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Reviews: 167
Hads: 1,697
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 2.78%
Wants: 209
Gots: 458 | FT: 78
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-17-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Huge Imperial Stout based on Evil Twin Brewings Even More Jesus spiced like Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb with coffee, vanilla, chilies and cacao nibs.
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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Very nice tasting RIS, with some nice roasty flavor and noticeable chili, vanilla and chocolate. Very nice beer, and one that I never would have guessed had a 13% abv. Impressive. (182 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Look- beer pours black as night, with a finger of brown head that settles slowly, leaving a ring of lacing.
Aroma- In order of strength, coffee beans, dark coca, chiiis, and vanilla, hint of alcohol.
Taste- upfront is the dark coffee and chocolate simultaneously for a mocha effect, followed by the chills, which are subtle, and then a hint of vanilla.
Feel- Smooth, full bided, faintly oily on the tongue with low carbonation.
overall- really awesome beer. very complex and very enjoyable. (490 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger rich mocha colored head with moderate retention. Beer is an opaque pitch black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with average stick. Solid.

Nose is very aromatic. Hints of cocoa, mocha, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Delicious.

Opens chocolate, coffee and mocha. Some fudge, roasted malt, and more mocha in the middle with hints of vanilla bean, hazelnut and tobacco. A touch of peat and coffee towards the end. Sweet finish with a roasty sweet aftertaste. Nice.

Medium to full bodied with high carbonation. Rich but prickly in the mouth and goes down smooth with some bubbles. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Pretty good but a little overcarbed.

Really robust with great flavor but the carbonation is a bit off with this one. It could be a bit smoother. Still, the complexity is there and the flavors complement each other nicely. (964 characters)

Photo of kdahnke123
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured into a tulip glass at cellar temperature
A - Pours a thick black colored liquid with a single finger of dark brown head. The head dissipates quickly leaving a small amount of lacing.
S - Smells strongly of coffee with some chocolate.
T - Dry flavor, mostly coffee with a moderate amount of chocolate and just a hint of the chili. Moderately charred in flavor
M - Nice thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation.
O - A little heavy on the coffee for my taste. If you like a medium char coffee stout, this ones for you. (525 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Tulip glass. Tasted alongside Bomb and Pirate Bomb. Thanks to jtladner for opening these!

A: Pours very dark brown with a generous khaki head. Excellent persistence and some circles of lacing.

S: Roasted malt backed with chocolate, prominent vanilla bean, dark roast coffee grounds, and cola. Flavors are nicely integrated.

T: Taste follows the nose. The roast and vanilla are prominent and the roast carries through a long finish with a mild coffee bitterness. Touch of red chili and just a hint of heat.

M: Medium-light body and carbonation. Seems a touch thin for the style. Hides the alcohol deceptively well.

O: Pretty good overall, but beat out by Bomb and especially Pirate Bomb, both of which are excellent. There seems to be a fair amount of bottle variation, as one of the bottles had much more roast character (and some thought infection) than the other, more vanilla-forward bottle. (916 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Firestone Walker tasting glass.

4.5A: Pitch black with no head.

4.75S: It smells incredible. The coffee comes through first, followed by dry chili pepper. Rich and roasty.

4.5T: Quite nice. Dry, complex, and ensorcelling. Deep and rewarding. The pepper is pretty distant, but it's pleasant because it balances the chocolate and booziness.

4M: Pretty thin and dry. But nice.

4.25O: Simply delightful. Loved it; would have again. (470 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip style glass. Liquid comes out a nice dark chocolate fudgy brown close to black in color. As it rises in the glass, it becomes completely black, no highlights. Coffee with milk colored head, maybe a little lighter, it's fizzy mostly small but a few larger bubbles mixed in. Head doesn't stick around too long just turns to a ring around the top area. Not really any lacing from the head, but each sip the liquid slowly trickles down. Good looking beer, I'd expect nothing less.

Smell is really good, very sweet, not quite but close to a dessert beer. Huge amounts of grain producing the normal aromas of an imperial stout (chocolate and coffee); however what this beer is aged on (vanilla, coffee, chills, and coco nibs) really come through in the nose. When blended together it's sort of like a vanilla based cake smell with chilis in it. Really good all together.

Taste is really good, probably a slight step up from the smell. Same amounts of coffee and chocolate flavors come about from the roasted grains come about. Love the vanilla, coffee, chills, and coco nibs its aged in the flavor profile. Chilis are not quite as strong in the flavor as everything else. It's sort of like a mocha/fudge/vanilla espresso with a hint of chili peppers. Slight sweet nuttiness, sort of like an almond extract and hints of molasses as well. I didn't read anywhere that this was bourbon barrel aged, but it does have some flavors of oak in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is good. Full bodied in every way, nice long lingering flavor. The carbonation is pretty modest and it's smooth with some heat in the beginning and end. Initially sweet, deep layers of sweetness that vary based on the coco nibs and vanilla, really has a lot going on. After that there's some heat providing a slightly spicy finish. A nice sipper, can go quicker than expected if you're not paying attention. Great beer, Evil Twin usually doesn't disappoint, like what they did here, I've only had BomB from Prairie, but I'm still impressed with the brewery so far, curious to see how I'd like everything else. (2,128 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Half inch mid-mocha head on an extremely dark brown base. Head has some staying power but eventually recedes to a cap and thick collar

S- Smells heavenly. Rich, decadent cocoa with equal parts vanilla bean, coffee, and chili zip. If the taste is anywhere close to the nose I am in for a treat.

T- Chocolate notes, coffee, and vanilla beans are a little subtle compared to the chilies. Chili pepper aspect reminds me of an ashtray for the reason. Thirteen percent alcohol is well hidden underneath all the flavors going on.

M- Mouthfeel consistency is superb, medium-thick. Low carbonation.

D/O- I really wish the taste held up to the nose on this one, hah. As is, it's a very good imperial stout. With a few tinkers, namely toning down the chili in the taste, I think it could be world class. Thanks for the bottle egrace84! (832 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out pitch black. Head is there for a moment, dark chocolate brown, but disappears rapidly. Nose is brown sugar, coffee, and chocolate. Taste starts off sweet with chocolate and coffee. Around the middle a strong bitterness presents itself. Roasted grain and ash comes out midway to the finish. Chile warmth is there. Finishes surprisingly dry for a beer of this magnitude. Very little alcohol perceived. Strange bitterness doesn't let up much. Mouthfeel is leaning towards full. Carbonation is a little prickly. Overall, this is good, but there's something about Bomb! that I like better. Odd bitterness is slightly off-putting. (647 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark as tar with a large caramel coloured head that dissipates very quickly to no head leaving little dots of lacing on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the first thing you notice is a huge Chocolate and Coffee aroma, almost like a Mocha. Some Vanilla notes, Dark Roasty Malts and a little bit of an Earthy bouquet towards the tail end. This beer smells absolutely fantastic! When you taste it, the first thing you get is lots of Chocolate, Coffee and Dark Malts followed by earthy and spicy Chilli Pepper that does creep up on you a little but it's not too high a heat to deal with. There's hints of Vanilla, but unfortunately it's merged with the Coffee at the start and the Chilli flavours dominate towards the end. Although there's a little bit of Chilli heat in this beer, it's actually really really smooth and finishes medium. (853 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap. Just poured and can't wait to try it. Big thanks to youradhere for this one. Here goes:

A: Massive two-inch head. The head was slow to develop, but once it started rising I thought it was going to spill over the glass (stopped just before overflowing). Pitch black with a very dark head. Beautiful.

S: Simple but stunning. A ton of milky sweet chocolate (not the bitter kind - milky sweet). I'm itching to try this, as I've probably never smelled a stout quite so sweet.

T: Best stout I've ever tasted, hands down. Taste is simply astounding - beautifully rich and sweet. Tons of milk chocolate, ALMOST NO BURNT BITTERNESS. It's like I'm diving into some rich Lindt chocolate. A chocolate bomb!

F: Thick, rich and sweet. Perfect.

O: This stout is simply astounding. Oklahomans should rejoice at having such a great beer. (855 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

Look: Opaque black with a rich and creamy mocha head. Tiny mocha legs through make this an active brew.

Smell: I can smell the coffee and chocolate from a couple of feet away! On the nose I'm getting deep bitter espresso, slightly smokey roasted chilies, a earthy oak, big bakers chocolate, hint of booze, and another big chocolate brownie note. Smells like a double chocolate cake on a glass!

Taste: Big smokey chili on the attack followed by fresh brewed coffee, fresh dates, slight honey, deep bittersweet chocolate, a earthy oak finish with more smokey chilies.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy at first then becomes more medium bodied. Slight booze and a chili heat bite on the finish.

Overall: This one was just okay. I really enjoyed bomb! But the huge chilies on this doesn't mix nearly as well and throws everything way out of whack on what could have been a great beer. Not something I'd pick up again I'd rather have another bomb (942 characters)

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Spices aren't overwhelming, just a light accent. I prefer this level of spice to bomb or MC, but if you want it spicy this might disappoint.

Fortunately it's also a great stout underneath with a rich flavor and fantastically thick, oily mouthfeel, which I think is its strongest aspect. If you like your stout to drink like a milkshake, this one's for you. Solid beer all around. (380 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%

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

The aroma is gorgeous. A pop of coffee, tons of chunky chocolate and almost brownie character, a touch of cinnamon and green spicy pepper.

The beer first hits you with a huge mouthfeel, from the base beer. Lots of milk chocolate and roasted malt surrounded by coffee bitterness, cinnamon, and a medium minus amount of spiciness on the back. A bit light on the pepper as the chocolate and spices dominant.

A delicious brew that reasonably diverges from the phenomenal Even More Jesus base beer. (551 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a decadent thick black liquid with a thick 2 inch tan dense head. Very enticing.

Aroma is pure chocolate with nice notes of roasted espresso. The chocolate sweetness is fudgey and also brings up notes of dark fruits. More reminiscent of Even More Jesus. The back end of the nose is more coffee mixed in with the vanilla spice and chilies of Bomb.

Flavor is where this really shines. Very layered and complex and all the flavors shine. Starts off with bitter bakers chocolate, fudge, mild ripe dark fruits. Then the coffee roast, burnt yet delicious espresso, acidity and some nice slight vanilla sweetness/spice on the end. Body is rich and full. (656 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a midnight black color with little head that disappears quickly. Dark mocha colored head when present though. Some retention in the form of a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell is bitter dark chocolate and licorice, some spices/chili powder. As the beer warms, coffee and chilies become more present.

Taste is bitter chocolate at first. Fades into some coffee notes and finishes with a huge chili pepper burn that lingers. Like the nose, coffee becomes more present as the beer warms. Still a huge chili pepper finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Very good.

Overall a great beer. A good "warm your bones" stout. (634 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer. Nice warmth from the peppers. Bold dark chocolates. Not much coffee or vanilla. My guess is that they have been sedated over a few months. Medium mouthfeel with a touch of carbonation. (200 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Prairie Artisan Ales Teku.

The beer pours a deep black color, thick texture with a very thick, taut, creamy, caramel colored head that has nice retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is of big chocolate, light chili pepper, hits of coffee with light vanilla, stone fruit and a big helping of soft rich grains. It's very nice, rich and decadent with just the right level of pepper heat. The flavors mirror well, big burst of bittersweet chocolate, mild pepper, nicely integrated, stone fruits mingle well, bits of vanilla come across well and coffee is there at the finish to provide a bit of roastiness, but it's subtle. The mouthfeel is nice, very thick and rich, soft and smooth that coats the mouth well and has some gentle warming sensations at the finish, that is also lightly dry from the pepper.


Verdict: A fantastic beer from Evil Twin and Prairie, ABV is expertly hidden, perhaps moreso than with Bomb! Nice balance and integration of all the elements, I enjoyed this more than Bomb! by a hair, it strikes the perfect balance. (1,085 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

This is MY kind of beer...deep, rich, robust, full of character. Great coffee flavor still. Couldn't find a bottling date on it but got from a trade in late '13. Would love to try a fresher bottle as I'm sure I'd pick up more heat from the chilis. (250 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

A-Black in the glass, one finger brown head.

S-Dark fruits, roasted malt, slight chocolate and coffee.

T-Dark fruits, cherries, some coffee, dark chocolate, mild peppers.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-A good beer but not as good as Bomb. (248 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

September 20, 2014

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Pours deep jet black, looks like it would have great clarity if it wasn’t completely opaque. Dark brown, rich, chocolatey-colored foam of less than a millimeter, barely lasts leaving only some lacing on the top. A beautiful beer.

S – The first thing I smell is the cocoa nibs, dark and sweet. A ton of dried fruit, like strong raisins. Chili peppers come through next, not a tone of heat but just strong chili aroma, like guajillo or adobo. Some caramel or toffee, light vanilla. Mild alcohol heat. Very complex and wonderful.

T – Very forward malty sweetness leading to intense bitterness on the tongue and in the finish. Chocolate, mild vanilla, dark fruit. The peppers are only slightly noticeable on the finish, and perhaps only suggested in the aroma.

M – Full-bodied, thick and oily. Viscous. Only mild alcohol warmth. Sweetness coats the tongue, cut through by the bitterness, then finishing with malty residual sweetness.

O – First thing: WOW. As much as I really enjoy Prairie Bomb, Evil Twin’s base stout really takes this to the next level. Incredibly complex, flavorful, yet still very accessible. I’m a huge, huge fan. (1,199 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12oz draft at Holy Grale, Louisville, KY

A: Deep, inky black body topped with a dollop of mocha head; finger thick head recedes to a small collar of bubbles after a couple sips; sticky lacing clings in sheets; looks the part of an imposing imperial stout.

S: Smells like a dessert beer if there ever was one; huge chocolate overtones greet the nose - dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, fudge; a nice espresso note cuts through with a roasted bitter edge; splashes of vanilla and spice - seems to alternate between a cinnamon note and pepper (cayenne?); as the glass warms just the faintest hint of alcohol wafts onto the nose.

T: Much like the nose, a huge chocolate presence comes forward on the palate covering the whole spectrum - dark cacao, bittersweet baker's chocolate, milk chocolate, powdered cocoa, gooey fudge and Hershey's syrup; a wave of vanilla darts throughout, augmenting the dessert qualities, along with a faint hint of fruit - dark berry but I can't pin down which; the initial sugary sweetness rides high before espresso notes rise up mid sip to offer some balance in the form of a bittering roasted bite; malt backbone works hard to attempt bring balance, with toasted bread, a touch of char and a nutty quality; finish slightly dries out as the lingering roast/espresso flavor is punctuated first by a distinct flash of cinnamon, which gradually transitions to a warmer, cayenne flavor that invites the next sip. Wow! The complexities here are so deep and just superb.

M: Full bodied, creamy and velvety smooth; low carbonation allows the body to display its heft; this drinks as close to a frothy milkshake as you can get; luxurious thickness that accentuates the early sweetness on the palate.

O: This is as close as you can come to having a religious experience in a beer - how appropriate is the name? With Bible Belt, Prairie/Evil Twin have concocted an exquisite collaboration stout. Complexities abound on the nose and palate with huge dessert like flavors - like drinking a gourmet spiced chocolate bar. The chocolaty/vanilla sweetness melds fantastically with the roast espresso/coffee, leaving the peppery spice to lurk beneath the surface until that perfect moment in the finish when heat, roast and sweet arrange a perfect union. And all the while, this stout expertly masks its 13% ABV content in a seductive, deceptive and altogether delightful manner.

I don't say this lightly - this is THE best stout I've ever had; KBS has finally been supplanted as my highest rated beer. As close to perfection in a beer as I have ever found. I highly recommend this if you can find it, as this is well worth the price of admission ($9.00 for a 12oz pour). What a rare treat to find, especially on draft, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to experience this beer. (2,804 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a teku glass

A- pours jet black with a viscous looking body, small light-brown foamy head eventually reduces to a reign around the glass, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- smoky roasted malt gives big aromas of dark chocolate and espresso, the addition of the spice gives it a cake-like aroma with the vanilla providing a icing-cream aroma. The chiles are felt on the nose, also picking up dark molasses, walnut, bourbony charred oak and dark fruits

T- the base stout shines with huge smoky roasted notes of coffee and bitter-sweet dark chocolate, sweet molasses mixes with dark fig & raisin, woody and nutty notes gives illusions of bourbon soaked oak, the vanilla seems to enhance the chocolate profile. While nearing the finish, a slight tanginess kicks in with notes of tart cherry, the chills provide just a hint of warmth on the linger

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that eventually turns creamy, giving a smooth finish with slight alcohol warmth, abv is hidden pretty well considering it's 13%

O- having an outstanding base stout only helps the spices enhance it's flavors. All ingredients seem to be balanced, unlike other popular beers I've had of this style, well done (1,270 characters)

Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into Snifter glass.

A: 5 - Poured pitch black with a menacing dark tan/cinnamon head that's maybe a half a finger. It dissipated quickly but looks badass.

S: 4.6 - There's a lot there. The chili is present but most of all I get chocolate. There is some coffee, a little malt, caramel, vanilla. Smells great!

T: 4.4 - Again, there is a lot there. Chocolate up front with a hint of vanilla. Roasted malt. In the beginning I didn't pick up too much on the chili. The longer I was sipping on the beer the more I noticed the chili and it actually had a little bit of a kick to it. Very cool!

M: 4.75 - Silky smooth mouth-feel with light carbonation. There was only a slight alcohol burn, but come on, it's a 13%...14%? 13.5%?

O: 4.68 - This was a great beer. I'll be reviewing the Bomb! pretty soon, so I am excited to compare. This beer looked great, smelled great, tasted great, and felt great. I would certainly keep this in my fridge...IF...it didn't cost so much. $35 for a 4 pack is too much. Good beer, hefty cost.

+1 for the label though! The artist for Prairie is a baller. I wish I had the picture of the three guys with their hands in their back pockets as a poster to hang on my wall. Awesome. (1,219 characters)

Photo of McSmack
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Had this fresh on tap. Great peppery spice hitting the palate from the chilis. Excellent balance stout body. Warms up nicely subduing the pepper hit. Wish we could get this regularly out West. (196 characters)

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