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Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

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:
77
Ratings:
428
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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120
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149
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 428
Photo of CowsandBeer
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Evil looking blue label bottle poured into a Mikkeller “Starry Night” teku. Sipped on while listening to Telepathic with the Deceased.
Appearance: Pours a thin cap of dark khaki head with a few big bubbles. Body is a nice bright black. Looks like an Americano. Thick mocha lacing despite the abv.

Aroma: Right away you get a big barrel presence on the nose. Sticky sweet molasses, sweet vanilla, vinous barrel, and some white oak. Beneath the barrel the stout jumps up with notes of freshly ground coffee, cream, and roasted black malts. Great aroma that just calls you in.

Taste: The barrel very much dominates the stout here. Brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, soft cinnamon/nutmeg, and well, rum barrel. The base stout brings to mind espresso, almond dark chocolate, and cream hold up the big barrel presence to where the residual spirit notes aren’t too overpowering. Mocha with a shot of nice rum? Yes, please.

Mf: Very soft feel and creamy with a full body. The barrel does impart a prominent booziness but it’s more in line with a well-aged spirit and not an alcoholic harshness. Drinks easier than it should for the 13% abv.

Overall: The beer drinks like some kind of ancient spiced/spiked chocolate drink. I opened this at about 48 degrees and the beer just opened up more and more as it warmed. For those in search of a well-crafted BA stout that highlights both the stout and the spirit barrel that housed it it will not disappoint. Your next favorite desert stout. Props for throwing everyone for a loop and using Rum barrels.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is pitch glossy black with a coffee colored head that flattens quickly.

On the nose you definitely get the Jamaican rum with slight roast coffee notes. Full bodied aroma that fills your nose and the room.

Mouth feel is thick and sweet like molasses. Taste is equally molasses sweet with a nice balance of rum and roasted malts.

For a barrel aged beer it shows a lot of restraint and balance making it a delicious.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is about living up to its art work and name. Heaps of rum and booziness on the nose and palate, nearly overbearing but never goes (ahem) overboard. Compared to, say, the BBVH, which was beyond overpowering, this delivers the taste it promises, seeming like it might push it too far, but never does. Deep, deep brown, beautiful near-black color, nice and heavy body. Like all of Prairie's superb stouts, you want to drink one after another, but for that pesky ABV. I prefer the Bomb, but this is another worthy, monstrous Pirate stout from these prolific Tulsans.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours dark brown with a tan head that builds up to about a quarter-inch then quickly dissipates into a thin ring. Laces thinly (but nonetheless) throughout.

S: Booze. Booze marinated in alcohol with an ethanol floater. A huge beer. Beneath the shimmering layers of all that are notes of chocolate, raisins and a little coffee. And booze.

T: Chocolate, toffee, some roast, a little raisin and, of course, a little alcohol. The rum doesn't come through for me much, rather the beer's name seems to come through as it tastes more like a stout aged in a pinot barrel.

M: Despite the big ABV and undeniable presence of alcohol, this beer isn't warming at all. This is a big-bodied beer with plenty of "tiny" carbonation present.

O: I was a little intimidated by this beer at first, but it settles in nicely. Big flavors, nice body, decent carbs. It's definitely a big beer from start to finish, and I look forward to having this and other Prairie offerings in the future.

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Photo of justinp444
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle, it has a inch thick had of a darker beige and a black body. Smell of rum, molasses, vanilla, some alcohol, roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is rum, chocolate, oak, coconut, vanilla, some subtle earth notes, caramel, slight alcohol (nice burn), and a slight nutty flavor. Tastes somewhat like a rum ball and a macaroon. A heavy thick and yet not syrupy mouth feel and body, massively creamy. One of the best stouts in mouth feel and flavor I'd had, just fantastic, and I prefer this over the Bomb! any day. *May be impartial because rum balls are one of my favorite desserts, but a definite must try.

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Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with a modest head of khaki foam; spotty lace.

Smell: Cocoa powder, vanilla, molasses, booze.

Taste: Chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, oak barrel and subtle savory notes (soy sauce). Gentle bitterness and alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy feel and light to medium carbonation.

Overall: Tasty, barrel-aged stout with nice alcohol heat, though no obvious rum notes.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased one bottle of this on a whim and then went on a wild-goose chase to find as much more as possible. I drank this beer out of a snifter and it had a great smell and texture. Very little head, that did not appear immediately while pouring. Color is completely black with slim tobacco-colored head. Great rum flavor! For anyone who likes anything barrel aged, this beer is terrific! This beer will definitely age well.

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Photo of MIbeerGeek84
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best of all the noirs. Its hard to say this but it was kinda thin for a imperial stout. This had a great retention in taste though, it would linger in your mouth for quite some time. If you've not had this one try it id give it a B to B+ overall.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra. Poured into Teku glass.

Look: Dark black. Small khaki head.
Smell: Lots of rum and booze. Also get some dark fruit and chocolate.
Taste: Tasty! Haha. Really chocolaty. Also has a nice rum spiciness to it which complements well.
Feel: Nice silky mouthfeel. Great carbonation.

Overall: I think this beer is really great! Was happily surprised how much I liked it based on reviews on here. Usually not a big rum guy but it was really well executed in this beer. I really feel as though this beer would be more highly rated if the label said it had some adjunct in it. Try this guy out!

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Photo of PalatePilot
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Beer! A little sweet at first but great mouthfeel.

As it warms candied walnuts and dark fruit. Chocolate and Vanilla

I drank this after a huge meal and it lasted all night.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

As to be expected in appearance, pitch-black body, light graham cracker head. Nothing remarkable and nothing to complain about. Good looking. But that's not what I want to talk about.

I want to talk about this aroma. Crazy. I keep smelling sweet, fresh-baked cookies. And walnuts. Cookies with walnuts. Insane. Vanilla and some solvent booziness. Light barrel aroma and suggestions of rum. This aroma is seductive. 4.25

Chocolatey. Definite rum presence introducing spice, vanilla and more sweet cookie flavor. About a half hour after opening, the chocolate and caramel start to interplay with the aforementioned flavors to present a deliciously dessert-like flavor with some booze to it. Maybe like a rum cake. 4.25

Like many a Prairie brew I've enjoyed, the heat undercuts the overall experience a bit. Body could be considered thin, but some sweet and creamy touches make it more savory. Mid- to late-palate comes effervescence, tingly spice, and light bitterness. The finish is wet like a shot of booze would be. 4

A winner by almost all standards. Good stuff.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black, into snifter. A chocolate and vanilla aroma. Smell rum a little bit.
Taste matches, great stout, rum adds an amazing touch. First rum aged beer. Nice change from bba beers.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a brownish-black, like cola. A mocha head is very subdued and dissipates rapidly.
S: toffee, caramel, and coconut stand out. The ABV is evident on the nose.
T: Initially, berry and wood flavors jump out. This is a sweet, sipping beer. Booze and sugary toffee/caramel/chocolate in the middle, with a somewhat dry clean finish that leaves a sweet chocolate aftertaste.
M: full bodied with a low carbonation.
O: A nice sipper, the coconut/rum flavor is balanced against the sweet caramel/berry/choco flavors. I would seek this out again.

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Photo of jason3125
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of rum, burnt sugar, and coke. The taste follows the smell. It taste like a Vanilla Coke with rum. The beer is way to sweet and lacking any complexity. The mouthfeel is thin and flat.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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 zonker17
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with no head. Aromas of rum and chocolate. Great tastes include chocolate, booze. As it warms the alcohol content becomes more apparent. I think this base beer worked very well in the rum barrel.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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 SomethingClever
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: black in appearance with a small head that is chocolate in color that is gone in a flash

S: The rum is front and center with that molasses and burnt sugary smell but there is a good deal of chocolate on the nose as well

T: has a flat soda coca cola like flavor the flavors are hard to distinguish alcohol is very present chocolate I can not taste

M: thin and flat tasting

O: Very disappointed in this that coca cola flat flavor is not what I'm looking for in a beer. This is my first disappointment with rum barrel aging. If I didn't know this was a stout I never would have guessed from the flavor.

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Photo of Austin32
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really tasty.... The rum flavor comes through well without being overpowering or too sweet as I find some rum barrel aged brews. Better than the rating suggests IMO.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flat black pour with slight clarity on the edge. Very thin cap which dissipates right away. No lacing. Lots dried fruit in the nose; raisin, plum, apricot, fresh blackberry as well. Taste is plenty boozy, with caramel, vanilla, fresh tobacco, more dried fruit, especially the raisin. Flat cola feel fairly viscous and lingering alcohol.

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Photo of ccg
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: After pouring, a thin, khaki-colored head appears very briefly. The look is somewhere in between a non-BA stout (which would generally be foamier) and a bourbon-BA stout, which would usually have a noticeably boozy, brown edge.
Smell: I don't think I've smelled a beer like this before, but I also have not had many rum-BA stouts. It is a sweet, boozy smell with a little bit of bite. It makes me think of candied fruit soaked in rum. I'm also getting a bit of toffee and vanilla, and something a little earthy, like a faint whiff of tobacco. I just noticed that another reviewer mentioned soy sauce, and that's probably a better name for what I'm picking up.
Taste: The rum is definitely noticeable, but it doesn't make it overwhelmingly sweet. If anything, it still has a little bit of a bitter finish. The smell is a bit more interesting than the taste.
Feel: About average for a stout. It does not have the syrupy viscosity of many bourbon-barrel-aged stouts.
Overall: It's pretty good. I might have gone into it with unfair expectations, having had many good bourbon-barrel-aged stouts but very few if any rum-barrel-aged stouts. It's absolutely worth trying once, but I think I'd rather have a bottle of Prairie BOMB, especially when it's a couple bucks less.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Bosoxfan20
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of rum, dark fruits such as dates and plums, bakers chocolate, booze, vanilla, and touch of spice. Some very interesting apple qualities that were totally unexpected. This beer comes in sweet, hot, spicy, fruity waves that connect with me at times and at other times leaves me scratching my head. Overall, I can really dig it though. Unique to any Prairie stout I have had yet

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a completely different beer when you give it a little bit of time to warm up. Nice notes of the Caribbean rum barrels in the aroma and taste. Has a nice bit of heat to it, but is not overwhelming at all. Finished with nice chocolate bitterness. I think this will age nicely.

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