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BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 578
Hads: 4,405
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 946
Gots: 1,814 | FT: 245
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Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
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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Reviews: 578 | Hads: 4,405
Photo of govlady
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours thick, pitch black, tiny bit of head that disappears quickly into ring

great smelling beer, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, hint of pepper

taste - coffee, chocolate, vanilla, feels like the pepper becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up.

so thick and chewy, not much carbonation, goes down very smooth, doesnt feel like a 13% beer.

Great Imperial Stout. I'd put this right up there with KBS. One of the better ones I've had. Definitely need to try more Prairie beers.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The nose is pure chocolate and chili pepper. I love how spicy (yet restrained) it seems, and yet the dark chocolate is so damn rich. Flavor wise, it follows the nose beautifully, only with greater touches of roast and coffee. The finish has a gentle spiciness and a touch of vanilla. It's complex, nuanced, and subtle - utterly miraculous for a big, adjunct laden imperial stout. There's no alcohol presence, yet the finish is respectably dry. It's a big, intense monster that's balanced and even delicate. And that, that's what beer is all about.

4.17/5: It's a bomb...and a scalpel at the same time

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Normally, I'm not the biggest fan of beers with higher ABV's. They're sometimes just too heavy / cloying on my palate. But this particular Ale, was actually not so bad. It has a lot flavors I love about stouts - nuttiness, chocolate, coffee. But this wasn't too sweet or heavy on the palate.

I drank only a 12 oz bottle of this beer. But if you're a lightweight, you may definitely want to consider sharing a bottle with another person.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle (courtesy of @twizzard ) into my Prairie Teku glass

A: Pours thick and black. Doesn't let ant light through. 1/2 a finger of head that dissipates to a ring
S: smells like what a Sunday morning should smell like-Roasty coffee
T: Roasted coffe with just a hint of Cocolate. As it warms the chilli becomes more pronounced. Getting a hint of vanilla towards the end.
MF: this beer tastes so thick I feel like I should chew it. Even though it is 13%, there is no alcohol burn
O: Tremendous beer. Outstanding use of coffee and the right amount of chillies. This beer is a homerun.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black color with slight mahogany around the edges. Pours with very little head and slight lacing. Chocolate and coffee are upfront in the nose, cigar, burnt sugar as well. Lots of caramel in the taste especially after it warms. Heavy alcohol and not quite as bitter as I was expecting. The coffee and chocolate are certainly present but do not overpower a rather mild and pleasant sweetness that accompanies the alcohol presence. The chillies are present but don't kick you in the face, leaving a slight residual warmth.

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Photo of CTAdams
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark black with a small-sized brown head. Smells strongly of coffee, with some chili peppers, and cocoa.The taste has an initial hit of coffee that is very robust as it rolls into smooth cocoa. The chili peppers become more noticeable the more you drink. Vanilla is present but not prodominent. Medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel overall but just a tad boozey.
Equal to the hype it receives.

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Photo of Zonk
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with little head. Nose has noticeable chocolate and pepper coffee in the background. Roast notes along with mostly chocolate and coffee. heat is there but smooth and not distracting from over flavor profile. Smooth mouthfeel, fairly balanced for having so much going on.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, no wax, 13% ABV, no visible bottle date. Pours jet black with a small-sized brown head. Smells strongly of coffee, with some chili peppers, cocoa, and vanilla. The taste has the same profile, but has less pronounced coffee and more cocoa. The chili peppers become more noticeable the more you drink. Not as much vanilla in the flavor. Medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. One of the best adjunct imperial stouts I've ever had before.

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Photo of Tone
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of coffee, chocolate, sweet malt, alcohol, slight roasted malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong caramel, sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate, slight coffee, alcohol, and toffee. Overall, weak appearance, but great aroma, body, blend, and complexity. It is like drinking an alcoholic chocolate turtle!

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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried a bottle fresh today. Overall very smooth and a lot of flavor, i was especially a fan of the little chili bite at the end of the sip. I have another bottle that has been sitting for a while and I'm going to let it cellar for a bit. Drink it. Then rerate it.

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Photo of Reema
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

Pours a beautiful jet black. Smells like black coffee, bitter chocolate, milk chocolate, though I'm not detecting any of the claimed vanilla. Taste reflects the smell, dark coffee, milk chocolate, hot cocoa like flavors though again I'm not tasting any of the vanilla or chili pepper aspects. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with minimal carbonation that works with the thicker mouthfeel and big flavors. Overall, this is a very good stout with great coffee and chocolate characteristics. I would buy this regularly if it wasn't so darn expensive.

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Photo of Beersmuggler
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my absolute favorite imperial stouts. This is prairie artisan ales best beer. The rest of their stuff is just ok but they have one beer that is great and this is it.

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Photo of wolverine0712
2.52/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to try this, even though I'm not a stout fan. It looked and smelled pretty good, but I couldn't get past the taste. It's a shame that I don't like this style.

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Photo of inthedeets
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious layers of chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and roasted malts. Lots of mouthfeel and layers of flavors mix with balanced alcohol heat. A definite must try

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black with and extremely dark brown head. Smell is chocolate, slight coffee, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is chocolate and coffee perfectly blended at first, with a wave of oak, subtle whiskey, more smooth chocolate, and a slight pepper tinge in the finish. Super complex but each and every flavor is there.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a big BBQ the other day and was lucky to split this with a buddy. Poured delicately into a red solo cup (there was no glass anywhere)
Pour - as dark as the night with little to no head
Smell - coffee and chocolate on the nose, didn't smell much for spice
Taste - espresso ending with chili
Overall - A great beer, sip slowly and enjoy the nice balance of flavors

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Photo of eifster82
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft, served in a 7oz flight glass.

Look - black, very little foam head.

Smell - Espresso and coffee are very strong.

Taste - follows the smell, but vanilla and cocoa are unmistakable.

Feel - extremely smooth for abv this high. No hint of boozyness or anything that would indicate a high level of alcohol.

Overall - a very solid stout that has many of it's ingredients obviously present throughout the drink. A dangerously smooth brew with a high abv.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep and slick motor oil black with a surprisingly sturdy finger of light khaki foam.

Strong aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roast, and a subtle hint of spice.

Sticky sweet chocolate and vanilla flavor accompanied by bitter coffee and roasted malts, the sweetness is settled out by the subtle spiciness that washes over the tongue on the back end of the sip to prep the palate for another sip.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, rich, smooth, and slightly spicy.

Overall, I am not generally a fan of the use of chili peppers in beers, but this was very well put together. In my experience, most brewers go crazy with the peppers and the spice overpowers everything else, but the heat that accompanies this brew is subtle and enjoyable.

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Photo of Nife
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I was not that impressed with this beer. To me the taste has not melded yet. It's like a wine that's too young - many distinct strong tastes that don't form a cohesive whole. It will probably get better in a few years but its so out of balance now I can't give it a great review If I were to rate it on the current taste I would give it a 3.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an appetizing pitch-black, with a rich brown head and very persistent lacing.

Smell is a chocolatey, coffee-laden spice bomb; aromas of cinnamon, red pepper, nutmeg, and allspice.

Taste is absolutely awesome: chocolate, coffee, roasted grains and malt duel with red pepper and spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and grains-of-paradise are distinguishable. Rich dark-fruit flavors of prunes, raisins, and cherries fight through more spice on the mid-palate, with yet more spices, chocolate, and coffee on the finish. Mouthfeel is appropriately rich, with spot-on, creamy carbonation. Of all the flavored stouts I've had, this might well be the best.

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Photo of stortore
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours really dark, thick looking, no light passing through this one. No head, oily cling coats the glass. The smell is wonderful, one of the best I can remember. Strong cacao, vanilla, coffee, even the chilies all come through clearly. Also malt and a great malted milk ball aroma. Taste leads with chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla. More chilies than the nose- but no real heat, less coffee. Just delicious. Very smooth and creamy, a real tongue coater that lingers.

No closing comment that's different from everyone else. The clarity and intensity of the flavors is stunning.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomb! pours a deep, deep black in color...no head and no lacing on the glass at all. You smell chocolate and nothing else. taste is the chocolate again, Coffee and just a touch of the chili pepper. I was really disappointed in the lack of heat from this brew. This brew is 14% ABV which honestly you don't get while drinking. The all of a sudden the alcohol hits you like a BOMB!, hence the name. All in all, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured thick black. Quite viscous. No head. Smell is all chocolate. The chocolate and coffee and vanilla are heavy on the taste, but just as they are about to settle on your tongue the peppers come in and fizzle is right off. Perfect twist. The whole thing lingers as the mouth is completely coated. No alcohol presence at 14%. Excellent beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours perfect stout color, fizzy head of loose carbonation fades nearly immediately.

Nose is chocolate and coffee with hint of vanilla - all there. Peppers don't come through on the nose for me.

Basically a perfect balance on the flavors here - so damn impressive. Peppers add a perfect level of heat and compliment what sweet there is so well.

This is a touch thinner than I'd have expected and I think that's to its benefit. It's an incredibly drinkable stout with all that's going on - can't believe it's a 13% (compare to a BCBS at 14% that is booze+). Awesomely delicate - very impressed with this. Glad I snagged a few to hold on to for the cooler months.

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Photo of JNPIII127
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start off by stating that I am not a fan of Stouts. This beer absolutely blew my mind. This beer has definitely earned its ranking and I would but it again.

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BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.