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Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 611
Gots: 173 | FT: 19
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Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Prairie's Bomb stout aged in Rum barrels.

(Beer added by: Nuggetz on 10-19-2013)
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4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

At the time of this review Prairie Artisan Ales Pirate Bomb has the Oklahoma craft beer chasers in an absolute frenzy. This stuff is like gold right now as it's a limited brew sold only in Oklahoma - thank you Prairie! After watching a dude take the last four bottles of Pirate Bomb at one store, I rushed across Stillwater, OK to Du Laney's Retail Liquor and nabbed 3 bottles of my own. AND...they were at a discount! Woot!

I poured Pirate Bomb into a Chimay chalice as I felt it was well-deserved being national stout day and all. The thing is black and thick like lawnmower oil at the end of a long hot summer. An aggressive pour renders a sticky single finger cap of mottled dark brown foam, some parts lighter and others very dense and dark.

This beer is one of those complex brews that batters your senses from every angle. The nose - espresso, dark baker's chocolate, rum, cherry cordials, and dark fruit and chili peppers simmering in alcohol. Some hints of vanilla cookie as well.

Flavor? This is Pirate BOMB! Definitely a flavor bomb! Allowing it to warm a bit it's all about the robust fresh grind coffee, dark chocolate, and rum. I get cherries, vanilla, and some bittering hops as well. The chilies are present but faint - flavor of ancho and no burn. There is a slight vinous presence as well as a chocolate mousse in the aftertaste. BIG.

Massive slick full body. The mild carbonation lends itself to the silky feel. Very sticky. Candy sticky. Big alcohol dryness as well. You can get pretty lit with just one.

I was down right lucky to score this elusive beer. I can't give it a 5 because the rum and coffee are a little over the top, but I do enjoy that combination. I have not had regular Bomb, but I would assume those who don't like rum would prefer it over Pirate. This is sure to be a highly traded beer. Good job Prairie!

DelMontiac, Nov 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Doodler in a recent box. Cheers man! Drunk right after regular BOMB.

From a bottle into a snifter.
Green wax
BOMB aged in Rum barrels

APPEARANCE: Muddy black pour yields a one finger, foamy, medium tan head with very good retention. Jet black body with almost no carbonation. Slowly fades to a full foam cap, then a wisp and ring. A simple ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Less head and less carbonation than the base beer.

SMELL: Everything from the regular BOMB is there plus a touch of rum. The adjuncts are slightly milder to make room for the rum though. A touch milder then, with coffee, cocoa, vanilla and chilies, with a bit of rum and oak as well. A touch milder than the base beer, but really, really wonderful. Love this.

TASTE: Rum and vanilla notes up front. A touch of milk chocolate into the swallow with some chili heat as well. Bold and lingering finish of rum, oak, vanilla, some coconut, bitter coffee and cocoa nibs, as well as some well measured heat again. The rum barrels add a touch of spirit and coconut to the already complex base beer. This works really well. Delicious.

PALATE: Similar to the base beer, but a bit lighter and less creamy. Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Less chili heat and booze, though still a touch too light and carbonated for the style.

OVERALL: Excellent again. The rum barrel has kind of found room at the expense of some of the base beer, but it's excellently balanced and complex. This and the base beer make an absolutely wonderful pair; top class stuff in my books. Cheers Doodler. Highly recommended.

Jeffo, Jun 27, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a dark black, with a dark brown head, and a bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells very roasty, with lots of chocolate, coffee, some rum, and cinnamon.

Pirate Bomb! has a bit of a spiced cinnamon element to it that regular Bomb! didn't have. I don't think the beers are brewed with cinnamon, so this must be the rum element. There is a mild and pleasant alcoholic rum flavor to it that doesn't make the beer boozy whatsoever- only noticeable near the end of the each sip. The chocolate and coffee blast that Bomb! had is still in full force here, but not quite as potent. The barrel aging seems to have tamed it. I'm not really getting any pepper flavors here, the barrel aging must have smoothed that part way out. The coffee flavor is slightly bitter and nutty, a little bit sweet, while the chocolate is dark and rich, with some slight dark fruits flavors. There is a bit of creamy vanilla and oak flavors as well, ostensibly from the rum barrel aging. Just a very complex beer.

Medium to thick bodied, very creamy and rich mouthfeel. Goes down way too easy for a beer that's 14% ABV, it drinks like 7% ABV. Low carbonation.

Another winner from Prairie, this is an excellent barrel-aged stout. Rum barrels seem to be coming into vogue more, and I like it.

GreesyFizeek, May 22, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From 06/10/14 notes. Had this right after Bible Belt thanks to BeerLawyer85; thanks Ross. Liked this the best of the trio, 12 oz bottle into a taster glass.

a - Pours a dark jet black color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks exactly like Bible Belt.

s - Smells of sweet rum, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, toffee, and vanilla. As it warms up some coffee but less than Bible Belt. Sweet vanilla and cream coming through more as it warms too. Awesome nose, the rum adds another nice complex note without dominating the other flavors.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, sweet rum, oak, toasted malts, caramel, alcohol, dark chocolate, cocoa, cream, toffee, vanilla, coffee grinds, and earthy notes. Once again, no real chilis here and the rum is great. Best tasting of the three Prairie beers.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, light alcohol presence. Easy to drink, nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot, and found it to be the best of the three between Prairie Bomb, Bible Belt, and this. Less peppers than the other two, and the rum tastes great without dominating the other complex flavors. Everything works well together, would love to have it again.

mdfb79, Jun 11, 2014
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Prairie Pirate Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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