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BOMB! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

ABV varies by batch.

Added by MinorThreat on 05-29-2013

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Reviews: 757 | Ratings: 5,215
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black with a one finger tan head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and hot peppers.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee with a light amount of heat from the chilli peppers.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very soft and creamy mouthfeel.

O - Absolutely outstanding Stout. The depth of flavor is awesome. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mschrei
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Super balanced. Not a big nose, but tons of flavors. Sweet and spicy, roasty and full bodied. Not as spicy as I feared, thankfully. The fact that there's so many different flavors in there makes it harder for any to overpower the others and be too upfront. Definitely a beer that lived up to the hype.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this from the bottle in a goblet style snifter.

The color is opaque black with small head with ring of beads and legs on the glass. The smell is great lots of cocoa drenched odors with mild coffee and vanilla with a slight sweet odor and light smell of peppery with earthy quality and gentle alcohol aroma. The feel is superb with a lovely mix of smooth cocoa and medium carbonation level with nutty roast and semi-spiced quality with a mostly dry texture mid palate with mild warmth of alcohol and chili in the finish.

This is a great stout with very nice blend of spice -cocoa, mild vanilla and a coffee/cocoa flavor mid taste with mild earthy chili flavor that adds to the complexity with a mild toast in the finish with semi-dry quality with slight alcohol the chili taste is just enough with a mostly cocoa dominant flavor in the finish with very subtle alcohol. This is a wonderful stout so deliciously blended with all the adjunct flavors represented so well in the taste w/ an excellent base stout that hides the alcohol well

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Photo of soze47
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really good. Like really good. I mean - this beer might be the answer to all our prayers to establish a one almighty beer. It may not be the best of all time, but if you run across you u beat not let it pass you by.

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Photo of tigg924
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, black in color, with 1/4 inch head. Smell is coffee roast. Taste is coffee roast, cream, and charred malt. Amazing depth of coffee flavors. Super tasty beer that I will be getting again. One of the better coffee forward beers I have had.

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Photo of sposter4
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz into a snifter. Pours black with little head. Smell is dominated by chocolate and vanilla. Taste is similar with some chili pepper in the back end. Coffee congress out add it warms. Not a lot of heat for 13% Medium bodied with low carbonation.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours inky black, light brown head with strong lacing. Dark malt, chocolate, vanilla(a lot) bouquet. Smooth, malty, nice coffee, vanilla, cocoa flavor with just the barest heat as the endnote. Mouthfeel is medium, minimal effervescence and a tad syrupy. Strong alcohol notes, but overall quite pleasant.
An enjoyable beer, a bit cloying, and may be better classified as a desert beer or after dinner cordial. Tasty, but I could barely finish one, much less drink more than one. Good but not quaffable.

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Photo of BradenMK
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was very excited to try a couple of these babies, will be sharing the other bottle with a friend soon

APPEARANCE (4.25) - Pours very dark, but thin, with a light brown head that fades to a ring and does leave a few patches of lacing along the glass as you drink. Not super impressive to start off, but coffee does tend to screw with head retention (I don't know how the boys in Quebec do it with Peche Mortel).

SMELL (4.25) - I pick up sugary, chocolate malt, a LOT of sugar, reminding me of Even More Jesus, and a slight vegetal note from the peppers. Probably vanilla mixed in with the sugar, but it's hard to tell. Trending toward too sweet.

TASTE (4.5) - The first thing I pick up is a sort of caramel-covered figgy syrupy sweetness, which fades into a coffee-chocolate note, and then vanilla, and finally a combination of alcohol and chili burn. The peppers don't influence the taste at all and only come up after the swallow, with a slow rising intensity that never gets far past a mild heat. Good, very good even, but verging on being cloyingly sweet here.

FEEL (4.0) - Creamy, but thin, never rising past medium bodied. I've had saisons, IPAs, and maibocks with this sort of heft before. Still, pleasing, with low carbonation, the only prickliness coming from the alcohol or the peppers.

OVERALL (4.25) - Absolutely a great stout that I would certainly buy more of off and on if I had regular access to it at a local shop, but nothing I'm going to chase out of state in the future. I would be remiss if I forgot to mention the 13% abv is extremely, extremely tame. This makes BOMB! the strongest beer I've ever drank (being an Ohioan, we cap at 12% locally), and I'd always been leery that anything stronger might just be a gnarly, prickly, hot alcohol bomb, but, ironically, BOMB! is smooth, with little to no burn from the alcohol itself. A very good beer that I'm glad I tried, I really love Prairie and the spirit of a lot that they do, this one to me, just doesn't really live up to the hype. Not a 99/100 beer to my palate.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I bought six of these a few days ago and I am glad I did. This is a truly outstanding Imperial Stout.

(L) Very dark, opaque, with a thin brown head.

(A) Nice chocolate and coffee aroma.

(T) The taste was dark chocolate, coffee, some vanilla and a tad of subtle chili pepper, a very nice blend of taste, and not a hint of alcohol despite the 13.00%.

(F) Creamy and quite drinkable. Top notch!

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Photo of BearBeerReviews
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Seriously good right here.

Pours black, with hints of ruby around the edge. Head stuck around for longer than I expected for 13%

Aroma was mainly sweet vanilla and chocolate and some milky coffee, but very pungent and filled the room with the aroma.

Taste wise: Perfect balance between all the ingredients. Smooth, sweet, chocolatey, spicy, grassy coffee. Tons of body to go with it, and a nice silky smooth carbonation.

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Photo of pstam87
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Muddy black with a little brown head that dissipates quickly
S: Dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a touch of pepper. Fantastic smelling beer
T: Very balanced taste of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla sweetness and a touch of heat from the peppers
M: Full body with good carbonation
O:Amazing stout that blends all the different flavors together wonderfully with very little alcohol presence

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - pitch black beer with a nice mocha head, dissipates quick though.
S - big dark malts, dark chocolate, coffee, hot pepper, milk chocolate, vanilla
T - dark chocolate, roasted dark malts, burnt marshmallow, coffee, hot peppers, milk chocolate, vanilla
M - thick, alcohol covered surprisingly, aftertaste is coffee, dark chocolate, mild hot pepper
O - this is better more than 6 mo old

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Photo of GRPunk
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prairie Bomb!
12 oz. bottle from Copper Vine ($8.59) poured into a Stone snifter.

A- Cool label art, and a funky catfish on the cap. A 1-finger, brown head is created with a normal pour. The body is jet black, showing very dark brown/red edges when held to light. The head settles to a thin film, and there are rings left on the glass from just a swirl, even more so with a sip.

S- It's straight up chocolate on first inspection. Coffee is another dominant trait. With some warmth, I get a distinct, vanilla sweetness and a hint of heat from the peppers. Some warmth and there is an impression that this packs a serious ABV punch. In the end, it all gets very bold without overwhelming the senses.

T- Oh, that's nice! Bold and complex. I get a lot of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, much like a chocolate flavored coffee my wife used to keep stocked for weekend brewing. The chili peppers play a supportive role, and do a great job through the finish. It all comes together nicely, with no element dominating. I wouldn't mind just a little more heat on the back end. Though my wife said it was "a lot of chili pepper," to each his/her own. With a little warmth, everything gets amplified, without changing any of the balance, maybe stepping up the vanilla and peppers more so.

M- Full bodied and viscous. There's a little alcohol warmth and a little bite from the peppers. A little long in the finish, perhaps.

O- At the pricing point, it's a special treat for sure. That said, I'm glad I listened to my "beer guy, Jim" and pulled the trigger. I would definitely buy a couple more to hold onto for a special occasion. It's difficult to find many faults in this beer.

4.25 5 4.5 4 4.5

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Photo of Masonz223
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark black with a cinnamon colored head
Smell: fresh ground coffe milk chocolate cacao vanilla
Taste: upfront you get vanilla milk chocolate. Middle of the mouth fresh medium roast coffe cacao more milk chocolate a slight hint of dark chocolate some chilli pepper. the finish is really when you get the heat from the chili pepper vanilla sweet hot chocolate.
Feel: vey smooth and creamy a big bodied beer With a dry finish.
Overall: this beer is very complex. At 13% abv you don't even taste the alchool very easy drinking for how high the abv is. The chilli pepper really comes through in the finish and warms the chest. It adds a whole new character to this beer. Please try this beer you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of zimm421
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly solid black with a nice brown head. The nose has obvious notes of spice, along with roasted malts, sweet chocolate and vanilla. The taste is slightly spicy, but doesn't have a lot of heat and is fairly one-note. The sweet chocolate holds up the back-end. The mouthfeel is the most impressive part, as it is extremely smooth, creamy and thick. Overall, a very enjoyable stout, but I was hoping for a bit more out of the spices here.

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Photo of Butznutz
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious stout, startrs off vanilla coffee with a nice richness to it and finished with a hint of chili on the palate. Very enjoyable stout worth its rating

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Photo of Ryno82883
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not really a stout fan, but finally bit the bullet and paid the price for a Prairie Bomb! after a lot of encouragement. Coffee smell is outstanding and the pour was great with a nice layer of head. As far as a stout, it's at the top.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle (cannot make sense of date code and they're not listed on FreshBeer). Poured to my Offero, stemmed Omni glass.
Opaque brownish black, minimum dark head. The beer coats the glass for seconds when swirled.
Aroma of alcohol, caramel, vanilla, fruity coffee. Maybe reminds me of a coffee hard candy from long ago.
The taste is complex on this one. Vanilla start, coffee middle, oak shows up, then chili after almost all liquid is off the tongue.
Mouth feel is even more complex than the taste. A swig coats everything in your mouth until carbonation seems to take hold and magically scrubs everything, chili finishes the mouth cleaning and it all disappears to dry, dry dry.
I see what all the fuss is about with Bomb. If I had to complain I would say its a little too sweet in the middle for me, but a fine beer none the less.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with almost no head to speak of. Very viscous

S: Lots of roasted malts, coffee, and chili peppers up front with the cocoa nibs and vanilla more towards the back. Almost no alcohol presence

T: Follows the nose, but the vanilla is hugely bumped up. Starts off with the roasted malts and some vanilla sweetness, followed by coffee and cocoa. The peppery heat slowly kicks in but never gets overwhelming. Amazingly, theres is no trace of alcohol to be found. Finishes with some peppery heat, vanilla, and roast

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: (Almost) everything you could want in a stout. Plenty of coffee and vanilla, good roastiness, and a nice peppery kick to finish things off. Not to mention, the 13% is completely taken out of the picture in terms of distractions. Definitely a must try if you're a fan of imperial stouts

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Photo of dhitchcox
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black, hint of transparency on the edges. Low carb with very little head when poured; dark brown head that faded quickly.
Smell: The chili peppers caught me off guard. Chocolate and slight vanilla are also present once you get past the dominating peppers.
Taste: Glad the pepper isn't as strong as it smells. Predominantly chocolate; cocoa nibs.
Feel: Slightly heavy coating but not bad for an imp stout. The peppers do give a little burn; more pleasing than their aggressive odor. Surprisingly clean finish; not much lingers.
Overall: despite not being thrilled by the use of peppers here (too much) it does all come together In the end. If they could tone down the nose I think this would be better for me.

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Photo of Jauntsun
2.87/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Honestly, I think this beer is overrated. The overall flavor lacks balance: overly sweet...marshmallow, vanilla cake, coffee. It's interesting, strong, and probably worth trying, but definitely not balanced IMHO.

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Photo of TyFluth
2.41/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is perhaps THE most over-rated beer I have ever had. Incredibly pricey, and a mix of flavors that just doesn't work if you ask me. I couldn't even finish the expensive bottle I paid for...pours little to no head, looks really good, motor oil black, but taste and mouthfeel are not just poor - rather repulsive.

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Photo of Pencible
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque black with almost no head.
S: It smelled like rich milk chocolate and chili powder, with some coffee and cream and molasses.
T: It tasted like milk chocolate and roasted chilis, with some coffee and cream and molasses. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a great stout with lots of complexity. The chili flavor was there without the heat, which was a wonderful touch. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth. But there was some alcohol warming, so it was better to sip. Age could help mellow. Fresh is still great. Recommended, if you can find it.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finding one of these in MA is great! Hopefully it lives up to its name.

L - Black, thin head that disepated to a ring rather quick.

S - cherry and dark chocolate, bit of coffee. the chocolate is so deep and creamy on the nose. i love how rich the chocolate smells.

T - coffee, choco, vanilla and then a light spice on the end is a good summary. The perfect amount of spice on the end. The perfect vanilla bean, coffee and creamy chocolate front. One of my lowest rated beers is the Sculpin Habanero but this is perfectly balanced use of chili pepper to me. Just light spice on the end, cooled by the cream of the chocolate. The more you sip the more complex the flavors become in your mouth. Take your time with this one. This is a real treat.

F - smooth. could be a bit more velvety but isnt over carbonated by any stretch of the imagination. very nice.

O - Prairie if you're reading this please start distributing this beer in MA regularly!

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Photo of jpearce4
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out extremely dark, not much head to see here.

Smell is heavy coffee with something like vanilla and a hint of spice.

Taste is very complex, combines notes of chocolate, coffee, spice in varying measures, with great success! Not overly sweet or spicy, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, with the spice adding a nice warmth on the back.

Overall, an amazing beer!

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BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.