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Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 1,411
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 28.35%
Wants: 883
Gots: 329 | FT: 31
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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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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Riding upon the heels of Prairie Bomb, what could possibly give the beer even more identity, more complexity and more intrigue? I might as well be asking myself, "When is rum never the answer?"

Jet black in its pour, the dark beer crawls into the glass with an inky trail of legs. The ale slowly separates its liquid from its froth as a mocha-stained meringue piles on top. Lacing lightly, the alcohol seems to fight its foam stance midway through the session. Its simply a massive stout that earns respect from its appearance alone.

Its incredibly roasty aroma fuses together the notes of fresh-brewed espresso, roasted walnuts and dark chocolate. Malty aromas of black-strap molasses blends into sweet rum notes with ease. Sweet to the nose, other complex and earthy notes emit with a firm pepper-like scent when the common hop grassiness is usually expected. Light campfire and burnt fruit rise as the beer warms for even more complexity and charm.

The taste erupts in the mouth with lavish roast, rich espresso, bittersweet chocolate, roasted nuts and burnt molasses. Its spicy-sweet middle is of maple and rum blended with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and dark fruit with capsacin. As the beer trails into a semi-sweet fudgy roundness, its roast remains high and its warm alcohol soothes the stomach as well as it does the taste buds.

Undoubtedly full bodied, the ale is both creamy with its expansive carbonation and also lightened by it. The bubbles seem to make the beer float just above the tongue with a semi-arid dryness and powdery roast character. By the time that the carbonation subsides, the sweetness has already faded and the spicy warmth of alcohol and capsacin linger boldly on the throat.

As the taste of bourbon highlights the original Bomb, it seems that the flavors of chili, fruit and spice is further woken by the rum barrel addition. I have a feeling there's a lot of pirates out there looking for this bounty!

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Photo of humuloner22
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of Jeffo
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Mbo108
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no wax, poured into a standard shaker. It was all I had as I was at the beach.

A: Black, like a sharks eyes...You know the thing about a shark, he's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eye. Thats how dark this was.

S: If you know what you're in for, and you like peppers and chocolate and vanilla, its got all that and more, just in your face and delicious.

T: Agree with those who said you get more rum than on the nose. Really loved the rum finish. Glad there wasnt too much heat from the peppers, but just enough to keep it interesting.

F: Mostly smooth, a little carbonation, not too heavy, not too light.

O: I stayed away for awhile when I saw it was 14% but it hides that really well. Enjoyed it immensely.

Anyways, this bomb delivered.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Not much rum influence and not as spicy as I had hoped for. Thinner than anticipated, also.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
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-

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2.94/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This was hugely disappointing for me. I expected a lot out of this because I love prairie artisan ales bomb! but this was not good at all. I am not a huge fan of rum so maybe I shouldn't have been surprised.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +1.8%

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

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