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BOMB! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

ABV varies by batch.

Added by MinorThreat on 05-29-2013

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Reviews: 759 | Ratings: 5,223
Photo of Dawgboned37
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my absolute gold standards for stouts. Poured from a yellow wax bottle into a tulip glass. Poured a thin, caramel head. Aromas of vanilla, roasted malt, coco, and coffee. Taste is so sweet and pleasant with ample vanilla to balance the roasted malt and coffee flavors. Unbelievably smooth with just a minor hint of chile flavor and virtually no residual heat. I could drink this all day/night/day...!

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Photo of H0p_Head
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my first beer review I've ever posted on BA!

Poured into snifter

A - Black. 1 finger tan mocha head.

S - Coffee, vanilla beans, milk and dark chocolate, hint of spicy heat from the peppers. Roasted malts.

T - Chocolate, coffee, slight heat from the peppers, slight vanilla bean. Roasted malts meld with all of the added flavors.

MF - Slight prickly sensation from the peppers, but nothing intense. Full bodied but not the fullest.

O - This beer reminds me of Hunahpu's but without the cinnamon. All of the flavors are melded together very well without one dominating the profile.


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Photo of kingston2
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My god this is amazing beer... Deep dark pour with minimal head that dissipates to nearly no lacing. The smell is fantastic! Chocolate, coffee and a hint of the steeped peppers. Mouthfeel is perfect. Rich, smooth and with long lingering chocolate notes. Hints of peppers well hidden in the back ground. I honestly can't find fault in this beer. Wish I had access to it.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours like a thick chocolate syrup. Foamy/frothy mocha-colored head sits upon a very thick, dark dark brown body.

S- Dark chocolate, vanilla, hints of red peppers, roasty malts, roasted coffee.

T- Big, bold flavors of dark chocolate, bitter coffee, vanilla, hints of peppers, huge roastiness. Great combination of flavors with no huge sweetness, but huge complexity. The hints of peppers add another level of flavor, but it does not overpower like some beers with peppers.

M- The mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer. Frothy, creamy, extremely drinkable for a 14% monster. Maybe the slightest sign of alcohol, but the peppers somewhat mask even the littlest alcohol presence. Insanely good mouthfeel.

O- A great beer for sure. Complex, great feel, great flavors. Perhaps the best non barrel-aged imperial stout I have had.

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Photo of hops202
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange wax top bottle poured into DFH snifter.

A - Pours black with lots of dark foam - looks like chocolate moose.

S - Plenty of espresso, chocolate and some vanilla and a hint of spice from peppers.

T - Lots of coffee and chocolate, some pepper heat is evident. Extremely decadent and delicious.

M - Awesome with a hint of spice.

O - quite exceptional and will lead me to seek out other Prairie Beers.

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Photo of babaracas
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black in the glass with two fingers thick fluffy light brown foam. Rings of delicate 14% lace left behind. Smell: vanilla, milk chocolate, light earthy and caramel espresso. A little chili. Taste: milk chocolate, caramel, sugary plum, vanilla, espresso note - earthy, building chili heat (and then after a while it's no longer noticeable). Medium bodied with light carbonation and very creamy. Easy drinking for the abv. This really showcases the aging adjuncts... I'd question whether the base beer has anything going on, but there's no point in that as the result is very tasty.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a tan head of about half a finger. Jet black color with a substantial amount of floaties on the bottom on the initial pour but dissipated as this beer was drank. Above average active carbonation for the style.

Smell: Airy oak, heavily roasted medium bodied coffee grounds, and sweet milk chocolate and lactose hit on the nose. Definite splash of earthy fruits from the peppers. Hoppy tones mute some of the vanilla. Smokiness lingers from the nose to the body. Chocolate and lactose continue to be very present throughout.

Taste: Smooth front of vanilla, espresso, and milk chocolate greet the drinker. Herbal, rustic fruits make a bold entrance on the body. Light coffee grounds, creamy lactose, and lingering herbal notes round out the body. The finish is a dry smokiness with a mixture of the earlier mentioned flavors with no outstanding outliers.

Mouthfeel: The palate is lightly taxed for what this beer is. Carbonation fits this brew very well. Slight oaky chalkiness lingers.

Overall: Loved by first offering from Prairie. The additives are well done in this brew but for me almost come together too well and none really stand out. The peppers are the highlight here. Just a tick off of being a world class stout but something I would always be excited to drink.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yellow waxed 375ml bottle poured into HF stemmed wine glass.

A- Pours a dark black with a half finger of dense dark mocha head that has great retention receding to a flat top leaving some spotty mocha lacing.

S- Espresso, cocoa nibs, hint of vanilla and chili peppers, subtle yeast in the background. Very pleasant aroma however I wish the chilies actually came through slightly more.

T- Creamy chocolate, smooth espresso that adds a decent amount of bitterness, very light chili heat, finishes with some vanilla bean and a little bit of yeast that I've found in other Prarie beers. Very tasty, again I wish the chilies came out a tiny bit more but otherwise very well balanced. The yeast used also detracts a tiny bit from the beer but not as much as in the Noir.

M- Silky smooth, nice carbonation level for style, extremely drinkable for the abv.

O- Prarie Bomb is an awesome beer that uses the adjuncts nicely to create a tasty beer. While I wouldn't say it is quite as good as Hunahpu it is definitely up there with one of the better 12% non-barrel-aged beers that I've had. This is definitely worth trying even if you don't like chili beers.

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Photo of hbensinger
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer with some friends. 12 oz. bottle poured into pub glass.
This beer pours as black as used motor oil. Some thin brown lacing hugs the sides of the glass as it goes. The aroma of coffee and roasted malt is present but so is the subtle spice from the pepper. It is not at all overpowering. This is an extremely complex and well crafted beer. The astronomical ABV is not apparent as it is all well balanced with the robust flavors of this brew. I am not a stout drinker normally but I loved this beer!

Whatever you have to do, get this and try this beer!

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- motor oil black with a brown head. The head is nice and thick and dissipates very quickly.

S- lots of burnt notes with delicious coffee blended in with chocolate and vanilla notes. I don't really smell any peppers in there at all.

T- damn, so good. Tons of chocolate and peppers up front with loads of REAL coffee taste. The peppers give minimal heat but really let there presence known on the swallow. It sits on the back part of your throat. The coffee stays on your tongue for a long time and its great.

M- thick and full bodied. Very silky and well blended.

O- an amazing beer. Everything about this beer is great and i would love to have tons more.

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Photo of Roguer
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly robust dark brown, firm, thick head, with very good retention. Brew is nearly perfectly black out of the bottle, and super dark in the glass, like a glossy, liquid coffee bean. Sticky, thin lacing stretches down the glass.

Huge coffee notes hit first, followed by chocolate malt and roasted barley. Vanilla and cream, and surprisingly, yes, a little hint of chili pepper, which lends a spicy and vegetal flavor to the aroma. Vanilla is stronger on very deep breaths.

Taste lives up to the nose, balancing all of those effects in one. Coffee, roasted barley, and a hint of dry chili pepper spice (heavier on the flavor than the spiciness) are front and center; dark cacao mingles with the pepper (a little spicier now) on the mid and back-end; cream and vanilla work their way in toward the finish. Dry, peppery, and earthy as you move along. More chocolate as it warms.

Medium-full body, but a full-bodied flavor. Sticky, thick (but not exactly chewy), with a long, long thick finish. Minutes after a sip, I find myself still swallowing this dense brew. No foaming, minimal sting, and no (alcohol) heat.

This is a fabulously complex and thick stout, mixing together more flavors than are probably necessary. What is supposed to stand out: the coffee? The chili peppers? Cacao or vanilla? In truth, all of these are present, with none standing out disproportionately to the others. That's exactly the way it should be.

Thanks to JayORear for providing this as a gift.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - black w a fantastic tan head
Smell - coffee and peppers but sweet vanilla cocoa at the same time w some booze
Taste - similar to the smell but lots of cocoa vanilla coffee with a pepper after note that sticks to your tongue. Not really boozy tasting, impressive for have such high abv.
Feel - full body with medium carb, perfect for the beer!
Overall - incredible complex very flavorful smooth beer

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sent to my by Kreko7.

Minimal carbonation and lacing, no bottling date so don't know the age on this one. Smell is primarily coffee, with some vanilla sweetness and there is definitely evidence of the chili peppers. The taste parallels the nose, predominantly coffee, with hints of vanilla and chocolate, and then only a bit heat from the chili peppers on the finish. It is remarkable how well everything comes together in this beer. For as complex of a beer as this is, it is exceptionally smooth. A little too much dominance by coffee for my personal preference, but a highly recommended brew. Cheers

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4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really tried to pour this one with some vigor to achieve a substantial head but only got about an inch. It is quite attractive though looking like foamy thick milk chocolate. Body is pour ink black in color. No light getting through here at all.

Nose is beautiful mouthwatering mix of rich coffee and milk chocolate. This smell is a real treat in itself just delectable. So fully incomfrencing the nose right to the taste buds.

As I take first sip I really get hit with a tone of bitter, high quality dark chocolate. Brisk and attacking the tongue with long dry and complex tones. The coffee really plays well here but it also is very bitter and dark. The peppers only act to add a bit of a sour twinge on the back of the tongue. And I really search for the vanilla bean only to find it smoothing out this brew and adding a bit of residual sweetness on the back of the tongue and mouthfeel.

This is a stout for big stout lovers who like theirs on the dryer side. This beer would probably age well for a very long time.

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Photo of larryi86
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bstyle for this!
12 oz bottle, orange wax, poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hint of chili peppers, big, awesome balance.

T- Roasted coffee, cacao nibs, some vanilla, dark chocolate, nice chili pepper heat that is not too much, well balance.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- This beer is awesome, very happy that I saw able to try this. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange waxed 12oz bottle from dbrelsfo (thanks Daniel!). I believe orange wax is batch 5- bottled spring 2014. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours oil black with an almost two finger mocha head. A thin layer persists, leaving some nice lace.

Smells of coffee, pepper, dark cocoa powder, roast malts and a slight vanilla sweetness.

Bold bitter and roasty notes dominate. Strong black coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, ancho peppers, roasty malts and mild smoke. Smoorh, soft vanilla rounds things out towards the finish and traces of booze peek in and out of the other flavors. Deftly drifts between bold dark chocolate covered coffee beans and a more subtle pepper tinged vanilla. Dangerously easy to drink for 13% abv.

Velvety, smooth, creamy, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Bitter coffee and cocoa with a hint of pepper.

Prairie has reached a great balance of adjuncts here. All four (coffee, cocoa, vanilla and ancho chili) play into the overall flavor, contributing to a well executed and flavorful stout. Bomb! is worthy of checking out and I'm looking forward to drinking more.

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Photo of themind
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer really is a treat! Dark blast of chillies and coco had a nice balance. The beer was not very hot in terms of the peppers shining thru. The brew was smooth and I absolutely would buy it if I saw it. I would seek this, store this, drink this as much as possible.

Bottom Line: Boom!

P.S the ABV is totally hidden!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1777th review on BA
Bottle to Prairie Tulip (Purple Lettering)

Batch 5 Orange wax.

Thanks to Will or CanadianGhetto for this one

App- A solid dark brown color with no transperency with a nice 1-1/2" slightly darker brown head that faded pretty quickly. The beer was deep and dense and poured like chocolate.

Smell- Right out of the bottle, I mostly get the cacao and the vanilla. Malty and rich like a milkshake. As it warmed more of the chili aroma came out as well. A nice mix. One doesnt overpower the other and you cant detect the nuances.

Taste- This was a very flavorful and layered and detectably smooth stout. I had a couple others with Chilis and it was too harse. The balance here of the ingredients is quite nice. The sweet of the vanilla and the change to the richness of the chocolate and then the subtle hints of spice was nice.

Mouth- A solid medium body, bordered on being a thicker beer but struck the balance nicely. The carbonation was a solid medium and was a bit bubbly and creamy.

Drink- A very good beer. I enjoyed it a lot. I was glad I was able to land at least one to review and enjoy this one. Prairie does some good things. I am happy to have some goodies in the fridge to try.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade from PA-Michigander.. thanks man!

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque body with a light coffee colored head that rises to an inch or so, and reduces slowly to leave some lacing and a thin layer of foam. Very nice.

S- Heavy coffee, marshmallow, dark chocolate, dark fruit, some vanilla and caramel. Coffee and roasty malt dominate the nose.

T- Yum yum.. first up is some very delicious vanilla beans, butterscotch, french vanilla, caramel. It's unusual for a stout of this magnitude to be vanilla-forward but it's been done, and in a very balanced, complex manner! On the follow through is coffee, milk chocolate, roasty malt, marshmallows, and some chilies. The aftertaste is charred and toasted.

M- Rich, velvety, heavy bodied, low carbonation. Very smooth for the ABV.

I've been looking forward to trying Bomb! and it did not disappoint. What we have here is a complex, balanced, sip demanding stout that rises above the rest. Seek it out!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Purchased bottle in April maybe in Arkansas and checked it home on the plane. Opened 11/11/14. My 1,000th review!
Pours an oily black color with minimal tan head into cigar city snifter.
Huge vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted aromas...maybe I can smell a hint of the pepper.
Taste is big vanilla...lots of roasted malts, chocolate, and then ends with a nice bite of heat. Its not over sweet at all....not over done with the heat...not over anything, its damn near perfect. Chugable, yet full of so much flavor. I absolutely love this brew,

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232, thanks man.

Pours a dark, deep black, with a very small half inch mocha head. Not much lacing.

The smell is of incredible rich chocolate, roasted malt, and chili peppers.

I'm surprised by how chocolate forward this beer is- and I love it. Tastes dark chocolate brownie batter, rich and thick. Quite roasty as well. As the beer warms, the vanilla becomes present and lends some creamy sweetness to the proceedings. At the end of each sip there's a pleasant slight pepper twang that builds up slightly sip after sip. There is some coffee noted as well, but it's mild compared to the heavy chocolate.

Full, thick mouthfeel, creamy and delicious. Very drinkable for the ABV. Low level of carbonation.

Chocolate, vanilla and chili peppers is a combination that is pure gold, and this goes for more a chocolate forward feel than some of its brethren.

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

12oz, orange waxed bottle poured into Cycle Brewing snifter.

Pitch black liquid, one-inch, thick mocha head dissipates after a few sips to a rim. Nice lacing coats the glass during the tasting.

Chocolate malt, char, light coffee and peppers. Not much vanilla, but the choc malt is heavenly.

The chocolate takes on a more fudge-like flavor and the coffee comes out. Nice, mellow pepper burn accentuates the flavors.

Medium-heavy body, well carbonated, alcohol well hidden by the peppers.

Another in a line of stouts brewed with cacao and chili peppers. Well done but not in the class of Huna.

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Photo of Evahflow
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an orange waxed 12 oz bottle into a Prairie Teku Glass

A- Darkest brown almost black. Slight Caramel colored bubbles on top that go away instantly.

S- Chocolate,fudgy,coffee, vanilla. Exactly as the label reads. They nailed it

T-Fudge,cocoa,coffee. Second sip I get a little vanilla as well. Third sip Im getting all that and a suble shot of heat rounding it out, chilli? chilli chocolate? I get no alcohol from this and at 14% thats a well crafted beer.I've never had anything like this!

M- Light and creamy, not watery but not thick at all. Perfect consistency to carry these flavors. Makes it intensely drinkable.

O-Overall I nee to first say that I don't drink stouts. I have tried a lot of them but Im just not a fan of them. This beer has changed that. I haven't ever had a stout that packs so much well blended flavor. This beer is so well balanced, every ingredient plays its role to a T. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this beer again hopefully. Try it if you can you won't regret it.

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Photo of tpgraham
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am going to update my review here after having a few of these over the past 3 or 4 months. I can say with certainty that this is now my favorite non-bourbon barrel aged, flavored stout on the market. Prairie has really outdone themselves here and managed to create a cohesive, excellent beer that most other brewers would turn in to a mess.

I am reviewing an orange wax bottle that was release in early 2014.

A - Thick, viscous, pitch black pour with a tan head. Nice sticky lacing left by the receding one-finger head.

S - Roasted malt and coffee beans are present at first. Chocolate begins to show up as it warms and you can get your nose in the glass. Almost on par with Chokolat as far as the cocoa aroma goes.

T - Complex, multi-layered. Up front is roasted malt and coffee that give way to the cocoa and the heat from the chile peppers on the back end. The vanilla has faded with age on this bottle, which is to be expected. I cannot believe how they pulled this off. Ecellent.

M - Full bodied stout, like an imperial should be. Very smooth finish with no detectable heat even with the high 13% ABV.

O - Hands down the best flavored stout I have ever had.

Next time this releases I am going to try and get 3 or 4 more bottles.

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Photo of roger617
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter. There was a burnt orange wax covering the top.

A: Pours dark black with half a finger of mocha colored head. The beer appeared very thick during the pour, as expected for the style and ABV.
S: I get coffee and vanilla up front on this, with a lingering heat from the peppers. Not detecting hardly any chocolate. Clearly there's a lot going on with this.
T: Coffee comes first, however unlike the aroma, pepper is clearly the second most dominant flavor, followed by chocolate and lastly vanilla. As it warms up the pepper becomes more pronounced, but never over takes coffee for the lead. After-taste lingers with a bit of chocolate.
M: Velvety smooth, with an appropriate carb level.
O: To say this beer is well balanced doesn't begin to describe it. There's so much going on here that it's tough to believe its 13%. I didn't have many expectations for Bomb!, and I'm glad to say it took me by surprise.

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