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Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 2,430
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 815
Gots: 703 | FT: 104
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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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Photo of Jeffo
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -10.2%
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 BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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 +1.1%
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
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

jeezie, Yesterday at 05:00 AM
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

PuckIt, Yesterday at 02:26 AM
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4.3/5  rDev -4.4%

Gerberr, Yesterday at 01:41 AM
Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%

A: 5 - Pitch black with a dark brown/cinnamon head. Looks a lot like the Bible Belt I had last week. Tremendous looking beer.

S: 4.6- A LOT of chocolate, some vanilla, roasted malt. I pick up on a little bit of the chili. The coffee is also definitely there. Smells wonderful!

T: 4.75 - Omg. That's awesome. CHOCOLATE! Dark chocolate up front, and I actually pick up on the chili. Some people I know were saying they missed the chili on this but I'm really getting some which makes me...very happy. The coffee is very faint, as is the vanilla. There's a lot there. For a 14% beer I only get a tiny bit of the alcohol. Clearly a big beer, but I never would have guessed 14% off the taste. Wonderful.

M: 4.5 - Again, the ABV is high but this is fairly drinkable. There is some burn in the throat on the way down but nothing extreme.

O: 4.71 - Awesome beer. Being from Texas I naturally (ignorantly) despise mostly everything to do with Oklahoma, but damn that's a good beer. REALLY good beer. It's certainly the bomb! This beer goes for around $25/4 pack in my area, which I feel is just a little steep. It's an awesome beer, though, and I think you get more "bomb" for the buck with this over Bible Belt. Good, good stuff. Woo pig.

REGreenBTRB, Yesterday at 01:07 AM
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

This showed up on tap at my local beer bar. It's definitely a beer that will knock you out if you don't know it's 14%. So smooth and delicious without much of an alcohol flavor. Wish I could find this somewhere so I could stash a few bottles!

rjengelking, Friday at 05:11 PM
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Keyes88, Thursday at 09:39 PM
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Martinus, Thursday at 04:41 PM
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4.68/5  rDev +4%

j_therk, Wednesday at 09:20 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

Saviorself, Wednesday at 10:29 AM
Photo of Immortale25
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Orange waxed bottle.

A- Pours a totally opaque black color with a 1/2 inch medium brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Semi-sweet aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Also kind of nutty and the smell of the chilies certainly comes through as well.

T- What a lovely synthesis of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and the perfect amount of heat from the peppers. The layered complexity is fully realized and appreciated after every sip. The ABV is superbly well-hidden making it oh so dangerously drinkable. Even with all the different elements at play, the cacao nibs and dark roasted malt end up being the main flavor components with all else being complementary.

M- Creamy yet with a considerable amount of tingle from the chilies. After multiple sips, a capsaicin burn starts to build in the back of the throat but it's not unpleasant. Medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Simply fantastic. Probably my favorite non-BA stout.

Immortale25, Wednesday at 02:22 AM
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

dheldman, Tuesday at 07:36 PM
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

brians52, Tuesday at 03:32 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

CheChe, Monday at 09:47 PM
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4.76/5  rDev +5.8%

Oprimist1, Sep 15, 2014
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Prairie Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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