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

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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825
Reviews:
109
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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?

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high tan head.
S: Moderately strong aromas of whiskey are present in the nose that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of whiskey from the barrel aging process and also has notes of dark chocolate and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some notes of warming from the alcohol.
O: This is a nice beer if you like whiskey bucause it is prominently featured in the smell and taste but isn't overpowering.

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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Silky smooth, sweet, and luxurious from nose to finish, the bourbon barrel aged oatmeal stout of Prairie Ales is a sweeter, candied and velvety on all fronts.

Prairie Noir pours off-black, bronzen and tawny brown with mahogany highlights. Its swirling creme of froth struggles to crown the ale while its rich aromas of caramel, coffee, chocolate, nuttiness, vanilla unmistakable whisky tease and taunt the nose. Lavishly sweet and silky, the taste of caramel, toffee and sweet cream, there's a pulled candy flavor that emits from the malt impressions of latte and fudge.

The middle palate shows little development, but who needs it when the upstart is so rich and satisfying. The same semisweet chocolate, columbian coffee, cashew and pecan flavors remain firm and intact. Caramel, vanilla and heavy whipping cream reaffirm the dessert-like impressions of the stout while its finish simmers in those oak soaked whisky nuances.

Full bodied and rounded by those creamy oats, the beer's velvety texture keeps the finish rewarded with marshmallow and kaluha. A warm whisky spice brings a fine pepperiness, oaken surplus and honey robustness even late in finish. A long afterglow of bourbon ball candies trails like those sultry central Kentucky delicacies.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.
3.8


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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark colored creamy thick but smaller head that leaves some lacing, pitch black thick beer with some legs too.

Nose big cocoa and bakers choc, big fluffy nougat carafa and mild biscuity malted milk ball, coffee roast, nice caramel layers and toffee, mild chewy hops and nice fluffy malts, little candy bar chocolate. Very light vanilla barrel notes but not really whisky.

Taste starts a bit sweet, lots of dark malts, cocoa, dark choc, bakers choc, into a mild smokey note and roasty, slight char, into a big spicy earthy hop, little peppermint like note with its own tingly anesthesizing feel, but then dies as the malts come back through again, with more cocoa and roast, very slight hint of barrel but barely. Finish gets a little warming booze, more roasty and dark cocoa, lingering earthy spicy hops and fair bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent fluffy carb, little warming booze.

Overall nice but nothing too special, just a basic imperial stout.

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4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a small patch of medium thickness, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of whiskey and oak barrels with some lighter notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted and sweet malts with some lactose notes. Light to moderate flavors of whisky and oak. Some much lighter notes of dark chocolate and caramel. There is a light amount of spiciness in the aftertaste, like from a rye whiskey.

M: Heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Really enjoyable, this beer has great flavors and aromas contributed from the barrel aging. The alcohol is well hidden making this beer easier to drink. Definitely one worth finding and my first beer from Oklahoma.

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