Pirate Noir
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #422
ABV:
12%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,469
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 9.46%
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
751
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Oklahoma, United States
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SCORE
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Pirate NoirPirate Noir
Notes: Imperial Stout aged in Jamaican Rum Barrels
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edisacoolcat from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque black with little to no dark brown head; very little carbonation visible.

A: coco nibs, hits of oak and rum, raisin, mild dark cherry, a little coffee, and some roasted malts.

F: a boozy mix of roasted malts with raisin, rum and coffee. Hints of dark chocolate and cherry.

M: a medium full body with complex and enjoyable aftertaste of roasted malts coffee oak and raisin.

O: excellent rum barrel aged beer. Very easy drinking for the abv and enjoyable.

Nov 04, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with almost no head and no lacing.

The smell is rum, dark fruits, coconut, chocolate, caramel, and raw alcohol.

The taste starts with alcohol and rum and follows with chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. It's very sweet and pretty hot.

The mouthfeel is incredibly thick and smooth like velvet.

Overall a thick and sweet beer that's still pretty hot. I'll be saving my other for a year or two.

Jan 29, 2018
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MIbeerGeek84 from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best of all the noirs. Its hard to say this but it was kinda thin for a imperial stout. This had a great retention in taste though, it would linger in your mouth for quite some time. If you've not had this one try it id give it a B to B+ overall.

Oct 06, 2015
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radclyffe from California

4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz. into a lambic glass. Very boozy and rum notes dominated while it was still cold . Flavors came out very nicely once the beer warmed up vanilla with a warm roasted flavor and a slight bite of alcohol at the end which was much more present when cold. An excellent imperial stout - would recommend letting it warm up a bit before imbibing.

Dec 02, 2015
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pezhead_79 from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Mar 25, 2017
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CTbrew32 from Rhode Island

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

Appearance- Black in color. Pours a one finger tall head that is tan in color.

Aroma- The rum barrel is big in the aroma with notes of molasses and vanilla. Chocolate and mild roasty malts are present too.

Taste- Once again the rum is very present in the flavor adding a bit of boozy heat and sweetness along with vanilla and molasses. The base stout adds milk chocolate, dark fruits, and just enough roasted malt bitterness to add some balance to this sweet stout.

Feel- Medium/full bodied, low carbonation, and a decent amount of residual malt lingering in the finish. The barrel kind of thins out the beer at first, but then the base stout kicks in in the finish and provides enough malt to give this a full, and somewhat chewy texture.

Overall- Awesome barrel aged stout verging on world class status in my book. The rum barrel is clearly present and adds great flavors that meld well with the base stout. No major flaws in this beer, but the only knock would be the mild amount of thinning at the beginning of the sip. Personally this is a couple notches above pirate bomb for the simple facts of 1) taste 2)barrel presence. No way this beer should be scored in the 80's, Prairie must have amped this up since the last release.

Jul 20, 2015
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PalatePilot from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Beer! A little sweet at first but great mouthfeel.

As it warms candied walnuts and dark fruit. Chocolate and Vanilla

I drank this after a huge meal and it lasted all night.

Highly recommended.

Oct 05, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says 36441.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Big roast character, plenty of rum barrel and a pronounced booziness.

T- Big hit of rum at first but then it subsides to a very nice raisin flavor. Rum raisin for sure. Also some vanilla, mild milk chocolate and maybe even some maple. Nutty aftertaste. As it warms, there rises a new wave of complexity: burnt sugar, caramel and a coffee finish.

M- Somewhat sticky but also creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Yummy yummy. Sometimes rum barrel-aged beers can be too extreme with the rum presence but this one hits the nail right on the head. But, then again, I would expect nothing less from Prairie.

Sep 21, 2015
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10 oz pour at Craft Beer Co, Covent Garden. Pours uber black. Dense, thick beer with thin head that stays and sticks to the glass. Nose is strong liquor, burnt sugars, malts, sweet dark fruits. Taste is a powerhouse. Sticky lip smacking blackened sugar, spirits, coffee, over-baked raisins. Rum flavors do not dominate, but certainly come through. Stunned that some would call the mouthfeel thin. Overall, an over-the-top kind of big beer stout.

Jan 29, 2016
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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).

Feb 11, 2018
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

As to be expected in appearance, pitch-black body, light graham cracker head. Nothing remarkable and nothing to complain about. Good looking. But that's not what I want to talk about.

I want to talk about this aroma. Crazy. I keep smelling sweet, fresh-baked cookies. And walnuts. Cookies with walnuts. Insane. Vanilla and some solvent booziness. Light barrel aroma and suggestions of rum. This aroma is seductive. 4.25

Chocolatey. Definite rum presence introducing spice, vanilla and more sweet cookie flavor. About a half hour after opening, the chocolate and caramel start to interplay with the aforementioned flavors to present a deliciously dessert-like flavor with some booze to it. Maybe like a rum cake. 4.25

Like many a Prairie brew I've enjoyed, the heat undercuts the overall experience a bit. Body could be considered thin, but some sweet and creamy touches make it more savory. Mid- to late-palate comes effervescence, tingly spice, and light bitterness. The finish is wet like a shot of booze would be. 4

A winner by almost all standards. Good stuff.

Oct 04, 2015
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CowsandBeer from Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Evil looking blue label bottle poured into a Mikkeller “Starry Night” teku. Sipped on while listening to Telepathic with the Deceased.
Appearance: Pours a thin cap of dark khaki head with a few big bubbles. Body is a nice bright black. Looks like an Americano. Thick mocha lacing despite the abv.

Aroma: Right away you get a big barrel presence on the nose. Sticky sweet molasses, sweet vanilla, vinous barrel, and some white oak. Beneath the barrel the stout jumps up with notes of freshly ground coffee, cream, and roasted black malts. Great aroma that just calls you in.

Taste: The barrel very much dominates the stout here. Brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, soft cinnamon/nutmeg, and well, rum barrel. The base stout brings to mind espresso, almond dark chocolate, and cream hold up the big barrel presence to where the residual spirit notes aren’t too overpowering. Mocha with a shot of nice rum? Yes, please.

Mf: Very soft feel and creamy with a full body. The barrel does impart a prominent booziness but it’s more in line with a well-aged spirit and not an alcoholic harshness. Drinks easier than it should for the 13% abv.

Overall: The beer drinks like some kind of ancient spiced/spiked chocolate drink. I opened this at about 48 degrees and the beer just opened up more and more as it warmed. For those in search of a well-crafted BA stout that highlights both the stout and the spirit barrel that housed it it will not disappoint. Your next favorite desert stout. Props for throwing everyone for a loop and using Rum barrels.

Oct 27, 2015
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CNoj012 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look of this beer is jet black with a brown head that disappears immediately into nothing. No lacing. Smell is mostly rum with chocolate, coffee amd a hint of coconut. Taste is better than smell actually bc the rum isnt as overpowering. The rum actually blends very nicely with the coffee and chocolate. Feel is a little light for the style, but still not bad. Overall a great beer, would definitely seek out again.

Aug 20, 2015
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BWood from California

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: typical prairie stout. No head but super dark.

S: I don't get a ton here. Some rum. Some base. Still smells good.

T: holy shit. Amazing. One of the few 5s I give. I think this is off the charts. Amazing rum barrel flavor. Melts with the beer perfectly.

F: exceptional feel. Oily smooth. The rum lingers after the sip. Makes you want more.

O: as a huge fan of all things prairie. This beer is near the top. Close to AB Noir.

Aug 15, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Feb 19, 2018
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Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of rum, dark fruits such as dates and plums, bakers chocolate, booze, vanilla, and touch of spice. Some very interesting apple qualities that were totally unexpected. This beer comes in sweet, hot, spicy, fruity waves that connect with me at times and at other times leaves me scratching my head. Overall, I can really dig it though. Unique to any Prairie stout I have had yet

Aug 30, 2015
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sittinggc from California

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra. Poured into Teku glass.

Look: Dark black. Small khaki head.
Smell: Lots of rum and booze. Also get some dark fruit and chocolate.
Taste: Tasty! Haha. Really chocolaty. Also has a nice rum spiciness to it which complements well.
Feel: Nice silky mouthfeel. Great carbonation.

Overall: I think this beer is really great! Was happily surprised how much I liked it based on reviews on here. Usually not a big rum guy but it was really well executed in this beer. I really feel as though this beer would be more highly rated if the label said it had some adjunct in it. Try this guy out!

Oct 05, 2015
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

07/2015 bottling date served at cellar temps in a snifter glass

Appearance: motor oil thick with a faint tan head that sank to nothing (thanks 12% ABV). Dark, dark, dark brown color. Almost black. Oily top.

Nose: booze bomb, nutty, hazelnuts, raisins, figs, prunes, hot and spicy alcohol, oaky, vanilla, toasted coconut, caramel, burnt sugar, brown sugar

Taste: well hello rum! Boozy, thick and rich, chewy mouthfeel, follows the nose to the fullest extent. Nutty, alcohol sweetness for days, lighter dark chocolate, dark fruits, spicy notes from wither the run or something in the barrel but it could be whatever hops were used to balance that intense malt profile. This is one hell of an Oatmeal Stout.

Overall: WOW! This is everything I was hoping it would be and then some. I wasn't sure how the spicy Jamaican rum would play with a traditional oatmeal stout but the match is perfection in a glass. That booze could be toned down a bit and that would prop up the score. I have another bottle that I'll try next year some time and see whats changed. Great job Prairie AA!

Mar 24, 2016
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justinp444 from Michigan

4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle, it has a inch thick had of a darker beige and a black body. Smell of rum, molasses, vanilla, some alcohol, roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is rum, chocolate, oak, coconut, vanilla, some subtle earth notes, caramel, slight alcohol (nice burn), and a slight nutty flavor. Tastes somewhat like a rum ball and a macaroon. A heavy thick and yet not syrupy mouth feel and body, massively creamy. One of the best stouts in mouth feel and flavor I'd had, just fantastic, and I prefer this over the Bomb! any day. *May be impartial because rum balls are one of my favorite desserts, but a definite must try.

Oct 14, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black and pours thick with a nice khaki head that quickly fades

Nose is a bit sweet boozy but nice. Chocolate and vanilla tones; mild toffee notes.

Mouth feel is thick and creamy with light carbonation and is inviting.

Flavors are licorice, booze, burnt toast, dark black coffee, and hints of sweeter Irish Whiskey.

Finish is long and booze with a big licorice/anise carryover from taste profile.

Aug 22, 2015
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arizcards from Arizona

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 9-12-19 for $12.99. Bottled on 7-23-19; consumed on 11-20-19.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head with the original pour.

Nose is full of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Not catching barrel characteristics.

Taste is a huge mdium roasted body that combines nicely with the cocoa adjunct and a hint of coconut from the barrel. Finishes well balanced and warming from the high abv.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and extremely chewy and smooth.

Overall a very nice spin on the Prairie impy stout with the rum barrel, glad i got to try but for the price point i will not have again and the cost is a tad bit too much.

Nov 20, 2019
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Hopbully from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Jul 12, 2013
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into tulip from 12 oz bottle acquired as an extra in a trade.
Look is a muddy deep brown color with a slight tan head of about 1/2". Retention is quite low but lace is quite sticky.
Smell is of vanilla, raisins, dates, a bit of chocolate, toffee, a bit of booze.
Taste somewhat follows the nose but now you get a helping of the rum barrel. Big dark fruit flavors, candied fruits, candied figs.
Feel is medium-bodied but still feels a bit thin for the style. Carbonation is on par for the style.
Overall, a nice BA stout but I thought the rum barrel would have been a little more pronounced. Despite that, I enjoyed the presence of the dark fruits and candy attributes.

Aug 27, 2015
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Philcassella from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 15, 2017
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ntanner83 from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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