BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 508
Hads: 4,076
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 2.67%
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 emyers
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a very thin brown lacing, not much head at all.

Smell: All of the components are there - coffee hits the hardest up front, followed by vanilla, dark chocolate, and a little smokiness from the chiles. A lot of depth in the nose. There is a ton going on and it isn't quite as integrated as it could be, but still excellent.

Taste: A lot more chocolate-forward than the aroma, with quite a bit of vanilla as well and a very subtle chile flavor on the finish. Coffee is there but not nearly as prominent as the aroma. Reminiscent of a Mexican chocolate shake. Not much heat from the chiles up front but it does slowly build as you get through the glass. Vanilla really picks up as well which leads to a pretty sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied, viscous. Low carbonation. Very smooth - excellent.

Overall: Excellent beer. If the coffee was amped up a bit and they backed off the vanilla it could really be remarkable (although I am hugely fond of coffee, so that may impact my opinion). Not quite as well balanced as the best Mexican-chocolate style stouts out there i.e. Abraxas, but still a great example of the style. (1,206 characters)

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

Appearance: 10w30 with a tan head of foam and lots of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Coffee beans and cocoa with hints of vanilla.

Taste: Coffee, cocoa, chili peppers, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and rich. The finish is where the cocoa really stands out.

The Verdict: Infreakingcredible. One of the most balanced beers I've ever had. Just enough coffee bitterness, just enough cocoa bittersweet, just enough heat from the chili peppers, just enough vanilla bean flavor, just enough alcohol to make you grateful... just enough of a combination to create something beautiful. (576 characters)

Photo of beersnobraven
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I was a little bit surprised by this brew, although definitely not in a bad way. It was way more pepper-forward than I thought it would be. Now that definitely isn't a bad thing in my book, except when I cracked this bad boy open I was really in the mood for the chocolate bomb that I thought it would be. Still delicious though! (329 characters)

Photo of Spiff
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is beautiful dark tan, like a peaty Scottish river. Head is thin. Smell tells spiff "I have coffee in me" - but taste is sweet and deep with just a hint of coffee ground bite to start. Feel is rich and creamy. Burnt carmel malt right away with a side of the tongue punch that fades to mellowness and no bitter peppery-ness after. A good sipper. Spiff is pleased. (371 characters)

Photo of hardysf
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark black with light Brown head that quickly fades. Smells like rich coffee and chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Taste is of coffee and chocolate. Maybe a hint of a dark fruit. No taste of alcohol which is surprising. The pepper is extremely balanced, which imparts no pepper spiciness, but leaves some tingling on the tongue and the back of the throat. The feel is extremely wonderful. Thin to drink but sticks in the mouth. Sticky finish. Want to keep on drinking. Warms the body. Wish I could buy on the shelf in Michigan. (539 characters)

Photo of joberlander
4.86/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

pitch black with very dark mocha colored head that disappears almost instantly. Tons of aroma flavors coming through. Coffee, dark chocolate, hint of smoke, slight sweetness coming through. The coffee and chocolate come through in the front of the mouth, and a slight heat comes through on the back end. The mouth feel is a little lighter than I expected, on the lighter side of full. Overall, one of the best imperial stouts I've had. So much going on and it's nice to drink a top tier stout that isn't BBA. (514 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a dark brown. It has sumptuous brown hues. Thick and pours out slow like oil. A creamy head of chocolate colored foam reminds me of a milkshake. This beer will show you lace and legs. Nose is sweet chocolate caramel and cream. Earthy coffee and the bright presence of the pepper. No vanilla. The pepper seemed to fade into the beer as the malts took over. Caramel a bit nutty and a light airy chocolate. The taste is silken and long. That caramel is luscious alright and lasts on the palate. There's barley and a grainy roast that does not touch burnt so it's creamy. There is a cocoa powder so light so provocative that it actually feels like a dusting of cocoa powder on the back of the throat. it is delicate and that is a pleasant paradox. The pepper is earthy and shows you everything gently but no real heat. There is a touch of cream to this flavor that lets you see the depth of that roast but only askance as it finishes full, slightly chewy . The pepper finally flares up just a little in the aftertaste and the beer ends smooth, dry and beyond chocolatey.

As far as my taste score goes , the pepper was a brief moment on the nose and hard to find in the beer. That made it a pleasant stout for sure. The abv was impressive the mouthfeel exquisite. The flavor of the pepper was absent on the palate as well as heat from pepper was absent in the finish. No vanilla at all. (1,398 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split a 12 oz bottle between two snifters.

Color is black with a thin tan head. The aroma is coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. Really nice. Flavor is delicious - a great balance of coffee and dark fruit with just enough hop bitterness to balance it out. Overall, a fantastic stout. One of my favorites. (310 characters)

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

I love the nose on this one. Love it. Wads of coffee, cocoa, and chocolate. Flavor brings much of the same. Though the coffee is more tangy than I usually like and prefer. No matter though. It's an awesome beer. (211 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that died down, but never completely faded away, leaving a large thick web of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate strong aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose along with notes of the chili peppers and hints of cocoa nibs. Faint amounts of vanilla beans also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off with strong flavors of coffee beans but as it warms up the ancho chilies begin to creep in and provide a spicy balance to the underlying cocoa nibs.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might be a bomb with the mélange of ingredients, but it tastes nothing like something that is 14% abv because it hides its alcohol exceptionally well. If you let it warm up, there becomes a good balance between all of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle (1,028 characters)

Photo of Mattygross44
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You get the smell of the chili peppers right off the bat this beer gets better as it warms really nice sharp bite at the start followed by a coffee smooth taste that follows for me. Glad i picked up 4 bottles (208 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This made a cross country trip with me from San Diego (Bottlecraft) to Western PA. Poured into the snifter. Absolutely pitch and devoid of light, with the thinnest ring of khaki head. Definite alcohol legs on this baby. Aromas of chocolate (and such deep, rich, REAL chocolate), very subtle vanilla, some alcohol sweetness that reminds me of Kahlua, dark roast coffee all at a very cold 40 degrees from the fridge. More vanilla working around as the glass warms. The flavors on this were immense. TONS of chocolate and coffee crashing like waves over my palate. Again subtle vanilla, and after a few sips I began to notice a slight warmth from the chiles. Vanilla and chiles (which can be overpowering flavors) were used with a very restrained hand. Big coating mouthfeel. One sip remained on my palate for what seemed like an eternity. Warmed up my chest after a few sips. This beer is an absolute monster, and the best stout that I have tried... possibly the best beer/beer experience I have tried. This bomb blew the hype out of the water, and stood tall. If you can find it, try it. (1,087 characters)

Photo of travolta
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black, with a sticky, frothy coca-cola head.

Nose: Cocoa and vanilla, iced coffee, Mexican hot chocolate, caramel notes at the end.

Taste: Perfect balance of sweet/crispy, and dry. Chocolate with cinnamon and vanilla. A touch of coffee acidity in the middle which opens to some very faint hotness. Some hot spiced rum comes in from the middle and stays until the end.

Notes: Had this at the Shakespeare festival with Nina as a birthday present in Orinda. We are tasting it now in our chicken coop in Arcata. Probably on the top 3 list of best beers I've ever had. (587 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle split between 2 wine glasses at a rental home in San Francisco. 0765 WV1 07:14 06715 on the bottle. Purchased at a random Bevmo somewhere.

Pours black with a small brown head. Pretty still. Smell is rich chocolate and coffee, something sweet and syrupy, more coffee, and maybe molasses.

Taste is sweet, rich, boozy, chocolate, coffee, cherry syrup, roasty bitterness, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is silky. Overall, very good. (447 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Prairie Artisan Ales "BOMB!"
on tap at The Distillery, Savannah, GA on 21 December 2014
12 oz. for $9

Listed at 11.5% abv, this Imperial stout is aged on cocoa nibs, ancho chili, vanilla beans, and coffee. The chili is clearly present in the nose, but not so much in the flavor, and the other ingredients are fairly mild, but surprisingly they all make an appearance at one point or another. The only drawback to this beer is that it doesn't quite live up to the rich maltiness that you might expect of an Imperial stout, although if it had I doubt the 'spicing' would have worked as well. Impressive, and certainly worth seeking out! (635 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

had past incarnations that I wasn't impressed with, but this years version is a standout-- has the usual bitter-chocolate flavors, vanilla, etc... but the chili's are a real standout in the nose and taste--- a little thin but nice heat and serious green-chili flavor,... very unique! (283 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look and lacing is just as I like it for an imperial stout--blackness in most of middle, and a solid light brown head circling. Aroma presents vanilla immediately. Chili is perfect. I actually don't like the habaneroed beers (Cake, Sculpin), so I was concerned about how prominent the bite might be. Turned out to be just right. As with most imperial stouts, this really enhanced itself with warming. My only drawback was that the body was not as robust as I expected for a 13%er. But it's unquestionably a stand-out. For non-BA imperial stouts, I'd still take an Expedition over this, but this was very good. (609 characters)

Photo of khmel
3.84/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really smooth, big body, slippery and warming mouthfeel. The flavors are complex, with the chili noticeable but not over done. The only thing that brings this beer down is the nose. It smells like chili and something undefinable rather than of the nice malt and coffee notes present in the flavor. Worth trying, but there are better Russian imperials out there. (361 characters)

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

Pours super dark, no noticeable head. Smells sweet chocolate with an aroma of peppers. Taste is awesome. Starts sweet almost milk chocolate then vanilla and coffee bitterness. Sweetness fades to some chili pepper heat. Super silky on tongue with a tingle from the peppers. (273 characters)

Photo of mobrado
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasty, no doubt, but for a highly-rated, flavored, non-spirit-barrel-aged stout (how's that for a narrow category?), I find it a good step below Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti or Péché Mortel. And it's more expensive than either. (Still really want to try Pirate Bomb.) (264 characters)

Photo of vince321
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really solid effort by Praire And is a go to for what an imperial stout should be. Nice sweetness with Vanilla up front. Not a chocolate bumb, but it's in there. Not picking up much chilies, so I have to dock it a 1/2. (221 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.65/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Consumed on June 20th, 2015 from a bottle, poured into a tulip/goblet hybrid glass.

Beer pours very dark and no light passes through it when held up to same. Virtually no head, just a minuscule little dark tan crown around the edges of the glass.

Aroma is bold and simple: cocoa, coffee, vanilla and chile.

Flavor is the same as the smell: coffee, mild chile, some vanilla and bitterness. Just not very tasty to this palate; the peppers ruin it.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth but slightly coating and lacking in carbonation. Some alcohol heat.

Overall, I fail to see what all the excitement is about. Will not be drinking this one again. (647 characters)

Photo of UGA45211
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pick up the ancho chili right off of the smell. Strong coffee notes, the ancho chili comes through nicely in the after taste, not to much, but not to weak . Very impressive. Worth the $6.50 single price (203 characters)

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was amazing. You get the pepper smell right away and the cocoa. But the taste is smooth, chocolaty, sweet not boozy at all for a high ABV beer. Buy this if you can! (177 characters)

Photo of RickS95
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful thick, black pour. All black, light stands no chance against this, even around the edges. The head slowly forms from the bottom up. Maybe a finger thick and light brown in color. Retains fairly well given the ABV, resulting in a thin, spotty lace.

Nothing but dark roasty things went into this beer. Roasted grains, coffee and chocolate all fill the nose. You have to dig to get to the peppers, but you'll notice them.

The taste kills. It's flawless. Coffee with hints of chocolate. The rest of the stuff is totally superfluous as these two ingredients are all that's needed. Bittersweet chocolate in the finish and barely a note of the alcohol.

Again, this is flawless. It's ultra creamy and smooth from the get go. Slightly sweet up front, with evolving bitterness and warmth in the finish. Full bodied and borderline dry finish.

This is an exceptional beer. For 13% ABV, it's a bit too easy to drink. You don't have to sip it, but you should. Basically impossible to improve upon. (1,018 characters)

BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.