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Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 2,494
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 821
Gots: 719 | FT: 105
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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.

ABV varies by batch.

(Beer added by: MinorThreat on 05-29-2013)
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Photo of Jeffo
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of this from Doodler in a recent box. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Gold wax
Coffee, cacao, vanilla beans and chili peppers.
Nordaggios coffee

APPEARANCE: Muddy black pour yields a three finger, foamy, medium tan head with very good retention. Jet black body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Slowly fades to a full foam cap, then a wisp and ring. A simple ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: All the adjuncts are there. Chilies are first, with coffee, vanilla and cacao nibs, showing up in that order. Light roast, sweet cream and milk chocolate notes. Everything is really balanced in the nose. Can't get much better than this really. Bold and wonderful.

TASTE: Really flavorful with vanilla, chocolate and light roasted notes up front. Creamy chocolate and coffee through the middle into a big and lingering finish of bitter chocolate and coffee, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet cream and some spicy chilies. Chilies are well measured and give a little bite and heat in the aftertaste, but aren't overpowering. Lots of adjuncts but they're all well there and well balanced. Perhaps a touch too much heat lingers, but just great.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a chili scratch at the swallow, finishing slightly mouth-coating. A chili bite and some heat lingers, but still really good.

OVERALL: This is excellent. Could be a touch thicker and a have a touch less carbonation for top marks, I'm really getting nit picky here. Fantastic, and there's no way this is actually 14% ABV either. Easily equal to Mexican Cake, and a tick below Huna. World class in any respect. Thanks again Doodler. Highly recommended.

Jeffo, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 1 (gold wax).

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and very slight chile pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder and dark chocolate flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip, but I am not getting any chile heat in the throat. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a fantastic set of aromas and a nice chocolate forward taste.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Proving that there's much more to Prairie Ales than just Saison-nuevo, reaching into their goodie sack of all-things-dark has proven quite successful for the up and comers. Complex flavors from both the base beer and from additions, and then its roasted drinkability allows these guys to look like old pros!

As expected, the beer is black. Just shy of any mirror-like sheen, the beer seems to have a hazy density that's exacerbated by its absolute darkness. But then the beer takes on lightened proportions as a billowing mocha-stained column rises to match the rim of the snifter. Boldly carbonated, the beer easily retains the session with a thick creme of foam and laces with reliable concentric rings with each sip.

Incredibly roasty in aroma, the beer is spot on espresso and roasted walnuts. Sprinkled with a sense of cocoa powder and burnt molasses- the roasted grains are well supported with a more supple and sweeter counterpart. As the alcohols rise, it carries with it a hint of whisky, smoke, charred fruit but no real sign of the chili peppers that's promised.

One sip and it inflates the mouth with dry roastiness. Bitter espresso, cocoa, walnuts and scorched sugars all round into a lighter than expected burnt flavor. Its sweetness is supportive but doesn't steal the show. The middle palate introduces a fruitier tone with alcohol-soaked fruits: cherries, blackcurrant, raisins and a touch of licorice spice become the vehicle for its whisky-type alcohol. Reading into the beer a little, there's a slim fruit-vegetable tone that could be chili, but could also be hop and alcohol.

Undoubtedly full bodied, the ale is both cream-ied up by its expansive carbonation and also lightened by it. The bubbles seem to make the beer float just above the tongue with a semi-arid dryness and powdery roast character. By the time that the carbonation subsides, the sweetness has already faded and the spicy warmth of alcohol and capsacin linger boldly on the throat.

Prairie has absolutely knocked this one out of the park. Each sip delivers a new flavor, a new experience, and new complexion to the beer. I'm happy to see it being considered in the upper echelon of stouts because it rightfully belongs there.

BEERchitect, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by someone - Jason perhaps? Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and specks of lace. Black body with a touch of lighter brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Huge roast, coffee, spicy chiles, vanilla, milled grains, semisweet chocolate, and no perceptible alcohol. Great balance and depth - pretty awesome.

T - The taste isn't quite as heavy on the chiles, but it's still quite enjoyable. Roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa, touch of coffee, and extremely well-hidden booze. Some chile spice and peppery notes late on the palate. Quite decadent.

M - Medium-full body, chewy, creamy, and soft texture, with lower carbonation. There's some heat, but I'm guessing it's from the chiles rather than the alcohol.

D - This is awesome stuff. Looking forward to grabbing a few bottles as well as the inevitable barrel-aged version(s). Really impressed and totally up my alley in the chile-stout flavor balance. Might be tough for me to drink mass quantities, but I'd love to try.

MasterSki, Aug 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

jordanimal, Today at 05:14 AM
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Snowshoes, Today at 02:43 AM
Photo of illinikap
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%

illinikap, Yesterday at 08:02 PM
Photo of Viperman1316
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Apocalypse Ale Works stemware.

A: Beautiful pour with a dark tan head. So black you can’t see the sun through it. A perfect stout pour.
S: This beer smells brutal. It smells hot! Very boozy, very spicy! Underlying base smell is that of confectioners chocolate. Smells like a big bold stout as was expected.
T: Tastes like biting into a dark chocolate chile bar. Very prominent dark chocolate and very mild chile flavor. The chile flavor is almost sweet. The burn starts to get to you the longer you drink. The taste does not quite reflect the aroma. The aroma implies that it is much spicier than it actually is. Dark chocolate bitter aftertaste.
F: Great mouthfeel, just enough carbonation that it is a thick, sticky beer, but still feels like a beer and not like drinking black chocolate syrup.
O: I will not be trading for this beer or intentionally seeking it out again, but if I happen to walk into a store and it’s on the shelf, I will very much consider paying $7 a bottle for it.

Viperman1316, Yesterday at 01:42 AM
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Donkster46, Tuesday at 04:15 AM
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

This beer needs a bit more coffee on the palate, and to be on a nitro-line, and all will be right in the world.

MixieonaFixie, Tuesday at 01:35 AM
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

JMS1512, Tuesday at 12:56 AM
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Snaketooth, Tuesday at 12:42 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ChaseTheAce, Monday at 10:44 PM
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Bjorn2bWild, Monday at 08:12 PM
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4.4/5  rDev -2.2%

leitmotif, Monday at 07:41 PM
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Chew this one carefully. Nice peppery pop with a thick attitude!

cubs08ws, Monday at 07:33 PM
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

fossage78, Monday at 04:10 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.95/5  rDev -12.2%

rfgetz, Monday at 01:35 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Prairie Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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