Prairie Artisan Ales / Evil Twin Bible Belt - Prairie Artisan Ales
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4.51/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
You ever see two people together, like they just became friends or a couple, and you nod to yourself approvingly because somehow, for some reason that you can't quite articulate, they just seem to belong together? That's how I felt when I heard about this beer. I can't quite explain it, but Prairie and Evil Twin just seem *right* for one another.
They're both master maltsmen, for one, making big and excellent beers that don't lazily rely on giant bursts of alpha acid. They both also distinguish between going big and being stupid. Bomb! is super intense but also subdued in just the right way, its charm coming from balance and complexity rather than extremeness. Ashtray Heart, Evil Twin's criminally underrated double stout, is likewise large without being painfully large.
Bible belt purports to be gigantic. And, similar to Bomb!, its bigness is never stupid or needlessly overwrought.
Pours very dark. Smells surprisingly smooth: light nodes of vanilla and coffee against a sharp pierce of chiles.
Tastes bolder and more complex. Coffee and chocolate start things off, leading to a zippier barley middle marked strongly by peppers, ending with charred stout malt, hops, and a light pepper spice. Gorgeously balanced. The peppers cut wonderfully into the bitter malt and coffee, accentuating the chocolaty start and smoothing out the hoppy finish.
I've heard some people say that Bomb! was too spicy for them. If you fell into this camp, you need to give Bible Belt a try. Personally, I thought Bomb!'s spice was damn near perfect, and so I'll give it a sight edge over Bible Belt.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2014 02:48:54 | More by mynie
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