BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 3,899
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.44%
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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 CNoj012
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Black in color with very little head. S: Chile Peppers with a side of coffee and chocolate. T: A perfect blend of all flavors. Never had a stout where each flavor stands out so well in its own way. First I taste vanilla, followed by a spicy chocolate flavor with a coffee finish. F: Medium body and certainly hides the 13% abv very well. O: A fantastic stout, one of my favorite non BA stouts out there. Really need to try more stouts with peppers, definately adds a wonderful extra element to the usual stout ingredients.

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

A sublime example of just how layered and complex beer can be. Each flavor -- chocolate, coffee, and spice -- come out clean and direct and strong. Plus it's boozy. Plus it's as black as night. An incredible beer.

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

Damn. I can taste all of the elements. Different flavors come about as beer warms. Just super enjoyable. Really glad I picked up 2 of them!

Update: drank the second one. All 5's. It doesn't get better than this. Perfection in a stout and a beer overall. Will buy another as soon as I see one. Beats all barrel aged stouts I've had as well.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with almost no reddish/tan head; no lace to speak of;dark roasted coffee beans and chocolate nose; some dry hop notes further along; chocolate and vanilla flavors, and a peppery bite on the tip of my tongue; medium plus mouthfeel - not quite heavy, but liquid "weighs" on tongue with a peppery after burn. Excellent - flavors mix so well together; I couldn't find the alcohol (until I stood up!).

Photo of Fcolle2
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Viscous jet black and thin head. Vanilla, rich chocolate, fresh coffe and slightly fruity aromatics. Chocolate and coffee forward with vanilla and any earthy hint of spice in the finish.

Photo of toronadotornado
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Mikkeller Bar - San Francisco, CA - draft

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How does a beer so wonderful exist? #like opening a sega genisis with 30 games on christmas morning at age ten (game genie included). A perfect balance of flavors. Incredible. Hoard and don't feel guilty about it.

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

STRONG coffee & choc flavors, especially coffee. Some alcohol taste although somewhat masked by the coffee. Only had a taster & wonder if a whole glass would be too much like syrup (strong & sweet). But I doubt it. Great desert beer. Rivals any choc/coffee stout I have had as far as the strength & inyensity of flavor.

Photo of SeanBond
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While I generally prefer my beers without chile in them, this is a really well integrated example of a chile beer. Coffee, cacao, vanilla bean and ancho chili all come through very well, but none overpowers the others.

I'd recommend this highly to anyone that enjoys chile beers, especially if you also like vanilla. A lot of beers with vanilla bean in them don't let the vanilla shine through, but this one nails it.

A little steep at $10 or 12 for a 12 oz. bottle, but a very good beer, and one I'm glad I finally got to try. As with other chile beers, I'd imagine a barrel-aged version would be phenomenal, as it would mellow out the chile and coffee (which aren't my two favorite flavors).

Photo of Nugganooch
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the 12oz. orange waxed bottle – Stone IRS snifter glass
Notes from 01/01/2015 – Happy New Year kids

Finally was able to scoop one of these up in SoCal!

A: Dark obsidian body, right down to the glossy appearance. Perhaps some darkened brown hues to it. Slightly viscous looking. A shortened layer of mocha tan head fastens to the top of the glass. Holds over nice and true with a real creamy looking consistency. Very little sudsy remains noted.

S: Smells like a true Mexican Mole dish would. I get raisin with dark chocolate, coffee cake, and molasses. Then cinnamon stick added with some toasted grains and other earthy spices. Trails into a faint hint of those smoky ancho peppers. Lightly stinging while enticingly sweet.

T: Huge melted chocolate flavor with dark fruits, cinnamon spice, and vanilla accents. Tastes like a mixture of bitter dark and sweetened cocoa. Then comes a wonderfully creeping chili heat that builds towards the finish. Stays mild and never becomes unbearably so. Coffee is a bit more subtle here but of the darkest rich espresso roast. Seems to accent everything with a mild smokiness that interplays with the chilies and dark roasted malts.

M: Plays between a frothy texture and slightly chewy with a sleek stickiness on the palate. Really is quite a full bodied brew while not seemingly so. Dash of that dry peppery heat on the finish.

D: Bomb goes BOOM! A little late to the wagon but yeah I am a big fan. I think here it is all about the better balance to all the flavors. The vanilla just seems to accentuate those central notes of chocolate, spice, and dark fruit to another level. Very good. Wish I could get this on the regular.

Photo of SLewis
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of those "holy shit" beers.
Pours an extremely dark brown, although not pitch black. Holding it up to the light, a slight red hue shines through on the very bottom.
Smells of sweet chocolate, vanilla, with the chilis barely making an appearance.
Tastes decadent up front with strong chocolate and vanilla notes. The chilis come in on the finish and just balance everything out extremely well.
Can hardly tell this is a 13% beer as it is not extremely thick on the mouth feel, and there is no alcohol burn whatsoever.

Bottom Line...this is one of the best beers i've ever had. If you see it, pick it up. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of spacecake9
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stout is perfect. Looks great, smells great, super creamy and perfectly balanced. The 4 flavors are right there - coffee, cocoa, vanilla and chili peppers - in a perfect mix. And you do not notice the alcohol. I should have bought more.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft a couple days ago, so I don't remember the specifics. This stuff was phenomenal. I just remember the complexity of the beer along with the finish being wonderful. The smell was awesome as well. Been looking for this one for a while, and it was worth the wait.

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very good but heavy on the Vanilla and Chili.

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

The best imperial stout i've had to date the ancho chilis are just ever so there giving it just enough flavor to stand out from most other similar imperial stouts

Photo of Foxybrau
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Motor oil pour, and not from the quart. The black, burned oil drained from the pan. It's beautiful, and takes all its effort to form just a sheen of red oak head. The nose is exceptional, as thick as the pour - sweet and chocolatey, with some spice. Before you ever sip you know this beer is world class. The taste and mouthfeel follow suit brilliantly, with the chili adding a perfect counterpoint to the cocoa, vanilla, and coffee. On par with Bourbon County for me. The only other beer I've found with such a presence.

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

Best. Stout. Ever. Period. Wow.

Photo of KSOZE
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

WOW! All the adjuncts are balanced perfectly and come through well. Nothing overpowering (other than deliciousness), all very good.

Photo of n2185
4.12/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with half a finger of brown head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with a lot of rich milk and dark chocolate and cacao notes. Booze and a touch of coffee and char come through as well.

T: Roasted malts here as well with creamy chocolate, cacao, a bit of robust coffee, some char, and a lightly boozy finish (considering its abv).

M: Very viscous body with low carbonation, this beer is silky smooth.

O: A good beer, overall. Very rich and decadent without being overly boozy or sweet.

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

Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, chili in a beer done right. $10 well spent.

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow this is some good stuff. Had to get another bottle, forgot to review the last one.

Quite good but at $10 a bottle...hard to put this on the reg.

This is like a VAS on imperial steroids with an espresso shot of vanilla. Not picking up any chili on the taste, but there is on the nose.

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

This beer is so perfectly balanced. The delicate chili notes followed by the fantastic coffee/cacao combination just leaves me wanting more after every sip.

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

I was blown away by this. The coffee/chili combo is amazing.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have to say, this is one fine brew right here. Enjoyed it at cellar temp in a Mad Beach snifter. Pours out black as expected. Had a good finger of dark tan head with nice retention, especially taking into account the 13% ABV. The nose is all about the coffee. Loved the aroma... The flavor is coffee forward, with vanilla and a little chocolate. The chili peppers are incorporated perfectly for both my taste and palate. Not sure if the that little tingle on the finish is the pepper or the alcohol. Probably a combo. This has a nice smooth body, and is a perfect slow drinker to unwind. Glad to recommend this brew. Cheers!

Photo of scottfrie
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep motor oil black with a couple finger of dense, thick, dark brown head. Head took a few moments to slowly fade into a bubbly collar and wispy film. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Notes of rich dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, and chocolate fudge, and sweet vanilla combine with spicy chipotle pepper and capsaicin notes and a touch of roast/toast. Smells very strong, rich, and potent.
T: Extremely rich and strong flavors of dark chocolate, chocolate fudge, caramel, brown sugar, chipotle pepper, vanilla, roast, leather, and slight toasted marshmallow. Booze is hidden well as far as heat, but this beer is so thick and heavy that you can tell it packs a punch. The finish is full of sweet and rich chocolate brownie, and the aftertaste is slightly boozy with some lingering vanilla, coffee, and lingering pepper heat.
M: Thick body, one of the thickest I’ve had in a long time, with a heavy, chew, and thick mouthfeel, with smooth and soft carbonation. The alcohol is mildly warming but never hot or especially boozy.
O: What a potent beer. This is an excellent sipper and all the ingredients work together masterfully. The pepper lends more flavor than it does heat, and overall there is a nice level of sweetness from the vanilla and cocoa that balancing the heat without being cloying. Coffee is noticeable, although I’d say it isn’t as prominent as the other ingredients. Overall a very well executed beer.

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