Prairie Pirate Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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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
Ratings:
541
Reviews:
103
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
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121
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23
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Ratings: 541 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of YalovaIA
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, rich black color with a thin almond sliver of head. Nice legs as well.

Aroma is decidedly rum and chocolate, with coffee notes, peppermint, and slight peppery hints here and there.

Starting out with a roasty and herbal bitterness, it soon smooths out into lactose, hot fudge, chili pepper, and finally a rush of top shelf rum burning right through the finish.

Feel is very oily, viscous, and slick. Still, a very sparkly carbonation pokes through to give it a little electricity to carry it to the finish. Dry, boozy finish.

Overall, this is a great beer, I expected no less from Prairie. It's not as good as Pirate BOMB! or many of the other variants, but still worth a try.

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Photo of Egotist
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a medium size deep brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep sweet roasted malt notes with some chocolate and rum notes are also noticeable. Taste is a mix of sweet black chocolates with some rum notes and light oak notes are also noticeable. Body is full with nice oily texture and good carbonation with some arming alcohol notes. Another intense imperial stout from Prairie.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemochas
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kkarimi
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerJ
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of xt0n1cx
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with a soft, tan thick blanket.

Smell is really nice--chocolate covered roasted almond and walnut with nougat, dark caramel, toffee and black pepper. I get an almost chocolate mint essence at times as it warms.

Taste is where the rum comes in, and right off the bat--spiced rum with creamy chocolate, peanut butter, wafer, and woody char. This is unmistakably rum-influenced, but it's not too hot. At the tail end of a swallow, I get a waxy, nut butter finish, with a faint, faint hint of strawberry.

Full, slick body with thick fizz.

I can't believe I've rated this higher than most of their other stouts--they do so many tasty beverages, and I never expected a rum barrel to make such a positive impression on a beer, but wow. This is truly a remarkable treatment, even relative to the version of this with coconut added!

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pezhead_79
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Miska
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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 superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/14/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with solid retention, that reduces to a minimal spotty lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, coconut, cream, toasted oak, brown sugar, and dark bread; with lighter notes of molasses, rum raisin, fig, date, cherry, licorice, smoke, charcoal, roast/toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and rum barrel notes; with great strength. Increasing booziness in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, coconut, cream, toasted oak, brown sugar, and dark bread; with lighter notes of molasses, rum raisin, fig, date, cherry, licorice, smoke, charcoal, roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light roast/char bitterness and rum/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, coconut, cream, toasted oak, brown sugar, dark bread, rum, light dark fruit/molasses, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and rum barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and rum/oak spiciness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast bitterness and rum/oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. A small pleasant warmth of alcohol from 12%, with minimal barrel booziness. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and rum barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Incredible stout/barrel balance; never acrid/astringent on roast or tannic/drying on the barrel. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 Hendry
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of carlso_aw
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Prairie Pirate Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
4.21 out of 5 based on 541 ratings.
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