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BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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628 Reviews
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Reviews: 628
Hads: 4,616
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 22.49%
Wants: 946
Gots: 1,924 | FT: 246
Brewed by:
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: 628 | Hads: 4,616
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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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

heard lots of good things about this one and found it in some random liquor store in Denver last weekend. lived up to the things I'd heard. wish they would distribute more in the rocky mountain area

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Photo of Stevem68
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rich dark chocolate color. Has a great aroma of coffee, chocolate and a subtle vanilla hint. Flavor is Chocolate, coffee and a little vanilla. Has a touch of a rich sweetness that is counter balanced by the subtle chili peppers. Mouth feel is very smooth and the chilis leaves a warm mouth feel without being spicy. Overall this is a really great stout.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Firestone Walker snifter. Pours pitch black with very little visible carbonation. After the pour a tiny band of bubble visible around the glass. Aroma is a wow experience. Rich dark toasted malt, dark quality chocolate, vanilla and light coffee; at the end of the sniff, a slight pepper burn. All the ingredients are on display. Flavor is dark chocolate, sweet dark toasted malt, vanilla, molasses; finishes with an interesting dry toffee flavor melded to mild hot peppers, which leave a light burn in the aftertaste. Creamy medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation despite the lack of bubble in the glass. Very rich and decadent. In the flavor, like the aroma, all the ingredients are represented as clear notes, but all work well together. ABV dangerously covered, but this is so full of flavor, it is a slow sipper anyway. A world class chocolate and hot pepper stout. Really excellent. Now on my desert island list, this would make a boring day special.

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Photo of CHickman
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger foamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles that were popping so fast that the dissipating head looked like it was moving; faded slow to average time, leaving very good foamy spotting lacing coating the sides.

Smells of rich dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee beans, burnt coffee grinds, vanilla, chili pepper, cocoa powder, charred wood, roasted malts, mineral water, molasses, maple syrup, peat moss or earthy notes, and some alcohol like a strong booze. The initial whiff/blast that hit my nose was dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds and chili pepper, and those seem to be the dominant notes that bookend the aroma a close it out. The charred and smoky elements are always striking, but the big 3 drive the ship. The nose matches the description on the bottle perfectly, very well done.

Tastes very similar to the way it smells with the first wave of dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds and chili pepper hitting and clearing the way for a combo of vanilla, cocoa powder, espresso, toffee or Heath Bar, charred wood, roasted malts, Hershey's chocolate syrup, molasses, maple syrup, peat moss or earthy notes, some alcohol like a strong booze such as bourbon or whiskey, and then a blast of heat from the chili peppers. The booze and chili pepper combo is not painful, but the 13% ABV warms up your stomach real quick as it brings out what seems like barrel aging components. A lot more of the brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and chili pepper complexities come out as it warms up. Like the nose, the flavor matches the description on the bottle perfectly, so you get what you expect as stated right under "BOMB!" - extremely well done, and I'm not a huge fan of chili pepper infused beers.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but thick and chewy at the same time, with mellow carbonation, a body that is heavy and full of charred, boozy, spicy notes which fades off complex and on the dry side. This went down a tad bit easier than the Westbrook Mexican Cake, and any fan of that brew will love this.

I love stouts, especially imperial stouts, but don't necessarily dig the chili pepper beers, but just like Mexican Cake this was a great unique beer experience which exceeded my expectations and really defines what the craft beer movement is all about. A lot of fun to drink with it's massive extremes and dynamic flavors, this has a great combo of char, malts, spices and chocolatey sweetness - if you love stouts and love spicy food than this is well worth the $10 for a 12 oz bottle. A world class slow sipper that lived up to the hype.

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Photo of cesarsalazar1
3.48/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I feel bad writing a review on a beer that is rated 99 but I couldn't get passed the ancho chile peppers. Not knowing before drinking; the chile peppers were just too much. Over powering! Going to pick up another bottle and age it. Hopefully it mellows out the spice.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Now I know why it's called "BOMB!" Poured at Zwanze Day at Armsby Abbey, in Worcester, MA. First sip was less than memorable, but as I allowed it to warm, the flavors I was anticipating began to emerge. Sweet cocoa went to battle with the heat of peppers. Couldn't beat the price either: $10 for a 12 ounce pour.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours black - almost no head whatsoever. When swirled a very thin brown head forms.
Aroma: Coffee and sweet vanilla.
Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla.
Feel: Medium body. Slightly silky. Low-medium carbonation
Overall: I was more impressed with this than KBS. Having high expectations isn't the best method when going about tasting these beers. I thought it was very good, just not amazing.

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Photo of ScottyTheBeerGuy
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured rather vigorously from a 12 oz bottle into a large snifter. Jet black with a nice brown head that leaves lacing throughout. Coffee and vanilla are the most prevalent on the nose. The taste makes this beer one of the most incredible that I've had. I think it surpasses BCBS for me (which isn't easy to do). The only knock I have on this beer is the very slight alcohol burn that lingers for a few seconds. I bought an extra that I plan on cracking open in a year or two... the age on it might make this a perfect 5 for me. Quite possibly the best stout I've had.

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Photo of justinp444
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle orange cap poured into a snifter. It pours a pitch black with a orange-ish beige head of 2 inches. Smell is of pepper, fresh milk chocolate, coffee, and vanilla with a big roasted malt background. Taste is fantastic, tons of chocolate, just a slight amount of spicey pepper, and a nice coffee and roasted malt backing that pulls it all together. The vanilla beans stay with you as a lingering flavor as well. It has a full rich mouth feel with a heavy thick body. Good amount of carbonation and just a tad bit of alcohol.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Lagunitas glass.Very think and jet black with a 1 and 1/2 inch head.Coffee up front with Chocolate right behind and a touch of chili powder.Very nice stout with a 14.0 ABV.If your looking for a quick buzz this is your beer.I would rate this as a very good stout not quite as good as the Imperial Russian stout from Stone but still very good.Not quite as good as the ratings indicate.I think the thing that would stop me from getting this one again is the price.Very expensive at about 10 dollars for a 12 oz bottle.I would say give it a try,even if it`s only once like me.Enjoy..

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Photo of Christoffer91
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10 ounce tulip on draft at whole foods, Palm desert CA.

L:Black and thick looking beer with a light brown head. S: roasty, slightly boozy, mildly sweet, coffee and chocolate, with a vegetative smell that isn't off putting but interesting (I didn't know there were chilies in this beer until afterward). T: even better than the nose, much more balanced than I was expecting. I'm usually not a huge fan of coffee stouts because I'm sensitive to the stale, "diner" coffee flavor and aroma, but immediately appreciated how subdued all the flavor additions were balanced. My favorites were the cocoa nibs and the vanilla which for me came a few seconds after the initial surge of coffee. Didn't pick up much of the chili besides a small sort of organic compoundy taste, but it wasn't off putting at all. Alcohol flavor is very well hidden and integrated into the other flavors. F: big and syrupy, which is to be expected. O: delicious and huge beer, with balance, yet enough flavor complexity to keep you interested the whole glass through.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can we say thanks again to my man Kevinpitts. Out of a bottle into my tulip.

A – Black pour with a dark brown head that settles down. Looks like liquid chocolate.
S – Great aroma. Chocolate, lactose, vanilla.
T – Taste like liquid dark and milk chocolate to start. Not overly sweet however. Roasted malts, vanilla, brown sugar. Coffee flavors come on with a nice bitter flavor. Touch hot at the end.
M – Low carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Lingers with light sweetness.
O – You feel this beer. The flavors and the bite are wonderful. Mixes the sweet and hot bite well. Winner.

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

L: a blackish brown with a nice tan head
S: coffee, chocolate, vanilla.
T: like the nose, coffee, chocolate, slight hints of vanilla and a little bit of heat on the back end
F: creamy and smooth, this leaves a great coating in your mouth
O: This is one hell of a great beer! so happy to try on draft!

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Probably more than any beer I've had, this one skirted the line between 'great' and 'just short of great.' The flavors, particularly from the adjuncts, were outstanding, and impressively balanced: so much coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and pepper, but without overdoing any one of them. The flaw was in the feel, the overall experience. The body was very substantial and syrupy, incredibly so; but the low carbonation, and maybe some lack of hop bite, left it feeling flabby, almost a little stale. This is a special beer, but I feel it could be even better.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down the thickest, most flavorful, most intense stout I've ever had. Remarkably complex. Honestly, it's more beer than I can handle, but I appreciate the quality of the brew.

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Photo of funckmasterflex
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours very dark with a nice thick head. Smells chocolatey and coffee-ish, and even has a hint of a chocolate color in the head. Tastes chocolatey, coffee, vanilla. Drinks much smoother than you would expect for the high abv.

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

Look: Dark, black, with minimal head… even after pouring hard
Smell: Cocoa and Coffee very prevalent
Taste: Awesome start and better finish, pepper or spicy finish
Feel: Smooth and Fluffy
Overall: Simply amazing. Traded for multiple after first having.

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

Fresh bottle served in a pint glass

Appearance: thick, black, oily top, some brown foam but not really

Nose: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, pepper skin, rich and malty

Taste: very thick mouthfeel, heavy, chocolate, slightly roasty, coffee, pepper bite in the end, some vanilla, oaky, fruity sweetness, no alcohol at all.

Amazing. If it wasn't so damn expensive I'd buy a case.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 6 ounce tasting glass.
A- dark black beer with very little white head.
S - Smells of chocolate
T - tastes of chocolate to match the smell but has a hot pepper in the finish.
F- pretty thick beer.
O - Interesting stout. The pepper bite would keep me from drinking a lot of this.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours black with finger off white head, fades quickly into a thin ring. The aroma is deep roasted coffee with a little vanilla and subtle spice. The taste is full of coffee and vanilla, just sweet enough with great balance. The pepper taste comes out, but just a little, at the end. I wouldn't call it spicy, just a nice little zing to complement the other flavors. Mouthfeel is chewy and slick. Not boozy at all for the abv. Overall outstanding coffee stout, complex and delish, tough to beat this one.

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

pours thick, pitch black, tiny bit of head that disappears quickly into ring

great smelling beer, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, hint of pepper

taste - coffee, chocolate, vanilla, feels like the pepper becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up.

so thick and chewy, not much carbonation, goes down very smooth, doesnt feel like a 13% beer.

Great Imperial Stout. I'd put this right up there with KBS. One of the better ones I've had. Definitely need to try more Prairie beers.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The nose is pure chocolate and chili pepper. I love how spicy (yet restrained) it seems, and yet the dark chocolate is so damn rich. Flavor wise, it follows the nose beautifully, only with greater touches of roast and coffee. The finish has a gentle spiciness and a touch of vanilla. It's complex, nuanced, and subtle - utterly miraculous for a big, adjunct laden imperial stout. There's no alcohol presence, yet the finish is respectably dry. It's a big, intense monster that's balanced and even delicate. And that, that's what beer is all about.

4.17/5: It's a bomb...and a scalpel at the same time

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Normally, I'm not the biggest fan of beers with higher ABV's. They're sometimes just too heavy / cloying on my palate. But this particular Ale, was actually not so bad. It has a lot flavors I love about stouts - nuttiness, chocolate, coffee. But this wasn't too sweet or heavy on the palate.

I drank only a 12 oz bottle of this beer. But if you're a lightweight, you may definitely want to consider sharing a bottle with another person.

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BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.