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Prairie Pirate Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Pirate Bomb!Prairie Pirate Bomb!
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 172 | Ratings: 1,716
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
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | 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 definietly 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.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark as the night. Slight rose thin head. Almost non existent.

S: rum. Vanilla or marshmallow. RAw Cacao. Chocolate syrup

T: chillis. Rum. Dark chocolate. Bitter cacao.

F: smooth. Coating the palate

O: really great. Balanced but with pops of all the advertised flavors

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

BOMB! is one of my favorite flavored stouts, and I love barrel aged beers. Rum is one of my favorite spirits, and love how it complements sweeter beers. This one really had me excited for these reasons, but was slightly let down. The rum takes over and adds some pleasant sweetness, but makes the chocolate dominate from the base beer. Peppers are all but gone, and, surprisingly, vanilla very muted. I much prefer the base beer and will not be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pitch black with some good brown colored froth. Surprising retention and lacing for a 14% beer
(S)- Big and rich raisin and chocolate notes that flow into some serious rum barrel and vanilla bits. Some of the chili on the finish
(T)- Very similar to the smell. Big on the cocoa, vanilla, rum. The chilies are still on the finish, giving it some heat
(M)- A good carbonation level for the style. Big flavors with that spicy kick on the finish. Surprisingly smooth for 14% but that chili pepper at the end helps to remind you.
(O)- A great base, but I would of liked the chili to be better integrated into the beer. Having it at the tail end on the finish, really adds some heat to this that made this a challenge to finish

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Photo of Beersmuggler
2.94/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This was hugely disappointing for me. I expected a lot out of this because I love prairie artisan ales bomb! but this was not good at all. I am not a huge fan of rum so maybe I shouldn't have been surprised.

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Photo of Mbo108
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no wax, poured into a standard shaker. It was all I had as I was at the beach.

A: Black, like a sharks eyes...You know the thing about a shark, he's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eye. Thats how dark this was.

S: If you know what you're in for, and you like peppers and chocolate and vanilla, its got all that and more, just in your face and delicious.

T: Agree with those who said you get more rum than on the nose. Really loved the rum finish. Glad there wasnt too much heat from the peppers, but just enough to keep it interesting.

F: Mostly smooth, a little carbonation, not too heavy, not too light.

O: I stayed away for awhile when I saw it was 14% but it hides that really well. Enjoyed it immensely.

Anyways, this bomb delivered.

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Photo of Ktothec
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark motor oil color.
S: It has a strong pepper smell and its a little over powering
T: The pepper isn't as strong as the smell, can taste a hint of chocolate, not tasting vanilla.
F: mouthfeel is great. great body to this beer.
O: I really enjoy this beer. I just feel the chili pepper could be a slight more mild.

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Photo of danh53
3.46/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm not a fan of bomb due to the green pepper flavor so I didn't care for this. That said, it is a well made beer. It has a smooth, silky mouth feel and you don't taste the alcohol. The taste is chocolate fudge with coffee and rum but the rum is subtle. Would be really nice if not for the green vegetable flavor.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

*** This has been aged about 10 months ***
L: Pitch black with a dark brown head that dissipates quickly.
S: Rum and chilies,chocolate and vanilla.
T: Fantastic balance of flavors, rum, chocolate and chilies
F: Thick and easy drinking. It's doesn't feel like 14% at all
O: This is world class. But with that said, just like regular BOMB, drink it fresh. It loses the intenseness of the flavors and mellows it all out, which does not make it better since the flavors are awesome fresh!

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice dark and viscous beer. Good chocolate aroma with coffee, vanilla, and rum accents. Flavor is similar with a little less rum coming through in the flavor. Also pick up a little heat from the chili. Smooth for such a big beer with very little alcohol coming through. A really good beer, but personal preference would be for the regular Bomb over this one.

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Photo of mlb430
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Motor oil black, 1 finger bubbly caramel head, leaves minimal lacing.
S: Vanilla, coffee, rum, chocolate and tiny bit of spice from the chillies.
T: Wow, all the flavors in the nose, in perfect balance. Neither the heat nor the sweet are overpowering.
M: Medium-heavy. I wouldn't mind if it were a bit heavier. Decent (I guess medium?) carbonation. Silky and fudgy. Heat lingers from the chillies. Very little alcohol heat.
O: Fantastic. This is a beer everyone should experience at least once.

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