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BOMB! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

ABV varies by batch.

Added by MinorThreat on 05-29-2013

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Reviews: 758 | Ratings: 5,218
Photo of asmangat
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku. Minimal head, good lacing. Nose full of chocolate, super sweet but with green peppers. Very drinkable, these pepper infused beers can sometimes be too overpowering, but this is very well balanced, with heavy coffee, pleasant bitterness and a tinge spice on the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, silky, and smooth.

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Photo of JohnPaulJone5
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not what I expected to be honest! I mean that in a good way. I have a guy OK who hooks me up and usually I trade this along. Gave this a try finally and instantly fell in love. The whole chili peppers threw me off but I caved in and gave it a try.

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Photo of Coldkiller
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect Imperial Stout. It has the best coffee, the best chocolate, and it tied together with a hint of spice from the pepper skins. It is super pricey, but worth every penny. Holy crap!

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Photo of FBarber
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Since this beer has been reviewed plenty of times, I'm not doing a full point by point review, but rather just putting down my overall thoughts.

This beer is beautiful looking (even without any head) and smelled amazing, however, unlike many people here, I did not pick up any pepper notes either in the smell or taste - perhaps because it was left sitting for about 4 months? Either way, it was very good.

But what really set this beer apart from any I've ever had like it was the feel. Seriously, its like drinking a fudge brownie - just so decadent. That brownie analogy also applies to the sweetness of the beer. Its just a bit too sweet for my taste, Id like a bit of a drier cacao finish rather than sweet brownie batter, but hey, thats just a minor quibble.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.54/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours black, maybe a little bit of mahogany on the edges. a small tan head that fades pretty quickly and leaves nothing behind. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: huge coffee flavor that either mixes with or comes off a bit like the peppers. strong chocolate-y fudge. very faint vanilla. peppers return in the finish.

Taste: opens with a little bit of chocolate that gives off strong fudge like notes. strong pepper heat comes in and mixes with coffee. some roastiness barely makes it through along with a touch of vanilla bean. more pepper heat and taste near the end.

Mouthfeel: nice thick and a bit chewy. heat leave is good and not to strong. a little deceiving for 13%

Overall: the coffee flavor adds complexity to the pepper flavor which I can see being a good thing but I just can't come around to the taste. I do really like the fudgey body and like the level that the heat comes in. could pack a bit more alcohol punch though.

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Photo of Mexi_locobarrel
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured like a midnight silk color ,
scents of a grind house chocolate coffee hit the nostrils. The taste was absolutely great aromatic coffee was not to ignore with a sweet cacao finished that lingered to the very end.

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Photo of lic217
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark Black, small tan head, a little lacing 5
Smell: Mostly chocolate, with a touch of vanilla and alcohol
Taste: Starts sweet, but it ends less so. Chocolate and vanilla flavor, with a warming touch of alcohol heat and a slight dark fruit flavor 4.5
Feel: Smooth, creamy, really nice, but maybe a touch too thin. 4.5
Overall: It's a well made big beer, with a great chocolate flavor, but I would have preferred more complexity. 4.5

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Photo of LMO1190
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look pitch black, with a super thin mocha head.

Smells, Like rich dark chocolate ,coffee, and vanilla.

Taste like creamy dark chocolate with coffee. A good amount of sweetness, A nice spiciness that comes out more as the beer warms up. Awesome well balanced beer.

Feel= Nice and cream, with some tingling on the tongue and roof of the mouth. A little bit of pepper burn at the end.

This is probably one of the best imperial stouts, I have had. I would drink this again and will try more brews from Prairie Artisan!!! Just Awesome

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Photo of rarigney
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured straight down the middle of a goblet. Black. No head, just a thin tan line around the edge. Maybe I poured it a bit cold, 45-50F. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Taste chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, coffee.

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Photo of MrHolden
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into snifter. Pours black with a stubborn tan head. Aroma is hot cocoa, coffee, molasses, and a hint of chili spice on the tail. The flavor is malt, chili, and burnt coffee up front followed by smooth chocolate and some booze. Big mouthfeel with lower carbonation and a slick, wet finish. The chili spice is not very present until the aftertaste builds up after multiple sips. I am a fan of spice so this feels very mild to me, but it's there. The chocolate is noticeable throughout and is not overly sweet. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Nin10dude64
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the BOMB poured into a snifter

pours black, no head, probably because i poured it very smooth given the small size of the snifter, but a thin tan foam did form. Bubbles rise from the sides of the glass

smell is of instant dark chocolate, slightly sweet but immediately followed by the chili pepper presence. Coffee can be picked up, and an alcohol afterscent persists

spicy at first sip, followed by a rush of coffee then chocolatey chewiness (reminded me of M&M's lol)

smooth and creamy, the spiciness sits in the throat and tongue between sips, and gets slightly spicier with time and warmth

I had barely noticed right before I drank this that they put chili peppers in it. I hate spicy food and I had already seen a few beers on BA that have peppers and the idea seemed unappealing to me, but here spiciness was separated from heat, it was incredibly enjoyable and I had more fun drinking this stout than any other up to date. A must have for anyone who likes stouts

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Photo of fx20736
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle from Brockport Beverage, Winter 2015/16. Poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temp.

Look: Black, thin cinnamon head which completely disappears

Smell: complex but I get coffee and chocolate

Taste: coffee, chocolate, some peppery heat

Feel: solid and slippery

Overall: pretty good

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Photo of HardTarget
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as night, holds a thin ring of dark tan head.

Aroma: Malt extract, burnt grain, hint of a citric hop.

Taste: Heavy toffee notes, burnt sugar sweetness, bit of molasses, a dose of dusty earthy notes in the finish try to explain why it doesn't all go cloyingly sweet. Bitters are coming from a coffee note as well.

Mouthfeel: Viscous, chewy, heavy body with low carbonation. Dry finish has a little alcoholic heat.

Overall: Big impact! Malt monster goes down like a old fashioned hard toffee candy. A little smoky burnt coffee gives it some depth and character. Hops are very background, but doing some heavy lifting to keep this enjoyable. I get the big numbers, I can't throw any serious stones at them. This is clean, big, bold, and tasty. It's pricey too, so I won't be getting a lot of them, but will probably reach for another.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is this really 13 percent. So unbelievable smooth. Easiest drinking 13 percent beer I have had. Smells if chocolate and vanilla. This is my first bomb beer and can't wait to try the other variant. There was just the right amount of heat from the peppers. Well worth the hype. Too bad I missed out on the bourbon barrel version. I won't miss out on pirate bombing coming soon.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black from a 12z bottle, looks like it's marked 4/15 so it's about a year old. Looks perfect, with no head. When I stop pouring it attempts to form some suds but gives up the ghost after barely getting a thin layer. No lacing.

Smells like cocoa -- instant chocolate , no coffee, no malt.

Taste is of bitter baker's chocolate, and dark fruit in there quite distinct, along with tart of the fruit. It's very nicely balanced, and malt gives it a caramel body, but doesn't go too bready. Very sippable, almost like a porter rather than an imperial. No push-back at all. Yes, it's resiny and heavy and boozy at the finish but otherwise the alcohol is hidden extremely well. Hard to believe this is 13%.

I'm not getting any of the ancho chili peppers. Maybe it needs to warm... the caramel malt becomes more evident and burnt coffee is a little more obvious as it opens up. Body is getting more complex the longer I swirl and sip --there's the ever so slightest hint of the chili peppers now but I'm looking for it -- the pepper thing is a non-starter, at least for this bottle, oh well.

I have another bottle to age to see if the pepper flavor might come out more -- at $10 a 12oz I'm not sure how many of these I'll be grabbing to experiment further...

Nevertheless, a fine imperial stout that's chocolate forward, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of michaelsmith11
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Black and thick....not much head

Smell - I smell a lot chocolate, not a whole lot of coffee smell. Something else, maybe vanilla?

Taste - Again, a lot of chocolate. Not that that is a bad thing but I was expecting more coffee. A little disappointed in that I didn't really taste the the chili peppers. I was waiting for a little burn at the end but did not get it.

Mouthfeel - Very thick, hides the alcohol very well for a 13% beer. Low carbonation

Overall - It was not what I really expected. I loved xocoveza and was hoping this would be similar. But the chocolate flavor took over a little too much. The chocolate flavor was great and It did a great job of hiding the alcohol but I was hoping the coffee and chili would have more of a presence. It's also a little pricey at $10 for a 12oz bottle. I have a second bottle that I'll age a little and try again.

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Photo of Echris21
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz glass bottle into a tulip glass. Looks almost pitch pitch black, no surprises here. Smell is very strong of chocolate and malts. Taste is similar, instant chocolate followed by malt and a faint vanilla and coffee. Blends together well and is surprisingly smooth for 13%. Carbonation is moderate compared to other imperial stouts.

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Photo of Uscjojo
3.94/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks black with almost nothing of a head. Smell of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Tasted mostly chocolate with light coffee. I did not taste the peppers, like many who have. It felt like a soda that was shaken until all the carbonation was gone, very flat. It wasn't bad, just different. The 13% was well hidden. I bought it for 7.99, so I can't complain about the price.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an over-sized wine glass straight from the tap.

Appearance: Thick motor oil black with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Head is a nice natural dark tan color rising lightly to maybe to half a finger's length. Drops to nada after a sip with sticky lacing.

Smell: Light mocha and coffee, you smell a cold caramel...Hovers the nostrils but not the most sticking scent.

Taste: Cimplex coffee, hints of nutmeg and chocolate...the chocolate overpowers most of the taste but that isn't a bad thing. Trust me not a taste you forget.

Overall: You see it, buy it. Picked it up on draft at Tap and Barrel here in Smithtown, NY...priceless. Grab a glass and thank me later. Salud!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black, dark cola brown with a thin, light tan colored head. Sub-par retention, quickly breaking down to an island of suds in the center of the glass. Lacing consists of a few small spots found randomly around the glass.

Smell - Sweet, with vanilla and cream being the abundant aroma. Fair sour funk and booze. Lesser milk chocolate and a hint of coffee and spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweet vanilla with some odd, slightly sour funk. Good amount of Cream. Faint coffee notes buried beneath the sweetness. Back end hits on cheap easter milk chocolate and a touch of heat from the chili peppers.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low, creamy carbonation. Very smooth, and for 13% it drinks like a dream. Easily the highlight of this brew.

Overall - This is good, but it isn't doing much for me. The depth simply isn't there, as the sweetness prevails while lacking any kind of significant roast or bittering balance. At $10 per 12oz bottle it's a steep price to pay, and I'll rest easy knowing I'll never have the urge to buy it again.

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Photo of slavetothemessiah
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black syrupy. Creamy beige head. Old Gregg would approve! Nose. Cocoa and vanilla with maltiness. Mouth feel. Full body. Taste. At first, more vanilla and cocoa, second and third sips, taste of chili peppers, just enough. Aftertaste. Very well rounded. Sweet but not too sweet. Overall. Beautiful strong imperial stout. If there was one beer to take on a deserted island, this might be the one. I'd forget about being stranded alone. Perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and strong. Will buy again very soon. Thankful that it's plentiful here in the OKC.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange wax #5. Poured into a snifter.

Looks like a dark brown chocolatey glass of amazingness.

Smells like chocolate, cocoa, and a touch of chilies. Love the hint of pepper that comes across.

Tastes like an amazing stout with a touch of heat. Perfect amount of heat as other beers have gone overboard.

This beer will fill you up and leave your tongue feeling the touch of heat. Makes y in want more.

Overall worth the hype. Love that I got a wax version. One of my favorite Stouts, but definitely my favorite chili pepper fused stout.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a goblet. dating smudged, but appears to be bottled 8/15.

pours black with a small tan head that dissipates into a ring.

great aromas from this one. chocolate, coffee, slight vanilla. faint hint of booze.

all the aromas come through in the taste, except the alcohol. instead, the faint burn of the chili at the back of the throat and sides of the tongue. really rolls around the tongue beautifully. alcohol is hidden.

mouth is just between medium and full.

overall, this is a really fine beer, a nice sipper over an hour or so.

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Photo of wedge
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an inky black with only a wispy tan covering. Aroma is deep and dark...equal parts cocoa nibs and coffee beans with a soft vanilla sweetness and waft of dried chilies. Dark chocolate cake and a cup of sweetened coffee in the mouth. Booze is remarkably absent in the nose and flavor, just a little warmth in the throat that works with the subtle spice. Silky, moderately full body - again, easy enough to drink that you'd have no idea this was such a big beer. I generally have a hard time with massive, under-attenuated, sticky-sweet beers and this thankfully isn't one of them. Absolutely worth the cost of a bottle every once in a while as a treat. Fantastic!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to my good friend Jon Passow who sent me this beer from california last summer. I've been aging it in my cellar until right now. A bottle of the 2015 vintage. Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a very tan/light brown head that's about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured. Settles to a fairly thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a large patch of a film layer of surface foam on the beer's surface. Aromas of cocoa, coffee, vanilla and chili peppers are all quite strong indeed. I could smell these aroma very clearly when the glass was about 2 feet away from my nose. This may be the strongest aroma in some respects that I've ever experienced with a beer before. Flavors of roasted malts along with chocolate and vanilla notes that give way to some black coffee bitterness followed by a bit of a bite from the chili peppers that is all rounded out with a bit of an earthy hop bitterness. An absolutely fantastic flavor profile here indeed! Everything is perfectly balanced and all the flavors compliment each other so nicely. Delicious! Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth and somewhat creamy, just slightly tingly, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. The flavors really linger on the palate nicely for a few minutes after each sip. Has a clean, dry finish. Extremely easy to drink, especially with the 13% ABV this beer has. I had to check myself a few times to insure I properly savored this beer and didn't gulp it down, its that good. This is one beer that you truly with your glass of was never ending. I really hope I get the chance to have this one again because this is an absolutely amazing beer!


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