Pirate Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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4.19/5
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659 Ratings
Pirate NoirPirate Noir
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

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Ranking:
#1,396
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
659
pDev:
9.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of WesMantooth
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pirate Noir is, quite likely, my very favorite rum barrel-aged beer to date - it was my first, and it's certainly my fondest. It's sort of my gold standard for rum barrel-aging.

Pirate Noir pours a rich, deep, oily black. The head presence is quite minimal - just a light ring of medium brown around the edge of the glass. I did not pour particularly lightly, so the beer is just very lightly carbed - this is a significant plus in my book. The nose is ripe with rum, vanilla, and chocolate - it's incredibly fresh and clean. The taste delivers, similarly - the rum itself is particularly remarkable, being very present but still clean and quality (as opposed to Central Water's rum barrels, which taste like Parrot Bay or some other cheap, overly sweet variety of rum). As with all rum barrel-aged beers, it's slightly thinner, but still quite rich.

Love this stuff. I do my best to hoard it every single year, and will continue to do so.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of schinebd
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkrug5
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Casey_L
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amb3do
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was an oily black color in appearance with a dark mocha colored head.

Smell - The alocohol and dark malts were apparant in the nose.

Taste - At the front came the chocolate, with the sting of rum following. Maybe I just don’t like rum, but I feel like it takes away from the richness os the chocolate. The overall profile was like anticeptic chocolate. The rum was not hot, it just was not tasty.

Mouthfeel - Like most prairie stouts, this had a wonderful mouthfeel.

Overall - This did not impress me a ton

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Photo of DaverCS
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a small light brown head with ample alcohol legs.

Aroma is super rum and barrel toward. There is some spice... like nutmeg and allspice. A bit of coffee, green pepper, and a bit of a butter-like character.

Taste again is pretty boozy with lots of rum. A bit of cherry and dried dark fruits. Unfortunately, my first thoughts were of soy sauce, but as the beer warms this did start to diminish. Some brown sugar with an alcohol burn on the finish. Good mouthfeel however.

Overall, the beer to me is not worth the investment. Good barrel character but some off flavors were noted. I see it pairing well with rum soaked raisin cake. It gets a 87/100.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesLeung
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wvsabbath
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Winston3737
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 18815, meaning that it was bottled on 7th July 2015. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a very thin tanned head that dissipated quickly and left pretty much no lacing.

Aroma: Rum, molasses, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with a light char.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with sweet rum, molasses, chocolate, raisin, prunes and booze.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Flavours were nice and interesting although its on the edge of being too sweet and boozy for me to fully relax and enjoy.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into chalice

Black motor oil in appearance topped by deep brown espresso pencil thin foam layer

Aroma of rum, spices, peppery, tobacco

Taste of rum , cocoa ,caramelized sugar

Velvety smooth

Delicious beer

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamping on bottle neck indicates bottling date in '2017'.
Black, nearly opaque colored body, with just the tiniest reddish edge when presented to light. Less than a finger of mocha colored head upon pouring, but the cap is persistent. Some scattered strings of lacing, but quite minor.
The barrel (rum/oak) and the base stout (dark roasted malt) present together in the aroma (rum barrel is not dominating), with contributing burnt sugar, dark chocolate/vanilla, and a whiff of dark fruits.
Taste profile is quite complex, with individual taste components swirling through rather a sequence of one to another to another. Definitely expresses the rum/oak barrel (more towards the middle and end), with sweet chocolate at the beginning, with vanilla and dates/apricots/figs certainly contributing.
Medium with some palate coating mouth feel, which contributes positively to the beer experience.
High ABV comes through in the aroma but not in the taste profile. Confident and well balanced barrel aged imperial stout. The rum barrel, which is different from the taste influence of a bourbon barrel, is used well here, but considerable appreciation for rum is required for this beer.

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Photo of JerryHelper
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quick note: I'm super bored with reviewing Prairie Stouts because they all perform the same way (not taste the same) and they are all generally about equally excellent so there.
A: Pours an opaque black with smooth, one-finger, khaki head, standard prairie stout looks great.
S: Smells immediately of Rum, Coffee, Chocolate, molasses (or general burnt sugar), and Peppers.
T: Tastes immediately of Rum, Coffee, Chocolate, molasses (or general burnt sugar), and Peppers. You do get some dark fruit coming through here but I think you might be starting to notice a pattern here.
M: Thick, but not painfully so.
O: It doesn't really matter which Prairie Stout you buy, they're all great. I've had Bomb!, Christmas Bomb!, Paradise, and now Pirate Noir and here's what I notice about Prairie Stouts: They all taste exactly as their described to the letter, they are in no way subtle or nuanced beers and they are all damn fine beers in their own way. So pick this one if you like the idea of rum, it works, but then again, it's a prairie stout, so...of course it does.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pirate Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 659 ratings