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Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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world-class

2,838 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,838
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 854
Gots: 835 | FT: 123
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
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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Reviews by ExaltedNecrosis:
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Big Hops in San Antonio, TX.

A - Pours black with one finger of creamydark brown / chocolate head.

S - It's got a nice peppery aroma with some chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Good amount of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and pepper. The pepper gives it a nice flavor, with more of a peppery mouthfeel than a peppery taste.

M - Thick and very smooth and creamy. This goes down easy, and the 14% is extremely well hidden. Very easy drinking for a stout of this caliber.

O - This is one great stout. The pepper adds a great other dimension to this, and the smooth creamy mouthfeel combined with the will hidden alcohol make this a fantastic beer.

ExaltedNecrosis, Dec 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffo
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +1.3%
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
Photo of biboergosum
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz stout-shaped bottle, blue wax sealed, and procured at Tipsy's Liquor World in suburban Denver a few weeks ago.

This beer pours a solid, abysmal black, with only the slightest hints of basal cola edges, and two fingers of puffy, silky, and tightly foamy mocha head, which leaves a large swath of spooky webbed lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of bitter dark roast coffee, medium baker's chocolate, earthy vanilla pods, an obfuscated caramel/toffee malt, and some musty, dusty weedy hops. The taste is more bitter cafe-au-lait, tending more to the former, dry powdery cocoa, bready, somewhat grainy caramel malt, a touch of astringent wood, a slight, slowly building red spicy warmth, one which hides any alcohol edge that must be brewing, and a mild green vegetal hoppiness.

The bubbles are quite understated, barely generating a wee frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a growing spice and alcohol insurgency. It finishes surprisingly off-dry, the sweetness of the malt and cocoa wresting a bit of the floor away from the coffee and spice guests.

Woooweee. One deliciously complex, and well-integrated imperial stout. Not too sweet, not too spicy, and definitely not too boozy (in the external sense, at least), rather, a deft blend of all these things, so much so, that this drinks like a regular, if still coffee and chili infused, dry stout. That said, I did my best to slow down and enjoy this, for I won't be able to get my hands on another bottle anytime soon, and of course, the more obvious reason - the 28-proof alcohol. Again, wow.

biboergosum, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Freddy from the Biergarten in Jenks for holding one back for me!

Pours an effervescent pitch black with a fast falling mocha colored head. Nice viscious look, near zero head retention & lacing

S: Rich coffee & dark chocolate, caramel & vanilla

T: Follows the, vanilla, caramel & a general hint of creme brule' going on here along with dryness, just a little chille bite too. More pepper heat as this warms, coffee, mocha & oaky notes, strong caramel. Finishes with oaky dryness, chille heat, coffee & cocoa

MF: Medium bodied, fairly silky, thickens up over time

This is incredibily smooth & drinkable for such a complex beer. Deft use of chillles really sets this apart from the crowd. Easily my favorite big beer from Prairie, so far... Wanted to wring the bottle out to get every drop. I would love to see a barrel aged version of this, but pretty awesome in its own right

russpowell, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to rudzud for sharing.

very dark almost black creamy small head, very little lacing, huge legs, pretty thick like motor oil. Head builds as well as lacing and legs!

Nose is ridiculous, so much awesome coffee, fresh roasted great smooth coffee, freshly brewed too, that just takes over and it takes deep nosing to get past, then a dark malt, chocolate, cocoa, dark choc, a very nice fresh smooth vanilla, then a nice ancho chili, the coffee is sooo good!

Taste wow, starts with a huge vanilla kick, so much great vanilla, then cocoa, dark choc and bakers, hot cocoa and etc. Then a great coffee again, freshly brewed and roasted smooth rich coffee, mild roast and very tasty, light bitterness. In the background, a nice ancho chili comes with a good ancho, nice light smoky character and earthy character from the ancho. Very little booze, all blended together nicely and balanced. So delicious! Finish is long, very little booze warmth, little chili pepper heat and little smoke character, nice long chocolate dark choc, little coffee and some vanilla lingering, so much awesome.

Mouth is heavy thick and rich, long mouth coating, little booze warmth and pepper tingle, decent carb.

Overall, guuuh! this beer is friggen amazing!

jlindros, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -10%
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 mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/19/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLaywer85 for sharing this one. Batch 2 red wax bottle, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of milk chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted malts, green peppers, light coffee, and toasted malts. Awesome nose; everything comes through and there is a lot of chocolate. Peppers come through but not too much, which is a good thing to me.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, peppers, hot spice, roasted malts, vanilla, cinnamon, toasted malts, burnt malts, bell peppers. Taste is definitely good but has a lot more peppers and spice, and a bit of a kick to it. Little too much for me, so a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Light spice from the peppers but very easy to drink considering the ABV.

o - Overall definitely a good beer, but a little too much peppers and spice int he taste for me. I still would definitely prefer Hunahpu to this based on the taste (had a 2013 4 days before), and would put this on level with the normal Abraxas, with a tiny bit more spice in the taste. The nose is great and it is pretty easy to drink, and well worth checking out. Would like to try Pirate Bomb now.

mdfb79, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

DanGeo, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Smokesnotes
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

Smokesnotes, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

tectactoe, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
5/5  rDev +11.4%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of BOOYAH
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A- Very dark with a lacey brown/ almost redish head.

S- Hints of chocolate, heavy coffee, vanilla, and hits of ancho chilie.

T- When I swirl it around in my mouth, it drops Bombs of chocolate and coffee. The
hints of vanilla and chilies balance out this stout.

M- The most notable aspect, is that it is very light for an imperial stout. I really
enjoyed the lightness in contrast to the really heavy stouts that have to be chewed
through.

O- This beer can be enjoyed over and over with something new almost every time. For
me, this stout changes what I have come to expect from stouts. The slight chilie on
the end seems to say "I know you will be back". The perfect amount that leaves you
wondering how it got past you, to only say goodbye.

BOOYAH, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of OhioBobcat
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

OhioBobcat, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

CavemanRamblin, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of jono0101
5/5  rDev +11.4%

jono0101, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

brownbeer, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of hbensinger
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer with some friends. 12 oz. bottle poured into pub glass.
This beer pours as black as used motor oil. Some thin brown lacing hugs the sides of the glass as it goes. The aroma of coffee and roasted malt is present but so is the subtle spice from the pepper. It is not at all overpowering. This is an extremely complex and well crafted beer. The astronomical ABV is not apparent as it is all well balanced with the robust flavors of this brew. I am not a stout drinker normally but I loved this beer!

Whatever you have to do, get this and try this beer!

hbensinger, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Schlais, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Tiernan, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of cjn40277
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

cjn40277, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of Spaten454
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A HUGE thanks to @CRJMellor for sending me this in a trade. Super stoked to get to finally try this highly acclaimed brew.

12oz. Bottle poured into tulip.

I can smell the chocolatey, vanilla spiciness as soon as I pop the cap. Pours a black, black, viscous body with a chocolate brown two finger head that dissipates at a medium pace. I can also smell all the ingredients: coffee, cacao, vanilla, and chile peppers. Taste is more, a lot more of the same, deliciousness that hit the nose. Overall, I really loved this beer. Really glad I was able to try it, and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a complex stout that blends its flavors with the utmost harmony.

tbryan5, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

SanFranJake, Nov 03, 2013
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Prairie Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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