Prairie Pirate Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Pirate Bomb!Prairie Pirate Bomb!

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prairie's Bomb stout aged in Rum barrels.

Added by Nuggetz on 10-19-2013

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Reviews: 191 | Ratings: 1,839
Photo of kevanb
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, undated and no batch number, poured into a Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Dog Teku. Enjoyed on 10.8.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a thick, jet black color, intensely opaque with a thin bone colored head, little retention and spots of lace. The aroma is nice, rich and decadent, tons of dark chocolate, spices, rum barrel, light caramel, chili, vanilla bean and a touch of roastiness. The flavors are excellent, coffee really jumps out with tons of chocolate behind it, rum and spices integrate nicely with some wood barrel, vanilla bean and caramel with just a touch of chili pepper heat. The mouthfeel is thick, coating, full bodied, rich and heavy with low carbonation and a silk finish with a touch of heat.

Verdict: A great rum barrel aged stout from Prairie. Perhaps a bit less integrated and cohesive as the bourbon Bomb! but there is a lot to love here. Lots of great chocolate and spice flavor from the rum, coffee really comes through flavor wise and the vanilla helps to mellow out the heat from the chili. Definitely a top notch beer.

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Photo of TomDRaleigh
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this is unreal smooth. Mild rum, not overwhelming at all. Great mouthfeel, light heat. Chocolate, thick, dark fruit. Just an amazing beer, worth every penny!

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Photo of GregoryP
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very true to the original bomb but had its own style. Does not have the same bite of original Bomb. Very thin head but not affect taste. Boozy but smooth. Overall a verty smooth beer. This is a great beer to take your time with.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a small foamy dark tan head that reduces to leave nothing behind

S- aroma opens up with fresh coffee, along with aromas of cinnamon, pepper skin & nutmeg. Dark chocolate fudge notes mix with the rum barrel to give notes of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla & oak

T- big burst of fresh coffee up front with the sweetness form the rum barrel immediately making a presence. Mid-palate brings notes of cinnamon poking through, along with more sweetness, brown sugar, black strap molasses. The finish brings just a touch of pepper heat, along with roasted malt and more molasses sweetness

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into the finish, slightly warming alcohol on the linger

O- quite interesting how much sweetness is added by the rum barrel. At times the sweetness tends to overpower the adjunct ingredients. Alcohol is hidden pretty well for 14%

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Photo of edthehead
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with little to no head. Definate chocolate, Coffee, vanilla, and peppers on the palate, and a weaker version on them on the nose. Rum is dominant on the palate as well as the nose. Great mouthfeel. As good as the regular Bomb, and better than the rest of the variants that I've had.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A review in progress as I believe I kay have had a bottle that had lost most of its carbonation.

From a bottle purchased in Kansas.

A - Poured flat with no head at all.

S - Brown sugar and molasses, some rum sweetness

T - a bit hot

S - Heavy with a sweet but not cloying finish. Slick and a bit hot.

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

Aroma: the smell of chocolate and coffee with a hint of sweetness from the vanilla is noticeable up front while the brandy and rum barrel provides a subtle undertone.
Appearance: very dark brown which is expected
Flavor: the coffee and chocolate flavors dominate on the front end with the rum barrel really coming through in the finish.
Mouth-feel: Medium full with a slightly creamy mouth-feel that grows more prominent as it warms up.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours gooey and viscous pitch-black with a dark khaki-head. Frothy and persistent.

Smells like brownies. Or brownie mix. With rum. Lots of both. Oak, vanilla, char, spice. Bold aroma but very appealing to me.

A lot of booze in that flavor, it doesn't hide much. Then chocolatey notes, oak, and rum spice, vanilla. Don't get really any spice.

Damn the booze is heavy here. Spicy, astringent and it cuts through the thick viscous body and prevents the beer's thickness and sweetness to truly be enjoyed. Then again, the more I drink the less bothersome it is. Imagine that.

Some nice flavors, but still very hot.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.76/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very dark in color with absolutely no head on top. The smell is very chocolatey and boozy. Taste is very sweet thanks to the vanilla and rum. The rum is too overpowering.

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

look: thick but a light fizzy head gives it the appearance thats it would be a lighter mouthfeel. expected the head to dissipate faster than it did but hung around for quite a while. smell is awesome rum, vanilla, chocolate maybe caramel? taste: sweeter than the original bomb due to the rum, but still lots of chocolate getting some smooth vanilla in there as well. feel: thicker than appearance but from memory a bit thinner than original. overall: great beer that i am really happy to have found. would i pick up another one? probably not at the $13 price tag.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours black, almost no head, no lacing. Big sweet chocolate rum aroma, wow! Taste is full of boozy rum, but not overly boozy, dark bitter chocolate. Not very sweet like bomb although it got a little sweeter as it warmed. Lots of wood in the finish. Soft oily mouthfeel. Very delish.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black, no carbonation, lacing, etc.

S - Booze, rum.

T - Sweet, sugar, rum, booze, heat/hot!, chocolate, vanilla

F - Full body, rich

O - An amazing rum barrel aged Double Stout. Well done!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to jvgoor3786 for this bottle!

A - Pitch black pour with a micro-thin toffee colored lacing ring, serious legs on the sides of the glass, very viscous, and no carbonation.

S - Chocolate molasses, rum, oak, coconut, and some vanilla.

T - Dominated by chocolate and rum throughout (no complaints here). Also has some vanilla, oak, coconut, and some alcohol/pepper burn on the back end as it slides down the throat.

M - Big, thick, full bodied, syrupy, sticky and alcohol effervescence shoots up through the sinuses.

O - This beer is fantastic and can easily hold its own against any of the other big barrel aged stouts out there. (And you know who I'm talking about.) Highly recommended.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance: pours super black and oily, with a thin, khaki colored foam on top. Head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a ring of mocha around the outside. Body is totally opaque and black, even when swirled.

Aroma: layers of complexity here. The first hit I got was the vanilla, followed by a touch of that coconutty, boozy rum scent. The last note that hits the nose is the chili, which punctuates the sweetness nicely.

Taste: wow, this was a really unique stout. The first taste is chocolatey deliciousness, which is a dime a dozen in imperial stouts. Still, very potent. What comes next, though, is what makes this beer a step above the rest in terms of complexity. I got a bunch of the sweetness and some mild heat from the rum barrel, followed by a solid smack of vanilla. Finishing notes come with the chili heat, which is more of the dry, lightly spicy jalapeno flavor than a hot, spicy note. Really subtle and understated.

Feel: thick and syrupy, following in the footsteps of regular BOMB! Everything I'd want in an imperial stout.

Overall: an amazing brew from Prairie, and certainly worth the price.

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Photo of robbmotiwalla
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good, smells great, feels great, tastes good. Finish is the only thing lacking, not a fan of the alcoholic burn. Solid beer, i think bourbon barrel is better though. Still a great beer

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Photo of tbryan5
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pirate BOMB! has a great aroma. Not much head to speak of and pours kind of thin. However, this lives up to its name on the palate. Nice rum and roast with the classic BOMB! shining as usual. Maybe not quite as good as BA BOMB! but great nonetheless.

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

This is my all-time favorite beer. I finally got to try it this year and am amazed - one that definitely lives up to the hype. I loved regular bomb and BA bomb, but this takes it to a new level. I've had rum aged beers that didn't add much to the original but this one is different. I got a lot of vanilla, coffee and rum. The rum really pushes the vanilla and chocolate. Super awesome beer and defined lay worth finding!

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Photo of Mexi_locobarrel
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a sniffer glass looks of a jet black motor oil with zero head
Smell of rum with sweetness arouse the nostrils
Taste of coffee chocolate hit off the bat
Feel is very smooth the 14 abv. Hides very well!!!!

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Photo of Myotus
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 50°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 08Apr16) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Consumed on 03Jun16.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of sweet chocolate are backed by strong aromas of coffee and vanilla. Mild aromas of oak, rum, and coconut make the barrel aging apparent. The subtle aromas of spicy chilies add just the right amount of heat.
TASTE: An initial boozy sweetness is instantly perceived as very strong sweet chocolate and strong rum flavors explode on to the palate. The beer grows more savoury as strong coffee and vanilla immediately follow. Mild barrel flavors of oak and coconut next caress the palate and further increase the goodness of this brew. In a final act, mild spicy flavors of chilies and subtle bitter roasted malt flavors enter as all previous flavors maintain. Just like in the aromas, the chilies provide just the right amount of heat.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down incredibly smooth and creamy. Due to the high alcohol content, the beer finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: How do you make Bomb! better without bourbon barrel aging it? You rum barrel age it!

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into glass. Modest carbonation and a dark black color with modest head that dissipates quickly. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and faint hints of rum are apparent. Full bodied and creamy on the palate - well balanced flavors on the front and the rum lingering to the back along with the chili-pepper! This is Treasure in a Bottle!! By comparison, Oro Negro by Jackie O's is very similar but Prairie has captured the flag. Well done!!!

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely incredible.....just when you think the original Bomb is the pinnacle, you get hit with this, every ingredient is heightened and accentuated with the rum barrel making this an unbelievable improvement on an already stunning beer.

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

I thought Bomb was an good beer, but for the price-point, not something I'd return to. This is much more appealing to me. I like the rum barrel action, and have liked it in a few other beers. This was probably a 14.99 or 16.99 bottle - I forget which - and while I would probably pass on regular Bomb next year, I'd grab one of these again. Pineapple rum and chocolate fun.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage
~3 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, oily and viscous body. Thin layer of dark tan colored head, soapy / bubbly, dissipates to almost nothing. Tons of alcohol legs, coats and sticks to glass.

Aroma- Rich, fudgy, gourmet chocolates, dark chocolates, dry cocoa, bittersweet. Rum, spiced oak, dark fruity notes. Rich chocolate rum cake. Tons of vanilla, coconut, and caramel. Mild spicy, peppery heat.

Taste- Dark chocolates, creamy milk chocolates, mocha coffee, vanilla, and caramel. Rum, spicy dry oak, dark fruits soaked in boozy rum, lots of coconut. Spicy, peppery chillies on the finish.

Feel- Full bodied, velvety, creamy and smooth, slightly drying at times from oak and spice. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Rum barrel takes an already great beer to an even more incredible level. Lots of vanilla imparted, and a wonderful coconut and dry, spicy oak dimension. Chili peppers are noticeable but so well balanced into the beer, not too harsh. Rum is very forward, but not too boozy. Tastes like a gourmet chocolate rum cake w/ coconut and chillies as toppings.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a brown tinge. No head, and no lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, spices, chilies, oak, and rum. The flavor profile is very similar with notes of roasted malts, spices, chilies, oak, rum, and toffee. It is on the sweet side, but still well balanced. Mouth feel has a medium-full consistency, and is smooth, creamy, filling, and delightful too. Overall, it's a very tasty brew. Plenty of subtle hints and notes to seek out here.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Tried in a blind taste test against Christmas Bomb.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Prarie bomb ...then concentrate the flavors more of everything with an enhanced sweetness delicious beer could use more rum flavor to it but very nice

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