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 umichfan
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid Imperial Stout and is a mastery of the style. Pours thick and dark with little head or carbonation. Had in a tulip glass near room temperature.

Nose is pretty stellar. Definitely pick up on some heavy spice notes, plenty of cocoa and some bourbon. It's been mentioned here already, but definitely more peppery in the nose than in the body, where it's nearly nonexistent. Get some heavy hints of coconut, which isn't normally my bag, but it works well with the rum flavors that are present. It's a heavy hitter, to be sure, with a fudgy feel that doesn't leave an overly dry finish. All in all, this is a solid do that I'd drink again if I can get my hands on a bottle.

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

Starts out hot, mellows to coffee vanilla Stout. Not much Chile in the taste but it shows in the nose. Wonderful blend of adjuncts pushing about, fighting for notice but not disjointed. ABV is a bear

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Malt, chocolate, coconut and sugar cane. Scored a couple of bottles whilst in Texas. Funny story - when the cashier rang this up at the register she paused and I said "I think this is mislabeled - it's $11.99." Nope! Just me paying top dollar for a highly rated beer that I've never seen in MA. Carry on.

Pours a viscous black out of the bottle. Big aroma of fire-roasted malt, chocolate, coconut and faint molasses. Taste is all Bomb! minus the chili pepper and coffee - in its place I get more coconut, chocolate and sugar-cane sweetness. What a beer! Never had a rum barrel aged beer so it's new to my palate. Mouthfeel is thick, slick and velvety. The sweetness pushes my preference to the limits but it's still a very well made and impressive. Coats the mouth with lingering coconut and sugar cane. Rum always smells like sunscreen to me but there was none of that here. Massive beer that put me down at the end of a night. Great nightcap to share.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Prairie golden dino taster glass. Thanks Ryan for giving me this bottle, been looking for a while!

Pours a pitch black, oily body with a brown one finger head that reduces to leave a ring of foam and little lacing.

Aromas are sweet with lots of vanilla and chocolate, bourbon, light chili peppers, maybe a hint of booze but it's surprisingly tame for being 15%.

On the tongue.. it starts out with sweet fudgy chocolate, spiced rum, vanilla and caramel, coconut and chocolate cake, followed by roasty coffee and charred malt on the finish. Not hot at all for 15%, this is very easy to drink. Smooth and velvety yet rich and flavorful. Low carbonation.

Overall a fantastic beer - super balance and extremely drinkable for the high abv. So much flavor here.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, pretty nice carbonation, with a quick fizzy tan head, which leaves a nice oil slick and some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with lot of chocolate/toffee, coffee, vanilla, and a very nice touch of peppers. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee/coffee, vanilla, and some peppers. The peppers give it another dimension. Full body, ABV is hidden very well, definitely a sipper. Overall, this is one fine brew, Recommended!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Inky, oily black like always. Almost zero head but a small finger nail of beige develops.

Aroma : Hot fudge, chocolate, booze, spiced rum, chiles, tobacco, and coffee. Whew.

Taste : Another dead-ass knock out. Prairie keeps solidifying the fact that they're the masters of the stout. Boozy burn to start, followed by spicy hot fudge, acidic coffee, pepper, anise, caramel, rich rum, and a vanilla cookie finish.

Feel : Thick, chewy, hot, screaming. Boozy dry finish. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall : Pirate Bomb is no joke. Prairie makes the best stouts in the entire world, and this is just another example of their excellence.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pitch black with no head.
Smell: Fudge, vanilla, coconut, peanut butter, and a little espresso.
Taste: Rich dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, sugar, and oak.
Mouthfeel: Thick and complex.
Overall: A big beer. This is my favorite bomb variant. It's less boozy than the rest of them.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I think dated Feb, 2016:
Pours thinner than I recall other Bombs I've had, but still full-looking. Black that struggles to priduce any head, happy to just have a thin ring of bubbles hang around the rim.

Nose is bursting with deep roasted coffee easily recognizable. A nice chocolate scent seems to bubble from this. There is an air of sweetness, molasses-like that covers this all. Reminds me a tad of Sunday Morning Stout.

Taste starts of with a tingle before a sugary sweet coffee roast rises on the front of my tongue. It almost seems too sweet, but the roasted notes turn chocolatey on the middle of the tongue, making the sweetness seem ok. A little prick here and there breaks through the creamy thick smooth beer. Then as the beer consumes my tongue, the more obvious signs of pepper gains my attention. There's a very little hint of the pepper meat, as well.

The completely bearable heat is what takes this beer up a notch. It distracts a bit from the sweetness and lightens the fairly heavy feel just a tad. The rum barrel influence might come in the sweetness and a little alcohol heat that leads to the peppery heat. There is also a very light lingering woody impression, but otherwise is thankfully (in my case) not a big component of the beer.

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

Had this on 2017-03-19 in Lititz, PA from a 12oz bottle

Complex with many layers of aroma and flavor. Tons of vanilla and coconut. The pepper is subdued but adds to the complexity. For such a high ABV, the alcohol is in the background. Nice thick feel. Really good stuff.

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Photo of Premo88
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
(2016 vintage? can't find bottle code but I bought this beer in 2016)

L: motor oil look, thick and black with about 1/5-inch head of tan foam; keeps a thin collar; no stick or lace; relatively flat looking like BOMB! often looks

S: German chocolate cake loaded with extra coconut, some rum poured on top

T: chocolate, vodka, coconut, vanilla ... the alcohol is hot, much much hotter than regular BOMB!; maybe some chile heat in the aftertaste

F: a lot more carbonation than appears in the pour, relatively light and not overly slick when its cold and I'm adjusting to it, but the deeper into the glass (and warmer the beer), it feels like it's gaining weight

O: great beer, not a thing wrong with it, I like regular BOMB! much better ... they compare almost one-to-one but the Pirate version is way jacked up on the alcohol burn/heat in the flavor; as it warms, the rum does show up and make for a cool twist, but the twist doesn't show up until the beer's warmed a bit

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Photo of wellsnb
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage poured into a snifter. This reminds me of cinnamon coffee chocolate milk. Some of the spice is mellowed by the barrel. This is a wonderful beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 -10%
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 -2.2%
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%
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 +7.3%
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 -0.2%
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 -8.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +1.3%
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 +1.1%
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 +3.8%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.9%
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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