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BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 626
Hads: 4,609
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 22.49%
Wants: 944
Gots: 1,923 | FT: 246
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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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Reviews: 626 | Hads: 4,609
Photo of thepenguin
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours black as any other in the category, with a nice thin veil of tan foam resting on the top.

S: Thick and sweet with spicy, salty, prickly peppers mingling with assertive chocolate. The peppers yield some smoke and roastiness. Coffee is definitely present but the vanilla much more subtle. Earthy, decadent, delightful.

T: Coffee, caramel, and cacao dominate. A tad earthy and herbaceous with the ancho chilis. Vanilla and some perceptible alcohol. Finish is only semi-sweet and mildly bitter. This is one balanced big beer.

F: Medium-full body, very slick mouthfeel, very moderate carbonation. A touch of heat from the peppers and booze, definitely welcomed but ridiculously tame for such a high abv.

O: One of the best beers I've reviewed in a long time. So many excellent flavors going on, great use of chili peppers, and smooth as a baby’s ass. This is one of those beers that isn’t objectively cheap, but is well worth the price tag given the quality.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not typically a stout guy but this one packs a nice punch. Only need one to get a good buzz. Smooth but powerful bite at the end. I would def get this again.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black with little head, which is expected.

Smell: Very boozy on the nose. Chocolate and some chili. No coffee that I can detect.

Taste: initially dark chocolate with a hint of sweetness. I'm getting a meld of dark chocolate and vanilla in the middle. The first hint of the pepper comes in. Back of the palate sees a diminishing, but not disappearance of the chocolate and vanilla. Heat comes in here, but is not overwhelming. There is a slight burn going down the throat. Lovely.

Mouthfeel: very thick! Again, to be expected.

Overall: a great beer when viewed alone. Honestly, a bit of a letdown compared to Bible Belt. That said, this is still a great beer. Many complain of too much chili pepper in some of these beers, but I'd have like to see a bit more. Outstanding.

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Photo of Daileyg13
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at The Beef & Brew in Geneva, NY. This was my first time having this beer on draft and I think it is a bit spicier on draft.
Smell- Vanilla, slight chocolate, coffee with a hint of peppers.
Taste- Tons of Vanilla up-front fading to coco and chilis. The pepper is subtle if you sip the beer but a larger swig results in a bit more burn.
Finish- Balanced and smooth, so smooth that you barely notice the heat that is often times associated with a 14%ABV beverage.

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Photo of jhartley
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. No visible dating.
Pours a deep dark black body with the thinnest amount, if any at all, of head on top.
Aromas of chocolate and coffee and vanilla...Duh, right?! Mouth watering immediately!!
Taste....ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! WOW! So balanced with all the adjuncts. Chocolate and vanilla and coffee right away, a little amount of heat from the peppers on the end. Just great!
Full mouth feel not a hint of alcohol heat, 13% abv...seiously?! Where? D-A-N-G-E-R-O-U-S!
Overall, so worth the $8.99 price tag for a 12 oz. bottle, which I have always said I wouldn't spend, but...Had to do it when I saw this one available! So much going on with this one all the flavors just compliment each other and follow each other like a 1, 2, 3 punch! If you find this...PICK IT UP! Nothing disappointing about this one at all!

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Photo of jvivino
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just fantastic. The nose of this beer really makes it for me. It jumps off the glass with vanilla and cacao, even hits of dark fruits and cherries somewhere. Love the flavors that come out while sipping although I'd like a little more sweetness. Just a personal preference the bitterness of the cacao seems to take over a lot.

Drank from a bottle aged a year old.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Indiscernable date on bottle. #400 review.

A - Jet black. Little to no head, with just a thin dark tan lace that is short lived.

S - Heavy coffee, cocoa, roasted malts.

T - Woah. Chocolate, coffee, sweetness, and a touch of peppery zing on the finish. Heat is well hidden. Hints of smoke. This is good.

M - Smooth. Carbonation is low, but there is enough to hold it together. Will it get sticky? It gets a touch sticky late.

O - Impressed with this one (which is good based on the price for a single). A slow sipper, will be seeking this out again.

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Photo of pollocwr
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beauty is first class. Had a 5oz pour in NY and nothing about this beer is bad. Great aromas. Heavy flavors and wonderful complexity. Still very drinkable. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of InI
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black like motor oil. Head dissipates almost immediately; no visible sign of carbonation after the pour. Leaves absolutely no lacing. Looks like 100% opaque black water in my pint glass; I'm okay with this. Smell is of very dark chocolate and hints of coffee. Taste is rich, roasty, and sweet chocolate. The chili profile comes through very subtly on the backend. Would have liked an even greater chili profile but I find elegance in its subtly. Mouth feel is deceptively light. Whoa dare I say this beer is.. Refreshing. Akin to a mocha iced coffee with a greater buzz. The booze is masked completely quite a feat at 13%. This beer is full of character and surprises. I can't believe something this good comes from Oklahoma

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dead, glossy black pool in the snifter, the trace of bubbly carbonation from the pour was gone within moments. Aromas of coffee and cocoa most apparent, I guess something of a vanilla around the chocolate... Went right for a sip. The chocolaty character has an almost boozy edge, and I'm gonna attribute that to the vanilla bean influence for sure. Sweet (too sweet?) espresso rounds out the palate, with just a hint at some chili heat. The body was flat, much thinner than I expected for a beer with this kinda billing; a little sticky, and a tingle on the roof of my mouth from the chili's heat. I was not blown away, but I am partial to a much bigger body on an imperial stout like this. It was also a little much on the sweet side for me - but these are personal preferences. I'd still recommend it.

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Photo of Roland7792
3.83/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was excited to try this but now I'm just pissed I spent $10 on a 12oz bottle. Smell was decent with roasted coffee and chocolate with only the faintest almost not existent pepper spice. Taste is where it all started going wrong. Yes the coffee and chocolate are there but absolutely no vanilla and not enough pepper spice at all. Its also WAY too sweet IMO...more like a milk stout then an imperial. Feel is very thin and flat. Alcohol is well hidden for 13% but just too sweet, thin and flat for all the hype.

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Photo of laketang
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out into brandy glass gooey black with no remaining head

Melted chocolate and roasted coffee beans and some ginger snaps.

I get the chocolaty goodness first, and pick up the coffee bean roast

Really thick and coated the tongue with chocolaty goodness that lingers

Only need one of these, warms the inside.really tho, deserves world class title

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps the one beer that you could never bring on an airplane because of its name, BOMB! looks to knock down multiple birds with a single stone. For one, it's getting cold tonight, so hello to my 13% alcohol friend! Also, I'm ready for nightcap. And finally, I think the beer's name serves as a connection to those who served in the military (this being Veterans Day). From a stubby 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

A short ring of slightly tanned lace rings around the glass of this ink black double stout. Otherwise, head retention is nil. With a few sniffs of the aroma, I develop the impression that the smell of BOMB! is a very good one. I get the smooth coffee notes, spicy chiles, vanilla and chocolate, and smelling very nice.

Full boded and flavorful, this double stout doesn't pussyfoot around. The spicy chiles pair with oxidized double stout chocolate and get this thing rolling in the right direction. Vanilla and coffee flex their muscles and join the ride. Spicy chiles throughout, so if you don't like your beer spiced, you best leave those BOMB! bottles on the shelf. As for the 13% alcohol,it is wearing a disguise that very few beers can match. Full bodied and lightly carbonated, the beer is best sipped but could be consumed at a faster pace. Chocolate, chiles, and oxidation linger in the aftertaste.

BOMB! has certainly earned its stripes. The chiles really make this stout stand out from the common one, so whenever I go into a spicy mood again, I would definitely have it again. An easier to find alternative to the coveted Huanahpu.

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Photo of dbell23
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a helluva beer. Aroma is chocolate heavy with coffee and maybe chili but something I can't identify so I'll call it chili. Taste is superb. Chocolate, coffee deliciousness. Really nice subtle chili in the finish. The pepper is really well done and adds a lot to the uniqueness of this beer. Mouth-feel is a tad thin but really not bad at all but I like a thicker feel in a big stout like this. Overall this is an incredible beer. Unfortunately really hard to find in Hooterville where I live so I look for it when I travel. Highly recommended.

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Photo of doucmehu
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had two bottles, should have bought like 20.

Drier than some big stouts, very balanced sweet, spicy, smoky, bitter. All around just a deeply complex and quaffable imperial stout.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours a viscous black color with a thin layer of head. Almost no lacing. Boozey aroma but with lots of coffee, vanilla and cocoa. Spicy chilies as well as some less hot peppers aroma, like green bell peppers. The taste is lots of coffee and cocoa. Vanilla followed up nicely by a light spiciness from the peppers. Coffee, vanilla and some heat at the finish. Pepper aftertaste. Very noticeable alcohol presence. Heavy mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Reminds me a lot of Stone Xoceveza. Overall, fantastic beer that I'm interested in seeing how it ages.

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Photo of RyanJohnCrain
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra, poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass, dark with a brown head. smell of coffee and vanilla, taste like a coffee beer with vanilla and a nice bit of heat at the end to add to the complexity. Feel is ok nothing special a little flat compared to the taste. overall its a really solid and also unique beer.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured for my 100th beer review.

Jet black with 1/2 of a rich caramel colored head.

Aroma is exactly what is boasts! Absolutely delicious smelling beer! Tons of toasty coffee and unsweetened cocoa. The vanilla is a bit overshadowed by the roasted notes, but the chili comes through briefly at the end.

Taste is disappointing for me. At such a high abv and with so much hype, I was hoping for near perfection. It's good, but not fantastic. Coffee and cocoa are prevalent upfront. Love the roasted notes. A Molasses-like sweetness is present near the middle of the mouth. For the finale, I definitely get the gentle pepper spice as the beer warms. I also get a very slight trace of an iron/metallic note. Mouthfeel is thick, but the most disappointing part of this beer is the LOW carbonation. It detracts from the overall fantastic feel of the beer. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

Overall good beer, but not fantastic nor worth any extensive searching or trading for. I enjoyed the chili heat at the end, which is definitely unique. I see it pairing with a fresh baked brownie with a coffee and chili infused gelato. It gets a 90/100.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from gregwilsonstl, thanks again for hooking me up with a long time want. Inky black color with a smallish short lived bubbly tan head. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, dried dark fruits, hints of peppers, vanilla and roast. Yeah this one is pretty damn good and hides the alcohol wonderfully! Need more.

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Photo of SFNC
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've wanted to try this for some time. The price always made me think twice, but I took the plunge.
L; Standard Stout, very dark black/brown, I'm getting no light at all. Even after an aggressive pour it's pretty flat. Not really any lacing to speak of. Still this looks appealing.
S; Wow, very complex and it gets more so as it warms. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, booze, sweet roasted malts and chili. The vanilla lessens as it warms and the chili seems to get stronger.
T; Double Wow. A symphony of flavors. Rich chocolate to start, slipping into vanilla, with coffee bitterness lurking on the outside. It finishes with a hint of the chili, slightly warm, just right. For a 14% bruiser, the alcohol from the nose is pretty well hidden. It's there, just well concealed with the other flavors.
F; It does seem pretty flat, but does have a very creamy element. Quite chewy, in fact as thick as any brew I've had. Flavors linger with a light burn from the chili being the longest lasting sensation. It goes from a sticky feel to dry (no doubt the 14%).
O; Worth every penny, a pleasure to drink. I'll treat myself to this at special occasions going forward. Prairie Bomb is the bomb!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Brewer's Haven for $10.... It is the same price at the COOP. Pours the expected black with pretty much no head and no lacing... Actually looks flat. Nose is thick fresh coffee beans and lesser cocoa and vanilla.. Not getting much in the way of chili... Flavor mirrors the aroma perfectly with a touch of sweetness to tie everything together... I get a touch of chili flavor and then a flash of heat right on the finish, but in thankfully doesn't collect and get "hot". Very complex and one of the best RIS I've had in a while. Thick on the palate but carbonation is woefully low... Blind, I would have guessed Alan Sprints made this beer. :-P


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Photo of maxcoinage
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to snifter. Small 1 finger off white head, jet black beer

Chocolate and roasty malts. Dark fruit, vanilla

Great balance of flavors...Bittersweet chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Some dark fruit and coffee. Slight hint of pepper on finish

Silky smooth, body is on the heavier side of medium but not what I'd expect from a 13% beer. Don't know how they did it but its splendid. Lower in carb, exactly what I want in the style

This is a fantastic, well made beer. Prob overpriced at 10 a pop but I'd pick this up again when I feel like treating myself

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Photo of circuitmonkey
4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chili dominated the nose, with a bit of chocolate in the background, no sign of vanilla. Taste is bitter chocolate. Nice syrupy mouthfeel. Very low carbonation. This is certainly a solid beer, but was left a tiny bit disappointed given all the hype.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Mocha head that doesn't stick around for long
S - Roasted coffee, vanilla. Maybe even a hint of bourbon character on the nose?
T - Big chocolate and coffee notes, followed by vanilla and a touch of chili heat. Heat becomes more prominent as it warms. Very nice interplay between the sweetness and the spiciness of the pepper.
F - Thick, syrupy mouthfeel.
O - So glad I finally picked up a bottle. I love stouts with some chili kick for the winter months, will be buying more when I come across it.

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Photo of SGerrard
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my default beers. Deep, rich stout with complex chocolate notes. Wonderful chili pepper finish on the back palate. Have only tasted this from bottles. Would be interested in a draft tasting...

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BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.