Prairie Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
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#1,464
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
882
pDev:
9.35%
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Ratings: 882 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of novamat
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Daniellobo
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MN290Brew
4.63/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of hermit990
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TonyLema1
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: jet black, not much head, minimal lacing
S: chocolate, vanilla, toffee, roasted malts
T: bourbon, roasted malts, toffee
F: not as boozy as expected, nice mouthfeel
O: really, really good. Doesn’t drink like a 15% beer

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Photo of Hoonia
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Virtually no head. Very light carbonation, which is typical. Viscous with a creamy mouthfeel. Smells of dried prunes or molasses. A really fantastic imperial stout that is easy-drinking at 11% abv. Tastes much like it smells. But it seems to have a mild sweetness that I didnt anticipate. Prairie is a force to be reckoned with.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a deep black color with a dark mocha colored head.

Smell - The nose was lightly boozy with some hints of chocolate.

Taste - My first impression was of deep mapley chocolate. The sweetness of marshmallow hints seem to follow. With the chocolate comes a slightly warm aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The full body and low carbonation allows the sweet warmness to linger.

Overall - Prairie impresses once again.

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Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Feldpausch
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black, oily pour. One finger mocha head went pretty quick. Minimal carbonation. Just about no lace and no head retention. Kind of a letdown.

S - Lactose, a little roast, wood, chocolate, ash, milk chocolate, spirit.

T - Chocolate, big spirit component, fudge, a bit of heat, licorice, leather, vanilla, whiskey, sweet.

M - Nice carbonation, maybe a bit too strong. Full bodied with a hot, tobacco and wood finish. Dry finish.

O/D - Definitely a nice stout. The barrel character is pretty strong and the sweetness might be a bit much, but it ticks all the boxes for sure. I don't get as much roasty 'stout' character, but the heat of the barrel component adds a nice layer. Not groundbreaking, but a nice sipper on a cold night.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chefduff2
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout aged in oak whiskey barrels. Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. The pour is almost black with very little (if any) light getting through. It has about a finger of fine tan head that quickly dissipates down to a thin lace. On the nose I get rich notes of toffee, roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, and toasted oak.

Full body with a creamy feel and a rich, sumptuous flavor. Follows the nose very well. Up front I get lots of toffee, caramel, cocoa, and some roasted malt. As the beer moves across the palate, the cocoa intensifies and is joined by toasted oak and creme brulee. There is always ample roast on hand to provide enough bitterness to balance out all the rich, sweet flavors. No trace of oxidation. Finishes warm with a pleasantly boozy cocoa, toffee, and espresso flavor.

Overall, a fabulous beer. A little pricey, but definitely a top-shelf barrel-aged stout. I think I prefer this to the Vanilla Noir, but the added complexity of the Brandy-Barrel-Aged Noir may make that one slightly superior to both.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released December 2017; drank 1/12/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small dark tan head; minimal lace.

Charred oak, dark chocolate, rich cream & faint whiskey notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Cream & charred oak flavors up front; dark chocolate & whiskey flavors up front.

Robust yet creamy; not my dream Imperial Stout, but it will do in a pinch.

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Photo of Beer21
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Very dark, nearly opaque brown. Nice swath of mocha head on the pour. Some messy lacing and legs that don't stick around for long.
smell: Paradox here. It's really rich and subtle at once. Muted but rich mix of caramel, whiskey, nuts, coffee, cocoa.
taste: more of the same. Hard for me to put into words, but it's packed with familiar flavors but a unique blend. Bravo.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Benish
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of broadway848
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WKyle
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of matcris
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Black with a finger+ of tan head that slowly settles to a thinner layer and sticks around. The lacing follows the beer down the glass.
AROMA: The whiskey and the roasted malts blend very nicely together. Past that, I get some caramel/ toffee, and dark but, sweet chocolate. Smells amazing! Nice sweetness here. Oatmeal?
TASTE: Again, very nice blend of whiskey, roast malt, dark and sweet chocolate (the oats, maybe?) and caramel, and also molasses in the flavor, and nose, as well.
FEEL: This is where that oatmeal creaminess shines through. Also, average carbonation, medium full body, and slightly sticky.
OVERALL: Just a real pleasure to sip. Got a nice sweet chocolate creamy quality, and the whiskey bite starts small, but, continues to build as I sip it. Only, and minor criticism might be the mouth feel, which is not overly full. But it is an 11%, not a 14, so, with that in mind....really nice brew, here.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours silky black with nice mocha colored head that recedes to a thick ring with spotty lacing.

Aroma - Huge whiskey, oak and vanilla up front. chocolate and roasted malts are present as well.

Taste - Big whiskey punch at first then the oak and vanilla settle in Great big chocolate flavors finish off at the end.

Feel - Big creamy full bodied lost of heat from the alcohol that carries all the way to the end.

Overall - A really well done stout the whiskey is huge but so are the other flavors so they work really well together.

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Photo of sd123
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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