Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,340
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 839
Gots: 318 | FT: 29
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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 mschantz
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened for Super Bowl. Everything I expected and more.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of WckdVbz
3.89/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, but not great. Too thin for the style.

Photo of SteveB24
4.62/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
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-

Photo of Grackos
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional , strong beer. Not cheap though.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite Bomb variation to date! Excellent!!!!

Photo of timc100
3.44/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of abex44
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top Notch! Lives up to the hype!

Photo of Tommo
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best beer made by prairie. I can only say that it tastes "prickly". absolutely incredible

2014 version in 12 oz taster glass

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.93/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Not much rum influence and not as spicy as I had hoped for. Thinner than anticipated, also.

Photo of chadwicktorres
4.02/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this...the rum brings this together so much better than the regular.

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best of all the bombs

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Chief09
4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of their better brews. They need to spfnd more time on aging their brews.

Photo of AnalogErik
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose on this thing is amazing, so much chocolate! The pepper comes in on the back end of the taste. It is a tasty beer, for sure. This is legit.

Photo of stouts4me
3.91/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic! This has a great taste and mouthfeel.

Photo of Desp59
3.42/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stouts are generally not my thing but this was surprisingly good.

Photo of gjoker321
3.64/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too pepper forward for my taste. Drowns out the underlying stout.

Photo of JohnG190
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a murky brown with a thin mocha head. Coffee and vanilla on the nose with hints of rum. Big rum and vanilla on the palate with slight pepper heat on the finish. Medium bodied with creamy mouthfeel due to the low carbonation. Overall, a little too thin bodied for my tastes, but an extremely well crafted and complex imperial stout.

Photo of caffeineTX
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

very spicy, not a lot of ton of barrel but I get a lot of rum on the front of the beer

Photo of EveningCordial
4.8/5  rDev +6%

Poured from bottle into snifter.

A- dark and thick with little noticeable carbonation. Very light and short dark brown head.

S- chocolate hit the nose first with a little expresso behind it. Mild touch of vanilla and wood. The peppers were there but mildly. Not overwhelming but booze is present as well. Although the booze was detectable I didn't get much of a rum presence.

T- lots of chocolate and vanilla up front as well as well as coffee and expresso. Some coconut from the rum I suppose but still no true rum flavoring. Wood and a little
heat from the booze just about finish this one up right before the peppers lightly expose themselves in mostly flavor and not much spice.

M- full bodied and smooth as can be. This is rich and creamy, barely any carbonation, and after a little warming up of its own, it's ready to warm you.

O- a great job in this one. I could go through these all winter. Although I expected more rum, this is spot on for a delicious stout. Amazingly smooth and the ABV is pretty hidden for what it is. Highly enjoyable and recommended.

Photo of pkalix
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

The rum adds a different kind of sweetness. Very interesting. Very tasty. The abv is nicely blended with the flavors.

Photo of Roguer
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark, black brew, topped by a thin but very dark brown head. Retention for the small head is OK.

Aroma leaps out from the pour, with rum, chocolate, coffee, and peppers all making an early showing. Up close, coffee and chocolate dominate, with rum, vanilla, and peppers all in the background.

Every flavor from the aroma is present in the flavor. Chocolate and booze are forefront, with coffee providing a nice rounding out effect, and the heat from the peppers very noticeable on the back end.

Slightly thinner body than Bomb!, but still thick and creamy. Much hotter in feel.

The rum adds less than you might guess, if you're a fan of Bomb!. It's remarkably similar overall, although the rum is definitely present in the alcohol heat, and a bit in the flavor.

Prairie Pirate Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 1,340 ratings.