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BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 546
Hads: 4,262
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 7.78%
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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 Beervana
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black, a nice tan head. Almost all of the adjuncts used can be picked up in the nose; milk chocolate, a caramel/vanilla sweetness, and a touch of spice. Taste is much the same but a roasty bitter black coffee note comes through too. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a 14% stout. All in all, one of my favourite non-barrel-aged adjunct-laden stouts. (356 characters)

Photo of Spiffaz
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drink this beer!

A - Blacker than your morning joe. Deep, deep dark brown with a nice, medium head that leaves virtually no lace. Head fades fast.

S - The coffee and alcohol hit you right as you open the bottle. Chocolate is definitely there and easy to smell, but comparatively much harder to pick up. Something slightly funky is there, but I think it's just the combination of the chili and the vanilla. If you inhale deep you get the burn of the chili.

T - BOOM. The first sip is unexpected. It punches you. Smooth, lush, and that lingering note of iced mocha and alcohol. The balance on this beer is great, especially when you consider it's 13% ABV. It tastes just like you'd expect a dark, chocolatey beer to taste. The malt...it makes me so happy.

M - Another reviewer correctly pointed out that the chili comes out more strongly if you swish this around a bit before swallowing. This beer really has the mouth feel of a nice cup of dark roast, heavy but not cloying.

O - Prairie Artisan Ales has a very solid coffee stout here. The addition of the chocolate, vanilla, and chili somehow all works out very well.

Note - Don't drink this beer too cold; you'll miss all the fun.

YAY Beer! (1,202 characters)

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

Pours out pitch black, half inch light brown head, no lace.

The smell is intense! Chocolate, fresh iced coffee, vanilla... yum.

The slightly warmed taste starts with spicy chocolate with chili peppers (which wasn't in the smell). Coffee and sweet malt follow. Vanilla, booze and chili finish it. Thick and delicious.

I would never turn this beer down... ever! So much going on, hope to find a few more. (405 characters)

Photo of Halfbrother83
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A: Jet black with a finger of dark, milk-chocolate head that leaves nice legs around the tip of the glass.

S: Tons of coffee, some dark chocolate, and spicy pepper that tingles the nose.

T: A roasted espresso bomb, some dark bakers chocolate, roasty malts. The peppers are sort of hidden, but show up and linger in the finish if you hold it in your mouth for a bit before swallowing... definitely interesting.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Not sticky or chewy in anyway.

O: Kinda hoped for more spice, but overall, this is a super solid example of a coffee stout, and I love the small bottling format. A bomber would be too much. (678 characters)

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

Nearly close to perfect. Beautiful balance of chili peppers, cinnamon and chocolate. Sweet malty goodness. This is one damn good chili beer and one of my favorites. Only flaw if any, wish it was a tad more viscous. Very light mouthful with absolutely no alcohol present. Simply awesome!! (287 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours motor oil black with a generous 2-3 finger dark mocha chocolate head with lasting retention. Absolutely no lacing,

S: Lots of espresso and dark chocolate with a hint of peppery spice,

T: Again lots of roasted espresso and bitter dark chocolate. Some hints of pepper spice but not as pronounced as I had hoped.

M: Very thick almost a suruyp consistency. Fairly well carbonated for ABV and style.

O: Excellent coffe stout, I wish the spices where more prominent but otherwise a very nice brew. (545 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of this from Doodler in a recent box. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Gold wax
Coffee, cacao, vanilla beans and chili peppers.
Nordaggios coffee

APPEARANCE: Muddy black pour yields a three finger, foamy, medium tan head with very good retention. Jet black body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Slowly fades to a full foam cap, then a wisp and ring. A simple ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: All the adjuncts are there. Chilies are first, with coffee, vanilla and cacao nibs, showing up in that order. Light roast, sweet cream and milk chocolate notes. Everything is really balanced in the nose. Can't get much better than this really. Bold and wonderful.

TASTE: Really flavorful with vanilla, chocolate and light roasted notes up front. Creamy chocolate and coffee through the middle into a big and lingering finish of bitter chocolate and coffee, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet cream and some spicy chilies. Chilies are well measured and give a little bite and heat in the aftertaste, but aren't overpowering. Lots of adjuncts but they're all well there and well balanced. Perhaps a touch too much heat lingers, but just great.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a chili scratch at the swallow, finishing slightly mouth-coating. A chili bite and some heat lingers, but still really good.

OVERALL: This is excellent. Could be a touch thicker and a have a touch less carbonation for top marks, I'm really getting nit picky here. Fantastic, and there's no way this is actually 14% ABV either. Easily equal to Mexican Cake, and a tick below Huna. World class in any respect. Thanks again Doodler. Highly recommended. (1,751 characters)

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

Poured into an Ikea snifter. The liquid is oil-black, and viscous. It's kind of shocking to see that the bottle is actually brown when there's no more beer in it. The pour kicks up a decent-sized head that's dark mahogany, and almost even purple. The pour also attaches lots of coke-like bubbles to the side of the glass, so it's actually hard to see the liquid for the first minute or so. After a few minutes, most of the bubbles have died down, and what's left is a foreboding black liquid with a ring of bubbles around the glass and a tiny film on top. It would be nice with better retention, but at 13% ABV, I can hardly complain.

Aroma is great! Coffee is the first thing I get, followed by dark chocolate and a sneaky capsaicin-spiciness. Hints of dark fruit, plums, cinnamon. Really nice aroma - smells like wonderful spicy coffee.

Flavor follows the nose - chocolate, smoky ancho peppers, coffee, cinnamon. The coffee isn't super roasty - more of a dark fruitiness. The fruitiness seems to give it a kind of lactic tartness, making it taste super creamy. The capsaicin is perfectly integrated - not overpowering, but nicely noticeable, and adding a nice smokiness to the overall flavor profile. Finish is slightly dry with some lingering heat on the palate. Aftertaste is creamy chocolate and peppers. No hop character to speak of. Great dessert beer. Amazingly drinkable for such a high ABV.

Mouthfeel is really well done - thick, chewy, creamy body with minimal carbonation. The capsaicin cuts through it well, making it seem like there's more carbonation than there is, giving it a nice edge.

Overall, very well-made stout. It's complex, balanced, and delicious. If anything, I wish it had a bit more coffee character, but it's great as it is. (1,758 characters)

Photo of RollBounce
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark color that reminds me of Pedro Ximenez sherry, head was a wonderful color that dedicated quickly, smells of chocolate, spicy, and grape pies, mouthfeel is not as thick as the color makes it out to be but its thick, cold brew coffee and spicy finish.

Overall; This beer is complex and strong. Need only a few sips. (328 characters)

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Acquired 1 bottle in a trade via a facebook group. I also got a bottle of Bible Belt in the same trade, I drank the BB first. I found the BB to be much spicier than this beer, which was liquid perfection to me. It pours black as night with a nice head that doesn't stick around too long. Smells of vanilla, cocoa and oatmeal with very light chile. The taste follows the same, the chile hits a little at the end, but it is much subtler here than in the Bible Belt. I loved this beer and I can't wait to get more. The spice of the chiles is in perfect balance with every other flavor of the beer. (594 characters)

Photo of trippytbta
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into snifter

A: poured black with very small brown head which quickly dissipated into a halo

S: chocolate. The cocoa and vanilla I think give it a milk chocolate aroma. A little tobacco or smokey smell as well

T: big cocoa taste. Def let the beer warm up. Once the beer is warm you will really taste the complex and balanced flavors. Starts with cocoa, smokey tobacco, midway ender is the chili peppers. Great balance of flavors

M: lighter than I expected. A little carbonated but has some bite with the peppers. Great pepper feel on the end

Overall: great brew. Used the ingredients spectacularly. Try it. Peppers are not overwhelming. (655 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a frothy, small bubbled, foamy, light tan head that quickly settles out into a halo. Strings of carbonation bubbling throughout the body. Aromas of rich roasted coffee, butter cocoa nibs, subtle pepper spice, smoke and tobacco highlights, woody highlights, and hints of molasses. The smoke and tobacco build the more you dig in. Flavors are coffee and chocolate forward, like a mocha fist to your taste buds. Wow...perfectly balanced and flavorful. The pepper notes are very subtle, but you begin to notice a building warmth in the backbone of this brew. Woody and vanilla notes flit in and out to accent, but never draw attention away from the beer as a whole. The body is smooth and big, yet light, as well, thanks to the carbonation. A coffee heavy aftertaste, with an overall roasted feel. The finish is slick, smooth, and light, with a subtle warmth and bitter linger. This is a great beer. Big characteristics all around, but amazingly drinkable! (1,017 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

Thanks to Narthax for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours an opaque jet black with 1 fingers width of dense, dark mocha colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate.

S: Big coffee upfront paired with an equally big peppery heat are the first aromas I get. This is followed by roasted malt, subtle vanilla, and a burnt plastic-like aroma. I dont get much cocoa/chocolate at all, and probably wouldnt have even noticed it if it wasnt listed on the bottle.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee are the first flavors I get. Cocoa is more prevalent in the taste than in the aroma. Chili peppers are noticeable but pretty subtle. Not nearly as much heat as a few other pepper stouts Ive had. Good but pretty one dimensional is that its so roasted flavors forward, and IMO it would benefit from a bigger pepper kick.

M/D: Full body but not thick, pretty smooth, drinkability is good, ABV is very well masked.

O: Very good, but I expected more. There are other chili stouts I prefer to this one like Huna, Mexican Cake and Lucador to name a few. Certainly worth a try though. (1,140 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black. The 1/2 inch brown head settles to a thin film and ring on top that leaves thick strands of lace.

The smell dominated by spent coffee grounds with dark chocolate and a hint of chili pepper heat.

The taste is of bitter black coffee, faint dark chocolate and spicy chili pepper accents.

The texture is heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

Coffee dominates the aroma and flavor yet, the other ingredients blend into the mixture nicely. The 13% ABV is nearly undetectable. Personally, I am getting no vanilla in the smell or taste. No matter, this is an impressive imperial stout. (605 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Love the cap, my all time favorite now, a catfish.

Appearance: I think this is the best part of the beer, it has a world class appearance, pitch black, no light, nice creamy tan head, a lot of lacing that I have never seen in an imperial stouts.

Smell: Big coffee, a little roasted pepper smell on the end, a little bit of chocolate, but the coffee is the most prevalent aroma.

Taste: Coffee, a little roasted pepper, not getting any chocolate on the taste, some bitterness at the back end, a lot of heat like taking a shot. I think its a combination of the alcohol 13% and the roasted peppers, getting a big dry bitter coffee flavor, it's almost as if I am eating coffee grounds, really close with the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy, dry mouthfeel that lingers.

Overall: I am not sure what to think about this beer, too much going on for me, roasted coffee, peppers, bitterness, heat, complex but I am not sure if this is a good thing. I love stouts and porters with peppers, but I think the flavors in this beer don't mix well, leaves a dry coffee bitterness that lingers on the palate. I was expecting more especially for the price, $9.99 for a 12 ounce bottle. (1,231 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with a mocha head.

S: Dark chocolate, some tangy/spicy chilly, cinnamon, coffee in the nose.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and chilly flavors. Delicious.

M: Thick, full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Really really tasty. Definitely recommended. (267 characters)

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is amazing. My first bomb right after a Bible Belt and this blows it away. The flavors are similar but this is so much more balanced and subtle. Nice vanilla coffee cacao and a hint of chili combine nearly perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward to opening my other bottles. (293 characters)

Photo of jdprmd
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served at 65 degrees in oversized snifter

This is a good beer. 2 fingers of dark kaki head, black as night. Smell is predominantly coffee and cocoa nibs with a subtle spice diced peppers smell. Taste gets a bit more complex with amplified notes of what you smell… No vanilla at all for me, kinda disappointing there. Feels great on the tongue like any good RIS. As I said at the beginning this is a good beer… this is not a great beer. Abraxas is a vastly superior mexican style imperial stout. Maybe this just needs age… will re review in a year or so. (560 characters)

Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque warm black with a thin head the color of chocolate milk. Smells of cocoa, coffee and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. The taste is of bitter dark chocolate with nice roasted flavors. The chile
is prominent on the tail end, but it is a welcome break from the intense bitter and earthy flavors of the cocoa nibs and coffee. This beer is incredibly well balanced. It drinks remarkably well for that high of an abv. Cheers on this right here! (492 characters)

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

Bought a single 12 oz bottle from Gabriels Beer Warehouse in San Antonio while on travel.
Appearance is that of your typical top flight stout. Smell is heavy on the coffee and a little chocolate. Taste is very solid, but like the smell it was just a little too heavy on the coffee and hop finish. I really liked the subtle hint of chile but its very slight so its added very well. Biggest highlight to me is how this 13% beer is so light and not boozy at all. Feels like an 8% Stout. Overall I highly recommend a sampling but I can't quite put it into that top tier with a small handful of others that I liked better. (617 characters)

Photo of toppoop
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out like old engine oil with a dark brown head which clears quick. Bit of carb noted. Looks like its sprinkling on top of the beer. Smell is of rich dark chocolate and dark coffee. Smells like a big stout. Raisins and molasses come through as well. Taste is out of this world. Dark chocolate and burnt coffee throughout with the slightest touch of heat at the finish. Mouthfeel is about perfect for me too. Coats the mouth well, tingles the palate and the heat at the end ties everything together. Overall one of my favorite new beers. Gotta have this if you love stouts. (578 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Hoppy Monk in El Paso. Served in a 10 ounce snifter.

Beautiful in the snifter with a dark khaki-colored head that quickly settles over the pitch black body.

Fresh dark roast coffee and some sweet malt are prominent on the nose. Not detecting much but I just drove 4 hours from Albuquerque.

Still lots of dark roast coffee on the tongue, but also a slight bite of chile, some vanilla, dark chocolate, and a finish that consists of bitter hops, dark chocolate and the pique from the chile lingering for a long dry finish.

The alcohol is all but buried, the beer is viscous, creamy, hopped up and spicy. Certainly a lot going on. Great, interesting and unique beer. Those are my types. (703 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.89/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased for $8.99, pretty damn pricy for a non-barrel aged stout. I am always suspicious of these high priced beers from new breweries even if people are hyping them to hell and back. Suspicions confirmed. This was a good beer it was just grossly overpriced, $5 would be much more appropriate. Dark solid black, coffee colored head, looks pretty rich. Aroma was a touch of chocolate and thick imperial stout. Flavor had notes of chocolate but I didn't really pick up much coffee or peppers. This was good but I think Bible Belt was better and it certainly wasn;t worth the price tag. (597 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with an off white head. Thick oily goodness.
Smells of vanilla, coconut, chocolate powder, and roasted malt. Inviting aroma to say the least. It's readily apparent in the nose that this is a great beer.
In the taste, hazlenut, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, mild spice, wood, char, toast, molasses, and a fair hop bitterness. A little alcohol comes through. Full bodied, smooth drinkable brew. This is delicious. Not much else needs to be said. Overall this is a big beer that is awesome. (506 characters)

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

Gold Wax bottle... many thanks to Sid at Best Damn Beer in SD.

Had heard good things, but wasn't prepared. This beer beats the hype.

Poured into my Evo snifter. Came out a full black pour with a generous creamy head. 13%? No way would I think if would be such a full whipped cream like top. Dissipated fairly fast, but left some solid creamy edges and lace as the glass emptied. Looked all of a very well made beer.
Nose was very good. Rich roasted coffee, some chocolate, some vegetable like notes. Hinted something rich and complex. But the taste? No hinting here...Taste was just jaw dropping! OMG... Bomb is the perfect name. .a chocolate bomb...waves of vanilla...bright hits of peppers ( best pepper inclusion I've had since Hunahpu)...then chocolate again. May be best chocolate beer I've ever tasted. Then it got decadent. Pure silk mouth feel. The malts were so full and balanced. You know the alcohol is big....but like an XO. So smooth...no burn. An amazing sipper.
Unsure, but understand "gold" wax is older batch. Can't compare, but this beer probably went from great to outstanding from some aging. If I get another bottle...it's going right to the cellar.
And I just love it's a 12oz'er (1,204 characters)

BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.