merc7186 (1981) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Coffee, Oatmeal, Mild Chocolate
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Thin Brown Head Ring, Mild Lacing
Taste: Coffee, Mild Chocolate, Mild Oatmeal
Mouthfeel: Decent Mouthfeel, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Drying
lb4lb (2487) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black tan head. Smell is coffee cream chocolate. Turns metallic as it warms a bit. Taste is rich coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, ash, tobacco and light bourbon like booze hints and metal. Very rich, dark flavors but a hint boozy and bitter or astringent from the alcohol I think. Body is not super syrupy. Medium to full body. Medium carbonation to high for the style. Good but not as good as bomb and bible belt our even the regular noir I thought.
GreatDane1632 (312) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rated from notes taken on 1 Jun 2014 -- Did a side-by-side tasting of Regular, Coffee, and Vanilla Noir’s. This is an awesome brew. Very hard to decide between this and the Regular as my second favorite. The vanilla is better by a hair.
BMMillsy (1265) - Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade. Pours black with a creamy mocha colored head. Aroma of earthy coffee, some molasses and roast, a bit of whiskey booze. Flavor is a big punch of spicy coffee with light whiskey notes that are more sweetness than whiskey flavor, and a lingering oakiness. There is some metallic apple note going on here and I wonder if this is contaminated a bit. Slightly astringent and lingering bitter. Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation for the style. Very coffee forward which is nice--like straight coffee grounds--but no sign of the other characteristics I would expect here. Overall worth drinking but maybe not seeking out.
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle. It pours black with a thin tan head. The nose has a nice dose of black coffee, dark, roasted malt, and slight burnt notes. Fairly earthy on the tongue with a more subdued coffee flavor than I was expecting. Light hint of nuts and more roasted malt. I was surprised to see the 11.5% ABV. Good, but a reminder that coffee brews are always best fresh.
JStax (2853) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour thanks to errl. Pours an inky black with a grayish head of foam. The aroma is ashy and roasty coffee. Taste is ashy and bitter. Coffee comes through, but it’s more of a stale coffee profile. Maybe the bottle was old, but it just didn’t do much for me.
pintbypint (2550) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottleshare at Ferris’, I think this was a 750ml but I’m not sure. Black pour, light trace of beige head. Nose has bitter acidic lemon, coffee and dark malts. Coffee and roasted taste. Ashy finish, big roasted malt notes and some coffee. Good.
Sammy (8390) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big coffee and some funk nose. Huge retained head on dark brown. Whiskey builds, intense funk with coffee. What I would expect from this brewery. Drying and a coffee blast is all I am left with in the finish. Altogether a big beer, to sip.
Marheb (1967) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Torréfaction dans un traitement très sec et tannique. Le corps est bien aéré et confortable mais est aussitôt assailli de sécheresse.
bytemesis (3011) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with thanks to OKBeerFan! Pours opaque black with a large brown head,creamy with nice lacing. Aroma is coffee - a bit stale - roasted malts. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, coffee, ashtray, a bit of metal, whiskey, wood. Medium body, high carbonation, lingering bitter, stale coffee. Not bad, but not up to par for Prairie.