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BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 577
Hads: 4,394
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 947
Gots: 1,806 | FT: 243
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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: 577 | Hads: 4,394
Photo of brewskifan55
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku glass.

A: Dark black with a hint of garnet around the rim. More foam than head, that dissipated quickly. Light lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee notes, chili peppers, vanilla.

T: Now I see why they call this a BOMB! Cacao nibs slide in with coffee and vanilla right behind them. Light peppering gets your attention but doesn't offend. Coffee isn't overpowering. The 14% beings its onslaught quickly. Semi sweet. Sip slowly and be awed. So well balanced. So commanding.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Rich. Robust.

O: At $9.50 for a 12 ounce, this was worth every penny. Wish I could afford more. This is a wallop of a beer to share with a good friend or spouse. Celebrate. Get BOMB-ed!

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

Tap poured into pint glass at The Beer belly

Black, dark brown in appearance

Aroma of sweet roasted coffee

Taste of sweet roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate

Syrupy, motor oil , no sudsing , almost viscous

Great coffee flavor , excellent beer

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Photo of drpimento
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent; super smooth. Don’t really pick up the peppers except maybe at the end of the finish. Some booze in there. Supremely balanced. Not so much a bomb as a velvet hammer.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really coats the glass. Even a decent amount of the carbonation bubbles slowly crawl back down towards the liquid after swirling. Interesting.

I get mostly green/red pepper on the nose. Didn't smell bad, but made me anticipate a lot of pepper on the tongue.

The taste really blew me away, and was almost nothing like the nose. The regular decent stout flavor quickly fades into the vanilla. Lots and lots of delicious vanilla. No alcohol on the finish. I also expected some spiciness because of the chiles, but there was none.

Overall, one of the 10 best beers I've ever had. I'll buy more next year.

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

Prairie Bomb! Pint Room Carmel, IN Blew the Keg in to a snifter

Look - After it settled creamy tan head around a finger. Never settled to nothing. Fine bubbles. Dark brown body. Blotchy lacing.

Smell - Coffee. Tobacco. Chocolate. Char. Licorice. Vanilla.

Taste - Tobacco and coffee. Chocolate. Char. Vanilla. Very mild heat.

Feel - Creamy and light burn on tongue. Heavy feel. Carbonation is not noticeable.

Overall - So dirty and good. Similar to breakfast stout. I wish the peppers were more apparent.

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

Heavier on the cocoa than the coffee/vanilla, but a nice mix. The peppers are a lighter touch than I expected, but give a little heat on the finish. Really nice beer.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and thick, with about a quarter inch of dark brown head. Glimmers like obsidian in the glass. The only element missing from the nose is the chili peppers. The coffee aroma is strongest, and just swirling this beer in my glass gives me the impression that I'm sitting in a Starbucks. Such a tasty beer, but I may have to argue that there are too many flavors standing shoulder-to-shoulder; so what you end up with is a cavalcade of tastes elbowing each other out of the way as they cross over your tongue. No, this beer is not bad. It's excellent, but it could be UNBELIEVABLE. Creamy mouthfeel with chili burn on the backend.

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Photo of frothy_80
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Pours like a RIS should. Almost pitch black with a dark khaki head that dissipated within seconds.
Smell- Nothing really jumps out in the nose. Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla that melded together in such a way that none are dominate. Slight chili aroma in the background.
Taste- Much like the aroma. Started with with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, then finished with a slight chili spice. Nicely balanced.
Feel- A little on the thinner side for a 13% impy stout.
Overall- Excellent stout. Worth seeking out and giving it a try.

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Photo of Memphisjoe14
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Beer! Not too impressive when initially poured, but once it warmed up, the flavors and complexity really took over and set the bar. The best non barrel aged stout I've had

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Photo of SaulFox
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured like old motor oil, yet it seemed thin
Minimal head retention, gone in 10 seconds
Smelled big and sweet ("molassesy"), not boozy. Slight coffee
Very balanced taste with chocolate, coffee, vanilla undertones. The peppers give it a great after taste (minimal).
Excellent brew!

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Photo of BeerT3ch
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Coffee, Cacao, vanilla, and chili peppers are like bees swarming in on a nest. All flavors spread out in front allowing you to taste each one individually then swarm together to create deliciousness! Subtle pepper lingers but nothing to spicy. The creator of this brew is a Genius! Major Props to Prairie
Mouth- Full
Color- Espresso
Head- 2 Fingers (slightly chilled)
Aroma- Coffee, Pepper, Chocolate, vanilla

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

I've had many iterations of Bomb! since it's initial release. This is one of the best non-BA stouts in my book. If you can find it, it is worth picking up. The peppers come through in both smell and flavor, and mix well with the coffee notes.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first thought was that it's surprisingly thin. As it warmed, what struck me was how perfectly balanced the additions are. In my opinion, coffee tends to overwhelm in a lot of stouts, but here it seemed to work perfectly with the cacao, vanilla and chili. Underwhelmed turned into impressed in about 20 minutes. Being in Seattle, this wasn't easy to get my hands on but I'm definitely glad I did.

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

****Buyer beware, don't age this.....it will taste like green vegetables****

***This review is a fresh one ****

L: Black with a dark 1 finger head.
S: Coffee
T: Big coffee, slight vanilla, and slight spice finish
F: Big beer, thick and the alcohol is hidden
O: Top notch coffee beer with a little vanilla and spice. But remember DO NOT AGE, ONLY DRINK FRESH!!!!!

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

L: very dark, tiny highlights around the edges. Small tan head.
S: oh man. Delicious big complex aroma. Chocolate slightly stronger than the awesome coffee and vanilla notes. It smells rich and inviting.
T: wham! Nailed it. Flavours all there not overpowering each other, but sitting harmoniously. The vanilla sweetness aligns with the peppers which give a roasted warmth.
F: the body is intense, the alcohol is not in the taste but in the feel, warming the chest and throat.
O: damn. Not only the best imperial stout but maybe the best beer I've had the pleasure to drink. Insane.

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Photo of donnyowens
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a wonderful stout. if the body was zuhkov thick this beer would be a force of nature. only slight i can find. heat is nice and warming after a rich chocolaty coffee filled front. drinking a quart growler from my local bottle shop and it was perfect.

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, Bomb! is a very dark brown/black with a tan head.
The aroma is roasted coffee, vanilla and a touch of dark fruit.
Taste is layered and deep. Coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla in quick waves of flavor, a little heat follows, then a choc latte sweetness and a slight fruity tartness. A finishing warmth seems to come both from the pepper and the booze.
Mouthfeel is medium-thick, creamy and a little viscous.
Seriously excellent beer.

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

13% ABV with no wax
What an experience! Black and inky appearance with a beige head. The nose was full of coffee and chili, very subtle on the vanilla and chocolate. Each flavor note (coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers) makes an appearance in each sip and blend harmoniously without one overpowering the other. The lack of alcohol presence was surprising given its ABV. However, the quickly dissipating head indicates the elevated alcohol of the beer. I can see why this beer is held in such high regard.

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Photo of phishgator
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a snifter and let it warm up for about ten minutes before trying. The nose doesn't indicate the flavors that are going on here. Slight chocolate and coffee are up front. The alcohol stays well hidden even as it warms. Big bodied and a slow sipper. The beer coats the glass with very little head even after a vigorous stirring. A great find by my local favorite bartender in SWFL!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.83/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 1/21/15 at 46 degrees into snifter
Aroma – hint of coffee and peppers; picking up neither vanilla nor cocoa.
Head – none. A fizzy narrow ring appears as it is poured. This is gone in less than five seconds.
Lacing - none
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – some coffee, some cocoa, lots of chili pepper, no vanilla, no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. A brief stomach burn follows.
Palate – full, creamy/oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75 This is an passable imperial stout in which the chilies do not completely overpower the rest of the flavors. I’m glad I tried it but at $ 10+ for a 12 oz bottle, I won’t be revisiting it.

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Photo of dertyd
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

what an amazing beer i first had cold and the flavor was a lot of coffee and chocolate once it warmed up it was vanilla, cinnamon ,pepper just an amazing amazing stout

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Photo of TomMorris
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What would already be an incredibly balanced stout is elevated to something special by the lingering chili pepper presence. The chocolate, vanilla, and coffee notes exist in perfect harmony as the spiciness from the chili peppers grows from a slight discernible presence to a very noticeable and pleasing aftertaste. I could feel my nostrils clear slightly with each sip; a definite winner from Prairie Artisan Ales.

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

beautiful...cocoa coats...hint of the pepper...viscosity amazing...complex, balanced...thick and luscious on tongue and in nose..one of the finest...a rare and sincerely amazing experience

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

Bomb! is a thick and viscous imperial stout. This was quite a treat. The chiles and cinnamon are really quite subtle, and I thought the cacao nibs stole the show. Excellent mouthfeel, and a nearly undetectable alcohol presence. I would have enjoyed more chile and cinnamon presence, but this is an extremely we'll crafted imperial stout by any measure.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with minimal head.
Aroma is dominated by chili pepper with some roast in the background.
Flavor starts out very coffee forward then you get chocolatey sweetness. It then finishes with a slight heat to it.
The mouthfeel is full with little carbonation.
This is a great beer that I'll definitely be picking up again.

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BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.