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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 BarrytheBear
2.54/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle courtesy of Ed...750 ml....thanks buddy.

I simply cannot jive the beer in my glass with my tastes or other reviews. Harsh tannic barrel, cheap whiskey, some peat, and too much alcohol on the finish.

In short, a very disappointing and even somewhat unpleasant BA stout.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
2.54/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Red Wax 12 oz.

Pours a really nice black with a nice 1" head. Smells of yeast, very similar to Ommegedon. Tastes like burnt grains and harsh tannins, no barrel to speak of at all. Sad face... Mouthfeel is nice but it's held back by the lingering char.

Sorry Oklahoma, not that good.

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Photo of nh_hawkeye
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle (red wax) into a tulip glass.

A: Nearly black pour (brown around he edges) with small, light brown head.

S: Sour cherries dominate (although somewhat less so as it warms up). Dark fruits and light vanilla and coffee also present.

T: Harsh wood/oak notes at first, along with bitter chocolate and burned roastiness. Some dark fruits, coffee, and cheap whiskey flavors are there too, along with smoke and a touch of sourness.

M: Somewhat thin for the style.

O: It improves as it warms - I'd recommend drinking at or near room temp - but this was disappointing and borderline unpleasant. I like most offerings from Prairie, and really expected more from this beer.

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Photo of Jimmeekrek
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass.

What better beer to celebrate the partial completion of the wedding jockey-box than a barrel-aged oatmeal stout? This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a bit over a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises mild whiskey, wet wood, roasted malts, light cocoa powder, and a light touch of char. The taste brings in more of the same, with the barrel really holding some powerful leverage over the base stout. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially if you like whiskey, but I do prefer some semblance of balance in my beers. As things warm, the whiskey aspect takes on a slightly sour character, not unlike sourdough bread. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lithely smooth feel. Overall, not a bad barrel-aged stout, but one where the stout portion is choked out by the barrel at most times, and one that comes across as a bit thin for its own good. Again, it's tasty, but nothing all that noteworthy or special.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle in a Teku

L: Pitch black, small beige head
S: Bourbon, vanilla, malt,
T: Chocolate, roasted malts, more bourbon
M: Thin, hot
O: One dimensional - bourbon bomb - a bit of a let down

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Photo of zac16125
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

Thanks to Nathrax for sending this over in a trade!

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost but not quite black, with lightening on the edges. Decent amount of sedimentation can be seen in the glass. Less than 1/2 fingers width of tan colored head builds and then quickly dissipates down. Leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: An almost sour dark fruit aroma, roasted malt, subtle cocoa. Oak and a little bit of whiskey booze are the only components I get from the barrel, and are faint.

T: Roasted malt, booze, chocolate, some oatmeal stout flavors, whiskey oak-like characters from the barrel.

M/D: Medium body, thinner mouthfeel that I expect in the style, appropriate carbonation, not terribly smooth, ABV is very well restrained though and drinkability is good.

O: Kind of disappointed in this one. I would certainly prefer stronger barrel notes and a fuller mouthfeel. Flavor/aroma could be bolder as well. Still good, but I had higher expectations.

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Photo of crusian
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from will, thanks for this one too.
Pours a dark brown and settles a nice inky black in the glass. Thought this was dead flat. Finished the pour and it just sat there staring at me... Then slowly started to build a head. Pretty cool trick.
Nose is buttery and whiskey with some chocolate undertones. It actually works.
Taste is anise, molasses, whiskey with chocolate. Yum. Smooth, creamy, thicker than expected mouthfeel based on the pour.
Nice. I like it. :)

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Photo of isaiahcutright
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with very little head looks almost flat but it formed a thin layer of bubbles shortly after pouring.

Smell- Vanilla, char, chocolate, whiskey, no hop presence just sweet malty goodness.

Taste- Coffee, bitter chocolate, heavy roasted malt, vanilla, oak, char, raisin, whiskey, some hop presence but well disguised in this malt bomb. Very little alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy, leaves the mouth heavy with charred oak and malt.

Overall- A nice stout that was brewed in OK that I hope to see more often.

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Photo of Rutager
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thank you to willandperry!!

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, black in the glass with over a finger of thick dark tan head, great lacing.

Smell. Smooth bourbon and oaky vanilla, some sweet dark chocolate and a bit of black licorice and coffee.

Taste. Woody whiskey and some cocoa, well roasted dark malts, and a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A nice barrel aged stout but it doesn't stand out quite like most of the other brews I've had from prairie.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with red wax. Thanks David! Poured into a Surly Darkness goblet today, 4/14/2014.

A- Dark cola brown coloured body. Pours with a one finger dark mocha head, fine retention. Drops eventually into a thick collar along the glass. Not much lacing. Fairly placid.

S- Graham crackers, chocolate batter, earthy oak barrel. Not particularly sweet or boozy.

F- Milk chocolate, cheap whiskey heat, oxidized sherry, graham crackers, oak. Earth. Not particularly sweet despite the chocolate character, but seems to be quite balanced actually.

M- On the thinner end of the medium body designation. Not watery, but feels a bit thin on the palate. Still a sipper, as the cheap whiskey seems to contribute a bit more heat than any smooth umami.

O- Solid whiskey barrel stout. The base is solid, but seems to have oxidized quite a bit in the span of only half a year. The barrels could be bringing a better contribution in my opinion. But this is certainly not a bad or offensive stout by any means.

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Photo of rudzud
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra, shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice dark brown nearly black hue with a thin mocha head that leaves light lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, barrel, coconut (due to barrel), light vanilla, light dark fruits.

T - Taste is light smoke, roasted malts, dark chocolate with a weird minty thing going on in the middle. The bourbon is super faint, which is unfortunate, light barrel notes. Not much vanilla either.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was a bit disappointing when compared to bomb or pirate. Not nearly as much whiskey as I would like.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a decent khaki head. Medium khaki head. Good surface foam.

Smell - Whiskey, dark chocolate. Vanilla. Some bright aromas from the booze.

Taste - Whiskey. Not a rich whiskey aroma. Chocolate malt. Some coffee.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Overcarbonated. Medium bodied.

Overall - Nice, but the whiskey flavor doesn't lend much richness.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750->Melbourne Bros. Stemware
A ~ Black with burnt ruby highlights. Very Subtle carbonation. Nice & Syrupy.

S ~ Rich Caramel & Charr notes with a swift undercurrent of whiskey & vanilla.

T ~ Burnt Caramel, Whiskey, Cereal Grains/Oatmeal, with hints of vanilla bean & cassia. Barrel Juice & Baking Cocoa on the finish. Brown Sugar/Turbinado flavors as well.

M ~ Creamy, Syrupy & Spicy with very delicate carb that surely will concentrate & scrub the palette a bit more as time passes.

D ~ Great Barrel Aged Stout. Recommended. Great label artwork too. I'll try it again in a few months to see if carbonation is increased.

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Photo of Premo88
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into small snifter

L: black, small tan/brown head ... looks thick; slight stick and lacing; it's keeping a beautiful brown collar of foam ... some of the darkest foam I've seen; brew is 100% opaque, even held up to the Texas sun

S: raisins, raisin bread, prunes, peat, molasses, brown sugar ... has a wee heavy/winter warmer feel to it, very English dark malt-esque; as it warms, the whiskey shows up, and it's not light -- this is dark, meaty, boozy whiskey, "dark" as in not English pale ale fruity but smokey, cask-wood rich like a good single malt scotch ... yes, you can smell the alcohol; still a lot of sweetness here; about 1/3 in, it's all prunes, dates, raisins with rich whiskey on top

T: whiskeeeeeeee ... all you can drink :) damn ... the nose is peaty and dark, raisiny even, but the flavor here is all chocolate bourbon, very "light" and sweet compared to that formidable nose; the bourbon flavor is a tour de force, giving all other notes no shot, even the first bit of chocolate has disappeared until it reappears in the lingering aftertaste

F: wonderful ... it's held on to enough carbonation to keep it a bit crisp, but the weight is noticeable

O: no surprises here except maybe the split nose/flavor with the nose being much darker than the flavor. it's really good, but at $1 per ounce, it arguably doesn't hold up compared to other great (and much cheaper) barrel-aged stouts. the whiskey flavor is good, and perhaps the highlight of the brew: the 12 oz. serving. I love being able to enjoy this beer without the commitment of 22 oz. or more per session.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Noir, 11% ABV, 60 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and black, with no head on a vigorous pour. Nose is whisky, oats, coffee, and chocolate, taste follows, with a bit of sweet fruitiness, and slight bitter close. Good carbonation, OK mouthfeel. Overall very good, and improves as it warms.

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Photo of stephens101
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A smattering of bubbles are the only thing resting atop this pitch black brew. Aroma is simple and pleasant with an obvious milk chocolate sweetness, some vanilla, a little burnt sugar and ripe raisins and plum in the back. Graham cracker, taffy, dark, bitter chocolates and some woodiness to the tongue. Becomes somewhat astringent as it warms, and has a lingering alcohol heat, two facts that do this brew no justice. Creamy up front with a drier ending. Lies just on the heavy side of medium which hits it on the head for the style. I enjoyed this beer there is no doubt, but it left me wondering what it would be like cleaned up a bit and softened at the edges.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep cola black with black cherry highlights. Firm, milk chocolate head has nice retention and ok lace.

S - Soft and semisweet. Coco nibs, caramel, roast grain, plums, oak, booze, balsamic glaze.

T - Nice barrel character; caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Smooth, creamy milk chocolate. Toasted grains, and bread crust. Lingering woody bitter and caramel finish.

M - Medium body. A shade light for the style.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: Pitch black darkness peered down upon by dense fresh espresso froth. Moderate retention leaving a completely covered blanket of dark froth and lacing forming a wall that sluggishly slips down the edges.

S: Robust roasted dark malts, salted caramel, vanilla bean, sweet whisky mash, cooking cocoa, milk chocolate, and a shaved coconut background.

T/M: Cherry mash, cooking cocoa, aggressive grain alcohol. The vanilla and shaved coconut are there but masked by the aggressive whisky barreling. Once swallowed bitter cooking cocoa, and espresso hit the back of the throat. Super boozy and rough. Mouthfeel is medium at best and the zesty carbonation level almost ruins the entire beer.

Second glass is much better and more blended. Booze has blended much better and carbonation settled its self down.

O: I was excited about this given the experience I have had with this breweries offerings. At first I really had my reservation about this and wanted to pour it out. The carb level dialed down on the second glass and really joined the family together. I'm glad I continued this adventure because it really got better with every sip. Cheers!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep black chocolate notes with some light bourbon notes is quite interesting. Taste is a mix between some vanilla and bourbon notes mix in with some sweet black chocolate notes. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed stout but I was expecting flavours to shine through even more so.

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Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, red wax, poured into a Prairie Teku. Reviewed from tasting journal.

The beer pours a jet color, oily texture, thick with a taut, caramel colored head that has nice retention but yields little lace. The aroma is of big malted grain, bitter dark chocolate, mild whiskey, oak barrel, a bit of roast and char. It's a simple nose, but effective. The flavors follow well, big, big barley, dark chocolate, bitter, lightly roasted, the whiskey is more pronounced, lighter oak barrel, minimal char, almost a bit chalky with a noticeable alcohol burn. The body is livelier than expected, but still feels a bit rich, coats the mouth very well, the finish feels a bit creamy, but ends surpassingly dry.

Verdict: A solid barrel aged stout from Prairie, straighforward but effective. Perhaps time with tone down the alcohol heat and maybe a bit of the chalky flavors, but this is very quaffable and enjoyable at present.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Little lace left. Color is black.

Flavor profile: A lot of bourbon and whiskey flavors. Oak and vanilla. Toasted marshmallows with a light coconut flavor. Lots of chocolate and caramel. Roasted malts. Maybe some nut flavors (almonds). Molasses.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, warming. A bit of heat shows, but not much. Full bodied.

Overall, an enjoyable stout, but nothing crazy for a barrel aged beer. Good, but not mind blowing. I'd drink it again, but for the cost, I'd probably rather drink BCS. Too much roast for me.

Edit: had a 2014 or 2015 bottle and it was much better. Way less roast. Smoother and more enjoyable. Nicer barrel flavors.

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Photo of Moerdertaktiken
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, 2 finger head, great lacing

Aroma: Cherries, stone fruit, chocolate, bourbon, molasses, boozy.

Taste: Bourbon and stone fruits dominate the flavor. Earthy tones emerge, followed by a slight hop bitterness. There isn't a massive amount of oak, but it is definitely detectable. Vanilla is the primary flavor from the barrels. Full body.

Overall: This is a well crafted brew. It's well rounded and smooth. Would recommend for bottle trades, special occasions or cellaring. Enjoy!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Heavy pour gives way to a thick voluminous light brown head and a black body. Plenty of lace and good retention.

The aroma presents whiskey, chocolate, roasted malts, touch of vanilla and caramel sweetness.

Whiskey and oak from the barrels, lots of coffee from the roasted malt, chocolate and caramel.

Drinking this on a freezing day and it provides a nice warmth. The carbonation is low and the body is medium. The oats give it a nice smooth feel.

In the world of barrel aged stouts it doesn't stack up to the big boys. Still a solid beer.

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