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 barhoc11
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Appearance - Dark, Dark Brown with a motor oil viscocity and a mocha brown head

Smell - Rum, chocolate, coffee and vanilla make this one of the best smelling beers I have ever had

Taste - Chocolate is the dominant flavor at first, closely followed by rum and the vanilla associated with it. There is a slight burn from the pepper at the end that sets this beer apart from others, besides other bomb variants. This beer tastes like heaven

Mouthfeel - very thick and holds up to the high abv

Overall - This thing is amazing, I knew it would be good but not THIS good!

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In some ways I enjoy this better than the original. There is very little carbonation even with an aggressive pour (a little brief fizzle). The rum barrel really came out in this as it almost tasted like a smooth rum at 14% abv. These are hard to find but I enjoyed this loot during another Fischman's escapade.

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Photo of skinny_mcginley
5/5  rDev +11.1%

I didn't think you could make BOMB! any better. But wow, this stuff was amazing. The rum adds a new level of greatness. The mouthfeel felt a little lighter but no complaints. Another great stout from Prairie.

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Photo of HawkeyeJosh
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I gave regular Bomb! a 5. Might have to drop it a little after drinking this one. All the Bomb! flavors are there, with the wonderful rum barrel flavors taking the lead. This beer is delicious, and worth the hefty price tag.

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Photo of Gambyt20
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply WOW! Totally worth the cost and hunting down this whale. So balanced with the sweet rum and still get all the ingredients of regular bomb following. Tough call between this and BA Bomb! Will have to do a side by side tasting to determine that. Absolutely great BA complex and balanced stout.

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Photo of durlta
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Fall 2014 release. Drank after barrel aged boris oatmeal stout, which was excellent. This is even better. Deep brown-black with a dark tan 1/4" head if poured vigorously. Smells like cane sugar, bourbon, a little dark rye bread. Tastes as it smells with all noted ingredients expertly blended: cacao nibs, vanilla bean, chiles, aged in rum barrels. Superb!

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Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a solid dark coffee-chocolate color.

There’s an aroma of chocolate and toffee, which doesn’t do it justice. It smells great—like the finest of chocolates and toffees for your olfactory edification. The same thing with the taste, as each sip brings a taste of dark roast coffee from the finest of brews, along with the chocolate and toffee, smoothly blended together and belying hints of vanilla, toasted coconut, and a hint of caramelized sugar.

This gives no indication of it’s strength—until you’ve sipped it a few times and feel the effects. That’s how smooth and well-blended it is.

Worth seeking out. One to share but if you kept it to yourself I wouldn’t fault you one bit.

(Technical) Review 1100!

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Photo of army01
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Really liked this offering from Prairie.

Nice head, with a decent amount of booze on the nose. While cold, Bomb! definitely was the predominate flavor -- chocolate, coffee and slight hint of peppers. As it warmed, the barrel made it's presence known. A great beer for a fall night.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 version - 12 ounce bottle poured into a 12 ounce tulip. Vigorous pour directly into the center of the bottle created no head and there is no lacing. The beer is dark brown/black. Smell is dark chocolate and rum with a hint of vanilla. Chocolate is very strong. The mouthfeel is very smooth, almost oily, with low carbonation, but it's appropriate for the beer and adds to it. This is 14% abv but there is almost no hint of it on the smell or taste initially. It is dangerously smooth. The alcohol becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The taste is strong, dark chocolate, almost baking chocolate with rum. The vanilla comes through on the back end. There is a chili heat at the end that lingers long after, changing the overall taste/feel of the beer. There is also a slight coffee aftertaste. The heat is what sticks and that may be partly because of the high abv. What carbonation is there brings out the chili flavor. Overall this is an outstanding beer. If I had any complaint it would be to make the chili flavor a little more subdued, but that wasn't enough to hurt the rating. The balance in this is amazing, much better than in Barrel Aged BOMB! No one flavor tends to overpower, although dark chocolate is the strongest. I will search out this beer every year they make it.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 Vintage from a beer share. Pours jet black, very thick. This beer is incredible. The rum barrel shines but the beer is very balanced. One of my all time favorite stouts.

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Photo of coastiebob
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 version released today. Looks like I would imagine a black hole looks like up close. Smells delightful with vanilla & chocolate up front with a touch of booze behind it. Tastes follows smell with a nice rum presence and feel & a hint of chili pepper taste & throat feel. The viscosity lingers on the tongue nicely. It almost has the feel of chocolate melting in your mouth. very glad I have a few of these to age. Top notch!

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Photo of PerfecTool
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my all-time favorite beer. I finally got to try it this year and am amazed - one that definitely lives up to the hype. I loved regular bomb and BA bomb, but this takes it to a new level. I've had rum aged beers that didn't add much to the original but this one is different. I got a lot of vanilla, coffee and rum. The rum really pushes the vanilla and chocolate. Super awesome beer and defined lay worth finding!

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Photo of Mexi_locobarrel
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a sniffer glass looks of a jet black motor oil with zero head
Smell of rum with sweetness arouse the nostrils
Taste of coffee chocolate hit off the bat
Feel is very smooth the 14 abv. Hides very well!!!!

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Photo of Nuggetz
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured like thinned oil from bottle and had a brownish black head. Excellent coffee aroma and taste with rum layered in between. The coffee was perfect and I can see it fading with age like most do. The vanilla beans and cacao nibs are not overly aggressive and add a nice complexity to this beast. I loved how mellow the rum was and was hardly able to taste the chiles in this. The mouthfeel was nice and not too thick. Aftertaste kept me coming back for more. Overall this is a excellent example of barrel-aged imperial stout.

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Photo of themind
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome variation of the original. Still keeps the good peppery finish and the amazing stout backbone. The rum barrel is subtle but adds an interesting dynamic to the beer. If I see this, I am buying this...no doubt. This is a beer that lives up to it's ratings. A World Class brew.

Bottom Line: Legendary beer!

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The bottle date is squished together and illegible, but ends in 14. Pours black with a brown head which is soapy on top and shimmering on the bottom. Smells of rich dark cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and rum. Tastes mostly like bittersweet cocoa which actually contrasts very well with a somewhat spicy pepper finish. Subtle vanilla, coffee, and rum flavors throughout. Both sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel is decadent and fits the style perfectly. Overall, the excellent flavor contrast makes this spicy chocolate stout amazing.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
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 mlb430
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Motor oil black, 1 finger bubbly caramel head, leaves minimal lacing.
S: Vanilla, coffee, rum, chocolate and tiny bit of spice from the chillies.
T: Wow, all the flavors in the nose, in perfect balance. Neither the heat nor the sweet are overpowering.
M: Medium-heavy. I wouldn't mind if it were a bit heavier. Decent (I guess medium?) carbonation. Silky and fudgy. Heat lingers from the chillies. Very little alcohol heat.
O: Fantastic. This is a beer everyone should experience at least once.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Searched all around Houston for a few of these. Knew it was gonna be epic.

Look is jet black, with minimal light brown head. Very very slight red hue in the light. Doesn't appear to be too thick. Moderate lacing.

Smell is awesome. Definitely getting a lot of flavors reminiscent of regular Bomb. Slight chilli upfront with that big milk chocolate sweetness. Then you get the slight wood/oak of the barrels and a nice subtle rum presence. Vanilla is creeping through as well.

Taste is similar to regular Bomb with more complexity. Milk chocolate and fudge upfront. As it warms up, the oakiness of the barrel creeps through with a hint of rum. Warming this up even more the heat of the chilie comes through. All these flavors linger around for a while.

Overall this is definitely the best barrel aged Bomb variant. Light years ahead of BA Bomb. I wouldn't say this is better than Pirate Noir, but both have similar tastes, with Pirate Noir being a little more thick and oily. Just when you think regular Bomb can't be beat this comes through. Fantastic beer

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Photo of tduecen
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

great beer, I certainly loved this one as it was great on the palate. Although it has been awhile since I drank it I know on untapped I rated it a 4.75 which is a good thing.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer. It is possibly a 100 beer in my opinion except it lacks in a couple of areas.

Appearance: Dark as night, not much head at all, pretty much what you would expect from this style of beer. A thin ring around the base of the beer of a mild foam.

Aroma: Coffee, charred malts, chocolate, rum, some dark fruits. Very complex. Not as earthy as standard Bomb, but I imagine the rum barrel takes that away.

Taste: This is a wonderful beer, maintains the base very well. Nearly perfect in every way, maybe it is the perfectly rum barrel aged beer, but I have had others that have had more of the rum character come to the forefront and for that I am taking off the smallest of points. Its really insignificant, but I feel like I am doing too many 5's lately, not that this one doesn't deserve it, but if I could find a flaw that is it. The rum does not shine as much as I would like in the taste. For good or bad you decide its worldclass no doubt. The other thing I should say, is this has one of the best mouthfeel's and texture of beers I have ever had. It is amazing how perfectly balanced this beer is on the way it feels in the mouth.

Overall: Worldclass beer, everyone knows it, probably the best rum aged beer I have had, No. I know it is!

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Photo of Jkolls
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Rum soaked fudge brownie.

Look: much like regular bomb, black as night, very little to no head.

Smell: chocolate and rum. One of the best beer aromas I've experienced. smells sweet spicy and boozy.

Taste: dark chocolate fudge, rum, some chile heat, coffee. Delicious

Feel: thick enough, smooth, nice carb.

Overall: One of my top 5 beers, hope to get another bottle somehow.

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Photo of macher0
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at the Holy Grale in Louisville, KY

A. Dark brown nearly black with a very frothy head. The head slowly retreats to a fine bubble rim.

S. Complex. Mocha frappacino, spiced rum, coconut, banana peels, coffee, and chocolate.

T. The individual notes are appearant but mesh to a chocolate banana tropical taste. Notes of chocolate, banana, coconut, pie crust, whipped cream, and coffee. No booze.

M. Very smooth - actually too smooth - full body, medium to low carbonation.

O. I very much enjoyed this beer. I wish had more. The bottom of the glass was a sad sight. Go get this.

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Photo of Amaeda27
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Espresso black w/ a clingy brown sugar ring of foam.

Smell: Rum barrel. OLD rum barrel. Medium roast coffee, vanilla, smoked cayenne, dark husky malt. Chocolate milk, dulce de leche as it warms.

Taste: Like a sweet aged demerara rum. Lightly roasted coffee, cocoa powder, dates, vanilla. FInishes with cayenne kick and clean smoky notes.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, viscous mouthfeel that is balanced by a spicy smoky finish. In one man's opinion, hides it's ABV very well despite the notable presence of rum.

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Photo of KRubes
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - 2016 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Let sit for 20 minutes. Dark brown/black in color with a tan, velvety, half-finger head. Dissipates over time into a thin, golden ring.

S - Rum, wood, dark chocolate/fudge, coffee.

T - Chocolate brownie, caramel, vanilla icing, rum, subtle coffee, warming pepper heat.

M - Creamy, velvety, sticky, smooth.

O - Outstanding. A rum-soaked brownie in liquid form. An assortment of flavors that work extremely well together. What 14%? Expensive, but worth the experience.

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