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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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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 480
Photo of GreatStoutman
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of novamat
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of BWood
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | 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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with absolutely no head. Smell is dominated by whiskey.....get very little coffee or chocolate. The coffee is more present in taste, but still overpowered by the whiskey barrel. Moderate alcohol burn.....can taste the abv. Feel is a letdown......close to zero carbs and a touch thin for the style. Overall, this is enjoyable, but is a touch unbalanced and a little weak in feel.

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Photo of cherche
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really enjoyed noir and I love coffee so I was excited to try this one. right out of the bottle I knew i was in for a letdown.
L: think, flat and ugly
S: almost sour chemical coffee on top of an imperial stout
T: just a thin tasting imperial stout with a shot of coffee poured in
M: thin
O: maybe I'm being a little harsh because of the price, maybe it's just not that good of a beer. I tried this next to High Westefied from Lagunitas, which I think is OK, and the coffee noir was clearly inferior. Vanilla Noir and Noir were both great but this one absolutely misses the mark.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle $11.49. Dark black, minimal head. Aroma is coffee, mild whiskey barrel and stout. Flavor is slightly sweet, mild coffee, boozy, good. Overall this is a good beer but not quite up there with bourbon county coffee. Definitely worth buying a bottle but I will not buy another.

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Photo of SFACRKnight
3.07/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a crooked stave tulip
pours black, smal ring of bubbbles, no head really even with an agressive pour.
nose is boozy coffee, slight roast
taste follows nose, sweet carmel, dark coffee, hot alcohol
mouthfeel is thin, very thin for a stout, minimal carbonation, lifeless.
overall, this is probably the last prairie beer for me. BBB does it better for less money.

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Photo of bnes09
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dense, dark and ominous appearance. Coffee and burnt botanical aroma. Overwhelming robust coffee palate with chili peppers and burnt molasses. Milky, syrupy, slightly sticky feel. Moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet and sticky with lingering coffee.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Prairie Artisan Ales Coffee Noir, 11.5% ABV, 60 IBU. Pours thin and black, with no head on an aggressive pour, no lacing. Nose is chocolate, bourbon, and slight coffee. Taste is sweet chocolate, coffee, bourbon, with light bitter close. Mouthfeel is just OK as it is so thin, though carbonation is decent, which is surprising given the lack of head. Overall I'd rank this excellent - better than Vanilla Noir and Prairie Noir, about the same as Pirate Noir, and almost as good as BA BOMB and Pirate BOMB. To me, this seemed to be the sweetest of the Noir or BOMB beers I've tried. Prairie recently expanded their distribution here, and we now seem to get their full lineup.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and light, sticky lacing. The nose is about what you'd expect in beer a coffee noir beer from Prairie. There is a lot of coffee in the aroma profile, but I thought it blended in pretty nicely with the customary dark chocolate and vanilla I've come to expect in these rich sweet beers. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though I will say that I thought this beer improved considerably as it warmed in the glass (if one has patience, then I would recommend letting the bottle sit out for 15 or 20 minutes, if you take it right out of the fridge). Mouthfeel was just a tad thin I thought, at least in comparison to other Bomb and Noir beers I've had from Prairie. Even so, the mouthfeel is still fairly full (especially after it warmed up a bit), and the finish is fairly long, with plenty of sweet vanilla and chocolate. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, though of course you can tell it's up there a bit.

While maybe not quite as decadently delicious as some of the other noir and bomb variants made by prairie, this is still a very tasty, easy to appreciate beer.

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Photo of CCBone
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle to a small wine glass (unfortunately staying in a rented place and no snifters available)

L: Pours like motor oil- Deep black with a dark tan head that dissipates rather quickly. No significant lacing noted

S: Coffee, chocolate, baking spices (I get a little bit of clove) as well but predominantly coffee and chocolate

T: Very complex on the palate- Coffee up front with significant caramel and toffee malt undertones. This fades into coffee notes in the mid palate taking on that rich, full bodied coffee flavor (to me reminiscent of a costa rican type coffee as there is not any significant coffee bitterness present) and slowly drying out with more roasted tones. I get some faint baking spices as well on the end-clove and nutmeg to me.

F: Full bodied, creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Incredibly rich and decadent in the mouth

O: An excellent variant from Prairie. I have had all of them with the exception of Pirate Bomb! and to me this is among the top 3 (along with BA bomb, and AB noire--although I am a sucker for vanilla noir as well). The malt presence is strong with great toffee and caramel notes along with a significant chocolate presence and this is melded perfectly with the coffee. Its not all of one or the other but probably the best marriage of the two that I have seen in a coffee stout. Will seek out again

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Photo of funkybuddhism
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is delightful. Rich whiskey barrel and coffee on the nose. Vanilla, whiskey, and coffee on the palate over a solid base beer. Will drink again.

The head and body are a bit lighter than ideal.

Fresh 2016 bottle in snifter

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like coffee i like whiskey , i like roasted malt. Coffee Noir has all of this espresso roast wit nicely balanced malts and barrel , make this a gem, All components come together to make a decadent and delicious coffee stout.

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Photo of maximum12
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It’s Noir night at the ECK corral. Four bottles rounded up & popped open with my wife on a night that threatens to reach -26 degrees. This should keep us warm. 12 oz. bottle #4.

Pour? Black. Smells? After #4 I think I’m becoming visually, aurally, nasally, & sexually impaired. But it does smell like roast in the morning, pre-waffle. Strong.

Coffee Noir isn’t messing around. The easy analogy is Irish Coffee, black coffee with a shot of whiskey in it before, during, & after Mass (I’m part Irish, so I can mock my people). Added shot of vanilla creamer, more oak than the other variants, sweet malts, mild chocolate. Nice & thick, perhaps it’s the coffee, but feels thicker & more luxuriant…holy hell, thank goodness for spellcheck…than some of the others. I’d like to have this to wake up to each morning.

I’m drunk. Are you? Sorry if you’re not. But this is excellent. Kudos to Prairie for reaching MN & actually sending a decent amount of their kick-ass stuff. This concludes our test of the Prairie Broadcasting System.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With one foot on the side of the robust and the other in the side of softness, an earthy coffee flavor is wrapped in a cocoon of silky smooth chocolate and caramel sweetness for a session of decadence and reward.

Coffee Noire pours with a dark coffee brown but with a viscosity of tar. Rich turkish coffee is softly of soil, chicory and roast as it joins caramel and cream notes on the nose. Lavishly sweet, the malts are rich with caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream and chocolaty with its initial sip.

And the flavors explode on the middle palate as its coffee sweetness registers on the tastebuds like cappuccino, cookies and cream. Yet as the taste transfers to finish, its the taste of spent coffee grounds and a roast-derived astringency that brings a berry-like twang and a nod to red wine.

Spicy with oak and whisky notes, its caramel, vanilla and nuttiness is dwarfed by the malt’s full and robust texture. Long, sweet and savory, coffee seems to outlast other flavors for an after glow of roasty irish coffee.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark black with almost no head to speak of.

Smell is peppery oak, light bourbon, round, almost chocolately coffee, and vanilla. A little unusual Colby Jack cheese surfaces at times, which is quickly and thankfully overcome by sticky brown sugar.

Pepperiness comes through in flavor too with charred, almost smokey oak and coffee. A hint of Dr. Pepper follows, with baker's cocoa, roasted almond, and cigar tobacco.

Feel is slick, sticky, a little heavy, but a pleasure to drink, finishing very dry.

I'm not sure what happened to the rating, but it appears some mention of infection in older reviews may have been the culprit. Don't let that deter you. Get this fresh if you can. Drink it fresh, with confidence now. You don't want to age a good coffee beer anyway.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Near headless pour, nearly black body, rich in appearance with fair lacing.
Smells of arabica coffee grinds, bitterness and some whisky burn.
Taste is a clean flavor of sweet black coffee and chocolate notes with some char, decent bitterness and plenty of whisky barrel at the end to leave a lingering burn trail. There's lurking dark fruit, berries if anything. Oak is there, but even more distant.
Feels medium and smooth, with good carbonation for this style. Chewy at times.
Really a nice barrel aged coffee stout where the barrel flavoring is somewhat restrained, but it doesn't take away from the overall essence of semi-sweet roasted black coffee and dark berry notes. Given this beer lacks complexity in flavors, the most redeeming quality of this imperial stout, for me, is the level of sweetness: Tuned just right.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours dark brown/light black. No head, look fairly thick.
S: big coffee, slightly rich coffee, but mostly bittering. No barrel. Some chocolate sweetness
T: nice sweetness, I get smooth barrel/whiskey. The coffee is there but not overwhelming which is a plus in my book. A great beer
F: medium thickness, coats decent, slight whiskey warmth.

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Photo of Buck89
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, poured into a snifter. A beautiful opaque brown color with a thick tan head. Big aromas of freshly roasted coffee, cocoa, and roasted malt. Quite possibly the nest coffee beer I've tasted. Huge coffee flavor but well-balanced and full-bodied. Dangerously easy-drinking. Look forward to finding this in bottles.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
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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