Apple Brandy Barrel Noir
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #46
Ranked #173
4.5 | pDev: 7.11%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have never really been a fan of the apple brandy BA stouts. The apple character has always been an odd mix for me. I got this bottle for retail on the shelf mostly because I love Prairie and I knew people flip for this beer. Upon opening it, the smell is very distinct and I just don't like it! It smells the way it's supposed to smell, it's just that the apple brandy barrel of off putting to me. Now on the tongue, it's a completely different story for me. The apple is there but distinct and really appealing. A tiny bit tart? The stout's sweetness works well with this barrel. It also helps for it to be a bit warmer too. A great beer that changed my mind. I've never had a beer with a smell that I didn't like end up being enjoyable before, so a really fun beer.

Dec 29, 2020
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had a majority of the highest rated/reviewed Prairie Stouts. Probably all of them in the top 250. This is easily the best one of the bunch. Everything is superb!

Nov 08, 2019
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hylinski from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A spectacular stout; as the previous reviewers explain the taste follows the nose - apples, malty, boozy.
You MUST let this warm to experience the full flavor profile.

Jul 01, 2019
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a Pitch black no head or lacing. 4 oz pour. Apple brandy aroma. Very mild roasting. More roasting on taste. Heavy on the brandy. Apple on the end. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Jul 01, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A beer that lives up to the reputation. I’ll get to the appearance at the end of the review, mostly because the smell and taste are the two most important parts of this beer and for one other reason. Smell is boozy barrel up front with a healthy amount of warm apple to round it out. Taste is more balanced, with the apple slightly leading the way and the boozy oaky barrel subtly surrounding it. Feel is medium bodied, neither oily nor thick-a perfect example of “just right”. Mouth watering, drinks more like a non-barrel aged 9 or 10% abv than a big bold 12.

My only problem, however, was evident right off the open and pour. I opened it and got hit with the apple and brandy before the cap came off, but I didn’t hear the usual noise one expects opening a beer, because the one I had had little to no carbonation. It has a nice dark hue with some brown edging, but there was no foam and very little lacing. If they date their beer with the first three numbers being the date, this was bottled 9/26/18. Doing a little online research, in October of last year, there was a release by Prairie that some of this beer was infected, so I don’t know if that’s the case here. But if this beer infected just means the loss of carbonation, I’d take an infected version of it over a lot of other beers out there. Because this is phenomenal! Long time want, glad I got it.

May 30, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Opaque dark brown with a thin tan head.
Aroma: chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and subtle apple brandy. Really nice.
Taste: followed the nose. Great balance between the stout flavors, barrel, and apple brandy. Delicious.
Feel: full bodied but not overly sweet.
Overall: world class. Lived up to expectations.

May 28, 2019
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, bottle purchased in OK. Poured into Kane chalice and allowed to warm.

L: Small light tan head. Leaves no lacing but does have a persistent cap and ring. Beer is dark black.

S: Apples, brandy barrel, roasted malts, chocolate, floral and citrus hoppiness

T: Well, this is something different. A big shot of apple brandy up front (as a NJeyan, I am very familiar with Laird's and this hits the mark) and that flavor persists throughout transitions to chocolate, roasted malts, and floral/citrus on the finish.

F: Not quite full-bodied, but in the neighborhood. Very lightly carbonated. Construction is so very well-done, as these are difficult flavors to merge. Balance is not quite there yet; it could use more aging to round things off.

O: Very high degree of difficulty and it pulls it off pretty nicely.

May 22, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of apples, wood, chocolate, roasted malt, hops, and toffee.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of hops (mostly in the finish), a lot of chocolate (a big component), a bit of toffee (it hangs around the edges), some roasted malt (present throughout), and a lot of the apple brandy (and its barrel). A complex, slightly subtle, well done flavor. It's not as aggressive as Prairie's other stouts, but it's definitely tasty stuff.

F: A so-so amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable stout. Drinkable.

May 15, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L — 1,000 lumens passed through the glass reveals a fairly dark black body. Lovely deep brown head that dissipates quite quickly
S — Apple brandy, molasses, hot booziness, dark chocolate, hint of roast, caramel
T — Dark chocolate, brandy, oak, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, roast, faint char
F — Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. Quite easy drinking for the ABV, the apple character from the brandy really helps here
O — Nice offering from Prairie. Still like Bomb more but this is very good. Very pricey @ $14/12 oz bottle


Apr 29, 2019
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black pour at 55 degrees with no ruby edges; quick cap of fizzy bubbles. Aroma of apple cider; brandy liqueur retro nasal. Apple jack, red wine, semi sweet malt base; some chocolate; green apples finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation; very light warmth despite 12% ABV. World class, so we’ll balanced and so dangerous; brandy/barrel notes are off-set by gobs of ripe apples from nose to sip through the finish; impressive!

Apr 22, 2019
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HoodviewBrew from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Disappointed. The apple brandy didn't work for me with this dark base stout. It was also pretty thin in mouthfeel especially for this brand. I much prefer Bomb!, Pirate Bomb!, or Birthday Bomb! to this one.

Apr 07, 2019
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hardy008 from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a small beige head that fades quickly. The aroma has apple brandy, dark chocolate, cocoa, and dark roasted malt. Tastes like it smells. Sweet taste. Not much of th dark roasted malt comes through, so there is no balancing bitterness. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. A very drinkable beer. I love the Apple Brandy barrel. It is a nice change of pace.

Apr 03, 2019
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my teku it is a very dark brown with a half-inch, quickly dissipating, tan head.
Aroma of booze, sweet fruit, and chocolate.
Apple brandy taste, with some chocolate.
Very smooth. The brandy is quite noticeable, but complimented by the chocolate. I would drink this at room temperature, or near it, to fully appreciated the beer.

Mar 31, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Prairie Apple Brandy Barrel Noir, 12% ABV. Pours black with the typical Prairie ring of brown bubbles. Nose is apple brandy, taste follows and as it reaches 55 degrees F the chocolate shows up. Excellent mouthfeel, though a touch watery, still overall outstanding. I'd advise just drinking this at room temperature.

Mar 24, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For goodness sake, let this warm up to near room temperature. Otherwise, it's a dull, muted brandy barrelled beer. Around 60-65 degrees F, it emerges into a chocolate fondue apple of a stout, still of only modest complexity, but definitely bolder and more appealing.

Mar 16, 2019
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bobracecar from Oklahoma

3.12/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had the original by the tulsa boys. I thought and still think it’s the best beer I ever had. This new one is a let down. First smell was that apple juice dominated over everything else. That was odd and off putting compared to the original. First taste was rewarding that it seemed balanced like the original. Then the big let down came into play. The mouth drenching aftertaste of apple juice plagued my mouth. This is not a barreled apple brandy. If it is it is way over powering of the bomb like base that seems balanced at first. The actual brandy alcohol seems even lost to me from the apple domination. Is this a bad beer? No. Is this the best beer I ever had ? No. I even doubt the 12% abv and would rate lower around 10%. I took no measurements though. It’s just not as rich and balanced as the original, plain and simple. Considering this is my favorite beer ever. Please try again. I will applaud the extra effort.

Feb 23, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first AB beer and man I'm enjoying it!
Pours black as can be with a thin khaki head.
Smell is amazing! Green apple, barrel, dark fruit, caramel.
Taste is quite nice too! The green apple leads the way, charred oak, raisin, caramel, dark roasted malts. A bit sweet on the finish.
Nice slick almost syrupy feel. Very smooth, low alcohol presence.
Overall a fantastic beer that I was thankful to have tried.

Jan 21, 2019
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edisacoolcat from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: sweet and light boozy with green apple, cocoa nibs, plum, dark red fruits, licorice

A: opaque black with little head, light carbonation.

F: apple cider, roasted malts, caramel, fog, prune, rasin, toffee

M: medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes balanced with smoothly and silky roasted malts, charred oak, and green apple

O: very nice beer. Blend of roasty malts, some char, and green apples.

Oct 26, 2018
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Bman6266 from Oklahoma

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank Oct 3rd 2018. Purchased in OKC at a local store.

Dark, dark appearance with approx 1/2 inch of thick head. Very thick feel, like a thin syrup almost. Taste is out of this world. One of the best I’ve tried, easily. Overall, very very good brew. Prairie, you’re doing it right! That said, this amazing brew ain’t cheap. One of the more expensive 12 ox bottles I’ve picked up. But I tell you, it’s worth it to at least try it once. I’m gonna go buy a couple more bottles despite the price. It’s worth it.

Oct 04, 2018
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donspublic from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2015
Poured from bottle into tulip, good 1 finger dark tan head, good retention and lacing. Jet black in the glass, no light gets thru. Smells of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, roasted malt and slight hint of apple, not much. Taste is deep roasted malt, and chocolate, very rich. There is vanilla, caramel, and some apple coming thru in the middle. The end has a slight mouth numbing alcohol finish, not hot, just warming. Mouthfeel is wonderful, great beer, great sipping beer. I want to kick myself for not grabbing more of this when I had a chance. I think I still have a 2016 in my cellar. Looking forward to it.
One thing to note, as the beer warms (started it at 48) that numbing alcohol finish turns into a lingering taste of apple brandy. Man this beer is special

Sep 21, 2018
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Sirnickatnite from Texas

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016. Raisins, chocolate, and booze. Tastes like a you simmered red apples in brandy.

EDIT: bought 8 2018 ABN and they were all infected. Be careful with 2018.

Aug 01, 2018
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SippingInHolland from Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Taste: Apple, caramel, raisi
Feel: full body, thick feel

This beer actually blew my mind. Loved the taste. It's a real winter warmer.

Sadly shared it and only had half a bottle ;-p

Jul 16, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 13316, meaning that it was bottled on 12th May 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a very thin tanned head that dissipated quickly and left pretty much no lacing.

Aroma: Apple brandy, caramel, chocolate, vanilla and a light whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet apple brandy, chocolate, fudge, vanilla, raisins, oak, caramel and toffee before ending with apple brandy once again.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Another great sipper from Prairie with wonderful aromas and nice taste. The apple brandy did make it almost too sweet for me, but this was kind of kept under control so long as I only sipped it slowly.

Mar 05, 2018
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brewaddict from California

4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/3/16. 2016 bottle

L - Pours thick and brown. No head
S - I get candied apples. Oak. Brandy. A touch of molasses.
T - Flavors are chocolate, maple syrup, apples, and brandy. A little sweet and a little boozy.
F - Very mouthy with some heat on the finish.
O - Very complex and good.

Jan 03, 2018
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

great great beer. Nose was amazing, sweet smelling of apple brandy. Nice dark pour. Taste is very great. Sweet, not too boozy, apple brandy and stout. Very viscous feel in the mouth.

Nov 30, 2017
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