Pirate Bomb!
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #30
Ranked #115
4.54 | pDev: 7.27%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
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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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Sigmund from Norway

4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Pitch black colour, low tan head. Aroma first of fusel alcohols, then molasses, rum oak cask, vanilla, coconut, chocolate and roast malts. Rich and warming mouthfeel. Outstanding flavour, medium sweet and roasty, no sign of fusel, otherwise all the delicious notes from the aroma are repeated and strengthened here. Nice chili heat in the finish. Perfect!

Apr 23, 2021
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Brown head. Aroma is a combination of vanilla bean and Chile pepper coffee. Taste is the same. Silky smooth. Rum barrels round everything out. Overall delicious with that spicy punch.

Apr 23, 2021
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap - this is the July 2019 batch, so 15 months old.

Pours jet black with a super thin tan head around the circumference of the glass. No lacing.

Smell is rum and chocolate upfront, with coffee kicking in just a little bit after. The booze is strong on the nose, but a bit of vanilla is there to balance it.

Taste follows the nose. The booze sting is minimal considering the ABV. Good balance between the sweet vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. The spices and coffee combine for an earthy finish that doesn’t last longer than it should.

Feel is full bodied with low to medium carbonation. It doesn’t stick much or leave a thick residue on the tongue, which for me sets it apart a bit from other Prairie stouts.

Overall, quite good. I had a tough time assigning numbers to this one, so I looked back through my previous ratings on various stouts, and eventually decided that I had to give this one 4.25 straight through. It’s not the best, but far from the worst, and very consistent across the board.

Oct 15, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Bottle to snifter. Bottled in July 2019, so about 13-14 months old.

Labor Day weekend picnic.

LOOK: thick oily black, small medium brown head.
AROMA: coffee, cocoa, rum and vanilla very nice.
TASTE: cocoa. Coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper kick is just right. Very tasty.
FEEL: full bodied, light carbonation, sticky on the tongue which allows the pepper to linger just nice.

Very special stout. Glad I have 2 more of these to age since in general I've found rum BA to need a bit more time than Bourbon BA to mellow out.

Probably my favorite Prairie now.


Sep 06, 2020
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Gose_Luxemburg from Georgia

4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2018 (couldn't find date)
Poured from 12oz bottle to modified tulip

Excellently done, I'd previously enjoyed a 14% version (2019 if I'm not mistaken) of this brew on tap, and had found it enjoyable. I find this bottled version (15%) with slight age to be even greater than the first; the chillies are more prominent, but the body still packs plenty of rich chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The chillies generally save their heat until the finish; while the rum notes come to increased prominence over the chocolate as the brew warms. The mouthfeel I find to be moderately thicc, though not as much as one might expect from a such a high gravity stout; present but not in a weighty manner. Overall the flavor is reminiscent of a a delicious & spicy chocolate sweet bread enjoyed alongside coffee heartily spiked with rum. Cheers!

Jul 28, 2020
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Sandis from Minnesota

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.

May 07, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

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!

Mar 26, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

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.


Mar 15, 2020
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npolachek from New York

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.

Feb 27, 2020
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

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.

Feb 08, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

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.

Jan 12, 2020
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 10, 2020
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

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.

Dec 09, 2019
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metter98 from New York

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

Nov 26, 2019
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CHickman from New York

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.

Nov 24, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

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.

Nov 01, 2019
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

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

Oct 23, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

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.

Oct 21, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

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

Oct 14, 2019
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mgundy32 from Wisconsin

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.

Oct 13, 2019
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

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.

Oct 08, 2019
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DoctorZombies from Florida

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.

Sep 19, 2019
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Cashbail from New Hampshire

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.

Sep 18, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

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*******

Sep 17, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

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.

Sep 16, 2019
Pirate Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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