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Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie Bomb!Prairie Bomb!

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Ratings: 1373
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 7.78%


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Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

(Beer added by: MinorThreat on 05-29-2013)
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mlhyatt

Georgia

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- motor oil black with a brown head. The head is nice and thick and dissipates very quickly.

S- lots of burnt notes with delicious coffee blended in with chocolate and vanilla notes. I don't really smell any peppers in there at all.

T- damn, so good. Tons of chocolate and peppers up front with loads of REAL coffee taste. The peppers give minimal heat but really let there presence known on the swallow. It sits on the back part of your throat. The coffee stays on your tongue for a long time and its great.

M- thick and full bodied. Very silky and well blended.

O- an amazing beer. Everything about this beer is great and i would love to have tons more.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 20:10:22 | More by mlhyatt
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly robust dark brown, firm, thick head, with very good retention. Brew is nearly perfectly black out of the bottle, and super dark in the glass, like a glossy, liquid coffee bean. Sticky, thin lacing stretches down the glass.

Huge coffee notes hit first, followed by chocolate malt and roasted barley. Vanilla and cream, and surprisingly, yes, a little hint of chili pepper, which lends a spicy and vegetal flavor to the aroma. Vanilla is stronger on very deep breaths.

Taste lives up to the nose, balancing all of those effects in one. Coffee, roasted barley, and a hint of dry chili pepper spice (heavier on the flavor than the spiciness) are front and center; dark cacao mingles with the pepper (a little spicier now) on the mid and back-end; cream and vanilla work their way in toward the finish. Dry, peppery, and earthy as you move along. More chocolate as it warms.

Medium-full body, but a full-bodied flavor. Sticky, thick (but not exactly chewy), with a long, long thick finish. Minutes after a sip, I find myself still swallowing this dense brew. No foaming, minimal sting, and no (alcohol) heat.

This is a fabulously complex and thick stout, mixing together more flavors than are probably necessary. What is supposed to stand out: the coffee? The chili peppers? Cacao or vanilla? In truth, all of these are present, with none standing out disproportionately to the others. That's exactly the way it should be.

Thanks to JayORear for providing this as a gift.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 18:01:39 | More by Roguer
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VeganUndead

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sent to my by Kreko7.

Minimal carbonation and lacing, no bottling date so don't know the age on this one. Smell is primarily coffee, with some vanilla sweetness and there is definitely evidence of the chili peppers. The taste parallels the nose, predominantly coffee, with hints of vanilla and chocolate, and then only a bit heat from the chili peppers on the finish. It is remarkable how well everything comes together in this beer. For as complex of a beer as this is, it is exceptionally smooth. A little too much dominance by coffee for my personal preference, but a highly recommended brew. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 03:55:50 | More by VeganUndead
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really tried to pour this one with some vigor to achieve a substantial head but only got about an inch. It is quite attractive though looking like foamy thick milk chocolate. Body is pour ink black in color. No light getting through here at all.

Nose is beautiful mouthwatering mix of rich coffee and milk chocolate. This smell is a real treat in itself just delectable. So fully incomfrencing the nose right to the taste buds.

As I take first sip I really get hit with a tone of bitter, high quality dark chocolate. Brisk and attacking the tongue with long dry and complex tones. The coffee really plays well here but it also is very bitter and dark. The peppers only act to add a bit of a sour twinge on the back of the tongue. And I really search for the vanilla bean only to find it smoothing out this brew and adding a bit of residual sweetness on the back of the tongue and mouthfeel.

This is a stout for big stout lovers who like theirs on the dryer side. This beer would probably age well for a very long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 03:55:02 | More by SPLITGRIN
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larryi86

Delaware

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

Big thanks to bstyle for this!
12 oz bottle, orange wax, poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hint of chili peppers, big, awesome balance.

T- Roasted coffee, cacao nibs, some vanilla, dark chocolate, nice chili pepper heat that is not too much, well balance.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- This beer is awesome, very happy that I saw able to try this. Alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 00:37:00 | More by larryi86
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange waxed 12oz bottle from dbrelsfo (thanks Daniel!). I believe orange wax is batch 5- bottled spring 2014. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours oil black with an almost two finger mocha head. A thin layer persists, leaving some nice lace.

Smells of coffee, pepper, dark cocoa powder, roast malts and a slight vanilla sweetness.

Bold bitter and roasty notes dominate. Strong black coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, ancho peppers, roasty malts and mild smoke. Smoorh, soft vanilla rounds things out towards the finish and traces of booze peek in and out of the other flavors. Deftly drifts between bold dark chocolate covered coffee beans and a more subtle pepper tinged vanilla. Dangerously easy to drink for 13% abv.

Velvety, smooth, creamy, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Bitter coffee and cocoa with a hint of pepper.

Prairie has reached a great balance of adjuncts here. All four (coffee, cocoa, vanilla and ancho chili) play into the overall flavor, contributing to a well executed and flavorful stout. Bomb! is worthy of checking out and I'm looking forward to drinking more.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 13:21:24 | More by ThickNStout
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themind

New Jersey

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

This beer really is a treat! Dark blast of chillies and coco had a nice balance. The beer was not very hot in terms of the peppers shining thru. The brew was smooth and I absolutely would buy it if I saw it. I would seek this, store this, drink this and much as possible.

Bottom Line: Boom!

P.S the ABV is totally hidden!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 22:29:20 | More by themind
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FosterJM

California

4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1777th review on BA
Bottle to Prairie Tulip (Purple Lettering)
12oz

Batch 5 Orange wax.

Thanks to Will or CanadianGhetto for this one

App- A solid dark brown color with no transperency with a nice 1-1/2" slightly darker brown head that faded pretty quickly. The beer was deep and dense and poured like chocolate.

Smell- Right out of the bottle, I mostly get the cacao and the vanilla. Malty and rich like a milkshake. As it warmed more of the chili aroma came out as well. A nice mix. One doesnt overpower the other and you cant detect the nuances.

Taste- This was a very flavorful and layered and detectably smooth stout. I had a couple others with Chilis and it was too harse. The balance here of the ingredients is quite nice. The sweet of the vanilla and the change to the richness of the chocolate and then the subtle hints of spice was nice.

Mouth- A solid medium body, bordered on being a thicker beer but struck the balance nicely. The carbonation was a solid medium and was a bit bubbly and creamy.

Drink- A very good beer. I enjoyed it a lot. I was glad I was able to land at least one to review and enjoy this one. Prairie does some good things. I am happy to have some goodies in the fridge to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 18:17:23 | More by FosterJM
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade from PA-Michigander.. thanks man!

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque body with a light coffee colored head that rises to an inch or so, and reduces slowly to leave some lacing and a thin layer of foam. Very nice.

S- Heavy coffee, marshmallow, dark chocolate, dark fruit, some vanilla and caramel. Coffee and roasty malt dominate the nose.

T- Yum yum.. first up is some very delicious vanilla beans, butterscotch, french vanilla, caramel. It's unusual for a stout of this magnitude to be vanilla-forward but it's been done, and in a very balanced, complex manner! On the follow through is coffee, milk chocolate, roasty malt, marshmallows, and some chilies. The aftertaste is charred and toasted.

M- Rich, velvety, heavy bodied, low carbonation. Very smooth for the ABV.

I've been looking forward to trying Bomb! and it did not disappoint. What we have here is a complex, balanced, sip demanding stout that rises above the rest. Seek it out!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 01:38:47 | More by gcamparone
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232, thanks man.

Pours a dark, deep black, with a very small half inch mocha head. Not much lacing.

The smell is of incredible rich chocolate, roasted malt, and chili peppers.

I'm surprised by how chocolate forward this beer is- and I love it. Tastes dark chocolate brownie batter, rich and thick. Quite roasty as well. As the beer warms, the vanilla becomes present and lends some creamy sweetness to the proceedings. At the end of each sip there's a pleasant slight pepper twang that builds up slightly sip after sip. There is some coffee noted as well, but it's mild compared to the heavy chocolate.

Full, thick mouthfeel, creamy and delicious. Very drinkable for the ABV. Low level of carbonation.

Chocolate, vanilla and chili peppers is a combination that is pure gold, and this goes for more a chocolate forward feel than some of its brethren.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:51:45 | More by GreesyFizeek
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, orange waxed bottle poured into Cycle Brewing snifter.

Pitch black liquid, one-inch, thick mocha head dissipates after a few sips to a rim. Nice lacing coats the glass during the tasting.

Chocolate malt, char, light coffee and peppers. Not much vanilla, but the choc malt is heavenly.

The chocolate takes on a more fudge-like flavor and the coffee comes out. Nice, mellow pepper burn accentuates the flavors.

Medium-heavy body, well carbonated, alcohol well hidden by the peppers.

Another in a line of stouts brewed with cacao and chili peppers. Well done but not in the class of Huna.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 23:32:20 | More by CaptCleveland
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Evahflow

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an orange waxed 12 oz bottle into a Prairie Teku Glass

A- Darkest brown almost black. Slight Caramel colored bubbles on top that go away instantly.

S- Chocolate,fudgy,coffee, vanilla. Exactly as the label reads. They nailed it

T-Fudge,cocoa,coffee. Second sip I get a little vanilla as well. Third sip Im getting all that and a suble shot of heat rounding it out, chilli? chilli chocolate? I get no alcohol from this and at 14% thats a well crafted beer.I've never had anything like this!

M- Light and creamy, not watery but not thick at all. Perfect consistency to carry these flavors. Makes it intensely drinkable.

O-Overall I nee to first say that I don't drink stouts. I have tried a lot of them but Im just not a fan of them. This beer has changed that. I haven't ever had a stout that packs so much well blended flavor. This beer is so well balanced, every ingredient plays its role to a T. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this beer again hopefully. Try it if you can you won't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 16:54:01 | More by Evahflow
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tpgraham

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am going to update my review here after having a few of these over the past 3 or 4 months. I can say with certainty that this is now my favorite non-bourbon barrel aged, flavored stout on the market. Prairie has really outdone themselves here and managed to create a cohesive, excellent beer that most other brewers would turn in to a mess.

I am reviewing an orange wax bottle that was release in early 2014.

A - Thick, viscous, pitch black pour with a tan head. Nice sticky lacing left by the receding one-finger head.

S - Roasted malt and coffee beans are present at first. Chocolate begins to show up as it warms and you can get your nose in the glass. Almost on par with Chokolat as far as the cocoa aroma goes.

T - Complex, multi-layered. Up front is roasted malt and coffee that give way to the cocoa and the heat from the chile peppers on the back end. The vanilla has faded with age on this bottle, which is to be expected. I cannot believe how they pulled this off. Ecellent.

M - Full bodied stout, like an imperial should be. Very smooth finish with no detectable heat even with the high 13% ABV.

O - Hands down the best flavored stout I have ever had.

Next time this releases I am going to try and get 3 or 4 more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 17:08:52 | More by tpgraham
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roger617

Indiana

4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter. There was a burnt orange wax covering the top.

A: Pours dark black with half a finger of mocha colored head. The beer appeared very thick during the pour, as expected for the style and ABV.
S: I get coffee and vanilla up front on this, with a lingering heat from the peppers. Not detecting hardly any chocolate. Clearly there's a lot going on with this.
T: Coffee comes first, however unlike the aroma, pepper is clearly the second most dominant flavor, followed by chocolate and lastly vanilla. As it warms up the pepper becomes more pronounced, but never over takes coffee for the lead. After-taste lingers with a bit of chocolate.
M: Velvety smooth, with an appropriate carb level.
O: To say this beer is well balanced doesn't begin to describe it. There's so much going on here that it's tough to believe its 13%. I didn't have many expectations for Bomb!, and I'm glad to say it took me by surprise.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:10:06 | More by roger617
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frenchblood21

Ohio

4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into snifter. Burnt orange wax over the top. I will admit, my expectations are through-the-roof for this beer. From what I hear, this beer makes grown men cry.

Appearance- Jet-black with absolutely no light shining through while held up to a bright light. Half a finger of dark tan head that sticks around for a minute or two. I cannot describe how black this beer is. It's what a black-hole would look like. (Assuming light could escape the intense gravitational pull, which it cannot.)

Smell- Out-of-this-world! Coffee, chocolate and vanilla explode into my face. Chocolate chip cookies and mint too. I know this beer isn't barrel-aged, but you could have fooled me.

Taste- Lives up to all the hype to say the least. I taste every single ingredient the bottle lists. Coffee and chocolate at first, then vanilla and chili peppers in the back. I know I am not supposed to, but I taste mint too.

Mouthfeel- I am enjoying this beer too much. So much complexity for one liquid. I get the sense of coffee and hot chocolate then vanilla bean milkshake. I could take just a tad more heat from the peppers, but I refuse to complain about this masterpiece.

Overall- Perfect in every sense of the word. I have given very few 5/5 in my 50+ reviews, but this beer earned four 5/5. This beer is constantly ISO in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:04:23 | More by frenchblood21
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kojevergas

Texas

4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing colourful label and orange wax-ed over pry-off cap served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. 13% ABV. Reviewed as an imperial stout because the label clearly identifies it as an "imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers." Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

Served chilled. Side-poured.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a quarter finger wide head of fairly rich tan colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Decent complexion. Unfortunately, the head retention is poor - maybe 1 minute at best. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. Not quite a jet black, but certainly nontranslucent and nontransparent. No floating yeast particles or hop sediment is visible. Appears undercarbonated.

The head doesn't set itself apart; it lacks the richness and vibrance of superior beers in the style. Not unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Rich cacao nibs dominate. It's not a dusty or powdery cacao character, but rather feels like a very evocative, saliva-inducing chocolate. Right behind it in prominence is some coffee of equally impressive depth, evoking a subtle roastiness and layers of java. The base is your usual dark malt and chocolate malt foundation, but it's unobtrusive and seems to let the more interesting notes shine.

As far as any vanilla beans or chili peppers? Hm. I do find hints of faint chili powder - as though chili powder cut with Mexican chocolate, but honestly I wouldn't notice the chili character without prompting. And forget the vanilla beans; I'm not finding them at all.

No yeast, alcohol, or hops are detectable.

It seems to have the perfect amount of sweetness and I think it's a lovely aroma for an imperial stout. There's some faint cream and just a hint of roasted barley - which plays with the coffee roast wonderfully.

That said, it's quite a timid aroma for a 13% ABV imperial stout. Certainly understated, but I'd call it subtle rather than reticent. It's teasing. I can't wait for the first sip.

As it warms, I am noticing more and more chili powder on the back end.

T: Gorgeous. The cacao nibs are the stars here, blending beautifully with the dark malt/chocolate malt base and the subtle coffee roast. Though it's worth pointing out that taken on their own, neither the cacao nib character nor the coffee character is particularly deep. I've experienced far superior individual coffee and cacao notes in other beers in the style, but there they blend wonderfully, and the balance is impressive. Warm Mexican chocolate-esque chili pepper/powder is present throughout, but gears up more in the 3rd act without feeling too hot or spicy. It's hard to execute chili notes so subtly. Vanilla beans? Nowhere to be found.

The ABV is also not coming through; this stuff is dangerously drinkable for 13%. There's no yeast character or hop character either, but in spite of the lack of noticeable hop bitterness the beer never feels too sweet as many imperial stouts are prone to; I think the subtle roasted barley and light coffee roast do the balancing instead of hops.

I pick up on some light cream, and could use more. Overall, this is a delightfully well balanced flavour profile with impressive subtlety, notable nuance, good complexity, and fair intricacy. Good depth of flavour and flavour duration. Average intensity of flavour. It's very cohesive, and nearly gestalt.

I'd like to taste the vanilla bean, though I suppose that would entail more sweetness.

Mf: Lightly creamy. Smooth and wet. Almost perfectly carbonated. Has a nice softness to it. As it warms, the texture feels more and more powdery, crumbly, and dusty - like an unrefined Mexican chocolate. In other words, it feels exactly like the aroma doesn't smell - if that makes any sense. It's surprisingly light and easy on the palate, with a modest weight and not much thickness. The result is a very approachable texture which bolsters drinkability. This is about as far from overbearing and syrupy as an imperial stout can get.

Not oily, gushed, hot, syrupy, astringent, harsh, chewy or boozy - though there is some mild chili warmth.

This texture goes above and beyond, complementing the taste beautifully and coaxing out the nuances of the chocolate specifically; the mouthfeel and taste cooperate to create the effect of a crumbly cacao treat. Well-executed indeed. It's rare that a texture feels this dialed-in to a specific flavour, but boy does it work well here. Masterful work.

The tingly chili warmth is lovely.

Dr: Dangerously drinkable for its well-disguised 13% ABV. I'd absolutely buy it again. Any stout fan would do well to try this. I already want more. I'm glad I greedily kept this to myself instead of sharing it with friends. Some of Prairie's finest work so far - and that's saying a lot.

A-

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 07:57:52 | More by kojevergas
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Zach136

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into PAA 11oz "teku". Reviewed side by side with Cigar City Hunaphu's. Consumed 3/28/14 - reviewed from notes.

A - Pitch Black, no head - it's a stout.

S - Coffee forward with a touch of chilli pepper.

T - Bitter road, a solid amount of heat from the peppers but in no way over powering.

M - A bit thin, with a lingering heat.

O - Great beer with an excellent use of the spice that definitely let's you know it's there but doesn't need a side of ranch dressing.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 04:11:38 | More by Zach136
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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

Dark brown, bordering black, with a nice persistent surface coating of cola colored foam.

Hefty doses of fudge and cocoa. Some earthy vegetal smell. Obvious coffee and vanilla. Pretty much as the label reads.

The flavor is punctuated more that in the aroma, but all the same culprits. I wish it had some spicy notes but the vegetal variety will do and plays well with the fudge. Bitter coffee and bakers chocolate.

Very soft and smooth mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Relatively speaking (it is 14%,) it is smooth and easy to put down.

A fantastic beer certainly worth some of the hype. All the advertised ingredients pops, but I do wish it had some heat in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 02:05:40 | More by Vonerichs
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Amalak

New York

4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had at Torst in Brooklyn.

A. Pure black, with a big, thick, dark tan head with some thick lacing on the sides.

S. It has an extremely chocolate and malt scent that's beautiful.

T/M. Taste like liquid chocolate and tree bark. Smooth witha slight vegetable taste. Malty. Full bodied.

O. Served at near room temperature, it has a distinct taste but the chocolate doesn't feel overbearing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 17:07:29 | More by Amalak
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black in color and there's definitely some murkiness to the color. There's a light but partial covering of dark brown foam. Brussels lacing. I get chocolate, a hint of vanilla,a strong dose of coffee,and some roasted malt in the nose. The mouth prickles the tongue between the spices and the chili peppers. The front of the palate is heavy with roasted barley,chocolate,vanilla,and coffee.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 19:28:02 | More by Franziskaner
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darthvohn

Texas

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

Glass Used: Teku

Appearance: This beauty poured an ink black that returned a thick cascading tan head. Lacing was abundant. A fantastic and inviting stout.

Smell: Wow. Big roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, chocolate syrup and waifs of vanilla fill the nose. The latter becomes more fragrant over time.

Taste: Coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla are in full force at the front and middle. The finish provides the depth of the dried roasted chili. While subtle, the chili flavor is there and balanced very well. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and velvety. This alone keeps the glass near you at all times.

Overall: A family member tasted this and asked the ABV. As I reached for the bottle I answered 9%. I was a bit surprised to see it was 13%. This stout easily drinks like a 9%. The flavors are are so damn seductive and inciting. I didn't want this beer to end. This is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 04:23:12 | More by darthvohn
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dav3290

Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange wax I got in a trade.

A - Pitch black with a beautiful tan head. Leaves a great lacing on the glass.

S - Chocolate and coffee dominate but you can pick up hints of the vanilla as it warms. No chilis...yet.

T - A bomb (pun intended) of flavors. Chocolate, coffee, sweetness from the vanilla and at the very end a hit of the chili. Wish the heat would of been a tad stronger but doesn't detract from the beer.

M - Perfect. Best part about the beer (which I say rarely). So damn silky smooth.

O - One of the best non BA stouts I've had. Glad I got a couple bottles left. I'd say drink fresh but since I have a few gonna age and see what happens. As it stands now, great brew from Prairie!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:08:57 | More by dav3290
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass and shared with friends
Thanks to pushkinwow for the bottle!

Pours a deep black color with a short tan head with minimal/no lace. The nose has a great spice, hot and pungent chili peppers, sweet roasted malts and maybe a touch of coffee. A surprisingly balanced chili pepper stout, a really nice dark, roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee but finishes with warm chili peppers. A nice thick body and standard carbonation, silky, smooth, round.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 15:30:26 | More by mtomlins
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controlfate

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received (2) bottles in a trade. Served chilled in a snifter.

A: Very dark with an orangish brown head that retains nicely with minimal lacing.
S: The aroma was not as strong as the taste, I could pickup on the coffee, cacao, and chili peppers the most.
T: Very complex and unique tasting. Notes of coffee, cacao, vanilla, dark chocolate, and chili peppers. I don't normally like chili in beer, but it complimented the other ingredients nicely.
M: Excellent full bodied beer.
O: I really enjoy this beer, it's very delicious and uniquely different.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 05:34:09 | More by controlfate
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MacTeo

California

4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a 375ml bottle

Appearance was quite enticing, I love the dark walnut brown head the quickly decipate. Smelled Roast coffee/hint of dark choco, chilles/pepper, vanilla, and well hidden booze. Tasted some chiles/pepper, roasted choco/malts, touch of coffee, and again well-hidden booze. Full bodied, chewy, creamy, and lower carbonation.

This beer is awesome. I'd like to have more of that silky taste and this is very complex in a great way. I would definitely seek this one out again and every chance I get.

Serving type: bottle

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