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Prairie Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
4.16/5
Exceptional
839 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:
#1,536
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
839
pDev:
9.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
198
Gots:
231
Trade:
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Ratings: 839 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of Tyecko
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of woodchip
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Silky smooth, sweet, and luxurious from nose to finish, the bourbon barrel aged oatmeal stout of Prairie Ales is a sweeter, candied and velvety on all fronts.

Prairie Noir pours off-black, bronzen and tawny brown with mahogany highlights. Its swirling creme of froth struggles to crown the ale while its rich aromas of caramel, coffee, chocolate, nuttiness, vanilla unmistakable whisky tease and taunt the nose. Lavishly sweet and silky, the taste of caramel, toffee and sweet cream, there's a pulled candy flavor that emits from the malt impressions of latte and fudge.

The middle palate shows little development, but who needs it when the upstart is so rich and satisfying. The same semisweet chocolate, columbian coffee, cashew and pecan flavors remain firm and intact. Caramel, vanilla and heavy whipping cream reaffirm the dessert-like impressions of the stout while its finish simmers in those oak soaked whisky nuances.

Full bodied and rounded by those creamy oats, the beer's velvety texture keeps the finish rewarded with marshmallow and kaluha. A warm whisky spice brings a fine pepperiness, oaken surplus and honey robustness even late in finish. A long afterglow of bourbon ball candies trails like those sultry central Kentucky delicacies.

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Photo of KevinBreheny
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of En29356
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zoomslowik
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L- Very dark. Slight head on initial pour, fades to a thin ring.

S- Dark chocolate and bourbon are most prevalent. Some caramel and vanilla.

T- Smooth, but not particularly interesting. Sweet, definitely caramel and maltose. Some bourbon.

F- Awesome. Super-thick, rich, bordering on chewy. Smooth.

O- Overall, it's a decent BA stout. The feel is great though, which bumps it up a bit. I'm excited to try the variants, which should add a bit more flavor.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage.
Pours opaque jet black with a thin tan head that quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace. The smell is of dark chocolate, vanilla, maple and oak. The taste follows with dark chocolate and pleasant whisky notes. Full texture with low carbonation.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FalconCount
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Prairie Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 839 ratings
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