Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales
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Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
4.48/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Red Wax Vintage (2013)
Pours a gorgeous and sexy deep dark oily color with equal oily viscosity. A fairly aggressive pour yields some pretty weak bubbles that attempt to come to the surface and form a head but are unsuccessful. There is a light tan ring that still forms around the glass. Gorgeous. (5)
Strong delicious coffee aroma starts things off. Then some burnt and roasted notes of coffee beans and espresso. Fresh brewed coffee and spent grounds seem to dominate the early portion of the aroma. These notes are followed by some deep dark bitter chocolate notes and delicious bitterness with a mild underlying sweetness. Mild vanilla spiced sweetness on the back end along with some chilly spice. (4.75)
Starts off with strong coffee notes in the flavor similar to the nose. However, in the flavor, the coffee notes are a bit richer and less acidic than the nose indicates. The coffee notes are also very well balanced by some notes of vanilla spice and sweetness and then this is followed back by some more roast and some dark chocolate bitterness The middle has some mild boozy heat (it is 14% after all). The brew is surprisingly clean and each flavor stands out very well. They are well compartmentalized and not muddled. The brew finishes with some nice chili spice and some vanilla hints. The mouth feel is surprisingly light an doculd be a bit thicker. Still there is some lower carbonation and a nice dark cocoa and coffee bitter finish. (4.5)(4.0)
Overall this brew is worth the hype. Very well done with great complexity and flavors. (4.25)
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2013 00:58:39 | More by JoEBoBpr
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4.53/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottle purchased in Oklahoma City, also had this at The Beer Trappe in Lexington, Kentucky a couple days beforehand. Liked the Bible Belt variation of this alot, happy to be able to review this now as well. ABV listed as 13% on the label.
Appearance - Oily black pour into a snifter. A finger or so of brown head forms, a swirly cap and thick ring are left by the end along with some good lace. Impressive for the ABV for sure.
Smell - Nice nose with prominent cocoa and chili spice, quite a bit of roasted malt as well, which rounds it all out very well. Coffee is on the lighter end of the spectrum but becomes more noticeable with warmth. Vanilla if you look for it. Noticeable alcohol but not bad. Pretttty nice.
Taste - More vanilla here, still very much cocoa/roast/chili forward. Coffee is pretty understated for me but can't really complain much. Smoke and heat from the chiles starts to build with further sips but it's not over the top and melds well. Touch of molasses.
Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel, nice higher carbonation feels unique for a stout of this size, diggin' the liveliness on the palate. Very nice melding of flavors, a little booze noticeable but pretty damn drinkable. 12oz is no problemo solo.
Overall - As far as ridiculous-ingredient imperial stouts go, this may be as balanced, drinkable and enjoyable as it gets.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 00:55:31 | More by Chico1985
Prairie Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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