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Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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3,163 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,163
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 879
Gots: 1,000 | FT: 142
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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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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Owen.

Pours a lovely looking black with nice tanned head and lacing.

Smell is a lot of coffee and a slightly dusty chilli. Definitely get some chocolate also. Interesting melding of coffee, chilli and chocolate; which I guess is really interchangeable with vanilla. As time goes on I even get sweet malt and vanilla.

Taste is coffee, definitely has a potent earthiness to it which could also encompass chocolate really, and it finishes with a tasty drying cocoa powder presence. Taste has a delightful mounting chilli presence, which nevertheless retains its subtlety. It's more of a little extra kick at the end than anything else.

I think chocolate (cocoa powder) becomes more pronounced in nose and taste as time goes on- it's really quite rich and strong in this one.

I had this on tap last night and out of the bottle really blows it out of the water (to abuse a beer review cliché).

What to review this in the same sphere as? Is it a coffee beer, like the classics Speedway or Peche Mortel? Is it a chocolate/coffee beer like Breakfast Stout? Or is it a more Mexican chocolate inspired beast like the deviant Hunaphu's (notably absent of coffee)? I will say that the chilli in this beer is a little stronger than I've noticed in Hunaphu's (much to this beer's credit), but this beer may also be fresher than the times I've had Huna.

Just excellently tasty stuff and it's great to have the opportunity to buy this in Sydney. Thanks to Prairie.

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4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Came across a stash of these at Dirty Jack's in Iowa City. Bottle poured into a juice glass.

Appearance - One of the darkest beers I've had. Completely opaque. Fantastic legs and head. Head is dark... the color of caramelized sugar.

Smell - Scent is subtle. Nice, but not overpowering.

Taste - Robust. Coffee prevalent, chocolate close behind. Chili isn't overpowering--it is pleasant. Vanilla mildly brings up the rear.

Mouthfeel - Balanced. Isn't thick and coating, but is not thin either.

Overall - Quite nice! On average I'd still prefer a nice bourbon barrel stout, but this definitely deserves the hype.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars, imported by ExperienceIT.

Pours a very silky and slick black-brown colour, with a fineness to the body that almost makes it looks thin. Head is minimal, forming some dark frothy and settling out to a topological film. Minimal lacing. Body is good however, and there's fine carbonation present when tilted. Looks pretty good all up.

Nose is ripe and biting with bright coffee characters first up. There's a slight smoky vegetative quality to it as well, possibly the ancho. There's plenty of roast as well: surprisingly, there's not a great deal of sweetness though, and it relies much on the coffee for its breadth.

Taste is extremely smooth and fine, with a clean, slick malt roast character glossed over by some malt sweetness—again it's fairly subdued, and it's an interesting way to go. Some coffee characters bite a little around the back as well, laced with some aromatic chilli characters, although no heat. Alcohol is very well hidden. I drank this with breakfast before any other beers, so I wasn't inured to booze by any means—but I still couldn't really sense it.

Overall, yeah, this is another cracking brew from Prairie. I'm yet to have a bad beer from them, and this is probably even pushing up their average despite the average being very high already.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer, had within a day of Bible Belt. Poured thick, dark walnut color with a thin coating of chestnut head. Smelled of fresh roasted coffee beans and cocoa, with a tinge of spiciness. Tasted heavily of coffee and baker's chocolate; much more bitter than sweet. Hints of chile, but very subdued- almost more like a fresh vegetable rather than heat. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy with lots of texture. Finished leaving heavy bitterness and the slightest burn.

Overall, awesome stout. Didn't really get much vanilla or sweetness, but the coffee and chiles worked well together and the think mouthfeel gave it a milkshake character. Drinks like a beer with a much lower abv than 14%, which I'm always a fan of.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.75 Pitch black with a small tan head.

S: 4.25 Lots of chocolate and vanilla at first. Some dark malt and coffee follow with roasted nuttiness. No chile on the nose.

T: 4.25 Vanilla still dominates. Coffee comes through more than on the nose. The roasted malt/coffee bitterness is well integrated with the chocolate and vanilla. The slight heat at the end rounds everything out.

M: 4.25 A little thinner than I would like, but the carbonation level is nice.

O: 4.25 Probably a bit more going on than Bible Belt, but I think I prefer that over Bomb. It seemed a little richer and the chile was a bit stronger. It also seemed like Bible Belt had a more dry chile flavor while bomb comes off as more of a fresh chile. This is really nice, but for me it comes in at a close second.

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Prairie Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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