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Prairie Pirate Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prairie's Bomb stout aged in Rum barrels.

Added by Nuggetz on 10-19-2013

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Photo of Tele
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (March 2016 Version)
Consumed: 4.14.16

A: 4.5 This one doesn’t look all that thick, but it pours clear and almost black with a small, light tan head.

S: 4.5 Immediately after pouring, there’s a really nice chocolate cake, fudge aroma coming out of the glass, separating it from regular bomb. Like regular bomb, there’s also pretty strong vanilla, coffee, and chile. The rum barrel treatment doesn’t seem to add a distinct rum quality, but sort of adds a sweetness and richness that’s lacking in the regular version.

T: 4.5 Flavors start off nice a sweet with good roasted malt, chocolate cake, and vanilla. Pretty quickly the coffee flavors, which are only decent in my opinion, kick in adding a light bitterness to counter the sweeter flavors. The finish is long and drawn out with a slowly building heat from the chiles; the gradual burn is terrific.

M: 4.5 Classic imperial stout feel. Good, substantial body with low, but steady carbonation.

O: 4.5 I’m not a huge fan of regular bomb as I think it’s a little clunky and don’t care for the coffee Prairie uses. This, however, is pretty delicious. The rum barrel doesn’t have big presence, but it does enough to round everything else out. This, coupled with a stronger yet still subtle chile flavor, takes this beer from pretty good to excellent.

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

Wow! By far the best beer I've had with "coffee" on the label. The balance of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and chile is brilliant. I get more cocoa and vanilla than anything.

It looks like used motor oil, smells like cocoa, tastes wonderful, and has just the right thickness to tantalize and linger. I'm not quite sure how the rum plays, but it bolsters the flavor without overpowering.

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Photo of BrotherDylan
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd like to really contribute to the Beer Advocate community by rating a beer that so few people have rated. With that, here goes a review that is identical to the consensus. 2016 vintage in an Avery Rare Beer Snifter, like you do.

Sight: Rich mahogany.

Aroma: It smells like a coffee and brown sugar dry rub on a smoked rib. Oaky molasses and cherry smoked wood.

Taste: Starts out tasting like those chocolate-covered cherry candies your grandmother gave you after christmas dinner. Then it moves into a rich flourless chocolate cake with a powdered cacao and candied rum glaze. The finish is long and chewy. It resembles eating molasses flavored toffee after smoking a cigar.

Mouthfeel: Coarse. Have you ever licked the inside of a rum barrel? I have. And it has the same mouthfeel as this.

Handfeel: Started out cool to the touch but I lovingly cupped the cup until it was luke warm.

Sound: The beer has a remarkably gentle sparkle and crackle in the glass. The bottle top popped off with a perfect hiss.

Recommendation: Bring this beer to a beer share to show all your friends that you ain't no slacker and can bring the heat when it counts. When you get there, take one sip out of the bottle before anyone gets to try it and pour the rest down the drain after saying something along the lines of "I've had better".

Trade value: If this beer were a currency, it would be the Euro. Not quite worth what it once was, but is still widely accepted everywhere.

Salute Prairie, for giving everyone what we wanted all along... The same booze cocktail that everyone else is making but done in a way that makes it your own.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says 04816.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with no head, just a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Heavenly fudgy coffee aroma with a shot of boozy barrel for good measure.

T- Heavy roasted coffee at first, then dark chocolate fudge and powerful oaky rum barrel that works in tandem with the vanilla to provide a great balancing sweetness. A bit of green pepper aftertaste from the chilies.

M- Creamy and silky smooth with low carbonation and a full body.

O- So much better than BA Bomb! It's probably due to BA Bomb! having a different base beer while this is actually Bomb! aged on rum barrels. So much coffee and so much chocolate tied together with excellent rum barrel character. Just lovely.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - same appearance as every other 14% stout I've had, no head, deep dark brown/black, bordering on thin bodied
S - big chocolate, caramel, coconut, vanilla, oak, sweet rum, cocoa, molasses, very smooth and sweet
T - follows the nose, big caramel, molasses, chocolate, coconut, oak, sweet dark rum, oak, vanilla, creamy
M - not thin bodied on the mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is rum, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak
O - an interesting taste, like a great bba stout, but not. Sweeter, more coconut I think. Definitely a heavy rum influence.

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Photo of drew42e
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Heard great things about this beer so couldn't wait to crack open. Poured in a snifter, little to no tan head and near pitch body. Aroma is super complex. Big chocolate up front, fudgy, with vanilla, coffee and after it warmed a little the chiles were evident. Taste is equally complex. Fudge/cocoa at first then some coffee, rum barrel is subtle to me and some heat on the finish. I love this beer and PAA makes some of my favorite stouts, add this to the list.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

And I thought regular Bomb was deceptively smooth...for a 14% beer this is ridiculously drinkable. Everything you love about Bomb, with a splash of rum on the side. What's not to love?

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 2016 bottle. 14% abv. This is just a couple weeks old, and will almost certainly benefit from from aging. Maybe just a couple months. Regardless, as the glass had a few minutes to breathe the booziness settled down and the spicy stout characters came out.

Look is thick, dark black with beautiful shine. Thin dark tan head dissipates to a thin ring with no lacing.

Smell is ridiculously complex. The chocolate/vanilla flavors show first with coffee notes, spices come out later. The boozy notes hit and linger, but the beer has enough to overpower it.

Taste is just like the nose, except you add what is undeniably rum flavors. Rum soaked brownie with some chili. It's tasty, but this fresh there is nothing but sipping for this behemoth.

Body is thinner than standard Bomb. Very oily and sticky, no carbonation, probably a notch below the base beer. I think the booze would blend better if there was more body.

Overall, this is a big ass beer. Bomb is one of my favorites, and I think the standard form is better, but this is a fun beer to enjoy. It's not as drinkable as the base or even the BA version, but it's got a ton of flavors and aromas and they all work, albeit not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Looks black and rich, mocha-tan head, lacing.
Smells like cocoa and vanilla, with a hint of roasted coffee.
This tastes like a delicious milk-chocolatey m, char-roasty rum barrel-aged stout, with the chiles standing apart from the rum burn so as not to muddle things.
It's rich and creamy, and a bit sticky.
Overall the impression I got was that of a beer superior to their regular Bomb!, as well as their barrel-aged version.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date, but just recently released to the area. Doubly excited to have landed a bottle of this from the local beer store. "Imperial stout aged in rum barrels with coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chilles added".

Poured to a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - Pours a thick dark black brown; opaque in the glass, with a light quarter inch skimming of dark mocha that falls to a ring. A thick viscous looking liquid, minor sticky lacing falls right back down into the glass.

S - Oh yes, this is what it's all about. A gooey fudgey aroma - tons of chocolate cake, minor alcohol fumes. Brought back memories of having one of my first bottles of Bourbon County. A beautiful intoxicating aroma.

T - Taste is the same: truly magnificent: fresh steeped coffee flavor right off the bat, chocolatey, fudgey, creamy, bourbon-y (despite being aged in rum barrels), and a beautiful earthy / vegetal / slightly spicy chili pepper presence on the finish. The chili flavor is hot and spicy, slightly peppery, but never becomes too overbearing. All of the flavors meld together beautifully.

M - Smooth, silky, & creamy. Exceptional drinking, especially considering the high abv.

Overall, a beautiful rum barrel aged beer. Highly recommended stuff.

Prairie Pirate Bomb! -----4.5/5

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

12oz bottle poured into a teku glass. 2016 batch.

Appearance: Pours jet black with minimal lace despite aggressive pour

Smell: Chili pepper is up front with some chocolate notes

Taste: Rich chocolate, like devil's food cake; chili pepper, vanilla, and sweet rum flavor in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-body and luscious

Overall: Incredibly decadent.... So glad I had the chance to have this. So very rich in flavor and mouthfeel. Its practically a liquid rum-chocolate cake. If I had to be critical, the chili pepper really dominates the smell, but the taste is downright perfect with all the adjuncts in balance.

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Photo of ccg
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Typical oily stout look. Minimal head, minimal lacing, but the legs look thick. Leaves a ring of bubbles around the edge. The legs make it look boozy, but otherwise, to be honest, it looks like a run-of-the-mill stout.
But the smell... wow. Clearly not your average stout. Boozy for sure, but the coffee smell is more pronounced than in regular Bomb. Plenty of chocolate and vanilla. The chili peppers are not detectable on the nose. It's probably getting buried in the super-sweet, boozy, oaky, dessert smell. It's like smelling some kind of rum-soaked chocolate cake. Fantastic.
The chili peppers may not be on the nose, but they are clearly present when taking a sip. There is a peppery burn on the finish. Surprisingly, the pepper finish seems *stronger* than with regular Bomb. Tons of rum, chocolate, and vanilla in the flavor, but not as much coffee. The coffee does provide a bit of earthy bitterness in the background, but it's nice and subtle. The chili peppers had a real bite on the first few sips, but the more I drink it, the more the sweet, boozy rum, vanilla, and chocolate are overpowering the spice and the coffee.
Mouthfeel has the same slickness and smoothness as regular Bomb. However, this one comes across feeling slightly thinner. Or maybe it seems that way because the alcohol content in Pirate Bomb is not hidden at all. On the contrary, it's booze in your face.
Overall: Oh hell yes. This is a sweet, sticky, boozy, rum-soaked chocolatey dessert mess, but I mean than in the best way possible. It does not have the same balance or subtlety as regular Bomb, but who cares? It's so enjoyable in its own right. And that smell! Wow.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 version - 12 ounce bottle poured into a 12 ounce tulip. Vigorous pour directly into the center of the bottle created no head and there is no lacing. The beer is dark brown/black. Smell is dark chocolate and rum with a hint of vanilla. Chocolate is very strong. The mouthfeel is very smooth, almost oily, with low carbonation, but it's appropriate for the beer and adds to it. This is 14% abv but there is almost no hint of it on the smell or taste initially. It is dangerously smooth. The alcohol becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The taste is strong, dark chocolate, almost baking chocolate with rum. The vanilla comes through on the back end. There is a chili heat at the end that lingers long after, changing the overall taste/feel of the beer. There is also a slight coffee aftertaste. The heat is what sticks and that may be partly because of the high abv. What carbonation is there brings out the chili flavor. Overall this is an outstanding beer. If I had any complaint it would be to make the chili flavor a little more subdued, but that wasn't enough to hurt the rating. The balance in this is amazing, much better than in Barrel Aged BOMB! No one flavor tends to overpower, although dark chocolate is the strongest. I will search out this beer every year they make it.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Searched all around Houston for a few of these. Knew it was gonna be epic.

Look is jet black, with minimal light brown head. Very very slight red hue in the light. Doesn't appear to be too thick. Moderate lacing.

Smell is awesome. Definitely getting a lot of flavors reminiscent of regular Bomb. Slight chilli upfront with that big milk chocolate sweetness. Then you get the slight wood/oak of the barrels and a nice subtle rum presence. Vanilla is creeping through as well.

Taste is similar to regular Bomb with more complexity. Milk chocolate and fudge upfront. As it warms up, the oakiness of the barrel creeps through with a hint of rum. Warming this up even more the heat of the chilie comes through. All these flavors linger around for a while.

Overall this is definitely the best barrel aged Bomb variant. Light years ahead of BA Bomb. I wouldn't say this is better than Pirate Noir, but both have similar tastes, with Pirate Noir being a little more thick and oily. Just when you think regular Bomb can't be beat this comes through. Fantastic beer

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Photo of thatche2
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass (2016 version).

Appearance is deep dark brown in color with little head.

Smell is rum, vanilla, chocolate and a hint of spice and dark fruit.

Taste is dark chocolate and vanilla up front with some rum coming through on the finish. The flavors linger for a good 10-20 sec. The chillies and coffee are faint but some dark fruit flavors (plum, black cherry) add good flavor. The sweetness is fairly noticeable, but the finish is fairly dry with a nice bite. The alcohol is perfectly placed.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy and creamy (silky) with a little heat on the end. The carbonation is low to moderate but works well throughout.

Overall this is an outstanding stout, and the rum is a perfect addition to the base beer. The chocolate notes are really well executed. All of the flavors work well together and pack quite a punch. Exceptional beer and I recommend drinking it fresh.

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Photo of Dusten2015
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz into a snifter.

L: Black, as a imperial should. little head, which dissipated shortly after the pour.

S: Vanilla, rum, coffee, and chilies. Very interesting smell.

T: Sweet upfront, a bit sweeter than normal BOMB!, followed by the barrel taste and a bit of heat and coffee bitterness towards the end. fantastic complexity. You really get a taste for the peppers and coffee at the end, which lingers for some time after the drink.

MF: Oily and smooth, very silky and almost velvety.

O: Very very good beer, one of my new favorite. If you can get your hands on this, do it!

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black in color with absolutely no head. Smell is sweet & boozy with an emphasis on cocao. Taste is very chocolate forward with rum presence that improves as it warms. Smooth feel. Definitely one of the better variants in the BOMB! line-up.

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Photo of GregBinder7
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Happened to be lucky enough to score two of these at different bottle shops in GR. Overall great beer, lots of dark chocolate up front, cacao and vanilla beans in the middle, and a strong rum and heat finish from the chillies added. This was one I was definitely excited to try, but by this point it may be very hard to come by at most stores.


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Photo of heysuz
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky enough to find 2 of these last night.

Taste is basically regular Bomb! with a strong rum barrel presence. Coffee is somewhat subdued in this one and the chocolate steps forward to accentuate the rum.

All in all, a VERY tasty brew. Perhaps the front runner of the BOMB! series.

If you ever get the chance to pick up 1 or even more, give yourself a treat and pick it up. Don't pass it by because it might cost a dollar or two more than something else.

I rated it a 4.5 and would probably go even higher if I reviewed it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.79/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle $11.99. I almost passed this up but based on barrel-aged Bomb! I thought I should give this a go. First whiff out of the opened bottle is a lot of chocolate. Appearance is just like any imperial stout, super black and a minimal head. Aroma is rum, vanilla, rum, and chocolate. The flavor has just a touch of chilies, chocolate, vanilla, and rum. Overall it is alright but I think the bourbon barrel works much better with this beer.

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Photo of Gambyt20
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply WOW! Totally worth the cost and hunting down this whale. So balanced with the sweet rum and still get all the ingredients of regular bomb following. Tough call between this and BA Bomb! Will have to do a side by side tasting to determine that. Absolutely great BA complex and balanced stout.

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

A - 2016 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Let sit for 20 minutes. Dark brown/black in color with a tan, velvety, half-finger head. Dissipates over time into a thin, golden ring.

S - Rum, wood, dark chocolate/fudge, coffee.

T - Chocolate brownie, caramel, vanilla icing, rum, subtle coffee, warming pepper heat.

M - Creamy, velvety, sticky, smooth.

O - Outstanding. A rum-soaked brownie in liquid form. An assortment of flavors that work extremely well together. What 14%? Expensive, but worth the experience.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In some ways I enjoy this better than the original. There is very little carbonation even with an aggressive pour (a little brief fizzle). The rum barrel really came out in this as it almost tasted like a smooth rum at 14% abv. These are hard to find but I enjoyed this loot during another Fischman's escapade.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 2016 version into a snifter; comes out rich dark brown with little head but lots of lacing. Real pretty beer to look at and swirl in a glass. Smells a lot like regular bomb--chocolate, vanilla, wood, roast, booze, hint of chili spice. Taste is vanilla, sipping chocolate, and chili with nicely balanced rum / sugar finish. There's a bit more alcohol heat to this one than regular bomb imo and less coffee. Mouth is creamy, smooth, and silky smooth.

This is a great beer and its undoubtedly the best rum barrel beer I've ever had. Not sure I like it more than regular bomb, but that's by no means a criticism. Look forward to sitting on one a bit.

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Photo of phishgator
3.67/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip glass , 10 oz. Almost no head even with a vigorous swirl. Black in color with very little edges of tan when held to the light. The smell is of bitter dark chocolate. The taste is the same chocolate, but a faint hint of chilies comes through in the finish. The body is good and full. The alcohol is well hidden for 14%, but you know it's there once you put down the glass.

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