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Prairie Pirate Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Pirate NoirPrairie Pirate Noir

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 430
Photo of Eachristman
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first word that popped into my mind when I sipped this was "WOW"! This is one of the best beers I have ever had, by far! This beer goes down so smooth, the taste is like spiked liquid chocolate in my mouth. The smell at first had me wondering, but after a few minutes it was heavenly. This is definitely in my top two beers!

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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 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 Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased one bottle of this on a whim and then went on a wild-goose chase to find as much more as possible. I drank this beer out of a snifter and it had a great smell and texture. Very little head, that did not appear immediately while pouring. Color is completely black with slim tobacco-colored head. Great rum flavor! For anyone who likes anything barrel aged, this beer is terrific! This beer will definitely age well.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been waiting awhile to crack this one open. Looks typical for a few year old stout, minimal head. Smells like dark chocolate. The taste is incredible, better then expected. Way smooth with no bitter or off flavors at all, just semi sweat chocolate. Slight rum character to it but mostly sweet malt with chocolate dominating the flavor. Mouthful is big and thick, a slow sipper for sure. Overall another solid stout from Prairie. Keep 'em coming and I'll be buying. 4.75

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage
6 months since bottling

Appearance- Pours black color, opaque. Razor thin, deep mocha colored head. Tons of alcohol legs, coats the glass, spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Dark fruits, raisins and figs soaked in spicy rum. Oaky notes, spicy apples, chocolate, vanilla. Bready, sweet fruitcake.

Taste- Chocolate, vanilla, lots of dark fruits, raisins, figs, plums, spicy tart apples. Spicy rum, earthy oak barrel, coconut cream, boozy fruits.

Feel- Full bodied, creamy smooth, silky and coats the mouth. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Intense and very forward barrel characteristics. The barrel really imparts its own flavors to the beer that turn out to be the highlight. Lots of rum, but also nuanced flavors of fruit, spice, oak, vanilla, and coconut. Base beer adds rich chocolate notes and creaminess. A wonderful marriage of flavors.

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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 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 Eamonn-Cummings3
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is pitch glossy black with a coffee colored head that flattens quickly.

On the nose you definitely get the Jamaican rum with slight roast coffee notes. Full bodied aroma that fills your nose and the room.

Mouth feel is thick and sweet like molasses. Taste is equally molasses sweet with a nice balance of rum and roasted malts.

For a barrel aged beer it shows a lot of restraint and balance making it a delicious.

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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 yesterdayfaraway
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black beer, with thin layer of head. Smells like sweet rum. First drink I got rum and wait for it.....brown sugar. It was awesome! It's a thick beer, that coats good. This is an excellent beer, that I need more of.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very black, nearing dark brown around the top held in light. Very faint khaki colored head, settles to nothing. Smell is a dark creamy chocolate tone, nice butter scotch, licorice, raisins and a nice sweet peppery back end. For the taste, more wood barrel foward with hints of chocolate and vanilla, subtle rum burn in the finish. Mouthfeel is relatively creamy, but not overly thick. Very low carbonation, a little boozy. Another solid Prarie offering, a top 5 stout from them in my opinion.

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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 SHerninko
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquired via trade
Great rum barrel flavors help this base stout go to another level. Not too sweet, dark as night, nice tan lacing after the pour and until the last drop. Very tasty, wish it was more common and cheaper of course. No alcohol presence from the 12%. Smooth brew.

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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 Bung
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The rum barrel imparts an acceptable amount of coconut for me. Really well done. Not Bomb, but not intended to be. Considering some things that rate high these days, this should be higher.

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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 Phigg1102
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flat black pour with slight clarity on the edge. Very thin cap which dissipates right away. No lacing. Lots dried fruit in the nose; raisin, plum, apricot, fresh blackberry as well. Taste is plenty boozy, with caramel, vanilla, fresh tobacco, more dried fruit, especially the raisin. Flat cola feel fairly viscous and lingering alcohol.

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

Pours pitch black, into snifter. A chocolate and vanilla aroma. Smell rum a little bit.
Taste matches, great stout, rum adds an amazing touch. First rum aged beer. Nice change from bba beers.

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Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black. Tan head.

Thick and heavy. The rum and spice notes are awesome. Chocolate and oak with vanilla, raisins, and molasses.

Thick and chewy. Roasted feel.

One of the best noirs out there.

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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 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 snowmageddon
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a brownish-black, like cola. A mocha head is very subdued and dissipates rapidly.
S: toffee, caramel, and coconut stand out. The ABV is evident on the nose.
T: Initially, berry and wood flavors jump out. This is a sweet, sipping beer. Booze and sugary toffee/caramel/chocolate in the middle, with a somewhat dry clean finish that leaves a sweet chocolate aftertaste.
M: full bodied with a low carbonation.
O: A nice sipper, the coconut/rum flavor is balanced against the sweet caramel/berry/choco flavors. I would seek this out again.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A pitch black with ruby edges. Half finger of dark brown head. Minimal lacing. 4.25/5

Smell: Rum barrel aged is right. Fantastic. Chocolate and booze is also in there. I enjoy it, but the smell of a BBA'd stout just can't be topped -- still, this is pretty awesome. The rum makes this beer smell like boozy butterscotch in a way, but with a nice dumping of roasted malts and some dark chocolate. Delicious. 4.5/5

Taste: Like the smell. Rum is strong but not all you taste. Balanced quite well. Hot rum, a bit of burn, awesome woody accents from the barrel... all blended well into a delicious, luscious imperial stout base. A bit on the sweet/cloying side, but I had anticipated that with the rum. 4.25/5

Feel: Silky and full bodied with a mild carbonation. Comes off as a bit syrupy... wears on me pretty quickly. 4/5

Nice stuff. Glad this isn't in bombers, just because I could have very easily even split this 12oz bottle. Absolutely fantastic tasting brew, but something likely best enjoyed shared. Definitely pick this up.


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