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Prairie Pirate NoirPrairie Pirate Noir

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged in Jamaican Rum Barrels

Added by russpowell on 05-10-2013

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Photo of Sabtos
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with a soft, tan thick blanket.

Smell is really nice--chocolate covered roasted almond and walnut with nougat, dark caramel, toffee and black pepper. I get an almost chocolate mint essence at times as it warms.

Taste is where the rum comes in, and right off the bat--spiced rum with creamy chocolate, peanut butter, wafer, and woody char. This is unmistakably rum-influenced, but it's not too hot. At the tail end of a swallow, I get a waxy, nut butter finish, with a faint, faint hint of strawberry.

Full, slick body with thick fizz.

I can't believe I've rated this higher than most of their other stouts--they do so many tasty beverages, and I never expected a rum barrel to make such a positive impression on a beer, but wow. This is truly a remarkable treatment, even relative to the version of this with coconut added!

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With as many Bourbon beers as I've had, this is just a more enjoyable barrel treatment. The rum imparts some sweet characteristics that are too often lost with Bourbon. This is one of my favorite beers.

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

Modest head which quickly fades to a bubbly dark brown rim, floating atop a solid black brew.

Aroma features wood, rum, must, vanilla, and cocoa, roughly in that order. Strongly implies old oak barrels in the hold of a ship.

Flavor is unbelievably smooth, with chocolate and roasted barley up front, followed by a very restrained (but very present) rum influence, and accompanied by woody oak, caramel and toffee, coffee, dark cacao, and vanilla. Really deep and complex brew, but incredibly balanced all the same.

Big beer, full bodied, not too hot for 12% - but the alcohol is noticeable. Wonderfully slick and creamy feel for the high ABV.

This ranks among the best rum BA brews I've tried, where the rum really adds depth and complexity and doesn't take over and overly assert its presence. The base beer still shines.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/14/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with solid retention, that reduces to a minimal spotty lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, coconut, cream, toasted oak, brown sugar, and dark bread; with lighter notes of molasses, rum raisin, fig, date, cherry, licorice, smoke, charcoal, roast/toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and rum barrel notes; with great strength. Increasing booziness in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, coconut, cream, toasted oak, brown sugar, and dark bread; with lighter notes of molasses, rum raisin, fig, date, cherry, licorice, smoke, charcoal, roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light roast/char bitterness and rum/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, coconut, cream, toasted oak, brown sugar, dark bread, rum, light dark fruit/molasses, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and rum barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and rum/oak spiciness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast bitterness and rum/oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. A small pleasant warmth of alcohol from 12%, with minimal barrel booziness. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and rum barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Incredible stout/barrel balance; never acrid/astringent on roast or tannic/drying on the barrel. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The darkest of brown with a smallish tan head. The aroma is a heavenly mixture of vanilla, rum, toffee and a touch of coconut. There is more there but I get lost in the moment, I must taste it. Wow is the emotion that I feel as it hits my tongue. Chocolate joins the flavors that I inhaled. Oh my, creamy smooth. I want more, but wait, I need to slow myself. This is twelve percent. Overall a near perfect beer. I only wish I could find more.

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Photo of FBarber
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black and opaque. Thick and viscous in appearance. Thin brown head dissipates leaving no residual head just a clear top of the beer. No lacing.

Smell has notes of dark malts, cherries, lots of vanilla, rum, and chocolate. Very sweet desert like aroma.

Taste is remarkable. Tastes like a rum soaked brownie. Chocolate, fudge, sweet dark fruits, and tons of rum barrel. Vanilla on the back end. Perfect balance between a robust stout and a strong rum barrel character. Sweet throughout

Feel is thick, full bodied, and robust. Nice smooth finish with a nice barrel finish. Mild to medium carbonation.

Overall this is the best rum barrel aged beer I have had. Just a really well crafted outstanding beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark black with a smallish head. The aroma is utterly amazing - brown sugar, molasses, dark rum, grass, chocolate, brownies, white chocolate, raisin, and a dusty bitter depth. The flavor is rich with molasses and brown sugar, chocolate, raisins, figs, dates, dark rum, vanilla, rye bread, and walnuts.The mouthfeel is very rich, with low carbonation and a fair amount of heat. Overall this a a near perfect beer for me - such depth and richness, but never overbearing - exactly what I want from a BA stout.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently had the Prairie Noir an Imperial Stout aged in Jamaican Rum barrels from Prairie Artisan Ales. I thought it was a really great Stout.

Look: Black with a thin mocca colored head.

Aroma: roasted malts, rum and chocolate

Taste: The taste is roasted smokey malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and definitely rum too. It is truly outstanding.

Feel: full bodied, creamy, thick

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a thick viscous opaque (yet still clear) jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering a little more than 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark malts, roasted malts, charred malts, cocoa powder, vanilla, dark fruit (plum), and rum with moderate aromas of wood/oak barrels.

T: Upfront there are slightly heavier than moderate flavors of dark malts, roasted malts, and charred malts with moderate amounts of lactose + dark fruit (plum) sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of cocoa + dark chocolate + vanilla and moderate to strong flavors of rum + wood/oak barrels. Light amounts of roasty bitterness but the lingering flavor is a moderate amount of lactose sweetness.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I like the combination of rum barrel and Prairie Noir -nice rich combination of flavors of aromas. Enjoyable and a nice slow sipper, very dessert-like.

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a little foam covering just around the glass. Smells of rum, vanilla, a sweetness to it. Tastes of rum, chocolate, a bit of vanilla, sweet malt, could use a little more carb but I don't get any alcohol burn. Good beer but not worth the $13 it cost.

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Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong but smooth. You notice the high ABV, but it doesn't burn. There is a nice hint of rum taste. The base stout is truly excellent, and aged just right

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good offering very great taste. Overall smell is ok. Not much of the rum notes. Much more like a Bourbon Barrel. But without the Bourbon Barrel. Weird but really good.
Overall not with the 15 I paid for a 12oz. Bottle

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily the best rum barrel stout I have had, though, to be fair, I have yet to try Pirate Bomb. There is an impressive amount of the barrel in the beer.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter and allowed to warm.
A - Pours black with a thin tan cap that quickly becomes a ring.
S - Aroma is not strong but very nice. Sweet and vanilla more than anything else.
T - Flavor is somewhat sweet, dark fruit and a bit of coffee. Finish is alcohol then a bit of chocolate. There's a lot going on here!
M - Low carbonation, thick mouth feel.
O - I'm a big fan of the Prairie Bomb & Noir beers. This is very good. I'm not a rum guy so I can't say for sure how much of a role the rum barrels played here. But I like it.

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Photo of Buck89
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Jet black color with a minimal head despite a vigorous pour. Rum on the nose, with vanilla, oak, and brown sugar. Definitely a rum-forward flavor that slightly overpowers the base beer in my opinion. However, I can still taste the chocolatey malt notes. A heavy but slick feel. Sweet but very enjoyable.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque but less so than motor oil, nice head that fades nearly instantly to a carb rim
Smells sweet, like all the sugary hints of spiced rum
A bit of a bite up front from the booze, barrel comes through with a wave of sweetness finishing with a touch of spice
Fairly thin compared to other prairie offerings and for the style
Overall glad I got to try this one and look forward to future iterations

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Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. On the nose, there's the predictable explosion of dark chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and underlying rum. The rum aroma really isn't all that pronounced in this beer, as it's drowned out by all the chocolate and vanilla one picks up. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but as is typical with prairie RIS, I loved the rich, soft, almost fluffy and creamy mouthfeel. The finish was very long in this sweet, rich beer, and alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile.

Another excellent impy stout from the folks at Prairie. I'm not really sure how much the rum barrel aging added to this beer, but the base beer is so outstanding, it really hardly matters. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black, with no carbonation, head or lacing. The barrel sucked it all up! Gorgeous color though - looks thick as molasses

S - Rum, and sweetness - lots of sugar, and Rum, and Rum.

T - Rum , coffee, dark chocolate, and fairly boozy. Very tasty.

F - Thick body, silky

O - An excellent slow sipper. You have to like Rum though. Enjoyable!

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Photo of Furlinator
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2016.
Pours opaque jet black. Like India ink. Thin beige bubbles form but, never really produce a head. No lace. The smell is dominated by dark chocolate. There is also vanilla and faint rum on the nose. The taste is chocolate, licorice, rye spice, vanilla, dates and burnt sugar. Full, thick texture with low carbonation.

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

Solid beer, full body, love the rum treatment. Definitely worth giving it a shot. Will drink again, although after the hunt for these, it left me a little underwhelmed.

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Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 #3.

Pour? Black. I’m waiting for the first blond imperial stout…which I’ll avoid like Ebola. Strangely, no rum on the nose, just chocolate, licorice, & sweet malt. I’ll bet it’s waiting in ambush.

Prairie Noir is more rummy than actual rum, minus about 20% ABV. Rum soaked raisins, rum, booze, then rum again, spiciness from the rum. Rum. Sweet malts, sugar cane, & rum. Half a bottle is enough to make me feel punch-drunk.

I rarely feel there’s too much barrel in any beer, but the barrel here almost completely obliterates the beer. And if I wanted weak rum, I’d buy some & cut it with water. Good beer, but man, dial it back a few notches!

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Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a completely black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing here.

S: A nice aroma of malt, rum, coffee, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of some moderate coffee notes, a lot of malt, a good amount of rum (not as much as you would expect), some chocolate, dark fruit (raisins, plums), and a little vanilla. Definitely an interesting flavor for a stout. The rum barrel aging makes for a dynamic taste. Very complex.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is a well made and extremely enjoyable stout. Certainly and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a get-back-to-roots value and a decadent rum accented taste, the somber imperial stout of Prairie joins forces wit an extended rum-barrel aged character and an absolute monster is formed.

Rich on the nose, the robust fragrance of dark chocolate, french press coffee, toffee and coconut lay on the nose above a dainty chantilly lace of foam and an ominously dark body. Its taste is savagely sweet with brown sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, chocolate and roast.

As the sweetness wraps around the tongue, its large linger of sweetness is linked with the spicy tingle of cinnamon, peppercorn, fennel, coffee and cocoa. Creamy sweet flavors of french vanilla coats the tongue while its sweet and lathery character takes on a broad woodsy layer of flavor.

Long, sweet and rummy, the texture is deep and strong keeping a molasses tilt until the complementary tastes of coconut wheat, chocolate and smoky char chase a long kaluha, rum and whisky tone.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Prairie Artisan Ales Pirate Noir, 12% ABV, 60 IBU. Pours pitch black, medium viscosity, no head, no lacing. Nose is sweet rum, chocolate, and fruit. Taste follows with a bitter close. OK mouthfeel though some head would improve it. Overall excellent though I do prefer Pirate BOMB.

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Photo of gatornation
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle Pours a thick dark Mahogany color with a mocha head and lacing. Smell is chocolate dark fruit soaked in wooden rum. Taste is dark fruits dipped in Chocolate then add aged rum and wood the rum is not hot but present a lingering caramel/toffee vanilla sweetness, Mouth feel is sweet with smooth rum fruity and mellow. Good god was this great only had this one bottle, but so good

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