Prairie Noir
Prairie Artisan Ales

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From:
Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,085
ABV:
11%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,178
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 9.07%
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
849
Status:
Active
Rated:
Monday at 08:57 PM
Added:
Dec 24, 2012
Wants:
  192
Gots:
  236
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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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Rated: 4.16 by Boone757 from Virginia

Monday at 08:57 PM
 
Rated: 4.49 by zotzot from Vermont

Feb 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.52 by BLPasch from Michigan

Nov 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jul 26, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.35 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina

Apr 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by PepRyan from Louisiana

Mar 25, 2021
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Reviewed by pants678 from California

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Reviewed by NYNorseman from New York

4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.91 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

Jan 14, 2021
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.12 by oberon from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.37 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania

Jan 05, 2021
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Reviewed by unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.41 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Dec 20, 2020
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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
 
Rated: 3.88 by pyoung9348 from Texas

Dec 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Nov 14, 2020
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
**
11/03/20

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
 
Rated: 4.46 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts

Oct 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by PvtSnowball from Florida

Oct 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev 0%
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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Reviewed by Cyoung1313 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.35 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia

Sep 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.07 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jun 24, 2020
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.6 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania

Jun 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.33 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Jun 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.37 by HopBelT from Belgium

May 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.74 by akopczyk from Ohio

May 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.16 by animal69 from Louisiana

May 14, 2020
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Rated by losdizzel from Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
But the one i had was 13.7%.
Apr 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.68 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Apr 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.1 by dsshuck from Delaware

Apr 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.33 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin

Apr 06, 2020
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Reviewed by firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

@firesidewithphil
Mar 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.33 by craigbelly from Iowa

Mar 21, 2020
Prairie Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
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