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Prairie Pirate Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 1,482
Avg: 4.44
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 926
Gots: 343 | FT: 28
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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Nuggetz on 10-19-2013

Prairie's Bomb stout aged in Rum barrels.
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Reviews: 113 | Hads: 1,482
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of TboneRN
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%

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 +12.6%

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 +12.6%

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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Photo of skinny_mcginley
5/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

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Photo of aleigator
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%

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!

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Photo of themind
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of macher0
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.44/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Justin8mypants
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

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Photo of durlta
5/5  rDev +12.6%

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!

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of gtermi
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

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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

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Photo of Jeffo
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of twizzard
4.84/5  rDev +9%
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!

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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Prairie Pirate Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
97 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.