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BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 626
Hads: 4,612
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 22.49%
Wants: 944
Gots: 1,924 | FT: 246
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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 Nctide
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle with a wispy head that dissipated quickly. There is very little carbonation. The aroma has a strong chocolate note and little sign of the booze expected with the high abv. The taste is interesting and complex. It starts with a rich french roast coffee and finishes with a subtle chili pepper bite. This is one of the more restrained uses of peppers that I have tasted. The combination of flavors resembles bourbon.

This is a one of a kind beer that is worthy of the hype.

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Photo of MgoJohnStamos
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good enough for me to do my first review...

Look: Black as night, no light shines through. Thin head, but dissipated quickly.

Smell: No heat from the peppers or booze. Vanilla, Coffee, Chocolate. I wouldnt mind an ice cream topping that smells like this.

Cold: Vanilla overwelms the entire beer. Overwhelms might be the wrong word, because its really enjoyable.
Warm: Chocolate, Vanilla and Coffee blend together, with heat that lingers on the taste of your tongue.

Feel: Great, smooth. For being 13 Percent, it doesnt show it at all. I am in love.

Overall: perfection. I wish it was a little bit cheeper, but its an amazing beer that I will be buying more of for special occasions... I think I will buy one or two for christmas to share at a family party.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just so you guys know im not a huge fan of stouts or dark beer in general but am trying to get into them this beer is part of that journey...

L: Pours jet black with a rough pour no head was forming at all yet once it sat for a sec after the pour it stared to form a nice tan ring that is still sticking around as I type ..

S: I get immediately a slight alcohol burn (or could it be the peppers?) some chocolaty sweetness not super impressive imo

T: After the alcohol like smell I was nervous but as soon as it touched my tongue I knew this was special..
I get a smooth amazing coffee some roasty malts no alcohol to speak of as it warms I get vanilla and chocolate as it goes down.. really amazing stuff never thought I could like a stout so much..

F: Velvety smooth no carbonation at all the perfect thickness imo

O: This may have thrown me into the darkside:cool:....like I said never thought id be able to enjoy a stout so much!

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chestnut brown color, opaque in the glass with a roasted khaki head that dissipates to a ring of medium sized light tan bubbles. Lots of sweet milk chocolate fudge, vanilla bean, bold gourmet espresso, nougat, maple syrup, caramel machiatto creamer, Hershey's chocolate syrup, candied rum, some woodiness. I was searching for the chili pepper heat but couldn't find any in the smell. Big mouth feel, very sweet, borderline cloying, but forgiving. It could use a little more carbonation. The pepper comes in very faintly in the taste, just not with the spicy heat that I was expecting. More rich cocoa in the taste, vanilla, brown sugar, sweet coffee, marshmallow, pepper skin, cinnamon, graham cracker, and some dark, candied fruit. No alcohol burn for a relatively fresh 13% beer. I had Bible Belt last year, which I remember to possess much more roasty charred malts, whereas this one tries to present itself as a smooth liquid dessert. I just would have like to get a little bit more heat out of this one.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black with minimal amount of tan head.
Smells of huge chocolate and vanilla, some roasty barley notes, hint of coffee and caramel.
Taste is very well balanced between all of the components, though I'm not getting much of the chili pepper. Vanilla, Coffee, Chocolate are all present, but none are dominant. Lots of roasty, dark malt notes as well. A bit of toffee and a hint of dark fruit.
Very slick on the mouth. Does not feel like 13%.
Very good beer that isn't far off from being an amazing beer.

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Photo of woemad
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $10.99. Among the numbers stamped on the neck is “20815.” August 20, 2015 born on-date? Your guess is as good as mine.

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet, this was a blackish looking color that yielded a slightly muddy shade of darkness when held up to direct light. What head there was had a tannish khaki look and was whisper-thin and short-lived. A twirl of the glass briefly created sheets of lace, but they fled at the speed of a Grand Wizard at a rap concert. I didn’t expect much out of a 13% beer, but it was a pretty sad looking display of beer foam nonetheless.

The nose was dark, sweet and (especially) boozy at first. The sweetness of the cocoa and vanilla variety did emerge in greater volume as it warmed up, especially the vanilla, but it continued to smell like a woody booze bomb.

Whoa! Holy fermented liquid chocolate cream pie! Actually that pretty well describes it. It’s much better balanced than in the nose. The vanilla is much more in check for one thing (I’ve come to feel that a little vanilla goes a long way in beer – usually too far). It starts out chocolaty sweet, but the bourbon barrel booze and wood comes through in the second half of the taste. The chili peppers took a while to register, but eventually came to stand out near the finish of the taste. I like that there's just enough to provide a little flavor rather than impersonate the name of the beer, flattening everything else (like most brewers seem to do with chili peppers). One thing I didn’t get much of was coffee, except in a generic, dark malty bitterness way that I’ve found in beers with no coffee whatever in them. Still, it’s delicious, though I’m really glad I was able to get it in the 12oz format. A bomber of this would really be too much of a good thing.

It looked a little watery when I poured it, but the body is actually quite full, with a creamy, coating, velvety mouthfeel.

I was initially underwhelmed by the look and aroma of this beer but I gave it a little time to warm and was rewarded. I don’t know if I can call this the greatest of the style that I’ve had but it’s in the discussion. If it was only cheaper and a little more commonly found locally, I could see myself stocking up on it. As it is, I think I need to locate at least one more and set it aside to see how it ages.

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Photo of Impfan
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black color, wonderfully syrupy body, incredibly complex flavors of deep, dark chocolate, dried brown fruit skins, coffee, bourbon (even though I realize it's not barrel aged), graham crackers, cinnamon, allspice, cola, tree bark and tea leaves, just to name a few.

Wonderfully dry and medicinal in a really good way with a nearly endless finish that is completely mouth-coating, and always compels one to take another decadent sip.

Wow...just wow!

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Photo of bobhits
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No pretty gold wax for me, but a wonderful beer non the less.

Pours dark as night, really no color is coming out of it even on the edges (not the best lighting ever for this search but the white computer screen should give me a hint). I didn't get a lot of head from the pour, but the beer coats the glass with lacing and carbonated legs with any movement. Really one of the better looking stouts if you're into beer porn I suppose.

The nose is of coffee and pepper notes jumping out of a dark malt and chocolate body. A part of me is a bit iffy on what to expect given I generally do not like chili powder in anything, especially stouts.

Roasted coffee with a bit of a pepper kick over chocolate. it's really interesting how the prices seem to be an experience separate from the beer. I could focus on the beer and I'd almost ignore them or I can focus on the spice/coffee and get that. It's a really unique duality of beer going on here.

Well carbonated and a big body yet for some reason it has something off on the mouth feel.

Really really great beer and fully deserving of the praise. Thankfully also a pretty easy beer to get now days.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/4/2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, molasses, chili pepper, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit/smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chili pepper, and coffee/vanilla/cocoa spice notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, molasses, chili pepper, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit/smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of pepper spice and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, molasses, chili pepper, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit/smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt chili pepper, and coffee/vanilla/cocoa spice flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, fairly sticky/chalky, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Very minimal heat from the actual peppers as well. Overall this is an incredible spiced imperial stout style. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chili pepper, and coffee/vanilla/cocoa spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly amazing offering as expected.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just started seeing this in wide distro in California and immediately grabbed a bottle. Wow. All I can say is wow. Pours jet black with an eighth inch of dark brown head. Nose is coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, fruit. A lot going on. Taste is that dark chocolate, roasted malts on the front. Finish is that big coffee punch in the face. There's something else on the finish that is probably the ancho chili. Feel is viscous. Booze is noticeable, but not in a bad way. Overall, an outstanding non-BBA imperial stout. Happy to see this all over SoCal right now.

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Photo of Mtg711
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark with a subtle head and faint coffee aromas. Coffee is the first flavor on the palette followed quickly by the pepper and chocolate. Flavors are not as understated and refined as Mexican Cake but definitely a close second if only by a whisker. Will drink again and again.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-Black with no light transference. An aggressive pour leads to a chocolate half centimeter head which quickly recedes to a thin ring and no lacing.
S-Coffee is the dominant aroma with some chocolate evident in the back end.
T-Coffee punches you in the face up front, but subsides and dark chocolate takes over in the middle. The chilies are obscured until the very end and provide a pleasant warming finish. I detect no vanilla or alcohol.
F-Thick and viscous as a good stout should be. Carbonation is light and appropriate for the style.
O-The coffee flavor was a little strong for me at first, but my palate adjusted and I found myself enjoying this beer. The Chile aspect is well done and is a nice level which adds, but does not dominate the flavor profile. My only complaint is that the Vanilla was obscured by the coffee, but again it's a minor quibble. I enjoyed this beer an although the price point is higher than I would like for a 12 oz. bottle, I'd happily drink it again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly enjoyed from a growler via Eightball brewing company in a snifter.

This FINE imperial pours a thick and rich black with dark brown highlights and a thin dissipating dark bronw head that settles to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of heavy dark chocolate, spicy roasted peppers, dark rich coffee, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors exceed the nose with dark fudge and espresso on the front and sides, a light vanilla note comes in on the back, and a rich roasted ancho spice livens up the overall heaviness of the stout. Slick, coating, chewy, and lightly carbonated----a stout drinkers imperial stout with a sweet complex finish of spice and sweet. Exceptional.


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Photo of silverblaze540
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Very dark and completely opaque. 1/8 inch head that dissipates quickly. Very thick with out much visible carbonation.

S - Woody, caramel, prunes, chocolate, coffee, smoky, plums, raisins and other dark fruits.

T - Alcohol and hop presence are both noticeable, but bitterness is restrained. Hops taste a bit sprucey. Malt flavor is caramel, prunes, roasted chocolate and coffee with a slight metallic hint.

M - Mouth coating with a fairly long finish of +30 seconds.

O - Awesome beer. Love the thick feel and rich flavors.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a tan head, smells like fruit, chocolate, coffee, and you can definitely smell the spice from the pepper. Taste of coffee, chocolate, pepper spice on the back end. Unique brew, would seek out again.

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Photo of danielwoodrum
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Coffee and pepper taste with a Hershey chocolate taste immediately following. This beer has a perfect balance of being a bit different, but delicious. Always a fan.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz pour into a snifter. Deep black, light head, quickly dissapears. Smells of chocolate, wood, tabasco, and coffee. Taste of dark fruits, dry roasted malts, and coffee. Touch of heat on the back end. Definately a solid brew. Don't think I woul'd pay $12 per 12 oz again. But still pretty good.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look - pours black into a glass. No head
Smell - fruity coffee
Taste - cocoa, coffee, fruit, nutty
Feel - coats mouth, thick, almost chewy. Thickest stout I've ever experienced.
Overall - great stout that really coats the mouth w a lot of flavor

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.04/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Really wanted to like this. Waited to pair this with food that met some of its ingredients. My sis in law made some ice cream sandwiches with chilles in the cookie figured this would pair well. It would have, but I didn’t expect the strength of the coffee. Anyways.. Appearance- looks good pitch black. Smell- again fine. Coffee coming out though. Taste- with all the other favors it boasts all that really showed up was the coffee. Disappointed. A little heat in the back end from the chilles. No vanilla beans or cocoa nibs like I was hoping. M- felt fine on the tongue and nice to drink. Alcohol taste was discreet. Overall- just maybe trade your other one if the opportunity arises. You don’t like coffee and have had other coffee tasting beers that tasted better than this one anyway. Nice to try it, but let me down.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 167/15. Pitch black pour. Normal head volume, poor retention and very poor lacing even though it's 13% ABV.

World class rich nose of dark chocolate, coffee and caramel with hints of vanilla. As it warms, vanilla comes much more forward.

Medium body with a smooth texture that approaches creamy. Normal carbonation with a slight bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile approaches world class. It is very intense, complex and not well balanced. The pepper aspect becomes overpowering on what otherwise would be a world class profile. It begins with a blend of coffee and chocolate that slowly allows a rich caramel base to emerge. The moderately bitter middle is comprised of coffee, roast and hops over a rising heat and vanilla. As the finish approaches a combined heat of pepper and alcohol dominates. The finish is dry. Alcohol and pepper heat lingers in the somewhat astringent finish.

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

Tried this one on draft at a local beer shop.

L- Poured dark as night, nearly no head to speak of, but left a ring of dark tan residual bubbles laced around the edge of the glass while drinking.

S- Dark chocolate coffee, with definite vanilla notes.

T- Intense coffee, very substantial cacao, a nice amount of vanilla. And sweet. But not too sweet. A slight hint of pepper to give it a little bit of a kick. Not overpowering at all, blends very well with the other flavors. Places this beer on a higher level in the taste department. I would not call it spicy. More like mild sauce, but I love spicy food and can drink tabasco sauce straight from the bottle. So take that for what you will.

F - Definitely not the most carbonated, but it's not intended to be. Some people knock this beer for being flat. Maybe it's just because I had the pleasure of trying it fresh on draft, but this beer definitely had some slight carbonation to it. Some have said no head at all, and It was very slight for me not really much to speak of, but the overall feel going down was smooth, soft, and warm. It was not flat. The peppers were a pleasant addition.

O - This is how I like my stouts. For those who don't like vanilla or chocolate. Stay away. If you can't handle the slightest bit of heat. It's not for you. If you don't like high gravity espresso beers, then stay away from beverages with chest hair. In fact, stay away from Imp Stouts in general.

If you like malty, coffee, chocolatey, vanilla, with a hint of pepper...
damn near perfect.

I'll be heading back to buy some bottles.
It's the BOMB! 'Nuff said.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*800th Beer Review*

$8.99 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Site says 14% ABV, but my batch is 13%. Looks like the bottle says this was bottled 2/16 -- having it 10/4.

Appearance: Pouring this straight out of the fridge down the middle into my glass, I expected something, but got nothing. Absolutely no head came up at all. At the very end there were a few bubbles that came up and ultimately left a ring around the glass though. The color is a predictable pitch black. It looks "whatever", but... whatever. (3.75/5)

Smell: My first thought is most definitely coffee beans: there is more coffee in the aroma of this beer than some of the self-proclaimed coffee beers out there. The cacao nibs added gives a mocha vibe to the overall smell too, with only a little bit of vanilla bean. I don't smell any chili peppers, but I didn't think I would over all of the coffee that's in this beer. The label says "...aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers", and I would say the potency of each ingredient is in that order. Despite the very high ABV, I don't smell any alcohol, amazingly enough. I get the feeling that it's a high ABV just because of the intensity of the aroma, but BOMB! certainly isn't a booze bomb. This is simply one of the best beers I've ever smelled. It's pretty much perfect. (5/5)

Taste/feel: Most definitely one of the most intense beers I've ever had. Coffee all the way through the sip on this one with the chocolate flavors underlying that. The finish is a very slight chili pepper burn on the tongue and in the back of the throat with a mellow vanilla flavor to contrast it. The slight chili pepper warmth may be mistaken as an alcohol heat by some, but the mild, lingering burn proves otherwise. Maybe I'm just becoming much too immune to the taste of alcohol, but I find that, even at 13%, the alcohol is subtle in the flavor of this beer. Obviously, I can feel it -- BOMB! dries up the tongue immediately after every sip, and my belly immediately feels warm. The feel of this beer is interesting in that I find it goes in thin, but becomes thicker on the tongue. The body could use a little bit of work to add a little "heft" just because I'm finding myself drinking this beer a little too fast for comfort, despite the mild after-burn at the end of each sip. (4.5/5, 4/5)

BOMB! is worth the hype without a doubt. I can see why some people may be turned off by it because of its huge presence of coffee, but I absolutely love it, especially with the accenting ingredients. What I find strange are those who think this beer is too spicy hot... I love spicy food, but I would still call the spice from BOMB! very mild, or mild at worst. BOMB! is a great, extremely rare example of a standard Imperial Stout (along with AleSmith's Speedway Stout) that I'm not so sure could actually be better when aged in a barrel. Other than the "blah" appearance and slightly disappointing mouthfeel (if I can even call the feel disappointing), BOMB! is one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had, and is one that is more than worth seeking out.


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

Pours a syrupy black, some creamy off light tan colored bubbles ring the snifter. Smells of chocolate syrup, vanilla. Taste matches, no real Chile pepper. Warming but no booze taste

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It didn't occur to me when I got home from the airport as to why my luggage had been rifled through, that is until I remembered that I had a couple bottles in there that they might have thought suspicious - BOMB!

Served @ 50deg in a snifter. Coffee dominates the nose. As the bottle has it, taste is a good balance of coffee and peppers with a slight chocolate and vanilla finish. My only complaint is that the mouth-feel is a little flat, but maybe that was from riding in my suitcase... Prost!

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Photo of MunsonRoyE
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried one several months ago and it was delicious... Had one tonight for Jason's 35th birthday, and it was amazing. I wasn't sure how it would be after it was aged, but now I know that this beer is delicious with a few months on it. It definitely deserves a rating of 99 or 100. Best beer of the night without a doubt.

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BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.