Prairie Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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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 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 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 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 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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