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Prairie NoirPrairie Noir

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 722
Photo of InVinoVeritas
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer knocks it out of the park when it comings to appearance. It is dark black and nearly opaque in color. It pours and a huge head, which is a burnt dark orange / brown. I’ve never seen a BA stout with such a pillowy thick head. Lacing stays the whole time while sipping. It really doesn’t get better looking than this.

S: Smell is a splash of just the right balance of whiskey, roasted malts, and chocolate. You get a little alcohol burn that hits the back of the nostrils.

T: Is right inline with the smell. Smooth and externally well balanced; you get the entire great flavor with nothing stealing the show from the other flavors. It is big and complex, with just the right amount of whiskey, so as to yet again not detract from what else is going on.

M: This thing hops like a bottle of champagne. Carbonation is crazy and both the mouthfeel and head as noted in the appearance confirm this. Body is medium to heavy.

O- This is a diamond in the ruff or a car guys analogy, like finding a 427 Cobra in a barn; I just had never come across this if it wasn’t for a great trade partner. It is well-balanced, smooth and complex . . . what else could you ask for from a BA imperial stout.

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Photo of champ103
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A big thanks to Dajai007 for sharing the bottle, buy indirect generosity from wolfman17.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black with some ruby highlights around the edges. A light tan head rises to just over one finger. Nice lace is left behind.
S: At first, the nose is very muted. Though eventually all the great subtleties come out. Light toasted malts, bitter bakers chocolate, and vanilla sweetness. Light wood comes out, and continues to build in its boldness throughout. Really enjoyable.
T: Oh man, this is great. At first toasted malt, and light caramel sweetness. As this warms so much more comes out. Bakers dark chocolate, oats, vanilla and oak flavors. The barrel flavors are so subtle, but still amazing. This seems blended to me. Even some dark fruits of plums and chocolate covered cherries in the mix. So enjoyable, this is excellent.
M/D: An excellent and full body. Soft carbonation, but not under carbonated at all. A near perfect mouthfeel for an oatmeal stout. So luscious, smooth, and velvety. This is like silk, it is so smooth. Everything works perfectly here, which make this a treat to drink. The alcohol shows just a bit towards the end, making the ABV known and a wonderful sipper.

Just an incredible oatmeal imperial stout. Subtle complexities abound, everything is so enjoyable, and works perfectly together. The barrel character is there, but so well blended in to the mix. A wonderful beer, which I hope to come across many more times. Up there with the likes of KBS, BCBS, and other top flight imperial stouts.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few of these now and wow, just a phenomenal stout. Onto the review:

A - Prairie Noir has a dark black, obsidian color, almost tar black. Poured into a Dogfish head glass, minimal lacing, but a good amount of nice tan head on this beer.

S - On the nose I get whiskey, coffee, and hints of cacao nibs. Very pleasant on the nose.

T - On the palate first is the cacao, coffee, and maltiness, very pleasant. There is a slight sweetness on the finish and a distinct whiskey note, definitely unmistakable.

M - Full-bodied and rich on the palate, and the carbonation is just right.

O - A very well done imperial stout, I'm glad they are making more and more! I highly recommend trying this beer, it is worth every penny. From start to finish this is a beer that will impress even the biggest beer snobs (well, at least it should, imho). Can't wait to try the Pirate Noir!

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours ebony with a pinky of caramel brown head. Viscious, look to this, a bit of head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruits in abundance, raisins, carob, faint boozeyness, vanilla

T: Carob, oakyness, vanilla, charcoal & baker's chocolate up front. Raisins, plums, dark chocolate, boozey oakyness as this warms, some sourmash attributes,slight smokeyness, slight dark cherry sweetness & vanilla. Finshes with a nice bit vanilla & oak, sour cherry, a modicum of licorice & raisin

MF: Medium/heavy bodied with subtle carbonation, pretty dry, fairly slick/smooth as this warms

Drinks easy for the style & ABV, this just got better as it warms. Not sure I would age this as it is drinking fabulous right now

I predict this will be highly sought after if kept in the regular rotation

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Photo of AlexFields
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours really dark and oily, looks like more than a 9% beer.

Smell is HUGE whiskey, rarely have I ever smelled a BA beer that smells so purely of whiskey. Also lots of vanilla and oak and booze. Barely any stout to be found in there!

Taste also has lots of whiskey but is a bit more balanced. Tons of vanilla and oak. Fairly boozy, very sweet, some chocolate and hazelnut. Much better and more balanced than I expected from the nose.

Mouthfeel is excellent, super creamy and rich and think.

For being only 9% this is a huge beer--huge flavor, huge barrel aging, tastes and feels like much higher abv. Very nice beer, although somewhat dominated by the barrels (not necessarily a bad thing but I'd love to try the base beer).


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Photo of Buster
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an oversized wine glass

A- It pours like your average imperial stout. It's pitch black, has a decent tan head, and leaves great lacing on the glass. There are also some faint alcohol legs left on the glass.

S- I first got a burst of vanilla, along with fantastic whiskey notes, dark chocolate, fudge, oak, booze, and a little bit of dark-roasted coffee hiding in the background. As it warmed, it began to smell like I was nosing a glass of whiskey in a kitchen where brownies were baking in the oven.

T- The taste was right up there with the aroma. Big, complex flavors. I first tasted a sweet, oaky, vanilla. This was followed by a huge, delicious whiskey note. Then, the flavor then exploded with big chocolatey notes. The alcohol did not make as much of a presence as I thought it would. All together, it was a fantastic flavor that got better as I worked my way down the glass. The aftertaste left delicious flavors of whiskey, chocolate, and oaky vanilla, and it leaves a slight warmth on the tongue.

M- Medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel.

O- This is a well-balanced, flavorful, and complex imperial stout. I didn't expect it to be this good. This was the first Oklahoma beer that really impressed me. It's a bit on the expensive side, but well worth it if you love imperial stouts. I'm really excited about this brewery, and can't wait to try some of their other offerings.

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Photo of bump8628
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Espresso brown, almost black, body with a creamy tan head. Soft and rounded flavors for an Imperial stout. Milk chocolate, espresso, charred sugar, vanilla, mild herbal bitterness. The whiskey barrel treatment is fairly subtle, background woodiness, creme brulee, molasses, and a whiskey finish. Satisfying mouthfeel without an overly sweet finish. This is a well put together beer. Rich flavors, good balance, the barrel is integrated well. Not quite as aggressive as other big barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of isaiahcutright
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with very little head looks almost flat but it formed a thin layer of bubbles shortly after pouring.

Smell- Vanilla, char, chocolate, whiskey, no hop presence just sweet malty goodness.

Taste- Coffee, bitter chocolate, heavy roasted malt, vanilla, oak, char, raisin, whiskey, some hop presence but well disguised in this malt bomb. Very little alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy, leaves the mouth heavy with charred oak and malt.

Overall- A nice stout that was brewed in OK that I hope to see more often.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to try this beer. Bought from Byron's Liquor store in OKC for around $9.

Odd persnicketedy thing... the wire cage was really attached tightly. I almost had to reach for the pliers to get the wire thing twisted off. The cork underneath was easy enough to remove though.

Aroma was fairly subdued (not as aromatic as say a Bourbon County Brand Stout). Very slight toasty and chocolate notes.

Pours a dark inky black that takes on a brownish tinge on the edges of the glass when held up to the light. Nice tan head that appears a few seconds after pouring but then gradually disappears.

Flavor... this beer is extremely dry and smooth. Lots of toastiness. A little bit of unsweetened chocolate, a hint of mollasses, Some spices. Hops are there but they are hard to pick out. Overwhelming amounts of alcoholic warmth (I think my bottle might be stronger than 9% ABV). Definitely some whiskey in there. Also some espresso. Really there is so much going on here that is hard to pick out all of the elements. Mexican vaniila or maybe a little of unbleached turbinado sugar. It is interesting to me that while this beer is very dry, that I keep finding comparisons to different kinds of unprocessed sugar (i.e. molasses, turbinado sugar, brown sugar, etc.).

Mouthfeel is very smooth (as expected with the oatmeal). It is an interesting concept but I think I prefer the slightly syrupy/fuller version of some whiskey barred stouts I've had. As it warms, I like the mouthfeel more. It starts to pick up some nice creamyness along with a tinge of oilyness in the aftertaste (hard to explain but I like it).

Overall, this is a very interesting beer. I want to drink it again.

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Photo of ThirstyHerf
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- opaque dark brown/black, tan head lingers for about 2 minutes with good lacing.

S- chocolate bourbon ball. Roasty, hint of smoke, vanilla

T- chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hops, roasty malts, coffee. Tasty!

M- nice, rich, oily, slightly astringent. Wish this was just a little thicker but really appreciate the feel of this beer

O- gotta go with the over not the under. This is a delicious BBL stout. Very nice coffee, bitter where it needs to be. This could use more time in the barrel though.

Ok, editing my review. After drinking this for a while longer, this is really starting to remind me of the most recent batch of KBS.

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Photo of crusian
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -4.8%
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 +8.2%
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 ride....in 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%
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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