Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales
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Reviews by cjoc83:
4.39/5 rDev -2.4%
12oz orange waxed bottle recieved in a trade from my man Jon in Texas. Thanks buddy!
A - Pours a viscous motor oil black with a dark brown head of about a finger, which recedes rather quickly and leaves no lace, as expected.
S - Lots of fresh roasted coffee is the dominant note in the smell, and lying just beneath is bittersweet bakers chocolate, roasted malt, sweet vanilla, and some very slight peppers as it warms. Really smells terrific, a much more pungent smell than the decent but underwhelming Vanilla Noir I drank a couple days prior.
T - Again, a large, fresh roasted coffee/espresso flavor upfront, which melds into milk chocolate, bitter bakers chocolate, and vanilla sweetness. The ancho chiles are more of faint flavor at first rather than any noticeable heat, but once it warms to around room temp, the peppers give a nice little kick in the finish. Just really well rounded stuff.
M - Thick, rich, and slightly chewy with some faint carbonation that's very fitting. Coats the mouth with flavors without being cloying or overbearing. The alcohol is also barely noticeable, just a little warmth in the throat.
O - A big improvement over the Vanilla Noir, this stout fires on all cylinders. The numerous flavors blend together rather seamlessly, and the alcohol is incredibly well masked. The only downside to this brew, which is kind of a big one, is the price point... $8 for an imperial stout is more than a bit expensive, and will certainly keep this out of any kind of regular lineup or trading for it more than once in a great while. But with that said, a delicious brew, extremely well crafted. I would recommend everyone to try this at least once.
03-10-2014 02:56:57 | More by cjoc83
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4.53/5 rDev +0.7%
Bottle of this from Doodler in a recent box. Cheers man!
From a bottle into a snifter
Coffee, cacao, vanilla beans and chili peppers.
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.
06-27-2014 20:04:04 | More by Jeffo
4.7/5 rDev +4.4%
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
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.
07-11-2013 21:14:32 | More by BOOYAH
4.93/5 rDev +9.6%
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!
04-22-2014 01:45:43 | More by hbensinger
4.91/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
03-12-2014 01:37:38 | More by tbryan5
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