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Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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2,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,994
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 860
Gots: 894 | FT: 139
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 -5.3%

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4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Blue glitter wax, 48°F, into a snifter.

A: Typical stout dark pour, with a nice 1/2" tan head, that quickly dissipated. Scant lacing during the session.

S: Very nice chocolate and coffee nose. Buttery vanilla as well…

T: Not as exciting as I had hoped. Perhaps I was expecting more, and the chili is very subtle. Good dose of cocoa, and a vanilla finish. THe coffee is a little lost in the flavor, not as string as the smell.

M: Lively carbonation. Dry finish. Not cloying at all.

O: Decent beer. Might be better barrel aged? A lot of evenly balanced flavors, and can not sense the 14% alcohol at all.

EDIT: Had the PINK wax version tonight, updated the taste and mouthfeel to 4.5 each. Much better than the Blue wax version IMO.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of MartzMimic
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle a dark reddish brown. Creamy milk chocolate head that lingers for a bit. Heavy lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee and malt, with a hint of chili pepper. The chocolate and coffee explode on the tongue with noticeable alcohol. The peppers give a nice tingle. There's a nice bitterness to this. Nice and oily, it coats the tongue without being particularly thick. This is a superb beer. I liked the characteristics the rum barrels gave to Pirate Bomb! a bit more, but this is one you grab every time you can find it.

Photo of goochpunch
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pitch black with a thin, tan head. Coffee and chocolate are strong up front with a hint of vanilla. I don't pick up much ancho, as I'm sure its raisiny notes get mixed up with the malty aroma. Chocolate is strong in the flavor, with the vanilla and coffee acting as accents to it. I get a lingering bitterness in the finish, which comes across as more hop than burnt malt/grain. I don't perceive the 13% at all, which is an incredible feat. The ancho warmth is very mild. If I didn't know it was in the beer, I'd assume it came from the alcohol, but it lingers a bit. Carbonation is a bit prickly, but the body itself is full. This is totally different from all the other Prairie offerings I've had (which have been fantastic), but it's equally impressive.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. The pour is black and opaque with about 2 fingers of fine brown head that slowly dies down to a creamy foam. The nose is complex and very pleasant. I get heavy notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee beans, as well as some sweet malty notes (vanilla?) and chili peppers.

The beer has a full body, a creamy feel, and a very engaging flavor. Sweet malt and vanilla sweetness up front, quickly followed by bittersweet chocolate. Then, more flavors join in. First, some bittering hops arrive and are quickly joined by some roasty coffee. Then, the coffee slowly intensifies as the beer oozes into the back of your mouth. Just when the coffee seems to reach unusual levels of bitter roastiness, the flavor transforms into chili peppers and joins a hint of alcohol heat to really warm things up as it slides down your throat. Coffee and peppers linger on the finish. Very drinkable for such a high ABV beer. This is one of those cases where the complexity of the flavor aids the drinkability. You focus on all the flavors as you sip and savor each mouthful, constantly looking for something you may have missed and quickly following up each sip to confirm your findings.

An amazing beer that is masterfully constructed. I'd like to rate it higher on taste, but I think I'm just not used to these ``Mexican-style stouts'' yet, especially the chili peppers. I just can't find that many examples (believe me, I'd buy them if I could find them). If I could score a few more bottles of this, I think I would get used to the chili peppers and the taste would eventually get bumped up to a 5. I really like the way the flavors of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and chili peppers all unfold one after another on the palate. Prairie is just an extraordinary brewery. I have been delighted with every beer of theirs I've had. More, please!

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3.5/5  rDev -22%

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Prairie Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 2,994 ratings.