Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.68/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. The pour is black and opaque with about 2 fingers of fine brown head that slowly dies down to a creamy foam. The nose is complex and very pleasant. I get heavy notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee beans, as well as some sweet malty notes (vanilla?) and chili peppers.
The beer has a full body, a creamy feel, and a very engaging flavor. Sweet malt and vanilla sweetness up front, quickly followed by bittersweet chocolate. Then, more flavors join in. First, some bittering hops arrive and are quickly joined by some roasty coffee. Then, the coffee slowly intensifies as the beer oozes into the back of your mouth. Just when the coffee seems to reach unusual levels of bitter roastiness, the flavor transforms into chili peppers and joins a hint of alcohol heat to really warm things up as it slides down your throat. Coffee and peppers linger on the finish. Very drinkable for such a high ABV beer. This is one of those cases where the complexity of the flavor aids the drinkability. You focus on all the flavors as you sip and savor each mouthful, constantly looking for something you may have missed and quickly following up each sip to confirm your findings.
An amazing beer that is masterfully constructed. I'd like to rate it higher on taste, but I think I'm just not used to these ``Mexican-style stouts'' yet, especially the chili peppers. I just can't find that many examples (believe me, I'd buy them if I could find them). If I could score a few more bottles of this, I think I would get used to the chili peppers and the taste would eventually get bumped up to a 5. I really like the way the flavors of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and chili peppers all unfold one after another on the palate. Prairie is just an extraordinary brewery. I have been delighted with every beer of theirs I've had. More, please!
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2014 01:24:27 | More by deadonhisfeet
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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
100 out of 100 based on 2,128 ratings.