Prairie Apple Brandy Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Apple Brandy NoirPrairie Apple Brandy Noir

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of cjgiant
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle no apparent date:
Poured straight down the middle of the glass, there was a scant showing of tan head. Not long lasting, there is a thin ring around the glass. Some parts stick to the glass as I tip it, but there is no lacing as the bubbles make their way back to the beer itself.

Nose had me going one of two ways initially - I get a nice roasted malt base which is good for a stout. However, the barrel aging gives it a hint of tartness that I've noticed in infected beers. I am sure this isn't infected, so when I think about the notes I might get from the barrel, it seems fine. That impression also mostly faded by mid-glass. There is a sweet apple note, but also a little tartness that almost seems a little plum-like. Chocolate, roasted malt, fireplace char all get a little say in the nose.

Right up front, the apple hits - not strong, but just the first distinct note I get. It's more apple juice than brandy initially. Getting the beer to the back of the palate brings out the chocolate/vanilla, cocoa notes of the stout. A nice little warming occurs as the brandy flavor and 12% of this beer begin being sensed. The sweetness is tolerable to this point, but that tolerance is tested a tad as the ending stays pretty sweet. The last notes are finally a little bit of char, but also a little cherry cordial sorta flavor.

This beer is quite slick and smooth, medium heavy feel, and full bodied. Obviously not dry at all, given the sweetness that lasts the whole taste.

I really liked my first few sips. The sweetness built up, however, and my feelings were tempered. It never became a chore to drink, and I think it would work great as an after dinner sipper, maybe even to share.

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I won't bore you with the regular review of all the characteristics since you can so very easily read that from 100+ other reviewers. I'll simply say this one thing; if you want to know what a stout aged in apple brandy barrels tastes like then get this beer.

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Photo of yoshie
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very little head, and it isn't as dark/opaque of a stout as I thought it'd be. Big brandy notes come through on the nose and palate. The base beer has a big chocolate malt quality. Combined with the apple brandy, it smelled and tasted like I was eating a chocolate covered green apple. As good as it was, the brandy was way overpowering and the beer was too boozy - and that's coming from someone thag likes a bit of booziness in BA stouts. The brandy barrel characteristics didnt mesh as well as I would have hoped with the base beer. It did open up a ton as it warmed up though - the brandy became tamer and the flavors melded together better.
I'm going to lay my second and last remaining bottle down for at least a year for it to mellow out and hopefully age into a more cohesive beer. I see a lot of potential in this beer with a bit of aging - besides the booziness and overpowering brandy flavors, it's amazing.

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Photo of thebeers
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purple-hued black color with a half-finger mocha head that's quick to dissipate into a crown.

Delicious, huge aroma of brandy, chocolate and caramel with a faint whiff of alcohol behind. Sort of reminds me of a caramel apple, but with brownie batter and hot fudge thrown in, too.

So much caramel in the taste! But with a slightly burnt flavor, like the edges of a well-done brownie, adding some balance. A little coffee, too. There's definitely some brandy in there, with a faint apple quality, I guess, that sort of lingers in the sides of the mouth. Slight warming alcohol in the finish as well.

It's medium bodied for the style -- super chewy in the nose, but less so in the actual mouthfeel.

I was worried that this would have a lot of apple-sweetness to it. There's definitely caramel sweetness in there, but it's manageable with an almost RIS-style base balancing it out. A fantastic dessert beer.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Typical black color without much head.

S- Lots of sweet apple. Just a hint of booze and chocolate.

T- You pick up a little more of the stout flavors in the taste. Chocolate base with some caramel. The apple is still there, but not as prevalent as the smell. Just a bit of barrel. Very little heat in the taste.

F- A little thinner than I would like, but still has a rich feel. Just a bit of warming alcohol burn on the finish.

O- Pretty solid and a little different. I would like it to be a bit thicker or a little more roast to cut the sweetness slightly.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out pitch black; like motor oil.

Aroma is intoxicating! Big apple brandy notes, super rich chocolate, fudge, vanilla, bit of roast and oak in there too.

Taste starts off with apple brandy sweetness, chocolate, fudge, caramel, molasses, and vanilla before a bit of roast and oak in the finish. Super complex!

Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel and only a bit of alcohol warmth.

A beer I would drink every day! I need more ASAP!

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage. Beer was almost flat out of the bottle. Very good, the apple brandy quality is great but not overly sweet. I really enjoyed this and want more

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Photo of CNoj012
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours pitch black with a late forming, half finger mocha colored head. Retention is non existent and there is no lacing at all.

The smell is excellent and the best part of this beer. Caramelized apple, brandy, booze, cinnamon, chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste is similar, but a touch more mellow than the smell. In the smell, each flavor is robust and distinct, but in the taste they seem to meld together more. I wouldn't call it a bad thing since it actually works well to cover up the booziness that was prevalent in the smell, but it also makes the flavors seem a touch muted.

Feel is medium bodied and slick. Very little carbonation. I would have expected the body to be a bit more full, but it is still quite nice.

Overall a very good beer. I was expecting to have my mind blown because of the cult status this beer seems to have so I am a bit let down, but I certainly wouldn't kick it out of bed in the morning. I wouldn't send it home in a town car with a gift basket a la Derek Jeter, but I'd go for another round, some morning sex, and call it a cab...Maybe even pay for it!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown-black color with hints of cinnamon when held to the light, and a cinnamon colored head of 1/2 finger.

Aromas of apple juice, apple pie liqueur, molasses, barrel, sap/syrup, faint black licorice.

Rich flavors of crisp apple soaked in hot whiskey, some hot apple brandy, wet oak barrel, raisin, light peat, flaky crust.

Feel is hot, syrupy, smooth, with a crisp semi-dry finish.

Overall, another insane beer from Prairie. So delicious. Apple Pie and Brandy in a glass.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and watery with a one finger head. Smells of apples and booze. Tastes like a liquid dessert. Chocolate, brandy, apples. Booze is actually fairly well hidden for 12%. Fairly drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown. Amazing aroma of caramelized apple, caramel, burnt sugar, and some peat. Lots of caramel and burnt sugar. It's like a creme brûlée that you find at a fancy restaurant, or so I'm told. I don't eat creme brûlées when chocolate soufflés are available. There's a little bit of peat in there too. There's a beautiful caramel aftertaste. This is a gorgeous BA stout.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Prairie is the master of barrel aged stouts. Most breweries use bourbon barrels for aging, so brandy barrel aging is quite novel. This beer looks like motor oil but smells of true wonder. Smells of cinnamon apples and licorice. Tastes very similar to a liquified apple pie with spice of the rum barrels. Mouth feel is silky smooth that makes this beer go down way too easy for 12% abv.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, cola like with no head.
Aroma is oak, dried fruits, apple brandy, molasses, cinnamon, sweet, chocolate, fudge
Taste is oak, barrel character, raisins, plums, cold brewed coffee, sweet apple brandy,

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours motor oil dark brown with a foamy brown head that hangs out for a bit. Smell is Chocolate-Riesen-caramel-apple and barrel spice. Taste is chocolate malts caramely barrel notes and apple skins. Texture is a bit chewy, but works very well with all of the flavors, leaving some mouthcoat to think about. Great noir variation.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black, no head. Flavour is quite smooth, dark chocolate with oak and calvados. Vanilla is notable. Sweet, but the barrel takes that edge off. Finish is calvados-heavy, but not overly so. Body is thick and full as it should be. Generally, really good. I do find that the base beer is a bit lacking in complexity, but it is certainly tasty. The calvados flavour is great.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2016 vintage
~ 8 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, glistening brown hues when swirled, oily body, opaque. Fine layer of dark tan colored head, few soapy bubbles. Alcohol legs coat and stain glass like a film. Small streaks of head lacing.

Aroma- Fudgy chocolate, tons of vanilla, creamy caramalized dark fruits. Spicy oak, booze soaked raisins, apples, sweet fruitiness. Hints of brown sugar, nuts, sticky molasses, and booze.

Taste- Lush chocolatey sweetness, caramel syrup, dessert like vanilla. Spiced apple pie filling, brown sugar sweetness, hazelnuts. Spicy oak, caramelized raisins, sweet apples soaked in booze, hints of roast.

Feel- Medium bodied, not overly thick. Very sticky texture and creamy. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Incredible richness and sweetness, with a very unique flavor profile. So much dessert qualities, with an apple sweetness and boozy character. The barrel aging really takes control and highlights the beer, adding so many wonderful flavors. One of the best beers ive had a chance to try.

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Photo of pants678
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, not much of a beige head.

Candy, brandy, malt.

Sweetness from the barrelling, dark chocolate and a sorta brown sugar Belgian quality. Little heat, but the barrel adds a real unique flavor. A sipper because I don't want to finish this one.

Slick as you like, could be a touch denser.

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Photo of Slack
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown in color and clear on the edges with no head and no lacing.

Nose is very much boozy apple brandy and sweet chocolate.

Taste follows the nose with Apple Brandy, chocolate, sweetness, minor coffee, booze and oak.

Mouthful is medium and smooth but thin. Carbonation is low. Finish is semi sweet.

An awesome AB beer with a couple of drawbacks. The booze note is pretty strong. The mouthful could be heavier and thicker. Those two notes aside, the nose is very nice and it matches the taste almost entirely which creates that much more of an enjoyable beer. Very much recommend this.

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Photo of holmesmi
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite Prairie Beer. So delicious. Flavors I've never tasted in a stout that are easily identifiable, yet not overwhelming. One of the best balanced stouts. I aged it a year before trying, so that might have been the key.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with no head.
The aroma was largely an unfamiliar booziness, I'm assuming brandy. With chocolate and rich dark malts. The flavor is very sweet, tons of chocolate with a little bit of molasses. Midpalate the flavor is a little spicy with a lot of barrel character with a very nice apple wine like flavor on the finish. Overall this is a very good beer worth picking up, there are better available BA stouts, but I would still try it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Matthew. Many thanks!

Dark and viscous body with a khaki-hued head. Lovely aromas of oak, fruit, toffee, brandy. Vinous and medium-full bodied. Teeming with flavor. Absolutely delicious!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours black with a creamy frothy tan foam head. Smells like apple brandy, oak, rich dark chocolate, marshmallowy vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, dark toffee, sweet molasses, spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sweet apple brandy, rich dark chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, dark toffee, sweet molasses, oak, spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice apple brandy barrel aged imperial stout.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viscous black with brown edges and minimal visible carbonation.

Smell is very nutty and woody, with some charred and burnt coals, a hint of maple, booze, vanilla, caramel, and roastiness.

Taste is boozy caramel, without much of that apple at first, aside from a hint of it in the essence of gooey caramel. The booziness makes the brandy a big player in this at first, but a nutty, woody oak and some roast begin to emerge. A little more apple rises as it warms, with some vanilla chews. Apple Brandy Noir improves impressively each minute while warming, becoming less boozy and more complex.

Feel is heavy with some tang, sparse fizz, finishing semi-dry but sticky.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

**NOTE: I drank a bottle fresh & thought it was terribly boozy; I figured this was best enjoyed with some age on it. I was right. This review is for the aged bottle.**

Bottled late 2014; drank 11/26/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice dark tan head; nice lace.

Apple brandy, milk chocolate & red wine notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup & smooth apple brandy flavors up front; red wine notes on the finish. Sweet brandy settled on my lips over the course of the quaff. A year has been kind to this bottle; although booze is present, it's mild & pleasant compared to its younger self. A sturdy, rich dessert brew.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle,into a snifter.

Thin brown head that dissipates very quickly.Thick dark black color...Hard to tell how much carbonation,if any at all.No signs of light through the glass.

The nose has a heavy presence of apple,brandy,and bourbon barrel ageing...Small signs of chocolate cake, and coffee.

The palate has a close resemblance to the nose...Strong apple/brandy accents,with small hints of chocolate,and coffee.Pretty thick in body.Small hints of pepper and hops on the back end,helps hide the alcohol beautifully!!!

Overall a very good Imperial Stout...Prairie Bomb! Is my favorite...I wouldn't put this one in the same category,but still a very good,very solid Imperial stout,and not far behind...Definitely going to keep a couple for ageing, and a couple for trade.

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