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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:
94
Ratings:
511
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.79%
 
 
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Photo of GRG1313
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black and pours thick with a nice khaki head that quickly fades

Nose is a bit sweet boozy but nice. Chocolate and vanilla tones; mild toffee notes.

Mouth feel is thick and creamy with light carbonation and is inviting.

Flavors are licorice, booze, burnt toast, dark black coffee, and hints of sweeter Irish Whiskey.

Finish is long and booze with a big licorice/anise carryover from taste profile.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/8/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark fruit, rum, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, dark fruit, rum, wood, and slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with great rum barrel aged aromas, but there is a slight soy sauce flavor that diminishes the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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 emerge077
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jet black, thin layer of tan foam on the surface. No lace really, but that's to be expected for a 12% BA beer. Dissipates to a glassy still obsidian surface.

Aroma is ok at first, rum and pecan, cola, vanilla. Oxidized malt creeps in soon after.
Feels a little rough, slightly astringent and fairly boozy. Roast malt, rum soaked, dry and prickly alcohol heat. Minor pecan and cola rum notes, dry and astringent from the booze. Overall it's a slow sipper, probably best consumed in the dead of winter.

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Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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 oberon
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thinner quick to fade deep beige head atop.Rum and vanilla stand out in the nose along with dark fruit and graham cracker,oddly enough no roast or chocolate detected from me.Molasses and vanilla tinged rum with a bit of butteriness and roasted nut,man alot of stuff going on flavor-wise,again no roast to be found.It's good but not great,the look and feel are not stellar but the flavors are.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared large bottle. Poured very dark and opaque but with red-toned edges.

Feel: Very full thick feel with low but adequate carbonation. Alcohol burn reduces the rating.

Flavor: Tastes very rich with moderate complexity. Prudently restrained rum barrel effects.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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 russpowell
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle opens with a light pop.

Pours ebony with a thumb of brown head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Plums, vanilla, molasess & general rum notes

T: Follows the nose, a bit of carob, cola & leafy hops up front, plus oakyness. Chocolate, charcoal & vanilla all surface as this warms, along with a whisper of boozeyness, some oaky dryness, some plum as well. Finishes dry, oaky, with dark fruit & molasses & restrained boozeyness

MF: Chewy, slight carbonation & warming, thins out a touch as this warms

This drinks great, the rum aspects of this are subtle but enjoyable. The ABV is well hidden, wished it had a bit more carbonation. I prefer Prairie Noir to this but only by a little bit

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Alieniloquium
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Small khaki head. Some surface wisps.

Smell - Black patent malt is strong. Minimal sweetness. I don't get much rum barrel at all, if any. Very slight fruit.

Taste - The fruit is a little more prevalent. Oak is present. Extremely roasty. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel - Harsh bitterness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Where's the rum barrel? C'mon now.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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 krome
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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 John_M
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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 mrn1ceguy
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep black color with minimal. The nose has good spiced rum scents with some sweetness. The taste is more sweet and silky. The finish is smooth but with a lingering hint of funk. Overall a solid beer.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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 avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Bung
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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 maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
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 mynie
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got a giant package of Prairie in the mail about a month ago, and their Bomb! was so impressive that I’ve almost been scared to try any more of it. You got to have an excuse to be so decadent, and since I spend 80% of my life wearing unwashed sweat pants I can justify feeling so fancy.
So let’s go with a beer held only in middling esteem, in spite of its exquisite packaging: Pirate Noir (which is French for “Grey Homosexual.”)

Noir is an imperial stout brewed by Prairie for the express purpose of aging it in different types of barrels. This makes sense for the kind of people who claim to be able to taste the difference between barrel varieties. I am not one of those people. Dudes, for example, will tell you that pappy Dark is way different from the regular bourbon aged Dark Lord, but it’s totally not, they’re lying.

I mean, yeah, I can taste the difference between weird gross barrels and BBA stuff. There is no excuse for aging a stout in a tequila barrel, for example. Rum barrels? Eh… I hate to admit it, but I can taste the difference. It’s not bad, but it’s overwhelming, and the noir base is really timid for an RIS. So up front you got a big dose of Bicardi burn and then you get this watery-seeming, mildly hoppy and mildly vinious impy. The Noir might not actually be watery and mild, but it’s just not strong enough to stand up to the giant rum burst.

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Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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 tbryan5
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black with almost zero head. It smells great. Lots of dark candied fruits, plum, Apple... the rum is probably most prevalent though. And it's not a bad overwhelming alcohol scent. It's a sweet, spicy rum with the alcohol playing a secondary role. Pirate Noir is very sweet, much the same as the smell, and the rum makes it slick. It has very little carbonation with a very slick mouthfeel. A very good offering once again from Prairie! Well done.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with a small half finger light brown head. Doesn't look to have a ton of body, but this looks pretty tasty.

S: A bit underwhelming. Light spicy barrel, but there really wasn't much of a hint of whatever spirit was in there. A little bit of wet wood, charcoal and roasted malt. This does open up a bit as it warms, which is nice. Starting to get a lot more barrel, toasted brown sugar and just a hint of rum.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and toasted oak. A smooth and mellow middle followed by a finish that sparkles with some spicy oak and a touch of booze. The mouthfeel is pretty light, which does not help things. Definitely wanted a bit more from this one. Not really picking up the rum at all and the rest of the flavors just don't really pop. I'm good with having this one once.

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