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Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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2,437 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,437
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 816
Gots: 706 | FT: 105
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

ABV varies by batch.

(Beer added by: MinorThreat on 05-29-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

ROGUE16, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of popery
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a relatively dark brown head. Little to no lacing. Not much in the way of head retention but it's easy to kick up more foam. The aroma is big on vanilla, chocolate and coffee. More of the chili comes out as the beer warms. Fairly sweet aroma but nothing comes across artificially. The taste starts out with a bunch of vanilla and chocolate. Coffee and roast come right behind. Rather sweet but there's enough flavor bouncing around that it doesn't dominate. Mild but noticeable chili burn in the finish. It adds a welcome layer of complexity to the beer. Things would probably get a bit too sweet without that little burn. Nice thick mouthfeel. Very smooth and full. This is an excellent imperial stout. There's lots of flavor and it all plays well together. Great work from Prairie.

popery, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

pathman, Mar 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

enelson, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -11.1%

sweemzander, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

tectactoe, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased for $8.99, pretty damn pricy for a non-barrel aged stout. I am always suspicious of these high priced beers from new breweries even if people are hyping them to hell and back. Suspicions confirmed. This was a good beer it was just grossly overpriced, $5 would be much more appropriate. Dark solid black, coffee colored head, looks pretty rich. Aroma was a touch of chocolate and thick imperial stout. Flavor had notes of chocolate but I didn't really pick up much coffee or peppers. This was good but I think Bible Belt was better and it certainly wasn;t worth the price tag.

ArrogantB, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice rich dark brown nearly black hue with a very nice one finger mocha head that simply does NOT go away. Nice creamy side lacing and a creamy blanket. Excellent retention.

S - Chili's are first and foremost here with some earthy smokey ancho chili goodness. Wonder what chili's they used...they actually overpower the coffee. I get nice chocolate and a lot of vanilla. Wish there was more coffee here but the prominent chili and vanilla make up for it.

T - Ah..okay, this is nice. First sip brings a smile to my lips. Lots of chocolate and earthy smoke to start, light sweetness, super delicious vanilla. The ancho chili lingers on the finish along with super, super faint bitter roast coffee. Nice dark bakers chocolate, sweet vanilla pods, getting no alcohol at all with this one. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very nice for the style. Alcohol hidden wonderfully, very light carbonation. Would like it a bit more 'velvety' but yeah, well done.

O - Overall, this beer has been getting a TON of attention. I was very skeptical, but man oh man is this good. Its damn good, and that's without tossing this in a bourbon barrel! The faint (for me at least) lingering smoky ancho chili heat and vanilla wins this one for me. Very, very well done.

rudzud, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

BGsWo22, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

TheBeerAlmanac, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1777th review on BA
Bottle to Prairie Tulip (Purple Lettering)

Batch 5 Orange wax.

Thanks to Will or CanadianGhetto for this one

App- A solid dark brown color with no transperency with a nice 1-1/2" slightly darker brown head that faded pretty quickly. The beer was deep and dense and poured like chocolate.

Smell- Right out of the bottle, I mostly get the cacao and the vanilla. Malty and rich like a milkshake. As it warmed more of the chili aroma came out as well. A nice mix. One doesnt overpower the other and you cant detect the nuances.

Taste- This was a very flavorful and layered and detectably smooth stout. I had a couple others with Chilis and it was too harse. The balance here of the ingredients is quite nice. The sweet of the vanilla and the change to the richness of the chocolate and then the subtle hints of spice was nice.

Mouth- A solid medium body, bordered on being a thicker beer but struck the balance nicely. The carbonation was a solid medium and was a bit bubbly and creamy.

Drink- A very good beer. I enjoyed it a lot. I was glad I was able to land at least one to review and enjoy this one. Prairie does some good things. I am happy to have some goodies in the fridge to try.

FosterJM, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to damienblack for both sending a bunch of Lawson's north as well as this well anticipated extra. Stubby bottle that didn't develop fully with gold wax, 12 ounces.

First, the damn wax is a pain in the arse to get off, there seems to be a weird semi-lip that I have to pry off to get the bottle opener underneath the cap. That Maginot Line breached, the liquid that comes out is black, mildly carbonated. The nose ratchets up the anticipation with a fire hose of chocolate & coffee, with a detectable level of vanilla underneath. One of the most aggressive smelling beers I've had in some time.

Prairie Bomb! is a bit like getting a chile jolt from the electric chair. Chile heat is the first & most noticeable component, a low simmer that sets up camp in the base of my throat & belly...but it really obliterates the other ingredients. I can detect the chocolate & vanilla if I try hard enough, but they're refugees in a sea of chile. The coffee so prominent in the nose is tied off to a slightly roasted edge. Good to drink, but I can sense the 3:30 AM acid reflux already. Should have split this with my wife.

In retrospect, this needs some time for my palate. The wonderful nose promises that as the chile dies back, there are going to be lovely complexities to the taste. Right now? Close to a one-note Charlie. Still good, but is going to be great (I think) in 6-12 months.

maximum12, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

eawolff99, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of mynie
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received a gigantic box of Prairie last week, but I’ve been too busy with my serious drinking to bother with thoughtful drinking and so I haven’t had a chance to write about it. But now my work is done and I don’t got to be no where for 15 hours, so let’s open up one of these bastards.

Bomb is the most coveted Prairie, and so I’ll go with that first. It’s part of this new trend wherein high-ABV imperials are aged on peppers and chocolate, because chocolate covered peppers are just everyone’s favorite treat. It smells…like chocolate and peppers. But also crisp and manicured, like the fragrance of one of those brightly lit mall stores where they overpriced kitchen equipment. It’s clean, but a very specific, very dirty sort of clean.

Tastes like a new, perfect thing. I’ve had high-ABV chipotle stouts before, but this… this is different. The peppers dominate and are mellowed by the chocolate. So instead of getting a coffe-based RIS or a hoppy RIS or a vinous RIS, you get acidic, spicy peppers up front and smooth milky chocolate in the back. The former plays alongside the ethanol nodes, the latter buffets the barley. Also—what I realize after sipping it is that the cleanliness I detected in the aroma was the sharpness of the peppers interacting with the zippiness of the booze, which resulting in a dull-sharp peng of pleasant sterility akin to the rubbing alcohol swab doctors use before making injections.

Fucked up and damn near perfect.

Full review: http://mynie.com/?p=688

mynie, Jul 12, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pitch black, dark brown finger of head.

Aroma: intense coffee, chocolate, roast, leather, char.

Taste: a bit less coffee forward, equal parts chocolate, with a mild chili finish. As it warns, the chili becomes more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: solid full, creamy body with appropriately lower carbonation.

Overall: quite drinkable for the ABV, it was rather hidden. Wonderful coffee stout worth seeking out.

EgadBananas, Sep 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

AngusOg, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black with a creamy mocha head. Nose is heavy coffee roast, pretty clean/not acrid, fair bit of vanilla and a light tinge of pepper. Full bodied, creamy and well carbonated. Taste has more pepper but still light (which I prefer). The roasted coffee is most prevalent and the vanilla comes in nicely behind but not sweet. Reasonably balanced, not sweet, pepper balances with vanilla. Not really chocolaty but a decent stout.

cpetrone84, Jul 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

mhaugo, Jun 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

outoffocus, Aug 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

bpfrush, Oct 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

smartassboiler, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of ADZA
3.89/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black with a lucious three finger chocolate laced head and clingy lacing everywhere, the smell is dark chocolate with an underlying chillie smokiness and coffee, the mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth with perfect moderate carbonation and the tastes are simple with the usual lineup of flavours you would expect in a big stout starting with a big dose of milky chocolate, vanilla,cacao and a slight smokiness from the chillies but no heat whatsoever and finished like a coffee with some sugar bittersweet and overall a bloody tasty Stout that will age well but once again its a pricey affair but its off my bucket list cheers.

ADZA, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

kscaldef, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Holland, Sep 28, 2013
Prairie Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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