BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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3,943 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,943
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 929
Gots: 1,537 | FT: 215
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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 cloverdaddy
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: pours a deep, dark brown. Decent head.
S: Peppers with first sniff, chocolate and coffee with second. Changes almost like magic.
T: sweet and chocolately, balanced by roasted coffee. Not a spicy pepper finish, but the flavor is there and it is balanced damn near perfectly.
M: Full bodied and surprisingly crisp.
O: Quite possibly the best stout I've ever had as well as one of the best beers I've ever had. Definitely worth the $12 for 12 oz.

Photo of KATCanada
3.69/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of kkleu357
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sweet chocolate pepper aroma. Very sweet. Lots of chocolate and vanilla flavor with a mild peppery bite. Up there with the best.

Photo of xILevelerIx
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful Beer. Perfectly balanced with all the flavors. Mouth feel is exceptional, silky smooth with slight carbonation. Drink this Beer.

Photo of Big_V
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into sniffer. Deep brown with minimal head. Chocolate and vanilla notes. Blended exceptionally well. Coffee chocolate upfront with booze on the backend the booze disappeared with the chili peppers. Wow! Let it warm then it transformed. Booze is hardly noticeable at 13%. complex brew well done. Glad I had the privilege.

Photo of Eastbaysteve
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For me, better than Parabola. Love it

Photo of EagleTalon
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't think I'm serving this one up right for a review so I will hold off on the descriptions for now. Overall impression is that all of the promises on the label (the flavors) are expertly delivered and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience. This beer is worthy of the hype.

T-Town in a glass.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying my best to taste what all the fuss is about. Although it is impressive that every flavor and ingredient that is described comes through nicely in all it's balance, it's the way the peppers show through that sets this apart in my eyes. To me it drinks like a lot of other very well done imperial stouts. Bomb is a fantastic beer . . . But probably no better than any other more readily available spiced stout in your area.

Photo of infinitebruner
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

March 28, 2015

12 oz. bottle, snifter

2014 vintage, aged one year

A – Black, opaque, fairly thick on the pour, oily. A half-inch of deep brown foam, the bubbles rising and popping on the surface.

S – Very rich dark chocolate, bittersweet baking chocolate, light vanilla, some organic/vegetal spice. Strong coffee bean aroma, maybe like cold-pressed. Seems like some bitter hop aroma, and a light touch of fruitiness, perhaps alcohol/esters.

T – Vanilla is very prominent, along with dark chocolate and chocolate malt. Coffee is lower than in the aroma, providing some roasted malt-like flavor. Chili peppers is mostly on the finish, providing just a touch of heat, though it strengthens as the beer warms. Bitter hops provide some herbal notes as well.

M – Very full-bodied and actually very well-carbonated, at a moderate level, for the style. Bitterness from malt, coffee, hops are all moderate in intensity, and only low residual sweetness present. Mild alcohol heat combines with the low chili pepper heat.

O – For everything going on in this beer, it is incredibly balanced and really allows each component to not only be discernible but to shine. Aging has mellowed some of the bitterness and alcohol harshness, and has subdued some of the chili spice. Excellent.

Photo of Two40addict
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious, bold, coffee. Liquid velvet.

Photo of JebBeerFish
4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After being completely underwhelmed by Christmas Bomb, I was prepared to be disappointed. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised. Heat is mild and in the finish. No carbination, coffee, chocolate, hint of vanilla.

Photo of Matty23t
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasty and very interesting flavor.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A. Pours black with a 2 finger khaki head with some pretty good retention. Spotty lacing around glass.

S. Roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, and definite chili peppers are filling the nose. Sneaks very nice. Sweet with some spice.

T. Yum. This is very nice. All the notes from the nose. The chocolate is rich and the pepper is there just for enough spice. Some vanilla and coffee. Chewy. Very good!

M. Velvety. Slight carbonation which I like in a stout. Plays well with the chili. Clean finish. Really nice.

O. An awesome beer. Very nice flavors that balance well. I'm really happy with this beer and will be looking for more.

Photo of thevelvetjones
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really, really well balanced. Not one flavor is overwhelming here, but there is a lot of complexity going on. Very impressed.

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

Sweet with good body. All around awesome beer!

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

Friend brought me back a couple of these from TeXas and I couldn't be any happier. Such a amazing taste to this beer!!!

Photo of Beeroness
4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is so good it's stupid. The smell is an intoxicating mix of coffee and dark chocolate that hints at the beer's heavy alcohol content. The taste of the coffee is awesome. I can see why the brewer featured the coffee brand on its label. The rich flavors of the beer hide the alcohol taste dangerously well. While it is a gorgeous rich dark espresso color, there was not much of a head on it.

Photo of angelmonster
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black body with mahogany highlights. Head is tan and 1/4 inch. Lacing and head retention are good.

Smell is of fresh brewed coffee, slightly acidic. Smoked malt and oak are also present, almost like burning wood. As beer warms the chili pepper starts coming through, though I don't get much cacao or vanilla beans. Hops aren't present but at 13% abv, alcohol is definitely there.

First tastes are of smoked malt, chocolate, and chili pepper. Heat from ancho and heat from alcohol complement each other nicely. Not getting much vanilla or hops but flavor of acidic coffee makes up for it.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy, nicely coats the tongue. Carbonation is high for such a high alcohol stout. Head stayed around in some form adding a nice frothy texture.

Overall great beer. Interesting combo with the espresso, pepper, and chocolate executed well. Flavors are bold without being overwhelming and alcohol is well hidden for such a high abv. The coffee and peppers really hit my sweet spot, looking forward to having more of this soon.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Milestone: Different Beer #600!
Chili peppers right out of the gate! Followed by the cocoa, dark chocolate and coffee in the nose. Super dark brown color with ruby reddish hues when held to the light. Liquid oily thick viscosity yields a frothy top layer of micro bubbles and spotty patches of lacing along the glass edges. Bold and complex flavor profile is surprisingly simple. Tastes like chilies, then evolving into the sweet chocolate and finishing with the bitter dark roasted coffee. Soft and gentle carbonation allows for each sip to be enjoyed on the palate and finishes extremely well with very little heat from the chilies or alcohol. So easy to drink and no way to tell it clocks in at 13%. To summarize; Bomb! will go down as one of the more amazing Imperial Stouts I have had the privilege to indulge!

Photo of nrbw23
3.04/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Was excited for this one. Not a huge fan. Think I feel for the hype.

Photo of Boldenglishale
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A very good beer, but is it worth 10 dollars for a 12oz bottle?...No, but I still pay that over and over....#1 reason: God damn it smells so good!

Make more of this damn it! Make less of the crap you brew that sits on the shelf for a year... Im talking about you Birra!

Photo of Rootscipio
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

13% batch
Simply an amazing coffee stout.

Photo of DeepBrew
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

A: Black with medium tan foam and retention. Leaves behind little lacing

S: Coffee and barrel smell first, goes away quickly, some spice smell lingers

T: Taste is much richer than smell: coffee, vanilla, spice, roasted malt, black chocolate.

M: Medium-strong mouthfeel, with lingering spice.

O: Greatly executed beer

Photo of Tylertut
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Teku

Look: very very dark with a small head that dissipates very quickly leaving no signs of lacing.

Smell: I'm getting a lot of chiles and chocolate on the nose with a bit of vanilla and a bit of alcohol as well.

Taste. Holy crap! Lots and lots of chocolate with vanilla upfront fading to chiles towards the end. Pretty sweet on the chocolate and vanilla. Not really any heat from the chiles, just taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, surprisingly smooth actually. Very little carbonation. Not hot what so ever for being 13%.

Overall: This is now one of my favorite stouts. My only complaint is that it is a bit sweet. Other than that it is damn near perfect. I need to get my hands on more of this.

Photo of TheHopBrewKid
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Big chocolate upfront followed by chillies at the back of the throat. Incredible mouthfeel and not hot. Just slightly more than a hint of the chillies in both taste and aroma.

Extremely well balanced for such a high ABV and I got little to no alcohol off it.

Expertly brewed and worth the hype. Glad I got to try it. Pricey at $10 for 12oz., but definitely worth grabbing a few and stashing them away for a special day/night.

BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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