Prairie Noir
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #569
Ranked #1,665
4.22 | pDev: 9%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
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Notes: Prairie Noir is our bourbon barrel aged imperial oatmeal stout. We brew this beer with a huge amount of oats to give it an ever so silky mouth feel. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and toasted marshmallow can be found in the flavor and aroma of this beer. Notes of whiskey and carmel are also packed into this beer.
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blazerkor from Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This smells like bourbon.  Just wood, booze and just a little beery malt far into the depths of the bottle.

Huge coffee flavor up front with just a little of the wood and bourbon in the background.

It's full bodied and silky smooth with a small amount of bubbles.  The finish is dry and bitter, leaving a little breathy alcohol.

This is a really rich beer.  A nice imperial stout.  I give it a 5.4 out of 6.

Jul 01, 2021
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good head production and excellent retention given the ABV and barrel aging.

Huge rich aroma, with notes of chocolate, espresso, red grape, brown sugar, cream, oak, and whiskey mash.

The whiskey notes are a touch sharp, but the overall flavor is rich and wonderful, improving as it warms. Strong notes of espresso, brown sugar, whiskey, and chocolate, along with toast, toffee, oak, and molasses. A really wonderful barrel aged stout.

Apr 08, 2021
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pants678 from California

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with a thin brown lace.

Bourbon and chocolate.

Simple, doesn't stray from the nose. Something marshmallow/vanilla to it, compliments the chocolate and bourbon. No burn, not bitter but a lightly caramel finish. Need better for the price point but it's got deep flavor.

Appropriate dense, not novelty dense.

Mar 21, 2021
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NYNorseman from New York

4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie does a great job with its stouts and this one hits the spot. I am a big fan of their Christmas bomb and the Noir dies not disappoint. It may be a bit boozy up front but it delivers big with notes of caramel, whiskey, chocolate and roasted malt. Definitely a winner!

Jan 26, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I drank this beer as I took down the Christmas tree for the year.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color with a nice brown head and great lacing. Chocolate and whiskey smell and taste. Smooth, rich feel. As usual, a very enjoyable imperial stout from this brewery. I love consistency!

Jan 09, 2021
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just got this bottle which was packaged 11-11-2019, so just north of a year in the bottle at opening.

Overall, a solid beer. Prairie knows their way around a ba stout. I do think they do better with heavily flavored stouts but this is an enjoyable example for sure

Pitch black beer with just a faint whisp of persistent tan foam.
Nose has licorice and black cherry on top of heavy roasty malts.
Taste hits a nice big molasses and bitter chocolate note right out the gate. As you settle into the glass there's some tobacco and leather notes as well as a touch of vanilla or marshmallow smoothing things out a bit. Bourbon is there on the aftertaste for sure.
Mouth feel is thick and a little syrupy. Not out of line for the style, but I've had better.

Dec 31, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with zero leakage anywhere and sports a dark tan head. Beautiful imperial stout. The nose features decadent milk chocolate notes up front and a substantial whiskey barrel aroma on the backside. There’s also some toffee notes dancing around the edges.

The toffee notes step forward significantly on the taste, balancing oh so well with the milk chocolate flavor and winding its way into the barrel, which provides copious whiskey and oak flavors that come across as vanilla. Absolutely delicious.

The mouthfeel is substantial and creamy, per the style. May be my favorite Prairie beer.

Dec 20, 2020
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Dominion Wine & Beer for $11.99/12 oz bottle. Bottled 11.11.2019 20:12. Poured into a small-stemmed tulip.

More whiskey than stout, but not totally out of balance. This beer is saved by the ABV, which is not overwhelming but is necessary to cut the sweetness. Reminds me of Bourbon County Stout. 4.25

A – Pours an opaque oily black, with reddish highlights and a minimal reddish-brown head. Good alcohol viscosity on the glass but not leggy. Pours with some viscosity. Almost still/no carbonation. 4.0

S – Aromas of bourbon-soaked cherries, spirits, dark fruit, and lots of vanilla. 4.25

T – Whiskey, vanilla, sweetness, roasted malts, minor bitterness in the finish, not hot but whiskey heavy. 4.0

MF – Heavy bodied, semi-dry almost sweet finish. 4.25

Nov 21, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Bottle to snifter. Election night sample, kbs vs noir.

Look: thick black, no head,

Aroma: Bourbon and wood, roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: cocoa and Bourbon. Whiskey is strong. 13.7 id noticeable over the 12.2 KBS.

Feel: super thick and chunky. Chewy. No carbonation.

KBS is superior, but there are aspects of Noir that are better. Interesting compare.


Nov 04, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very solid 12oz bottle poured into a snifter; thick viscous black body poured out with higher viscosity...dark mocha head fizzles quickly away; huge notes of fudgy whiskey barrel...hints of smoke and leather, vanilla sweetness and slight coffee presence; faint saltiness/ghostly soy sauce; lots of chocolate notes, booze still present at one year old (bottled 11/19). Roasty, sweet, thick, and impressive, like most Prairie stouts. This one is good.

Oct 03, 2020
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Cyoung1313 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 version. Pours jet black with minimal head. Strong aroma of barrel with notes of chocolate. Tastes of barrel, vanilla and chocolate. Cohesive. Not thick, but still a hefty brew.

Oct 01, 2020
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice dark brown and creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a nice ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a dark chocolate dark brown that looks black. The texture looks smooth and a bit milky too.

The smell is pretty good. It starts off with a strong spicey whiskey and lightly bitter but sweet chocolate note that transitions to a slightly more milky note with a tiny bit of a burning booze note.

The taste is pretty good and a bit more interesting and complex than the smell. The bourbon and chocolate note are upfront but the transitions are more interesting. The chocolate is still sweet but a bitter coffee note comes out more with a light caramel note at the end of it.

The feel is good. It has a heavy body but is fairly slick and creamy. The heft is a little thin compared to other of the style but isn't watery, rather it's a like a creamy feel to it.

Overall, a pretty good beer worth getting if you can.

Jun 23, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie Noir is executed perfectly. This beer is high end, to the point, and just an incredible experience.

PN is a deep and viscous barrel aged stout. It is slightly bitter and a real OG in the BA stout realm. The beer is what it is, and should be pursued.


Mar 28, 2020
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In my snifter the beer was black with just a suggestion of a tan head.
Aroma of booze, chocolate, and vanilla.
Strong whiskey taste, chocolate, a bit of vanilla.
Big body, a little too boozy for me.

Mar 01, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with no penetration to light. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim. The aroma is of whiskey, oak, and barley. I’m tasting plenty of whiskey, roasted barley, and oak. The mouth is thick, chewy, and boozy.

Feb 16, 2020
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brief Review:

O: Been a while since I had a barrel-aged beer from Prairie. Been chasing this for a while and finally got a hold of it, limited amounts in Michigan. I have to say though, not terribly impressed with this. My biggest problem is it's way too boozy. This thing is hot as hell, almost like taking a shot of whiskey. And because of that, it's a bit thin in the mouthfeel. The flavors are decent if you love big boozy beers, but it's too much for me.

Recommendation: Seek this out only if you love really hot, boozy, whiskey-forward stouts. Otherwise, you can pass. BCBS is about just as available nowadays and is infinitely better.

Jan 14, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another tremendous imperial stout from the always-reliable Prairie. This one was complex with good balance, depth and flavor. 11/11/19 date printed on bottle. Pours a silky jet-black opaque color with a little film of tan head and some small rings of lingering lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, medium roast coffee, vanilla, caramel, malt, lightly toasted nuts, whiskey and oak. Taste follows the nose, very good balance and complexity. I couldn’t pick out any marshmallow notes, however. Smooth, slightly sticky and syrupy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. High ABV goes down so smoothly. I always make sure to look for these offerings from this brewery anytime I’m shopping for beer.

Jan 09, 2020
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle registered 13.7 ABV and was bottled in 6/19. That is a LOT of ABV and as soon as it wears off I will rate this. I am interested in why the brewery gave it a 11ABV though. Pours almost black with not much of a head but does have lacing that hangs in there. They don’t hide the high alcohol as well as some of their other stouts but this is still a really nice brew. I absolutely would buy another one.

Jan 04, 2020
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Msp004 from New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 11 19 bottle
Poured black with minimal head and some lacing.
Nose is semi sweet chocolate, graham cracker and whiskey.
Mouth is slightly creamy but not thick with semi sweet chocolate, whiskey, charred oak and burnt caramel.
A nice barrel aged imperial with a nice showing of the whiskey barrells.

Dec 22, 2019
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/13/19. 12oz bottle dated 11/11/19. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: jet black, no head, bubbly ring and lacing.

Nose: black licorice, oak, vanilla.

Taste: black licorice, burnt caramel, bitter dark roast coffee, oak, vanilla, whiskey. Lots and lots going on here.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, not real thick but reasonably substantial.

Overall: really good but maybe not great. Still worth trying and/or making a regular.

Dec 14, 2019
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robwired from Kansas

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got a cherry nose with cherry(-ish) flavor. Out of the bottle into a tulip glass, it poured dark, but no head to speak of (2019). Boozy fumes, but the taste is bitter stout that does not give away its 13.7 ABV. Its character is deservingly complex and derservingly enjoyable.

Dec 07, 2019
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with ruby edges at 55 degrees; fast fizzy dark tan head leaves a thin ring and some spotty lace initially; thin legs. Nose is Whiskey!; caramel; some booze on exhale. Whiskey, chocolate fudge, cocoa nibs, caramel, vanilla, oak, toasted marshmallows; roast malt bitterness; dark fruit, plums middle; more sweet candy, brown sugar and molasses as it warms; whiskey chocolate finish. Medium plus body; silky slick feel; dry tongue coating; warmth from 11%. Overall an easy drinking sipper; a tad thin for all the oats employed, but enjoyable; complex layers of candy, fruit and barrel notes; and more sugary fruit and roasty flavors emerge as developed over time as the liquid warmed; after almost 2 years in the bottle, I did not detect any coffee; I would definitely drink again, but for the money I’d pay for BOMB! and variants first.

Oct 20, 2019
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stortore from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 11/16/17, had 9/27/18.

Pours near black, opaque, with a quarter inch quickly dissipating head and some spotty lacing. Aromas of whiskey, roasted malt, toffee, oak, chocolate, raisins, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, some caramel and figs, light prunes, some tobacco. Smells great. The flavor is similar- whiskey, malt, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, cocoa, coffee, some prunes, light tobacco and figs, some molasses and licorice when warm. Smooth, a very good full body, appropriately carbonated.

This was a fun one to drink. Great barrels, terrific aromas, great flavors. Lots to pick out and enjoy. Well worth a purchase.

Apr 12, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz Prairie Noir poured into Calusa snifter. 2018 edition.

Deep black color with a thin finger of creamy beige head.

Wonderful complex notes of dark fruit, molasses, plums, brown sugar, aged oak, and hot whiskey.

Flavor brings tons of molasses and prune, with slight merlot, dark cherry, and more general deep red wine flavors. It's very dark fruit-forward, moreso than any other Prairie stout I've had. Slight vanilla bean and lots of hot oaky whiskey follow it up. The burn lingers in the throat like an angry shouting match from 10 minutes ago.

Feel is dry, cotton-dry, and slick. Lots of whiskey dryness and burn, I can't emphasize how dry this beer is.

Overall, I knew this was gonna be hot straight out of the gate so I aged it for a year and it still has a formidable burn. Flavors are complex but kind of prune-y and soggy, and it is almost like a wine-barrel belgian stout more than anything. Definitely different from any Prairie product I've had before. Good, but I'm not sure I'll buy again since there's other Prairie beers that come out at the same time that are superior.

Feb 27, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Date stamped on bottle neck is '32017'.
Black colored body with a very slight mahogany edge when back lit. Mocha tan head sticks around. Leaves a few spots of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, bourbon barrel, molasses, and chocolate. Coffee and marshmallow are faint.
Taste of dark roasted malts with the bourbon barrel aging adding dark fruit and red wine flavors. Lots of chocolate, and a little caramel, but the coffee and marshmallow have faded.
Very creamy and thick mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Can't taste the advertised flavors of coffee and marshmallow but there is a nuance close to vanilla. Lots of bourbon barrel influence here.

Oct 10, 2018
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