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Prairie Pirate Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Pirate Bomb!Prairie Pirate Bomb!

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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 ccg
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +11.1%
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 +8.9%
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 +8.4%
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 +5.3%
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 +4.9%
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%
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 +3.3%
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 -15.8%
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 +11.1%
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 +8.7%
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 +11.1%
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%
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 -18.4%
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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Photo of n2185
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours black with half a finger of brown head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate fudge on the nose with vanilla and a hint of caramel and rum.

T: Fudge up front here as well with vanilla, burnt sugar, oak, and a decent bit of rum following. There are subtle cinnamon and spice notes as well. The finish is moderately boozy, but not as strong as you would expect for its abv. Delicious.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and chewy with an alcohol presence that keeps it from being watery.

O: A damn good beer, overall. Love the aroma and flavor profile. It could be a little smoother with the alcohol presence, but that's about the only nitpick I have with it.

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Photo of coastiebob
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 version released today. Looks like I would imagine a black hole looks like up close. Smells delightful with vanilla & chocolate up front with a touch of booze behind it. Tastes follows smell with a nice rum presence and feel & a hint of chili pepper taste & throat feel. The viscosity lingers on the tongue nicely. It almost has the feel of chocolate melting in your mouth. very glad I have a few of these to age. Top notch!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - A brown-black purely opaque body and a brown head that pours short and fades to a slim ring and a slight spotty cast. You can see the viscosity in the way the beer forms waves in the pour. Promises a real creamy treat.

S - Vanilla and alcohol warmth, a hint of chili, also a definite chocolate thread.

T - The chili note is front, not so much as spice but hinting at pepper flesh. Not off-note, like green peppers, but more like jalapenos. Underlying this, and coming forward in the middle and close is a strong chocolate hit, spiced hints of cinnamon. The rum comes through with vanilla and warmth. The close fades quickly to a subtle but not overpowering sweetness.

M - This is the most surprising aspect. A beer this big and full should be heavy, and it would not be a knock. But this is surprisingly drinkable and pleasant. There is not much spicy warmth, and not a lot of heat from the alcohol, either. Exceptional.

O - Overall, I am not a huge fan of peppers in my beer, but this one is not brutal. The flavor is very deep, but it is the feel in the mouth that really separates this brew from other big ABV stouts. I cannot say I'd seek this out again, but it is not because this beer is anything other than top notch.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rum added a very nice sweetness to what is an already great beer. That said, I love regular Bomb and I am not sure I need any other flavors in here as it covers up what I enjoy about the original version.

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Photo of mabermud
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep, dark brown body. Shiny, full, dark brown, creamy head. Nice and broad, legging and lace that melts beautifully from the sides of my favorite 15.5 ounce brandy snifter.
Smell: Spicy warm aroma, or you could say spicy hot. Well, it smell more like a biting hot. Wood and booze are apparent in the smell. Sweet dark grains are there, but they are in back of the spice and booze.
Taste: This is definitely aged in rum barrels. The sweetness in the rum is right there. The rum barrel takes over the front end. Just put the Bomb right behind all of this. Good stuff.
Feel: Big and heavy. Creamy-ish. Not bad at all.

Overall - I think the rum barrel takes over this beer. It makes it sweeter and changes it up significantly. I actually like the regular Bomb better.

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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours motor oil black with a thin mocha head; splashy lacing descends from the lip of the glass

Smell: Very roasty, with dark chocolate, coffee and walnut tones; cayenne pepper and other spices also waft

Taste: Roast and cayenne pepper forward, with the chocolate, coffee and walnut flavors building; vanilla and holiday spices arrive, in the middle, with the heat from the chiles and the rum barrel adding more power in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet but not what one would expect given the ABV

Overall: I like what the rum barrel does here; a lot going on and all of it good

Thanks, Beer4B, for the opportunity

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Photo of jvivino
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a series with Bomb and Fred's blend. This one stood out to me a bit more than the bomb, although the nose in the bomb really shined. The taste of the Pirate bomb was much better. I'm usually not into rum barrel aged beers, but the rum accompanies the cacao and vanilla perfectly. Huge vanilla on the nose. Overall very pleased with this beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

~12 month old bottle

A - Thick black pour with a thin halo of dark mocha head.

S - Deep dry, super roasty nose. Dark char, cigarette butts, caramel apples, burnt bread crust, and dark chocolate.

T - Smooth dark chocolate, charred wood, pumpernickel bread, molasses, and a touch of burnt brown sugar.

M - Medium-full body with a slightly astringent backend.

O - A fantastic imperial stout on the dark, charred and roasty side of the style.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of chilies, a slight bit of smoke, some rum sweetness, and chocolate.

Taste is roasted coffee, a little bit of rum, and some heat (probably both from the chilies and from the rum). I clearly held on to this bottle for too long and it's probably less than a month away from degenerating into a soy sauce bomb. Original bottle I had blended the sweetness from the rum perfectly with the coffee, chocolate, and chilies in Bomb!

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Photo of cpetrone84
1.59/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Pour is black with a tan bubbly head. Nose is heavy rum and ashy malt, hints of cake malt when swirled, but faint and overshadowed by ash. Flavor is worse than it smells, overly sweet and ashy, metallic note, faint malt but very little. Soft feel, full bodied, light carb.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

i too enjoyed the base beer more so than this barrel aged version. all remains the same sense wise other than the rum barrel presence. the scent is definitely bomb w/ rum. the taste took me for a twist....you get all of base beer bomb with a heavy rum presence. although i enjoyed the verdict is out on going through the trouble to acquire again.

EDIT 6/2/16: had latest release. much better fresh. mouthfeel seemed much fuller than the base beer. i'd def go through the trouble of acquiring this again.

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