BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 512
Hads: 4,089
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 7.56%
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Gots: 1,614 | FT: 223
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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 rdipper
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The key to this beer is to let it warm a bit...let the flavors come out to play. Nice smooth start with that chili finish. It grew on me as it warmed. Looking forward to the other one I have waiting for me!! (211 characters)

Photo of AppaZappa
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into a snifter; dark brown almost black with decent mocha head. Smell is coffee, dark chocolate (bitter), vanilla, and chili underlining everything. Taste is a lot of dark chocolate, vanilla, a touch of caramel sweetness, coffee. The chili is slight, certainly less than I anticipated. The feel is superb-creamy and smooth.

Been wanting to try this for a while and it's lived up to the hype for me. For a 13% abv, this is really drinkable and delicious. Will seek out more of this for sure! (512 characters)

Photo of lemmy187
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything a world class stout should be. Thick, creamy, minimal carbonation. None of the flavors get lost in the mix.....the coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, and chili and blend together beautifully. Picked up as many as I could get my hands on. (245 characters)

Photo of Trubsy14
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Initially you have the coffee smell but when you roll it around in the glass is brings out hints of habanero and vanilla. Very smooth on your pallet. The habanero comes as a after taste which is nice because it is not over powering the rest of the flavors. Great for a after dinner beer. (287 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. ABV for this particular batch is 13%.
Appearance - pitch black in the glass with a thin, tan head that recedes quickly. Lacing is nonexistant.
Smell - the description on the bottle is what you pick up in the nose; beginning with the roasted pepper, followed by the coffee, chocolate and vanilla...very nice!
Taste - this is silky smooth; more vanilla and cocoa with a hint of coffee and pepper...superb flavor!
Feel - smooth, flavorful and complex; probably the easiest drinking 13% beer around!
Overall - excellent as advertised; collaring another bottle and will likely pick up another soon if I can! (644 characters)

Photo of Belgeko
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shared this from a 12oz bottle.
Pours dark with a tan head,
Smell immediately reminded me of a damp earthy smell, like edge of a damp wooded area, some one else compared it to a wet grain like smell.
Taste is so loud, all the coffee and cocao nibs explode right to the forefront the vanilla comes creeping in on the tail. Thick and delicious (344 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass

A - 5 - Pours a jet black color, forms up a half finger of extremely dark tan to light brown colored head. Low head potential, medium head retention, spotty lacing.
S - 4.25 - Bittersweet baker's chocolate, roasty coffee, lots of malt, a little pepper spice and strangely enough I was getting a kind of olive juice thing going on.
T - 4.75 - Damned good, plenty of medium bittersweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a DECENT amount of pepper and spice. Could DEFINITELY have had more and would have pushed this to a perfect 5 score.
F - 5 - Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4.75 - This is definitely a tasty imperial stout, but the pepper was almost a tease to me, I wanted just a little bit more. I think Stone's Xocoveza is still my superior peppered stout/porter, but this is super tasty nontheless! (841 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick jet black with light brown head that dissipates very quickly. No lacing. Smell is of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, a little vanilla, and some dark fruits. Taste follows the nose for the most part. More coffee in there though. Vanilla is faint and some sweetness on the back end. I kinda wish the chili peppers were more pronounced. They're really subtle. Mouthfeel is ridiculously good. No alcohol in there, really smooth and just the right amount of carbonation. As this beer warms the alcohol is a bit more noticeable though. Overall, awesome awesome stuff. Forget about barrel aged stouts, this is what I like. (629 characters)

Photo of wakeuptothesun
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. I have been holding on to an orange wax bottle and finally cracked it open. Shared this with my wife and we both thought it was amazing. Hoping to try a fresh bottle soon. Fortunately a near by shop carries it. Woot! (221 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage, served in a snifter at 50F.

A: Pitch black, no light at the edges. Clearly viscous with alcohol legs. Half a finger of brown head.
S: Vanilla, coffee, cocoa, slightly earthy. Some malty sweetness in the background.
T: Big chocolate and coffee upfront. Sweet vanilla aftertaste. Flavors get more pronounced as it warms up.
F: Big creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied and goes down smooth. Light to medium carbonation complements the flavors well.
O: Big delicious beer. Definitely worth drinking now and again. (517 characters)

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. (446 characters)

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. (583 characters)

Photo of crob3888
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: pours a deep dark black with brown edges and a lace-heavy head
Smell: chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, cacao nibs, chiles
Taste: milk chocolate, coffee, cacao nibs, sweet cream, some heat from the chiles. Incredibly balanced flavor profile.
Feel: Creamy like chocolate milk.
Overall: excellent, perfectly balanced. A favorite. (334 characters)

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. (327 characters)

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. (301 characters)

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. (428 characters)

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. (1,296 characters)

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. (210 characters)

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. (713 characters)

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. (399 characters)

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. (1,046 characters)

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! (815 characters)

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! (271 characters)

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 (354 characters)

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. (718 characters)

BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.