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Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Bomb!Prairie Bomb!

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3,531 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,531
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 932
Gots: 1,246 | FT: 182
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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: 3,531 | Reviews: 445
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.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying my best to taste what all the fuss is about. Although it is impressive that every flavor and ingredient that is described comes through nicely in all it's balance, it's the way the peppers show through that sets this apart in my eyes. To me it drinks like a lot of other very well done imperial stouts. Bomb is a fantastic beer . . . But probably no better than any other more readily available spiced stout in your area.

Photo of infinitebruner
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

March 28, 2015

12 oz. bottle, snifter

2014 vintage, aged one year

A – Black, opaque, fairly thick on the pour, oily. A half-inch of deep brown foam, the bubbles rising and popping on the surface.

S – Very rich dark chocolate, bittersweet baking chocolate, light vanilla, some organic/vegetal spice. Strong coffee bean aroma, maybe like cold-pressed. Seems like some bitter hop aroma, and a light touch of fruitiness, perhaps alcohol/esters.

T – Vanilla is very prominent, along with dark chocolate and chocolate malt. Coffee is lower than in the aroma, providing some roasted malt-like flavor. Chili peppers is mostly on the finish, providing just a touch of heat, though it strengthens as the beer warms. Bitter hops provide some herbal notes as well.

M – Very full-bodied and actually very well-carbonated, at a moderate level, for the style. Bitterness from malt, coffee, hops are all moderate in intensity, and only low residual sweetness present. Mild alcohol heat combines with the low chili pepper heat.

O – For everything going on in this beer, it is incredibly balanced and really allows each component to not only be discernible but to shine. Aging has mellowed some of the bitterness and alcohol harshness, and has subdued some of the chili spice. Excellent.

Photo of Two40addict
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious, bold, coffee. Liquid velvet.

Photo of JebBeerFish
4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After being completely underwhelmed by Christmas Bomb, I was prepared to be disappointed. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised. Heat is mild and in the finish. No carbination, coffee, chocolate, hint of vanilla.

Photo of Matty23t
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasty and very interesting flavor.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A. Pours black with a 2 finger khaki head with some pretty good retention. Spotty lacing around glass.

S. Roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, and definite chili peppers are filling the nose. Sneaks very nice. Sweet with some spice.

T. Yum. This is very nice. All the notes from the nose. The chocolate is rich and the pepper is there just for enough spice. Some vanilla and coffee. Chewy. Very good!

M. Velvety. Slight carbonation which I like in a stout. Plays well with the chili. Clean finish. Really nice.

O. An awesome beer. Very nice flavors that balance well. I'm really happy with this beer and will be looking for more.

Photo of thevelvetjones
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really, really well balanced. Not one flavor is overwhelming here, but there is a lot of complexity going on. Very impressed.

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

Sweet with good body. All around awesome beer!

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

Friend brought me back a couple of these from TeXas and I couldn't be any happier. Such a amazing taste to this beer!!!

Photo of Beeroness
4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is so good it's stupid. The smell is an intoxicating mix of coffee and dark chocolate that hints at the beer's heavy alcohol content. The taste of the coffee is awesome. I can see why the brewer featured the coffee brand on its label. The rich flavors of the beer hide the alcohol taste dangerously well. While it is a gorgeous rich dark espresso color, there was not much of a head on it.

Photo of angelmonster
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black body with mahogany highlights. Head is tan and 1/4 inch. Lacing and head retention are good.

Smell is of fresh brewed coffee, slightly acidic. Smoked malt and oak are also present, almost like burning wood. As beer warms the chili pepper starts coming through, though I don't get much cacao or vanilla beans. Hops aren't present but at 13% abv, alcohol is definitely there.

First tastes are of smoked malt, chocolate, and chili pepper. Heat from ancho and heat from alcohol complement each other nicely. Not getting much vanilla or hops but flavor of acidic coffee makes up for it.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy, nicely coats the tongue. Carbonation is high for such a high alcohol stout. Head stayed around in some form adding a nice frothy texture.

Overall great beer. Interesting combo with the espresso, pepper, and chocolate executed well. Flavors are bold without being overwhelming and alcohol is well hidden for such a high abv. The coffee and peppers really hit my sweet spot, looking forward to having more of this soon.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Milestone: Different Beer #600!
Chili peppers right out of the gate! Followed by the cocoa, dark chocolate and coffee in the nose. Super dark brown color with ruby reddish hues when held to the light. Liquid oily thick viscosity yields a frothy top layer of micro bubbles and spotty patches of lacing along the glass edges. Bold and complex flavor profile is surprisingly simple. Tastes like chilies, then evolving into the sweet chocolate and finishing with the bitter dark roasted coffee. Soft and gentle carbonation allows for each sip to be enjoyed on the palate and finishes extremely well with very little heat from the chilies or alcohol. So easy to drink and no way to tell it clocks in at 13%. To summarize; Bomb! will go down as one of the more amazing Imperial Stouts I have had the privilege to indulge!

Photo of nrbw23
3.04/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Was excited for this one. Not a huge fan. Think I feel for the hype.

Photo of Boldenglishale
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A very good beer, but is it worth 10 dollars for a 12oz bottle?...No, but I still pay that over and over....#1 reason: God damn it smells so good!

Make more of this damn it! Make less of the crap you brew that sits on the shelf for a year... Im talking about you Birra!

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Prairie Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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