Prairie Coffee Noir
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #565
Ranked #1,841
4.2 | pDev: 10.48%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Prairie Coffee NoirPrairie Coffee Noir
Notes: Coffee Noir is Prairie Noir kicked up a notch! Whole roasted espresso beans are added to the barrels in order to enhance the roasted and chocolate malt flavors in this intense beer.
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good coffee BA stout. Noir is such a great base beer that is so versatile to adjucts. Pours black with a dark tan head that dissapates. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla on the nose. Barrel, coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, and slight astringency from the coffee on the palate. Great think mouth feel that coats the tounge.

Feb 10, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this beer is much better than it's rated. Much better.

Second, Prairie is a very consistent brewery, maybe one of the most consistent around. Out of 21 beers rated (including this one), I have rated all but one of them over the average on this site. I haven't done the math on everything I have rated, but that seems like a pretty damn good average to me.

So this is yet another that backs up my high appraisal of them. Look is the usual appearance for their barrel aged stouts-dark, thinning brownish edges, not much in the way of activity. Smell is easily the best part of it-big boozy barrel sitting on top of a malty chocolate/coffee background. Taste has more of the woody and boozy barrel presence in the forefront, but the coffee and chocolate flavors come through extremely well. Feel is EXTREMELY smooth, a sublimely subtle booze presence for an 11.5 abv.

Prairie, you bastards, you done it again.


Dec 07, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 12 oz bottle poured into tulip.
Pours dark brown with chestnut highlights and a light brown head. Smallish head that fades fast.
Smooth dark roast coffee on the nose first. Then rich chocolate and vanilla. No detectable amount of bourbon.
Less coffee in the taste. It’s still obviously there but just not as intense as on the nose. Smoother and well blended. Sweet chocolate and vanilla, some whiskey heat at the finish. Mouthfeel could be a bit bigger but that’s just a smal nitpick for me. So drinkable at 11.5%. Feels like a smaller beer. Excellent.

Jan 19, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and extremely faint very dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that quickly reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface (80%) of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of strong aromas of dark roasted coffee over the top of moderate aromas of roasted + chocolate + caramel malts as well moderate to strong aromas of dark chocolate. There is a moderate amount of sweetness in the aroma. Light to moderate aromas of toasted oak and bourbon.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted + chocolate + caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by just shy of strong flavors of dark roasted coffee and moderate flavors of dark chocolate. Finally there are just shy of moderate flavors of toasted oak and bourbon. No perceptible hop presence but not unexpected with the strong flavors in this beer, light amounts of roasty bitterness but there is a lingering bourbon coffee + chocolate flavor in the finish.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and silky.

O: An excellent and very enjoyable beer though definitely a sipper - strong flavors and aromas of coffee over the top of an already excellent base beer. Lots of complexity to the flavors and aroma. I would be happy to get this one again and enjoy it on another cold winter evening. Overall the alcohol is well hidden considering the strength of this beer.

Jan 07, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped on bottle neck is '33416'; this is a 2016 bottling.
Opaque, black body. No real head, but bubbles come up to keep a consistent halo. No lacing.
Aroma still has a lot of coffee, with dark chocolate, and woody/oak aspect in the background.
Taste is quite sweet, with layers of dark chocolate, toffee, and coffee, with oak and whiskey contributing. Some brief whiffs of dark fruit. The first layer of marshmallow/dark chocolate is accented by the oak whiskey barrel. Coffee in the taste is not as apparent as coffee in the aroma, but is there throughout. No alcohol burn.
Mouth feel is thick and coating, which adds to the tasting.
A real sipping treat. Hides the ABV well. Good combination of smell, taste, and mouth feel. Will seek out at each annual release.

Jan 01, 2018
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MinerBob from Oklahoma

3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer pours jet black with a deep tan head. The smell is coffee, sweet cream, chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is coffee and whiskey but the whiskey really overpowers everything else with some smoke. It's mostly smooth but a hard alcohol swallow. Overall Bomb is so much better and cheaper.

Dec 31, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 3.19.17

L - Pitch black, not much head and some minor lacing that dissipates

S - Coffee beans, whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, oak. This aroma is off the charts good!

T - Like the aroma, it has chocolate up front, tons of coffee and whiskey warms your blood up as you swallow. Very well balanced. Amazing beer

F - Full body and medium carbonation. Silky smooth. very nice

O - Amazing brew. I enjoyed it better than the regular noir. Not quite bourbon county good, but it's up there with the best

Dec 26, 2017
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We know from experience that all Noirs are not created the same, but that doesn't mean it's never fun trying them all to see which ones establish themselves as kings of the hill.

This one pours shoe-shined black and tops off with a finger of dark tan froth.

Aroma is strong with coffee beans (of course), followed by milk chocolate, molasses, dried nuts, persimmon and an array of other dark fruits.

Taste is even stronger with pure coffee notes that are quickly and graciously checked by big chunks of milk chocolate, a handful of brown sugar, molasses and pine.

Sweet and heavy but welcoming from the get go. Has lingering notes of coffee bean and fusel alcohol, so it's sipper for sure, but that is never a problem, because you will want this one to last.

I'm not generally a big coffee brew kind of guy, but this one balances out quickly and provides for a thoroughly enjoyable experience, so I'm going on record and saying it. Coffee Noir is damn underrated.

Dec 22, 2017
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of tan head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A roasty and rich dark malt driven aroma with a scent of coffee, chocolate and whiskey. Big upfront scent of coffee beans. Barrel scent of whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Malt scent of dark chocolate, toast, biscuit, and caramel along with yeast. Sweet scent of molasses and brown sugar. A really nice roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and rich dark malt driven taste with notes of coffee, chocolate, and whiskey. Big taste of coffee beans. Barrel notes of whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Dark roasted malt notes of dark chocolate, biscuit, toast, nuts, and caramel along with some yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and brown sugar. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich and creamy with minimal alcohol heat.

Overall: A really great Imperial Coffee Barrel Aged Stout. Great mix of coffee, chocolate, and whiskey flavors.

Dec 21, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with half a finger of khaki head. Head only forms after an aggressive pour straight into the glass. Head retention is poor with no lacing left behind. Aroma is medium roast coffee, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Bold notes of roasted and toasted malts notes behind. Flavor profile is chocolate, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, and medium-roast coffee. Molasses and brown sugar notes are strong. Nice sugary sweet characteristics, which are rounded out by some roasted and toasted malts. Mouth feel is thick with a velvety, watery texture. Overall, a strong, robust coffee stout that doesn't pound the palette into submission. It's balanced well with a complex array of notes to boot. Lovely.

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

Dec 21, 2017
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Very dark, nearly opaque as a stout ought to be. Thick mocha head and lacing.
smell: Very coffee forward with a sweet, vanilla cream balancing the roasty char.
Taste: Ditto. Thankfully lives up to the killer nose.

Dec 19, 2017
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with 33416 on the neck, so I'm thinking this is a 2016 vintage. Pours a viscous dark black color with basically no head. Zero lacing. Boozey aroma with lots of black coffee, wood, Whiskey, caramel and earth. The taste is oak and whiskey with dark chocolate and black coffee. Sweet and boozey. Coffee and wood at the end with a caramel finish. Medium to heavy body with very little carbonation. Pricey but worth buying every so often.

Oct 29, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very dark black, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like sweet caramelly coffee, rich creamy vanill, whiskey, chocolate, and oak.

This is actually rather exceptional- it's one of the best BA coffee stouts on the market, easily. The coffee and barrel aging is so flawlessly integrated into the beer- you get that caramel chocolate creamy Rolo base, with tons of creamy vanilla from the barrel, and a silky sweet coffee character that perfectly complements the base. There's only a little bit of actual whiskey flavor, but that's ok. There's some nice toasty oak.

This is creamy, rich, and super silky, with no booze heat at all, really. It's super drinkable for the style and ABV.

Prairie just absolutely knocked this one out of the park.

Aug 25, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger of dense dark tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of coffee and dark chocolate with some slight hints of whiskey barrel aging
T: Taste is coffee and chocolate with some nice roasty character. There are some hints of vanilla and caramel along with a touch of oak but the coffee is up in front along with those chocolate notes. Swallow is oak, vanilla and caramel with some lingering roasted malts, slight smoke and coffee. Up front this one tastes like a chocolate covered coffee bean.
M: This beer is farily full in body but feels lighter than you would expect at the same time. It is slightly slick and smooth on the palate with carbonation that is just a hair under prickly. Due to the high ABV this beer has a drying finish which is to be expected.
O: Overall this beer is great. The coffee is still surprisingly strong but the other flavors are definitely up to the task to support. Maybe a hair off balance but still very nice and enjoyable. One to try if you're a fan of the style. Not as boubony as Bourbon County but still a great coffee stout.

Jul 05, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, green session. Dark brown color with a bit of brown foam. Smells like black coffee and dark malts. Taste has lots of bitter, fresh roasted coffee without the astringency you normally get in coffee beers.

Jun 05, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

has been sitting around a little while but would assume its still under a year... cant really read the bottled date. purchased around christmas in az.

pours out a dark brown color and overly aggressive pour yields a thin tan head. on the nose is mostly earthy coffee and boozy barrel notes, hints of vanilla and caramel/toffee. palate follows mostly, but brings more depth in both categories. very earthy almost green coffee notes, espresso, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, marshmallow, slightly spicy booze, sugary notes, touch of oak. mouthfeel is meduim bodied but has some nice texture to it.

overall a very enjoyable brew, cheers!

May 17, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours black with a creamy frothy brown foam head. Smells like fresh spicy vegetal peppers, green coffee beans, whiskey, oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted bready malts, some dark fruit, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich chocolate, spicy coffee beans, whiskey, oak, marshmallowy vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted bready malt, some vegetal peppers, dark fruit, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a nice whiskey barrel aged imperial coffee stout.

Apr 03, 2017
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Recent bottle has been in the fridge for a few months... coffee has held up really well, tastes great. Whiskey starts to show up later on - but fits in nicely with the other flavors.

The Noir base beer is one of my favorites, and it handles the coffee really well, balancing out the mild bitterness with nice chocolatey sweetness. Not cheap - like all Prairie stouts - but could drink this regularly is it was available.

Mar 22, 2017
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novamat from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid black pour with very little head or lacing. Nose puts forth complex hints of caramel, malts, oak, and coffee, but is predominantly (brightly) alcohol. Taste is much smoother than the nose, predominantly coffee, bourbon and the typical stout profile. Mouthfeel is on par with other barrel aged stouts. Overall I thought this was an excellent offering from Prairie.

Mar 03, 2017
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BWood from California

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pitch black, no head.

S: chocolate and coffee melted together. Almost fudge like.

T: huge chocolate fudge with coffee beans and barrel. I think they blend the flavors very well. Nice balanced beer.

F: silk in the mouth. Nice and thick. Like melting chocolate on your tongue. Some other reviews I see people calling it thin. Not sure how you get that. I still feel the beer on my tongue a minute after the sip. Seems to never let go.

O: great prairie stout. If you like bomb this will be right there. Might not be as good as Apple brandy noir. But it is still amazing.

Feb 24, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark black pour with firm sliver of head.

Aromas of equal parts barrel and coffee, with hints of hazelnut. Light licorice.

Flavor is fresh mountain coffee, with maple nut goodies and anise. Faint barrel character behind that with oak, whiskey, and alcohol burn.

Feel is the best part. So calm, so thick, so rich. Moderate carbonation pops up through the mix.

Overall? Another winner here. No green pepper or strong off-coffee flavors. Just good coffee, sweetness, and barrel.

Feb 09, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours jet black with a minimal head. The aroma starts with bold, rich, acidic coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, and wood. The flavor is really bold with coffee, cinnamon, mace, vanilla, oak, and a hint of red pepper flake. The mouthfeel is full and luscious, like so many Prairie stouts. Overall this is another genius offering from Prairie - a lush and classic exploration of the coffee stout.

Feb 02, 2017
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TruePerception from California

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Prairie's Coffee Noir, imperial stout aged in oak whiskey barrel, with coffee beans.

A: Over a finger of cocoa cereal colored head. Dissolves quickly to almost nothing. Black in the glass. Very dark brown in the dimple, with a reddish brown edge. Solid sheeting, with some specks of lacing. A thin line of lacing is left behind as the glass is tipped. Faint inkiness.

S: A perfect blend of rich, almost fudge-y chocolate cake, dark, decadent toffee, and rich coffee. Caramel. Slight note of charred firewood in the back.

T/MF: Mmm... Darker than the other barrel aged Prairie stouts. More of an espresso taste, but still rich. Dark, almost burnt toffee sweetness in the back. Char, and a slightly more subtle dark chocolate. I wasn't expecting the coffee to set this one apart so much. It's a nice change of pace, though still in the same vein.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Jan 28, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish tinged black color - completely opaque. Beer appears a tad on the thinner side, but nothing unexpected for a BA stout. Thin tan head, spotty on top of the beer - not covering the whole space - dissipates steadily leaving no residual head or lacing.

Smell is a rich coffee forward aroma with some nice whisky and barrel aromas coming through. Really great coffee aroma that just stands out.

Taste follows the nose with notes of coffee initially, giving way to a lovely array of chocolate, whiskey, barrel, vanilla, and some brown sugar. Heavily roasted finish. A touch of sweetness, but nicely balanced.

Feel is a tad thin, surprisingly so for a Prairie stout. Beer is incredibly smooth. Medium carbonation. A touch of heat on the back end provides a bit of burn.

Overall, its an outstanding BA stout from prairie. My only complaint might be that its a tad thin, but thats just because I know Prairie is capable of outstanding thick stouts (Bomb!). For any other brewer this would be fine.

Jan 24, 2017
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark inky black with a wispy brown head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is nutty fudgy malts, oakey vanilla bourbon, and roast coffee with a little fruitcake.

The flavor is sweet sugary fruitcake and light bourbon with some black licorice and a heavy roast finish with a bit of an alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, if only it tasted as good as it smelled. It's too sweet (probably to try to get the alcohol up) with an attempt to balance with the heavy bitter roast. I don't really get any coffee flavor. Still interesting though.

Jan 21, 2017
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