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Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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3,585 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,585
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 938
Gots: 1,296 | FT: 191
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Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MinorThreat on 05-29-2013

Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

ABV varies by batch.
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Ratings: 3,585 | Reviews: 459
Photo of apzehnder
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was blown away by this. The coffee/chili combo is amazing.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have to say, this is one fine brew right here. Enjoyed it at cellar temp in a Mad Beach snifter. Pours out black as expected. Had a good finger of dark tan head with nice retention, especially taking into account the 13% ABV. The nose is all about the coffee. Loved the aroma... The flavor is coffee forward, with vanilla and a little chocolate. The chili peppers are incorporated perfectly for both my taste and palate. Not sure if the that little tingle on the finish is the pepper or the alcohol. Probably a combo. This has a nice smooth body, and is a perfect slow drinker to unwind. Glad to recommend this brew. Cheers!

Photo of scottfrie
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep motor oil black with a couple finger of dense, thick, dark brown head. Head took a few moments to slowly fade into a bubbly collar and wispy film. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Notes of rich dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, and chocolate fudge, and sweet vanilla combine with spicy chipotle pepper and capsaicin notes and a touch of roast/toast. Smells very strong, rich, and potent.
T: Extremely rich and strong flavors of dark chocolate, chocolate fudge, caramel, brown sugar, chipotle pepper, vanilla, roast, leather, and slight toasted marshmallow. Booze is hidden well as far as heat, but this beer is so thick and heavy that you can tell it packs a punch. The finish is full of sweet and rich chocolate brownie, and the aftertaste is slightly boozy with some lingering vanilla, coffee, and lingering pepper heat.
M: Thick body, one of the thickest I’ve had in a long time, with a heavy, chew, and thick mouthfeel, with smooth and soft carbonation. The alcohol is mildly warming but never hot or especially boozy.
O: What a potent beer. This is an excellent sipper and all the ingredients work together masterfully. The pepper lends more flavor than it does heat, and overall there is a nice level of sweetness from the vanilla and cocoa that balancing the heat without being cloying. Coffee is noticeable, although I’d say it isn’t as prominent as the other ingredients. Overall a very well executed beer.

Photo of Mongrel
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First time getting to try this longtime want. Not at all what I was expecting. Tastes almost like a big vanilla milk stout, very little spice. Almost no perceptible booze, which of course is remarkable for a 13% beer.

This thing is a vanilla bomb, to the point where it takes over everything else, especially considering I was looking forward to some chile spice. Plenty of chocolate too, it's like Southern Tier's Mokah on steroids. Still quite tasty, but would be more successful if it was billed as a milkshake/desert beer, rather than a spiced stout.

Photo of tjcapture
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nose is amazing and taste follows with lots of chocolate and coffee. Let this warm a bit as others suggest. Chili comes on the finish once temp is right.

Photo of dbnarley
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect. Lives up to the hype.

Photo of Berrymon
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nothing more to say than what more eloquent BAs have already stated. The number of variants alone is both impressive and telling.

Photo of OKbrew89
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap. Black as night with a 3 finger tan head that slowly receded and left lacing halfway down the glass. Righteous aroma of coffee with beautifully subtle cocoa and vanilla undertones. Taste is spot on hitting the cocoa and vanilla upfront before the middle body of coffee and roasted malts and a finish of the chili and spicy hops. Perfect mouth feel. Full body with medium carbonation that is perfectly creamy and smooth through out. No aftertastes, bitterness, or hints of booze.
Amazing beer. It's better than the hype it has, which is saying something. Easily worth the $5.99 a bottle. Bravo Prairie, Bravo.

Photo of rdipper
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The key to this beer is to let it warm a bit...let the flavors come out to play. Nice smooth start with that chili finish. It grew on me as it warmed. Looking forward to the other one I have waiting for me!!

Photo of AppaZappa
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into a snifter; dark brown almost black with decent mocha head. Smell is coffee, dark chocolate (bitter), vanilla, and chili underlining everything. Taste is a lot of dark chocolate, vanilla, a touch of caramel sweetness, coffee. The chili is slight, certainly less than I anticipated. The feel is superb-creamy and smooth.

Been wanting to try this for a while and it's lived up to the hype for me. For a 13% abv, this is really drinkable and delicious. Will seek out more of this for sure!

Photo of Trubsy14
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Initially you have the coffee smell but when you roll it around in the glass is brings out hints of habanero and vanilla. Very smooth on your pallet. The habanero comes as a after taste which is nice because it is not over powering the rest of the flavors. Great for a after dinner beer.

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. ABV for this particular batch is 13%.
Appearance - pitch black in the glass with a thin, tan head that recedes quickly. Lacing is nonexistant.
Smell - the description on the bottle is what you pick up in the nose; beginning with the roasted pepper, followed by the coffee, chocolate and vanilla...very nice!
Taste - this is silky smooth; more vanilla and cocoa with a hint of coffee and pepper...superb flavor!
Feel - smooth, flavorful and complex; probably the easiest drinking 13% beer around!
Overall - excellent as advertised; collaring another bottle and will likely pick up another soon if I can!

Photo of Belgeko
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shared this from a 12oz bottle.
Pours dark with a tan head,
Smell immediately reminded me of a damp earthy smell, like edge of a damp wooded area, some one else compared it to a wet grain like smell.
Taste is so loud, all the coffee and cocao nibs explode right to the forefront the vanilla comes creeping in on the tail. Thick and delicious

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass

A - 5 - Pours a jet black color, forms up a half finger of extremely dark tan to light brown colored head. Low head potential, medium head retention, spotty lacing.
S - 4.25 - Bittersweet baker's chocolate, roasty coffee, lots of malt, a little pepper spice and strangely enough I was getting a kind of olive juice thing going on.
T - 4.75 - Damned good, plenty of medium bittersweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a DECENT amount of pepper and spice. Could DEFINITELY have had more and would have pushed this to a perfect 5 score.
F - 5 - Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4.75 - This is definitely a tasty imperial stout, but the pepper was almost a tease to me, I wanted just a little bit more. I think Stone's Xocoveza is still my superior peppered stout/porter, but this is super tasty nontheless!

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick jet black with light brown head that dissipates very quickly. No lacing. Smell is of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, a little vanilla, and some dark fruits. Taste follows the nose for the most part. More coffee in there though. Vanilla is faint and some sweetness on the back end. I kinda wish the chili peppers were more pronounced. They're really subtle. Mouthfeel is ridiculously good. No alcohol in there, really smooth and just the right amount of carbonation. As this beer warms the alcohol is a bit more noticeable though. Overall, awesome awesome stuff. Forget about barrel aged stouts, this is what I like.

Photo of chefbigjon
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So good. Only wish there was a touch more chili present. Terrific stout. 13% alc but you'd have no idea. Smells boozy but cannot taste it at all

Photo of wakeuptothesun
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. I have been holding on to an orange wax bottle and finally cracked it open. Shared this with my wife and we both thought it was amazing. Hoping to try a fresh bottle soon. Fortunately a near by shop carries it. Woot!

Photo of chrisjws
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage, served in a snifter at 50F.

A: Pitch black, no light at the edges. Clearly viscous with alcohol legs. Half a finger of brown head.
S: Vanilla, coffee, cocoa, slightly earthy. Some malty sweetness in the background.
T: Big chocolate and coffee upfront. Sweet vanilla aftertaste. Flavors get more pronounced as it warms up.
F: Big creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied and goes down smooth. Light to medium carbonation complements the flavors well.
O: Big delicious beer. Definitely worth drinking now and again.

Photo of cloverdaddy
4.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: pours a deep, dark brown. Decent head.
S: Peppers with first sniff, chocolate and coffee with second. Changes almost like magic.
T: sweet and chocolately, balanced by roasted coffee. Not a spicy pepper finish, but the flavor is there and it is balanced damn near perfectly.
M: Full bodied and surprisingly crisp.
O: Quite possibly the best stout I've ever had as well as one of the best beers I've ever had. Definitely worth the $12 for 12 oz.

Photo of KATCanada
3.69/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in snifter at cellar temp. Nice dark brown with full dark tan foam. Nicely carbonated with beautiful lacing. Coffee grounds. Cacao nibs ground up. Faint bit of tobacco? Annnd chilli's! Very cool. Interesting first smell nothing special but gets better with contemplation.
Bam dark chocolate bitterness right away hard. Silky smooth in the mouth, really really pleasant mouth feel. Then the Chilli's come through. Spice. Finish is bitter chocolate with a hint of tongue tingling chili. Wow the chilli. Unique taste but I must confess i don't love it that's on me not Prairie.

Photo of kkleu357
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sweet chocolate pepper aroma. Very sweet. Lots of chocolate and vanilla flavor with a mild peppery bite. Up there with the best.

Photo of xILevelerIx
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful Beer. Perfectly balanced with all the flavors. Mouth feel is exceptional, silky smooth with slight carbonation. Drink this Beer.

Photo of Big_V
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into sniffer. Deep brown with minimal head. Chocolate and vanilla notes. Blended exceptionally well. Coffee chocolate upfront with booze on the backend the booze disappeared with the chili peppers. Wow! Let it warm then it transformed. Booze is hardly noticeable at 13%. complex brew well done. Glad I had the privilege.

Photo of Eastbaysteve
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For me, better than Parabola. Love it

Photo of EagleTalon
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't think I'm serving this one up right for a review so I will hold off on the descriptions for now. Overall impression is that all of the promises on the label (the flavors) are expertly delivered and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience. This beer is worthy of the hype.

T-Town in a glass.

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Prairie Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 3,585 ratings.