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Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 1,484
Avg: 4.44
pDev: 29.05%
Wants: 930
Gots: 343 | FT: 28
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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

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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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - A brown-black purely opaque body and a brown head that pours short and fades to a slim ring and a slight spotty cast. You can see the viscosity in the way the beer forms waves in the pour. Promises a real creamy treat.

S - Vanilla and alcohol warmth, a hint of chili, also a definite chocolate thread.

T - The chili note is front, not so much as spice but hinting at pepper flesh. Not off-note, like green peppers, but more like jalapenos. Underlying this, and coming forward in the middle and close is a strong chocolate hit, spiced hints of cinnamon. The rum comes through with vanilla and warmth. The close fades quickly to a subtle but not overpowering sweetness.

M - This is the most surprising aspect. A beer this big and full should be heavy, and it would not be a knock. But this is surprisingly drinkable and pleasant. There is not much spicy warmth, and not a lot of heat from the alcohol, either. Exceptional.

O - Overall, I am not a huge fan of peppers in my beer, but this one is not brutal. The flavor is very deep, but it is the feel in the mouth that really separates this brew from other big ABV stouts. I cannot say I'd seek this out again, but it is not because this beer is anything other than top notch.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rum added a very nice sweetness to what is an already great beer. That said, I love regular Bomb and I am not sure I need any other flavors in here as it covers up what I enjoy about the original version.

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Photo of mabermud
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep, dark brown body. Shiny, full, dark brown, creamy head. Nice and broad, legging and lace that melts beautifully from the sides of my favorite 15.5 ounce brandy snifter.
Smell: Spicy warm aroma, or you could say spicy hot. Well, it smell more like a biting hot. Wood and booze are apparent in the smell. Sweet dark grains are there, but they are in back of the spice and booze.
Taste: This is definitely aged in rum barrels. The sweetness in the rum is right there. The rum barrel takes over the front end. Just put the Bomb right behind all of this. Good stuff.
Feel: Big and heavy. Creamy-ish. Not bad at all.

Overall - I think the rum barrel takes over this beer. It makes it sweeter and changes it up significantly. I actually like the regular Bomb better.

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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours motor oil black with a thin mocha head; splashy lacing descends from the lip of the glass

Smell: Very roasty, with dark chocolate, coffee and walnut tones; cayenne pepper and other spices also waft

Taste: Roast and cayenne pepper forward, with the chocolate, coffee and walnut flavors building; vanilla and holiday spices arrive, in the middle, with the heat from the chiles and the rum barrel adding more power in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet but not what one would expect given the ABV

Overall: I like what the rum barrel does here; a lot going on and all of it good

Thanks, Beer4B, for the opportunity

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Photo of jvivino
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a series with Bomb and Fred's blend. This one stood out to me a bit more than the bomb, although the nose in the bomb really shined. The taste of the Pirate bomb was much better. I'm usually not into rum barrel aged beers, but the rum accompanies the cacao and vanilla perfectly. Huge vanilla on the nose. Overall very pleased with this beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

~12 month old bottle

A - Thick black pour with a thin halo of dark mocha head.

S - Deep dry, super roasty nose. Dark char, cigarette butts, caramel apples, burnt bread crust, and dark chocolate.

T - Smooth dark chocolate, charred wood, pumpernickel bread, molasses, and a touch of burnt brown sugar.

M - Medium-full body with a slightly astringent backend.

O - A fantastic imperial stout on the dark, charred and roasty side of the style.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of chilies, a slight bit of smoke, some rum sweetness, and chocolate.

Taste is roasted coffee, a little bit of rum, and some heat (probably both from the chilies and from the rum). I clearly held on to this bottle for too long and it's probably less than a month away from degenerating into a soy sauce bomb. Original bottle I had blended the sweetness from the rum perfectly with the coffee, chocolate, and chilies in Bomb!

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Photo of cpetrone84
1.59/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Pour is black with a tan bubbly head. Nose is heavy rum and ashy malt, hints of cake malt when swirled, but faint and overshadowed by ash. Flavor is worse than it smells, overly sweet and ashy, metallic note, faint malt but very little. Soft feel, full bodied, light carb.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i too enjoyed the base beer more so than this barrel aged version. all remains the same sense wise other than the rum barrel presence. the scent is definietly bomb w/ rum. the taste took me for a twist....you get all of base beer bomb with a heavy rum presence. although i enjoyed the verdict is out on going through the trouble to acquire again.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark as the night. Slight rose thin head. Almost non existent.

S: rum. Vanilla or marshmallow. RAw Cacao. Chocolate syrup

T: chillis. Rum. Dark chocolate. Bitter cacao.

F: smooth. Coating the palate

O: really great. Balanced but with pops of all the advertised flavors

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Photo of KSOZE
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOMB! is one of my favorite flavored stouts, and I love barrel aged beers. Rum is one of my favorite spirits, and love how it complements sweeter beers. This one really had me excited for these reasons, but was slightly let down. The rum takes over and adds some pleasant sweetness, but makes the chocolate dominate from the base beer. Peppers are all but gone, and, surprisingly, vanilla very muted. I much prefer the base beer and will not be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pitch black with some good brown colored froth. Surprising retention and lacing for a 14% beer
(S)- Big and rich raisin and chocolate notes that flow into some serious rum barrel and vanilla bits. Some of the chili on the finish
(T)- Very similar to the smell. Big on the cocoa, vanilla, rum. The chilies are still on the finish, giving it some heat
(M)- A good carbonation level for the style. Big flavors with that spicy kick on the finish. Surprisingly smooth for 14% but that chili pepper at the end helps to remind you.
(O)- A great base, but I would of liked the chili to be better integrated into the beer. Having it at the tail end on the finish, really adds some heat to this that made this a challenge to finish

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Photo of Beersmuggler
2.94/5  rDev -33.8%
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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Photo of Mbo108
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Ktothec
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark motor oil color.
S: It has a strong pepper smell and its a little over powering
T: The pepper isn't as strong as the smell, can taste a hint of chocolate, not tasting vanilla.
F: mouthfeel is great. great body to this beer.
O: I really enjoy this beer. I just feel the chili pepper could be a slight more mild.

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Photo of danh53
3.46/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | 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!

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of mlb430
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1825th review on BA
Bottle to Prairie Teku

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.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.91/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The bottle date is squished together and illegible, but ends in 14. Pours black with a brown head which is soapy on top and shimmering on the 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, and rum flavors throughout. Both sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel is decadent and fits the style perfectly. Overall, the excellent flavor contrast makes this spicy chocolate stout amazing.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

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Prairie Pirate Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
97 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.