Pirate Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Pirate Bomb!Pirate Bomb!

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

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

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing Humidor Series tulip glass.

A: Essentially black, opaque, and has minimal visible carbonation. Forms a thin brown head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Chocolate and chilies, tobacco and vanilla. Dark roasted malts and dry tannins. Not much, if any, rum barrel on the nose.

T: Chocolate, chilies and tobacco up front. Sweet old, worn leather. Cinnamon, vanilla, and rum, though there isn't a huge rum (nor barrel) presence here either. Chocolate and chilies swell back up at the swallow, with a touch of spicy pepper character.

M: A full-bodied, sticky mouthfeel, though not as heavy as some Imperial Stouts. Low carbonation sensation, and the alcohol presence is well-integrated.

O: This is just as good as the base BOMB!...but it doesn't taste much different either. The rum barrel treatment is almost missing completely, but it certainly doesn't add anything. But still a very tasty beer.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours black with nice tan head great lacing.

Aroma - The one I had was a year old the aromas had smoothed out a bit tons of dark chocolate, nice earthy pepper aroma, vanilla no sign of the alcohol.

Taste - Very smooth sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, just a slight hint of the alcohol.

Feel - Full feel very smooth and silky just a hint of heat.

Overall - An amazing beer great favors and so smooth not a sign of the 14% ABV.

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion, pirate noir has the edge. The barrel in noir shines through so much stronger than this one. It mostly feels like bomb with a little less sugar.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering about 95% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts, freshly brewed espresso, chili peppers, dark chocolate, vanilla, and rum. Moderate aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice with a light to moderate aroma of molasses. Light notes of dark fruit (plum + fig).

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted malts with a hint of charred malts with a slightly stronger than moderate amount of molasses and dark chocolate sweetness as well was some light flavors of dark fruit (plum + fig) . That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of chili peppers, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice with strong flavors of freshly brewed espresso. Finally there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of vanilla and rum. Light to moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which is quickly overtaken by moderate amounts of rum sweetness and chili pepper heat in the finish.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Some warming in the finish (likely a combonation of alcohol and chili peppers).

O: The rum barrel aging really adds significantly to this beer, and in a very positive fashion - I feel like the rum brings out different aspects of this beer than the bourbon barrel aged base beer. Great complexity but still well balanced. Very enjoyable and pretty easy to drink considering the strength, alcohol is well hidden from the flavor and aroma.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took me awhile to get ahold of this but man it was worth the wait! The rum isn't overwhelming. It's a perfect compliment to the masterpiece that is Bomb!

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Photo of MusicBeer_1961
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage, 12oz bottle poured into a snifter..

The appearance is a beautiful jet black with a quickly disappearing mocha head.. the smell is fantastic- Rum leads the way.. followed closely by coffee, chocolate and a vanilla/coconut sweetness- Perfect!..

The taste steals the show as it is not only a carbon copy of the smell, but sits beautifully on the palate and lingers with a long finish.. I want to drink this beer ALL the time.. in fact, I'd like to brush my teeth with it!..

One of the finest barrel aged Imperial Stouts you will ever drink. If you're lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time, snatch this one up.. Quickly!..


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Photo of HipCzech
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libby Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark coffee brown with a light brown foamy heady. A good fringe of foam lingers and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Rich dark coffee, chocolate, molasses and roasted malts. Hints of oak and alcohol and nice chili spice.

Taste: Rich, roasted and sweet with plenty of roasted coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Chili spice keeps the sweetness balances along with nice oak barrel and boozy notes from the rum barrels.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, velvety smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Much like the original Bomb! - full flavored and complex with added coffee, spice and barrel notes elevating a strong stout base. Rum barrel aging is subtle with a little extra oak and booze peeking through.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of Darrell. Black pour, small tan head. Robust heady RIS aromas; chocolate, roast malts, molasses, booze, wood, vanilla. Taste piles on with all of these, one flavor blending into the next, some coffee too. Damn tasty.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie's Pirate BOMB!, imperial stout aged in rum barrels with coffee cacao nibs, vanilla beans and "chillies" (I just realized that's misspelled) added. 15% ABV.

A: Nice cocoa cereal colored head; about a finger. Quickly dissolves to just a thin, lopsided ring. Black in the glass; very dark brown in the dimple, with red-brown edge. Solid sheeting. Very thin lines of lacing. Slight inkiness.

S: Much darker aroma than I'd expected. Heavily charred oak barrels, or maybe just rum made from black strap. Very dark chocolate cake; like, nearly burned. Dark caramel. Light amount of dark roast coffee. Charred wood, like from a campfire. Light graphite.

T/MF: Oh! It starts off sweet, but not overly so, with darker flavors. Char with a sweet edge, medium coffee, bittersweet chocolate, rum raisin, slight cookie spice, slight oatmeal, wood smoke. Then, there is a sudden burst of sticky sweetness. Maple syrup. Raisin and chocolate coated fig. Honey.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of strohme2
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark almost black. Quickly receding head leaves just the faintest of mocha head around the ring of the glass. Smell is sweet, deep coffee, vanilla and faint roast. Rum barrel is present but very light. More coffee on the taste. It dominates the flavor but still allows the vanilla, rum, roast, chocolate, and just a bit of heat from the peppers. The mouthfeel is a tad light but so crushable even at 15%. I am so impressed and loving this beer. It drinks completely unexpected but so amazing.

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

Vintage 2016.
Pours opaque pitch black. Beige bubbles form but, never really produce a head. No lace. The smell is dominated by coffee with subtle vague spice aromas. The taste is more balanced with dark chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, green chillies and vanilla. Full texture with low carbonation. Mexican hot cocoa spiked with rum. World class.

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Photo of MrHolden
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into snifter in Austin, TX. Black as night with a fine, dark khaki collar and no head. The nose on this thing is like a multi-layered bean dip. You find coffee, peppers, molasses, booze, figs, graham cracker. Rich and roasty. The palate is marvelous and complex, a deep tapestry of cocoa, coffee, toasty malts, fig, a vanilla profile not caught on the nose, and at the very end you find the rum. A warm, boozy burn follows up a lingering coffee profile.

This beer is so good the words I've provided don't do it justice. The profile is so varied and unique, the only beer I can think to compare it to is the limited run Weasel Rodeo, a chipotle coffee stout produced by Jester King and Mikkeler in 2012.

Seriously, seriously great beer.

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I have tried in 2016 go ahead treat yourself to this brew you won't regret it.
Pours the usual stout dark with medium head, its smell gets you curious no doubt BUT the taste
seals the deal. Complex, rich but not sweet vanilla, coffee and dark chocolate roasts with a wonderful
subdued spiciness in a long finish

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pitch black, dark as night. Can't see through the pour at all.
S - Some coffee, cacao and peppers on the nose. Not much though...was a little muted.
T - Well...HELLO!! Layers of robust flavors here. Coffee and cacao initially followed by some vanilla that fades to slight heat from the pepper. Absolutely amazing!
M - Fantastic feel. Not overly thick, good carb and just so easy to drink. Leaves your mouth coated for a few seconds and the flavors linger.
O - Outstanding brew. Wish it didn't take so long for me to track this one down but I'm glad I finally got my hands on it. One of the more impressionable beers I've had in 2016.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a deep, dark, ominous, swirling black void. Barely any head, just a few bubbles and they're gone like that. All that's left is an event horizon of tiny bubbles ringing the glass.

S - first and foremost: rum. Caught that whiff the moment I broke the seal on the cap. Faintest boozey nose-hair tingling burn at the end. The middle is packed with vanilla and peppers. Medium roast black coffee and dark fruits. Toasted marshmallows.

T - so much more vanilla up front on the tongue. Rum takes a back seat to delicious flavors of toasted chiles, milk chocolate, oak, and brown sugar. Peanuts and toasted almonds. The rum creeps in on the back end and its high ABV alcohol burn pairs beautifully with light chile heat. Two aggressive and burning flavor sensations set aside their differences and come together to regale tales of the high seas while drinking that XXX and singing YOHOHO.

F - surprisingly thin for 14%! Wow this is dangerous! Silky and light-bodied.

O - YAR A PIRATE'S LIFE FOR ME! Packed full of unique and interesting flavors. Love the lip tingling effect. And at 14% I'm gonna be swabbing the poop deck later tonight!

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Photo of stephens101
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A wispy tan froth atop a jet-black body.

Jalapeno, black coffee, milk chocolate, cotton candy, and dark fruits to the nose. In that order.

Hot and fruity and peppery and chocolaty all at the same time. And there's some rum and wood off in there as well. Wow.

Not even heavy. Potent. But not even hot. Sweet, but not even cloying.

Perhaps the smoothest and most well-balanced beer of this magnitude I've ever had.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell: Holy peppers and booze. Has a very strong smell. Look. Jet black with no head. Taste- very sweet caramel coupled with the rum-aged booze dominates. Booze is not distracting but it actually makes my tongue numb. How is that for mouthfeel?! World class beer. My only complaint is the $12 price point for a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Joel for the share.
Jet black pour, oily with a quickly dissipating head. Lots of sweetness in the aroma, vanilla and dark sugars. More of the same in the taste, with the vanilla coming out the most, complimenting the rum, lesser notes of chocolaty malts and allspice, very little pepper, which I actually prefer to be on the mellow side. Body was on the thin side, but the mouthfeel was still smooth and pleasant, making for a nicely sippable beer overall. One of the better ones I've had from Prairie.

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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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