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Prairie Pirate NoirPrairie Pirate Noir

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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: 95 | Ratings: 512
Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +19%
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 Thomas_Wikman
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
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 dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a thick viscous opaque (yet still clear) jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering a little more than 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark malts, roasted malts, charred malts, cocoa powder, vanilla, dark fruit (plum), and rum with moderate aromas of wood/oak barrels.

T: Upfront there are slightly heavier than moderate flavors of dark malts, roasted malts, and charred malts with moderate amounts of lactose + dark fruit (plum) sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of cocoa + dark chocolate + vanilla and moderate to strong flavors of rum + wood/oak barrels. Light amounts of roasty bitterness but the lingering flavor is a moderate amount of lactose sweetness.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I like the combination of rum barrel and Prairie Noir -nice rich combination of flavors of aromas. Enjoyable and a nice slow sipper, very dessert-like.

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a little foam covering just around the glass. Smells of rum, vanilla, a sweetness to it. Tastes of rum, chocolate, a bit of vanilla, sweet malt, could use a little more carb but I don't get any alcohol burn. Good beer but not worth the $13 it cost.

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Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Ikeithbot
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Angerhaus
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
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 spacecake9
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter and allowed to warm.
A - Pours black with a thin tan cap that quickly becomes a ring.
S - Aroma is not strong but very nice. Sweet and vanilla more than anything else.
T - Flavor is somewhat sweet, dark fruit and a bit of coffee. Finish is alcohol then a bit of chocolate. There's a lot going on here!
M - Low carbonation, thick mouth feel.
O - I'm a big fan of the Prairie Bomb & Noir beers. This is very good. I'm not a rum guy so I can't say for sure how much of a role the rum barrels played here. But I like it.

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Photo of Buck89
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Jet black color with a minimal head despite a vigorous pour. Rum on the nose, with vanilla, oak, and brown sugar. Definitely a rum-forward flavor that slightly overpowers the base beer in my opinion. However, I can still taste the chocolatey malt notes. A heavy but slick feel. Sweet but very enjoyable.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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 John_M
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. On the nose, there's the predictable explosion of dark chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and underlying rum. The rum aroma really isn't all that pronounced in this beer, as it's drowned out by all the chocolate and vanilla one picks up. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but as is typical with prairie RIS, I loved the rich, soft, almost fluffy and creamy mouthfeel. The finish was very long in this sweet, rich beer, and alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile.

Another excellent impy stout from the folks at Prairie. I'm not really sure how much the rum barrel aging added to this beer, but the base beer is so outstanding, it really hardly matters. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black, with no carbonation, head or lacing. The barrel sucked it all up! Gorgeous color though - looks thick as molasses

S - Rum, and sweetness - lots of sugar, and Rum, and Rum.

T - Rum , coffee, dark chocolate, and fairly boozy. Very tasty.

F - Thick body, silky

O - An excellent slow sipper. You have to like Rum though. Enjoyable!

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Photo of Furlinator
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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 baggedlunch
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer, full body, love the rum treatment. Definitely worth giving it a shot. Will drink again, although after the hunt for these, it left me a little underwhelmed.

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Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It’s Noir night at the ECK corral. Four bottles rounded up & popped open with my wife on a night that threatens to reach -26 degrees. This should keep us warm. 12 oz. bottle #3.

Pour? Black. I’m waiting for the first blond imperial stout…which I’ll avoid like Ebola. Strangely, no rum on the nose, just chocolate, licorice, & sweet malt. I’ll bet it’s waiting in ambush.

Prairie Noir is more rummy than actual rum, minus about 20% ABV. Rum soaked raisins, rum, booze, then rum again, spiciness from the rum. Rum. Sweet malts, sugar cane, & rum. Half a bottle is enough to make me feel punch-drunk.

I rarely feel there’s too much barrel in any beer, but the barrel here almost completely obliterates the beer. And if I wanted weak rum, I’d buy some & cut it with water. Good beer, but man, dial it back a few notches!

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Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a completely black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing here.

S: A nice aroma of malt, rum, coffee, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of some moderate coffee notes, a lot of malt, a good amount of rum (not as much as you would expect), some chocolate, dark fruit (raisins, plums), and a little vanilla. Definitely an interesting flavor for a stout. The rum barrel aging makes for a dynamic taste. Very complex.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is a well made and extremely enjoyable stout. Certainly and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a get-back-to-roots value and a decadent rum accented taste, the somber imperial stout of Prairie joins forces wit an extended rum-barrel aged character and an absolute monster is formed.

Rich on the nose, the robust fragrance of dark chocolate, french press coffee, toffee and coconut lay on the nose above a dainty chantilly lace of foam and an ominously dark body. Its taste is savagely sweet with brown sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, chocolate and roast.

As the sweetness wraps around the tongue, its large linger of sweetness is linked with the spicy tingle of cinnamon, peppercorn, fennel, coffee and cocoa. Creamy sweet flavors of french vanilla coats the tongue while its sweet and lathery character takes on a broad woodsy layer of flavor.

Long, sweet and rummy, the texture is deep and strong keeping a molasses tilt until the complementary tastes of coconut wheat, chocolate and smoky char chase a long kaluha, rum and whisky tone.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Prairie Artisan Ales Pirate Noir, 12% ABV, 60 IBU. Pours pitch black, medium viscosity, no head, no lacing. Nose is sweet rum, chocolate, and fruit. Taste follows with a bitter close. OK mouthfeel though some head would improve it. Overall excellent though I do prefer Pirate BOMB.

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Photo of gatornation
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle Pours a thick dark Mahogany color with a mocha head and lacing. Smell is chocolate dark fruit soaked in wooden rum. Taste is dark fruits dipped in Chocolate then add aged rum and wood the rum is not hot but present a lingering caramel/toffee vanilla sweetness, Mouth feel is sweet with smooth rum fruity and mellow. Good god was this great only had this one bottle, but so good

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Photo of KensWorld
4.66/5  rDev +11%
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 Mateo2699
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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 SerialTicker
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Matthew! Near black, opaque body with a quarter inch of tan head. Aromas include rum, raisin, booze, roast, oak, vanilla. Cookies soaked in rum. Sweet, chocolaty. Complex and quite tasty. Medium-full bodied. Great stuff.

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Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Marius
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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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