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Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie Pirate Bomb!Prairie Pirate Bomb!

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.22%

Brewed by:
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Nuggetz on 10-19-2013)
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Photo of Charliechu


4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought overall this was a solid coffee stout. The smell was great, and the appearance is over the top. However, I didn't really like the chile but its a small trade off for such a good beer. I think its much better on tap than in bottle. Had both.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2014 05:57:50 | More by Charliechu
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tion glass.

A: Pours a coffee black, with minimal tan head which recedes quickly to a ring. Decent retention for what’s there, but no lacing.

S: Vanilla-infused chocolate candy is the dominant flavor, along with tobacco, a hint of cinnamon and coffee in the background.

T: Vanilla bean and rich milk chocolate, moderate amount of dark roast coffee, a little sweet red chili on the back end, with a long chocolate milk finish.

M: Full bodied, bordering on thick, with light but sharp carbonation. Alcohol is mostly well hidden.

O: I don’t get a lot of rum per se, but this is tasty nonetheless. Good, rich chocolate and vanilla flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 02:23:04 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of elNopalero


5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a solid dark coffee-chocolate color.

There’s an aroma of chocolate and toffee, which doesn’t do it justice. It smells great—like the finest of chocolates and toffees for your olfactory edification. The same thing with the taste, as each sip brings a taste of dark roast coffee from the finest of brews, along with the chocolate and toffee, smoothly blended together and belying hints of vanilla, toasted coconut, and a hint of caramelized sugar.

This gives no indication of it’s strength—until you’ve sipped it a few times and feel the effects. That’s how smooth and well-blended it is.

Worth seeking out. One to share but if you kept it to yourself I wouldn’t fault you one bit.

(Technical) Review 1100!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 20:21:52 | More by elNopalero
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the rum adds a whole new layer to an already extravagantly complex brew. intense vanilla and woody spice, with traces of molasses and black pepper now blend into the chocolate chili whiskey complex, creating a beverage that is about as layered as they come, but without being overdone in any one area. i am most impressed by the softness of this, just totally delicate and pillowy on the palate, while maintaining enough carbonation to not get heavy. it hides its alcohol strength brilliantly, almost misleadingly, and shows only enough of the chili to intrigue me without sweating me out. i think that element is more balanced than the regular bomb, but some of its distinguishing uniqueness is gone. while this may be more refined, and is certainly just as delicious, i think it is closer to having peers than the original bomb, which is truly one of a kind. chocolate is subtle too in taste, but its aroma is robust. the rum, believe it or not, is a dominant flavor, in a way that the bourbon wasnt before, its almost too much, but because of the foreign feel of rum flavors on my palate, i like it this one time, but in the future that may become a critique of this beer for me. overall a world class phenomenal brew, a rarity unfortunately, everyone should be able to taste this! definitely one to share

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 18:14:24 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light peppers notes with some very nice and rich black chocolate notes is just about perfect. Taste is a complex mix of rich black chocolates with some light pepper that are not overwhelming with some vanilla notes. Body is full with super nice creamy notes with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Loads of complexity with great flavors and also some good complexity. World class stout for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:38:35 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of dar482

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer hits first of sweet chocolate and coffee melded together wonderfully. It rounds out with vanilla and cocoa as the coffee and roasted notes linger throughout. Then an aggressive pop of spiciness hits the back of the throat. A strong, yet pleasing amount of spice.

A really thick and smooth body.

While the rum casks do not really come through, they must be an element that smooths the beer out with vanilla notes. Definitely one of the best stout variants around.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:03:54 | More by dar482
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was very excited to try this after being blown away by Prairie Bomb!

Typical big stout appearance. Near black with a thick, beige cap that leaves some sticky lacing around the snifter. Fabulous aroma. Coffee, roast, oak, booze. As expected / hoped, this is awesome. The rum character comes in late and while present, is another nuance rather than a dominant force. Creamy and smooth, yet bold and assertive. Beautifully blended and executed beer. Such balance and grace for such a huge abv beer. The folks at Prairie Artisan Ales truly have a good thing going. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:16:02 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A huge thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter alongside Praire Bomb! and shared with schen9303.

Pours the same as Prairie Bomb. Pitch black with a dark mocha head with moderate to low retention. Lacing is even more sparse but the legs are, if its possible, even thicker. Pretty nice.

The rum-barrel aging lends a completely different aroma to this brew. Nose is chocolate, cocoa, molasses, lactose, and cane sugar. Overall sweeter but it loses the robustness from the coffee.

Opens chocolate, molasses, honey and sweet dark fruit. More chocolate, fudge, and cocoa in the middle with hints of booze, oak, and leather at the end. Finishes dark fruit, espresso and cocoa with the same aftertaste. Nice complexity and a pretty unique flavor profile.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Thick, oily and chewy in the mouth and goes down warm and slick. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. The barrels have done wonders for the feel, making it thicker and less carbonated. Very nice!

The rum-barrel aging fixes the biggest problem with this beer: the body. Thickening and smoothing it out. This is a pretty good beer and certainly better than the base.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:13:33 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of PHBoiler


4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a simmering brown lacing across the top of the beer. Huge rum nose. I mean huge. It's all you get at first. Then comes some vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and tobacco. The taste is pretty boozy with loads of rum that are immediately rounded out by the chocolate and vanilla primarily. There is definitely some coffee bitterness in there as well. The body of the beer is just the right thickness. It is not quite motor oil, but it is pretty thick. Really enjoyed this sipper of a beer unlike anything else I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 17:24:23 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Army Green Waxed bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A big dark roasted coffee aroma dominates the nose. Spice (moreso than regular Bomb), sweet vanilla, and cocoa aromas are also present. Not much barrel coming through in the nose.

T - Espresso, cocoa nib, spiced rum, oak, light vanilla and roast. Noticeable alcohol that is warming throughout.

M - Full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 18:49:43 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.25.13

A - Pours a motor oil black with a small dark brown, fine head that fades slowly to form a large ring.

S - Chilies, chocolate, coffee.

T - Coffee, chilies, chocolate, vanilla. Heat in the finish.

D - Heavy body with low carbonation. Nice heat in the finish.

O - Stages of flavors, hot, they are all welcome and terrific.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 05:43:52 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of isaiahcutright


4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance black with a light brown head pours viscous
Smell roasted barley coffee dark chocolate vanilla oak spice(from rum?)
Taste coffee malt chocolate hint of vanilla a touch of stone fruit oak a hint of chili pepper
Finish dry with a hint of pepper heat so complex on the tongue lots going on here.
Overall a great take on a RIS proud these guys are from OK, looking forward to see what they roll out in 2014.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 03:15:41 | More by isaiahcutright
Photo of CruisaC


4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle split with my brother.

Pours dark coffee brown with some mocha head.
Nose is very coffee-forward. Not picking up much barrel presence at this stage.
Taste is very bright-coffee with some dark chocolate. I don't get much heat from the peppers but I do think they add to liven up the back end.
Seen some reviews that felt the rum sorrels made the beer too sweet; I was struggling to tell that even spent time in a barrel. This isn't necessarily a terrible thing since the base beer is excellent, but it would be nice to have shown up a little more.
Would've thought is beer was around 10%, not a monster at 14. Half a bottle was a good way to end the night.
Got one more bottle, hopefully the next one has a little more rum.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 21:32:48 | More by CruisaC
Photo of KYGunner


4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout actually holds a deep dark brown body to go with its equally brown colored frothy head.

The aromas hold intense toasted malt, roasted coffee, smoke, and a tobacco leaf like scent. Chocolate and molasses hold just barely underneath.

The flavors are roasty first, with a coffee and malt quality. The taste then gains complexity as it goes to the back of the mouth. Fresh cigar smoke and tobacco leaf tastes abound with more roasts such as coffee and malt. Then the molasses and sorghum flavors pop out. This then ends in a peppery capsaicin spiciness.

The feel is very thick and full with a smooth velvety texture.

This is simply fantastic. It holds so much quality that it confounds me that this will only be available once.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:27:07 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Resuin


4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours black and leaves a couple fingers of deep tan head which fade very slowly.

Smell: Big coffee notes, mocha, dark chocolate, plums, figs, raisins, oak, rum, vanilla. Very rich and mouth-watering. The coffee sticks out the most though.

Taste: Coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, and finishes very nice with some rum and chillies. Really delicious. Alcohol is really well masked by all the wonderful flavors.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a full, thick, creamy body. Really nice, thick feel to it - matches the style very nicely.

Overall: This is a really nice, complex stout. Delicious coffee, chocolate, dark fruit flavors are complimented by the rum barrels to make a really complete beer. The rum barrels definitely helped to smooth this out and added some nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 00:01:38 | More by Resuin
Photo of jordanimal


4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, slight red at edge of glass, tan head. Smell is upfront rum with that chocolate, coffee and malty magic. The first four drinks were all different, first one huge with rum and chocolate, second rum with coffee, third vanilla, coffee and slight presence of peppers, fourth peppers, chocolate with wood barrel qualities. I guess almost every drink of this was quite different until I got down down to the last half of the bottle. Drinking this is a transformative experience with each layer of the beer changing dominance of flavor with each drink. From the time you take that first drink and get the huge rum barrel flavors to when the peppers start to activate your taste buds, this is a unique beer to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 07:28:03 | More by jordanimal
Photo of BMMillsy


4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from burg. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, peppers, a little booze, and big time earthy spicy coffee. Flavor is mostly coffee, a bit of a pepper bite on the way down, and a very nice lingering vanilla and some sweetness (rum?) on the palate. I maybe only get the rum sweetness in the aftertaste, and this otherwise doesn't have much barrel going on. But even that is reaching. Very high carbonation for a BA beer, with the earthy coffee and pepper spice cutting through the viscosity. As it warms it becomes thicker and more chocolatey. Where is the rum here? It seems like they must have used light rum, rather than dark rum, for the aging. If that is the case, I think they missed out on what could have been a much better outcome. Overall, a nice brew, but really not much (any?) different from the regular version other than some additional alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 01:12:32 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of homebrew311


4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pirate bomb

Pours a cola brown with minimal head and no light passage. The nose starts with some green pepper followed by the lovely trinity of coffee chocolate and vanilla. The rum works to elevate all of these notes and add a bit of creaminess and depth to eah of the ingredients. Taste starts with some initial smokiness, follow by a bit of peppery heat. The barrel adds a bit of sweetness and boozy heat on the end. Each flavor is well represented and well balanced much like the base beer. Mouth feel is a bit on the thinner side considering the abv. Overall I enjoyed regular Bomb! A little more, but this rum version is definitely tasty!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 06:24:49 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Not much of a head. No bubbles. Slightly transparent at the edges.

Smell - Lots of chocolate. Some cinnamon. Coffee is rich. A little bit of rum, but it isnt strong. Peppers on the back end.

Taste - Very chocolatey. Coffe blends into the chocolate. Peppers enhance the chocolate. Some oak in the back and some sweetness from the rum. A bit of spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Really doesn't taste like 14%. Medium heavy body. Prett chewy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I get more rum in the finish. Otherwise, it tastes just like Bomb, which is a great thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 23:33:21 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of russwbeck


3.38/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Like Prairie Bomb, this pours out thick as sludge. It differs in that this actually retains its brown head for a decent amount of time and laces somewhat down the side of the glass. 4

S: The rum barrel aging has certainly changed this beer. The aroma is much more sweet. Spiced rum definitely takes over, with notes of vanilla, caramel, booze, and (strangely only once agitated) wood. It seems to be a bit disjointed. 3

T: My first question is...where did the peppers go? All of the balance that Prairie Bomb! offered is gone because the heat is non-existent, except for the moment that you swallow the beer. The taste is very much focused on the rum, which allows for the sweetness to take over. Chocolate, roast, and slight vanilla mostly. 3.5

MF: The body is roughly as thick as Prairie Bomb!, but the increased amount of booze and negatively impacted balance makes for a minus in the drinkability category. 4

Value: At $15 for this 12oz bottle, I'd say it was too much for its worth. Pay less and get a better beer for Prairie Bomb!. 3

O: This was a pretty big disappointment. I really loved the base beer for this, and thought that it could only get better. The barrel aging muted the base, bringing it back to the pack. It amazes me that Pirate Bomb! has a better trading value than Prairie Bomb!, because anyone who has tried both should be able to attest to the fact that Prairie Bomb! blows it out of the water. I'm sad to think that there could be this much more Prairie Bomb! on the market, because I want to drink it all. 3

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 07:26:17 | More by russwbeck
Photo of alaimoa


4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jet Black Pour with cocoa head and nice carb and super sticky. Aroma has upfront rum, sweet coffee, brown sugar and bakers chocolate. Mouthfeel nice: not too thick and silky smooth. Flavor is upfront rum, cofee, vanilla, booziness in the back end but nice with a spicy twang. Left a warm spiciness in aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 18:09:53 | More by alaimoa
Photo of jeonseh


4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with a milk chocolate head.

S - Loads of vanilla, dark chocolate, and chili peppers in the nose

T - Milk chocolate, dark rum presence, dark chocolate, loads of coffee, vanilla, and light pepper presence in the back

M - Thick and creamy body with a light astringency from the rum presence and the barrel

O - Really good beer with a good balance of flavor with the vanilla, rum, chocolate and coffee

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 23:52:40 | More by jeonseh
Photo of MattSweatshirt


4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of lacks the chocolate punch I encountered from the base beer. Still plenty of it there though. It is sweet. The rum comes through nicely. There is some light barrel character to it. I don't know if the chili pepper is still sticking around or if it is residual spirit heat. Drinks smooth and lovely. I enjoy the twist with the barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 02:36:02 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

poured into tulip glass.

stubby 12oz bottle sealed with pressure cap and a nasty booger green colored wax.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 full finger of almost medium khaki head.

Smell: Chocolate, spent coffee grinds, vanilla, earthy peppers. Subtle hint of rum and oak.

Taste: starts off sweet. Milk chocolate, a "marshmellowy" vanilla note, and a hint of rum without much booziness that all integrates together very nicely. The sweetness gets pushes aside by earthy and green pepper flavor complimented by some acrid spent coffee. Also starting to get some more barrel notes of tobacco, wet oak and even a little more rum. In the finish the chocolate turns a little bitter and you start to get that slightly bitter cocoa nib flavor, but becomes balanced by the sweetness of the rum. Just a touch of heat in the back of your throat after you swallow; a combo of the rum and peppers. Complex, redicousely balanced just like prairie bomb. The rum barrel never takes a front seat in this beer, I wanted a little more rum flavor to take this beer to EPIC status. I see what prairie wanted to do here and they are all about balancing flavors in the stouts. They are good at it too!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. creamy, silky. and smooth. The beer thins out a little bit when it get close to room temperature, but you still can't tell that the beer is 14%. it drinks like its well below the listed ABV. This beer is such a great sipper. I can sip on this beer for well over an hour. I really enjoy how the beer lingers on your palate well after you take a sip of the beer.

Overall: The rum barrel notes are weaker than I was hoping for, but you can still find the rum flavors in the beer, especially when the beer is close to room temperature. The barrel aging definately improved the already fantastic mouthfeel of Prarie Bomb. Its another delicous stout by Prarie. If I had to choose I would take Pirate bomb over Prairie Bomb but its really really almost too close to call.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 00:49:55 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of jlindros


4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to portia99 (Bill) for donating this to our super happy taste buds. The karma will be repaid my friend! Then thanks to rudzud for getting it and sharing it. batch #1.

Very dark creamy head again, little fizzy fluffy this time, little lacing, super pitch black and nice legs.

Nose can be smelled from 20 feet away practically. Again so much fresh coffee, fresh roast and brewed mostly a smooth rich slightly nutty coffee but not dark or tannic or too roasty. More dark choc, cocoa nibs, and bakers, etc, but all the above is cut down a little compared to the original bomb. Rum is there, a decent rum, fresh molasses rum, but it doesn't necessarily play well with the other characters and seems to take away from them slightly. A little buttery rum character too. A mild Sumatra like heavy acidic roasted coffee.

Taste is good, but again the rum seems to cut through the awesomeness if it. But still a nice coffee to start, great smooth rich coffee, delicious coffee without much roasty character. Lots of vanilla too, nice fresh vanilla bean character, into a dark choc and bakers choc, cocoa nib too. Ancho chilli is mostly gone now, little pepper heat and almost no smoke, etc . Again the nice rum flavor that adds its own nice flavor, and the chili starts to come out a bit more. Finish is long, bit of some from the chili finally and chili heat, mild booze, nice dark choc and cocoa, lots of coffee and vanilla lingering, and a light high quality molasses rum flavor lingering.

Mouth is full bod, rich, thick, and heavy, decent carb, very mild warming booze.

Overall hard to decide, very good, the great characters of the original like coffee vanilla and cocoa are muted a bit due to the rum, but the rum adds it's own awesome character, nicely blended, so hard to compare. Both so delicious though.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 03:34:07 | More by jlindros
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Prairie Pirate Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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