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BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 540
Hads: 4,240
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 2.67%
Wants: 940
Gots: 1,705 | FT: 231
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Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
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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Photo of wolverine0712
2.52/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to try this, even though I'm not a stout fan. It looked and smelled pretty good, but I couldn't get past the taste. It's a shame that I don't like this style. (169 characters)

Photo of inthedeets
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious layers of chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and roasted malts. Lots of mouthfeel and layers of flavors mix with balanced alcohol heat. A definite must try (160 characters)

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black with and extremely dark brown head. Smell is chocolate, slight coffee, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is chocolate and coffee perfectly blended at first, with a wave of oak, subtle whiskey, more smooth chocolate, and a slight pepper tinge in the finish. Super complex but each and every flavor is there. (316 characters)

Photo of ChrisP802
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a big BBQ the other day and was lucky to split this with a buddy. Poured delicately into a red solo cup (there was no glass anywhere)
Pour - as dark as the night with little to no head
Smell - coffee and chocolate on the nose, didn't smell much for spice
Taste - espresso ending with chili
Overall - A great beer, sip slowly and enjoy the nice balance of flavors (366 characters)

Photo of eifster82
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft, served in a 7oz flight glass.

Look - black, very little foam head.

Smell - Espresso and coffee are very strong.

Taste - follows the smell, but vanilla and cocoa are unmistakable.

Feel - extremely smooth for abv this high. No hint of boozyness or anything that would indicate a high level of alcohol.

Overall - a very solid stout that has many of it's ingredients obviously present throughout the drink. A dangerously smooth brew with a high abv. (464 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep and slick motor oil black with a surprisingly sturdy finger of light khaki foam.

Strong aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roast, and a subtle hint of spice.

Sticky sweet chocolate and vanilla flavor accompanied by bitter coffee and roasted malts, the sweetness is settled out by the subtle spiciness that washes over the tongue on the back end of the sip to prep the palate for another sip.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, rich, smooth, and slightly spicy.

Overall, I am not generally a fan of the use of chili peppers in beers, but this was very well put together. In my experience, most brewers go crazy with the peppers and the spice overpowers everything else, but the heat that accompanies this brew is subtle and enjoyable. (751 characters)

Photo of Nife
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I was not that impressed with this beer. To me the taste has not melded yet. It's like a wine that's too young - many distinct strong tastes that don't form a cohesive whole. It will probably get better in a few years but its so out of balance now I can't give it a great review If I were to rate it on the current taste I would give it a 3. (345 characters)

Photo of VikingBeer
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an appetizing pitch-black, with a rich brown head and very persistent lacing.

Smell is a chocolatey, coffee-laden spice bomb; aromas of cinnamon, red pepper, nutmeg, and allspice.

Taste is absolutely awesome: chocolate, coffee, roasted grains and malt duel with red pepper and spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and grains-of-paradise are distinguishable. Rich dark-fruit flavors of prunes, raisins, and cherries fight through more spice on the mid-palate, with yet more spices, chocolate, and coffee on the finish. Mouthfeel is appropriately rich, with spot-on, creamy carbonation. Of all the flavored stouts I've had, this might well be the best. (658 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours really dark, thick looking, no light passing through this one. No head, oily cling coats the glass. The smell is wonderful, one of the best I can remember. Strong cacao, vanilla, coffee, even the chilies all come through clearly. Also malt and a great malted milk ball aroma. Taste leads with chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla. More chilies than the nose- but no real heat, less coffee. Just delicious. Very smooth and creamy, a real tongue coater that lingers.

No closing comment that's different from everyone else. The clarity and intensity of the flavors is stunning. (620 characters)

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

Bomb! pours a deep, deep black in color...no head and no lacing on the glass at all. You smell chocolate and nothing else. taste is the chocolate again, Coffee and just a touch of the chili pepper. I was really disappointed in the lack of heat from this brew. This brew is 14% ABV which honestly you don't get while drinking. The all of a sudden the alcohol hits you like a BOMB!, hence the name. All in all, enjoyable brew. (427 characters)

Photo of cjohns73
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured thick black. Quite viscous. No head. Smell is all chocolate. The chocolate and coffee and vanilla are heavy on the taste, but just as they are about to settle on your tongue the peppers come in and fizzle is right off. Perfect twist. The whole thing lingers as the mouth is completely coated. No alcohol presence at 14%. Excellent beer. (343 characters)

Photo of oldn00b
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours perfect stout color, fizzy head of loose carbonation fades nearly immediately.

Nose is chocolate and coffee with hint of vanilla - all there. Peppers don't come through on the nose for me.

Basically a perfect balance on the flavors here - so damn impressive. Peppers add a perfect level of heat and compliment what sweet there is so well.

This is a touch thinner than I'd have expected and I think that's to its benefit. It's an incredibly drinkable stout with all that's going on - can't believe it's a 13% (compare to a BCBS at 14% that is booze+). Awesomely delicate - very impressed with this. Glad I snagged a few to hold on to for the cooler months. (671 characters)

Photo of JNPIII127
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start off by stating that I am not a fan of Stouts. This beer absolutely blew my mind. This beer has definitely earned its ranking and I would but it again. (163 characters)

Photo of Jslay013
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites, psyched to see it on tap in Boston. So well balanced, just a wee bit thin for the style, IMO. That's splitting hairs, though, as this deserves the hype. Love how subtle the pepper is. (207 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku glass.

A: Dark black with a hint of garnet around the rim. More foam than head, that dissipated quickly. Light lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee notes, chili peppers, vanilla.

T: Now I see why they call this a BOMB! Cacao nibs slide in with coffee and vanilla right behind them. Light peppering gets your attention but doesn't offend. Coffee isn't overpowering. The 14% beings its onslaught quickly. Semi sweet. Sip slowly and be awed. So well balanced. So commanding.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Rich. Robust.

O: At $9.50 for a 12 ounce, this was worth every penny. Wish I could afford more. This is a wallop of a beer to share with a good friend or spouse. Celebrate. Get BOMB-ed! (730 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap poured into pint glass at The Beer belly

Black, dark brown in appearance

Aroma of sweet roasted coffee

Taste of sweet roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate

Syrupy, motor oil , no sudsing , almost viscous

Great coffee flavor , excellent beer (252 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent; super smooth. Don’t really pick up the peppers except maybe at the end of the finish. Some booze in there. Supremely balanced. Not so much a bomb as a velvet hammer. (178 characters)

Photo of RMelyon
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really coats the glass. Even a decent amount of the carbonation bubbles slowly crawl back down towards the liquid after swirling. Interesting.

I get mostly green/red pepper on the nose. Didn't smell bad, but made me anticipate a lot of pepper on the tongue.

The taste really blew me away, and was almost nothing like the nose. The regular decent stout flavor quickly fades into the vanilla. Lots and lots of delicious vanilla. No alcohol on the finish. I also expected some spiciness because of the chiles, but there was none.

Overall, one of the 10 best beers I've ever had. I'll buy more next year. (603 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie Bomb! Pint Room Carmel, IN Blew the Keg in to a snifter

Look - After it settled creamy tan head around a finger. Never settled to nothing. Fine bubbles. Dark brown body. Blotchy lacing.

Smell - Coffee. Tobacco. Chocolate. Char. Licorice. Vanilla.

Taste - Tobacco and coffee. Chocolate. Char. Vanilla. Very mild heat.

Feel - Creamy and light burn on tongue. Heavy feel. Carbonation is not noticeable.

Overall - So dirty and good. Similar to breakfast stout. I wish the peppers were more apparent. (509 characters)

Photo of JandJMD
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Heavier on the cocoa than the coffee/vanilla, but a nice mix. The peppers are a lighter touch than I expected, but give a little heat on the finish. Really nice beer. (168 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and thick, with about a quarter inch of dark brown head. Glimmers like obsidian in the glass. The only element missing from the nose is the chili peppers. The coffee aroma is strongest, and just swirling this beer in my glass gives me the impression that I'm sitting in a Starbucks. Such a tasty beer, but I may have to argue that there are too many flavors standing shoulder-to-shoulder; so what you end up with is a cavalcade of tastes elbowing each other out of the way as they cross over your tongue. No, this beer is not bad. It's excellent, but it could be UNBELIEVABLE. Creamy mouthfeel with chili burn on the backend. (636 characters)

Photo of frothy_80
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Pours like a RIS should. Almost pitch black with a dark khaki head that dissipated within seconds.
Smell- Nothing really jumps out in the nose. Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla that melded together in such a way that none are dominate. Slight chili aroma in the background.
Taste- Much like the aroma. Started with with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, then finished with a slight chili spice. Nicely balanced.
Feel- A little on the thinner side for a 13% impy stout.
Overall- Excellent stout. Worth seeking out and giving it a try. (531 characters)

Photo of Memphisjoe14
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Beer! Not too impressive when initially poured, but once it warmed up, the flavors and complexity really took over and set the bar. The best non barrel aged stout I've had (179 characters)

Photo of SaulFox
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured like old motor oil, yet it seemed thin
Minimal head retention, gone in 10 seconds
Smelled big and sweet ("molassesy"), not boozy. Slight coffee
Very balanced taste with chocolate, coffee, vanilla undertones. The peppers give it a great after taste (minimal).
Excellent brew! (281 characters)

Photo of BeerT3ch
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Coffee, Cacao, vanilla, and chili peppers are like bees swarming in on a nest. All flavors spread out in front allowing you to taste each one individually then swarm together to create deliciousness! Subtle pepper lingers but nothing to spicy. The creator of this brew is a Genius! Major Props to Prairie
Mouth- Full
Color- Espresso
Head- 2 Fingers (slightly chilled)
Aroma- Coffee, Pepper, Chocolate, vanilla (410 characters)

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