Pirate Noir
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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,119
Ranked #3,005
4.2 | pDev: 9.52%
Dec 01, 2023
May 10, 2013
Imperial Stout aged in Jamaican Rum Barrels
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Light amount of oily lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, molasses and rum barrels.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar and a good punch of rum barrel in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Slick mouthfeel with a drying finish.

O - Tasty stout. Drinks bigger than 12%. Lots of warming from the rum barrels.
Dec 01, 2023
Rated: 4.46 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Oct 07, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle at share, 2015 vintage. Black pour, thin beige head. Aroma roasty malts soaked in rum. Taste is roasty, nutty, earthy, wooden barrel, brown sugar and the ever present rum. Boozy too.
Jul 02, 2023
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Black in color with a trace of brown around a third of the rim. The aroma is of dark rum and roasted barley. I’m tasting sweet rum and roasted barley. The mouth is thick, sticky, and chewy.
Dec 29, 2022
Rated: 3.48 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 3.24 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by Mastercamo from Georgia

Nov 29, 2021
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look - black and thick
Smell - sweet chocolate dark fruit and caramel
Taste - chocolate mellow with a slight roasted malt
Feel - medium full body with a light carb
Overall - tasty
Aug 10, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Apr 01, 2021
Rated: 4.2 by 911CROFT from England

Dec 26, 2020
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Snifter. (bottled 07/23/2019)

LOOK: thick black color, extremely thick look (just less viscous than motor oil). medium brown head, very good retention.
AROMA: Roasted malts, lighter rum and oak. Some dark fruit flavors like raisin, prune, fig waft in and out.
TASTE: Rum and ginger are dominant upfront. Fig and chicory flavors come in through the middle, plus some pungent tobacco more rum, molasses and spicy ginger. Finish has a burned barley-vegemite flavor with a decent rum burn. A lot of flavor, but not well balanced.
FEEL: Heavy. Somewhat astringent. Very good carbonation for the viscosity.

I've found that rum barrel beers need a long time to smooth out (even more so than bourbon barrel) which is why I held off on this one until now, but at 17 months this still drinks very hot. There is a ton of flavor here, but it's hard to enjoy this even as a slow sipper. Some great peripheral attributes also. Very good, but a little all over the place. I still have some hope for this, so I will keep my other bottle tucked away for at least another 17 months and see how some further age may benefit.

Dec 19, 2020
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A- Midnight motor oil black pour from the stubby 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The cap is a thick and puffy texture rising up to a finger high with fairly good stability. A few rare spots of lacing

S- The aroma is kind of crazy. The rum comes on very strong and there is a sense of massive fruits and dark, bitter burnt grains. The fruits, rum, bold deep sugary sweetness and dark grains work together but there is a certain harshness here overall, it hits you strong! Dark fruits and a sense of light tartness leads into roast barley, campfire smoke, fresh oak wood, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, char, figs, plums and cherry.

T- The flavor is more of a collection of a lot of very intense, strong flavors rather than something that blends and balances out. Molasses, brown sugar and the sugary flavor of rum are big and open up for charred barley, burnt grains, toastiness, marshmallow, smoke and the very bold dark fruits. The oak wood is pretty raw here and you definitely get more woodiness than balanced barrel feels.

MF- Slick and insanely heavy brew. It is oily, has a puffy and creamy texture and comes off mostly smooth. Ends with some booze and heat on the palate. Medium carbonation level.

A lot of bold flavors that don't quite balance out in the end. The fruitiness just upsets the balance a bit, the rum is intense and the barley feels truly burnt.
Aug 16, 2020
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
No bottling date that I can find but at least a year or two old.
Consumed 08/15/20

Prairie stouts have always been among my favorites. They have the thickness and mouthfeel down so perfectly. Pouring it, there’s little carbonation but I can still feel it a bit thankfully. I don’t know if the age of the bottle has made a difference on this. I wish I knew the age on this or could compare vs fresh. It’s very smooth as the age has probably helped with the booziness. It’s sweet, but not over the top thankfully. I can drink the 12oz bottle easily. Too many adjunct stouts are too sweet for me now, and this hits the mark. The run adds a unique flavor to it too. Worth picking up when you can find it.
Aug 16, 2020
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Reviewed by OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is one "stout" American Imperial Stout!! That being said, the taste is not nearly as fearsome as I was expecting. Yes, you get the rum bite but it is not overpowering. The usual malt and caramel flavor of the style is present but they are supporting the overall taste and not dominating it. A very good beer. As with most things with this high ABV, I would not drink more than one at a outing!
Jul 19, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jun 24, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

May 31, 2020
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Reviewed by robwired from Kansas

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Fumy chocolatey whiffs came out of the bottle when I popped the cap off. Strong. Poured into a snifter, then thought of my new rastal teku glass. I poured from the snifter into the rastal teku glass, where what looked like a carbonated pour occurred from glass to glass. Then there was a dissipating fizzy beige head. Nice.
The color was the color of these beers -- black. I buy singles. The bottling date: 07.23.2019. Hmm. But it's an imperial stout. It's held up. Mouthfeel, thick.
Nice rum barrel flavor.
May 30, 2020
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming a half finger of light brown head that soon faded to light lacing. Deep opaque brown color. Smell is pleasant rum, noticeable but not overpowering. Taste is similar to the smell, with a nice malt background to a nice rum taste. Not too sweet or intense, just straight forward rum. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Excellent rum aged stout.
Apr 17, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by dubnation from Kansas

Apr 11, 2020
Rated: 4 by csfcmitchell from Texas

Apr 01, 2020
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