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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by chocosushi on 12-24-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
790
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
202
Gots:
230
For Trade:
38
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Silky smooth, sweet, and luxurious from nose to finish, the bourbon barrel aged oatmeal stout of Prairie Ales is a sweeter, candied and velvety on all fronts.

Prairie Noir pours off-black, bronzen and tawny brown with mahogany highlights. Its swirling creme of froth struggles to crown the ale while its rich aromas of caramel, coffee, chocolate, nuttiness, vanilla unmistakable whisky tease and taunt the nose. Lavishly sweet and silky, the taste of caramel, toffee and sweet cream, there's a pulled candy flavor that emits from the malt impressions of latte and fudge.

The middle palate shows little development, but who needs it when the upstart is so rich and satisfying. The same semisweet chocolate, columbian coffee, cashew and pecan flavors remain firm and intact. Caramel, vanilla and heavy whipping cream reaffirm the dessert-like impressions of the stout while its finish simmers in those oak soaked whisky nuances.

Full bodied and rounded by those creamy oats, the beer's velvety texture keeps the finish rewarded with marshmallow and kaluha. A warm whisky spice brings a fine pepperiness, oaken surplus and honey robustness even late in finish. A long afterglow of bourbon ball candies trails like those sultry central Kentucky delicacies.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L- Very dark. Slight head on initial pour, fades to a thin ring.

S- Dark chocolate and bourbon are most prevalent. Some caramel and vanilla.

T- Smooth, but not particularly interesting. Sweet, definitely caramel and maltose. Some bourbon.

F- Awesome. Super-thick, rich, bordering on chewy. Smooth.

O- Overall, it's a decent BA stout. The feel is great though, which bumps it up a bit. I'm excited to try the variants, which should add a bit more flavor.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage.
Pours opaque jet black with a thin tan head that quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace. The smell is of dark chocolate, vanilla, maple and oak. The taste follows with dark chocolate and pleasant whisky notes. Full texture with low carbonation.

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Photo of John_M
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Waterford brandy snifter. The label actually indicates this beer is aged in whiskey oak barrels (as opposed to bourbon barrels).

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty much what I've come to expect with these prairie noir beers, as I get a huge aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, and in this case, considerable whiskey. It aroma profile isn't particularly complex, but the level of decadent richness (both on the nose and palate) is astonishing (and quite impressive). The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and while the chocolate and vanilla dominate in this rich, sweet beer, the whiskey is definitely noticeable as well, and it helps to balance out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty full and fairly soft, and the finish is very long. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, though of course you can tell it's up there a bit.

Another excellent noir variant from Prairie. Liked this one better than the pirate noir, though it's still not quite as outstanding as the brandy version. Delicious beer.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks black-bodied and with very little head and lacing visible, but rich velvety in appearance.
Smells like chocolate and some coffee, /'d toasted oats, with hints of bourbon barrel.
Taste is delicious with bourbon barrel flavor wrapped in whisky and oats, with caramel and yes some marshmallow. Pretty much as the commercial notes describe this imperial stout. Tasty stuff. The only other beer in this style I recall having that was this tasty AND had that marshmallow flavor is KBS. This must be to Prairie what KBS is to Founders.
Feels terrific, thick and chewy, low carbonated, velvety too.
Some end notes are more caramel and even marashino cherry flavors picked up here.
One of my favorites by this brewery, if not my top pick of theirs.

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Photo of cherche
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: jet black body, skinny mocha head, some retention and lacing
S: chocolate, spicy bourbon, coffee
T: on par with the nose
M: average carbonarion, good stuff
O: very nice beer

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Photo of Rcaros
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016
Poured brown. Very Little head. Black in glass.

Nose of Cherries, dark fruit, heavy oak, whiskey, small amount of alcohol

Barrel forward, chocolate, coffee, malty sweet finish

Medium feel and extremely drinkable for 11% abv

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Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It’s Noir night at the ECK corral. Four bottles rounded up & popped open with my wife on a night that threatens to reach -26 degrees. This should keep us warm. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour? Black, not like the night, which has a very high albedo rating with the foot of snow out the back door. Smells like whiskey & chocolate. I mean, what’s wrong with that? Nothing.

Prairie Noir was aged in whiskey barrels wetter than a fire hose enema. Whiskey bursts out of the glass & alcohol sears its way all the way down; the room just warmed about 8 degrees. Everything else is background noise: chocolate, mild vanilla, flakes of roast & maple syrup. Deeply sweet malts. Creamy, smooth, & simultaneously a bit harsh from the whiskey violation. More like a brandy than a beer, I could sip this next to the (natural gas) fire all night.

No fancy dance moves here, just a beautifully crafted stout with a couple shots of whiskey. Excellent; can’t wait to tie into the others.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pour black, but can see through the pour. Pitch black in the glass with not head.
S: nice barrel sweetness and chocolate.
T: wow! I should have got more....typical huge prairie stout sweetness. Smooth barrel, wish there was more barrel though.
F: medium to thick feel, coats really good/ sticky to my teeth.
O: impressed for a non adjunct Ba stout.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Bedford Heights, OH Lizardville for $12. Julian dating 11/10/2016.

Vigorous pour into El Cat tulip produces a 1 finger dark brown head to a thin collar. This brew is black, oily, opaque.

The chocolate, roasted malt predominate with a nice caramel and sweet lactose mingling with the barrel and whiskey.

This is where the barrel and booze come out, taking the chocolate and lactose down a notch. Not too much though as the smooth, sweet chocolate makes its presence felt on the finish leaving a bit of a sticky, sweetness on the tongue.

Full body, silky with a touch of the alcohol bleeding through.

A nicely done IS that has a nice, complex character and finish. The oatmeal is balanced by the barrel.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank out of a tulip.

Look: pitch black with no head

Aroma: definitely on the sweet end of the stout spectrum. Barrel aging produces more vanilla and coconut aromas . Some milk chocolate as well.

Taste: aroma translates to the palate. Tastes like if you baked a batch of fudgy brownies with Malibu rum!

Mouthfeel: very full and fudgy

Overall(style): these sweet stouts are generally not my thing but the barrel aging tones down some of the sweetness and brings out some more complex flavors. 91.75

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Photo of bbtkd
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Noir, 11% ABV, 60 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and black, with no head on a vigorous pour. Nose is whisky, oats, coffee, and chocolate, taste follows, with a bit of sweet fruitiness, and slight bitter close. Good carbonation, OK mouthfeel. Overall very good, and improves as it warms.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch medium brown head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Lots of sweetness giving off notes of caramel, vanilla, marshmallow and even a hint of spice.

T- Sweet, nutty flavor with plenty of oak and roast. Has that bit of umami thing going on with it too. Notes of dark chocolate, raisin and coffee. Plenty of whiskey booziness but not too hot.

M- Creamy and thick with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Loving the oak character on this. Plenty sweet for sure, but not overly so, Glad to finally get to try the "base" beer after having all the variants.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The pour builds a big beige head atop the onyx liquid; drapes lacing along the side of the chalice

Smell: Roasty chocolate marshmallow and oatmeal tones bolstered by oak and whiskey

Taste: Creamy chocolate, marshmallow and oatmeal with roast building, through the middle; oak and whiskey arrive, after the swallow, with the whiskey tones lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is an old bottle, caged and cored in a 750ML with a 9% ABV; not sure how old but it sure is drinking nicely and I like the prominence of the oatmeal flavor

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Photo of eifster82
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into mini-snifter.

Pretty straight up oatmeal stout. Nothing fancy, but solid overall. Rum is present, upfront especially, and it gets smoother as it warms.

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Photo of MrHolden
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into snifter at Brass Tap in Round Rock, TX. Pours midnight black with a dark khaki pencil collar that leaves minimal spotty lacing. Aroma is magnificent with burnt sugar, cocoa, molasses, raisin, hints of other dark fruit, bourbon. The flavor is balanced af - roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar, cocoa up front with a long, soft edged whiskey profile that finishes mildly bitter. The bourbon is ever present but mixed well with the other elements to form a great balance. Light mouthfeel with a slick finish, actually lighter bodied than I predicted based on the appearance and aroma. Would absolutely drink again.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

enjoyed from a prairie Balcones glencairn. what can you say about his beer other than yum yum yum. really amazing silky stout wit great notes of barrel and coffee and vanilla and fairly oaty. great body great flavor. I haven't loved all of the Prairie stouts but this one is a home run.

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Photo of peepmachine
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Hill Farmstead stemmed wide tulip. Silk bomb! The look is dark, typical. The smell is of dark chocolate with that oak barrel sweetness. It tasted of dark chocolate with a silky, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavor that lingers in the back of your palate. This has been sitting for 3 years now so any booziness is mellowed out. So smooth! The feel is pretty nice. It's full bodied and has slight alcohol slickness but it's so minimal, almost not recognizable. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who wants a great barrel aged stout!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this was a killer beer, probably the bottle i have been holding on to longest in my cellar. it might be batch one, still in the format pictured here, but listed at 9% abv on the label. Its aged well, a little faint oxidation on the nose beneath the fluffy creamy tan head. it smells more mature than anything though, no heat at all. flavor is very rich velvety molten chocolate thing going on. the whiskey is really influential here, vanilla and barrel char in with all the chocolate flavor, you would almost swear there is cocoa in this. the integration of the many layers is whats most impressive, and i wonder if this is a product of the time in the cellar or if its just that well done. caramels and toasted almonds go right in with the chocolate, and the wood is heavy and wet still. not a trace of the alcohol strength here, and despite a mild dusty, just inching past its prime, sort of vibe to it, i cant help but be impressed. its so much less goopy thick in texture and sticky sweet than a lot of these, less of a kitchen sink thing, more calculated and artful than that. the oats give it plenty of body, but the heaviness isnt there at all, especially with this level of carbonation. glad i hung onto this one so long, it made an excellent preshow beverage before dead and company last night up in broomfield. i wish i had another one, but now keen to try this fresh. do they still make it?

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: barrel woody notes, smokey malty, oatmeal and dark fruits.
Black and opaque, with a cocoa colored thick head.
semi sweet toasted oak nose.
Full body.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received in Trade

Look: Pours black, little to no head
Smell: Bourbon, cocoa
Taste: Bourbon, Cocoa, toasty malts
Feel: Medium body
Overall: I liked this one a lot, a good trade and a great beer from Prairie

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Photo of justinp444
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip it has a inch thick darker beige head with a black body. Smell is of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, slight slight coconut, with a bit of the faint oatmeal stout smell but not as metallic or over the top. Taste is fresh roasted coffee beans, chocolate, vanilla, oak, a bit of oats, fudge-y, a nice somewhat overly dry bourbon and alcohol flavor as well. A very fufilling rich mouth feel, that has a bit too much alcohol, and a body to match. Not my favorite of the prairie stouts but a fantastic stout none the less.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle in a Teku

L: Pitch black, small beige head
S: Bourbon, vanilla, malt,
T: Chocolate, roasted malts, more bourbon
M: Thin, hot
O: One dimensional - bourbon bomb - a bit of a let down

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Photo of cwrightcrawford
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was one of the last couple I found at a Spec's. Dark and easy to drink. Pretty good with dark chocolate. Silky feel with good mix of coffee and chocolatenotes in the flavor and aroma of this beer. Can get good sense of the caramel and whiskey as well. Similar to St. Arnold's whiskey barrel stout.

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Photo of mschantz
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as an Alaskan night with a decent head for a beer this big. While bourbon dominates the nose, vanilla and Carmel sweetness are apparent. Taste adds roast coffee and toffee notes to flavors picked up by the nose. Mouthfeel is slick with a bit of lingering booze. Man I need a campfire right now.

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