Prairie Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie NoirPrairie Noir
BA SCORE
91.8%
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 828 ratings
Prairie NoirPrairie Noir
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
Ranking:
#1,495
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
828
Liked:
760
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
9.62%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
200
Gots:
233
Trade:
37
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 828 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of Dromines78
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of durlta
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of John_M
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Waterford brandy snifter. The label actually indicates this beer is aged in whiskey oak barrels (as opposed to bourbon barrels).

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty much what I've come to expect with these prairie noir beers, as I get a huge aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, and in this case, considerable whiskey. It aroma profile isn't particularly complex, but the level of decadent richness (both on the nose and palate) is astonishing (and quite impressive). The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and while the chocolate and vanilla dominate in this rich, sweet beer, the whiskey is definitely noticeable as well, and it helps to balance out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty full and fairly soft, and the finish is very long. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, though of course you can tell it's up there a bit.

Another excellent noir variant from Prairie. Liked this one better than the pirate noir, though it's still not quite as outstanding as the brandy version. Delicious beer.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks black-bodied and with very little head and lacing visible, but rich velvety in appearance.
Smells like chocolate and some coffee, /'d toasted oats, with hints of bourbon barrel.
Taste is delicious with bourbon barrel flavor wrapped in whisky and oats, with caramel and yes some marshmallow. Pretty much as the commercial notes describe this imperial stout. Tasty stuff. The only other beer in this style I recall having that was this tasty AND had that marshmallow flavor is KBS. This must be to Prairie what KBS is to Founders.
Feels terrific, thick and chewy, low carbonated, velvety too.
Some end notes are more caramel and even marashino cherry flavors picked up here.
One of my favorites by this brewery, if not my top pick of theirs.

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Photo of andyjeigh
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cherche
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: jet black body, skinny mocha head, some retention and lacing
S: chocolate, spicy bourbon, coffee
T: on par with the nose
M: average carbonarion, good stuff
O: very nice beer

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/22/16 bottle

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian74
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monty79_1997
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kidzord
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rcaros
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016
Poured brown. Very Little head. Black in glass.

Nose of Cherries, dark fruit, heavy oak, whiskey, small amount of alcohol

Barrel forward, chocolate, coffee, malty sweet finish

Medium feel and extremely drinkable for 11% abv

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Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It’s Noir night at the ECK corral. Four bottles rounded up & popped open with my wife on a night that threatens to reach -26 degrees. This should keep us warm. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour? Black, not like the night, which has a very high albedo rating with the foot of snow out the back door. Smells like whiskey & chocolate. I mean, what’s wrong with that? Nothing.

Prairie Noir was aged in whiskey barrels wetter than a fire hose enema. Whiskey bursts out of the glass & alcohol sears its way all the way down; the room just warmed about 8 degrees. Everything else is background noise: chocolate, mild vanilla, flakes of roast & maple syrup. Deeply sweet malts. Creamy, smooth, & simultaneously a bit harsh from the whiskey violation. More like a brandy than a beer, I could sip this next to the (natural gas) fire all night.

No fancy dance moves here, just a beautifully crafted stout with a couple shots of whiskey. Excellent; can’t wait to tie into the others.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pour black, but can see through the pour. Pitch black in the glass with not head.
S: nice barrel sweetness and chocolate.
T: wow! I should have got more....typical huge prairie stout sweetness. Smooth barrel, wish there was more barrel though.
F: medium to thick feel, coats really good/ sticky to my teeth.
O: impressed for a non adjunct Ba stout.

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Prairie Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 91.8% out of 100 with 828 ratings
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