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Prairie Wine Barrel NoirPrairie Wine Barrel Noir

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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 Rifugium
1.5/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

Seriously...are there any Prairie beers that don't totally suck and/or aren't infected? Do people rate them up just because it's the only thing that comes out of Oklahoma?

Slight gusher from the bottle. Dark black-brown pour into a mini-snifter...but that wasn't cutting it...I needed a full-sized snifter to contain all the foam that came out even from a careful pour. The head never completely died down between when I opened the bottle and when I dumped the beer down the drain. Infection was apparent in the aroma right from the beginning, lesser notes of roasted malt, and not much else. Taste of rotten fruit, sour infection, wet wood, charred malts. Really bad, and completely undrinkable. Seems to be the trend with Prairie beers, and I don't know how they're getting away with it. Well, at least their glassware is neat.

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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 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 MartzMimic
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a dark, dark brown. The creamy mocha head settles to a thin, but ever-present layer of foam. The aroma of chocolate, malt and wine is fairly muted. Not so in the taste. Tart cherry lays on top of a strong red wine. There some chocolate and coffee there too, with maybe a bit of red plum. The chocolate cherry aftertaste hangs on the tongue. Not as sour as I would have expected after reading other reviews. Mouth is medium, and not nearly as thick as Prairies other imperial stouts. While it's good, I'm reminded of those dark chocolate covered cherries you see around Christmas. You have to try these one-off beers from Prairie. This is my least favorite of their stouts, but it's still pretty darned good.

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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 utfiero
1.5/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Color- black. Thick coffee with cream head.

Aroma- Godiva coffee liqueur, chocolate covered coffee beans, and hint of rum raisins.

Taste- A weird sour imperial stout. The intro is harshly sour, probably from the wine barrel aging, then finishes with a long lingering traditional imperial stout roasted coffee tone. Overall, a disappointment. I had to pour this after three small sips. Purchased at an HEB in Austin May 2014. Perhaps a bad batch? But this was really sour and off.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 6/7/14

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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 uastone
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep brown with a reddish tinge. Steady, light head of fizz.

S: Wood, cherry bubblicious, cardboard, smoke.

T: Disjointed - bit of an acidic tang/sourness, woody bitterness, backbone of sweetness.

M: Bit fizzy - carbonation doesn't match the style.

O: The barrel treatment is kind of clumsy - the beer doesn't really come together. I'd like to try the base beer for comparison's sake.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the more interesting variants of noir i think this one. its really heavy on the wine, red wine, and although i cant pick the wine specifically, i have to imagine its cabernet or zinfandel, given the robustness of the wine aspect in this beer. probably first or second use barrels too, since so much flavor gets imparted into the beer. bakers chocolate colored beer, viscous, and just a short mocha colored head. the smell is the wine tannins first, with the bitter dark malt and booze coming later. more wine flavor from the fruit than from the oak, not common, and odd in such a big stout, it seems a little out of place does the fruitiness, but it works in the flavor. blackberry notes as much as grape ones in the flavor, lending further to my cabernet theory. the stout is almost back seat to the wine, and with such a full flavored and bodied beer, it seems impossible. the dark malt comes through a little sweeter than i remember in the others, and the alcohol seems more up front. some desserty notes in here too, chocolate layer cake and unlit cigar. complex and fun, but the beauty of noir is lost to the wine a little bit. i rarely describe a beer as over barreled, but this may be. the wine is super intense in it, unmistakable, flavors more than mellows, and finishes long and a little tart even from the wine. clever but not my favorite of the series.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours similar to the ill-fated Vanilla and Coffee Noirs which doesn't have me excited to try this. Huge mocha head erupts and sits atop a black body. A couple minutes later the head allows for a drinkable beer. Leaves some lacing and has good retention.

Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster that the beer just seems over-carbonated. The smell is lovely due to the wine. Sweet raspberries and wood from the barrel. Chocolate and roast from the stout.

The taste is akin to the nose. Wood with red and dark fruit notes from the barrel. I like the pronounced wine character to this. A little roasty and chocolatey.

A whole lot smoother than I was expecting from the head eruption. Medium bodied. The Noir beers never seem to hit a full body but it works.

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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 Sludgeman
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Purchased in Little Rock and reviewed in my hotel room as I lie in bed. Poured into a rocks glass.

A – Pours a viscous inky black with a half-finger tan head. Some minor lacing. 4.75

S – Roasted coffee. 4

T – Very vinous. Can definitely taste the red wine. 3.0

MF – Medium-bodied with a dry finish. 3.75

O – A unique beer that I would best described as a stout mixed with a red wine. Not a sour stout but similar in some tastes. 3.25

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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 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 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 stephens101
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Firm tan head atop a black brew.

Smell is gentle with notes of chocolate, oak, soured grapes and taffy all happy and such. Did you say noir? More like a black comedy so far. Sounds fun.

Of course it tastes vinous with a sour, fruity blanket covering a body of subtle milk chocolate and soaked oak. Leaves some vinegar on the lips.

Medium bodied with the alcohol existing as a distant afterthought.

Obviously not up to Prairie par, but a fun escape for entertainment purposes only.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. About a half a finger of a tight dark khaki head. Looks really good. Smelled like chocolate covered cherries, roasted barley and sugar sweetness. The initial taste comes off slightly tart that hits the sides of your tongue, but then mellows out with the roasted malts and finished clean. This was medium bodied stout, good lacing and coating of the mouth. Really enjoyed this beer. I haven't had too many wine barreled stouts, but I would say this is up there from what I have experienced.

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Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was quite hard to get these days, but thanks to Duffy for sharing.

Dark super dark almost black beer,

Nose nice sweet malt, great barrel note, like fresh oak barrel without overwhelming, little vinous like note, bright fruit, candy caramel, etc.
Taste sweet candy malt, toffee and candy, brandy like fruity notes, little vinous note and vanilla clean barrel, little vanilla, etc. Some booze heat and tingle, fruity, little grape note interestingly, etc.

Mouth med bod, little syrupy fuller, nice carb.

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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 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 StaveHooks
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle served in a Old Guardian snifter.

A - Pours pitch black with a micro bubbled mocha head. Smooth lacing left behind.

S - Roasted malts and baker's chocolate jump right out. Sweet but savory. The wine barrel is very present. Woody red wine, and raspberry aroma, some smokiness. The malts overtake the wine barrels as it warms up.

T - A vinous tartness wakes up the palate. Pinot noir, raspberries, cranberries, woody tannins, tangy fruit, the roasted chocolate malts stay underneath the acidic fruit/wine notes. As it warms the chocolate comes out more and almost pairs with the wine character, but when room temp the roast seems to clash with the acidity of the fruit. Finishes tart and dry.

M - Medium body, kinda on the thin side, carbonation is low but creamy,

This was a fun one to drink. I haven't found a wine barrel stou that I've fallen in love with yet. This comes close though. There's a small window of temperature were the flavors work pretty well together but before and after that window it's not exactly harmony. It's not bad just not great. The nose is very enticing and gives notions of minor tartness but the flavor is more tart than I was expecting. I love the wine component but I'm not in love with the combining efforts. Glad I tried this and am anxious to see how my other bottle turns out in a couple of years.

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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 Ri0
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 750ml into chalice. Cork had 2013 printed on it and I have had this bottle for 6 months.

A - Night sky black with a 1 finger dense tan head. Fades slowly into a nice collar around the glass and there is a good amount of tan lacing.

S - The wine is upfront. There is a good aroma of Cabernet Sauvignon. The stout is in background with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and maybe a hint if brown sugar.

T - At first sip, this was very different. I certainly get the wine barrel that gives it a slight tartness. The stout is more dark chocolate with some marshmallow. It ends with an odd aftertastes. Even at 11% I don't pick up alcohol.

M - A nice full body with normal carbonation for a stout. There is a dry aspect from the wine.

O - At first I didn't know what to think, but it did grow on me. I think the wine barrel adds an unfortunate odd aftertaste. This is good, but once is enough for me.

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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 Bosoxfan20
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours an intense black with a slightly less than 1 finger mocha head. Retention is solid given the abv. A silky rings fights well to hang around the whole drink. Wispy lacing.

S- Coffee and cocoa. Touch of vanilla and booze. Caramel bordering on burnt, roasted malts and earthy, wood-like hops. Note overpowering wine characteristics on the nose, but some fruity, grape, plum notes.

T- Up front, its fairly in line with the regular noir- roasted oats, bitter coffee, chocolate...all along an oak barrel base. But then the wine barrel variation kicks in like a boss. It's an interesting twist as it takes this stout to a tangy/tart layer. Not exactly puckering, but a little sour stickiness on the tongue that you get with red wine. Some dark fruits.

M- As usual with this brewery, a wonderful feel. Dry, full body, somewhat viscous, and a welcoming ease to drink. Alcohol is well hidden for the abv.

O- Complex. Tang meets roast. The wine aspects tend to hold the flavor profile hostage at times, but that's not all bad. It borders on a sour stout, and if it were to fit into that category, then it could be the best I have had. Highly recommended if you like that style and are looking for something different from you standard strong stouts.

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