Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales
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4.04/5 rDev -10.2%
Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.
Batch 1 (gold wax).
Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and very slight chile pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder and dark chocolate flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip, but I am not getting any chile heat in the throat. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a fantastic set of aromas and a nice chocolate forward taste.
11-16-2013 00:39:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.5/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: Arrives with an inch of mocha foam on top of the black liquid; plenty of streaky lacing is left behind
Smell: Chocolate and coffee, with a smoky/peppery kick
Taste: Chocolate flavors dominate the front end, with the sweetness building; coffee and dark fruit flavors add depth, in the middle; the real treat is when the smoky ancho chili flavor brings the heat, as it adds considerable character to the finish
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and some warmth
Overall: This is a great beer and the brewery has really handled the chili pepper addition with aplomb
12-10-2013 03:51:16 | More by brentk56
4.5/5 rDev 0%
Proving that there's much more to Prairie Ales than just Saison-nuevo, reaching into their goodie sack of all-things-dark has proven quite successful for the up and comers. Complex flavors from both the base beer and from additions, and then its roasted drinkability allows these guys to look like old pros!
As expected, the beer is black. Just shy of any mirror-like sheen, the beer seems to have a hazy density that's exacerbated by its absolute darkness. But then the beer takes on lightened proportions as a billowing mocha-stained column rises to match the rim of the snifter. Boldly carbonated, the beer easily retains the session with a thick creme of foam and laces with reliable concentric rings with each sip.
Incredibly roasty in aroma, the beer is spot on espresso and roasted walnuts. Sprinkled with a sense of cocoa powder and burnt molasses- the roasted grains are well supported with a more supple and sweeter counterpart. As the alcohols rise, it carries with it a hint of whisky, smoke, charred fruit but no real sign of the chili peppers that's promised.
One sip and it inflates the mouth with dry roastiness. Bitter espresso, cocoa, walnuts and scorched sugars all round into a lighter than expected burnt flavor. Its sweetness is supportive but doesn't steal the show. The middle palate introduces a fruitier tone with alcohol-soaked fruits: cherries, blackcurrant, raisins and a touch of licorice spice become the vehicle for its whisky-type alcohol. Reading into the beer a little, there's a slim fruit-vegetable tone that could be chili, but could also be hop and alcohol.
Undoubtedly full bodied, the ale is both cream-ied up by its expansive carbonation and also lightened by it. The bubbles seem to make the beer float just above the tongue with a semi-arid dryness and powdery roast character. By the time that the carbonation subsides, the sweetness has already faded and the spicy warmth of alcohol and capsacin linger boldly on the throat.
Prairie has absolutely knocked this one out of the park. Each sip delivers a new flavor, a new experience, and new complexion to the beer. I'm happy to see it being considered in the upper echelon of stouts because it rightfully belongs there.
08-27-2013 18:21:20 | More by BEERchitect
3.53/5 rDev -21.6%
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...
09-02-2013 18:23:10 | More by TMoney2591
4.33/5 rDev -3.8%
12oz stout-shaped bottle, blue wax sealed, and procured at Tipsy's Liquor World in suburban Denver a few weeks ago.
This beer pours a solid, abysmal black, with only the slightest hints of basal cola edges, and two fingers of puffy, silky, and tightly foamy mocha head, which leaves a large swath of spooky webbed lace around the glass as things sink away.
It smells of bitter dark roast coffee, medium baker's chocolate, earthy vanilla pods, an obfuscated caramel/toffee malt, and some musty, dusty weedy hops. The taste is more bitter cafe-au-lait, tending more to the former, dry powdery cocoa, bready, somewhat grainy caramel malt, a touch of astringent wood, a slight, slowly building red spicy warmth, one which hides any alcohol edge that must be brewing, and a mild green vegetal hoppiness.
The bubbles are quite understated, barely generating a wee frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a growing spice and alcohol insurgency. It finishes surprisingly off-dry, the sweetness of the malt and cocoa wresting a bit of the floor away from the coffee and spice guests.
Woooweee. One deliciously complex, and well-integrated imperial stout. Not too sweet, not too spicy, and definitely not too boozy (in the external sense, at least), rather, a deft blend of all these things, so much so, that this drinks like a regular, if still coffee and chili infused, dry stout. That said, I did my best to slow down and enjoy this, for I won't be able to get my hands on another bottle anytime soon, and of course, the more obvious reason - the 28-proof alcohol. Again, wow.
10-23-2013 23:47:31 | More by biboergosum
4.54/5 rDev +0.9%
Cheers to Freddy from the Biergarten in Jenks for holding one back for me!
Pours an effervescent pitch black with a fast falling mocha colored head. Nice viscious look, near zero head retention & lacing
S: Rich coffee & dark chocolate, caramel & vanilla
T: Follows the, vanilla, caramel & a general hint of creme brule' going on here along with dryness, just a little chille bite too. More pepper heat as this warms, coffee, mocha & oaky notes, strong caramel. Finishes with oaky dryness, chille heat, coffee & cocoa
MF: Medium bodied, fairly silky, thickens up over time
This is incredibily smooth & drinkable for such a complex beer. Deft use of chillles really sets this apart from the crowd. Easily my favorite big beer from Prairie, so far... Wanted to wring the bottle out to get every drop. I would love to see a barrel aged version of this, but pretty awesome in its own right
06-16-2013 03:36:43 | More by russpowell
4.55/5 rDev +1.1%
Bottle shared by someone - Jason perhaps? Served in a snifter.
A - Tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and specks of lace. Black body with a touch of lighter brown at the edges of the glass.
S - Huge roast, coffee, spicy chiles, vanilla, milled grains, semisweet chocolate, and no perceptible alcohol. Great balance and depth - pretty awesome.
T - The taste isn't quite as heavy on the chiles, but it's still quite enjoyable. Roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa, touch of coffee, and extremely well-hidden booze. Some chile spice and peppery notes late on the palate. Quite decadent.
M - Medium-full body, chewy, creamy, and soft texture, with lower carbonation. There's some heat, but I'm guessing it's from the chiles rather than the alcohol.
D - This is awesome stuff. Looking forward to grabbing a few bottles as well as the inevitable barrel-aged version(s). Really impressed and totally up my alley in the chile-stout flavor balance. Might be tough for me to drink mass quantities, but I'd love to try.
08-20-2013 02:33:07 | More by MasterSki
4.65/5 rDev +3.3%
Big thanks to rudzud for sharing.
very dark almost black creamy small head, very little lacing, huge legs, pretty thick like motor oil. Head builds as well as lacing and legs!
Nose is ridiculous, so much awesome coffee, fresh roasted great smooth coffee, freshly brewed too, that just takes over and it takes deep nosing to get past, then a dark malt, chocolate, cocoa, dark choc, a very nice fresh smooth vanilla, then a nice ancho chili, the coffee is sooo good!
Taste wow, starts with a huge vanilla kick, so much great vanilla, then cocoa, dark choc and bakers, hot cocoa and etc. Then a great coffee again, freshly brewed and roasted smooth rich coffee, mild roast and very tasty, light bitterness. In the background, a nice ancho chili comes with a good ancho, nice light smoky character and earthy character from the ancho. Very little booze, all blended together nicely and balanced. So delicious! Finish is long, very little booze warmth, little chili pepper heat and little smoke character, nice long chocolate dark choc, little coffee and some vanilla lingering, so much awesome.
Mouth is heavy thick and rich, long mouth coating, little booze warmth and pepper tingle, decent carb.
Overall, guuuh! this beer is friggen amazing!
11-11-2013 03:31:00 | More by jlindros
Prairie Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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