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BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 545
Hads: 4,256
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 2.89%
Wants: 945
Gots: 1,725 | FT: 236
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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 MakeMineADoubleJack
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and thick, with about a quarter inch of dark brown head. Glimmers like obsidian in the glass. The only element missing from the nose is the chili peppers. The coffee aroma is strongest, and just swirling this beer in my glass gives me the impression that I'm sitting in a Starbucks. Such a tasty beer, but I may have to argue that there are too many flavors standing shoulder-to-shoulder; so what you end up with is a cavalcade of tastes elbowing each other out of the way as they cross over your tongue. No, this beer is not bad. It's excellent, but it could be UNBELIEVABLE. Creamy mouthfeel with chili burn on the backend. (636 characters)

Photo of frothy_80
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Pours like a RIS should. Almost pitch black with a dark khaki head that dissipated within seconds.
Smell- Nothing really jumps out in the nose. Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla that melded together in such a way that none are dominate. Slight chili aroma in the background.
Taste- Much like the aroma. Started with with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, then finished with a slight chili spice. Nicely balanced.
Feel- A little on the thinner side for a 13% impy stout.
Overall- Excellent stout. Worth seeking out and giving it a try. (531 characters)

Photo of Memphisjoe14
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Beer! Not too impressive when initially poured, but once it warmed up, the flavors and complexity really took over and set the bar. The best non barrel aged stout I've had (179 characters)

Photo of SaulFox
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured like old motor oil, yet it seemed thin
Minimal head retention, gone in 10 seconds
Smelled big and sweet ("molassesy"), not boozy. Slight coffee
Very balanced taste with chocolate, coffee, vanilla undertones. The peppers give it a great after taste (minimal).
Excellent brew! (281 characters)

Photo of BeerT3ch
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Coffee, Cacao, vanilla, and chili peppers are like bees swarming in on a nest. All flavors spread out in front allowing you to taste each one individually then swarm together to create deliciousness! Subtle pepper lingers but nothing to spicy. The creator of this brew is a Genius! Major Props to Prairie
Mouth- Full
Color- Espresso
Head- 2 Fingers (slightly chilled)
Aroma- Coffee, Pepper, Chocolate, vanilla (410 characters)

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

I've had many iterations of Bomb! since it's initial release. This is one of the best non-BA stouts in my book. If you can find it, it is worth picking up. The peppers come through in both smell and flavor, and mix well with the coffee notes. (245 characters)

Photo of Robomunky
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first thought was that it's surprisingly thin. As it warmed, what struck me was how perfectly balanced the additions are. In my opinion, coffee tends to overwhelm in a lot of stouts, but here it seemed to work perfectly with the cacao, vanilla and chili. Underwhelmed turned into impressed in about 20 minutes. Being in Seattle, this wasn't easy to get my hands on but I'm definitely glad I did. (398 characters)

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

****Buyer beware, don't age this.....it will taste like green vegetables****

***This review is a fresh one ****

L: Black with a dark 1 finger head.
S: Coffee
T: Big coffee, slight vanilla, and slight spice finish
F: Big beer, thick and the alcohol is hidden
O: Top notch coffee beer with a little vanilla and spice. But remember DO NOT AGE, ONLY DRINK FRESH!!!!! (365 characters)

Photo of mrjez
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: very dark, tiny highlights around the edges. Small tan head.
S: oh man. Delicious big complex aroma. Chocolate slightly stronger than the awesome coffee and vanilla notes. It smells rich and inviting.
T: wham! Nailed it. Flavours all there not overpowering each other, but sitting harmoniously. The vanilla sweetness aligns with the peppers which give a roasted warmth.
F: the body is intense, the alcohol is not in the taste but in the feel, warming the chest and throat.
O: damn. Not only the best imperial stout but maybe the best beer I've had the pleasure to drink. Insane. (594 characters)

Photo of donnyowens
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a wonderful stout. if the body was zuhkov thick this beer would be a force of nature. only slight i can find. heat is nice and warming after a rich chocolaty coffee filled front. drinking a quart growler from my local bottle shop and it was perfect. (253 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, Bomb! is a very dark brown/black with a tan head.
The aroma is roasted coffee, vanilla and a touch of dark fruit.
Taste is layered and deep. Coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla in quick waves of flavor, a little heat follows, then a choc latte sweetness and a slight fruity tartness. A finishing warmth seems to come both from the pepper and the booze.
Mouthfeel is medium-thick, creamy and a little viscous.
Seriously excellent beer. (472 characters)

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

13% ABV with no wax
What an experience! Black and inky appearance with a beige head. The nose was full of coffee and chili, very subtle on the vanilla and chocolate. Each flavor note (coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers) makes an appearance in each sip and blend harmoniously without one overpowering the other. The lack of alcohol presence was surprising given its ABV. However, the quickly dissipating head indicates the elevated alcohol of the beer. I can see why this beer is held in such high regard. (531 characters)

Photo of phishgator
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a snifter and let it warm up for about ten minutes before trying. The nose doesn't indicate the flavors that are going on here. Slight chocolate and coffee are up front. The alcohol stays well hidden even as it warms. Big bodied and a slow sipper. The beer coats the glass with very little head even after a vigorous stirring. A great find by my local favorite bartender in SWFL! (397 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.83/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 1/21/15 at 46 degrees into snifter
Aroma – hint of coffee and peppers; picking up neither vanilla nor cocoa.
Head – none. A fizzy narrow ring appears as it is poured. This is gone in less than five seconds.
Lacing - none
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – some coffee, some cocoa, lots of chili pepper, no vanilla, no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. A brief stomach burn follows.
Palate – full, creamy/oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75 This is an passable imperial stout in which the chilies do not completely overpower the rest of the flavors. I’m glad I tried it but at $ 10+ for a 12 oz bottle, I won’t be revisiting it. (722 characters)

Photo of dertyd
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

what an amazing beer i first had cold and the flavor was a lot of coffee and chocolate once it warmed up it was vanilla, cinnamon ,pepper just an amazing amazing stout (167 characters)

Photo of TomMorris
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What would already be an incredibly balanced stout is elevated to something special by the lingering chili pepper presence. The chocolate, vanilla, and coffee notes exist in perfect harmony as the spiciness from the chili peppers grows from a slight discernible presence to a very noticeable and pleasing aftertaste. I could feel my nostrils clear slightly with each sip; a definite winner from Prairie Artisan Ales. (416 characters)

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

beautiful...cocoa coats...hint of the pepper...viscosity amazing...complex, balanced...thick and luscious on tongue and in nose..one of the finest...a rare and sincerely amazing experience (188 characters)

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomb! is a thick and viscous imperial stout. This was quite a treat. The chiles and cinnamon are really quite subtle, and I thought the cacao nibs stole the show. Excellent mouthfeel, and a nearly undetectable alcohol presence. I would have enjoyed more chile and cinnamon presence, but this is an extremely we'll crafted imperial stout by any measure. (352 characters)

Photo of Scott17taylor
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with minimal head.
Aroma is dominated by chili pepper with some roast in the background.
Flavor starts out very coffee forward then you get chocolatey sweetness. It then finishes with a slight heat to it.
The mouthfeel is full with little carbonation.
This is a great beer that I'll definitely be picking up again. (326 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Acquired from mwrecording so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains black coffee, roasted malts, chili peppers, chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong black coffee flavor. Then flavors of chili peppers and chocolate come in along with a very hearty roasted malt character. The chili pepper heat isn’t too strong which I think is a good thing. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect in this type of beer, but there’s enough to bring some balance. There’s no hint of the extremely high ABV. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a bit chalky, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry and slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to sip on for a while if you’re in the mood for a coffee-chili stout. (1,111 characters)

Photo of LloydDobler
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I might as well have been heavily pouring motor oil(about 5k miles overdue for a change) into my glass. I got more froth pouring my morning OJ! Black as an abyss leaving the tiniest crescent of bubbles around the perimeter of half the glass. Very calm nose that opened up nicely as it warmed. The taste really is a flavor "BOMB!" the way they perfectly meld all the flavors together. Coffee and chocolate dominate the pallet with something else pulling up the rear[HEAT]. The chili spice really hit me on the back of the tongue and all the way gown the gullet. Smooth as silk. Very complex and enjoyable. Kinda hard to dissect, but my wife just loved drinking it, simply stating that it was,"really yummy." (706 characters)

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

Black pour with a creamy tan head. Good lacing around edge from tap.

Roasted malts, tons of cocoa flavor at first. Coffee scent is great, nice sweet aroma as well. Coffee dominates as beer warms up. No notice of vanilla.

Wow. Tons of cocoa, nice coffee that doesnt overpower. Ancho comes through towards the end, very pleasant counter to the sweet cocoa. Chili comes through at the end of the sip, mostly at the back of the tongue. Didn't notice the vanilla at all.

Feel is good. For how dark it is, could be a bit thicker, but still fantastic. Smooth, medium to full body. Chili tingled the back of my tongue.

Delectable brew. Very well balanced and the notes all hit their spot without disrupting the others. Great as a wake up breakfast beer. (753 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I got to "tick" this at a bottle share back in 2013. Glad to finally have a chance to sit down and review/enjoy this bottle to myself. Huge thanks to the employee at Grassroots in Jax who saw me browsing the beer isle and offered me one of these as it wasnt even out on the shelf yet.

As stated, this is a freshly released 12oz bottle with no wax or dating to be easily noted. It pours black in color with a rich tan cap a finger strong.

The smell is rich of roast like chocolate and coffee. A slight vanilla sweetness, caramel and mild nod in the direction of earthiness.

The taste is sweet like vanilla/chocolate before getting more bitter and roasty/earthen. Towards the back is a slight coffee character integrated with mild pepper flavor and an accompanying slight warmth of spicy peppers and alcohol.

This is full bodied and moderately carbonated. A very nice execution of all flavors listed on the bottle. The alcohol is masterfully hidden for being in excess of 12%. Id love to have a couple of these to sip on whenever I want but it comes at a hefty price - $10 per 12oz is a stretch over what im comfortable paying but in this case it was well worth it. (1,167 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A worthy #4,500 review.Pours ink black with a creamy deep beige head atop.What to say about the aromas....vanilla,char,dark roast coffee,caramel the list goes on.A creamy full smooth feel is fitting for this beer.Vanilla and caramel up front on the palate with roast and underlying char to go along with just a hint of the sweet mild heat of the anchos,of course there has to be some chocolate,maybe some graham cracker?It's a joy and a treat to drink beer like this. (467 characters)

Photo of jcflorian
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer in every way. Mouthful a little lighter than expected, however the smell is amazing. The taste is amazing mix of flavors with the chili peppers adding a very nice touch.

This is a top notch beer I will seek out again and again.

Well worth the hefty price tag (276 characters)

BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.