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Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Pirate Bomb!Prairie Pirate Bomb!

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 1,436
Avg: 4.45
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 898
Gots: 330 | 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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Photo of cpetrone84
1.59/5  rDev -64.3%
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 Beersmuggler
2.94/5  rDev -33.9%
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 russwbeck
3.36/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Like Prairie Bomb, this pours out thick as sludge. It differs in that this actually retains its brown head for a decent amount of time and laces somewhat down the side of the glass. 4

S: The rum barrel aging has certainly changed this beer. The aroma is much more sweet. Spiced rum definitely takes over, with notes of vanilla, caramel, booze, and (strangely only once agitated) wood. It seems to be a bit disjointed. 3

T: My first question is...where did the peppers go? All of the balance that Prairie Bomb! offered is gone because the heat is non-existent, except for the moment that you swallow the beer. The taste is very much focused on the rum, which allows for the sweetness to take over. Chocolate, roast, and slight vanilla mostly. 3.5

MF: The body is roughly as thick as Prairie Bomb!, but the increased amount of booze and negatively impacted balance makes for a minus in the drinkability category. 4

Value: At $15 for this 12oz bottle, I'd say it was too much for its worth. Pay less and get a better beer for Prairie Bomb!. 3

O: This was a pretty big disappointment. I really loved the base beer for this, and thought that it could only get better. The barrel aging muted the base, bringing it back to the pack. It amazes me that Pirate Bomb! has a better trading value than Prairie Bomb!, because anyone who has tried both should be able to attest to the fact that Prairie Bomb! blows it out of the water. I'm sad to think that there could be this much more Prairie Bomb! on the market, because I want to drink it all. 3

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.37/5  rDev -24.3%
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

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Photo of timc100
3.44/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of danh53
3.46/5  rDev -22.2%
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 Stevedore
3.47/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, green wax. Split with Doug, side-by-side with a red wax Bomb. Poured into an Toppling Goliath snifter today, 10/6/2013.

Looks just like regular Bomb. Pitch black, opaque body with a nice 1cm fluffy brown head with good retention. It finally drops into the beer after a while; leaving a placid looking stout.

Now this beer smells a lot like regular Bomb, except I can't get as much of the adjuncts. There is some coffee and some roastiness, but its mostly dominated by sweet rum. In my opinion, the rum really detracts from the rich nose of the regular Bomb.. in fact, I'd go as far as to say that it really is neutered by the rum.

Flavour profile is no different.. it's like regular Bomb except muted, covered up by the sweet rum. Not a lot of oak or vanilla either; it's mostly just sweet rum. I really feel that the rum aging didn't really help this beer a lot. Regular Bomb is fantastic and it was done a disservice with rum aging.

Creamy, full-bodied, even more so than regular Bomb. Heat is ever present, from the rum.

Yep, the barrel-aging kind of didn't do right by this base beer. The base beer is drinking fantastic still, with a lot of complexity and great mouthfeel but barrel-aging it just gave it more rum character that overpowers everything else and adds some additional heat, which finally reminds me that it is a 14% beer. Regular Bomb doesn't have the heat, but this one reminds you there is 14% alcohol. I don't really like this version of Bomb and wouldn't recommend giving up the farm for it.

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Photo of ZepHead80
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
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 papat444
4/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Charliechu
4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought overall this was a solid coffee stout. The smell was great, and the appearance is over the top. However, I didn't really like the chile but its a small trade off for such a good beer. I think its much better on tap than in bottle. Had both.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Jet black color with a little bit of sediment visible. Essentially produces no head on the pour, only some minor carbonation that leaves some foam around the edges of the glass.

Aroma- Very nice aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate, molasses, and a little bit of coffee melded among all the sweet aromas.

Taste- Letting this warm up to 50 degrees before the first sip. Initial impression is that rum barrels are very noticeable with sweet molasses, oak, and caramel flavors. Very sweet in the front and warming alcohol making is presence known as well. The finish is what really stands out though, with creamy vanilla and mild coffee flavors combining for a terrific finish capped off by a little bit of pepper spice.

Feel- On the lighter side of full bodied, which makes this a little dangerous to drink. Decent amount of carbonation that becomes slightly noticeable in the middle of the mouth.

Overall- A really good beer, but for me it falls a bit short of expectations, which have been brought on by reviews and my experience with Prairies amazing arsenal of stouts. Its just a tad too sweet for my liking and could use more roasted qualities to balance the front which is dominated by sweet rum flavors. But as a rum lover I know the sweetness should shine through, so it really comes down to my roasted/coffee preference in stouts. Prairie aimed to make a rum barrel stout and they succeeded, but it just doesn't quite work for me. Despite my seemingly negative focus on this, I really enjoyed the beer (the finish is amazing) and I'd defnitely recommend it. I just wouldn't give an arm and leg for it considering regular Bomb! can be gotten a lot easier.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A huge thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter alongside Praire Bomb! and shared with schen9303.

Pours the same as Prairie Bomb. Pitch black with a dark mocha head with moderate to low retention. Lacing is even more sparse but the legs are, if its possible, even thicker. Pretty nice.

The rum-barrel aging lends a completely different aroma to this brew. Nose is chocolate, cocoa, molasses, lactose, and cane sugar. Overall sweeter but it loses the robustness from the coffee.

Opens chocolate, molasses, honey and sweet dark fruit. More chocolate, fudge, and cocoa in the middle with hints of booze, oak, and leather at the end. Finishes dark fruit, espresso and cocoa with the same aftertaste. Nice complexity and a pretty unique flavor profile.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Thick, oily and chewy in the mouth and goes down warm and slick. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. The barrels have done wonders for the feel, making it thicker and less carbonated. Very nice!

The rum-barrel aging fixes the biggest problem with this beer: the body. Thickening and smoothing it out. This is a pretty good beer and certainly better than the base.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
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 drmcleod10
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opened for my pop's 55th birthday.
Shared with 2 others

A - Pours dark with dark brown around the edge of the glass. One finger carmel mocha head

S - Roast, expresso, dark chocolates, rum, vanilla, and very trace amounts of pepper on the nose

T - Taste follows the smell with rich expresso hints on the front, with roasted walnuts, dark chocolate, vanilla followed by small amounts of barrel character and chile on the finish

M - Mouthfeel is very creamy full bodied and chewy. The mouthfeel is amazing on this beer and after it goes down, the heat lingers

O - A slight improvement on Bomb! They are both amazing beers, both of these are slightly better than bible belt

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.25.13

A - Pours a motor oil black with a small dark brown, fine head that fades slowly to form a large ring.

S - Chilies, chocolate, coffee.

T - Coffee, chilies, chocolate, vanilla. Heat in the finish.

D - Heavy body with low carbonation. Nice heat in the finish.

O - Stages of flavors, hot, they are all welcome and terrific.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from burg. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, peppers, a little booze, and big time earthy spicy coffee. Flavor is mostly coffee, a bit of a pepper bite on the way down, and a very nice lingering vanilla and some sweetness (rum?) on the palate. I maybe only get the rum sweetness in the aftertaste, and this otherwise doesn't have much barrel going on. But even that is reaching. Very high carbonation for a BA beer, with the earthy coffee and pepper spice cutting through the viscosity. As it warms it becomes thicker and more chocolatey. Where is the rum here? It seems like they must have used light rum, rather than dark rum, for the aging. If that is the case, I think they missed out on what could have been a much better outcome. Overall, a nice brew, but really not much (any?) different from the regular version other than some additional alcohol.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
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 LambicPentameter
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with no wax, serving as proof that this is from Batch 2, which was released in the Fall of 2014. Poured into a Prairie Artisan Ales teku glass because beer definitely tastes better when the logo on the glass matches the liquid inside.

Appearance (4.0) - With a pretty aggressive pour, I'm just able to coax out a head that shows about three-fourths of a finger of thickness. I realize barrel-aged beers often have trouble with foam and retention (which is why I tend to pour them aggressively), but something about a wimpy layer of foam just takes the shine of a beer's look to me. The foam is a light sienna hue with hints of tawny, and it hangs around for just a bit before fading to leave a spotty tracing of film on the surface of the motor-oil black liquid. Lacing is nonexistent.

Smell (4.0) - I quickly realize that this beer is not meant to be consumed directly out of the fridge, because the chill has left an aroma that is predominantly rum--but in a boozy, hot way--and dulled chocolate. Many beers are less than ideal at cooler temperatures, and I will proceed to sip on it as it warms up, but this one is downright lacking at colder temps, so I decide to set it aside for a good 20 minutes, which turns out to be a very good decision. When I come back to it, the chocolate has now gained some depth, with richer, bittersweet tones, and the rum presence brings that quintessential spice element, with some boozy sweetness remaining. I don't get much vanilla or chile at this stage, unfortunately, but there is a nice roasted malt backbone supporting the chocolate and rum.

Taste (4.25) - The taste had the exact same "too cold" problem as the smell, resulting in something that tasted like stale chocolate-infused liquor. But as with the smell, time apart did make the heart grow fonder--or in this case, allowed the beer to warm up to my preferences. The chocolate became more rich, and had a light complement of sweet vanilla that I didn't pick up in the smell. The rum spice was present, but integrated into the other flavors in the beer, rather than just tasting like someone poured rum into a stout. But the most significant thing is the way the rum played with the chile aspect--subtle at first, almost unnoticeable, but as I continued to sip away, the heat became cumulative on my palate, slowly building an underlying spiciness that really kicked the beer up a notch. The only thing I wish is that there was a way for the rum to be more overt, but while still not being unbalanced. Perhaps I ask too much...

Feel (4.25) - On the low side of full-bodied, with a thick, viscous quality to it, but not as thick as some imperial stouts I've had (I'm guessing from the barrel aging). Carbonation is low and could use just a bit more punch to it. Finish is sweet and with a lingering heat, especially about halfway through the bottle.

Overall (4.25), I'm not sure I've had a more manic-depressive beer with such a stark contrast between the experience when cold vs. warm. As such, I don't think I'm even going to stick my other bottles of Pirate into the fridge before opening them, because this one got good just a bit before it hit true room temperature. I'm thinking cellar temp will be perfect.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%

- 12oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 25-Nov-14

This is the best rum barrel-aged beer I've had yet, and it's because the rum is just subtle enough where it's detectable (as I believe rum flavors should be). The chili peppers are more prominent in this than all the regular Bomb! I've had in the past. I typically don't prefer too much pepper notes and spice in my brews, but I think it works with the sweetness that the rum barrels add. It's not that much better than the regular. It's just... different.

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Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pirate bomb

Pours a cola brown with minimal head and no light passage. The nose starts with some green pepper followed by the lovely trinity of coffee chocolate and vanilla. The rum works to elevate all of these notes and add a bit of creaminess and depth to eah of the ingredients. Taste starts with some initial smokiness, follow by a bit of peppery heat. The barrel adds a bit of sweetness and boozy heat on the end. Each flavor is well represented and well balanced much like the base beer. Mouth feel is a bit on the thinner side considering the abv. Overall I enjoyed regular Bomb! A little more, but this rum version is definitely tasty!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

OH MY! What an offering! From a bottle that was handed out like some sort of secret stash
from The Party Source in KY, this imperial stout pours a thick black midnight with little to no
head. The nose is HUGE and complex. Rum mingles with coconut, chocolate, coffee, and of
all things chili peppers mixed with tones of heavy alcohol. Flavors are outstanding. Chocolate
and coffee flavors to the fore, coconut and rum to the aft, port and starboard show heavy
sweet malts and deep roasted grains. Chili peppers shine through on the aftertaste giving an
added warmth to the alcohol heat. An exceptional beer and one worth aging a few years if at
all possible. Very nice. Contributes to words like "arrgghh" and looking for "booty"....that is
IF she has more than one, then your treasure is found. Plunder time!


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Photo of goochpunch
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out pitch black with hardly any head. Coffee is the main aromatic note, followed by some chocolate/vanilla and a very mild touch of rum. Rum was more apparent when straight from the fridge. Really gets overwhelmed by everything else as it warms. Chocolate makes a stronger appearance in the flavor with the coffee making a showing. Again, rum is very subdued as it gets warmer. Chile warmth in the throat. Ashy bitterness. Mouthfeel is full with a barely there carbonation. Overall, this is good, but I'd like more rum barrel.

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