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BOMB! - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 540
Hads: 4,235
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 939
Gots: 1,696 | FT: 230
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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 charlzm
3.65/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Consumed on June 20th, 2015 from a bottle, poured into a tulip/goblet hybrid glass.

Beer pours very dark and no light passes through it when held up to same. Virtually no head, just a minuscule little dark tan crown around the edges of the glass.

Aroma is bold and simple: cocoa, coffee, vanilla and chile.

Flavor is the same as the smell: coffee, mild chile, some vanilla and bitterness. Just not very tasty to this palate; the peppers ruin it.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth but slightly coating and lacking in carbonation. Some alcohol heat.

Overall, I fail to see what all the excitement is about. Will not be drinking this one again. (647 characters)

Photo of UGA45211
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pick up the ancho chili right off of the smell. Strong coffee notes, the ancho chili comes through nicely in the after taste, not to much, but not to weak . Very impressive. Worth the $6.50 single price (203 characters)

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was amazing. You get the pepper smell right away and the cocoa. But the taste is smooth, chocolaty, sweet not boozy at all for a high ABV beer. Buy this if you can! (177 characters)

Photo of RickS95
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful thick, black pour. All black, light stands no chance against this, even around the edges. The head slowly forms from the bottom up. Maybe a finger thick and light brown in color. Retains fairly well given the ABV, resulting in a thin, spotty lace.

Nothing but dark roasty things went into this beer. Roasted grains, coffee and chocolate all fill the nose. You have to dig to get to the peppers, but you'll notice them.

The taste kills. It's flawless. Coffee with hints of chocolate. The rest of the stuff is totally superfluous as these two ingredients are all that's needed. Bittersweet chocolate in the finish and barely a note of the alcohol.

Again, this is flawless. It's ultra creamy and smooth from the get go. Slightly sweet up front, with evolving bitterness and warmth in the finish. Full bodied and borderline dry finish.

This is an exceptional beer. For 13% ABV, it's a bit too easy to drink. You don't have to sip it, but you should. Basically impossible to improve upon. (1,018 characters)

Photo of MaxGreen
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour into a small tulip glass. Almost no head whatsoever. Intricate lacing. Color resembles that of black coffee.

Has a strong smell of coffee, some toffee, cacao, slight smell of pepper, and rich vanilla.

Full bodied. Creamy feel in the mouth - almost like a latte. Little carbonation. Smooth and not biting in the slightest.

My tastebuds are first greeted by black coffee, which fades to vanilla, then to chocolate, and then to a spiciness of peppers and other hot spices. Has a dry finish, urging another sip. Bitter coffee aftertaste. No flavor is overpowering here - perfectly balanced. Long finish.

Really surprising that this beer is 13% ABV. Very rich and while it is quite drinkable, would be hard to drink more than two - almost a dessert or an after dinner coffee. While this didn’t quite live up to the hype, I believe it may have to grow on me. Also possible that this wasn’t the best batch, as I noticed that there was some rust on the lip of the glass, which may explain the lack of carbonation. Overall, quite enjoyable and one of the darker stouts I’ve had. Will try again after drinking more imperials. (1,130 characters)

Photo of floridadrift
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Besides AB Noir, probably my favorite Prairie stout. The vanilla really pops but there is a slight aftertaste from the spices but nonetheless, fantastic. (153 characters)

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

The chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and peppery goodness that wafted out of my glass when poured just a bit cooler than room temperature. The amazing mouth feel and taste, no alcohol burn or taste on the finish but a nice nutmeg and pepper taste. Amazingly wonderful stout this one tops them all. (292 characters)

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

The pour looks great, a viscous jet black with a moderate, very dark brown head, but doesnt lead me to believe there is anything special.

Then the first whiff steps it up a notch. Coffee and vanilla are the dominant aromas, but there is chocolate, cinnamon, and a faint peppery spiciness too.

Next comes this whole drinking part. Wow! Wow!! Did I mention wow? Lots of vanilla up front, followed by cinnamon, chocolate, smooth coffee, and cinnamon again with very subtle heat from peppers. Aftertaste is extremely smooth. Not much bitterness, with a lingering hazelnut/ vanilla latte taste with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. No alcohol in this one despite the 13% bill.

Body is better than medium for sure. Silky, somewhat creamy with an average amount of carbonation.

This is the only beer that I have had that I would even compare to Hunahpu. I think it sits in between that and Xocaveza. Just a touch too much vanilla I think (from a vanilla junkie for what it's worth). Would like to see a hair more coffee presence. However, I would say this is probably one of the top 5-10 stouts I have had, and one of the top 10-20 beers in general. Fantastic. (1,162 characters)

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

Few things in life live up to hype. Prairie Bomb is not one of those things. The worst thing I can say about his beer is that it has ruined all other stouts for me. It is simply in a class all its own (200 characters)

Photo of JdoubleA
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Damn near perfect. I wished the chilies came through slightly more. Chocolate-ness was amazing, probably amplified by the vanilla. Didn't get much coffee either. (164 characters)

Photo of Sparty1224
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on 4/21/15, making this about 6 weeks old.

A: Pours a pitch black color, almost no head with a vigorous pour. Has a medium body in the glass, very calm.

S: Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, hazelnut, cocoa. Very nice balance of all these aromas, not one overpowering.

T: Lots of spice, chocolate and vanilla up front. Finishes with lots of cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, espresso, and even more spice.

M: Medium mouthfeel, decent carbonation. 13% is hidden extremely well, as there's no boozyness to this at all. Spice level is mild-to-moderate. There's just enough to notice it and warm the beer up a bit.

O: After hunting this beer for quite some time now, it's finally nice to get a hold of a bottle. I've had Christmas Bomb! before this one, so I had some idea of what to expect. This one is really good, but I somewhat prefer the extra spice and flavor of Christmas Bomb! to this one. There's a lot going on here and there's a lot of depth, but it just feels like one or two things are missing. Maybe barrel-aging or a bit of a stronger presence from the coffee. Not sure. As far as the style, it's certainly up there for me, maybe #1 thus far, but I've yet to try Abraxas or Hunahpu.

Recommendation: Definitely worth seeking out or trading for. I just wouldn't give up an arm or a leg for it. (1,372 characters)

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

Strong coffee followed by dark chocolate on the nose, which are mirrored on the palate. Phenomenal beer, one of the best in it's class; just wish it wasn't so pricey on tap at the bar where I sampled it! (204 characters)

Photo of ryaneasterling
4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Believe it or not, Oklahoma has a unique and rich underground beer tradition. Research the history of "Choc" brewery in Krebs, OK and you will understand. With Bomb! Prairie Artisan Ales seek to further a necessarily rebellious legacy. Bomb! is a world class Stout. Oklahoma IS and should be proud of this intricate masterpiece. This is Christmas eve with the Indians beer. Heavy stuff. (391 characters)

Photo of lefty418
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was gifted this beer by a friend. initially I wasn't sure if I was going to like it because it has chili peppers in it and I don't like spicy beer. When I opened it up it smelled amazing. It poured so lovely in color I started to get excited. Then I tasted it....all I can say is WOW. chocolate, coffee, vanilla... All the things I love in a beer! I don't really taste any of the chili pepper but I'm okay with it. This is an absolutely amazing beer! (454 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on April 21, 2015 printed in Julian code on the bottleneck. Finally I have acquired a bottle of Prairie Bomb!, 'Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers'. per the label.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - it pours a dark inky black with hardly any conjuration of head at all. Some dark mocha skims the glass and leaves lots of good sticky lacing when given a nice swirl.

S - A luscious aroma greets the senses. This thing is literally bursting with gooey chocolatey goodness and authentic freshly grinded coffee beans. Smells sticky, gooey, & creamy. Smells absolutely delicious.

T - Taste follows the nose: very smooth & creamy. Lots of gooey chocolate / cacao nib goodness steals the show for me. Very authentic freshly brewed coffee flavor. The vanilla beans are present, but are mostly lost to the other flavors. The chili peppers lend only a very subtle heat on the finish. Roasty, with mild notes of char, and a mild metallic note that is just a bit off-putting for me. Very complex stuff.

M - The mouthfeel is extremely smooth & creamy, especially at 13.00% abv. Medium-full bodied with low lying carb. Still, very easy-drinking stuff considering the high abv.

Overall, an excellent stout from Prairie Artisan Ales, it's no wonder this beer is so highly acclaimed. Would definitely be interested in seeing how other variants of this one fare.

Prairie Bomb! -----4.5/5 (1,451 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The coffee and chocolate are the strong players in the nose and they just hit you you hard. It is a fantastic nose and gets better as it warms. The body has delicious chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes blending together in a great way. The chili finish is very subtle. I would have wanted more but then I would just have Mexican Cake instead. Fantastic stout! (360 characters)

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The wonderful smell of chili's is almost deceiving as it is not the leading flavor in this amazing stout. This beer meets, and exceeds, all expectations. A must try for any beer lovers. What an excellent, flavorful brew! (220 characters)

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

I would rather have this than a cup of coffee every morning! It definitely has a richer coffee flavor than your average cup of joe. Very rich and strong. Definitely one to drink on a clean palate. (199 characters)

Photo of EEscobar
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks dark chocolate. Looks like dark mud
Smell Chile chocolate vanilla. Reminds me of Mexican hot chocolate.
Feel creamy
Taste chocolate roasted chile vanilla
Overall: I've done a lot of traveling lately this is one of the most unique flavor profiles I have come across. It goes down so easy despite the high abv. It is the type of beer you crave to drink when you haven't had it in a while and can still remember exactly how it tastes. (443 characters)

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

Excellent and definitely comperable to KBS. KBS takes a slight edge bc the flavors are better melded. This comes
Off slightly too sweet without food. I didn't get spice from the pepper at all. (192 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This Imperial Stout improved as it warmed. Bigger chocolate flavors came through. My favorite beer in terms of being solid all the way through with new flavors coming and going. (177 characters)

Photo of akrz47
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste it the first time -- too strong, too hot, lots of alcohol, not balanced. Taste it the second time -- wait a second...that is realllllly good! Taste is another time, you're addicted. Good luck :P (203 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Prairie Artisan Ale's Bomb!, imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers. 13% ABV.

A: Less than half a finger of slightly lopsided, brown head. Decent lacing and sheeting; both hold quite well. Black in the glass; very dark brown in the dimple. Very slight inkiness.

S: Up front, smells like a soft, yet very deep, coffee. Very fresh beans. Some definite dry cocoa nibs. Subtle vanilla. Slight chili pepper edge. Very faint char note. The scents are well controlled, so you have to really look for things other than what's actually added. I think of this as a plus, but others might disagree.

T/MF: Really smooth on the palate. Definite waxy sweetness from the peppers. Bittersweet chocolate and sweet coffee. Not overpoweringly sweet, but the flavors are all of a sweet leaning. Subtle piquancy around the edges. Actually, quite a bit like drinking a less sweet Mexican/Mayan/Aztec hot chocolate. Bitter notes of the chocolate and coffee "bloom" as you swallow. Fairly long finish. Very nice! (1,028 characters)

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap, and to be fair I had about 5-6 Bourbon County Coffee and/or Vanilla Rye prior to tasting this. I liked it, but expected more of a 100/100 rated beer, BUT I know I was drinking all-timers prior and will give Bomb! another chance.

**Second chance from 12oz bottle poured into snifter.
This really is phenomenal. Had this as my first beer of the evening with nothing else to change my palate. Lots of chocolate, dark chocolate, tastes. I understand the 100/100 rating now. (483 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with virtually no head. Lacing is minimal. Strong black licorice aroma. There was some dark chocolate in there as well. There is a strong degree of booziness to the aroma. Roasted malty taste with some chocolate and black licorice. Very boozy at the end with the licorice. Somewhat of a chili aftertaste. Full bodied. Low carbonation. I will say that it was good, but it wasn't what I expected based on the reviews on here. (452 characters)

BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
99 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.