Pirate Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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4.18/5
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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

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#1,454
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
614
pDev:
9.57%
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Photo of chrismattlin
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hcproff36
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark black with a thin dark brown film. Smells of rum, roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Tastes of roasted malts, vanilla, sweet chocolate, coffee, molasses, and dark fruits. Very heavy and viscous body with light carbonation. Overall an insanely good stout, one of my recent favorites.

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Photo of matcris
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Jet black, with a half finger of quickly fading brown head. Very slight lacing down glass. Good looking carbonation when I rock the glass.
AROMA: Molasses, milk and dark chocolate, rum/alcohol, raisins, licorice, & tobacco. Smells very good.
TASTE: All of the above, it's blended very nicely.
FEEL: Very smooth. Alcohol/rum is not at all harsh. Slightly sticky with just enough carbonation for a stout like this. Not overly viscous; medium full body.
OVERALL: Nice brew, but, one and done, for me. The rum does give it a bit of a different character but, I'll stick with BCBS. Cheaper, thicker, and more of it to drink. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Feldpausch
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJSFS
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie continues to absolutely slay the stout game. I had this at the same session as FO, and this was much better to me. This beer has a great base, with finely crafted roasted malt providing an excellent backbone for the rum barrels here. Apparently these were Jamaican Rum barrels? YAHMON! The barrel flavors created the perfect marriage to the base stout - you had the sweet rum and chocolate flavor pairing with the roasted char, and also got nice rum burn, vanilla, and almost a fruit flavor to finish. Really awesome.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with almost no head and no lacing.

The smell is rum, dark fruits, coconut, chocolate, caramel, and raw alcohol.

The taste starts with alcohol and rum and follows with chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. It's very sweet and pretty hot.

The mouthfeel is incredibly thick and smooth like velvet.

Overall a thick and sweet beer that's still pretty hot. I'll be saving my other for a year or two.

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Photo of beergoot
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coal-black body; thin, light tan head. Roasted grain scent with a mild layer of coffee and mocha. Rich, slightly boozy flavor, heavy on the cocoa; some vanilla. Heavy body; alcohol dryness, powdery sweetness.

An interesting heavy-duty stout although not as complex as the regular Pirate Bomb. Sure, there's some rum (or other boozy notes) yet the beer, as a whole, seems a bit rough.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Currently #15 in the Top 100 Oklahoma Beers list.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. 12 fl oz format. Branded pry-off crown cap. Acquired at a beer store in Austin, TX for ~$12 USD. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards (hence the high price). Bottled 12/17.

"Imperial Stout aged in Jamaican rum barrels." 12% ABV.

HEAD: ~1.5cm in height. Tan in colour. Not as creamy or frothy as one would hope, nor as robust; it's slightly thin and dies within 30 seconds, leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass.

BODY: Predictably and true to style, it's an opaque black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears low in carbonation, which is fine in this style. It's not a great appearance for an imperial stout, but it can be forgiven for issues such as poor head retention given its 12% ABV.

AROMA: Vanillin. A scintilla of coconut. Specialty chocolate malt. Dark malt sweetness. I'm not getting any roasted barley/carafa. Vanilla bean.

It's quite reticent, actually, lacking evocative expressive aromatics. Still, the vanilla is teasingly enticing. I don't get any overt rum notes, just the tagalong vanilla and coconut I'd look for in a bourbon or rum barrel aged beer. Lacks any obvious oaky aromatics.

Suggests a somewhat shallow imperial stout with a well disguised ABV but not much in the way of evocative distinct flavours.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Thick and coating, with a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Not syrupy, but it is treacly and viscous. Slightly coarse and slightly dry. I'm not sure this is a better approach than a more standard smooth wet mouthfeel, but it's definitely balsy. Full-bodied and devoid of true faults (astringency, gushed characteristics, booziness beyond ABV expectations, etc.).

Taste is sweet but not cloying, hitting on big malty notes...chocolate specialty malt, dark malt/schwarz malts, probably 2-row. There's not much coming in from the base beer beyond that, which is unfortunate; I'm missing roasted barley, black patent malt, coffee-like bitterness, etc.

The barrel injects more flavour than the base does, bringing in nice notes of subtle coconut and obvious vanillin. Some barrel sugars too, I guess, but no rich white oak or toastiness, nor anything distinctly rum barrel-redolent. I'm not finding the sugarcane/rum flavour one would encounter in, say, Avery Brewing's rum barrel aged beers.

As reticent and shallow as the aroma, lacking expressive flavours and depth of flavour. It's a convoluted murky mess of flavour, lacking harmony and intentionality towards a cohesive gestalt whole of a beer. Slightly imbalanced with its high sweetness rendering it less drinkable than it ought to be, but I'll commend it for not letting its hefty 12% ABV shine through as much as it could.

Not oily, hot, scratchy, or harsh.

OVERALL: I do like it, and I'll enjoy sipping it for a good while, but its thick chewy mouthfeel may make it a slog for some. In a style renowned for its potential in terms of complexity, richness, and depth of flavour, this doesn't measure up to the best expressions thereof, and the rum barrel aging doesn't bring as much to the table flavourwise as one would wish.

Picking different rum barrels with more of an affinity for synergy with the base beer's flavours might be a good start to improving this, but longer time in barrels (and by the way, do tell us how long you aged it for transparency, Prairie) is definitely needed. I'd hate to see Prairie lean on the crutch of additives to make this better, but I can't help but think actual vanilla bean, coconut shavings, cacao nibs, and/or interesting coffee might be warranted.

Not amongst Prairie's best, but that says more about Prairie's high quality than it does about this generally likable brew. I wouldn't buy this again at its Shelton Bastards price and there are far better beers in the style to be had for less - barrel aged or not.

I wouldn't recommend it to others, but it's worthy of a try once and I'm glad I got to try it. Taking a step back, it's remarkable beers like this even exist in Oklahoma, but how did Prairie get Pirate Bomb! so right and this so...underwhelming?

Low B- (3.30) / WORTHY

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Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released January 2018; drank 1/26/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small dark khaki head; decent lace.

Chocolate syrup, caramel, sweet cream & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Burnt caramel, chocolate syrup & fresh cream flavors up front; dry oak & mild booze heat notes on the finish.

Flavorful, to be sure, but this is a bit sweet & boozy for me. Still, I'd have another...

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Photo of ScubaLeon
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khargro2
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwkdmk
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eman17
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sirnickatnite
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOVE Prairie stouts typically .. Lets see what this beer has got going on.

Look is beautiful as is expected w Prairie. Midnight black. Low fizz that dissipates like a root-beer.

Smell is pretty boozy .. I mean very boozy. Like I am literally cracking open a bottle of some Jamaican rum and getting a sniff. I'm okay with booziness usually, but this is extreme ! Dark fruit included.

Okay I am glad to get a taste on this beer that has eluded me for years. First thought is that this beer is way too hot at current state. In comparison, Bourbon Paradise and Pirate Bomb are 15%+ ABV and are not nearly this hot. Not even close to the heat that is on this. A plus is the roasty/pecan flavor you get from the Jamaican rum. I think I have come to realize I prefer regular rum to Jamaican. The dark fruit comes through on this strong. Tastes a bit like syrah grape and prune/figs. I can't stop thinking about the heat it leaves on me.

Feel is medium body. Helps a tad with the drink-ability. Definitely still a sipper.

Overall this beer is in desperate need of some aging. At current state it is way too hot. I think it is due to using poor rum possibly. Idk, but this was a bit of a disappointment. Still love ya Prairie. At least Pirate Paradise is coming out soon ..

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Photo of BKotch
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of addicted2thebarrel
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JPS10
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pirate Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 614 ratings