Pirate Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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4.52/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pirate bomb is our beer Prairie Bomb! aged in rum casks. The flavor from the casks helps impart more vanilla and coconut flavors to the beer while helping to add more body and smoothness to the already explosive and expressive flavors of Bomb!

Added by Nuggetz on 10-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#96
Reviews:
276
Ratings:
2,266
pDev:
7.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Winston3737
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 505beergeek
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Snowcrash000
3.97/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black coloration with almost no head at all, just a thin layer of lacing on top which disappears quickly, leaving a black hole in the glass. Smells of roasted malt and coffee, cocoa and vanilla, with hints of chili and a light, musty earthiness. Once the beer warms, swirling also brings out a light floral, soapy green pepper note that is not entirely pleasant. Taste is quite complex, yet well-balanced, with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee dominating. Additional notes of vanilla, chili, licorice, coconut and a certain woody, musty earthiness. Hints of green pepper and booze as well. Finishes with a light bitterness and chili/green pepper note in the aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel with a rich body and low carbonation. This starts out nice enough, but develops more and more of a boozy green pepper note as it sits/warms. Maybe it's just not suitable for aging, no idea how old this bottle is, but the rum barrel really seems to add little of value to Bomb!, which I vastly prefer, to be honest.

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Photo of shelby415
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Joenap419
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of codytwo
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mschrei
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark with mild lacing and slight oiliness. Smell is roasty malt, sweet chocolate and vanilla, and boozy rum. Taste is the typical Bomb!-sweet cocoa and vanilla hits first with hot pepper backing that up over a constant roasty malt, but the boozy rum barrel giving it a woody, fruity, tang and plenty of alcohol burn. Easily understood why this rates so highly.

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Photo of ChittyChambers
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of YvesB
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rooshops
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chrishiday
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hjc
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ssjmalt
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Seeker_11
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty solid beer. I have only tried it once and have been looking for it ever since.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomb is good but the this is one of the beers that I think improves the most with barrel aging. The peppers in the non barrel aged version can taste over the top, but with the adding like ageing it really makes well with the bourbon and oak.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - I kept it in the bottle because I didn’t have a good glass to pour it in while rving.
Smell - dark chocolate vanilla covered coffee beans in a wooden rum barrel
Taste - honestly dead on with the smell. Not that boozy for being 15% and not to sweet.
Feel - medium smooth creamy body with a tingling light carbonation
Overall - fantastic well done imperial stout!

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Photo of tsgooch79
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reebtaerG
4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
2017 vintage
Served in a snifter

Review #1550

Somewhat murky, dark brown appearance. The medium viscosity body was topped by a small, bubbly, tan colored crown that quickly fell to a thin collar. Minimal spotty lacing stuck along the glass.

Really interesting aroma. The first thing that stood out were strong vegetal notes, perhaps from the chilis. A bit green pepper-like too. Loads of rich, smooth, dark chocolate. Chocolate syrup or chocolate fudge came to mind. Fairly boozy but not overly so. Subtle vanilla notes were also detectable. As the beer sat, the nose intensified and smoothed out. The chili spice also took a backseat to the dark chocolate notes. Vanilla really came forth. More booziness too. I probably would not peg this for being rum barrel aged however but maybe bourbon.

Like the nose, the flavor was rich and surprisingly savory. Malty and robust up front. Moderately roasty. Bakers chocolate appeared mid palate. Chili spice notes were noticeable as well and crescendoed as the beer moved along the palate. Bit of a vegetal-like quality. Loads of chili spice in the finish. This was definitely one of the spiciest beers I have ever tried. Roast, booze, charred wood and more chili heat lingered after the swallow.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Not quite as rich or as thick as I was anticipating. The liquid contained a subtle, finely beaded effervescence that fluffed up beautifully when it hit the palate. Super creamy, slick and smooth.

Pirate Bomb! is an interesting beer that was far more spicy and savory than I anticipated. My one big gripe was that it lacked any discernible coffee notes. This is an interesting variation in the Bomb! series, but it is definitely not a beer that I would go to great lengths to procure again.

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Pirate Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 2,266 ratings