Double Vanilla Noir
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #567
Ranked #1,755
4.3 | pDev: 5.81%
Sep 18, 2022
Oct 26, 2021
Double Vanilla NoirDouble Vanilla Noir
Notes: Barrel aged stout with Madagascar vanilla and Tahitian vanilla.
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

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

bottle to snifter

look: dark black color, super motor oil thick, no head but a nice chocolate brown lacing shows when jostled.
aroma: lots of vanilla, some roasted malt,
taste: oak, vanilla, cocoa,
feel: silky smooth, full body,

very tasty

Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Sep 11, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by Dave2234 from Minnesota

Aug 27, 2022
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Reviewed by pkalix from California

3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
not bad. tastes musty, though. maybe too long on a shelf in a warm store?????? smells musty also..... but getting flavor on the nose and on the palate. not bad . . . . .
Aug 21, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by BAsbill from California

Aug 18, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Aug 15, 2022
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Reviewed by pants678 from California

3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
No foam, basically black.

Roast but nothing specific.

Vanilla and alcohol, which isn't bad but not all that enticing. Takes warning to find the former. I rather like prairie stouts but this isn't meeting the price. Intensity is too middling.

Pillowy, like an NEIPA
Jul 23, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 18, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by not2quick from Missouri

Jul 14, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Jun 29, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
been wanting to try this one for awhile, loved the original vanilla noir, and even though these bottle prices have gotten stupid, i finally had to bite. this is a cool beer for sure, its rich and elegant and intense on the vanilla, for me definitely a beer for sharing as its on the edge off too much flavor, super boozy, and with some sweetness, more than i want to drink too much of, but it sure is good in small doses, one of the best i have had from prairie in ages. majorly viscous near black dark brown color to this, very little head even though i try to pour it hard to rouse one, looks syrupy and close to still. the aroma is epic, vanilla beans from tahiti and madagascar both, real beans for sure in this, it assaults the nostrils with pure sex appeal, the absolute essence of vanilla, which here seems somewhat separated from the sweetness of the malt, i dig them being two different things instead of wrapped up together. some coffee character, light smoke, and deep roast, lots going on here but vanilla leading the way. the flavor is really good too, of course the vanilla is way out in front, but it has rich bourbon behind it, nice oak and char, some balancing bitterness in the dark grain, and some caramel sweetness in the middle, pretty clean ferment even though the finish is long and the beer stays on my palate for a long time. the vanilla is super sexy and real, its dosed high and it makes this kind of fancy. the body and the alcohol together make this a slow sipper, but its for the best, as this is at its most flavorful when its about room temperature. there is a chocolate fudge brownie or cookie batter thing to this, its rich for sure, but its also balanced to me, enough earthy depth to the roast for it not to be diabetic, which is cool. the vanilla is all time, the barrel treatment is pro, and overall this is outstanding. could it use a little more carbonation? maybe. do i want another glass? no. would i take it over the original? tough saying, perhaps just for the aroma, both are awesome. fun to share with friends i hadnt seen in way too long!
Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin

Jun 16, 2022
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
No evident bottling date. Poured at 61° into a stemless stout glass. It pours a dark mahogany/walnut color. The frothy, toffee colored cap fizzled away quickly. It smells of dark chocolate, freshly-brewed coffee, vanilla beans, molasses, nutty char, and bourbon. The primary flavors are vanilla and bourbon although the dark chocolate is ever-present in the background. While the coffee adds acidity and there is also bitter char, the overall taste is on the sweet side. However, it doesn't drink like it's gimmicky or adjunct-laden. The flavors work well together. You can taste the alcohol heat. It's mouth feel is rather thin for a high gravity stout. You can definitely feel the 13.4% ABV. Sip it slowly and let it warm. Overall, while not quite at the level of Prairie's finest stouts, Double Vanilla is a treat and is well worth seeking out.
May 30, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Idk I just like other ones I've had better, this was good just really boring. It's all there as advertised I just found myself thoroughly unimpressed.
Apr 27, 2022
Rated: 4.78 by red_5_sooner from Oklahoma

Apr 27, 2022
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Reviewed by ProfessorB

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Vanilla for days -- this beer was in the lead for us against Prairie's Sunday Service, but at the end the Sunday Service beat Double Vanilla Noir by a hair. Double Vanilla took the lead early with its glorious vanilla bean smell and soft vanilla bean taste fused into their great stout base. Double Vanilla Noir is a world class beer out of Prairie. We raved about Double Vanilla for the couple hours we had it open. It didn't hold up as well over that time period as Sunday Service -- but over the first hour of drinking - Double Vanilla Noir was clearly in the lead. This masterclass beer will not disappoint.
Apr 07, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by travelguy from Ohio

Apr 04, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Mar 31, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Mar 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled on 10/22/21. Purchased at Dominion Wine & Beer for $12.99. Poured into a small stemmed tulip.

A - pours midnight black with reddish highlight and thick with no head but a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. Good viscosity on the glass.

S - The barrel sports/alcohol comes first quickly followed by vanilla and then brown sugar sweetness.

T - Not as much spirits as in the nose. Actually very little alcohol. Roasted malts and lots of vanilla but not excessive. Some brown sugar sweetness.

MF - Medium heavy body but still easy drinking with a sweet but not excessively sweet finish. Very smooth but not slick with alcohol. No alcohol bite in the finish. Warming but not as much as you might think based on the aroma.
Mar 26, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Mar 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I generally love the stouts Prairie produces and I enjoyed this but, for me, it was good but not as good as I have come to expect from one of my Bucket List breweries. I little to strong an alcohol taste for me. I would, however, be likely to buy another one to double check my review. hee. Hee.
Mar 16, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by akk14 from Illinois

Mar 12, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The beer is pitch black with a modest orange/tan head that disappears quickly.
Aroma of chocolate and vanilla.
The taste follows the nose, chocolate and vanilla.
Medium-bodied, alcohol not noticeable at all.
Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Feb 25, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by Mikexw from New York

Feb 25, 2022
Rated: 4 by archero from Texas

Feb 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a rich dark color and smells of vanilla and a little chocolate. Being a big 'Bomb' fan I miss the coffee and the heat. It tastes very good and has an almost thin mouthfeel and alcohol is barely noticeable. Overall, very tasty but my 'Bomb' is the King. Bottle dated 10/22/2021. It's warm now and at the bottom we get the rich oily part and the alcohol. It's starting to taste like Whiskey in the glass. I think this is a BIG plus and I'll be editing my rating accordingly. That oily alcohol lingering on the tongue is pretty awesome. Sweet and sticky.
Feb 22, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by admonster00 from Illinois

Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Dope from Massachusetts

Feb 17, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Feb 13, 2022
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours inky black thick heavy black beer with very little head, long legs

Nose brings fair vanilla, earthy raw vanilla and a fruity vanilla thing, plenty of roast, dark chocolate, moist chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, Vienna finger cookies soaked in espresso

Taste rich vanilla and chocolate, cocoa, more moist chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, fair sweetness, dark chocolate fudge, a bit of roast with espresso and a bit of cookie, a bit of French vanilla, little bitterness, very smooth and tasty, touch of smooth perfumey alcohol, mild sticky sweet finish

Mouth is full bod, rich heavy but smooth, light alcohol warmth, low carb

Overall nice, very smooth and easy drinking for how heavy it is and alcohol level, big vanilla not as much as I expected but balanced well
Feb 13, 2022
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Reviewed by DSMaine

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Hi. I just sent in a quick review on the Prairie vanilla noir, but should have been for the Double Vanilla Noir. If could be corrected, much appreciated!
Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had on tap. Shimmering black with a brown ring. Vanilla bomb in smell and taste, to the point of overwhelming the barrel and everything in the taste. The nose is more what I hoped it would be with the oak taking on the vanilla nicely, and the whiskey brown sugar nature bonding in. Feel is hot with booze though, vanilla washing over doesn't change that, thin for style but hey it is smooth.
Feb 03, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by SMH_NWI from Texas

Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Modest head production; poor retention, unsurprising given the ABV and style.

Very rich nose of moderate strength. I notice the bourbon and a touch of sharp booze first, but subsequent sniffs reveal very clearly the vanilla's contribution to the rich and deep palette.

Easily as rich on the palate. Vanilla features prominently but not obnoxiously, along with chocolate, bourbon, oak, caramel, molasses, and coffee. Stronger bourbon hit around mid sip, with a very noticeable mash. Raisin, oak, chocolate, nuts, and molasses on the finish.

Thick and smooth; not exactly chewy. Very drinkable. The alcohol heat shows pretty assertively, reminding you to sip slowly and savor, but it's neither harsh nor aggressive.
Feb 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz poured into a stemmed Prairie glass; dark, slick opaque pour with a marginal dark brown head that fizzed quickly away. As expected, enormous impression of vanilla on the nose and first taste, but with a welcome character of fudgy brownie...sips two and three take off in a far different direction though. The middle of this beer is really its boozy character and a truck load of dark fruits (raisins and prunes), which both remind me a lot of Black Tuesday/the Bruery. I guessed 14% abv blind and I was not far off. As this brew finally hits room temperature, it really becomes fully well-rounded and finally enjoyable, the boozy character falls away slightly and the vanilla, chocolate brownie, and dark fruit character seem to mesh on the palate. I would say overall that it is a GOOD but not GREAT brew.
Feb 02, 2022
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This was easily the worst beer I had at Chicago’s FOBAB in November, so of course I ran out & bought a 12 oz. bottle. This hobby makes fools of many of us. Or maybe just me.

Black black with a sliver of cardboard head ringing the edges of the glass. Big nose notes: vanilla, whiskey, booze. Makes sense.

Double Vanilla Noir swirls about the palate like a Finnegan’s Wake word salad. Many layered, for you illiterates. Vanilla hits hard but the sweetness is cut by a shot of Four Horsemen which lends a helping hand of serious alcohol to the beer; borderline burn on the downslope. Behind the serious veil are smaller helpings of chocolate, roast, & a finishing touch of fig & whole milk. Thick. Filling. Twelves ounces is plenty.

This is neither the train wreck I tasted two months ago nor the heights that Prairie has scaled with some of its marvelous beers. Very good.
Feb 02, 2022
Double Vanilla Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 96 ratings