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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: 79 | Ratings: 440
Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -0.2%
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 +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 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 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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +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 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 Brewsed
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a 12oz bottle (about 1 year old from cellar)

L- Dark and impermeable to sunlight
S- Aromas of Rum, raisin, and wet cardboard (wait wuuut?) yes wet cardboard (oxidation)
T- Roasty, cocoa, rum, and yet again (way back on the finish) wet cardboard
F- carbonation was spot on for the style. It spread over my tongue like a velvet blanket

O- great beer, although some oxidation can create complexity that take a Imp Stout to the next level, this beer tastes like the packaging it was shipped in. But, for some strange reason I'd drink it again.

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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 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 Stevem68
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is boozy and sweet maltiness. Flavor is a little sweet with some booziness and roasted malts. Has a good body and overall this is really nice.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks!). Bottled 7/5/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours oil black with a finger and a quarter of thich tan head. A persistent haze remains with a full collar that leaves several sizeable dashes of lacing.

Smells of sweet sugar cane, rum, chocolate, caramel and some deeply roasted malt. Nice.

A boozey heat immediately hits the palate upon first sip. Rum, fudge, wet oak, roasty malts, burnt caramel, sugar cane, coffee and a faint earthy note. Leans a tad bitter and just plain hot for my tastes but still a solid imperial stout with some nice rum barrel character.

Full body with moderate carbonation. The long lasting finish contains bitter roast, dark cocoa and some sugary rum-infused oak.

Pirate Noir is a bit too bitter and drinks a tad too hot for my specific preferences but I still think Prairie has another nice imperial stout here. After the seemingly endless parade of bourbon barrel aged stouts I appreciate the rum attributes.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with a small dark brown head. Aroma of molasses and charred malt. Taste has molasses, chocolate and light coffee. Medium to full bodied.

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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 Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black color with mocha head. Aroma has intense dark malt, dark sugar and some spirit barrel, I wouldn't really guess it's rum. Taste starts promising with chocolate, fudge, caramel and some vanilla sweetness. In the middletaste I get a weird acrid flavor, maybe some tannins from the wood barrels. This doesn't fit very well with the rest of the flavors. Body is heavy and has a very smooth mouthfeel. Really nice overall. The only thing that spoils it a bit for me is the slightly tart note from the taste.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly disappointed in the fact that this beer was very one dimensional. The look was pitch black with super low carbonation. The smell was mostly rum, with some dark malts thrown in for good measure. The taste was good, but the more you sip, the more it... stays the same. The two dominant flavors: rum and roasted malt dominate the taste so much that everything else is overwhelmed. There are hints though of: vanilla, chocolate, yeast, coffee grounds... Overall a good beer but not as great as it could be.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #1400

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black in color with a paper thin fizzy off-white head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- plenty of rum barrel on the aroma up front with notes of black strap molasses, caramelized brown sugar, vanilla, raisin & fig, caramel candy apple, chocolate

T- rum barrel flavors follow the aroma for the most part with notes of molasses, brown sugar, caramel red skin apple, raisin & fig, spicy oak barrel and a hint of booze on the finish

M- medium-light body with low carbonation leads to a slightly thin foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- very rum forward, but still remains drinkable, mouthfeel is a bit thin, but otherwise quite tasty

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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 infinitebruner
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

December 22, 2015

12 oz. bottle, snifter

A – Deep black with just a tinge of brown, pours moderately thick though not oily. A couple millimeters of medium-tan head disappears almost immediately.

S – Chocolate and rich vanilla, with a ton of boozy esters of apples and maybe cherries. Low roasted notes, brown sugar, and notes of soy sauce and maybe licorice.

T – Definitely some distinction from a bourbon barrel stout, with a more pronounced fruitiness and spiceiness from the rum. Vanilla and chocolate also prominent, with some high-end, freshly roasted coffee in the background.

M – Somewhat thin for a big boozy stout. Only medium-bodied, with very low carbonation. Sweetness of the malt balanced with a spicy finish from the rum.

O – Interesting because of the rum character, but doesn’t differentiate much from the gluttony of imperial barrel-aged stouts that are out there.

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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 Brutaltruth
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE stout pours a deep oily black with a moderate head of light tan foam that settles to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of heavy boozy rum, brown sugars, and spice notes that are all over the board. Flavors are excellent showing off a heavy rum laden flavor, chocolate covered cherries, deeply roasted malts, moderate char, and smooth notes from the oatmeal touched with cinnamon and licorice on the back finishing with moderately bitter malts. Slick and full mouth feel, low carbonation, and warming all the way down. A wonderful ale that while pricey is an excellent celebratory ale for the colder seasons.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin khaki film of bubbles that persisted in small patches and a thin ring that left light lacing. Nice aroma of dark toasted malt and rum, lightly fruity and oaky. Flavor is dark toasted malt, hints of licorice, vanilla, rum, hints of cherry, light fruit and chocolate. Finishes with dark malts and mild fruitiness. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. I would not have thought that rum would be an ideal stout barreling style, but this is quite nice. The profile reminds me of a robust Baltic porter, because the rum barrel gives light indistinct fruit flavors, although the Jamaican rum presence is clear. Very enjoyable. Only a few bottles arrived in my area and if someone hadn't saved this for me, I would never have seen it. Glad to have an opportunity to try this great, offbeat barreled stout.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. Pours more black than brown with a thin layer of tan head. Nose is quite sweet, definitely rum notes dominating over some faint roastiness. Taste is sweet as expected from the rum, finish is a bit hot. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout with this much ABV, carbonation was good. Definitely an interesting beer that I'd happily drink again if the price point was lower.

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