Prairie Coffee Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Coffee NoirPrairie Coffee 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:
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.

Added by Chardman on 12-24-2013

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Reviews by MasterfulIdiot:
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4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
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 MattyG85
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of saint0r
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

My favorite Prairie Beer

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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Prairie Coffee Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
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