Prairie Noir
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #445
Ranked #1,491
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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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.


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Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, Mar 01, 2020
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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.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Feb 16, 2020
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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.

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Sparty1224 from Michigan, Jan 14, 2020
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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.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Jan 09, 2020
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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.

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Photo of Msp004
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.

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Msp004 from New York, Dec 22, 2019
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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.

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Wolvmar from Michigan, Dec 14, 2019
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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.

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robwired from Kansas, Dec 07, 2019
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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.

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Photo of stortore
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.

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stortore from Illinois, Apr 12, 2019
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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.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Feb 27, 2019
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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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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SHODriver from North Carolina, Sep 04, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
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 superspak
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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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superspak from Michigan, Jul 14, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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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kitch from Hong Kong, Jul 12, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Ciocanelu from Romania, Jul 02, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Jun 25, 2018
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4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard looking stout, not much in terms of lacing or foam, bit of an oil slickness to it. Smell is straight barrel over roasty and sweet oatmeal stout. Taste is boozy barrel, malty, sweet vanilla and caramel. Feel is smooth, mouth watering, hits a number of taste buds, complex and layered, awesome.

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mschrei from Illinois, Apr 21, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The lasting impression of this one is the texture on the palate. Thick, luscious, and waves of malt and oat. Has aromas of coffee, malt, caramel and oat cereal. Taste is sweeter than smell, but still nicely bitter. Whiskey is not the main star, but a complimentary piece in this one. Warm and flavorful

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REVZEB from Illinois, Apr 08, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Quick Stop on 12-30-17 for $11.99. Bottled on 11-16-17. Stored in regular beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured black as night with a decent tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose was very nice, a nice coffee and chocolate aroma. A light touch of whisky was present.

Taste was nicely balanced between the ample malt backbone that had fudge like characteristics. Some coffee was added and along with the whisky barrel which helped to balance out the sweetness. Not as sweet as most of the Prairie imperial offerings are.

Mouthfeel was full bodied and smooth.

Overall i liked this brew but will not do again due to the enjoyment derived versus the price point.

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arizcards from Arizona, Mar 30, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really liked this beer. The oatmeal in an imperial stout was perfectly balanced. Overall the booze laid fairly low and the beer came across with a wonderful mix of a big stout; noticeably gentle display of whiskey barrel ( note: don’t know barrel source but it was a very nice bourbon mixed with these particular malts and hops) and a very smooth mouth feel. The reported marshmallow was modestly evident ie had the flavor but not the intrusive sweetness. The oatmeal added the silk... but the overall feel was surprisingly medium full with soft carbonation.
One of the better balanced sippers I’ve had in awhile. Kudos.
Didn't really have a prejudge coming in and reviews were good but not suggesting anything special. Much as I love a big full feel... the softness made this something pleasantly special ... at least for me.
Can’t quite accept the $1/ ounce that I deal with here on East Coast. But really glad I tried this one. And probably will go again. Delicious.

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BillRoth from Maryland, Mar 25, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another great Prairie Product.

Look: black with a thin mocca head

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee

Taste: the flavor is roasted malts, coffee, sweet dark chocolate, some vanilla, and whiskey. Lots of flavor, maybe too much, but it is good.

Feel: full body

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4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie Noir Imperial Stout Aged in Oak Whiskey Barrels 12 oz. This beer pours thick and coffee black with a head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is chocolate, oak, whiskey, maybe a bit of licorice? Taste is woody, chocolate, whisky, with a subtle interplay of a very soft roast and light sweetness that mellows out rapidly, leaving more of the whisky flavors on the tounge. There is a bit of a hot booze note that hits the palate and rides up the nose lightly, but it dissolves briskly. Mouthfeel is smooth and balanced, easy to drink! Overall this beer is delicious. I would really like to see how it ages over the years. I think the boozy heat would calm down and make this a real gem. However, no arguments here, it's great just the way it is!

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MN290Brew from Minnesota, Feb 13, 2018
Prairie Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 983 ratings