Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales
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4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light peppers notes with some very nice and rich black chocolate notes is just about perfect. Taste is a complex mix of rich black chocolates with some light pepper that are not overwhelming with some vanilla notes. Body is full with super nice creamy notes with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Loads of complexity with great flavors and also some good complexity. World class stout for sure.
03-29-2014 00:38:35 | More by Phyl21ca
4.71/5 rDev +4.9%
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!
11-04-2013 18:49:08 | More by BEERchitect
4.78/5 rDev +6.5%
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....
10-20-2013 05:08:00 | More by russpowell
4.55/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
11-11-2013 03:34:07 | More by jlindros
4.49/5 rDev 0%
the rum adds a whole new layer to an already extravagantly complex brew. intense vanilla and woody spice, with traces of molasses and black pepper now blend into the chocolate chili whiskey complex, creating a beverage that is about as layered as they come, but without being overdone in any one area. i am most impressed by the softness of this, just totally delicate and pillowy on the palate, while maintaining enough carbonation to not get heavy. it hides its alcohol strength brilliantly, almost misleadingly, and shows only enough of the chili to intrigue me without sweating me out. i think that element is more balanced than the regular bomb, but some of its distinguishing uniqueness is gone. while this may be more refined, and is certainly just as delicious, i think it is closer to having peers than the original bomb, which is truly one of a kind. chocolate is subtle too in taste, but its aroma is robust. the rum, believe it or not, is a dominant flavor, in a way that the bourbon wasnt before, its almost too much, but because of the foreign feel of rum flavors on my palate, i like it this one time, but in the future that may become a critique of this beer for me. overall a world class phenomenal brew, a rarity unfortunately, everyone should be able to taste this! definitely one to share
04-02-2014 18:14:24 | More by StonedTrippin
4.49/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-11-2014 21:20:05 | More by mdfb79
District of Columbia
4.74/5 rDev +5.6%
I was very excited to try this after being blown away by Prairie Bomb!
Typical big stout appearance. Near black with a thick, beige cap that leaves some sticky lacing around the snifter. Fabulous aroma. Coffee, roast, oak, booze. As expected / hoped, this is awesome. The rum character comes in late and while present, is another nuance rather than a dominant force. Creamy and smooth, yet bold and assertive. Beautifully blended and executed beer. Such balance and grace for such a huge abv beer. The folks at Prairie Artisan Ales truly have a good thing going. Wow.
01-12-2014 20:16:02 | More by Huhzubendah
Prairie Pirate Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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