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Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 1,434
Avg: 4.45
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 896
Gots: 331 | FT: 31
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Nuggetz on 10-19-2013

Prairie's Bomb stout aged in Rum barrels.
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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 larryi86
4.87/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to bstyle for this
12 oz bottle, green wax, poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Chili peppers, rich creamy chocolate, hints of coffee, some vanilla, rum, some dark fruits, just really in your face and amazing.

T- Wow, this is intense and amazing, a lot more rum than the nose. Sweet rum, hints of oak, coffee, rich creamy chocolate, some vanilla, faint chillies, low heat.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- Really well done, better than regular Bomb! which is great. Truly worth seeking out, it is nicely balanced and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good blend of spice (peppers), with vanilla. Chocolate and coffee are there but secondary. The rum imparts some flavor but is not overwhelming. Bomb is better but this is still a tasty brew,

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Photo of Amaeda27
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Espresso black w/ a clingy brown sugar ring of foam.

Smell: Rum barrel. OLD rum barrel. Medium roast coffee, vanilla, smoked cayenne, dark husky malt. Chocolate milk, dulce de leche as it warms.

Taste: Like a sweet aged demerara rum. Lightly roasted coffee, cocoa powder, dates, vanilla. FInishes with cayenne kick and clean smoky notes.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, viscous mouthfeel that is balanced by a spicy smoky finish. In one man's opinion, hides it's ABV very well despite the notable presence of rum.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer. It is possibly a 100 beer in my opinion except it lacks in a couple of areas.

Appearance: Dark as night, not much head at all, pretty much what you would expect from this style of beer. A thin ring around the base of the beer of a mild foam.

Aroma: Coffee, charred malts, chocolate, rum, some dark fruits. Very complex. Not as earthy as standard Bomb, but I imagine the rum barrel takes that away.

Taste: This is a wonderful beer, maintains the base very well. Nearly perfect in every way, maybe it is the perfectly rum barrel aged beer, but I have had others that have had more of the rum character come to the forefront and for that I am taking off the smallest of points. Its really insignificant, but I feel like I am doing too many 5's lately, not that this one doesn't deserve it, but if I could find a flaw that is it. The rum does not shine as much as I would like in the taste. For good or bad you decide its worldclass no doubt. The other thing I should say, is this has one of the best mouthfeel's and texture of beers I have ever had. It is amazing how perfectly balanced this beer is on the way it feels in the mouth.

Overall: Worldclass beer, everyone knows it, probably the best rum aged beer I have had, No. I know it is!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
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-

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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 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 deadonhisfeet
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of simont1
4.45/5  rDev 0%

Aroma of coffee and cacao, roast, with some faint raisin rum character. Taste is vanilla and a short lasting burning sensation, fudge, chocolate and an earthy quality, the rum character is very faint and gives more so this oaky brown sugar side to the beer. This beer has literally zero alcohol taste, without drinking anything before, supersmooth with a very nice thick texture, only lacking a bit more taste.

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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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Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Vicious black pour. Some lace.

Flavor profile: Heavy dark chocolate and cocoa. The vanilla is apparent. The peppers stand out much more in this beer than brimstone bomb. Roasted malts and coffee. The rum flavors are noticeable and very unique. A much different oaky flavor. Some spice flavors.

Full bodied and rich. The right amount of carbonation.

Very flavorful beer. One of my favorite of the bomb! series.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A little rusty on reviewing since the had function.

A: single finger head dissipates quickly although leaves a thin layer of tan froth on a jet black body

S: lots of peanut butter dominates the nose. Additional notes include vanilla, chocolate, dark malts. Hasn't warmed up enough yet but as it does the barrel aging is more evident. The chiles aren't really there. The aroma is great but not what was expected or as advertised.

T: so after a few sips the rum barrels are well represented. I hope though as I enjoyed this one it would balance out. This one is definitly complex. Early on the barrel is best but as it's enjoyed the chocolate, vanilla and dark malts appear briefly only to be eclipsed by the chile heat in the finish. Interestingly the chiles have more of a heat releasing role than that of the pepper itself. Nice although rapid transitions of flavor.

M: relatively thick and oily feel as expected. Very nice degree of carbonation. Just right

Overall: certainly complex and worth the hype. I feel some other chile barrel aged stouts are more desirable than this but don't miss a chance to try it if you are lucky enough to do so. I feel fortunate to have had that opportunity.

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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 Iratolla
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Had this one from a 12oz bottle briefly spun in an ice bath. This thing reminds me of Willy Wonka's candy that changed distinctly from one flavor to another. Rum to coffee, coffee to vanilla, vanilla to chili heat. The high ABV is smoothly concealed by all these well balanced flavors...amazing beer!!

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%

Fantastic take on an amazing base stout. The rum barrel brings out the vanilla the most. Almost candy like, with other flavors complimenting nicely. As it warms the other flavors develop nicely.

For a 14 percent barrel - aged beer the alcohol is barely detectable.

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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 TboneRN
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Here is how I would describe Pirate Bomb!
Because of the rum barrel, the chilies have been toned down, the coffee is a little more forward, and the ending has a slight sweetness to it...the barrel is pretty subtle as far as aging in rum goes...but I do prefer it to regular bomb!...but I have to say it isn't a huge improvement and might just go on preference

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Photo of barhoc11
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance - Dark, Dark Brown with a motor oil viscocity and a mocha brown head

Smell - Rum, chocolate, coffee and vanilla make this one of the best smelling beers I have ever had

Taste - Chocolate is the dominant flavor at first, closely followed by rum and the vanilla associated with it. There is a slight burn from the pepper at the end that sets this beer apart from others, besides other bomb variants. This beer tastes like heaven

Mouthfeel - very thick and holds up to the high abv

Overall - This thing is amazing, I knew it would be good but not THIS good!

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Photo of army01
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Really liked this offering from Prairie.

Nice head, with a decent amount of booze on the nose. While cold, Bomb! definitely was the predominate flavor -- chocolate, coffee and slight hint of peppers. As it warmed, the barrel made it's presence known. A great beer for a fall night.

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Prairie Pirate Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
97 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.