Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 1,364
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 2.23%
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Gots: 316 | FT: 30
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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 danh53
3.46/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm not a fan of bomb due to the green pepper flavor so I didn't care for this. That said, it is a well made beer. It has a smooth, silky mouth feel and you don't taste the alcohol. The taste is chocolate fudge with coffee and rum but the rum is subtle. Would be really nice if not for the green vegetable flavor. (313 characters)

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
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 4thFloyd
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice dark and viscous beer. Good chocolate aroma with coffee, vanilla, and rum accents. Flavor is similar with a little less rum coming through in the flavor. Also pick up a little heat from the chili. Smooth for such a big beer with very little alcohol coming through. A really good beer, but personal preference would be for the regular Bomb over this one. (364 characters)

Photo of mlb430
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
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 MissSmisje
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: motor oil; almost no head - just a mocha collar.
S: bakers chocolate, fudge, coffee, vanilla, and rum dominate in balance; vanilla is most prominent. Some oak as well. Like a fudgy chocolate rum ball.
T: same as the nose, with the taste and warmth (but not overt heat) from the chilis. Extremely well balanced. The more I sip it, the more the chili dominates.
F: heavy, but not as thick as I like for RIS. Nice wants from the chili in the finish and linger. Can't taste the alcohol, though the chili may me covering its warmth
O: excellent. (547 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle was an extra from a math trade, enjoyed from a dino taster.

a - brew pours a silky black w a thin dark brown cap that didn't hang and left no lace. deep and fudgey look.

s - nose has a really nice vanilla and rum heavy glaze over the stout base. a hint of spicy heat on the tail of the scene. coffee is need in the medley of flavors.

t/m/o - lots going on here, and lots of good. big chocolatey stout with subtle notes of coffee and roast doused with some spicy heat and the soaked in rum with a big blast of vanilla. it's all there...and it's all great. Neal in a glass. very well done beer. (604 characters)

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (153 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of alarmclock314
4.75/5  rDev +6%
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 rodmanfor3
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
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! (351 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
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 rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -23%
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. (170 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
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! (466 characters)

Photo of ZepHead80
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (185 characters)

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.37/5  rDev -24.8%
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 (259 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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 rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -4%
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, (193 characters)

Photo of Amaeda27
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
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 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! (1,273 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (832 characters)

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- (4,997 characters)

Photo of timc100
3.44/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had along side RareR DOS and BA Café Americano. This was the weakest by far.

Odd as it may sound, it smelled like a hotel lobby and stale coffee. The adjuncts were not popping out, most all were lost but a little cinnamon and vegetal pepper, coffee was stale. Not horrible by any means, but not very good. (310 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks a ton to my cousin Sonny for opening this. Tampa review dump goes on. Full IPad notes taken when drinking this. Probably one of the beers I looked forward to most on the trip.

A- Pours like motor oil just about as much as a beer can. A dark tan cap makes it up to a finger with a foamy texture. Decent retention results in a medium ring that fails to leave much lace.

S- Insanity roast reminiscent of regular Bomb; just a massive amount of burnt grains and dark roast coffee. Coffee probably the most prominent thing to me with cocoa, charred barley, toasty chiles and some dark fruit spice from rum. Barrel very quiet overall.

T- Gains some complexity here as more elements of the brew day seem to come to life. Roast coffee like French or Italian roast with burnt barley followed by earthy cocoa, toasty chile flesh, vanilla bean sweetness and slight rum. The barrel hints with brown sugar, dark fruit, wet oak tannin and spice.

MF- Thick and oily body overall. Slick and foamy as well as a tad creamy. Carbonation at a medium level with a tiny hint of chile heat and alcohol warming on the back end.

Not as much Pirate as I would expect and honestly very similar to the regular Bomb! That being said what barrel flavors there are work nicely with the intense roasty base beer. (1,292 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery snifter. The pour is very black and sports a thin finger of dark brown head that quickly dissolves down to a thin lace. Very aromatic beer. The nose has rich, pronounced notes of black coffee, rum, burnt sugar, and hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate. The rum and coffee nose on a beer is something totally new to me. I like it a lot.

Full body and a firm, oily feel. Very complex flavor. Roasted malt accented with vanilla greets you first, followed by intense espresso notes and a hint of cinnamon. At mid-palate, the rum barrels start to charge in with their sweet woody notes and molasses and burnt sugar richness. Chili peppers emerge only briefly on the back of the palate and are quickly washed away by a warming booziness that doesn't seem like 14%. Long and lingering finish with strong coffee and dark chocolate notes. The complexity forces you to sip and concentrate, which is a good thing considering the strength of this beer. Impressive.

This is the first beer I've had (to my knowledge) that was aged in rum barrels. The result is a unique beer experience. The rum adds an interesting dimension to this beer, complementing the coffee especially well and adding richness to the flavor. As with bourbon barrel-aging, sweetness as added as well, but it's not a creamy, vanilla-like sweetness. It's more of a burnt sugar and molasses sweetness. I really enjoyed this beer and wouldn't hesitate to try another rum barrel-aged beer, but I think I prefer the standard Bomb! (or Bible Belt) better. The vanilla and chilis are more pronounced and I tend to prefer those flavors to the rum-accented coffee flavors of Pirate Bomb. Nevertheless, this beer is definitely recommended and is not to be missed if the opportunity should arise. (1,784 characters)

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