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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 Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
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 brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of eifster82
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into mini-snifter.

Pretty straight up oatmeal stout. Nothing fancy, but solid overall. Rum is present, upfront especially, and it gets smoother as it warms.

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Photo of MrHolden
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +13.9%
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 peepmachine
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Hill Farmstead stemmed wide tulip. Silk bomb! The look is dark, typical. The smell is of dark chocolate with that oak barrel sweetness. It tasted of dark chocolate with a silky, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavor that lingers in the back of your palate. This has been sitting for 3 years now so any booziness is mellowed out. So smooth! The feel is pretty nice. It's full bodied and has slight alcohol slickness but it's so minimal, almost not recognizable. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who wants a great barrel aged stout!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: barrel woody notes, smokey malty, oatmeal and dark fruits.
Black and opaque, with a cocoa colored thick head.
semi sweet toasted oak nose.
Full body.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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 justinp444
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip it has a inch thick darker beige head with a black body. Smell is of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, slight slight coconut, with a bit of the faint oatmeal stout smell but not as metallic or over the top. Taste is fresh roasted coffee beans, chocolate, vanilla, oak, a bit of oats, fudge-y, a nice somewhat overly dry bourbon and alcohol flavor as well. A very fufilling rich mouth feel, that has a bit too much alcohol, and a body to match. Not my favorite of the prairie stouts but a fantastic stout none the less.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
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 cwrightcrawford
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was one of the last couple I found at a Spec's. Dark and easy to drink. Pretty good with dark chocolate. Silky feel with good mix of coffee and chocolatenotes in the flavor and aroma of this beer. Can get good sense of the caramel and whiskey as well. Similar to St. Arnold's whiskey barrel stout.

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Photo of mschantz
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as an Alaskan night with a decent head for a beer this big. While bourbon dominates the nose, vanilla and Carmel sweetness are apparent. Taste adds roast coffee and toffee notes to flavors picked up by the nose. Mouthfeel is slick with a bit of lingering booze. Man I need a campfire right now.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, I believe about 2 years old, poured into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that eventually reduces to a thin film floating on top and around the edge

S- slightly smoky dark malts gives off aromas of smoked meat, milk chocolate, campfire, toasted marshmallow, oats & a hint of coffee. Bourbon barrel gives notes of caramel, barrel juice & some woodsy aromas

T- lots of sweet powdery cocoa and milk chocolate up front gives it a big sweetness on the palate. The bourbon notes are subtle, but kick in mid-palate, adding some bourbon alcohol, caramel and a hint of toasted coconut. Smoky charred finish with lingers of smoked meat

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel from the oats, and continues into a silky finish, alcohol is hidden well

O- the chocolate notes are smooth and creamy and seem to blend very well with the other elements of the beer, most likely due to the extended cellaring, very good overall

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Photo of Jsmes
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Premo88
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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 MartzMimic
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours blackish brown into a Prairie snifter with a half-finger head. The aroma's of rich fudge, dark fruit, vanilla and bourbon. The whiskey is more predominate on the tongue, bringing out the vanilla and caramel. The chocolate is still there, but not to the degree suggested by the nose. There is more booze to this than most of the Bomb! varieties, and it's quite warming. The whiskey thins the mouth somewhat, but it's still on the thickish side. This is good as-is, but will benefit measurably from cellaring.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle (marked "27441RV1 10:20 11715") poured into a 7 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark, reddish brown with a good layer of khaki head and nice, spotty lace.

Smell: Vanilla, salted caramel, oak, faint bourbon and roasted malt.

Taste: Full malty body, molasses, bourbon and oak, mellow roasted coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied, velvety smooth and lightly carbonated. Slight alcohol burn.

Overall: Rich and flavorful with well integrated bourbon barrel notes.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of ohbeer89
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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 JakerLou
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I originally had this in December of 2014 and rated it a 3.91. This batch is much better or I wasn't feeling it the first time I had it. This batch is very good.

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Photo of Tommo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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 LittleDon
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz wax top bottle of unknown date. Jet black with a bit of oily lace. Milk chocolate aroma with a bit of vanilla. Chocolate, first, caramel a distant second, and vanilla far behind in third. The barrel aging adds a bit of vanilla, but that's about all. Dry. Medium carbonation and lighter than expected body.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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 zac16125
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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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