Prairie Noir
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #452
ABV:
11%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,528
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 9%
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
987
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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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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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?

Nov 25, 2015
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

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

I loved batch 2. This drinks so easy and hides the 12% ABV so well. It's a tad bitter on the backend but still so delicious.

May 07, 2015
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Jsmes from Texas

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look. Jet black. Legs for days.
Smell. Barrel. Chocolate. Coffee. Toasted marshmallows.
Taste. Barrel up front. Chocolate and coffee balance out the heat from the barrel. Marshmallow on the backend with the coffee bitterness balancing out the sweetness.
Feel. Good not great. I would like for it to be a little more chewy, but honestly, I'm just nitpicking at this point.
Overall. Another really nice brew from prairie!

Jul 04, 2015
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CTbrew32 from Rhode Island

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black in color. Pours a one finger mocha colored head.

Aroma- Roasted malts, boozy whisky sweetness, chocolate, and a touch of dark fruit.

Taste- The barrel is pretty big up front with the whisky flavors, but not overbearing. There's a really good balance between sweet and roasted flavors going on here. On one hand there's the whisky barrel upfront which gives way to milk chocolate and marshmallow flavors. Then there is a bitterness from the oak and roasted malts.

Feel- Full bodied (easily the fullest body for a noir variant, low carbonation, and a chewy/rich mouthfeel overall.

Overall- This is a great noir variant with a good array of flavors and a great chewy texture to it. There is some great flavors going on here but I don't think the roast/bitter aspects blend well with the sweeter flavors, at least not, Essentially this is great now, but could probably improve with some age. Worth buying a couple to try fresh and to age.

May 29, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and red wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local Texas bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery and that this is currently #26 on the Top 50 Southwest beers list. 11% ABV. Reviewed as an "imperial stout aged in oak whsikey barrels." Distributed by the Shelton Bastards - which explains the high $7.49 USD price point.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of gorgeous khaki colour. Full and supple, with a great soft complexion and shiny sheen. Smooth even consistency. Good creaminess and thickness. Head retention is quite good for the 11% ABV - about 6 minutes. Perfect even consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Great looking head across the board.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid jet-black. Some fine yeast particles are visible about the bottom of the glass. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's a really good looking imperial stout. That said, it's exactly what you'd expect and isn't unique or special. I'm really looking forward to the first sip. It's a rich appearance and the head is seductive.

Sm: Has a notable oat presence; they really used the oats for taste here - not just for the smooth texture. That's ballsy. Has a lovely milk chocolate aroma which comes off authentic; this is genuine chocolate, not artificial chocolate character or mere chocolate malt. Wonderful succulent cream, subtle hints of coffee, and well-integrated caramel notes are detectable, and work brilliantly with the other notes here. I also get a fantastic underside of roast (both barley and coffee) which I hope to God gets preserved in the taste. As it warms, some marshmallow emerges.

The barrel notes seem very motivated. The subtle whiskey spiciness, buried faint oak, and kiss of vanilla complement and accentuate the notes of the base beer instead of overwhelming them.

If this tastes as good as it smells, I'm in for a real treat.

No yeast character or overt alcohol is detectable. There are no off-notes.

T/Mf: The open greets the drinker with a welcoming creaminess and a smooth almost silky feel which remains throughout the beer. It's very soft for an imperial stout; this isn't the aggressive heavy texture you might expect. Ideal thickness and weight on the palate. Full-bodied. Has a great presence and texture overall. Excellent carbonation as well.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

The creaminess is marvelous, and the oats work incredibly well in the body alongside the dark malts. There's no booziness at all here, and no yeast character or alcohol makes an appearance. The subtle milk chocolate is magnificent and integrates very naturally into the flavour profile. Light caramel, marshmallow, and vanilla lend still more nuance to an already wondrously complex and subtle beer. A very cohesive brew; I'd say the build is gestalt - there's nothing extraneous here and if you took out any individual note the beer would suffer. The whiskey barrel character is unfortunately a bit reticent, but that may be a plus because spiciness wouldn't really suit this taste too well; bourbon seems like it'd be a much better fit.

Good depth of flavour. Above average duration of flavour. Slightly below average intensity of flavour.

Constructively, it's a touch too sweet and there are some wisps of sticky dark fruit which never really amount to anything. Similarly, there's a barely present coconut note (probably from the whiskey?) which should really be amped up. Additionally, the roasty character I loved in the aroma is much more tame in the taste, which feels like a major missed opportunity.

Dr: Sinfully good and obscenely drinkable for the high ABV. This beer is a real treat and is a hell of an imperial stout. Really solid work from Prairie; I was beginning to think they were a one-trick pony what with all their farmhouse ales, but I'm happy to say I was dead wrong. I can see why it holds a spot on the Top 50 Southwest - and it definitely deserves it. I'd absolutely recommend this to friends, and in spite of its high price point I'd definitely buy it again. As far as imperial oatmeal stouts go, this is right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout in my estimation. I could easily have another. I'll go out of my way to hunt down the variants. Incredible stuff.

A-

Feb 23, 2014
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JoEBoBpr from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a gorgeous black velvety and viscous liquid as expected. Nice thick 1.25 inch head that is nice and light tan. Head retention is incredible it doesn't seem to be receding or moving at all. Very dark and no light can get through.

Aroma is interesting. Starts off with strong espresso roast even though this isn't coffee noir. Nice deep dark chocolaty bitterness and surprisingly, some hop notes. Definitely some woody oak notes present in the nose. I can't pick up too much whiskey in the nose.

The flavor is not what I was expecting. Harsh notes of alcohol with some dry roasted dark malts. Notes of coffee and some dark bitter chocolate. Charred woody notes are present along with some surprising hop grassyness. The brew get better as it warms but I cant quite put my finger on why I'm not LOVING this beer completely. There are some nice dark chocolate and dark roasted malt notes but I wish there was some more barrel sweetness. Mouthfeel, however, is outstanding. Silky, velvety and smooth.

Overall I was a bit disappointed in this one. It's not a bad beer but I was expecting more. There are some good notes and flavors but I wanted a bit more fluidness and less harshness.

Mar 21, 2014
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kbuzz from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Jan 28, 2014
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FrankHammer from Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Oct 21, 2013
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Marklaker from Florida

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

Jun 02, 2018
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Gagnonsux from Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Jan 05, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.30.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a small dark tan head that fades fairly quickly.

S - Oaky, chocolate, coffee, whiskey.

T - Lots of chocolate, with a hint of oak and whiskey. Nice.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Nice balance of chocolate and whiskey. Tasty brew.

Dec 29, 2013
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ohiobeer29 from Ohio

3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 20, 2016
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Grizzarky from Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Mar 25, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Dec 07, 2016
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LoveStout from New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

May 18, 2014
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Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first taste of Prairie, and had incredibly high hopes and expectations; unfortunately those hopes and expectations were not met in the least. Maybe I expected too much, but more likely this was an average Bourbon Barrel stout from a brewery that is way overhyped. Appearance was good, with just an average smell. The mouthfeel was smooth, albeit a little thin for the style. Taste was nowhere near as complex as I anticipated from decription and previous ratings. Heavy amounts of roast and Dark Chocolate, with no sweet undertones left me wanting more. It reminded me of a less complex BA BORIS, with nowhere near the mouthfeel or texture. Not bad, but certainly not great.

Feb 27, 2014
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tkrane from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 06, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

May 01, 2014
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Compton25 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

May 10, 2013
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Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle into a sniffer glass. Pours a beautiful, syrupy near black with just the smallest mocha colored head. I tried and tried to get some foam going with this beer but no luck. Under carbonated? Possibly. Not much lacing. Love the color though.

S- Some chocoalte and coffee, tons of carmelized malts, dark fruits, roasted marshmellows, wiskey, damp wood, and booze. A sweet, wonderful aroma. Very intriguing!

T- Taste follows nose wonderfully. Huge amounts of roasted flavors. Dark chocolate, oats and oak. Oak aged to perfection. Everything i smelled and maybe enhanced some. Warm, dry finish. Balanced and complex.

M- Oh so creamy. Full body. Viscous. Undercarbonation is my only complaint, and it is a modest complaint at that. But the smoothness of this beer seems to make up for it. The alcohol presence gives it a nice, crisp finish that lets you know it is a sipper.

O- My second brew from Prairie, and like the first (Standard), I find it really enjoyable. Goes nicely with a steak dinner. The barel aging may have subdued the carbonation a bit too much, but overall this was an outstanding imperial stout.

$11.99 for 750ml bottle

Apr 22, 2013
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Rootscipio from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 30, 2015
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Magery from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Jul 16, 2013
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dunix from Vermont

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Jun 11, 2013
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rdooley from Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Jan 11, 2014
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Ryannotbryan from Texas

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

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