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: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
The bottle label has 13.0% ABV vice 14.0%.
The body appears India ink black with a thin, wispy dark brown head; sediment left in the bottle. Deep and rich aroma of coffee grounds, charred grain, and chocolate. The taste exudes vanilla, cocoa, and sour cherries; boozy; cigarette ash. Heavy bodied; rich and smooth; velvety mouthfeel.
My goodness, what a heavenly, heavy brew! Big, bold, and rich throughout with incredibly robust and earthy dark tones in appearance, aroma, and flavor! Depth and complexity galore and a perfect for RIS/double stout fans. Most definitely a dark ale flavored road-trip in a bottle!
And I love the catfish on the bottle cap (not that that has anything to do with the beer or its taste appeal -- it just looks cool)...
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 20:50:18 | More by beergoot
Prairie Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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