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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:
101
Ratings:
531
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 531
Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark black with a smallish head. The aroma is utterly amazing - brown sugar, molasses, dark rum, grass, chocolate, brownies, white chocolate, raisin, and a dusty bitter depth. The flavor is rich with molasses and brown sugar, chocolate, raisins, figs, dates, dark rum, vanilla, rye bread, and walnuts.The mouthfeel is very rich, with low carbonation and a fair amount of heat. Overall this a a near perfect beer for me - such depth and richness, but never overbearing - exactly what I want from a BA stout.

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Photo of Eachristman
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
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 AdmiralOzone
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The darkest of brown with a smallish tan head. The aroma is a heavenly mixture of vanilla, rum, toffee and a touch of coconut. There is more there but I get lost in the moment, I must taste it. Wow is the emotion that I feel as it hits my tongue. Chocolate joins the flavors that I inhaled. Oh my, creamy smooth. I want more, but wait, I need to slow myself. This is twelve percent. Overall a near perfect beer. I only wish I could find more.

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily the best rum barrel stout I have had, though, to be fair, I have yet to try Pirate Bomb. There is an impressive amount of the barrel in the beer.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
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 +13.8%
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 +13.5%
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 +10.7%
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 +10.5%
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 Thomas_Wikman
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently had the Prairie Noir an Imperial Stout aged in Jamaican Rum barrels from Prairie Artisan Ales. I thought it was a really great Stout.

Look: Black with a thin mocca colored head.

Aroma: roasted malts, rum and chocolate

Taste: The taste is roasted smokey malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and definitely rum too. It is truly outstanding.

Feel: full bodied, creamy, thick

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
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 FBarber
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black and opaque. Thick and viscous in appearance. Thin brown head dissipates leaving no residual head just a clear top of the beer. No lacing.

Smell has notes of dark malts, cherries, lots of vanilla, rum, and chocolate. Very sweet desert like aroma.

Taste is remarkable. Tastes like a rum soaked brownie. Chocolate, fudge, sweet dark fruits, and tons of rum barrel. Vanilla on the back end. Perfect balance between a robust stout and a strong rum barrel character. Sweet throughout

Feel is thick, full bodied, and robust. Nice smooth finish with a nice barrel finish. Mild to medium carbonation.

Overall this is the best rum barrel aged beer I have had. Just a really well crafted outstanding beer.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good offering very great taste. Overall smell is ok. Not much of the rum notes. Much more like a Bourbon Barrel. But without the Bourbon Barrel. Weird but really good.
Overall not with the 15 I paid for a 12oz. Bottle

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Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong but smooth. You notice the high ABV, but it doesn't burn. There is a nice hint of rum taste. The base stout is truly excellent, and aged just right

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Photo of PalatePilot
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +6.7%
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 BeantownBrews
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque but less so than motor oil, nice head that fades nearly instantly to a carb rim
Smells sweet, like all the sugary hints of spiced rum
A bit of a bite up front from the booze, barrel comes through with a wave of sweetness finishing with a touch of spice
Fairly thin compared to other prairie offerings and for the style
Overall glad I got to try this one and look forward to future iterations

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Photo of sittinggc
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +5.9%
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 Furlinator
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2016.
Pours opaque jet black. Like India ink. Thin beige bubbles form but, never really produce a head. No lace. The smell is dominated by dark chocolate. There is also vanilla and faint rum on the nose. The taste is chocolate, licorice, rye spice, vanilla, dates and burnt sugar. Full, thick texture with low carbonation.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +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.

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Photo of SHerninko
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Roguer
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modest head which quickly fades to a bubbly dark brown rim, floating atop a solid black brew.

Aroma features wood, rum, must, vanilla, and cocoa, roughly in that order. Strongly implies old oak barrels in the hold of a ship.

Flavor is unbelievably smooth, with chocolate and roasted barley up front, followed by a very restrained (but very present) rum influence, and accompanied by woody oak, caramel and toffee, coffee, dark cacao, and vanilla. Really deep and complex brew, but incredibly balanced all the same.

Big beer, full bodied, not too hot for 12% - but the alcohol is noticeable. Wonderfully slick and creamy feel for the high ABV.

This ranks among the best rum BA brews I've tried, where the rum really adds depth and complexity and doesn't take over and overly assert its presence. The base beer still shines.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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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