Pirate Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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4.18/5
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Pirate NoirPirate Noir
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

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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Ranking:
#1,454
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
614
pDev:
9.57%
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Photo of JerryHelper
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quick note: I'm super bored with reviewing Prairie Stouts because they all perform the same way (not taste the same) and they are all generally about equally excellent so there.
A: Pours an opaque black with smooth, one-finger, khaki head, standard prairie stout looks great.
S: Smells immediately of Rum, Coffee, Chocolate, molasses (or general burnt sugar), and Peppers.
T: Tastes immediately of Rum, Coffee, Chocolate, molasses (or general burnt sugar), and Peppers. You do get some dark fruit coming through here but I think you might be starting to notice a pattern here.
M: Thick, but not painfully so.
O: It doesn't really matter which Prairie Stout you buy, they're all great. I've had Bomb!, Christmas Bomb!, Paradise, and now Pirate Noir and here's what I notice about Prairie Stouts: They all taste exactly as their described to the letter, they are in no way subtle or nuanced beers and they are all damn fine beers in their own way. So pick this one if you like the idea of rum, it works, but then again, it's a prairie stout, so...of course it does.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this last week at Sour Sunday during SFBW. Really difficult to discern this from pirate bomb, I guess coffee is the main difference, but the rum barrel impact is so high, everything else becomes secondary and difficult to discern beyond the rum, heavy roast and high alcohol.

Pours a heavy and thick black color, ultra thin 1/6" brown head. This is thicccc. Aroma of rum and alcohol. Light roast (aroma wise, heavy in every other way) to the nose.

Taste was definitely a sipper of a beer. Rum very noticeable, but not a negative. Did smooth things out slightly, there was not a high amount of bitterness or acrid aspect given the hefty amount of roasted malt to the beer. Glad I got to try a 4oz pour of this without having to shell out $1+ per oz for a 12oz bottle. 4oz is plenty of this, its just too big and challenging to want a heavier pour of said beer. Totally the perfect Midwest pour kind of beer. Good not great.

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Photo of Brian29
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MFMB
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light pour, pours oily black with a thin tight uniform caramel head, Coca Cola like. Head dissipates rather quickly. Nose is rum forward with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is a rum bomb! Very rum forward but a lot of depth shines through. Notes of rich creamy chocolate, caramel, hints of vanilla and light butterscotch. A bit of rich dark fruit comes through as it warms (prunes). Warming you get molasses and amplified heat from the rum as well as smooth oak from the barrel. A touch on the hot and boozy side to begin with but it’s manageable. A little thin on the body. Expected a bit heavier and creamy than it was but it does finish on the thin side. Great beer overall.

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Photo of Prager62
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 2017 twelve ounce bottle poured in a Prairie snifter.

Look- Pours a medium thick brown leaving a finger of creamy tan foam and no lacing.

Smell- Spiced rum, chocolate, molasses and mild tobacco.

Taste- Mildly spiced rum, oak, tobacco and burnt brown sugar.

Feel- Thin, but creamy. There is prominent alcohol heat in the finish.

Overall- While a very good beer, it leaves me longing for more complexity. It's pretty much rum and oak forward. The feel is a little thin for me as well. I love Bomb, but their other stouts always leave me mildly disappointed considering the price. I have no problem paying for top shelf, this is just under.

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Photo of bb-magic
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grackos
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of morimech
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks a proper imperial stout. Aroma of rum, brown sugar, chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor is hot with alcohol. Maybe I should of let this beer age a couple of years to let it mellow. Flavor of rum, molasses, cocoa, earth, and roasted malt with a bit of smoke. Thick body and mellow carbonation gives a luscious, full texture.

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Photo of npachl
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy aromas of brown sugar

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Photo of psweendogg
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maltznhopz
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tim725
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rypkr
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - teku pour. Viscous and chewy looking. Super dense pillowy 2 finger head.

S - it smells like black tuesday... verbatim like BT with a shitoad of rum. I'm not mad at this. It's boozy and dark fruit forward. Ridiculously potent aroma I can smell from 3 feet away. Lots of toffee and brown sugar accompanies the fruit, booze and rum.

T - wow that's a lot of rum. Massive, massive oak alongisde it. Dark fruit, light vanilla and finishes with an unexpected roastiness.

This is the booziest beer I have EVER drank. I've probably had 100+ beers at 12% or greater but this tastes like I'm drinking rum neat. 20% bruery beers and high ABV dogfish head and avery labels pale in comparison to this. I'm not really loving the liquor aspect. Maybe this just needs sone time?

F - dry and hot.

Overall - maybe I just don't like rum enough? I'm impressed with the execution of how much barrel is transfered but feel like this one should have been barrel aged less time if blended with some fresh (an assertion I have never once made about any sort of whiskey barrel aged beer).

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Photo of shelby415
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of RedhawkPoke
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer pours a dark black body with a milk chocolate like head. Almost no lacing while drinking, but a solid ring of head stayed throughout the beer.

S: Beer has a large amount of rum notes and chocolate like sweetness coming from the bottle. Oak barrel is also noticeable on the nose. Slight hints of vanilla seems to mix with some chocolate aromas.

T: The main tastes of the beer are rum and oak barrel aging. Chocolate flavors are present and counteract the rum nicely.

M: Very thick and full mouthfeel; similar to other Prairie stouts. The beer has some solid heat coming from the rum. However, enough secondary flavors hide the rum burn.

O: Another very good offering from Prairie. Very heavy mouthfeel with a good amount of rum.

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