Prairie Wine Barrel Noir | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of EGreen
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark roasted malts.. slightly nutty, and plenty of red wine in the nose. slightly sour on the initial flavor which lingers throughout.. transitioning nice chocolate notes, sour finally begins to dissipate as it transitions into a bitterness which i can't tell if it comes from hops or from a coffee type flavor. No, it's hops... definitely hops. Nice wine flavor is present, but is ruled by the tartness... I'm also getting some blackberry notes in the flavor. This is a VERY complex beer that balances nicely the tartness and the maltiness of a solid impStout. The most amazing part is that the beer is super smooth and you'd never guess it has an ABV of 11%!! No alcohol noticeable in either the nose or the flavor. Very enjoyable drink and another absolutely wonderful offering from Prairie.

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Photo of bens0n
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice dark brown (not 100% black, but pretty close) with a small amount of light/medium colored head, nothing really unique looking, but still solid.

On the nose I pick up on the sweet wine barrels, plus that awesome stout backbone. The wine barrels really shine in this brew, definitely dominate almost every characteristic of this beer, but I definitely dig it. Not boozy at all.

Flavor wise its more on the sweet side for a stout. The wine barrels add just enough tangy sweetness to it. One of those beers thats hit or miss with a bold move like this, and its definitely an out of the park kind of deal... Awesome brew.

Mouthfeel was very unique and interesting too, I would to say its alot like red wine, its not really thick like a stout, its crisp/soft/wet to dry, really interesting.

Would definitely get this again if I had the chance.

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Photo of JimmyW
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting beer! Imperial Stout aged in wine barrels turned out to be not what I was looking for, but still more than I expected.

First thing I noticed was this beer is very fruit forward....specifically dark fruit/grapes. You can smell it. You'll definetley taste it! It's like an Imperial Stout and a jammy Pinot Nior got together and made the perfect baby. And this baby inherited and now features all the best traits from both
parents (Stout & Wine) and the house he grew up in (Wine Barrel).

It's basically like drinking an awesome stout and an awesome glass of red wine, both blended perfectly together in one glass. I definetley recommend this one.

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Photo of Premo88
4.5/5  rDev +16%

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter

L: pitch black topped by huge, thick tan head of foam -- classic big stout look, and the head sticks and is now lacing ... perfection

S: like the look, classic big stout -- all coffee and chocolate, super sweet with some nice dark roasted malt notes and only a hint of red-wine sour-grape note underneath all of the typical stout notes; after the first sip, wow -- the red wine notes really show through ... once the palate gets triggered, that red wine mixes with the stout chocolate/coffee and offers a big vanilla-cherry milkshake kind of thing

T: burnt bitter malt, so dark bitter that it masks much of the sweetness picked up in the aroma; definite tart/sour note from the red wine, especially in the lingering aftertaste; the 10% ABV warms the throat but doesn't seem present in the taste -- too much malt flavor to notice alcohol

F: full and weighty but not overly slick or thick ... very drinkable for a beer that should be nursed

O: fantastic spin on a style I love straight up. the red wine barrels impart a cool sour/tart note that's very subtle amid the sweet coffee/chocolate tastes of the stout. a perfect sipping beer

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Photo of Jaxbrew
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 +15.7%
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 BeerExplorer
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It is very dark in appearance with strong hints of wine and chocolate. It has a very strong taste initally, but after a few sips it starts to balance out.Red wine has an obvious presence and with an ABV of 11% it is a slow drinking beer.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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 F2brewers
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured onto a HF wine glass. Served at 58F.

Thanks to Wayne17 for the chance to try this beer.

A: Thick, rich mocha head about 1.5" thick over a pitch black body. Fine carbonation. Head dissipates quickly, but is revived fully by gentle swirling. Minor lacing on the glass as I drank this.

S: Dark chocolate, hints of coffe, notes of wine and lactic sourness. A blend of dark fruits/sour cherries is present as well.

T: Rich, thick flavors consistent with an imperial stout tempered by tartness from the barrel. If you've had red wine barrel aged beers, you'll recognize similar notes...but they are well integrated without any sharpness or spiky characteristics. IMO, the balance of the two is excellent. A clean finish lack any tannic dryness, leaving faint hints of cherry and chocolate.

M: Rich, but not overdone. Appropriate carbonation for the style. No slickness or oily residue. The heaviness of the alcohol is well hidden.

O: This style an be polarizing for many, but I find this to be excellent. If you are interested in soured stouts, seek this beer out. Great blend of flavors without any one standout flavor.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
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 champ103
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a completely opaque black color. An incredibly well formed, silky smooth tan head rises to two fingers. Excellent retention, and rings of spiderweb looking lace. This is a looker.
S: A huge aromatic nose. Dark fruits of cherries, plums, and grapes comes billowing out of the glass. Light wood/oak aromas from the barrel. Milk chocolate in the finish. Actually not a lot of stout character in the nose, but still so enjoyable and unique.
T: Chocolate covered cherries, plums, grapes. The fruit flavors are almost jammy. Lightly vinous, light wood/oak flavors. More stout like character comes through as this warms. Some roast, vanilla, slightly bitter bakers chocolate pokes through for a second time. Incredible, and really unique.
M/D: A big full body of coarse. Though not nearly as viscous as other stouts of this size. Which seems to be a Prairie MO. Some bubbly carbonation on the tongue that is a little strong for the style. Though still plenty smooth. The alcohol is warming, but never over barring. A great sipper.

At first, you really don't get any stout character at all. It is just dark fruits, wine barrel and chocolate. As this warms a bit more stout comes through, but still certainly not what you expect from an Imperial Stout. That is perfectly fine cause it is so enjoyable, and unique. Well done.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Black with 2-3 fingers of dark brown head. Head dissipates very slowly.

S - Lots of tart cherry in the nose, along with grape and roasted malt.

T - Sweet grape, sour and tart cherry, roasted malt with a bit of chocolate. This is more sour than I was expecting, and the deep rich cherry flavors are really outstanding.

M - Moderate-to-thick body with low-to-moderate carbonation. A bit sticky in the mouthfeel.

O - More cherry than grape in the flavor, and a bit of sourness that I wasn't expecting. This is a pleasant surprise and definitely something I would get again. Still very impressed with Prairie.

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Photo of dar482
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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 gueuzedreg
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Kratt for this free beer!

A- Pitch black, pours half-pinky head with good retention leaving medium to medium large lacing vanilla in color. Medium legs on lacing. The beer doesn't gum up the glass when swirled around.

S- Some sour wine vinous characteristics come off first. Toasted oatmeal and toffee in the background.

T- This is probably my favorite of the three Noirs that I have tried (vanilla and reg). The somewhat acidic and a bit sour wine vinous blends perfectly with the base oatmeal stout. Mellow malt background allowing the adjuncts to do their thing.

M- It would appear that there is too much carb in this one, but it dissipates in your mouth very quickly into a creamy texture that makes this beer shine on the M. Thinner than Bomb!, but still thick enough for me.

O- A well done wine-barrel stout.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Update 2014 Crazy delicious, muted barrel tannins and delicious stout base

2013 bottle poured into a shifter
A: black with mocha head about 1 inch and a bit of soapy caramel bubbles right on top
S: Red wine upfront, bit of acidic fruit, toasted sugars
T: red wine grapes upfront, tart dark fruits, slightly bittersweet chocolate.
M: thick with a creamy smoothness, wet finish

Overall might be my least favorite from prairie yet. Layers of flavor a bit choppy and dominated by a upfront red wine tartness and somewhat of a backend sweetness

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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 NolaHopHead
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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 EgadBananas
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black, brown finger head, decent lace.

Aroma: red wine, oak, vanilla, chocolate and roast. The wine is really prominent and I'm digging!

Taste: again, big red wine notes, mild acid, chocolate cherries, oak and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: solid near full body with a quite pleasant creaminess.

Overall: huge on the wine notes, and for me, its delicious! My personal favorite Noir!

Thanks Herf!

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Photo of tronester
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an absolute pitch black with a thin brown head. Aromas of charred oak and sweet alcoholic perfume. Taste begins with a tart grape flavor, then a hint of chocolate. Following that is some red wine vinegar. The finish is surprisingly dry, smokey, with a hint of tartness. Very rich mouthfeel. Overall an excellent RIS, the wine barrel adds some really cool flavors on top.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into KBS glass.

Pour reveals a deep black brew (very fitted to the name) with huge dark roasty brown head that dies down extremely slow. Surprised at the carbonation this has. Also has a syrupy consistency to the flow of the beer. Can tell the mouthfeel will be thick.

To get to the aroma I have to wait out and fight the huge rocky head that is left behind. But when I do get my first whiffs a huge chocolate character hits first. Coffee follows and subtle hints of oak and red currants peek through. Not getting a ton of wine character, mostly a berry fruity essence which I imagine originates from the barrels.

Then boom, the flavor bleeds of wine tannins and tart red grape juice. Much more barrel character on the taste. Still plenty of bakers chocolate, acidic coffee bean, and even some old tobacco making up the key players of the flavor profile. Astounded at the tartness the barrels have resonated onto the roasty and bittersweet base of the beer. Hints of plum, dried cranberry, raspberry currants make for a nicely integrated imperial stout.

Mouthfeel, as guessed, is full with some syrupy residue left behind at the lips and middle of the tongue. The medium high carbonation is actually quite welcome as it gives an impression of a cleaner finish. The oak and tannins counteract and compliment the syrupiness while the tartness fully rounds out the feel of this sexy imperial stout.

Overall a triumphic variation of the Noir beer series and better beer (IMO) than the overhyped Bomb!. Awesome mouthfeel, complex enough flavor with good balance, and more than appealing appearance. If this was a little cheaper I'd probably trade for a few more bottles to lay down. Solid brew.

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Photo of Severdali
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Chocolate...raspberries (from the red wine funk smell that i get ...its great warming up...funkier than your average red wine barrel beer...almost moldy/cheesy)...slight oak, slight oat, hint of coffee (small hint when colder really)...even slight citrus...not crazy bursting flavors but nice complexity. A bit more entertaining on the nose than in the mouth...but a great creamy mouthfeel and a unique beer on its own that is worth trying/aging. Carbonation stays nice throughout the beer warming up, and leaves a nice "tannic" feel in your mouth when warmed to 50s.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler sent from Dallas, less than a week old #murica
The beer pours an inky black with a thin tan halo of head that provides minimal lacing and stays well carbonated throughout drinking. The nose is more roasty than anything when cold, but as it warms, there are more cherry and grape notes, which mix perfectly the chocolatey sweetness of the malt (think chocolate covered cherries) followed by a hint of alcohol. The taste improves with more notes of tangy fruit cutting through the beer's rich chocolate sweetness as it warms. The mouthfeel is full bodied and sweet with a tremendous wine barrel presence, good fruitiness, and a tart, lingering fruity sweetness in the finish. This beer is a big success in my book, far better when it warms, but truly nails down both the wine and stout components very well.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Thick, inky black colour with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S - Roast, chocolate, coffee, molasses and a vinous wine character.

T - Chocolate and roast with a big vinous wine character and some rich and sweet red wine notes that really become noticeable as the beer warms. Fairly sweet overall with well hidden alcohol.

M - Full body and somewhat silky. Light carbonation.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Well vintaged imperial stout will generally trend dry, winey and beautifully oxidized to reveal layer upon layer of savory aroma and taste. But with the wine barrel at their normal disposal, the Prairie brewers simply cannot help themselves.

The darkest shade of brown settles into the glass with a hazy and muddled appearance. Its delicate lace swirls about the rim, giving a glimpse of stout first, but then sour red wine in waves. Its smoothly roasted sweetness reveal the burnt sugars, chocolate and molasses character ahead of grape puree, vinous barrel and oak.

Drier than expected, the lavish taste of bitter chocolate and french-press coffee are propped up with scorched sugars and a savory link that bridges across the middle towards a dry winey finish. Strong red wines of cabernet and merlot carry a sourness that associates with under-ripened berry, sour cherry, cider and plum although its grape presence remains strong.

Full bodied, but forgiving upon the finish, the stout lightens considerably upon its own acidic thinning, its warming alcohol and its powder-fine tannins. Oaky, caramel and vanillan-rich, its soft chalky exit is tangy and moderately bittered with char.

It takes a masterful hand to get these flavors to fuse together so seamlessly because their natural tendencies are to conflict in taste. The brewers and agers flirt with complication but rather are embraced by complexity.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opens with a very low-key pop

Pours jet-black with 2+ fingers of caramel colored head. Nice viscosity to this, above average lacing & head retention

S: Dark chocolate, oakyness & rum, plums as well

T: Plums, dryness, pruneyness, & oaky sourness, an odd bit of marmalade as well up front. Plenty of wine cask as this warms, figs & a touch charred oak, smokeyness, plus raisins& prunes. Finishes sooo dry, with figs, prunes & a touch of grape jelly

MF: Chewy, slight carbonation, but enough to push flavors forward, warming

A nice RIS, that will probably age very well, not in love with is as much prior Prairie stouts. Will try to buy a few to age if I see it again. Very few wine aged beers have impressed me, this is just another one not quite in my wheelhouse. Pretty complex not matter how you slice it

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