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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
436
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
24.04%
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
149
For Trade:
15
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 436
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle opens with a light pop.

Pours ebony with a thumb of brown head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Plums, vanilla, molasess & general rum notes

T: Follows the nose, a bit of carob, cola & leafy hops up front, plus oakyness. Chocolate, charcoal & vanilla all surface as this warms, along with a whisper of boozeyness, some oaky dryness, some plum as well. Finishes dry, oaky, with dark fruit & molasses & restrained boozeyness

MF: Chewy, slight carbonation & warming, thins out a touch as this warms

This drinks great, the rum aspects of this are subtle but enjoyable. The ABV is well hidden, wished it had a bit more carbonation. I prefer Prairie Noir to this but only by a little bit

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of justinp444
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

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Photo of radclyffe
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of PalatePilot
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of MIbeerGeek84
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thinner quick to fade deep beige head atop.Rum and vanilla stand out in the nose along with dark fruit and graham cracker,oddly enough no roast or chocolate detected from me.Molasses and vanilla tinged rum with a bit of butteriness and roasted nut,man alot of stuff going on flavor-wise,again no roast to be found.It's good but not great,the look and feel are not stellar but the flavors are.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black with almost zero head. It smells great. Lots of dark candied fruits, plum, Apple... the rum is probably most prevalent though. And it's not a bad overwhelming alcohol scent. It's a sweet, spicy rum with the alcohol playing a secondary role. Pirate Noir is very sweet, much the same as the smell, and the rum makes it slick. It has very little carbonation with a very slick mouthfeel. A very good offering once again from Prairie! Well done.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RoninBirdman
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmcurran
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IndyHop-s
1/5  rDev -76%

Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a thin espresso head. Burnt caramel, cherries, sherry, raisins, cocoa and coffee. Super soft mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. The alcohol makes itself present in the aftertaste. An excellent stout.

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