Review: Prairie Coffee Noir (2016)

Prairie released 3 beers this week, Pirate Bomb!, Pirate Noir, and Coffee Noir. Hell of a week! This stuff has been really hard to find with low bottle limits at all my favorite stops. The most limited so far (for me anyways) has been the Coffee Noir.

While I was tempted to crack this on a crisp weekend morning, I couldn’t wait. It’s 10pm on a Friday night, Kate just decided that we were going to watch Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, and Coffee Noir is next on the menu after just finishing up some Van Winkle 12 Lot B. All of that to say it’s been a good night.

Time to find my Prairie coffee mug.

Company: Prairie Artisan Ales

Location: Tulsa, OK. Brewed in Krebs, OK

ABV: 11.5%

Style/Description: Imperial Stout Aged in Oak Whiskey Barrels with Coffee Beans

Price: $9 (12oz bottle)

Appearance: Pours like…well…coffee. Thin, brown head quickly fades and is gone forever.

Nose: Like a delicious cold brew with a shot of Bourbon. Bitter chocolate and coffee vibes with vanilla.

Taste: I’d like to echo that “Like a delicious cold brew with a shot of Bourbon” line from the aroma. The mouthfeel is creamy and the flavor is very coffee forward with really nice sweetness. Vanilla, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and just a hint of boozy bourbon barrel make this an incredibly well rounded sip.

Finish: Creamy with dark chocolate bitterness and just a bit boozy just like, you guessed it, a delicious cold brew with a shot of Bourbon.

Overall: This stuff is killing it for me right now. The sweetness, the mouthfeel, the whiskey, the coffee, it’s all in perfect balance, and it only gets better as it warms up a bit. The booze comes out a bit more as it warms which is a nice little bonus. Great job Prairie. Great Job.

Rating: 4.5/5


4 thoughts on “Review: Prairie Coffee Noir (2016)

  1. Managed to grab the last one from my neighborhood liquor store last night. Was going to age it, but after reading this I probably won’t.

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