Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 1,362
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 849
Gots: 317 | FT: 29
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Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Nuggetz on 10-19-2013

Prairie's Bomb stout aged in Rum barrels.
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Photo of barhoc11
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance - Dark, Dark Brown with a motor oil viscocity and a mocha brown head

Smell - Rum, chocolate, coffee and vanilla make this one of the best smelling beers I have ever had

Taste - Chocolate is the dominant flavor at first, closely followed by rum and the vanilla associated with it. There is a slight burn from the pepper at the end that sets this beer apart from others, besides other bomb variants. This beer tastes like heaven

Mouthfeel - very thick and holds up to the high abv

Overall - This thing is amazing, I knew it would be good but not THIS good! (569 characters)

Photo of skinny_mcginley
5/5  rDev +11.4%

I didn't think you could make BOMB! any better. But wow, this stuff was amazing. The rum adds a new level of greatness. The mouthfeel felt a little lighter but no complaints. Another great stout from Prairie. (208 characters)

Photo of durlta
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Fall 2014 release. Drank after barrel aged boris oatmeal stout, which was excellent. This is even better. Deep brown-black with a dark tan 1/4" head if poured vigorously. Smells like cane sugar, bourbon, a little dark rye bread. Tastes as it smells with all noted ingredients expertly blended: cacao nibs, vanilla bean, chiles, aged in rum barrels. Superb! (356 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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! (737 characters)

Photo of army01
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Really liked this offering from Prairie.

Nice head, with a decent amount of booze on the nose. While cold, Bomb! definitely was the predominate flavor -- chocolate, coffee and slight hint of peppers. As it warmed, the barrel made it's presence known. A great beer for a fall night. (285 characters)

Photo of Nuggetz
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured like thinned oil from bottle and had a brownish black head. Excellent coffee aroma and taste with rum layered in between. The coffee was perfect and I can see it fading with age like most do. The vanilla beans and cacao nibs are not overly aggressive and add a nice complexity to this beast. I loved how mellow the rum was and was hardly able to taste the chiles in this. The mouthfeel was nice and not too thick. Aftertaste kept me coming back for more. Overall this is a excellent example of barrel-aged imperial stout. (528 characters)

Photo of themind
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome variation of the original. Still keeps the good peppery finish and the amazing stout backbone. The rum barrel is subtle but adds an interesting dynamic to the beer. If I see this, I am buying this...no doubt. This is a beer that lives up to it's ratings. A World Class brew.

Bottom Line: Legendary beer! (323 characters)

Photo of mlb430
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Motor oil black, 1 finger bubbly caramel head, leaves minimal lacing.
S: Vanilla, coffee, rum, chocolate and tiny bit of spice from the chillies.
T: Wow, all the flavors in the nose, in perfect balance. Neither the heat nor the sweet are overpowering.
M: Medium-heavy. I wouldn't mind if it were a bit heavier. Decent (I guess medium?) carbonation. Silky and fudgy. Heat lingers from the chillies. Very little alcohol heat.
O: Fantastic. This is a beer everyone should experience at least once. (497 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
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! (1,273 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at the Holy Grale in Louisville, KY

A. Dark brown nearly black with a very frothy head. The head slowly retreats to a fine bubble rim.

S. Complex. Mocha frappacino, spiced rum, coconut, banana peels, coffee, and chocolate.

T. The individual notes are appearant but mesh to a chocolate banana tropical taste. Notes of chocolate, banana, coconut, pie crust, whipped cream, and coffee. No booze.

M. Very smooth - actually too smooth - full body, medium to low carbonation.

O. I very much enjoyed this beer. I wish had more. The bottom of the glass was a sad sight. Go get this. (590 characters)

Photo of Amaeda27
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of jsboots21
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Holy schnikes, Batman! 12 oz bottle split with my wife into 2 snifters. Green wax, first batch.

Pour is very dark brown with that middle dark Abercrombie kind of khaki colored head. Primarily opaque with mild translucency around the glass edge.

First smell at roughly 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Wow. Like an adult Mounds candy bar with coffee added. Lots of coconut, cacao, dark chocolate, mild toffee, sweet rum, bold and acidic coffee. Decadent.

Taste is beyond delicious. All the Aromatic notes blossom into a really well balanced flavor profile. Rum is first and last, but it never overwhelms. Raisin, bitter coffee, salted caramel, dark chocolate, Light barrel character, light chili pepper, and a great sweet vs bitter interplay comprise the taste.

Palate is filling but slightly thin for what I’d expect. A bit of burn sets in, but it’s chili-based. As it warms it becomes nearly sublime.

If I had dreamed of this before tasting it, I wouldn’t and couldn’t have imagined it tasting much better. Well done Prairie! (1,033 characters)

Photo of twizzard
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received as a gift. A perfect rendition of this style. Just proves my point in an earlier thread as to why ratings need to be segregated in finer points less the .25. Had the Stone Go To IPA earlier and found it fabulous and as such gave it a 4.75. This beer, on the other hand was far superior in every way, shape & form but of I just gave it the same cursory rating, it would have been comparable. Just not so...Can't give it a perfect 5 but it's absolutely right up there with the best of the best...i.e. Bomb!, BCBS, etc. some of us are blessed with relatively easy access to great IIPA's like HT, Gandhi, Lawsons & others and others are blessed with finely crafted brews like the Prairie brands. God, I love great beers! (725 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a minimal head. Smells of chocolate and coffee, so it’s no wonder that those both dominate the initial taste. The alcohol and vanilla begin to appear, followed by a perfect amount of heat from the chilies. Nice mouth, but not as oily as I would have expected. This is an absolutely wonderful, memorable beer. (332 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%

This beer pours a dark as night black with a thin tan head that quickly fades. The smell is of sweet rum, coconut and chocolate. In the taste, I get rum, milk chocolate, nice smooth coffee and as the big lingers it has a delicious sweetness. The beer is very smooth and easy to drink, which is awesome for a 14% beer. Over this is one of the greatest beers I have ever had. (373 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (188 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from bottle into snifter.

A- dark and thick with little noticeable carbonation. Very light and short dark brown head.

S- chocolate hit the nose first with a little expresso behind it. Mild touch of vanilla and wood. The peppers were there but mildly. Not overwhelming but booze is present as well. Although the booze was detectable I didn't get much of a rum presence.

T- lots of chocolate and vanilla up front as well as well as coffee and expresso. Some coconut from the rum I suppose but still no true rum flavoring. Wood and a little
heat from the booze just about finish this one up right before the peppers lightly expose themselves in mostly flavor and not much spice.

M- full bodied and smooth as can be. This is rich and creamy, barely any carbonation, and after a little warming up of its own, it's ready to warm you.

O- a great job in this one. I could go through these all winter. Although I expected more rum, this is spot on for a delicious stout. Amazingly smooth and the ABV is pretty hidden for what it is. Highly enjoyable and recommended. (1,086 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
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 (311 characters)

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

*** This has been aged about 10 months ***
L: Pitch black with a dark brown head that dissipates quickly.
S: Rum and chilies
T: Fantastic balance of flavors, rum, chocolate and chilies
F: Thick and easy drinking. It's doesn't feel like 14% at all, thanks to the ageing.
O: This is world class. But with that said, just like regular BOMB, drink it fresh. It loses the intenseness of the flavors and mellows it all out, which does not make it better since the flavors are awesome fresh! (488 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a murky brown with a thin mocha head. Coffee and vanilla on the nose with hints of rum. Big rum and vanilla on the palate with slight pepper heat on the finish. Medium bodied with creamy mouthfeel due to the low carbonation. Overall, a little too thin bodied for my tastes, but an extremely well crafted and complex imperial stout. (337 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

There's gonna come a point in time when these beers from Prairie will just be to hard to get. Until then, I will count myself lucky to try gems like this!

Pours like hydraulic fluid, some traces of carbonation can be seen despite the ebony color, one finger of caramel colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Carob, coconut, dark chocolate & vanilla

T: Vanilla, coconut, caramel, dryness & dark chocolate all open strong, a little bit of cayenne pepper burn. More vanilla, pepper heat, chocolate, caramel & coffee notes as this warms. Finishes with mocha, charred grain in small doses, more vanilla, pepper burn, cakeyness, caramel & dryness

MF: Thick, warming with soft carbonation, thins out a touch as this warms, very warming

ABV is masked nicely. Even better than Bomb in many ways, a hell of a compliment. Another World Beater from Prairie! Please make this as much a possible Healey Bros.... (912 characters)

Photo of alarmclock314
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of Iratolla
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Had this one from a 12oz bottle briefly spun in an ice bath. This thing reminds me of Willy Wonka's candy that changed distinctly from one flavor to another. Rum to coffee, coffee to vanilla, vanilla to chili heat. The high ABV is smoothly concealed by all these well balanced flavors...amazing beer!! (303 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (493 characters)

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Prairie Pirate Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
98 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.