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Prairie Bomb! - Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie Bomb!Prairie Bomb!

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

1,366 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1366
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 7.78%


Brewed by:
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Oklahoma, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

(Beer added by: MinorThreat on 05-29-2013)
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles fairly quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles and a thick beer ring. Very spotty lacing, quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, and chili peppers all prominently on display.

T: Tastes like is smells... dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and chili pepper. No components overpower the others. Well balanced.

M: Thick and hearty. High alcohol is not apparent. A bit of a peperry finish lingers on the palate.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Nice head, very little lacing. Nose is a great combination of coffee, chocolate, and chili pepper. Roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, chili pepper and vanilla all subtly presented and expertly balanced. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 03:47:12 | More by bmwats
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

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

P: Pitch black abyss with a deep espresso cap that hugs the edge of the glass. Phantom lacing.

S: First sip, rich caramel coffee syrup, eucalyptus leaves, roast chipotles, play dough, and vanilla cola. Aromas of latex paint, black strap molasses and columbian roast coffee. Rich and decadent but graced with natural aromas that balance this ticking time bomb.

T/M: Upfront carbonated water taste, follows by loads of velvety rich cocoa nibs and a slow building heat brings up the rear and tingles the inner mouth. Lots of earthy flavors, vegetation, roast chilies and medium toast oak. Booze becomes more assertive once warm and delivers dry smoky leftovers.

O: An explosive grand tasting brew by anyone's standards. I really appreciate the delicate balance that was achieved with so many variables that were in play. The heat from the chilies help the bourbon create a heating blanket inside your chest. Makes me proud to be a native Okie. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 03:45:06 | More by Hopswagger
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shadetree67

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with Blue Gray wax

Appearance - Very dark and thick during the pour. 1 finger of head was a bit of a surprise given the high ABV. A ring of foam stuck around for the duration.

Smell - Tons of Milk chocolate, some coffee, and a hint of booze.

Taste - Milk chocolate, coffee (though not as much as the smell would indicate), bitter burnt malt, slight vanilla, and a hint of pepper. The pepper comes in at the end of each sip and becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Some beers are heavy handed with spice, but I feel the level of pepper is perfect here. This flavor profile is very complex and every drink leaves you searching to identify all the layers.

Mouthfeel - This is really thick and creamy - near perfect for this type of beer. It coats your mouth but not in a bad syrupy way. The high ABV isn't noticeable and the only tingle / burn is due to the pepper.

Overall - This is an excellent beer and dangerously drinkable at 14%. Would love to get my hands on more

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 02:20:46 | More by shadetree67
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DrumKid003

Oklahoma

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

A: Black in appearance with very little dark brown showing around the edges.
S: Heavy chocolate with a little chilli pepper.
T: Taste follows the smell almost exactly with a little bit of caramel combined with the chocolate on the front followed by a slight bit of chilli pepper on the very end.
M: This is by far the smoothest beer I've ever had, even compared to the Pirate Bomb!, it's like drinking a milk chocolate candy bar. Very thick and creamy.
O: This is the beer that every other beer I drink will be compared against because this, to me at least, is the gold standard and deserves to be in the Top 10 on BA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 19:08:23 | More by DrumKid003
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zookerman182

Alabama

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

Pours a pitch black with a dark brown half finger head.
Aroma is coffee and chocolate with some hint of booze.
Flavor is coffee and chocolate with a touch of vanilla and booze.
I'm not picking up any of the chilies.
I keep licking my lips to get the flavor off, it's a good one.
Mouthfeel is actually kind of dry I think.
This is great when it warms up.
Super solid beer

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 02:49:07 | More by zookerman182
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MikeB91c

Texas

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

Without a doubt one of the best beers I have had. Great initial appearance in the glass with a coffee/toffee head with the aroma of rich coffee and chocolate. The mouth feel was fantastic, rich & full but not overly sweet, leaving a great coating. The taste was excellent with the initial flavors of coffee & cocoa, followed by s light vanilla in the middle with just a hint of heat from the chilies on the end. All in all, one of the bet beers I think I have ever had and one to be savored if found.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 05:39:59 | More by MikeB91c
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a jet black with a thin brown head. Smells of milk chocolate, with some clean spicy chili flavor. The flavor begins with a huge vanilla burst, then some dark chocolate, a tiny hint of chili pepper, and finishing with a sweet licorice finish. Massive lush mouthfeel, coats your mouth. Overall an outstanding beer. Super sweet, but not at all cloying, the flavors meld extremely well together. Very proud of this local brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:02:08 | More by tronester
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

About a 6oz pour into a tulip

A- Tiniest thin head on top of a jet black oily pour

S- Smell is tons of chocolate with coffee notes and the slightest heat from the chili peppers hit you on the back end of this

T- The taste is amazing, you get tons of coffee and chocolate, but right at the end there is a nice tingle that hits you from the peppers that provides for one of the best finishes of a beer that I can remember.

M- Not as hot as I would expect given the ABV in this one. I really enjoyed the thick texture that coated my mouth and the added pepper tingle

0- I was not expecting to be blown away by this beer, but it was definetly one of the best beers that I had to date. I need to trade for more ASAP

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 16:10:05 | More by ChrisChagnon
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

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

Blue glitter wax, 48°F, into a snifter.

A: Typical stout dark pour, with a nice 1/2" tan head, that quickly dissipated. Scant lacing during the session.

S: Very nice chocolate and coffee nose. Buttery vanilla as well…

T: Not as exciting as I had hoped. Perhaps I was expecting more, and the chili is very subtle. Good dose of cocoa, and a vanilla finish. THe coffee is a little lost in the flavor, not as string as the smell.

M: Lively carbonation. Dry finish. Not cloying at all.

O: Decent beer. Might be better barrel aged? A lot of evenly balanced flavors, and can not sense the 14% alcohol at all.

EDIT: Had the PINK wax version tonight, updated the taste and mouthfeel to 4.5 each. Much better than the Blue wax version IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 04:46:09 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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MartzMimic

Oklahoma

4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle a dark reddish brown. Creamy milk chocolate head that lingers for a bit. Heavy lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee and malt, with a hint of chili pepper. The chocolate and coffee explode on the tongue with noticeable alcohol. The peppers give a nice tingle. There's a nice bitterness to this. Nice and oily, it coats the tongue without being particularly thick. This is a superb beer. I liked the characteristics the rum barrels gave to Pirate Bomb! a bit more, but this is one you grab every time you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 02:04:27 | More by MartzMimic
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goochpunch

Texas

4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pitch black with a thin, tan head. Coffee and chocolate are strong up front with a hint of vanilla. I don't pick up much ancho, as I'm sure its raisiny notes get mixed up with the malty aroma. Chocolate is strong in the flavor, with the vanilla and coffee acting as accents to it. I get a lingering bitterness in the finish, which comes across as more hop than burnt malt/grain. I don't perceive the 13% at all, which is an incredible feat. The ancho warmth is very mild. If I didn't know it was in the beer, I'd assume it came from the alcohol, but it lingers a bit. Carbonation is a bit prickly, but the body itself is full. This is totally different from all the other Prairie offerings I've had (which have been fantastic), but it's equally impressive.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 03:56:36 | More by goochpunch
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

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

Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. The pour is black and opaque with about 2 fingers of fine brown head that slowly dies down to a creamy foam. The nose is complex and very pleasant. I get heavy notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee beans, as well as some sweet malty notes (vanilla?) and chili peppers.

The beer has a full body, a creamy feel, and a very engaging flavor. Sweet malt and vanilla sweetness up front, quickly followed by bittersweet chocolate. Then, more flavors join in. First, some bittering hops arrive and are quickly joined by some roasty coffee. Then, the coffee slowly intensifies as the beer oozes into the back of your mouth. Just when the coffee seems to reach unusual levels of bitter roastiness, the flavor transforms into chili peppers and joins a hint of alcohol heat to really warm things up as it slides down your throat. Coffee and peppers linger on the finish. Very drinkable for such a high ABV beer. This is one of those cases where the complexity of the flavor aids the drinkability. You focus on all the flavors as you sip and savor each mouthful, constantly looking for something you may have missed and quickly following up each sip to confirm your findings.

An amazing beer that is masterfully constructed. I'd like to rate it higher on taste, but I think I'm just not used to these ``Mexican-style stouts'' yet, especially the chili peppers. I just can't find that many examples (believe me, I'd buy them if I could find them). If I could score a few more bottles of this, I think I would get used to the chili peppers and the taste would eventually get bumped up to a 5. I really like the way the flavors of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and chili peppers all unfold one after another on the palate. Prairie is just an extraordinary brewery. I have been delighted with every beer of theirs I've had. More, please!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 01:24:27 | More by deadonhisfeet
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zerocrane

Oklahoma

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

12 oz Bottle poured into snifter.

A - Pitch black with almost no head, what head I get is light brown/tan in color.

S - Chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and dark fruits

T - Absolutely delicious. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, chile peppers

O - One of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 20:44:15 | More by zerocrane
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma of some dark fruit undertones, cocoa nibs, mild coffee, licorice, vanilla, chocolate and some sweet molasses. A sweet aroma which stays in balance and does not become cloying. Taste is savory and has notes of chili pepper, chocolate, dark dried fruits, raw cocoa nibs, licorice, fruity roasted coffee and vanilla. In the aftertaste you get the spiciness from the chilis which blend in nicely with the roastiness of the beer, but there is something missing in terms of complexity as a result of aging and the “fullness” of an imperial stout. Medium bodied with decent carbonation throughout. This was a dangerously drinkable beer with the high alcohol maskable fairly easy! However, I do have to go against the grain here and give this a rather outstanding rating just below excellent as there were several components to this beer that were missing in terms of complexity and being able to provide for a more memorable drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 23:48:08 | More by CuriousMonk
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jwchestnut

Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Picked up while in Texas for holidays - consumed on Dec. 22, 2013.

A - Super dark black body with a dark, dark brown head,

S - coffee, then some cocoa nibs, dark chocolate and some slight bursts of spice as it warmed

T - similar to smell though i picked up more of the vanilla as well as the peppers- wonderfully complex and smooth with no hints of booze

MF - thick and viscous (though not terribly so), little peppery tingles on the sides of the tongue.

O - my first from Prairie and what a way to start. While generally I am not a big fan of either coffee stouts or pepper beers surprisingly this gem won me over.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:51:46 | More by jwchestnut
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.7/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A huge thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Had alongside Pirate Bomb! and shared with schen9303.

Pours thick and pitch black. Slight mocha head with poor retention but super thick legs. Lacing is spotty and stringy with solid stick. A menacing looking brew!

Nose is robust and very thick. Chocolate, coffee, espresso, fudge and molasses. Smells like my kinda beer!

Opens chocolate, cocoa powder, and coffee. Dark chocolate, liquorice, and a slight hint of prunes and molasses in the middle. Ends boozy with hints of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Solid.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Foamy and slightly prickly in the mouth and goes down abrasive and a touch grainy. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. A touch too carbonated which results in a body that's a bit thin for the style.

Overall a very solid beer but there's nothing here to suggest that this warrants the lofty ratings it gets. I've had far better (but much less limited) coffee based imperial stouts. Definitely worth trying but not deserving of the hype.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:05:09 | More by SpeedwayJim
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TX-Badger

Texas

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

I got a bottle of this during the mad dash release in DFW. Glad I got a second to age to see what happens. Here goes from my notes:

A - motor oil like in color and in viscosity (natural not synthetic of course); a black, dark liquid that pours very nicely into my tulip glass.

S - the bourbon and coffee are very present on the nose, with just a hint of the cacao nibs; I also picked up a nice roasted malt note.

T - very complex, the coffee and bourbon notes are most present on the front of the palate; the cocoa and vanilla come in on at the start of the finish with the heat from the chili peppers ending on the palate. As the beer warms up, the individual notes become more present and it is easier to pick out each distinct flavor. This is a complex bomb, just like the name implies.

M - thick, but just right for the style.

O - I'm very glad I shelled out for this, and glad I got a second bottle to age, just to see what it does. This beer has a lot of complexity that really plays with your palate. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:25:04 | More by TX-Badger
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MalWilkinson

California

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, heavy pour with a thin, light brown head. Right away you smell coffee, and lots of it. After letting it sit for a moment, the beer opened up with some spice, like peppers, and chocolate aromas. The flavors are similar to the aromas but more pepper and chocolate than coffee.

With a 14% ABV this beer is not for the faint of heart. I very much enjoyed this beer after a big meal (as a dessert) and hope to see more Prairie Ales on the west coast in the coming months.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 19:45:22 | More by MalWilkinson
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NHbeerguy

New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice black color with a very thin brown head that faded to just a ring around the edge.
S- Was cocoa nibs, vanilla and coffee. Had a slight hint of spice

T- With first taste it is all coffee and cocoa. There is a tiny hint of vanilla in there. That fades away and is followed by a tiny bit of heat/spice.

M- It is thick and creamy. Lots of flavors hit you but in a good order.

O- A very good beer. Very easy drinking for 14%

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 00:09:38 | More by NHbeerguy
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.86/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Metallic Blue Waxed bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Deep black with a thin layer of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges.

S - Intense coffee and vanilla aromas at first with cocoa, roast and a faint hint of spice.

T - Dark roasted coffee, cocoa nib and roast are complimented by sweet vanilla with just a touch of chilli spice in the finish. Incredibly drinkable for 14%.

M - Full body. Thick and viscous. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 19:31:03 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle with pink wax if that matters. I know I have heard of different colors of wax. Perhaps it has something to do with the release year?

Pours out dark as night with a one finger brown head with decent retention and nice lacing. Smell is of coffee and what I would describe a green peppers. They just seem to smell very fresh and a almost as forward as the coffee. I certainly smell some raisins and other dark fruits in the background. Seems to be some burnt malts in the background as well. Taste is coffee forward with some chocolate I didn't smell in the nose. I can certainly smell some burnt malt and the more I drink the more I taste nice peppers in the background but nothing is too overdone. Just a hint of vanilla too. This is a really well balanced beer for so much going on. Mouthfeel is actually quite thick for what I expected given the head when I poured it out. Overall this is an amazingly good beer. It's one of those beers that one waits to find but don't find very often to be sure. This is an amazing beer that is well put together that I would recommend to anyone who likes a tiny bit of heat (nothing too much) to round off things and add to the complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 10:19:24 | More by NeedBeerHere
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KYGunner

Kentucky

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

Absolutely gorgeous ale with the thickest crown of dark brown foam that muffin topped above the rim. This poured very inky and thick with a deep ominous darkness.

The aroma is so strong with a massive coffee jolt. There's a spicy, smoky chocolate aroma that's so pleasing and then a finish of malty Graham Cracker.

The flavor is coffee-centric with a strong smoky, roast and char. Touches of spicy capsaicin alert the taste buds mid palate as this finishes with a light toasted malt and tobacco leaf.

The feel is sublime with a rich creamy texture. Advertised as 15 pct ABV there's barely an inkling of it, not even so much as a residual warmth.

This is a champion of a stout with nice complexity and superb peripherals.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 23:48:27 | More by KYGunner
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srandycarter

California

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - One shade lighter than black. Tan thin head, leaves quick to ring. Lots of cling lace.

S - Cocoa, choc chip cookies, brown sugar and maybe a little soy.

T - Taste is pretty darned close to smell, but very boozy and more bitter than thought - pepper shines through.

M - Creamy, good texture, nice how it bitters out from the sweet malt.

D - My kind of stout. Huge though. Couldn't have too many.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 20:44:14 | More by srandycarter
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a DFH snifter. Started at 690 degrees. Thanks surge1311!

A - Black with a small tan head of large bubbles that dissipates quickly.

S - Initially heavy on the peppers and something a bit odd like bubble gum (especially the hard gum that I used to get in Topps baseball cards as a kid). But then it's more about chocolate, roasted malts and vanilla. It's much better as it goes on.

T - The chili peppers add a distinct flavor. It's as much about the flavors as the mild heat. But good overall complexity with chocolate, vanilla and a hint of coffee. Over the course of the glass, a slight lingering hint of pepper heat builds. It's a great start to finish journey. And I would never have guessed the 14% ABV.

M - Creamy consistency with a low carbonation.

O - A great and creative blend of flavors!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 01:09:35 | More by GJ40
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured jet black with a nice brown cap, good viscosity, good head retention and lacing present. Looking good so far...

S: Big whiff of dark chocolate and milk chocolate, not so much pepper on the nose but its there. Some coffee and vanilla.

T: The initial wave of flavor is a blend of bitter dark chocolates and some milk chocolate/cocoa powder with a light hint of coffee. The peppers come on a wee buit but its not big pepper like Huna, pretty tame and I like it. A little bit of heat but it is very well masked. The finish is dry, more chocolate, roastiness and coffee. There is a nice warming sensation between the peppers and booze which is nice.

M: A nice robust body, good carbonation, lots of flavor. A complete treat all the way around.

O: An amazing beer, full of flavor, no major flaws and well crafted. Definitely worth the hype.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 14:45:37 | More by barleywinefiend
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