BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 578
Hads: 4,407
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 945
Gots: 1,816 | FT: 245
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MinorThreat on 05-29-2013

Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

ABV varies by batch.
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Photo of michau
1/5  rDev -77.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I really, really hated this beer. If Starbucks were to make a candy beer it would be like this dreck. I should probably have read the label before I bought it but a local liquor store got in several of the Prairies, which I had liked before, so I grabbed them up and have been going through them. Their Standard Ale is brilliant! Beautiful straw color and a fresh grainy taste. But this...WTF! Absolutely undrinkable: Flat. Coffee? Who put coffee in beer?

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Photo of bolognasuave
2.17/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The nose on this is enough to scare a lot of people off and away. If you can get past that, then it's not a bad beer. Could be much worse. Would be much better to cook with.

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Photo of wolverine0712
2.52/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to try this, even though I'm not a stout fan. It looked and smelled pretty good, but I couldn't get past the taste. It's a shame that I don't like this style.

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Photo of dymmig89
3.24/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed a red wax bomb. This beer was all peppers on the nose and taste. It was extremely overpowering. I have had many beers with peppers that were great.mthis was awful

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.25/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle with no wax or bottling date, enjoyed from a snifter

A: Looks amazing: rich, velvety black with bright ruby tones. The head is dark brown with more of those ruby and crimson tones. Just a great looking beer.

S: Burnt coffee, baker's chocolate, and a light fruitiness, which I'm guessing is from the peppers. Just not a lot going on here.

T: Heavy on bitter dark chocolate, molasses, and tar. Not getting any coffee or vanilla, though I think some of the silky mouthfeel is owing to the vanilla beans. No heat whatsoever. Burnt, bitter tar bomb!

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied.

O: I wasn't a fan of this beer, which tastes a lot like what Founder's Breakfast Stout would taste like if you added a bunch of tar and cheap, burnt coffee from the gas station. Given the overwhelmingly positive reviews here, however, I'd be interested in trying it again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served at the 2014 RBWG in Asheville.

Strong black coffee aroma.
Hint of dark fruit and vanilla.
As bitter as black coffee despite some sweetness up front.
Burnt and charred grains dominate the finish and unpleasant aftertaste.
For burnt grain/espresso lovers only.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Beer Kitchen No. 1 in Kansas City, served in a snifter.

A: Arrived as a dark black brew capped with a relatively thin dark brown head. Left decent lacing on the glass.

S: Unfortunately, I was at a restaurant, which messes with my sense of smell. What I was able to detect was a serious dose of coffee, with spicy hot pepper notes.

T: Oddly, exactly as the aroma I was able to detect, more or less. Coffee strikes right up front and does not relent, a type that tastes like pure black, undiluted, super dark roast - like a shade darker than French roasts. Hot pepper spiciness rides alongside the coffee, eventually taking over near the finish to transform the flavor experience from coffee bitter to spicy heat. There are some vague hints of dark chocolate that manifest here and there, and the base malt taste is that of a charred-black roasted bill, which simply adds to the coffee bitter.

M: Heavy and thick, this is definitely an imperial stout.

O: Wildly unbalanced, at least to my tastes, as almost all I got was the double-hit of dark coffee and chiles. I can see where the infatuation with beers that feature one or two huge flavors to blow your face off gets this beer its high marks, but it's probably not a repeater for me.

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Photo of cesarsalazar1
3.48/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I feel bad writing a review on a beer that is rated 99 but I couldn't get passed the ancho chile peppers. Not knowing before drinking; the chile peppers were just too much. Over powering! Going to pick up another bottle and age it. Hopefully it mellows out the spice.

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Photo of Jared14
3.5/5  rDev -22%

I have had 4 batches of Bomb!. Batch 6 and 7 were disappointments. Although batches 3 and 5 were great, this recent batch is definitely a sign to me that this brewery is no longer worth my time or money.

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Photo of gibgink
3.5/5  rDev -22%

Poured into Teku glass on 11/23/14 at little under room temp.

A: Poured dark black with 2 finger head. No light coming through
S: Picked up on the chili peppers a little. Hint of chocolate and some good coffee notes
T: Tasted a coffee bitterness and that was about it. Not able to taste the vanilla, chocolate, or chili.
M: A bit on the bitter side, coming from the coffee. No real sweetness. Alcohol was very well hidden. Could not pick up on it at all.
O: Disappointed more than anything else. Was really looking forward to tasting this guy after all the positive reviews. It was an okay beer, but not really impressed with it. Smelled promising though. It is not worth the difficulty in picking it up in my opinion.

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Photo of MimDIPA
3.5/5  rDev -22%

A- pours jet opaque black, 1/8 inch dark tan head that dissipates quickly
S- deeply roasted, arguably burnt coffee, with some raw green chile e.g. Pasilla or poblano. Honestly, between the coffee and pepper, I get a pretty unpleasant black olive flavor.
T- better than the nose, but not much. Strong coffee w very mild chile, and some roasted malt. Nothing resembling chocolate or vanilla. Not quite the same black olive flavor in the nose, but the clash between the chiles and the coffee is not terribly pleasant.
MF- Thin, even for a regular stout. Very slippery. One plus is that the alcohol is very well hidden, would not have told you this was 13% at all.
O- In light of the high regard for this beer, I have to wonder if something was wrong/off with the bottle I got. I let it scale in temp from 45 to probably 65 degrees, hoping it would open up a bit, but not much changed. If my bottle is at all indicative of what this beer is all about, I'm shockingly underwhelmed. I'm curious if some age could bring this all together, perhaps by dulling the coffee notes, but that would take quite the transformation.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -22%

8 ounce pour - $6.50 at Argosy in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a frothed up, dark beige-hued head.

Smell: Blackened brackish roasted maltiness, dark chocolate powder. Dark fruits. The vegetal tones from the chiles is noted, as is the solvent alcohol quality.

Taste: Sugar infused chocolate, with harsh, ashen coffee, black molasses, and a little soft touch of vanilla. Dark fruitiness. A 'pop' of accumulating chile pepper heat. Hard roastiness on the chile-touched, hot finish with the spiciness (and alcohol) lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Near full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: The bomb isn't a dud, but, frankly, I was surprised at its overwhelming reception online. Really, I was thankful it was only eight ounces. Though, that's just one beer monkey's opinion, which is in the minority.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wedding snifter.

You know you're conflicted when you want to drop this bottle (due to the name), but you also know that doing so would waste a potentially great beer. ... Anyway, this stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises dark and lightly-acrid coffee, vanilla bean, light oak, and a good helping of earthy greens. The taste holds notes of earthy coffee, roasted malts, and light dark chocolate powder. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I don't get the love professed for this beer. It's fairly boring in terms of spiced-stout characteristics, and the peppers are really nowhere to be seen (save in adding some green earthiness to the proceedings). No real complexity is to be found. Nothing about this beer brings much in the way of comparisons to Hunahpu (which I'm not even the biggest fanboy of) and its ilk. I mean, it's not a bad beer, in all honesty, but it's nowhere near as good as I've been hearing. I just don't get it...

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Photo of charlzm
3.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Consumed on June 20th, 2015 from a bottle, poured into a tulip/goblet hybrid glass.

Beer pours very dark and no light passes through it when held up to same. Virtually no head, just a minuscule little dark tan crown around the edges of the glass.

Aroma is bold and simple: cocoa, coffee, vanilla and chile.

Flavor is the same as the smell: coffee, mild chile, some vanilla and bitterness. Just not very tasty to this palate; the peppers ruin it.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth but slightly coating and lacking in carbonation. Some alcohol heat.

Overall, I fail to see what all the excitement is about. Will not be drinking this one again.

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Photo of KATCanada
3.69/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in snifter at cellar temp. Nice dark brown with full dark tan foam. Nicely carbonated with beautiful lacing. Coffee grounds. Cacao nibs ground up. Faint bit of tobacco? Annnd chilli's! Very cool. Interesting first smell nothing special but gets better with contemplation.
Bam dark chocolate bitterness right away hard. Silky smooth in the mouth, really really pleasant mouth feel. Then the Chilli's come through. Spice. Finish is bitter chocolate with a hint of tongue tingling chili. Wow the chilli. Unique taste but I must confess i don't love it that's on me not Prairie.

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Photo of Florida9
3.69/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color. Almost black, but not quite. Barely forms any head at all. Maybe a small bit if surface coating, but not much. Aroma is mostly coffee. Darkly roasted malts, and some earthy chiles, but little else. Taste is disappointing: lots of dirty earth, some earthy chile, coffee dregs. Little sweetness. Full bodied. Lower carbonation. Dirty feeling.
Not exactly sure how this beer is getting the hype it's pulling. I found it to be very simplistic and Dirty. Coincidentally I had this right after East End Coffee Porter and while East Ends beer wasn't overly impressive neither was the Prairie. Comparisons to Hunaphu's is unjust.

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Photo of Clownoisseur
3.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a small tan head. Aromas of cocoa, coffee, oak and faint pepper. Taste is much more subdued than I expected. Initial flavors of dry cocoa and coffee are upfront...then some of the barrel character across the middle with light vanilla, dry oak and a slight bourbon. The spice from the peppers provides little heat, which isn’t a bad thing necessarily. The thinner mouthfeel for the style, coupled with a dry/slightly chalky impression, makes this beer easy to drink. Good beer, but seems to lack the robust and bold flavors of some of the other imperial stouts.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.72/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour into spieglau stout glass
A: Good clarity for such a dark beer. Near black with dimly lit orange Tiffany lighting around edges. Head is pretty barren.
S: Lots of chili spice right off the bat. Some cocoa mixes in, but mainly a spicy affair.
M: Med to full body but thinner than anticipated. Pleasantly creamy though.
T: This is the second time I've had this. First was at a beer festival; I was underwhelmed but wanted to give it the benefit. It just doesn't have the elegant, lush, glorious, or decadence that I crave from a stout of this gravity. Cacao bitterness, a little spice kick and sweet vanilla rounds it out.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A huge thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Had alongside Pirate Bomb! and shared with schen9303.

Pours thick and pitch black. Slight mocha head with poor retention but super thick legs. Lacing is spotty and stringy with solid stick. A menacing looking brew!

Nose is robust and very thick. Chocolate, coffee, espresso, fudge and molasses. Smells like my kinda beer!

Opens chocolate, cocoa powder, and coffee. Dark chocolate, liquorice, and a slight hint of prunes and molasses in the middle. Ends boozy with hints of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Solid.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Foamy and slightly prickly in the mouth and goes down abrasive and a touch grainy. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. A touch too carbonated which results in a body that's a bit thin for the style.

Overall a very solid beer but there's nothing here to suggest that this warrants the lofty ratings it gets. I've had far better (but much less limited) coffee based imperial stouts. Definitely worth trying but not deserving of the hype.

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Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015: Had a full glass recently, it was ok but not a big fan. Short answer is that it's a by the numbers adjunct stout. Vanilla, chocolate, and coffee gets a little tired, it's not unique. The chilies add a twist and some heat but the overall package is lacking. Thin bodied, it was a one and done. Spaghetti Western was a much better follow up, it had the requisite dry bitterness to balance.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.73/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red wax - split with the wife. I'm blanking on how I got this bottle but thank you to that special someone. Drank immediately after Abraxas.

Black with a cinnamon head that puddles to the edges.

Big blast of coffee right off the bat. Big deep inhale pulls out the chiles to the point of feeling it deep in the recesses of my snout. Smells rich.

Peppers, roast, coffee, more peppers....a mix of green bell and jalapeno.

Mouthfeel is drinking the dregs of a bottle of Marconi. Mike North recommends putting it on your shoes.

Pales in comparison to Abraxas. The pepper juice aspect is actually tough on the stomach. Love spicy food, love peppers, love a good stout, don't love this.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to willseph for the bottle.

Appearance: Pours straight black. Head is a creamy red-tinged dark tan. A small splotch of lacing. Ok head retention leaves a small cap. Stnadard for the style. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Loaded with cocoa and coffee. Bitter chocolate and nibs. Nice solid roasted compliment to the whole thing. Sweet without being cloying. A touch of chile heat through the back of it all. A touch of caramel malt sweetness in the mix. Nice hint of vanilla in the back as well. Chalky and deeply roasted. A touch of some citrus and earthy hints on the back. Tons of cocoa and even some bitter baker's chocolate. A touch smoky as well.

Taste: Bitter and leafy. Milk chocolate. A touch of old espresso. Creamy milk chocolate. Cocoa and bitter backer's chocolate. In case you were curious, nibs and it's chocolatey. A faint hint of smoky pepper through the middle. Nicely sweet with some roasted and caramelized malts. Slightly burnt. Coffee is assertive. Small hints of vanilla thrown in to the mix. Ancho is vegetal and slightly earthy. Nice depth. A touch of alcohol, but as big as it is, it's well hidden. Warming pushes the coffee and cocoa in to overdrive. So much cocoa it's insane.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium to full body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish. Smooth.

Overall: *burn* *burn* *burn* *fizzle*

Perhaps a hyper fresh bottle would help, but this really came across as a coffee and cocoa bomb. There's a ton going on, but it just never really pulled itself together. Tasty, but not blowing any minds.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the local taphouse during their 4th of July takeover.

Pours a very dark brown colour, mocha head; foamy, nice uneven sinking. Awesome lacing. Looks amazing.

Smellls very bitter, loads of spicy espresso coffee on there. Roasty, slightly charred. Slight meaty hint. Smells pretty good. Bit bitter though and coffee-heavy.

Taste is sweeter. Unsweetened chocolate all the way through with more cocoa rich flavour upfront, then notes of espresso, pepperberry and smokey lamb. I'm not kidding. Pretty impressive, but very strong and lots of very bitter notes.

Full, pretty fluid. Touch of warming alcohol. Actually more of a shove in the throat rather than a touch.

Impressive impy stout. Big, and really spicy. Pleasant sipper.

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Photo of Dwkasper
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

A: black, opaque, finger of mocha head

S: Not a strong smell like I expected, a hint of vanilla and very slight hint of coffee, some dankness, some wood

T: smooth, a little boozy when unaged, complex, vanilla leads to chocolate, coffee, peppers at the end

M: Smooth with a slight bitterness and alcohol burn at the end

O: Very good. Unaged the first time I had it and would love to age this. Incredibly complex but boozy, need to get a few and age. A little mellowness and this beer will be amazing

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Photo of jooler
3.76/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Barely any head on it. Smells kind of like a earthy garden. I do smell some chili. Initial taste is cacao and a hint of chili up front, then comes some alcohol taste. The finish is tart but yet mostly of coffee. Overall is it worth the $10 for the 12oz? Probably not. Serpent stout is still better in my opinion, but I at least tried it, right?

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BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.