acrid coffee that brings a little bit of acidity, finishes with more chocolate malts and a slight yeast profile that gives a slightly weird taste. This is a very tasty beer but there are a couple things that could be tweaked to make it significantly better.

M- Creamy, a little bit on the thick side but not too much, extremely drinkable for 11.5% without any real alcohol burn.

O- This was a very good beer however I had slightly higher expectations. I've loved most of the stuff I've had from Prairie and Noir + Vanilla Noir were both fantastic. I would have liked the coffee to have been a little bit stronger then this and there was a little bit too much of a yeast profile creating some flavors that detracted from the beer. Overall it was still very good and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a thick, oily black color with a super-dense tan head. Literally leaves a curtain of foam...not even going to call it lace it is so continuous. Awesome.

Nose is...interesting. Lots of fruit and cocoa, but not much coffee. It actually smells a bit like the "I" word.

Taste throws down some serious coffee roastiness, wood and bourbon. Under it all though I am getting a rotting wood, slightly tart infected flavor. This is a bummer, after Bomb I was really looking forward to this one. Its still drinkable, but I want to go ahead and leave this review to see if anyone else might have the same issues. Its not a drain pour yet, but I could see it turning into one with time in the cellar.

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Photo of HoppyBastard2
1.12/5  rDev -71.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pretty sure bottle was infected.
Drain pour
Appearance was the only thing that could be considered decent about this beer.
Smell - Funky, real funky
Taste - Tart, funky, sour, not good
Mouthfeel - not real sure, small sip, couldn't really get a good gauge
Overall - Like many others, I got a few bad bottles of this stuff

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Photo of rjp217
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH glass...

A - Pitch black color with a hard pour resulted in a huge two finger head. The lace retention on this is absolutely awesome. Sticks all over this thing, perfect looking stout

S - Aroma is pretty muted for me. Some light coffee notes and maybe a bit of dark chocolate but I can't seem to pull much else from this

T - The most important thing is the taste and this is perfect. Creamy and frothy up front with all sorts of chocolate, oak, milk, marshmallow, vanilla builds into oak, semi bitter coffee notes and a dry yet subtle whiskey finish. Amazing

M - Oh man, so soft and pillowy, fluffy medium body, not thin in the least. Mild carbonation, velvet smooth

O - I love coffee stouts and this is a great one. The only thing holding it back is the lack of aroma. I wish it was more inviting but it's bland. I also wish there was a defined bottle date. The rest of the beer is world class in my opinion. The Noir series is awesome.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz wax dipped bottle (bought in Texas, shipped to WA), served around 41 F in a big snifter. 207 13 A-3 13:37 is the bottle code.

Pours black, with a small beige head, which fades very slowly. Medium amount of very fine, very slow carbonation. Smell is coffee, whiskey, slight chocolate, slight vanilla, surprisingly yeasty.

Taste is dominated by the whiskey barrel, backed up by the coffee in the background. Some smoke. So much whiskey flavor. Maybe the slightest hint of the vanilla, not a trace of the chocolate that I thought I smelled.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a fine grittiness. Overall, it’s a little too heavy on the whiskey, but tasty.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is black with a dark caramel head. Nose is clean roast coffee with a bit of roasty malt and light chocolate notes. Taste is more coffee, much stronger roasted note, a bit of hops in back with a faint sweetness. Not overly complex, a hint of an off flavor through the back, thinner body but decent carbonation.

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