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BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 545
Hads: 4,255
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 945
Gots: 1,723 | FT: 237
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Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 Celtics17
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This Imperial Stout improved as it warmed. Bigger chocolate flavors came through. My favorite beer in terms of being solid all the way through with new flavors coming and going. (177 characters)

Photo of akrz47
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste it the first time -- too strong, too hot, lots of alcohol, not balanced. Taste it the second time -- wait a second...that is realllllly good! Taste is another time, you're addicted. Good luck :P (203 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Prairie Artisan Ale's Bomb!, imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers. 13% ABV.

A: Less than half a finger of slightly lopsided, brown head. Decent lacing and sheeting; both hold quite well. Black in the glass; very dark brown in the dimple. Very slight inkiness.

S: Up front, smells like a soft, yet very deep, coffee. Very fresh beans. Some definite dry cocoa nibs. Subtle vanilla. Slight chili pepper edge. Very faint char note. The scents are well controlled, so you have to really look for things other than what's actually added. I think of this as a plus, but others might disagree.

T/MF: Really smooth on the palate. Definite waxy sweetness from the peppers. Bittersweet chocolate and sweet coffee. Not overpoweringly sweet, but the flavors are all of a sweet leaning. Subtle piquancy around the edges. Actually, quite a bit like drinking a less sweet Mexican/Mayan/Aztec hot chocolate. Bitter notes of the chocolate and coffee "bloom" as you swallow. Fairly long finish. Very nice! (1,028 characters)

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap, and to be fair I had about 5-6 Bourbon County Coffee and/or Vanilla Rye prior to tasting this. I liked it, but expected more of a 100/100 rated beer, BUT I know I was drinking all-timers prior and will give Bomb! another chance.

**Second chance from 12oz bottle poured into snifter.
This really is phenomenal. Had this as my first beer of the evening with nothing else to change my palate. Lots of chocolate, dark chocolate, tastes. I understand the 100/100 rating now. (483 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with virtually no head. Lacing is minimal. Strong black licorice aroma. There was some dark chocolate in there as well. There is a strong degree of booziness to the aroma. Roasted malty taste with some chocolate and black licorice. Very boozy at the end with the licorice. Somewhat of a chili aftertaste. Full bodied. Low carbonation. I will say that it was good, but it wasn't what I expected based on the reviews on here. (452 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into small snifter

L: black, almost no head, just a thin skin of tan foam, no lacing or sticking; keeping a decent collar

S: chocolate, chocolate milk shake ... mocha java shake/frappachino (chocolate espresso) ... very sweet with lots of vanilla, too ... hints of alcohol (rum, wine, vodka)

T: chocolate bomb ... loads of sweet chocolate, vanilla ... mocha java shake/frappachino again ... following the nose almost 1-to-1 with just a hint of chili heat on the lips (no chili in the taste); alcohol might be showing up in the flavor, but only slightly

F: fantastic ... midweight with plenty of carbonation, not overly thick or slick

O: awesome stout for the chocolate lover ... it doesn't have raw coffee/espresso flavor, but it *does* taste a lot like a sweet frozen espresso drink with lots of chocolate and/or vanilla in it. the alcohol does show up in the nose and flavor, but it's relatively tame. this bottle is probably aged 3-4 months, perhaps as much as 6 months (born-on date is rubbed off), and it drinks very nicely. (1,062 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is fantastic!

A deep, deep brown almoust black beer with a three finger high, beigebrown head that dissapears fast and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Nose: Wow! This IS a bomb... Coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, anchor chili, brown sugar, molasses and Turkish Pepper.
Taste: Sweet roasted malt, espresso, brown sugar, vanilla bean, chili, cocoa, dark fruit, oak, licorice... this is a complex taste!
Body: Full body with a complex texture. Light carbonation. A nice "sting" from the chili (but not too much - As we say in Sweden: "Lagom") - This is a beatiful, complex, tasty, big beer and still easy drinkable! (628 characters)

Photo of CNoj012
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Black in color with very little head. S: Chile Peppers with a side of coffee and chocolate. T: A perfect blend of all flavors. Never had a stout where each flavor stands out so well in its own way. First I taste vanilla, followed by a spicy chocolate flavor with a coffee finish. F: Medium body and certainly hides the 13% abv very well. O: A fantastic stout, one of my favorite non BA stouts out there. Really need to try more stouts with peppers, definately adds a wonderful extra element to the usual stout ingredients. (525 characters)

Photo of superdoopersauce
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A sublime example of just how layered and complex beer can be. Each flavor -- chocolate, coffee, and spice -- come out clean and direct and strong. Plus it's boozy. Plus it's as black as night. An incredible beer. (213 characters)

Photo of Chcshammonde
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Damn. I can taste all of the elements. Different flavors come about as beer warms. Just super enjoyable. Really glad I picked up 2 of them!

Update: drank the second one. All 5's. It doesn't get better than this. Perfection in a stout and a beer overall. Will buy another as soon as I see one. Beats all barrel aged stouts I've had as well. (355 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with almost no reddish/tan head; no lace to speak of;dark roasted coffee beans and chocolate nose; some dry hop notes further along; chocolate and vanilla flavors, and a peppery bite on the tip of my tongue; medium plus mouthfeel - not quite heavy, but liquid "weighs" on tongue with a peppery after burn. Excellent - flavors mix so well together; I couldn't find the alcohol (until I stood up!). (408 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Viscous jet black and thin head. Vanilla, rich chocolate, fresh coffe and slightly fruity aromatics. Chocolate and coffee forward with vanilla and any earthy hint of spice in the finish. (186 characters)

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How does a beer so wonderful exist? #like opening a sega genisis with 30 games on christmas morning at age ten (game genie included). A perfect balance of flavors. Incredible. Hoard and don't feel guilty about it. (215 characters)

Photo of hydrate
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

STRONG coffee & choc flavors, especially coffee. Some alcohol taste although somewhat masked by the coffee. Only had a taster & wonder if a whole glass would be too much like syrup (strong & sweet). But I doubt it. Great desert beer. Rivals any choc/coffee stout I have had as far as the strength & inyensity of flavor. (319 characters)

Photo of SeanBond
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While I generally prefer my beers without chile in them, this is a really well integrated example of a chile beer. Coffee, cacao, vanilla bean and ancho chili all come through very well, but none overpowers the others.

I'd recommend this highly to anyone that enjoys chile beers, especially if you also like vanilla. A lot of beers with vanilla bean in them don't let the vanilla shine through, but this one nails it.

A little steep at $10 or 12 for a 12 oz. bottle, but a very good beer, and one I'm glad I finally got to try. As with other chile beers, I'd imagine a barrel-aged version would be phenomenal, as it would mellow out the chile and coffee (which aren't my two favorite flavors). (696 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the 12oz. orange waxed bottle – Stone IRS snifter glass
Notes from 01/01/2015 – Happy New Year kids

Finally was able to scoop one of these up in SoCal!

A: Dark obsidian body, right down to the glossy appearance. Perhaps some darkened brown hues to it. Slightly viscous looking. A shortened layer of mocha tan head fastens to the top of the glass. Holds over nice and true with a real creamy looking consistency. Very little sudsy remains noted.

S: Smells like a true Mexican Mole dish would. I get raisin with dark chocolate, coffee cake, and molasses. Then cinnamon stick added with some toasted grains and other earthy spices. Trails into a faint hint of those smoky ancho peppers. Lightly stinging while enticingly sweet.

T: Huge melted chocolate flavor with dark fruits, cinnamon spice, and vanilla accents. Tastes like a mixture of bitter dark and sweetened cocoa. Then comes a wonderfully creeping chili heat that builds towards the finish. Stays mild and never becomes unbearably so. Coffee is a bit more subtle here but of the darkest rich espresso roast. Seems to accent everything with a mild smokiness that interplays with the chilies and dark roasted malts.

M: Plays between a frothy texture and slightly chewy with a sleek stickiness on the palate. Really is quite a full bodied brew while not seemingly so. Dash of that dry peppery heat on the finish.

D: Bomb goes BOOM! A little late to the wagon but yeah I am a big fan. I think here it is all about the better balance to all the flavors. The vanilla just seems to accentuate those central notes of chocolate, spice, and dark fruit to another level. Very good. Wish I could get this on the regular. (1,710 characters)

Photo of SLewis
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of those "holy shit" beers.
Pours an extremely dark brown, although not pitch black. Holding it up to the light, a slight red hue shines through on the very bottom.
Smells of sweet chocolate, vanilla, with the chilis barely making an appearance.
Tastes decadent up front with strong chocolate and vanilla notes. The chilis come in on the finish and just balance everything out extremely well.
Can hardly tell this is a 13% beer as it is not extremely thick on the mouth feel, and there is no alcohol burn whatsoever.

Bottom Line...this is one of the best beers i've ever had. If you see it, pick it up. You won't be disappointed. (648 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stout is perfect. Looks great, smells great, super creamy and perfectly balanced. The 4 flavors are right there - coffee, cocoa, vanilla and chili peppers - in a perfect mix. And you do not notice the alcohol. I should have bought more. (245 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft a couple days ago, so I don't remember the specifics. This stuff was phenomenal. I just remember the complexity of the beer along with the finish being wonderful. The smell was awesome as well. Been looking for this one for a while, and it was worth the wait. (281 characters)

Photo of GlacierSapien
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best imperial stout i've had to date the ancho chilis are just ever so there giving it just enough flavor to stand out from most other similar imperial stouts (162 characters)

Photo of winningwes91
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a typical black with about a finger of khaki-colored head. Smells are coffee, vanilla, a bit of chili skin and some alcohol. Taste follows suit. This stuff is awesome! Chili stouts are all the rage now, and this one definitely delivers. The only minor problem is that it's a tad thin and over carbonated. But that's just me being picky. (342 characters)

Photo of Foxybrau
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Motor oil pour, and not from the quart. The black, burned oil drained from the pan. It's beautiful, and takes all its effort to form just a sheen of red oak head. The nose is exceptional, as thick as the pour - sweet and chocolatey, with some spice. Before you ever sip you know this beer is world class. The taste and mouthfeel follow suit brilliantly, with the chili adding a perfect counterpoint to the cocoa, vanilla, and coffee. On par with Bourbon County for me. The only other beer I've found with such a presence. (528 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.12/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with half a finger of brown head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with a lot of rich milk and dark chocolate and cacao notes. Booze and a touch of coffee and char come through as well.

T: Roasted malts here as well with creamy chocolate, cacao, a bit of robust coffee, some char, and a lightly boozy finish (considering its abv).

M: Very viscous body with low carbonation, this beer is silky smooth.

O: A good beer, overall. Very rich and decadent without being overly boozy or sweet. (544 characters)

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow this is some good stuff. Had to get another bottle, forgot to review the last one.

Quite good but at $10 a bottle...hard to put this on the reg.

This is like a VAS on imperial steroids with an espresso shot of vanilla. Not picking up any chili on the taste, but there is on the nose. (290 characters)

Photo of Suds_With_Buds
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is so perfectly balanced. The delicate chili notes followed by the fantastic coffee/cacao combination just leaves me wanting more after every sip. (157 characters)

BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.