Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 1,363
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 2.23%
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Gots: 317 | FT: 29
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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 EveningCordial
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of simont1
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

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. (410 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.67/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,199 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%

- 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. (513 characters)

Photo of Iratolla
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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!! (303 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%

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. (265 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (3,253 characters)

Photo of TboneRN
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%

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 (359 characters)

Photo of barhoc11
5/5  rDev +11.4%

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! (569 characters)

Photo of army01
5/5  rDev +11.4%

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. (285 characters)

Photo of skinny_mcginley
5/5  rDev +11.4%

I didn't think you could make BOMB! any better. But wow, this stuff was amazing. The rum adds a new level of greatness. The mouthfeel felt a little lighter but no complaints. Another great stout from Prairie. (208 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.4/5  rDev -2%

Thank you very much for this one, Jason! Pours a dark brown, soon vanishing, bubbly head, which leaves small spots of lace, while mahogany in color, almost complete black.

The nose booms with coffee, bitter chocolate and dark caramel, supporting hints of vanilla, which are imparted by an oaken, smooth barrel influence, along with a distinct rum infusion.

Has an outstanding complexity, lots of tastes blend together within split-seconds. Begins with soft milk chocolate and toffee notes, heated up by a chili burn from the back of the palate. Bitterness reveals itself under the unfolding spiciness, part of due to the rum barrel, with a slick, almost dry, rich coffee character. This gets balanced by earthy malts, with lots of toffee and caramel qualities, leading to a vanilla note, which introduces the palate to the gentle, boozy rum barrel taste. Once the rum gets detectable it wraps up the whole palate by enhancing the full-bodied character of this brew, without overpowering any nuances. Both vanilla and chili interact for a long while, hovering above the deep, slightly roasted coffee bitterness with dark, sweetened choclate in the finish. Ends a bit sweeter, with chocolate fudge, chilis and wooden rum notes, which seem to be a perfect match, adding a warm, smooth impression to the beer, without revealing any alcoholic notes. Wow! (1,351 characters)

Photo of themind
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome variation of the original. Still keeps the good peppery finish and the amazing stout backbone. The rum barrel is subtle but adds an interesting dynamic to the beer. If I see this, I am buying this...no doubt. This is a beer that lives up to it's ratings. A World Class brew.

Bottom Line: Legendary beer! (323 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at the Holy Grale in Louisville, KY

A. Dark brown nearly black with a very frothy head. The head slowly retreats to a fine bubble rim.

S. Complex. Mocha frappacino, spiced rum, coconut, banana peels, coffee, and chocolate.

T. The individual notes are appearant but mesh to a chocolate banana tropical taste. Notes of chocolate, banana, coconut, pie crust, whipped cream, and coffee. No booze.

M. Very smooth - actually too smooth - full body, medium to low carbonation.

O. I very much enjoyed this beer. I wish had more. The bottom of the glass was a sad sight. Go get this. (590 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Incredible dark chocolate aroma, with notes of rum and sweet, roasted malt, finishing with chilies. Flavor is chocolate dominant, accented by chili, which carries into the finish and leaves a nice warmth. Rum and toasted oak weave throughout. (242 characters)

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle no wax.
Got this for $8.50 at the local store about a month ago.

a- Pours a super dark black. Brown head that quickly disappears into a foam ring. 3.5/5

s- Super fudge with a bold coffee presence. Hints of Rum, carmel and vanilla blend together. The nose has loads of chocolate. One of the best smelling beers I have ever had. 4.5/5

t- Waves of coffee and chocolate coat the tongue, and open up to more vanilla and carmel flavors as it sits on the palate. Very bold, yet nuanced and balanced. The alcohol warmth blends with the chili heat in the throat with a noticeable lingering warmth 4.75/5

m- This is definitely a big bodied beer. The nice thick body complements the style perfectly. Low carbonation as you would expect 4.25/5

o-This is a fantastic beer. I would have to say that this is the best stout I have ever had. This stout has everything- A big nose that has a lot of complexity, big flavors that are balanced perfectly and perfect mouthfeel.I love how the chills hide the alcohol heat in the throat and have the lasting heat. Really lovely beer. Something you kind of have to drink on an empty stomach or half a bottle at a time. It is a meal in itself. I would recommend this, and personally I would pay up to $12 a bottle for it. IT is just that good. Must try. 4.75/5 (1,303 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

CHEERS! (828 characters)

Photo of durlta
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Fall 2014 release. Drank after barrel aged boris oatmeal stout, which was excellent. This is even better. Deep brown-black with a dark tan 1/4" head if poured vigorously. Smells like cane sugar, bourbon, a little dark rye bread. Tastes as it smells with all noted ingredients expertly blended: cacao nibs, vanilla bean, chiles, aged in rum barrels. Superb! (356 characters)

Photo of StArnoldFan
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

This beer is on point. It's everything I love about Bomb with a subtle rum hint. Usually the barrel aging masks the base beer, however this one accentuates it. This is not your typical BA stout. A must try. (206 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (1,689 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%

This beer pours a dark as night black with a thin tan head that quickly fades. The smell is of sweet rum, coconut and chocolate. In the taste, I get rum, milk chocolate, nice smooth coffee and as the big lingers it has a delicious sweetness. The beer is very smooth and easy to drink, which is awesome for a 14% beer. Over this is one of the greatest beers I have ever had. (373 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

A-dark brown black color with a nice light brown head and some lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, chocolate, hint of pepper, molasses, rum, little vanilla

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, little chili pepper, vanilla, rum, toffee, little molasses

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy, little viscous

O-what makes this beer so great is the great array of flavors that blend so harmoniously, love sipping this (436 characters)

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