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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

ABV varies by batch.

Added by MinorThreat on 05-29-2013

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is pitch black with a small caramel-colored head. The head leaves no lacing as it dissipates but settles into a nice golden ring around the top of the beer.

The aroma brings loads of sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and roasted coffee beans, with just a touch of alcohol. Just the faintest hint of chili peppers are lurking in the background, giving a nice little tingle to the nostrils.

The flavor has a ton of coffee up front, followed by a wave of sweet milk chocolate and faint vanilla. Finishes slightly charred, with a subtle touch of spicy chili peppers.

The feel is full bodied with lower carbonation. Incredibly rich and smooth. Has a fair amount of alcohol warmth and lingering heat from the chili peppers.

Overall, a fantastic imperial stout that really brings out the flavors and aromas it advertises. I'm not a fan at all of chili peppers in beer but it's done very subtly here and adds a nice spicy character to the beer without detracting from the coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Just an excellent stout.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appropriate name -- I am blown away. Nice dark stout pour but only the slightest of head. Residue after sip oozes thickly down the glass reminiscent of the old Blob movie. Nose is not huge considering all the flavor that follows, but hints at dark chocolate and vanilla bean. Taste is incredible, delivering what is promised on the label. Leads with some chocolate and coffee and finishes with vanilla bean and a tad of molasses. Dominant flavor seems to be the bitter vanilla, but there is plenty of other action going on too. The ancho comes in at the very end -- no heat, but a bit of spice and a touch of smoke. I also suspect the ancho is bringing out some of the other flavors. Bottom line -- one of the best stouts I have had -- might be time for a road trip to Tulsa.

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Photo of Bleer
3.84/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Maybe I should rate this beer since I don't like chili peppers....However, my take on this beer was that it was an amazing delicious stout that they unfortunately added chili peppers too. You don't notice the pepper until the aftertaste/finish. Not hot at all, just that oily pepper heat feeling.

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Photo of nfarhadi
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Made an account just to review this beer.

Poured into a pint glass, as I do not have any other beer glassware.

Look: Very dark brown color. Very thick, with no head. When held up to a light, no light passes through.

Smell: Lots of cocoa and vanilla. Smells absolutely delicious. Almost smells like something I would expect from a gourmet dessert.

Taste: Again, very dessert like. Lots of rich chocolate and vanilla flavors. Even though it is 13% ABV, you do not taste very much alcohol at all. Furthermore, you get a slight spiciness along with some coffee flavor as well. Definitely one of the best beers I have ever tasted.

Feel: Very creamy and rich.

Overall: Definitely one of the best, if not the best beer I have ever had. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Tenessee_Jed1972
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I have ever had. I have been scanning these forums for reviews for a couple years, but finally i had to create an account, just to rate this one. What a monster. And super smooth for the alcohol content. Wow wow wow! Will be buying this again for years to come!

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Washes in coffee and chocolate and bourbon overtones; repeats. Initial Intensity gives way to balance and depth. 13% ABV is all there but smooth; savor slowly. Compare to Ballast Point Victory at Sea: very slightly below, if that.

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Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black color with minimal head that settled to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing is left down the glass. Not too surprising considering the ABV. The dominant aroma in this stout is chocolate with notes of vanilla, coffee, marshmallow, and chiles. I expected more coffee. The flavor is not as special as I was expecting and certainly not worth the price of admission. Not enough coffee for me. What you do get is a nice big, slightly sweet stout flavor with notes of chocolate, smoke, ash, earth, and a finish of alcohol and chile spice and heat. Big body and smooth texture.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black body which allows no light through whatsoever, Thick, creamy and dark tan head, you know, the kind that dreams are made of! Dense lacing and, oh yeah, the head is about four fingers thick and slowly thins out to a constant finger and half thickness.
Smell: Sweet brown sugar, caramel, coffee ,cocoa and butter.
Taste: Bitter, but not too bad, coffee beans, cocoa, light buttery aftertaste. Sweet overall and just a hint of alcohol in its aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, it really covers your mouth, with a dry finish that feels like you’ve just some mint!
Overall: Fantastic beer, very smooth, tasty and creamy, you need to try this ale!

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Photo of MacMalt
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this for the first time on draught. It pours a deep, rich mahogany - nearly black, with a creamy, khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasty malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a whiff of smoke. The taste is positively decadent: roasted malt, burnt coffee, molasses, caramel, and pepper. The flavors blend perfectly to create one of the best tasting beers I've ever had. It is, for an imperial stout, medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated. You can feel the 13% ABV but it just adds to the wonderful experience of drinking this world class stout. Overall, it is simply exquisite. What I wouldn't do to find it more frequently in New Jersey!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very roasty and rich dark malt driven aroma with a scent of coffee, chocolate, and pepper. Dark roasted barley malt with a big scent of coffee beans, dark chocolate, cacao nibs, biscuit, toast, and smoke with yeast. Sweet hints of vanilla, molasses, and cream. Some hints of chili peppers. Subtle dark fruit hints. A really great roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, rich, and spicy dark malt driven taste with notes of coffee, chocolate, and peppers. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of coffee beans, dark chocolate, cacao nibs, toast, smoke, and biscuit along with some yeast. Sweet taste of vanilla, cream, and molasses. Moderate taste of chili pepper spice. Light dark fruit undertones. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly spicy with moderate booze heat.

Overall: A great Imperial Stout. Good mix of chocolate and coffee flavor with a nice touch of pepper heat.

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Photo of goblue30
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A truly fantastic beer. One of the best non-BA stouts that I've ever drank. All the flavors come together beautifully and at 13% the alcohol is hidden very well. The only thing stopping me from drinking this all the time is the price tag. At $8/bottle I can't say its not worth it, but definitely more than some other similar quality stouts.

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Photo of Diglitt
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bomb! Is great. I think the barrel aged versions are better, but as a stand alone base beer, it's awesome. You really get the heat from the spices, and the other adjuncts complement them nicely. Another one I could drink several of and be fine.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nearly black, with some brown on the edges, and a surprisingly large head for an imperial stout.

Smell: Coffee dominated for me, with some possible hints of the peppers lingering in the back, malt, possibly the cacao.

Taste: Initially, while a bit colder, I was getting just the coffee and in the aftertaste, a chili burn, but as the beer warmed I was able to detect the cacao a bit. Apparently I'm bad at identifying vanilla.

Feel: medium full mouth feel that coats the mouth.

Overall: I would love to drink this beer again, but I was slightly disappointed with the mouth feel.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I finally splurged for a bottle of BOMB! The first taste tells me I didn't waste my money, at least. This is fantastic! All the flavors I expected were immediately presented. Lots of roasted flavors from the coffee and the roasted grain, I would presume and a raisiny, toffee like sweetness that somehow covers up the alcohol. I have had 10% Stouts that seemed boozier. Nice, creamy mouthfeel keeping that pepper bite at bay. This is really well-made stuff. NOTE: Wondering what the BA version would taste like, I added a couple of drops of Jack Daniels to the last 5 or so ounces. Tastes so good I wonder why the breweries don't just go this route instead of expensive barrel aging. Throw a little bourbon (or whatever) in with some oak chips and I bet you would have a passable faux-BA stout.

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Photo of Mrdiesel
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite stout, hands down. Its extremely well balanced between the coffee/chocolate notes and the slight Bourbon barell aging. The abv sneaks up on you notice everything else without overpowering it. There is a slight peppery taste that makes it extra special. It may be oversweet to most stout lovers, but Honestly, if you don't like it, you're wrong!

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Photo of Gables
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love a good chocolate/coffee beer and typically like a little pepper/spicy along with it, so this really fulfilled all of those things. VERY well balanced considering all those flavors. Drank at about cellar temp, which really brought out everything described. Aside from Hawaiian Speedway Stout, this rates as one of the best Non-BA Stouts I've had. Happy it made its way to MN

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a typical black as night color, with a one-finger large head. Good head retention.

Smells of roasted coffee malts, cocoa, some subtle vanilla sweetness, milk chocolate, and a sticky spiciness.

This taste strongly and boldly, yet has a nice balance. The sweet milk chocolate from the smell is quite present, with cocoa and spices in the aftertaste. Body is full and creamy.

This is an excellent stout

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Photo of Trick420
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass cold. Tasted cold and then allowed to warm up over 30 minutes or so...

Look: Dark as death... Black with the thinnest brown head. Looks thick but pours thin.

Smell: Immediately I get pepper, little alcohol, chocolate, some coffee..

Taste: Really good - Jalapenos - very fresh ones and a nice surprise!. Dark chocolate, coffee... As it warmed up the fresh peppers faded and I got more warm spices, some cream and 'nilla...

Mouth feel: Thick and rich, totally the opposite of how it appeared to pour. Very, very satisfying.

Overall - I like this better than the Founders KBS, which has been my standard for a while in stouts. As stouts go this is certainly the best of the best, and I would love to be able to get it readily.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a simple black with virtually no head. The first aroma to rise out of the glass is a storng impression of vanilla, followed by some pepper spice and pepper flesh, as well as milk chocolate, fudge, sweet tobacco, and some cinnamon. The flavor begins with milk chocolate, vanilla, and cream, followed by notes of mild coffee, cinnamon, nuitmeg and other warm spiceds, and the heat comes through just a bit on the end. The mouthfeel is hugely thick and creamy, honestly about the texture of heavy cream. Overall I get the hype - this is a superb beer

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was my first time drinking a Bomb and it had just followed a 2015 BCBS. Overall, it was a nice change of flavor profiles with a very strong chili smell but just a mild hot finish. The chocolate helps subdue the chili and really presents a nice feel.

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Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark mahogany color with a beige/tan head, smells of vanilla and coffee with chocolate malts, taste is great vanilla and coffee mix well with chocolate and pepper in the finish very tasty combo, mouth feel is smooth and sweet with all flavors mixing well , a great coffee stout that i found myself drinking to fast.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Guinness stout glass.
As advertised, this a fantastic brew. The aroma was probably the only thing that didn't sing to me. While it wasn't flat, it came across fairly weak, compared to the taste. Taste-wise, was a tale of 2 stages. The 1st stage was very good. I picked up on the vanilla, the coffee, the malts, and the alcohol. The alcohol was not overpowering though, as it blended into the taste factor nicely. Stage 2 was about halfway through (I took my time drinking this), the pepper really started to come into play. What a great way to finish a thick, smooth beer like this.

While I typically don't go for the higher ABV beers, I'm currently going through a taste-testing stage for Imperial Stout beers. Most of my previous tastes are one shot samplings.. but I will definitely have another Bomb on hand for a revisit to this exceptional beer.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.01/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was looking forward to this one but, while it is certainly good, I don't enjoy it nearly as much as many appear to. The alcohol heat is too intense (does this beer need to be this strong?), which negatively impacts the whole experience. The vanilla and chili mix well together, but I end up with the impression that this beer is all about the additional flavours, making it hard to get at the base beer. That said, the vanilla tastes great and the slight heat is pleasant; the whole package is quite luxurious, but for the heat. It's very good, but if it was toned down a bit I think it would be a real improvement.

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Photo of PerfecTool
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Love, love, love this beer! I have been so impressed with these guys. Everything I've had from them I've enjoyed. But nothing like Bomb (even BA bomb)! Very interesting take on a stout. Give it a shot!

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Photo of mntlover
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black hole black no highlights on this one when held to the light. Very small brown head even from aggressive pour do to high abv i guess.

Aroma is big roasted malts big doses of coffee and chocolate. Smaller doses of chilies that also lean toward vinous fruit notes and vanilla.

Taste is big also like the nose chocolate and big coffee doses swim with vanilla and light chili notes. Just the amount of chili peppers to give it a kick without distracting. Some nice sweetness almost molasses like finishes with sweetness, vanilla and chili pepper kick.

Mouthfeel is big nice and smooth with mellow carbonation.

Overall not a bad stout, do like the chili pepper kick. But might be rated tad to high while very good its not blowing my mind or anything maybe at half the price it might blow my mind.

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