Earlier this year Prairie Artisan Ales of Krebs, Okla. began a membership program called Prairie Dawgs. The $500 membership promised 8-10 barrel-aged beers, glassware, artwork and member-only events.
The first release from the membership was two beers, one being Double Barrel Noir, Prairie’s Noir aged in both rum and whiskey barrels. The second beer from the release was Booyeah, Noir aged in rum and whiskey barrels and aged on coconut, vanilla and cacao nibs.
Booyeah does not have an ABV listed. I’ve talked to people about this and for whatever reason Prairie did not have this beer lab tested to find the ABV. Maybe it was too high to be considered a beer in Oklahoma? Maybe they genuinely didn’t care since it was a member beer? Double Barrel Noir has an ABV, so just thought it was strange. An email sent to Prairie Artisan Ales seeking clarification was not immediately returned.
There were some known capping issues with this beer that led to poor carbonation and some even leaked. The bottle for this review was kept at room temperature until the day before consumption then put into the fridge. It poured with a normal amount of carbonation and there was no leaking whatsoever.
Booyeah pours exactly like you’d expect a big stout to pour: jet black with very little carbonation that only hugs the sides of the glass. It’s quite thick as well, coating the inside of the glass like a red wine would.
The nose on Booyeah is strong and quite amazing. There is loads of barrel character which consists of charred wood, sweetness, whiskey and also vanilla, bakers chocolate and coconut. Admittedly, there is a lot going on, but it works together very well.
I get tons of marshmallow on my initial taste leading me to wonder if the coconut and vanilla have morphed into one flavor, because it’s hard to pick out a singular note on either of these flavors. The beer is really boozy and the barrel from the nose translates into a lot of barrel character on the palate as well. I pick up a good amount of sweet chocolate while the beer is cold, but it fades as the beer warms. There is a little bit of a strange menthol type flavor present, not strong, but there enough to tickle the tongue a bit.