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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

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

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Photo of blankust
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served from bottle into chalice style glass.

Appearance: ebony with half finger thick brown head
Aroma: very winy, chocolate/coffeeish aroma
Mouth feel: very smooth
Taste: bitter chocolate followed by coffee and toffee, hints of vanilla throughout, can feel alcohol warmth, long lasting cocoa aftertaste.

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Photo of IAmJacksHopTongue
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

C&C bottle into my Crooked Stave snifter.

A: No light passage. Surprisingly high foam/carb for BA - at least 2 fingers. Beautiful latte color head. Lacing and foam stays throughout the whole snifter; pour after pour.

S: LOVE. Chocolate chocolate and dark chocolate. Slight burnt sugar and marshmallow. Take the sweet away from a really high dollar hot chocolate, and you have the nose of Noir.

T: Lots of chocolate (like it was brewed with dark chocolate); exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. Here, the marshmallow comes in. No heat from the alcohol. The creamy-smooth nature of the oatmeal dominates - and I want it to dominate. I really don't have the words; just try it.

O: I had 2 world-class beers tonight: Zombie Dust and Noir. So different; but both amazing for different reasons. I couldn't drink Noir all night, but only because I'd be on the floor. It is amazingly drinkable for such a big beer. I love Bomb! and several other Prairie beers, and the balance of Noir puts it on my top shelf. I find myself trying to slow down and savor, which is good - I want it to last - but difficult.

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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 Buster
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an oversized wine glass

A- It pours like your average imperial stout. It's pitch black, has a decent tan head, and leaves great lacing on the glass. There are also some faint alcohol legs left on the glass.

S- I first got a burst of vanilla, along with fantastic whiskey notes, dark chocolate, fudge, oak, booze, and a little bit of dark-roasted coffee hiding in the background. As it warmed, it began to smell like I was nosing a glass of whiskey in a kitchen where brownies were baking in the oven.

T- The taste was right up there with the aroma. Big, complex flavors. I first tasted a sweet, oaky, vanilla. This was followed by a huge, delicious whiskey note. Then, the flavor then exploded with big chocolatey notes. The alcohol did not make as much of a presence as I thought it would. All together, it was a fantastic flavor that got better as I worked my way down the glass. The aftertaste left delicious flavors of whiskey, chocolate, and oaky vanilla, and it leaves a slight warmth on the tongue.

M- Medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel.

O- This is a well-balanced, flavorful, and complex imperial stout. I didn't expect it to be this good. This was the first Oklahoma beer that really impressed me. It's a bit on the expensive side, but well worth it if you love imperial stouts. I'm really excited about this brewery, and can't wait to try some of their other offerings.

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Photo of ohbeer89
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rich creamy oats and toasted marchmallow, milk chocolate, backed with bourbon-y corn sweetness balanced by charred oak and some hints of coffee more akin to a sugary starbucks drink than to raw espresso. Wow, this thing is a monster. From the "second round" this one has the black background label and is listed at 11%.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: (poured into mini-duvel glass) Pours deep black with little head retention.

S: Getting bourbon right off. It's nice cause the bourbon smell has some chocolate and cherries mixed in perfectly with it.

T: More bourbon than I expected, which is awesome. Must have been aged for a while. I get some dark cherries and raisins with the bourbon. Very pleasant taste. There's also plenty of vanilla, oats, and dark chocolate. Graham cracker with some cinnamon and wood as well. I'm getting some bready notes and some snicker doodle cookies. This is awesome!

M: A nice medium-full. This beer has a velvet-y feel to it as well. It's a desert.

O: Prairie Artisan did a fine job on this one. I didn't think I'd find it at the local beer shop, but luckily they had a few left. I would give this beer an A+ score because it definitely deserves it. It's very well-made.

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Photo of bcostner1
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Black; nearly opaque; really nice khaki head that remains for a long time and creates nice lacing in the glass.

S: Chocolate, booze, bourbon, vanilla.

T: Semi sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, hersheys syrup, vanilla, bourbon (but not very overpowering to me), wood, some char, roasted malt, mild molasses.

M: Pretty easy drinker, rich and satisfying; booze is evident but not offensive. The 9% abv is nice. I wish there were more great BA Stouts that were in the 9% ABV range as opposed to double digits.

Overall, I'm impressed. This is a great beer and all the things i have heard about Prairie are true. Seek this one out.

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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 ahbithwabm
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with tan foamy head that sticks around for some time

S: roastyness, coffee, slight caramel sweetness, chocolate

T: Roasty and slightly smokey, lots of dark chocolate and some coffee. slight vanilla and whiskey

M: A little light with mild carbonation. Extremely smooth and silky

O: Very good beer that is not too overpowering with the whiskey barrel

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Photo of floridadrift
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The reviews are mixed on this but I personally, enjoyed it. There is an ongoing tartness that is VERY MILD. It compliments the beer, if anything, like Dark Arts from WW. I enjoyed this entire beer from cold to warm.

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Photo of Jsmes
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few of these now and wow, just a phenomenal stout. Onto the review:

A - Prairie Noir has a dark black, obsidian color, almost tar black. Poured into a Dogfish head glass, minimal lacing, but a good amount of nice tan head on this beer.

S - On the nose I get whiskey, coffee, and hints of cacao nibs. Very pleasant on the nose.

T - On the palate first is the cacao, coffee, and maltiness, very pleasant. There is a slight sweetness on the finish and a distinct whiskey note, definitely unmistakable.

M - Full-bodied and rich on the palate, and the carbonation is just right.

O - A very well done imperial stout, I'm glad they are making more and more! I highly recommend trying this beer, it is worth every penny. From start to finish this is a beer that will impress even the biggest beer snobs (well, at least it should, imho). Can't wait to try the Pirate Noir!

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Photo of jmbranum
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to try this beer. Bought from Byron's Liquor store in OKC for around $9.

Odd persnicketedy thing... the wire cage was really attached tightly. I almost had to reach for the pliers to get the wire thing twisted off. The cork underneath was easy enough to remove though.

Aroma was fairly subdued (not as aromatic as say a Bourbon County Brand Stout). Very slight toasty and chocolate notes.

Pours a dark inky black that takes on a brownish tinge on the edges of the glass when held up to the light. Nice tan head that appears a few seconds after pouring but then gradually disappears.

Flavor... this beer is extremely dry and smooth. Lots of toastiness. A little bit of unsweetened chocolate, a hint of mollasses, Some spices. Hops are there but they are hard to pick out. Overwhelming amounts of alcoholic warmth (I think my bottle might be stronger than 9% ABV). Definitely some whiskey in there. Also some espresso. Really there is so much going on here that is hard to pick out all of the elements. Mexican vaniila or maybe a little of unbleached turbinado sugar. It is interesting to me that while this beer is very dry, that I keep finding comparisons to different kinds of unprocessed sugar (i.e. molasses, turbinado sugar, brown sugar, etc.).

Mouthfeel is very smooth (as expected with the oatmeal). It is an interesting concept but I think I prefer the slightly syrupy/fuller version of some whiskey barred stouts I've had. As it warms, I like the mouthfeel more. It starts to pick up some nice creamyness along with a tinge of oilyness in the aftertaste (hard to explain but I like it).

Overall, this is a very interesting beer. I want to drink it again.

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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 champ103
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A big thanks to Dajai007 for sharing the bottle, buy indirect generosity from wolfman17.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black with some ruby highlights around the edges. A light tan head rises to just over one finger. Nice lace is left behind.
S: At first, the nose is very muted. Though eventually all the great subtleties come out. Light toasted malts, bitter bakers chocolate, and vanilla sweetness. Light wood comes out, and continues to build in its boldness throughout. Really enjoyable.
T: Oh man, this is great. At first toasted malt, and light caramel sweetness. As this warms so much more comes out. Bakers dark chocolate, oats, vanilla and oak flavors. The barrel flavors are so subtle, but still amazing. This seems blended to me. Even some dark fruits of plums and chocolate covered cherries in the mix. So enjoyable, this is excellent.
M/D: An excellent and full body. Soft carbonation, but not under carbonated at all. A near perfect mouthfeel for an oatmeal stout. So luscious, smooth, and velvety. This is like silk, it is so smooth. Everything works perfectly here, which make this a treat to drink. The alcohol shows just a bit towards the end, making the ABV known and a wonderful sipper.

Just an incredible oatmeal imperial stout. Subtle complexities abound, everything is so enjoyable, and works perfectly together. The barrel character is there, but so well blended in to the mix. A wonderful beer, which I hope to come across many more times. Up there with the likes of KBS, BCBS, and other top flight imperial stouts.

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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

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 Tommo
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

With all the hype over the bomb, i feel like people forgot about this. Yeah the variants are great, but the original is easily one of the best BA stouts around. Incredibly smooth and not over bourbony, this is a top choice for a cold winter night

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Photo of ThirstyHerf
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- opaque dark brown/black, tan head lingers for about 2 minutes with good lacing.

S- chocolate bourbon ball. Roasty, hint of smoke, vanilla

T- chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hops, roasty malts, coffee. Tasty!

M- nice, rich, oily, slightly astringent. Wish this was just a little thicker but really appreciate the feel of this beer

O- gotta go with the over not the under. This is a delicious BBL stout. Very nice coffee, bitter where it needs to be. This could use more time in the barrel though.

Ok, editing my review. After drinking this for a while longer, this is really starting to remind me of the most recent batch of KBS.

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

Served alongside the Vanilla Noir.

Deep black with an oily beige head. Lovely aroma with all the usual suspects. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Fabulous flavor and wonderfully smooth. Rich flavor with ample dark chocolates. Mild alcohol presence. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Complex and well balanced. A top notch imperial stout.

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

Out of a 750 and into a Prairie Ales snifter

A - Pours black as night with a super dark brown hue and a very small ring of a head that's mocha colored. Looks almost flat, but then you see the slow, small bubbles playing around. Looks great to me.

S - Smells like a chocolate factory with subtle tones of whiskey. Definite vanilla lingering in the background along with some caramel. A hint of coffee and roast perhaps.

T - Seems like this beer takes your mouth on a rollercoaster a good way. Chocolate and whiskey up front. Baking chocolate. Cocoa, etc. In the middle is brown sugar and caramel. And finishes with vanilla and lingering roasted notes. The whiskey is subtle and nice throughout. Very well down.

M - This is where the oatmeal shines creating a solid medium body and low carb make for a creamy, smooth, and silky mouthfeel. Definitely lets all the flavors linger around the mouth longer for more enjoyment. I know some people like higher carb to scrub the palate, but I guess that'd be a concern if you were doing a tasting with many beers. Otherwise, to me, it's fine.

O - A solid barrel aged oatmeal stout. Not an explosion of flavors in your face though, which is a good thing. The flavors are ever present. Very well rounded. A good sipper by the fire on a cold night. Good thing I bought plenty of these. I'm excited to see how it ages.

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Photo of InVinoVeritas
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer knocks it out of the park when it comings to appearance. It is dark black and nearly opaque in color. It pours and a huge head, which is a burnt dark orange / brown. I’ve never seen a BA stout with such a pillowy thick head. Lacing stays the whole time while sipping. It really doesn’t get better looking than this.

S: Smell is a splash of just the right balance of whiskey, roasted malts, and chocolate. You get a little alcohol burn that hits the back of the nostrils.

T: Is right inline with the smell. Smooth and externally well balanced; you get the entire great flavor with nothing stealing the show from the other flavors. It is big and complex, with just the right amount of whiskey, so as to yet again not detract from what else is going on.

M: This thing hops like a bottle of champagne. Carbonation is crazy and both the mouthfeel and head as noted in the appearance confirm this. Body is medium to heavy.

O- This is a diamond in the ruff or a car guys analogy, like finding a 427 Cobra in a barn; I just had never come across this if it wasn’t for a great trade partner. It is well-balanced, smooth and complex . . . what else could you ask for from a BA imperial stout.

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

Prairie Noir, imperial stout aged in oak whiskey barrels. 11% ABV.

A: A bit over a finger of cocoa cereal head. Dark brown in the dimple, with a red glow. Solid sheeting, but the lacing won't stick. Lacing becomes slightly more stick as it warms. Slight tobacco.

S: Fudge, with some nice notes of caramel, oak, coffee. Light charred wood. A hint of leather.

T/MF: Seems the lightest of the BA Noirs and Bombs. More focused on the sweet dark chars and dark toffee, with a touch of peanut butter fudge on the back end. Chocolate and whiskey come out secondary. Toffee and caramel swell up on the swallow, finish, and inhaling afterward, seemingly since the primary flavor is lighter. There's also more presence of bready notes. More akin to cinnamon rolls. Reminds me of that cinnamon "Do'sant" (cronut) I just had. Wood smoke and charred wood. Not as big as the others, but still very solid.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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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 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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