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Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 1,385
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
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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 StArnoldFan
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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 -7.8%
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 +7.8%

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 -0.2%

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)

Photo of Jeffo
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Doodler in a recent box. Cheers man! Drunk right after regular BOMB.

From a bottle into a snifter.
Green wax
BOMB aged in Rum barrels

APPEARANCE: Muddy black pour yields a one finger, foamy, medium tan head with very good retention. Jet black body with almost no carbonation. Slowly fades to a full foam cap, then a wisp and ring. A simple ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Less head and less carbonation than the base beer.

SMELL: Everything from the regular BOMB is there plus a touch of rum. The adjuncts are slightly milder to make room for the rum though. A touch milder then, with coffee, cocoa, vanilla and chilies, with a bit of rum and oak as well. A touch milder than the base beer, but really, really wonderful. Love this.

TASTE: Rum and vanilla notes up front. A touch of milk chocolate into the swallow with some chili heat as well. Bold and lingering finish of rum, oak, vanilla, some coconut, bitter coffee and cocoa nibs, as well as some well measured heat again. The rum barrels add a touch of spirit and coconut to the already complex base beer. This works really well. Delicious.

PALATE: Similar to the base beer, but a bit lighter and less creamy. Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Less chili heat and booze, though still a touch too light and carbonated for the style.

OVERALL: Excellent again. The rum barrel has kind of found room at the expense of some of the base beer, but it's excellently balanced and complex. This and the base beer make an absolutely wonderful pair; top class stuff in my books. Cheers Doodler. Highly recommended. (1,746 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From 06/10/14 notes. Had this right after Bible Belt thanks to BeerLawyer85; thanks Ross. Liked this the best of the trio, 12 oz bottle into a taster glass.

a - Pours a dark jet black color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks exactly like Bible Belt.

s - Smells of sweet rum, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, toffee, and vanilla. As it warms up some coffee but less than Bible Belt. Sweet vanilla and cream coming through more as it warms too. Awesome nose, the rum adds another nice complex note without dominating the other flavors.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, sweet rum, oak, toasted malts, caramel, alcohol, dark chocolate, cocoa, cream, toffee, vanilla, coffee grinds, and earthy notes. Once again, no real chilis here and the rum is great. Best tasting of the three Prairie beers.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, light alcohol presence. Easy to drink, nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot, and found it to be the best of the three between Prairie Bomb, Bible Belt, and this. Less peppers than the other two, and the rum tastes great without dominating the other complex flavors. Everything works well together, would love to have it again. (1,220 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a dark black, with a dark brown head, and a bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells very roasty, with lots of chocolate, coffee, some rum, and cinnamon.

Pirate Bomb! has a bit of a spiced cinnamon element to it that regular Bomb! didn't have. I don't think the beers are brewed with cinnamon, so this must be the rum element. There is a mild and pleasant alcoholic rum flavor to it that doesn't make the beer boozy whatsoever- only noticeable near the end of the each sip. The chocolate and coffee blast that Bomb! had is still in full force here, but not quite as potent. The barrel aging seems to have tamed it. I'm not really getting any pepper flavors here, the barrel aging must have smoothed that part way out. The coffee flavor is slightly bitter and nutty, a little bit sweet, while the chocolate is dark and rich, with some slight dark fruits flavors. There is a bit of creamy vanilla and oak flavors as well, ostensibly from the rum barrel aging. Just a very complex beer.

Medium to thick bodied, very creamy and rich mouthfeel. Goes down way too easy for a beer that's 14% ABV, it drinks like 7% ABV. Low carbonation.

Another winner from Prairie, this is an excellent barrel-aged stout. Rum barrels seem to be coming into vogue more, and I like it. (1,302 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened in celebration of completing my 1st year of PT school

A- Pitch black as it slides into the glass. Creamy, faint, caramel colored head that settles in around the edge. Intense to say the least.

S- Consistent with the Bomb! aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, and chilies, but with the rum barrel spices added in. Lots of caramelized sugars.

T- So. Freaking. Intense! Bomb forward with a rum twist on the backend. Waves of cocoa, tempering vanilla, charred sugar cane, and a touch of coconut. The chili peppers work only to compliment the bounty of flavors that flow together to near perfection.

M- Silky, full, creamy, low carbonation. Alcohol is so hidden for the abv. Damn near perfect.

O- Everyone wants to compare to the non-variant. And while I'm not 100% sure which is better, I know that this is so damn good. Rum barrel only intensifies it.

$8 for a 12 oz (882 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Green wax top.

Ap - Black with a thin mocha head that settles to a ring. Little to no lacing. When I hold a light up to it, there is a bunch of sediment/floaties. Not very appealing, but when you're adding this many adjuncts, it's bound to happen.

Ar - Sweet milk chocolate, subtle chili, rum, and vanilla.

T - Similar to the nose, with a touch of coffee thrown in. I really want more heat with these beers.

M - Chewy, thick, mouth-coating. There's almost no pepper, or alcohol burn really.

O - This beer is REALLY tasty. However, this beer, I feel, would be one of the best ever if there was more heat and less coffee bitterness. I'm really glad I got to try this! (675 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Green wax capped 12oz bottle from BeerMeDuffMan (thanks man!). No bottling date but I believe this was a late 2013 release. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours oil black with a thin eighth finger of deep tan head that remains only as a halo, leaving almost no lace.

Pleasing aromas of vanilla, rum, milk chocolate, creamed coffee and a very subtle waft of chilli. Delightful and inviting.

The taste doesn't follow the nose as much as blow it away. Bold and rich with coffee, sugary rum, cocoa, slight char, roasty malt, smooth vanilla, molasses, brown sugar and a nip of alcohol with more of a mild chilli flavor than any real heat. The smoothness and ease of consumption belie it's 14% abv. Excellent layers of flavor that really showcase the barrel and adjuncts alike in wave after wave of stout satisfaction.

Fairly thick body; creamy and moderately heavy with tingly carbonation. The finish has the sweetness and a little booze heat from the rum with chocolate covered coffee beans and a very subtle chilli heat.

I've had a couple back to back sub par experiences with Prairie's barreled stouts but this is truly outstanding. The rum barrel gives the base Bomb! a sugary candy coating that brings everything together fantastically. Highly recommended. (1,270 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank blindly with thanks to Kyle.

Overall an extremely well done high abv stout. Barrel is lovely and rich but doesn't smack of rum yet hits all the right notes. Alcohol is well hidden. Smooth drinking, rich and luxurious, and not at all taxing. A far cry from both Noir and Bomb and a superior beer to those two in every way.

A surprisingly awesome beer. (358 characters)

Photo of twizzard
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received as a gift. A perfect rendition of this style. Just proves my point in an earlier thread as to why ratings need to be segregated in finer points less the .25. Had the Stone Go To IPA earlier and found it fabulous and as such gave it a 4.75. This beer, on the other hand was far superior in every way, shape & form but of I just gave it the same cursory rating, it would have been comparable. Just not so...Can't give it a perfect 5 but it's absolutely right up there with the best of the best...i.e. Bomb!, BCBS, etc. some of us are blessed with relatively easy access to great IIPA's like HT, Gandhi, Lawsons & others and others are blessed with finely crafted brews like the Prairie brands. God, I love great beers! (725 characters)

Photo of drmcleod10
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opened for my pop's 55th birthday.
Shared with 2 others

A - Pours dark with dark brown around the edge of the glass. One finger carmel mocha head

S - Roast, expresso, dark chocolates, rum, vanilla, and very trace amounts of pepper on the nose

T - Taste follows the smell with rich expresso hints on the front, with roasted walnuts, dark chocolate, vanilla followed by small amounts of barrel character and chile on the finish

M - Mouthfeel is very creamy full bodied and chewy. The mouthfeel is amazing on this beer and after it goes down, the heat lingers

O - A slight improvement on Bomb! They are both amazing beers, both of these are slightly better than bible belt (674 characters)

Photo of Charliechu
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought overall this was a solid coffee stout. The smell was great, and the appearance is over the top. However, I didn't really like the chile but its a small trade off for such a good beer. I think its much better on tap than in bottle. Had both. (250 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tion glass.

A: Pours a coffee black, with minimal tan head which recedes quickly to a ring. Decent retention for what’s there, but no lacing.

S: Vanilla-infused chocolate candy is the dominant flavor, along with tobacco, a hint of cinnamon and coffee in the background.

T: Vanilla bean and rich milk chocolate, moderate amount of dark roast coffee, a little sweet red chili on the back end, with a long chocolate milk finish.

M: Full bodied, bordering on thick, with light but sharp carbonation. Alcohol is mostly well hidden.

O: I don’t get a lot of rum per se, but this is tasty nonetheless. Good, rich chocolate and vanilla flavors. (645 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a solid dark coffee-chocolate color.

There’s an aroma of chocolate and toffee, which doesn’t do it justice. It smells great—like the finest of chocolates and toffees for your olfactory edification. The same thing with the taste, as each sip brings a taste of dark roast coffee from the finest of brews, along with the chocolate and toffee, smoothly blended together and belying hints of vanilla, toasted coconut, and a hint of caramelized sugar.

This gives no indication of it’s strength—until you’ve sipped it a few times and feel the effects. That’s how smooth and well-blended it is.

Worth seeking out. One to share but if you kept it to yourself I wouldn’t fault you one bit.

(Technical) Review 1100! (737 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the rum adds a whole new layer to an already extravagantly complex brew. intense vanilla and woody spice, with traces of molasses and black pepper now blend into the chocolate chili whiskey complex, creating a beverage that is about as layered as they come, but without being overdone in any one area. i am most impressed by the softness of this, just totally delicate and pillowy on the palate, while maintaining enough carbonation to not get heavy. it hides its alcohol strength brilliantly, almost misleadingly, and shows only enough of the chili to intrigue me without sweating me out. i think that element is more balanced than the regular bomb, but some of its distinguishing uniqueness is gone. while this may be more refined, and is certainly just as delicious, i think it is closer to having peers than the original bomb, which is truly one of a kind. chocolate is subtle too in taste, but its aroma is robust. the rum, believe it or not, is a dominant flavor, in a way that the bourbon wasnt before, its almost too much, but because of the foreign feel of rum flavors on my palate, i like it this one time, but in the future that may become a critique of this beer for me. overall a world class phenomenal brew, a rarity unfortunately, everyone should be able to taste this! definitely one to share (1,308 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light peppers notes with some very nice and rich black chocolate notes is just about perfect. Taste is a complex mix of rich black chocolates with some light pepper that are not overwhelming with some vanilla notes. Body is full with super nice creamy notes with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Loads of complexity with great flavors and also some good complexity. World class stout for sure. (521 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Reviewing Pirate Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales out of Krebs, Oklahoma.

Score: 94

2012 vintage bottle served in a Kuhnhenn snifter and enjoyed on 12/30/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Murky black-brown in color. Pours a finger of tan head that settles to a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing or retention. 4/5

Smell: Rum, vanilla, cacao, and coffee grounds. No chili pepper. A little booze. 4.5/5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells, with a prominent vanilla-forward rum flavor. Delicious mix of rum, chocolate, and vanilla here. Maybe a hint of chili pepper towards the finish, but there is virtually no coffee or chili pepper flavor here. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light-plus carbonation. I wish this brew was a tad thicker with a touch less carbonation. Good balance, but sweet-leaning. Oily, slightly creamy mouthfeel. 3.5/5

Overall: A really nice beer that does not have as much nexus to the base beer as expected. The vanilla-y rum is done quite nicely.

Cost: $8 for a 12 oz bottle. (1,023 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a pitch black color with a brown head.

The aroma is lots chocolate brownie, dark chocolate, mocha and roasted coffee. Green chili skin. Vanilla.

The beer has a huge mouthfeel, towards Huna. In general, a huge note of big brownie chocolate, and dark chocolate throughout. In the front, there's also spicy alcohol, although not obviously rum. The heat is medium plus towards the back of the throat, although I wish it hit earlier on the palate.

A well built beer that is extremely thick and chocolately, which arguably is it's ever so slight downfall. I believe that cinnamon would help cut away from some of that, which this brew is missing. (661 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was very excited to try this after being blown away by Prairie Bomb!

Typical big stout appearance. Near black with a thick, beige cap that leaves some sticky lacing around the snifter. Fabulous aroma. Coffee, roast, oak, booze. As expected / hoped, this is awesome. The rum character comes in late and while present, is another nuance rather than a dominant force. Creamy and smooth, yet bold and assertive. Beautifully blended and executed beer. Such balance and grace for such a huge abv beer. The folks at Prairie Artisan Ales truly have a good thing going. Wow. (568 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A huge thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter alongside Praire Bomb! and shared with schen9303.

Pours the same as Prairie Bomb. Pitch black with a dark mocha head with moderate to low retention. Lacing is even more sparse but the legs are, if its possible, even thicker. Pretty nice.

The rum-barrel aging lends a completely different aroma to this brew. Nose is chocolate, cocoa, molasses, lactose, and cane sugar. Overall sweeter but it loses the robustness from the coffee.

Opens chocolate, molasses, honey and sweet dark fruit. More chocolate, fudge, and cocoa in the middle with hints of booze, oak, and leather at the end. Finishes dark fruit, espresso and cocoa with the same aftertaste. Nice complexity and a pretty unique flavor profile.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Thick, oily and chewy in the mouth and goes down warm and slick. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. The barrels have done wonders for the feel, making it thicker and less carbonated. Very nice!

The rum-barrel aging fixes the biggest problem with this beer: the body. Thickening and smoothing it out. This is a pretty good beer and certainly better than the base. (1,196 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a simmering brown lacing across the top of the beer. Huge rum nose. I mean huge. It's all you get at first. Then comes some vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and tobacco. The taste is pretty boozy with loads of rum that are immediately rounded out by the chocolate and vanilla primarily. There is definitely some coffee bitterness in there as well. The body of the beer is just the right thickness. It is not quite motor oil, but it is pretty thick. Really enjoyed this sipper of a beer unlike anything else I've had. (528 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Army Green Waxed bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A big dark roasted coffee aroma dominates the nose. Spice (moreso than regular Bomb), sweet vanilla, and cocoa aromas are also present. Not much barrel coming through in the nose.

T - Espresso, cocoa nib, spiced rum, oak, light vanilla and roast. Noticeable alcohol that is warming throughout.

M - Full body. Creamy. Light carbonation. (493 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.25.13

A - Pours a motor oil black with a small dark brown, fine head that fades slowly to form a large ring.

S - Chilies, chocolate, coffee.

T - Coffee, chilies, chocolate, vanilla. Heat in the finish.

D - Heavy body with low carbonation. Nice heat in the finish.

O - Stages of flavors, hot, they are all welcome and terrific. (351 characters)

Prairie Pirate Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
97 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.