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Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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world-class

1,298 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,298
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 805
Gots: 312 | FT: 29
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Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Nuggetz on 10-19-2013

Prairie's Bomb stout aged in Rum barrels.
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Ratings: 1,298 | Reviews: 117
Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled October 2014.

Heavy aroma of rum, chocolate and coffee a bit. Flavor is more of a baker's chocolate, kind of fudge-like with a good dose of rum.

Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1825th review on BA
Bottle to Prairie Teku
12oz

Batch 2 with no wax.


App- A solid dark brown color with no transperency with a nice 1-1/2" slightly darker brown head that faded pretty quickly. The beer was deep and dense and poured like chocolate.

Smell- Right out of the bottle, I mostly get the cacao and the vanilla. Big rich notes of rum come wofting up. As with base Bomb! Malty and rich like a milkshake. As it warmed more of the chili aroma came out as well. A nice mix. One doesnt overpower the other and you cant detect the nuances.

Taste- This was a very flavorful and layered and detectably smooth stout as was base Bomb! This was just better. I had a couple others with Chilis and it was too harse. The balance here of the ingredients is quite nice. The sweet of the vanilla and the change to the richness of the chocolate and then the subtle hints of spice was nice.

Mouth- A solid medium body, bordered on being a thicker beer but struck the balance nicely. The carbonation was a solid medium and was a bit bubbly and creamy.

Drink- A very good beer. I enjoyed it a lot. I was glad I was able to land at least one to review and enjoy this one. Prairie does some good things. I am happy to have some goodies in the fridge to try.

Photo of Joey2timer
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

i love this beer fresh.

Photo of Beersmuggler
2.73/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I guess I am just not a fan of beer aged in rum barrels, bomb is so much better than pirate bomb.

Photo of alarmclock314
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The bottle date is tiny and illegible, but ends in 14. Pours black with a brown head which is soapy on top and shimmers on bottom. Smells of rich dark cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and rum. Tastes mostly like bittersweet cocoa which actually contrasts very well with a somewhat spicy pepper finish. Subtle vanilla, coffee, rum, and roasted malt flavors throughout. Both sweet and bitter (65 IBUs). Mouth feel is decadent and fits the style perfectly. Overall, the excellent flavor contrast makes this spicy chocolate stout amazing.

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, not the biggest fan of rum barrels though. Works well for this one, adding sweet to the heat of the base beer. Well done, Prairie!

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice flavor added by the barrel aging, but the characteristic chili pepper punch from Bomb! seemed to be missing.

The trend these days is to barrel age everything, but sometimes, the barrel aging actually takes away from the base beer.

Overall, this beer is not as good as BCBS or Bell's, and given the choice, I would take Bomb! over Pirate Bomb!

Photo of krayziecarl
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this year's b2 and it didn't live up to its reputation. So sad.

Photo of Phigg1102
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pirate Bomb lived up to all the hype for me. Tons of vanilla on the nose and tongue, body is thick but not overly chewy like some I've had in the style. Everything worked perfectly for me.

Photo of rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is a smooth beer and the vanilla, rum and chiles are all there. However, the chile flavor is a bit overpowering, if it was only a touch I would have rated it higher.

Photo of shelt11
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best from Prairie Artisan Ales! When this warmed up a little, it was up there with the best of 'em.

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown to black beer with a thin, mocca head. Almoust no lacing on the glass.

Nose: Chocolate, coffee beans, chili pepper, brown sugar, dried fruit, molasses, dark rum and vanilla.
Taste: Sweet rum, oak, vanilla, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, mocca espresso, cocoa powder, tobbacco and alcohol.
Mouth: Full body with a small, crisp carbonation. A great complex texture. Smooth and hot at the same time. I could stay and sip at this beer for hours!

Worldclass!

Photo of ZepHead80
3.5/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was really hoping for a lot more here. No barrel, not much spice, and chalky finish. Hoping this was a bad bottle and will look for again. Unfortunately very disappointed with this one.

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.37/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Definitely in the minority with yet another BA Prairie stout. Going off the description, I was expecting this to be rich and complex. Unfortunately I mostly got peppers in both the flavor and aroma. Absolutely no rum or barrel character. Not impressed. Bummer

Photo of larryi86
4.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to bstyle for this
12 oz bottle, green wax, poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Chili peppers, rich creamy chocolate, hints of coffee, some vanilla, rum, some dark fruits, just really in your face and amazing.

T- Wow, this is intense and amazing, a lot more rum than the nose. Sweet rum, hints of oak, coffee, rich creamy chocolate, some vanilla, faint chillies, low heat.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- Really well done, better than regular Bomb! which is great. Truly worth seeking out, it is nicely balanced and the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good blend of spice (peppers), with vanilla. Chocolate and coffee are there but secondary. The rum imparts some flavor but is not overwhelming. Bomb is better but this is still a tasty brew,

Photo of Amaeda27
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Espresso black w/ a clingy brown sugar ring of foam.

Smell: Rum barrel. OLD rum barrel. Medium roast coffee, vanilla, smoked cayenne, dark husky malt. Chocolate milk, dulce de leche as it warms.

Taste: Like a sweet aged demerara rum. Lightly roasted coffee, cocoa powder, dates, vanilla. FInishes with cayenne kick and clean smoky notes.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, viscous mouthfeel that is balanced by a spicy smoky finish. In one man's opinion, hides it's ABV very well despite the notable presence of rum.

Photo of humuloner22
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer. It is possibly a 100 beer in my opinion except it lacks in a couple of areas.

Appearance: Dark as night, not much head at all, pretty much what you would expect from this style of beer. A thin ring around the base of the beer of a mild foam.

Aroma: Coffee, charred malts, chocolate, rum, some dark fruits. Very complex. Not as earthy as standard Bomb, but I imagine the rum barrel takes that away.

Taste: This is a wonderful beer, maintains the base very well. Nearly perfect in every way, maybe it is the perfectly rum barrel aged beer, but I have had others that have had more of the rum character come to the forefront and for that I am taking off the smallest of points. Its really insignificant, but I feel like I am doing too many 5's lately, not that this one doesn't deserve it, but if I could find a flaw that is it. The rum does not shine as much as I would like in the taste. For good or bad you decide its worldclass no doubt. The other thing I should say, is this has one of the best mouthfeel's and texture of beers I have ever had. It is amazing how perfectly balanced this beer is on the way it feels in the mouth.

Overall: Worldclass beer, everyone knows it, probably the best rum aged beer I have had, No. I know it is!

Photo of mschantz
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened for Super Bowl. Everything I expected and more.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The stout poured a deep black with scattered mocha bubbles.

Smell - The smell is close to a rich chocolate syrup with almost a liqueur quality.

Taste - Chocolate syrup is accompanied by mild spice, vanilla, tobbacco and a warm rum finish. Little alcohol bite is noted in the finish.

Mouthfeel - With the impression of chocolate syrup comes the stickiness in the mouthfeel. The chocolate and rum linger.

Overall - This is a dessert beer. It is a great beer in a snowy winter night.

Photo of WckdVbz
3.89/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, but not great. Too thin for the style.

Photo of SteveB24
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look-very cool label.color is blacker then black, has an oily shine to it, pours a quarter finger of brown head that quickly settles into a firm ring of lacing. Looks just as excepted for a beer of this abv.
Smell-wow. super complex, burned sugar,coffee, dark chocolate, the rum comes through in the form of vanilla, tobacco, and pure sweetness.
Taste-like the smell, blown away by the complexity. Flavor is a harmonious blend of burned sugar, chocolate,mild coffee, dark fruit, vanilla comes through in the end, the rum sweetness gives all the flavors a boost without being remotely overpowering. the abv is all but missing.
Feel-oily yet the body is not too heavy, no carbonation at all.
Overall-wow.wow.wow is all i can say, so delicious and complex yet not to heavy and drinks absurdly smooth, this one could get you in trouble.

Photo of kojevergas
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Expectations are sky high; this is currently ranked #59 on the Top 100 and #2 in the Top 50 Southwest rankings. Acquired in a trade; huge thanks to soonerchamps!

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded black pry-off pressure cap. Appealing label art.

Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. 14% ABV. Reviewed live as a rum barrel aged imperial stout per the label. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Quarter finger wide. Rich tan colour. Has a roasty mocha-like consistency with wonderful creaminess and a nice supple character to it. Aptly full and thick. Unfortunately, the retention is maybe 1 minute at best - but that's forgivable at 14% ABV. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid jet-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. This is how an imperial stout should look - it's fantastic. I do wish the head retained longer and had more width to it, but this is one of the better imperial stout appearances I've seen in some time.

AROMA: Intricate, and different from the usual bourbon barrel characteristics I'm accustomed to. It has the requisite dark and chocolate malts, but never seems too sweet. The rum does jump out, though I don't know that I get sugarcane or any unrefined sugars per se - more a vanilla and coconut character, though of course the beer also has vanilla bean notes, so it's hard to distinguish. But boy is the vanilla authentic; I definitely pick up on legitimate vanilla bean. This isn't the artificial vanillin aroma of lesser vanilla stouts. Cacao nibs are there, but it's a subtle presence. When I look, I do find the chillies - but they don't evoke much spice or heat; it's more a neutral roasted ancho note.

That leaves the coffee...but where is the coffee? Nowhere to be found, strangely.

What really stands out is an unexpected lightly caramelized walnut note, which really works here. The chocolate gets better and better as it warms. More of a roasted barley presence would really set it off.

The rum barrel just melts into the base, but there's never any booziness. I hope Avery's brewers are taking notes...this is how rum should be incorporated.

No yeast character, hop notes, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Impeccably balanced, with an excellent imperial stout build. The chocolate malt and dark malt backbone is wonderful, lending just enough malty sweetness without going overboard. The cacao nibs play on the chocolate malt, coaxing out more nuanced milk, dark, and unrefined chocolate notes. The unrefined chocolate in particular combined with the very subtle chilli pepper presence gives it a wonderful Mexican chocolate stout vibe; there's not a whole lot of heat - just enough to maintain the careful harmony of flavour presence throughout.

It gets even better; the genuine vanilla bean is mind-blowing, and the rum barrel character is so seamlessly integrated into the base that I can't determine where the vanilla bean stops and the coconut-y rum barrel character ends. There's no real oak or wood barrel presence per se, but rum is nicely showcased.

I can't find any coffee. More of a roasted barley presence would help accentuate the chilli pepper roastiness.

As it warms, I try to find that walnut, but get only a faint wisp of it. What does emerge is fudge, as well as some unexpected cinnamon - which plays well with the Mexican chocolate characteristics. It has very subtle burnt characteristics.

This is one of the most subtly executed and intricate imperial stouts in the Southwest region, if not THE most. I'm loving every sip, and it only develops further as it comes to temperature. I love the way the chilli pepper plays with the chocolate, and the chili heat comes to fruition as it warms in a way I'm not sure I've really experienced before in a beer. Just terrific.

TEXTURE: Creamy and soft, with a near perfect subtle coarseness on the palate - which helps coax a bit more depth of flavour out of the taste. It's similarly near perfectly dry for a stout. Roasted barley would help dial in the coarseness and dryness. It's aptly full-bodied, with ideal thickness and weight on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is outstanding. This texture elevates the beer, and teases out nuances from the taste. Really incredibly well-executed, with no obvious flaws (e.g. an oily or scratchy feel).

OVERALL: She's a sipper sure, but if you drank her side by side with a 10% imperial stout, I doubt you could notice the difference. I already want more. This is a treat of an imperial stout with some of the best rum barrel integration I've come across. Further testament to the incredible quality of Prairie's imperial stouts. Perhaps the best of the Bomb series. I'd absolutely buy it again and would recommend it to friends and trade partners. It might even be Prairie's best beer, and that's saying a lot. I tip my hat to the brewers; this is an achievement.

A / A-

Photo of Grackos
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional , strong beer. Not cheap though.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite Bomb variation to date! Excellent!!!!

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