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Ratings: 3,929
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pDev: 8.44%
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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 Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet malt is a bit much, chipotle heat, chocolate.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of metter98
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that died down, but never completely faded away, leaving a large thick web of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate strong aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose along with notes of the chili peppers and hints of cocoa nibs. Faint amounts of vanilla beans also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off with strong flavors of coffee beans but as it warms up the ancho chilies begin to creep in and provide a spicy balance to the underlying cocoa nibs.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might be a bomb with the mélange of ingredients, but it tastes nothing like something that is 14% abv because it hides its alcohol exceptionally well. If you let it warm up, there becomes a good balance between all of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of jaydoc
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Obsidian black with mocha head, viscous pour
S: chocolate, coffee, mild spiciness, cinnamon
T: Coffee, chocolate, minimal spice, vanilla, roasty, mild booziness
M: Chewy, liquid chocolate, mild burn from alcohol
O: A fantastic beer that makes you wonder how many flavors can be packed into a world class ale

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

unprecedented and miraculous. turns out bourbon barrels aren't required to make excellent stout!? attention beer advocate, this is a public service announcement! rich and elegant as they come, flavorful as any beer out there, cant taste the booze, its close to perfect. motor oil consistency to this one, thick and syrupy and luscious. the color is like good dark coffee, close to black but still showing brown. patchy airy lazy caramel colored head appears. nose is huge, tons of roasty chocolate malt, plenty sweet, fresh and well toasted. the cocoa nibs add a lot aromatically speaking. they give it a buttery vibe and an earthy quality, while the contribution of the vanilla beans in obvious. the chilies are no robust in the nose. the first sip floors me, the texture if this beer is perfect. its so smooth, so soft, so delicate. its abv is impossible to guess, and it finishes long and warm. lots of milk chocolate flavors, and the chili is there just a little. like those good dark chocolate bars with pepper in them, this has that level of refinement as well. vanilla is sweet and dense, but not like the bourbon beers, its less caustic, less charcoal, and even more smoothed out. I cant say enough about this really. its beer drinkers beer, just wish it was more readily available. expect this stuff to blow up to whale status before long, its that good.

Photo of biboergosum
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -17.1%
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 a by the numbers adjunct stout. Vanilla, chocolate, and coffee gets a little tired of 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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -21.6%
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...

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Prairie Artisan Ales "BOMB!"
on tap at The Distillery, Savannah, GA on 21 December 2014
12 oz. for $9

Listed at 11.5% abv, this Imperial stout is aged on cocoa nibs, ancho chili, vanilla beans, and coffee. The chili is clearly present in the nose, but not so much in the flavor, and the other ingredients are fairly mild, but surprisingly they all make an appearance at one point or another. The only drawback to this beer is that it doesn't quite live up to the rich maltiness that you might expect of an Imperial stout, although if it had I doubt the 'spicing' would have worked as well. Impressive, and certainly worth seeking out!

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

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!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love the nose on this one. Love it. Wads of coffee, cocoa, and chocolate. Flavor brings much of the same. Though the coffee is more tangy than I usually like and prefer. No matter though. It's an awesome beer.

Photo of russpowell
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kojevergas
4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing colourful label and orange wax-ed over pry-off cap served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. 13% ABV. Reviewed as an imperial stout because the label clearly identifies it as an "imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers." Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

Served chilled. Side-poured.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a quarter finger wide head of fairly rich tan colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Decent complexion. Unfortunately, the head retention is poor - maybe 1 minute at best. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. Not quite a jet black, but certainly nontranslucent and nontransparent. No floating yeast particles or hop sediment is visible. Appears undercarbonated.

The head doesn't set itself apart; it lacks the richness and vibrance of superior beers in the style. Not unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Rich cacao nibs dominate. It's not a dusty or powdery cacao character, but rather feels like a very evocative, saliva-inducing chocolate. Right behind it in prominence is some coffee of equally impressive depth, evoking a subtle roastiness and layers of java. The base is your usual dark malt and chocolate malt foundation, but it's unobtrusive and seems to let the more interesting notes shine.

As far as any vanilla beans or chili peppers? Hm. I do find hints of faint chili powder - as though chili powder cut with Mexican chocolate, but honestly I wouldn't notice the chili character without prompting. And forget the vanilla beans; I'm not finding them at all.

No yeast, alcohol, or hops are detectable.

It seems to have the perfect amount of sweetness and I think it's a lovely aroma for an imperial stout. There's some faint cream and just a hint of roasted barley - which plays with the coffee roast wonderfully.

That said, it's quite a timid aroma for a 13% ABV imperial stout. Certainly understated, but I'd call it subtle rather than reticent. It's teasing. I can't wait for the first sip.

As it warms, I am noticing more and more chili powder on the back end.

T: Gorgeous. The cacao nibs are the stars here, blending beautifully with the dark malt/chocolate malt base and the subtle coffee roast. Though it's worth pointing out that taken on their own, neither the cacao nib character nor the coffee character is particularly deep. I've experienced far superior individual coffee and cacao notes in other beers in the style, but there they blend wonderfully, and the balance is impressive. Warm Mexican chocolate-esque chili pepper/powder is present throughout, but gears up more in the 3rd act without feeling too hot or spicy. It's hard to execute chili notes so subtly. Vanilla beans? Nowhere to be found.

The ABV is also not coming through; this stuff is dangerously drinkable for 13%. There's no yeast character or hop character either, but in spite of the lack of noticeable hop bitterness the beer never feels too sweet as many imperial stouts are prone to; I think the subtle roasted barley and light coffee roast do the balancing instead of hops.

I pick up on some light cream, and could use more. Overall, this is a delightfully well balanced flavour profile with impressive subtlety, notable nuance, good complexity, and fair intricacy. Good depth of flavour and flavour duration. Average intensity of flavour. It's very cohesive, and nearly gestalt.

I'd like to taste the vanilla bean, though I suppose that would entail more sweetness.

Mf: Lightly creamy. Smooth and wet. Almost perfectly carbonated. Has a nice softness to it. As it warms, the texture feels more and more powdery, crumbly, and dusty - like an unrefined Mexican chocolate. In other words, it feels exactly like the aroma doesn't smell - if that makes any sense. It's surprisingly light and easy on the palate, with a modest weight and not much thickness. The result is a very approachable texture which bolsters drinkability. This is about as far from overbearing and syrupy as an imperial stout can get.

Not oily, gushed, hot, syrupy, astringent, harsh, chewy or boozy - though there is some mild chili warmth.

This texture goes above and beyond, complementing the taste beautifully and coaxing out the nuances of the chocolate specifically; the mouthfeel and taste cooperate to create the effect of a crumbly cacao treat. Well-executed indeed. It's rare that a texture feels this dialed-in to a specific flavour, but boy does it work well here. Masterful work.

The tingly chili warmth is lovely.

Dr: Dangerously drinkable for its well-disguised 13% ABV. I'd absolutely buy it again. Any stout fan would do well to try this. I already want more. I'm glad I greedily kept this to myself instead of sharing it with friends. Some of Prairie's finest work so far - and that's saying a lot.

A-

Photo of MasterSki
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/19/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLaywer85 for sharing this one. Batch 2 red wax bottle, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of milk chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted malts, green peppers, light coffee, and toasted malts. Awesome nose; everything comes through and there is a lot of chocolate. Peppers come through but not too much, which is a good thing to me.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, peppers, hot spice, roasted malts, vanilla, cinnamon, toasted malts, burnt malts, bell peppers. Taste is definitely good but has a lot more peppers and spice, and a bit of a kick to it. Little too much for me, so a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Light spice from the peppers but very easy to drink considering the ABV.

o - Overall definitely a good beer, but a little too much peppers and spice int he taste for me. I still would definitely prefer Hunahpu to this based on the taste (had a 2013 4 days before), and would put this on level with the normal Abraxas, with a tiny bit more spice in the taste. The nose is great and it is pretty easy to drink, and well worth checking out. Would like to try Pirate Bomb now.

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler from H.E.B.

1 finger of dark tan head. Leaves some splattered lace. Decent retention. Color is a deep black.

Flavor profile: A lot of rich chocolate and cocoa. Caramel and roasted malts. Coffee flavors. Vanilla. Molasses and dark fruit flavors. The chipotle peppers are near the end and in the finish. The chilies seem roasted as well.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, roasted, but smooth. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends dry with roasted notes.

Overall, this was a top level non BA stout. A massive amount of flavors. The only thing I would complain about is a bit too much roast, but otherwise I really like this one.

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

12 ounce, gold waxed bottle received in a trade courtesy of turfy. Shared with greenplastic615 and poured into a snifter glass.

A: Thick motor oil-like pour into the glass. Caramel/tan colored head sits atop, less than one finger in height. Lots of thick patchy lacing and the retention cap stays around for the whole consumption.

S: At first this beer was too cold but once it warmed it really opened up. Plenty of roasted coffee beans, sweet vanilla, chocolate and just a faint notion of chili flesh towards the back.

T: Loads of coffee and chocolate up front. The chili started to become more pronounced as this warmed and left some minor tingling down the throat. Vanilla notes dance on the back of the palate with some roasted malts.

M: Hands down, and without question, the best mouth feel I've ever felt on an Imperial Stout. It's so thick and smooth, it almost feels like a milkshake. Amazing stuff.

This beer not only lived up to its hype and expectations but exceeded it in some areas for me. This drinks nothing like 14% ABV. Dangerously drinkable and amazingly delicious. I'm seeking out more right now.

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

The beer is near black with a dense beige head. The aroma is silly good. Vanilla, chocolate, chiles, oak, roast, coffee beans. Seriously, this is amazing. What a complex and delicious beer. 14% abv hidden gracefully. There is so much going on in this beer that one gets new flavors with every sip. Aftertaste lingers for several minutes. I'm in awe. My absolute highest recommendation.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with an off white head. Thick oily goodness.
Smells of vanilla, coconut, chocolate powder, and roasted malt. Inviting aroma to say the least. It's readily apparent in the nose that this is a great beer.
In the taste, hazlenut, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, mild spice, wood, char, toast, molasses, and a fair hop bitterness. A little alcohol comes through. Full bodied, smooth drinkable brew. This is delicious. Not much else needs to be said. Overall this is a big beer that is awesome.

Photo of tempest
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Faint heat, the big flavors are coffee and vanilla. Smooth and not too heavy considering the strength, so watch out.

Photo of smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter glass.

Real good looker, presented with a decent one finger collar, dark mocha brown with creamy bubbles and whipped up top. Good staying power, on a super dark walnut black body, eventually a thin collar sticks around which is quite dark as well. Impressive.

Nose is perfect roasted coffee, ripping beans going on here, lots of char and nuts strangely. For as much as there are other items added such as peppers, nibs and vanilla those are very buried. But a very KBS like bouquet here.

First thing on the first sip is that the beer is very light, even a bit fizzy surprisingly. However the flavors just jump and take over. Large piping dark roasted coffee, some slight sweetness that's a bit indistinct. Great pepper like action that comes out nice and black with the charring malted roasts, even a faint bit of somkey quality also. There is no heat on this at all for it's large fourteen percent body.

Really impressive and diverse beer, that is going to please any stout fan. Just wish this had a bit more body to it, but it's hard to believe this clocks in at such a high abv to match. KBS killer is a possibility.

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BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 3,929 ratings.