Prairie Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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4.18/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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
Ranking:
#2,458
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
929
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
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196
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252
Trade:
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Ratings: 929 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of Gaddabble
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a dense finger of tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of rich molasses with notes of roasted malts, oak, caramel, and vanilla.
T: Taste is slightly roasty up front with a huge note of sweet milk chocolate. Slight molasses note comes in strong as well with some vanilla, caramel, and oak. Hints of coffee and toasted marshmallows. Swallow is huge barrel notes with a strong hint of vanilla and oak with a little caramel. Slight roasted malts and chocolate on the finish.
M: This beer is thick and velvety on the palate. Carbonation is soft but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this beer is insanely delicious. Great flavors and a ridiculous amount of complexity make this one a joy to sip and savor. This one is definitely worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of Muss42
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, still. No head.

The whiskey presence is strong in both aroma and flavour. Notes of cocoa, coffee. Some caramel. The whiskey brings some coconut and vanilla. The oat brings a smooth mouthfeel

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Photo of addiwilliams
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet, syrupy, but not cloying. Very prominent whiskey taste.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/6/2017. Pours pitch black color with a small fairly dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to thin ring of lace eventually. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, cake batter, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of licorice, smoke, char, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Increasing booze in the aromas as it warmed, but not too overwhelming. Damn nice aroma with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, cake batter, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of licorice, smoke, char, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very minimal roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, cake batter, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, light licorice/dark fruit/smoke, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon barrel flavors; with a decent roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is amazing. Slight sticky hop, chalky roast, oak tannin, and increasing dryness. Mildly increasing warmth of 11%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this an amazing barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously smooth to sip on for the big ABV, with the very mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. I had high expectations with 4 BA Prairie stouts being in my top 50. This did not match up, but still extremely impressive. Extremely rich imperial stout malt complexity, with perfect barrel integration. Never overly boozy, tannic, or drying. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected.

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Photo of kitch
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 32017, meaning that it was bottled on 16th November 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a very thin mocha head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, whisky, marshmallow, brown sugar, caramel and vanilla.

Taste: Chocolate, whisky, quite boozy (but not in a bad way), marshmallow, vanilla and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, full bodied, with low carbonation.

Overall: A wonderful sipper with nice strong whisky aromas and flavours.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with mocha foam. Aroma has intense whiskey, dark chocolate brownies, cocoa beans and chocolate liquor. Taste has bittersweet chocolate up-front, toffee, fudge, whiskey, quite bitter and roasty finish. Full bodied with low carbonation. Alcohol warms your throat but in a somehow pleasant way. Quite good, roast and whiskey forward imperial stout.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a over sized red wine glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thick black body coming off like a semi thin motor oil with a pure consistency. Tan head rising about one quarter of an inch off the body with even perfect lacing. Wish the brew was a budget thicker and a darker tan head but looks immaculate.

Smell: Heavy brown sugar, warm over the pan if you ever tried caramelizing it. Espresso but subtle scent.

Taste: Complex and super tasty brew consiting of coffee bean and molasses. You feel a heavy heavy whiskey note which actually sweetens the beer and offsets it a bit. I would love to know which whiskey they used to bake this cake.

Mouth: sticky brew with a medium carnation and very full body.

Overall: great brew, don't know if it will be my last but another "bomb" by Prairie ales. Awesome beer, if it crosses your eyes grab it and grab another or you will regret. Salud!

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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JeffSK
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marklaker
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chilmer
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jkrug5
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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