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Prairie Noir is our bourbon barrel aged imperial oatmeal stout. We brew this beer with a huge amount of oats to give it an ever so silky mouth feel. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and toasted marshmallow can be found in the flavor and aroma of this beer. Notes of whiskey and carmel are also packed into this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (5992) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks Stephen! Dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, roast, hints of earth, dark fruit, wine, hints of oak, slight toffee, slight earthy tones. Taste is mix of dark chocolate, nice wine, dark fruit, hints of earth, finishing bitter, dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle @ Armin’s palace, courtesy of arminjewell. Thanks! Pours a deep brown appearance with a brown head. Oaty, dark chocolate, light whiskey, slightly spicy woody aroma. Chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, vanilla, woody, coconut, light whiskey flavor. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2135) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Cork and caged bottle thanks to a trade with abslyde! Pours a thick black with bubbly carbonation that leaves ring of brown head and little lace. Aroma is boozy chocolate and roasted malts. Taste fooled with an astringent middle and slightly spicy back end. Astringency goes away and chocolate opens as it warms. Not bad, but nothing mind blowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle with my Faj. Pour is deep black with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Big dark chocolate, oaky, bourbon, espresso, light caramel, raisin, plums, leathery, and lircorise in the aroma. Taste is big dark chocolate, dark fruits, leather, light tar, espresso, red grapes, whiskey, wood, and raisins with a hint of alcohol on the backend. Syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Damn decent stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5195) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Sampled at THE FESTIVAL 2013 in Maine with Andrew, Jay and Kramer. Pours a deep blackish brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is perfectly balanced between sweet chocolate, bourbon barrels and a nice smoky roast character. Mouthfeel is rich and silky with notes of barrel, chocolate, char, peat, soft cocoa and vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5937) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Corked bottle sent to me by Hopscotch since it seems this one as not made it to Chicago or I just missed it. THX Eric!

The beer pours a near opaque with a initial nice creamy tan head that does fade leaving spotty lace but some oily tears. The aroma is classic BA Imperial which bourbon notes of vanilla, whiskey, oak and char along with the roast, chocolate, light espresso and herbal hops esters. The taste is lush sweet chocolate and vanilla balanced by brash bourbon and bitter coffee and hop character. Roasty and ashy with a slight coffeeish finish. The mouth feel is only moderate in body for the genre but that works with this flavor profile, still a tad hot and boozy along with some metallic notes.

This beer actually exceeded my expectations for I feared it would be some bastardized "belgianized" sour’d stout. Lucky for me it is not that but a well crafted BA Impy that should take to years of artful cellaring. Nom Nom

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2013
750 ml bottle sampled at the Side Project release bottle share. Pours a deep brown with some larger tan bubbles for the head. Notes of whiskey, coconut, oak, caramel, marshmallow, cocoa, and a bit of mellow coffee. Medium-bodied, with a warm, malty, boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Nice barrel aged stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (2917) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle thanks to Bob! Pours opaque black with a small creamy brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is roast, cocoa, figs, cinnamon, whiskey, raisins. Flavor is the same, whiskey is prominent, light sweet and medium bitter. Medium plus body, a bit hot and some astringence from time in barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2013
Pour is black with a nice brown head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, smokish, nutty. Taste is roasted malts, vanilla, coconut, smoke, caramel, oak, chocolate, sweet but not cloying at all. Full body and moderate carb. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3069) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle, compliments oF jason again, thanks. Pours black with beige film. Light lacing. Aromas and flavor of clay, peat, chocolate, char, and wet bourbon barrel. Medium body. Long lasting finish. Best of the 3 we tried.

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