Pirate Bomb!
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #29
Ranked #111
4.54 | pDev: 7.27%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Pirate Bomb!Pirate Bomb!
Notes: 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!
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Photo of Sandis
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 version poured into a snifter. The chilies in this bring some heat. Low carbonation and medium thick. Even as this warmed the chilies remained a little too up front for my tastes.

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Sandis from Minnesota, May 07, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 12 oz bottle from Kings Beer & Wine 12-18-19 for $12.99. Bottled 7-18-19; consumed 3-26-20.

Beer poured black as night with a nice tan head with the original pour.

Nose is a combination of rum, chocolate, and vanilla.

Taste is a huge malt base infused with cocoa nibs, rum from the barrel, and chili peppers kicking in along with a subtle vanilla. Finishes sweet but balanced to hold of cloying,

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a fun beer to try once as it is not for the faint of palate!

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arizcards from Arizona, Mar 26, 2020
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3.26/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pirate Bomb is one of the many variants from Prairie. PAA is one of my all time favorite breweries and I cannot get enough of Prairie Noir and Vanilla Noir.

However, I was shocked to find that Pirate Bomb was so off the mark. The rum is insanely overpowering on the nose and especially on the flavor of the beer. I felt like I poured the beer and than a shot of dark rum into a glass. I know they were going for a rum kick, but this was out of control.

The sweetness of the beer is quite good but after a few sips, the blanket of rum becomes unbearable.


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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer, but the nose is nonexistent. Taste is so balanced with a great level of sweetness. Limited carbonation, and excellent overall. Had at Bangers in Austin, TX on the tap.

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npolachek from New York, Feb 27, 2020
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4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really really good, super thick coating mouthfeel with tons of chocolate coffee and a little bit of the chili pepper coming in on the finish. The rum barrel was a great idea for this beer. The barrel is very pronounced and compliments the base beer really well. This was a great idea for this beer, I like it better than regular bomb.

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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, barely resulting in a bit of brown head that faded soon. Color was practically black, even while pouring. Smells of chile peppers and a bit of chocolate. Taste is a background of rum, some cocoa, and mild chile peppers with mild heat. Not enough heat to leave my mouth warm though. Medium to thick bodied with light carbonation. Can't tell it's 15% ABV, but definitely strong. Amazing stout as usual from Prairie, wish there were more rum barrel stouts like this.

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EnderFett11 from Virginia, Jan 12, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a silky ink black with almost no head. Aroma hits hard with the chili pepper, spice, some coffee grounds and a vague vanilla oak. The palate is very muscular upfront with burnt coffee & seared pepper, it is a little overwhelming - once you power through that initial onslaught there is some cinnamon, coconut husk, rum booziness to add layers. Ultimately it is a beer with a lot of depth but those top notes are just a tad bullying, especially the chili pepper. Thicky and fudgy mouthfeel.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Jan 10, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I LOVE this breweries Imperial Stouts and when I find them I am never disappointed. This is no exception. Smooth, almost no head when I poured it. Tasty and I hope they have some left when I go back to the Total Wine here in Fl.

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4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a collar of dark tan bubbles around the edge of the glass and some wisps of lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of rum are present in the nose along with hints of coffee and chili peppers.
T: The taste follows the smell and has moderately strong flavors of rum that stand out in front of those of the coffee beans and chili peppers.
M: It feels full-bodied and somewhat smooth and slick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely seems strong with all of the aromas and flavors of rum, but tastes more like something that is 10% than 15% abv.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Nov 26, 2019
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4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours as black as ink with a 2 finger thick foamy brown colored head that made crackling sounds as it dissipated in average time, leaving minimal spotty lacing. The smell is really complex and rich with woody notes, dark rum, coconut, chocolate syrup, vanilla, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, piney accents, molasses, chili peppers and more sweet chocolate aromas. Wonderfully put together, the rum and extra vanilla notes kick it up a notch and make it a better version of the original Bomb!.

The taste is where this one really excels. If you enjoy the original Bomb! and appreciate rum, then like me this brew is for you. The extra vanilla, cocoa and coffee bring more flavors and deeper components that let the sweet coconut and roasted malts tie it all together without actually being cloyingly sweet. This masked the ABV perfectly, but there was a little heat from the chillies. Like the nose the combo was dynamic, with dark rum, coconut, dark chocolate, woody notes, chocolate syrup, vanilla, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, piney accents, molasses, toffee, espresso, chili peppers and some minor metallic aspects. A world class stout.

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CHickman from New York, Nov 24, 2019
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4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a WABL glass. Dated 07.19.2019.

Pours black with a small head, little carbonation. Smell is rum and lots of chocolate. Also booze.

Taste is cherry, rum, alcohol, some chocolate, some sweetness. Cherry flavor doesn't quite seem right, but it's not oppressive and everything else is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick, moderately chewy. Overall, very good beer. Definitely the most successful rum barrel aged beer I've had, but the others have been total misses.

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snaotheus from Washington, Nov 01, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 7/7/19

Poured into Aslin anniversary glass and allowed to warm.

L: Pours black, barely any light brown head, which doesn't last very long. No lacing or cap and ring.

S: Fair amount of rum and rum cask up front, along with coffee and vanilla. A peppery hint as well.

T: More rum and cask than I expected, but vanilla and coffee take over and then cocoa works its way through and lasts with the dab of chili heat through the finish.

F: Full-bodied, not much carbonation. Lot going on in this beer and it is all melded very well and balanced nicely, as neither the ABV nor the heat get out of hand on the finish and the progression of flavors is very nice.

O: They're all great, but the complexity and competence may make this the best of the BOMB!s

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Oct 23, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a small tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with no lacing. Based on the pour this one seems pretty low in carbonation,
S: Smells of a lot of coffee and chocolate with some vanilla and a hint of rum. Touch of peppery heat on the nose too,
T: Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, peppery heat, some oak and rum barrels. On the swallow there's more rum barrel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some lingering heat.
M: This beer is pretty full in body with a slightly silky feel on the palate. Carbonation is on the low end but still adequate while the beer has a slightly drying finish due to the ABV.
O: This beer is delicious. Great adjunct flavors with some nice influence from the base beer. Very well balanced and really nice barrel influence without overpowering the rest of what is going on either. This is definitely one to try if you can get your hands on it.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Oct 21, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, quite viscous and thick. Great chocolate aroma accented by some coffee and coconut. Tastes great. For 15%, it isn’t as sweet as I thought it would be. Loads of chocolate, sweet vanilla, light coffee, heat is light in the background, rum barrel aging works some coconut into the finish. Full bodied and delicious, a little pricy but worth trying once...

12 oz bottle split with Dave at Butchers Block
4.5 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Oct 14, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed tulip. Pours black with a decent brown head that fizzes away quickly. Mostly rum on the nose. Faint hints of chocolate. Even as it warms the taste is mostly rum, tobacco, leather. Some chocolate and very slight vanilla sweetness at the end. A subtle warmth from the chilies and a little harshness from the alcohol, which is steep. Light to medium body. Would like a bit more balance as the barrel overpowers a tad. Great if rum is your jam.

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mgundy32 from Missouri, Oct 13, 2019
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4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: Dark brown, cola highlights when held to light. Modest tan head with messy lacing.
smell: a nose bomb of roasty char, espresso, and dark chocolate.
taste: Much like the nose, a flavor bomb, great balance of bitter roasty espresso, and chocolate sweetness. Slight pepper burn in the finish. Amazingly drinkable for a rich and ballsy stout.

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4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 7/22/19. Poured at 55 degrees. Dark brown rocky foam briefly sits atop black liquid; no cap retention; barely a thin ring; no lace; medium legs on swirl. Strong spicy green chillies, rum and chocolate; hot boozy exhale. Taste follows nose and add vanilla, oak and mild roast coffee in the middle; rum soaked chocolate Mexican cake finish. Silky feel, medium body, moderate minus carbonation; warming from 15% ABV. Overall super well balanced, lots of heat from the peppers and alcohol with plenty of chocolate and vanilla to round out the whole; and the nose/flavors stay strong from first sip to last. Worthy of the premium price paid.

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4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

(L) Pours pitch black with almost no head.

(S) Black licorice and booze.

(T) Candy aisle salted licorice drops. Faint on the rum but who cares?

(F) A little thin but it doesn’t matter

(O) Delicious. Better than I dreamed. Like my favorite candy.

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Cashbail from New Hampshire, Sep 18, 2019
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5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black, rich and Beautiful. Make Oprah proud. Smells delicious like liquor and chocolate. Sweetie. Licorice. That wonderful chili heat is smooth and away some tasty beverage. It'll make you lick your lips AND splash some up your nose inhaling it and another little sip. Holy Beer Hops! Right down the line. Got about a half full snifter. Mind Blown. Mouth feels it. I hear turbines spinning and I think we're about to go vertical very quickly. Clear the computer desk.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>SONIC BOOM>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>RIGHTEOUS GEM STONE FROM OKLAHOMA*******

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4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with minimal khaki head that quickly died. Aroma has hints of vanilla and chocolate but mostly I get the chili/spicy peppers that hit me strong. Thick, sticky, chocolate sweetness with vanilla and boozy feel, a woody smoothness that belies it's thickness and coating on the tongue, and the spices/heat and booze do come out strong on the finish. A slow sipping and hot meal in a bottle.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Sep 16, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/19/2019.Pours into a goblet jet jet black with a really thin deep mocha head that is gone as quick as it comes.Slight chili smoldering,roasted nuts,and dark chocolate in the nose.The massive complexity comes out in the flavors of the beer,that smoldering chili that is attached to a little smoke,chocolate,and vanilla tinged rum compliment that smoky chili element nearly perfectly,both intertwine in a lingering finish....Fantastic!I was mildly underwhelmed until I started drinking it,an awesome big stout worthy of ranking.

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oberon from North Carolina, Sep 13, 2019
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4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really a delicious BA stout, just a little too hot on the finish, wish it were maybe 12-13% ABV. Almost perfect though, nose and flavors are excellent.

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ntanner83 from Massachusetts, Sep 07, 2019
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4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks thick and oily like all Prairie's great stouts. There's a little lacing that stays after the pour. The smell is getting me excited to taste it. It's relatively fresh with a 7/18/19 bottling date (today is 9/5.) I can smell a bit of the sweet bourbon character and I think a bit of the chillies. Otherwise it smells like standard Bomb (which is to mean that it smells great!) I just realized it has a 15% abv which means 12oz is probably a bit much for me on a weeknight, but it'll be worth it.

The first sips I get the peppers at a bit more than I expected, but not overly harsh. Prairie always adds the right amount of peppers just enough to give it a bit of a kick. I taste the sweetness too, but it's not cloying. The coffee balances it out well. As it warms I can taste the booze a bit more than at first. It might be a bit much for some people. I gave a Bourbon Paradise to a friend who likes BA stouts and she found that one to be too boozy for her. This would probably be the same case here. Perhaps it could use some aging to mellow. It is 15% after all, so I can understand the alcohol.

Overall it's one of Praire's best and should never be passed up. The only improvement I can ask for would be that it hides the alcohol a bit better, so I guess I'll have to buy another one and age it.

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5toutman75 from Illinois, Sep 06, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look and smell are undiscernabl3 from regular bomb. I'm getting no rum on the nose.

Taste is sweeter and less cinnamon and chili than I recall bomb or ba bomb having. Much more vanilla than the aforementioned. Rum is definitely there on the finish. It taste like clear rum and not spiced. Not overpowering like most rum beers but still a little too strong for my liking.

Feel is fine.

Overall solid. I wont buy again at $13 but not a let down either.

Edit. Halfway through this is just unenjoyable. I think I'm getting old and am over all this fufu adjunct shit. I'd much rather be sipping a barrel aged expedition or a 2013 bcbs after a few sips of this.

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rypkr from Pennsylvania, Sep 06, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Incredible imperial stout that lived up to its hype - found this gem at an out-of-state supermarket. Pours a deep, dark, rich opaque black color with a little tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Very nice. Deep, rich aromas of dark chocolate fudge, medium roast coffee, toasted nuts, coconut, caramel, creamy vanilla, rum, oak and malt. Taste follows the nose, with an outstanding balance between the heavier rich flavors and the creaminess that balanced it out. Coconut was pleasantly in the forefront (as opposed to the recent Pirate Noir beer that I tried). Could have used a little more rum, but was nonetheless delicious. Definitely a sipper, there was some upfront warming alcohol but it was very pleasant. Smooth, sticky, chewy mouthfeel that coated the palate. Just the right amount of carbonation. An excellent beer, one that I would seek out again.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Sep 01, 2019
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