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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 gueuzedreg
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 12oz bottle into a CS snifter. Aged in whiskey barrels it says.

A- Transparent through around the edges. Very dark roasty brown. Thin layer of lacing surrounds the glass.

S- I am getting a lot of oak. The S is real dry. Hints of whiskey. Traits of a RIS with charred toffee, dark fruit char, chocolate like smell.

T- This tastes a lot like Odell's Woodcut No. 7. Pretty simple RIS with whiskey notes buried, not too buried as it adds a nice kick.

M- Prairie has M nailed on RIS. The M is pretty thick, some carbonation follows down the throat. I can't complain on the M.

O- A well done whiskey aged RIS. This beer tastes so much like Odell's Woodcut No. 7. I know that currently, Woodcut is available around the Denver area. Makes sense to just drink that instead of trading for this.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.30.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a small dark tan head that fades fairly quickly.

S - Oaky, chocolate, coffee, whiskey.

T - Lots of chocolate, with a hint of oak and whiskey. Nice.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Nice balance of chocolate and whiskey. Tasty brew.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: (poured into mini-duvel glass) Pours deep black with little head retention.

S: Getting bourbon right off. It's nice cause the bourbon smell has some chocolate and cherries mixed in perfectly with it.

T: More bourbon than I expected, which is awesome. Must have been aged for a while. I get some dark cherries and raisins with the bourbon. Very pleasant taste. There's also plenty of vanilla, oats, and dark chocolate. Graham cracker with some cinnamon and wood as well. I'm getting some bready notes and some snicker doodle cookies. This is awesome!

M: A nice medium-full. This beer has a velvet-y feel to it as well. It's a desert.

O: Prairie Artisan did a fine job on this one. I didn't think I'd find it at the local beer shop, but luckily they had a few left. I would give this beer an A+ score because it definitely deserves it. It's very well-made.

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

A: Poured dark brown, nearly black with a nice tan head with some good retention providing some lacing and a good amount of bubbles.

S: Chocolate, oats, bourbon, vanilla and oh so good.

T: Upfront I get a little bit of marshmellow and chocolate with a hint of caramel and toffee, now this is all meshing with the bourbon barrel presence. Now on the back end I get more oats, bourbon sting but not as dominant as initial taste, some roast, coffee and vanilla

M: Medium bodied, velvety and flavorful. Medium carbonation suits this beer.

O: Very nice beer overall. The bourbon is not overbearing. I would take this over Velvet Merkin anyday.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger mocha colored head with moderate retention. Beer is thick, opaque and pitch black. Lacing is thick but sticks close to the head. Real thick legs. Solid.

Nose is plum, prunes, chocolate, mocha, roast, leather, molasses and booze. Rich and very deep.

Opens chocolate, molasses and dark fruit. Roast, plum and more dark chocolate in the middle with a background of leather, oak, and wood. Ends chocolate, sweet cane sugar and syrup. Finishes sweet and boozy with the same aftertaste. Nice complexity that pulls together well.

Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and warm in the mouth and goes down oily and smooth. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Exactly what I'm looking for from the style.

My first offering from Prairie is a good one. Great flavor with a nice, supporting body. I'm looking forward to more!

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Photo of IAmJacksHopTongue
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

C&C bottle into my Crooked Stave snifter.

A: No light passage. Surprisingly high foam/carb for BA - at least 2 fingers. Beautiful latte color head. Lacing and foam stays throughout the whole snifter; pour after pour.

S: LOVE. Chocolate chocolate and dark chocolate. Slight burnt sugar and marshmallow. Take the sweet away from a really high dollar hot chocolate, and you have the nose of Noir.

T: Lots of chocolate (like it was brewed with dark chocolate); exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. Here, the marshmallow comes in. No heat from the alcohol. The creamy-smooth nature of the oatmeal dominates - and I want it to dominate. I really don't have the words; just try it.

O: I had 2 world-class beers tonight: Zombie Dust and Noir. So different; but both amazing for different reasons. I couldn't drink Noir all night, but only because I'd be on the floor. It is amazingly drinkable for such a big beer. I love Bomb! and several other Prairie beers, and the balance of Noir puts it on my top shelf. I find myself trying to slow down and savor, which is good - I want it to last - but difficult.

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Photo of Rutager
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thank you to willandperry!!

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, black in the glass with over a finger of thick dark tan head, great lacing.

Smell. Smooth bourbon and oaky vanilla, some sweet dark chocolate and a bit of black licorice and coffee.

Taste. Woody whiskey and some cocoa, well roasted dark malts, and a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A nice barrel aged stout but it doesn't stand out quite like most of the other brews I've had from prairie.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a decent khaki head. Medium khaki head. Good surface foam.

Smell - Whiskey, dark chocolate. Vanilla. Some bright aromas from the booze.

Taste - Whiskey. Not a rich whiskey aroma. Chocolate malt. Some coffee.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Overcarbonated. Medium bodied.

Overall - Nice, but the whiskey flavor doesn't lend much richness.

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Photo of jegross2
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Prairie Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales out of Krebs, Oklahoma.

Score: 95

2012 vintage caged and corked bottle served in a Bourbon County Brand Stout Black Friday snifter and enjoyed on 12/10/13.

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color, with highlights of brown at the edges of the body, with a half finger of khaki head that settles to a thin layer that coats the top of the glass. Very good lacing, excellent retention with a slow cascading quality. 5/5

Smell: Roasted oats, caramel malt, coffee grounds, a little brown sugar. Nice light roast backbone. Milk chocolate too. Just a kiss of vanilla, and a very faint bourbon character. A little oak as well. As the beer warms up, a light cereal grain aroma comes out of the woodwork. 4.5/5

Taste: Oats, vanilla extract, oak woodiness upfront, and bitter coffee throughout. Dark and bitter milk chocolate. A lot more wood character than in the nose, but it marries nicely with the dry finish and bitter character. Hint of brown sugar, dried dark fruit and whiskey towards the finish too, with a light burnt quality. Very bitter leaning, with a few mellow sweet notes overlaying. Quite excellent, and not a hint of booziness. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Thinner than expected for an oatmeal stout. Bitter, lightly roast and dry. Love the bitterness and dryness here. 4.25/5

Overall: An excellent, bitter-forward barrel aged stout with subtle barrel characters than compliment, rather than overpower, the base beer. This was a nice change of pace from the usually sweet barrel aged stout. I will be seeking out another bottle or two when the 2013 vintage releases.

Cost: $15 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass.

What better beer to celebrate the partial completion of the wedding jockey-box than a barrel-aged oatmeal stout? This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a bit over a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises mild whiskey, wet wood, roasted malts, light cocoa powder, and a light touch of char. The taste brings in more of the same, with the barrel really holding some powerful leverage over the base stout. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially if you like whiskey, but I do prefer some semblance of balance in my beers. As things warm, the whiskey aspect takes on a slightly sour character, not unlike sourdough bread. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lithely smooth feel. Overall, not a bad barrel-aged stout, but one where the stout portion is choked out by the barrel at most times, and one that comes across as a bit thin for its own good. Again, it's tasty, but nothing all that noteworthy or special.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep cola black with black cherry highlights. Firm, milk chocolate head has nice retention and ok lace.

S - Soft and semisweet. Coco nibs, caramel, roast grain, plums, oak, booze, balsamic glaze.

T - Nice barrel character; caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Smooth, creamy milk chocolate. Toasted grains, and bread crust. Lingering woody bitter and caramel finish.

M - Medium body. A shade light for the style.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice black pour, brown head, a finger, nice lacing., the aroma is a little lacking, but still good. The barrel is mild, with softer whiskey notes, toast, and plenty chocolate. Taste is as well heavy on the chocolate, and really starts to open up when it warms, giving a nice whiskey note, vanilla, charred wood, and toast. Mouthfeel has a nice creamy, soft feel, with a silky body and fullness. Drinks great, I kinda like the lowish ABV. Overall, while not astoundingly aromatic, it make up in tast and mouth feel.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, Winter 2013
BeerAdelphia glass

A: Pours deep brown. Not completely black. Light tan head. Forms a collar. Good carbonation.

S: Smells of booze. Dark cocoa. Mild roast. Burnt sugar. Vanilla.

T: Dark chocolate bitterness upfront. Oats really make this beer smooth. You get nice sweetness from the malts to flow in there. Getting some caramel notes. Toasted marshmallow for sure. Lingering deliciousness.

M: It's full bodied. Creamy from oats.

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Photo of bcostner1
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Black; nearly opaque; really nice khaki head that remains for a long time and creates nice lacing in the glass.

S: Chocolate, booze, bourbon, vanilla.

T: Semi sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, hersheys syrup, vanilla, bourbon (but not very overpowering to me), wood, some char, roasted malt, mild molasses.

M: Pretty easy drinker, rich and satisfying; booze is evident but not offensive. The 9% abv is nice. I wish there were more great BA Stouts that were in the 9% ABV range as opposed to double digits.

Overall, I'm impressed. This is a great beer and all the things i have heard about Prairie are true. Seek this one out.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of jhamp9
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick jet black pour with a thin dark brown head that fades down to a ring. Nice lacing that slides down the glass.

Strong milk chocolate aroma with some roast and faint caramel.

Taste is dark chocolate, char, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Coffee aftertaste. Bitterness comes through in the finish.

Really nice silky texture. Alcohol warmth on the way down.

This is fantastic stout.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Such a different beer. The whiskey barrels are very forward but it almosts tastes like an amazing black IPA. Light on the mouth and a little drying. Nose has some of that sour milky aroma with some smooth whiskey. Flavor is as described above. Really a different beer here that is a welcome surprise.

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Photo of blankust
4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served from bottle into chalice style glass.

Appearance: ebony with half finger thick brown head
Aroma: very winy, chocolate/coffeeish aroma
Mouth feel: very smooth
Taste: bitter chocolate followed by coffee and toffee, hints of vanilla throughout, can feel alcohol warmth, long lasting cocoa aftertaste.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours as black as a moonless night with a nice 1/2 inch dark tan head. Good retention. Looks as heavy (or massive) as a black hole. Extremely inviting.
S: Aroma alternates between dark (bitter) chocolate, whiskey, and roasted malt notes. Hint of burnt sugar and wood smoke.
T: Not quite as powerful as the appearance and aroma suggested. Still, a potent mix of dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, and a hint of heavy cream. In the background lingers some elusive hop notes. And with warming there emerges a note of melon. Nice complexity.
M: Absolutely silky smooth up front (courtesy of the oatmeal). Also suprisingly light body. Then it quickly turns bitter (chocolate, malt, and hop elements) with a moderate alcohol burn. In addition, the bright acidity lends a nice "fresh" element to this brew. Not the typical mouthfeel of an imperial a good way.
D: A solid, complex, and at times surprising (pleasantly) beer. A wonderful it out!

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Photo of Dope
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date that I can find on this one.

A: Pitch black pour with a good sized and dense medium brown head. Head fades very slowly with top notch retention. Wide splotches of lacing everywhere.

S: Nice charred oak with sweet caramel and vanilla. Get a little bit of...coconut maybe? Decent sweet roasted malt - chocolate primarily. Sweet grains too, must be the oatmeal.

T: Oh yeah, this is nice. Sweet caramel and chocolate up front. Oatmeal joins in along with the char, giving it a burnt oatmeal like flavor. Not as bad as it sounds, quite pleasant in fact. A bit of chocolate syrup in the middle. Finish is charred oak and hints of vanilla and burnt sugar. Fairly drying.

M: Heavy, smooth, creamy. Really nice.

O: One helluva nice stout. Barrel character is not overpowering, this is not BCBS (for better or worse). But it does add a nice element of complexity and really makes this one big and tasty brew. Oatmeal adds creaminess and further complexity. Beer is mellow and smooth throughout, no sharp flavors at all. No real booziness either. Great brew.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle into a sniffer glass. Pours a beautiful, syrupy near black with just the smallest mocha colored head. I tried and tried to get some foam going with this beer but no luck. Under carbonated? Possibly. Not much lacing. Love the color though.

S- Some chocoalte and coffee, tons of carmelized malts, dark fruits, roasted marshmellows, wiskey, damp wood, and booze. A sweet, wonderful aroma. Very intriguing!

T- Taste follows nose wonderfully. Huge amounts of roasted flavors. Dark chocolate, oats and oak. Oak aged to perfection. Everything i smelled and maybe enhanced some. Warm, dry finish. Balanced and complex.

M- Oh so creamy. Full body. Viscous. Undercarbonation is my only complaint, and it is a modest complaint at that. But the smoothness of this beer seems to make up for it. The alcohol presence gives it a nice, crisp finish that lets you know it is a sipper.

O- My second brew from Prairie, and like the first (Standard), I find it really enjoyable. Goes nicely with a steak dinner. The barel aging may have subdued the carbonation a bit too much, but overall this was an outstanding imperial stout.

$11.99 for 750ml bottle

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: Pitch black darkness peered down upon by dense fresh espresso froth. Moderate retention leaving a completely covered blanket of dark froth and lacing forming a wall that sluggishly slips down the edges.

S: Robust roasted dark malts, salted caramel, vanilla bean, sweet whisky mash, cooking cocoa, milk chocolate, and a shaved coconut background.

T/M: Cherry mash, cooking cocoa, aggressive grain alcohol. The vanilla and shaved coconut are there but masked by the aggressive whisky barreling. Once swallowed bitter cooking cocoa, and espresso hit the back of the throat. Super boozy and rough. Mouthfeel is medium at best and the zesty carbonation level almost ruins the entire beer.

Second glass is much better and more blended. Booze has blended much better and carbonation settled its self down.

O: I was excited about this given the experience I have had with this breweries offerings. At first I really had my reservation about this and wanted to pour it out. The carb level dialed down on the second glass and really joined the family together. I'm glad I continued this adventure because it really got better with every sip. Cheers!

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml served n a snifter

A - Black as night with 1 finger of mocha colored bubbles. Noticeable retention with specks of lacing.

S - Chocolate and whiskey creep out right away, dark and berry fruits, the barrel really starts coming out and addind a sweet rustic, woody character with hints of herbs. Malty alcohol vapors wake up the senses.

T - Creamy chocolate, vanilla, whiskey barrel comes in with a wave drying out the sweet chocolate malts, hints of lightly acidic fruit add a perfect touch of tartness. A kiss of alcohol hits the outside edge and laces caramel, vanilla, herbs and roasted malts. Finishes roasty with a hint of fruity alcohol.

M - Thick and viscous feel, full dense body, very creamy carbonation, feels the mouth like a milk shake but doesn't overbear. Very different but complex feel,

I've never experienced a mouthfeel like this. The only word that describes it is "decadent". Excellent stout base with careful whiskey barrel roundness. This is an impressive beer. It almost forces you to sip and savor it. Well done Prairie!

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally, a big barrel-aged imperial stout from an Oklahoma brewer. My first encounter with Prairie Artisan Ales. Purchased at Brown's Bottle Shop, Stillwater, OK. Twas a good day, that one...

Opened the 750mL corked/caged bottle with a friend and poured into original Crown and Rose nonics. Did not notice any dating, but was so excited I forgot to look for one. Pours opaque black/brown with a single finger of rusty brown foam. Very good head retention forming scant crackled lace.

Not allowing for bottle warming, the aromas are a bust upon initial pour - faint licorice, coffee bean, whiskey, and wild yeast. After several minutes of warming in the glass the nose awakes, but still a bit drowsey - espresso, dark Belgian chocolate, port wine, burnt brown sugar, and whiskey.

Flavors are more pronounced than the nose would indicate. Bittersweet dark chocolate, black cherries and raisins simmered in bourbon, smokey charred oak, scorched molasses, and vanilla bean flecks on the finish. There is a distinct grassy hop character and some warming alcohol.

Medium-full chewy body is not as sticky as some imperial stouts, but smooth and comforting. Carbonation is just right. Alcohol warmth stops this one short of 5 in the feel dept. Still, righteous.

These brewers should be proud of this gem. Can it hang with the "big dogs" of the imperial stout style? Some of them - yes. I'd like to see what this can do in cellar. If I can find more, I'm on it.

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Prairie Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
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