Prairie Wine Barrel Noir
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,946
Ranked #6,576
4 | pDev: 11.75%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Prairie Wine Barrel NoirPrairie Wine Barrel Noir
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage; drank 5/16/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE dark khaki head (careful pouring!); a curtain of frothy tree-rung lace.

Sweet raspberry, milk chocolate, mild fresh earth & faint red wine notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Sweet raspberry & milk chocolate flavors up front; dry red wine & faint fresh earth notes on the finish.

Fruity but balanced, this was very enjoyable. Nice!

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Photo of EMV
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark pour... nearly black with 2 fingers of fizzy brownish head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Dark and sweet... tart wine, cocoa, and coffee.

T.F: Sweet and roasty up front... definite chocolate and espresso... tart cherry, red wine, and fruit mix nicely with the stout. Some oak/vanilla... something of a sweet/tart combo. Medium bodied... smooth and oily on the tongue. Warming... cherry and red wine at the finish.

O: A lovely red-wine barrel aged Imperial Stout. Held up well in the cellar.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that fades slowly to a small pool with some lacing
S: Smells of light cereal grains with a hint of cocoa powder and roasted malts. Very light wine barrel if you sniff it long enough
T: Taste is fairly wine barrel forward with some berries and tannins. It blends well with the roasted malts and chocolate. Slight tart cherry like note on the palate. Swallow is more wine barrel, berries and tanins with some lingering cocoa powder
M: This beer has a mouthfeel that is surprisingly light for the abv sitting at around moderate heft. Carbonation is a little more than I would like and is fairly prickly which likely contributes to the thin mouthfeel. The beer has a semidry finish as well.
O: Overall after shaking out some carbonation this one is really nice. The wine barrels provide some nice complexity to the base beer that makes this one a bit different from most beers. Very enjoyable but you have to be open to the wine barrel notes.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Didn't know what to expect from this one. Red wine was definitely present, but not overly strong, possibly due to the bottle sitting for over a year. Well done, nice twist, everyone enjoyed it.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big wine presence as expected. A lot of grape skin and dark grape sweetness. It does finish a bit dry like red wine too. Not my favorite prairie, a double barrel with this as a compliment would be better. But still a good beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is weird. I was confused at first. It simply says Wine Barrel Noir on the front, to which I would expect maybe a fruity grape or tannin note to the base stout, but it's actually a sour stout. I'm not sure if this was intentional or not, as the label doesn't even acknowledge it. It'd be one thing if it did...but...I'm kind of put off by that. Still, it's actually tasty, appropriately roasty but smoothly sour with toasty seed and cherry raspberry notes, and some darker wine barrel elements.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A couple of crucial grains of salt to take this with: 1) I don't like red wine (I was curious as how Prairie's wonderful stout might improve that) and 2) I think my bottle was a bit off, considering the pour was mostly a mountain of head that took quite a few minutes to fall to drinkable levels. Very odd since it wasn't a gusher and gave no such hints upon opening.

Overall, I felt the red wine was just way too prevalent, basically stealing the show. Little to no stout or coffee taste. I think even at its best, this one isn't going to work for me because it delivers the wine promised so well, but doesn't provide any complexity that I was hoping for from the beer side of things.

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Photo of SheaDawg
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A pitch black poor with little or no head. Strong taste of wine. Smooth on the draw yet harsh to the aftertaste. The wine notes are extremely strong without any sweetness. While I enjoyed this beer, I can see why many may find it a bit rough on the palate.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - An absolutely beautiful pour. Thick tar-black body with a dark mocha head that pours 3 fingers high. Awesome retention and nice lace.

S - Great nose. Chocolate, cabernet sauvignon, sweet prunes, charred mesquite. Awesome balance and integration.

T - Really interesting flavor profile. Opens round and semi-sweet with chocolate and prunes, and then dives into a deep dry cherry chocolate cordial center. Lazy finish lingers with soft charred bread and 70% dark chocolate.

M - Smooth, full body with a dry heavy-cream finish.

O - Great flavor profile with an outstanding nose and appearance.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer was really complex. Starts off with a huge head from only a small pour. Very dark, but the dimple in my snifter shows bright garnet when held up to the light. Nose has oak barrel qualities that I am familiar with and some sour fruit. Very nice. What really stands out is the first sip. Really fooled me with how much this drinks as if it were a chocolate infused Syrah with carbonation. But really, the malts meld perfectly with all the wine characters, including the barrel. Mmmmm-hhhmmmm!

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Photo of jws6w7
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very cool beer. I have noticed that my wine pallet has gotten much better over the last year or so and I attribute that to drinking craft beer.

This was a 1+ year old bottle and it was awesome. Hint of fruitiness from the barrels made this great.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aged 1 year

Look: Pours black, thick head, creme colored
Smell: Sour, Bourbon, no wine
Taste: Unsure of actual notes, but dissapointed
Feel: Think body, bourbon
Overall: Glad I tried it, but not something I would pay top dollar for

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the best wine barrel aged beers I've had. Usually (for me) the red wine clashes with the dark beers, but this blend is near perfect. Great mouthfeel, lingering texture. All around a solid product. I've never had the base beer but I can't imagine the wine barrels have done anything but improve it.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully with a copious mocha colored head. Had to pour in multiple stages - impressive for a barrel aged imperial stout.

Smells immediately bright and grapey, with roasty coffee behind that. Really seductive nose, especially for those who appreciate a vinous character in beer.

Tastes quite fruity, with grape and berries taking the lead. An effervescent, almost tangy stout that remains somewhat anchored by a full, roasty body. I wouldn't say there's a complete marriage of flavors though - the fruit comes to dominate everything else, with citrus flavors even adding to the mix later. Faint chocolate brings up the rear. The wine barrel might have married better with a barleywine. Still a tasty and intriguing experience, especially for those who enjoy wine-y beers.

Mouthfeel is full and somewhat creamy. But also high on the carbonation/effervescence scale for an impy stout.

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Photo of PHBoiler
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is deep black with minimal head. The smell is not inviting. It gives quad-like fruits and funk. The beer is completely out of balance. The base stout is lost by some layers of funk and light acidity. The tannins are really strong and boozy. It's a tad thin and an odd slickness from the tannins.

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Photo of marieli
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Started about 55+ degrees (too cold).
Poured dark brown, near black. Very dark tan head, two fingers, long staying power, quite foamy. A lot of carbonation.
Smell was wine. Maybe malt at one point, but ultimately it is wine, wine, wine.
And the taste? Well, that was wine too. First drink was, wow, is this a stout? Check that, is this even a beer? It was wine, and a bit sour at that. I chose to let it sit, breath and warm up. Good choice.
This beer started kicking in at 60 degrees. I was no longer drinking a sour wine. I could detect beer! But wine was still dominant flavor. Sourness dissipated, still in background. Or did I just grow use to it? Tart fruit. Hint (just a hint) of chocolate.
I took my time with this stout. In part to let it warm up, in part out of self defense. That's a good thing because I believe this is a sipper all the way.
Overall, not sure when or why I would drink this again. I wouldn't replace a wine with it like I might an aged Abyss. This beer never mellowed out like a wine or even a good bourbon barrel stout, for example. Never had anything like this one. Will be interesting to see what the Brandy Noir is like when I get around to that one. I love Prairie Bomb! One of my favorites. The only reason I would recommend this one is to experience its uniqueness.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of red wine, oak, chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet chocolate, toffee and red-wine like flavors. Nice roasted coffee qualities.

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Photo of sdeese21
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours thick with plenty of head. Very foamy!
Smell: Boozy, fruity with some sweet and nutty from the malts
Taste:Vinous taste is absolutely apparent. Boozy, boozy, boozy...can't tell if I like it yet even after 5-7 sips. Will return to this........I'm back, and, after much deliberation, I like this beer more than not. It's "in-your-face-delicate" if you can follow me on that.
Feel: Love the feel! Has a nice body to it to support the intense flavors that are coming through.
Overall: Definitely an interesting beer and I'm glad I bought a bottle. I'm a fan of prairie and appreciate their more creative brews. This is definitely one of the slowest sippers I've had. I'd probably buy another and save it for the right time and I'd definitely recommend this experience even if you don't end up liking this beer as I can easily see this not being for everyone.

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Photo of dar482
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark black color with a tinge of purple and red in the dark brown head.

The aroma attacks of huge red wine quality, milk chocolate, some coffee, caramel sweetness.

The flavor hits of red wine throughout. It's almost as if stout was poured into a huge glass of robust red wine. The berries of raspberries, currant, cherries, and red grapes hit up front, then some smokiness, sweet chocolate, coffee. Lots of carbonation on this. Then onto a big attack of alcohol and lots of red wine tannic drying.

A fun fun beer.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Less chocolate and a bit thinner than previous Prairie imperial stouts I've had. Sour with a strong red wine presence. Berries? Carbonation medium high. Purchased in May 2014, so perhaps a bit past its prime.

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Photo of Jaxbrew
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice treat from a pal at work. A complex blast for the buds, if you will. Tons of raspberry, vanilla, toffee, oak, and chocolate in this. Super flavorful with a truly puzzling finish. I really enjoyed this and would love to see what some time does to the mix.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

December 29, 2014

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Jet black, not quite inky, but still very thick, viscous. About an inch-plus of dark khaki-brown foam made of tiny bubbles. Retention is moderate-low.

S – Vanilla, sweet, oaky, boozy. Highly roasted dark malts. Hops seem to be for bitterness mostly, some mildly herbal notes in the far background. Not getting any wine notes, but barrel character is very prominent. Perhaps some fruitiness as the beer warms, potentially currant or berries.

T – A combination of sweet, lightly tart, mildly bitter, the wine seeming to be much more noticeable here. A bit of the tannins and leather I’d expect of a cabernet or pinot noir. Plum, currant, a bit of mixed berries. Vanilla is light, as is the oak.

M – Highly carbonated, an almost fluffy feel, and very dry. Well-attenuated. No outstanding sweetness or bitterness, both are in excellent balance with each other and the carbonation helps balance both. Slightly astringent, especially as the beer warms.

O – Gives a lot of barrel-aged stouts a run for their money. Some interesting flavor from the wine, only the slight astringency holds it back. Excellent.

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Photo of nmann08
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a jet black color with a big brown head.

The nose is yeast esters, dark fruit, raspberry, chocolate, red wine oak and molasses. The flavor is jam-like, raspberry, chocolate, molasses, dark malt and a little toasty. The finish is good, but thin. I would enjoy this more if it was a bit more substantive. It must have thinned out a little in the barrel.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pour is black with tons of tight mocha colored head. Nose is olive pit, a bit of roasted malt, some nice dry chocolate notes, a touch of juicy red wine, and a hint of booze in back. Taste is a bit sweet. Front end is sweet, sugary and cherry with some red wine notes, a fair bit of roasted malt mid palate, faint chocolate malt, and boozy in the finish. Full bodied, well carbonated, soft feel. Pretty solid but the booziness gets a touch harsh in the back on both the nose and flavor.

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Photo of kylelenk
2.8/5  rDev -30%

Bottle to snifter.

A- WB Noir pours a thick, motor oil body. No head whatsoever on this one. Light effervescent carbonation.

S- First note of something funky. Get a little bit of the red wine barrel character here with a bunch of sour notes. A little bit of cranberry shines through the muted stouts notes of chocolate, burnt toast, and smoked malts.

T- Big time funk here. Lots of metallic characters on the pallets. The faintest bit of red wine can be found if looked for.

O- Something went wrong here.

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Prairie Wine Barrel Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales
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