BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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3,899 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,899
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 926
Gots: 1,509 | FT: 208
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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 Jayroda82
4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really enjoyed this. Coffee start...vanilla finish. Smooth throughout. Wish i found more !

Photo of Sparty1224
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on 4/21/15, making this about 6 weeks old.

A: Pours a pitch black color, almost no head with a vigorous pour. Has a medium body in the glass, very calm.

S: Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, hazelnut, cocoa. Very nice balance of all these aromas, not one overpowering.

T: Lots of spice, chocolate and vanilla up front. Finishes with lots of cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, espresso, and even more spice.

M: Medium mouthfeel, decent carbonation. 13% is hidden extremely well, as there's no boozyness to this at all. Spice level is mild-to-moderate. There's just enough to notice it and warm the beer up a bit.

O: After hunting this beer for quite some time now, it's finally nice to get a hold of a bottle. I've had Christmas Bomb! before this one, so I had some idea of what to expect. This one is really good, but I somewhat prefer the extra spice and flavor of Christmas Bomb! to this one. There's a lot going on here and there's a lot of depth, but it just feels like one or two things are missing. Maybe barrel-aging or a bit of a stronger presence from the coffee. Not sure. As far as the style, it's certainly up there for me, maybe #1 thus far, but I've yet to try Abraxas or Hunahpu.

Recommendation: Definitely worth seeking out or trading for. I just wouldn't give up an arm or a leg for it.

Photo of mlockman
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong coffee followed by dark chocolate on the nose, which are mirrored on the palate. Phenomenal beer, one of the best in it's class; just wish it wasn't so pricey on tap at the bar where I sampled it!

Photo of ryaneasterling
4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Believe it or not, Oklahoma has a unique and rich underground beer tradition. Research the history of "Choc" brewery in Krebs, OK and you will understand. With Bomb! Prairie Artisan Ales seek to further a necessarily rebellious legacy. Bomb! is a world class Stout. Oklahoma IS and should be proud of this intricate masterpiece. This is Christmas eve with the Indians beer. Heavy stuff.

Photo of lefty418
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was gifted this beer by a friend. initially I wasn't sure if I was going to like it because it has chili peppers in it and I don't like spicy beer. When I opened it up it smelled amazing. It poured so lovely in color I started to get excited. Then I tasted it....all I can say is WOW. chocolate, coffee, vanilla... All the things I love in a beer! I don't really taste any of the chili pepper but I'm okay with it. This is an absolutely amazing beer!

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

Nice body and color. Nice chocolate aroma and taste. Not too heavy.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on April 21, 2015 printed in Julian code on the bottleneck. Finally I have acquired a bottle of Prairie Bomb!, 'Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers'. per the label.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - it pours a dark inky black with hardly any conjuration of head at all. Some dark mocha skims the glass and leaves lots of good sticky lacing when given a nice swirl.

S - A luscious aroma greets the senses. This thing is literally bursting with gooey chocolatey goodness and authentic freshly grinded coffee beans. Smells sticky, gooey, & creamy. Smells absolutely delicious.

T - Taste follows the nose: very smooth & creamy. Lots of gooey chocolate / cacao nib goodness steals the show for me. Very authentic freshly brewed coffee flavor. The vanilla beans are present, but are mostly lost to the other flavors. The chili peppers lend only a very subtle heat on the finish. Roasty, with mild notes of char, and a mild metallic note that is just a bit off-putting for me. Very complex stuff.

M - The mouthfeel is extremely smooth & creamy, especially at 13.00% abv. Medium-full bodied with low lying carb. Still, very easy-drinking stuff considering the high abv.

Overall, an excellent stout from Prairie Artisan Ales, it's no wonder this beer is so highly acclaimed. Would definitely be interested in seeing how other variants of this one fare.

Prairie Bomb! -----4.5/5

Photo of hopalongside
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The gold standard. At least among the beers I can get my hands on here in DFW.

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

The coffee and chocolate are the strong players in the nose and they just hit you you hard. It is a fantastic nose and gets better as it warms. The body has delicious chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes blending together in a great way. The chili finish is very subtle. I would have wanted more but then I would just have Mexican Cake instead. Fantastic stout!

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The wonderful smell of chili's is almost deceiving as it is not the leading flavor in this amazing stout. This beer meets, and exceeds, all expectations. A must try for any beer lovers. What an excellent, flavorful brew!

Photo of GSieb
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I would rather have this than a cup of coffee every morning! It definitely has a richer coffee flavor than your average cup of joe. Very rich and strong. Definitely one to drink on a clean palate.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a massive and sensational beer

Photo of phillipp57
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything you would hope for, but I couldn't drink more than one. Really, really rich.

Photo of witschen
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent and definitely comperable to KBS. KBS takes a slight edge bc the flavors are better melded. This comes
Off slightly too sweet without food. I didn't get spice from the pepper at all.

Photo of Celtics17
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This Imperial Stout improved as it warmed. Bigger chocolate flavors came through. My favorite beer in terms of being solid all the way through with new flavors coming and going.

Photo of akrz47
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste it the first time -- too strong, too hot, lots of alcohol, not balanced. Taste it the second time -- wait a second...that is realllllly good! Taste is another time, you're addicted. Good luck :P

Photo of turbotype
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of 2 "5" ratings I have ever given. Yes ladies and gentlemen, it is really that good.

Photo of treeslothguy
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never thought founders breakfast stout could be beat...wrong.

Photo of TruePerception
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Prairie Artisan Ale's Bomb!, imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers. 13% ABV.

A: Less than half a finger of slightly lopsided, brown head. Decent lacing and sheeting; both hold quite well. Black in the glass; very dark brown in the dimple. Very slight inkiness.

S: Up front, smells like a soft, yet very deep, coffee. Very fresh beans. Some definite dry cocoa nibs. Subtle vanilla. Slight chili pepper edge. Very faint char note. The scents are well controlled, so you have to really look for things other than what's actually added. I think of this as a plus, but others might disagree.

T/MF: Really smooth on the palate. Definite waxy sweetness from the peppers. Bittersweet chocolate and sweet coffee. Not overpoweringly sweet, but the flavors are all of a sweet leaning. Subtle piquancy around the edges. Actually, quite a bit like drinking a less sweet Mexican/Mayan/Aztec hot chocolate. Bitter notes of the chocolate and coffee "bloom" as you swallow. Fairly long finish. Very nice!

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap, and to be fair I had about 5-6 Bourbon County Coffee and/or Vanilla Rye prior to tasting this. I liked it, but expected more of a 100/100 rated beer, BUT I know I was drinking all-timers prior and will give Bomb! another chance.

**Second chance from 12oz bottle poured into snifter.
This really is phenomenal. Had this as my first beer of the evening with nothing else to change my palate. Lots of chocolate, dark chocolate, tastes. I understand the 100/100 rating now.

Photo of bencren
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Unbelievable coffee/vanilla flavor, creamy, caramel.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with virtually no head. Lacing is minimal. Strong black licorice aroma. There was some dark chocolate in there as well. There is a strong degree of booziness to the aroma. Roasted malty taste with some chocolate and black licorice. Very boozy at the end with the licorice. Somewhat of a chili aftertaste. Full bodied. Low carbonation. I will say that it was good, but it wasn't what I expected based on the reviews on here.

Photo of Premo88
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into small snifter

L: black, almost no head, just a thin skin of tan foam, no lacing or sticking; keeping a decent collar

S: chocolate, chocolate milk shake ... mocha java shake/frappachino (chocolate espresso) ... very sweet with lots of vanilla, too ... hints of alcohol (rum, wine, vodka)

T: chocolate bomb ... loads of sweet chocolate, vanilla ... mocha java shake/frappachino again ... following the nose almost 1-to-1 with just a hint of chili heat on the lips (no chili in the taste); alcohol might be showing up in the flavor, but only slightly

F: fantastic ... midweight with plenty of carbonation, not overly thick or slick

O: awesome stout for the chocolate lover ... it doesn't have raw coffee/espresso flavor, but it *does* taste a lot like a sweet frozen espresso drink with lots of chocolate and/or vanilla in it. the alcohol does show up in the nose and flavor, but it's relatively tame. this bottle is probably aged 3-4 months, perhaps as much as 6 months (born-on date is rubbed off), and it drinks very nicely.

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is fantastic!

A deep, deep brown almoust black beer with a three finger high, beigebrown head that dissapears fast and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Nose: Wow! This IS a bomb... Coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, anchor chili, brown sugar, molasses and Turkish Pepper.
Taste: Sweet roasted malt, espresso, brown sugar, vanilla bean, chili, cocoa, dark fruit, oak, licorice... this is a complex taste!
Body: Full body with a complex texture. Light carbonation. A nice "sting" from the chili (but not too much - As we say in Sweden: "Lagom") - This is a beatiful, complex, tasty, big beer and still easy drinkable!

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little more pepper than I usually prefer...but. it's a pretty solid stout

BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
100 out of 100 based on 3,899 ratings.