Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales
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Reviews by DelMontiac:
4.65/5 rDev +3.3%
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!
11-09-2013 00:19:53 | More by DelMontiac
More User Reviews:
4.48/5 rDev -0.4%
Got this one from Doodler in a recent box. Cheers man! Drunk right after regular BOMB.
From a bottle into a snifter.
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.
06-27-2014 20:19:04 | More by Jeffo
4.46/5 rDev -0.9%
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
11-17-2013 23:52:40 | More by jeonseh
Prairie Pirate Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.