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Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

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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4.49
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A little rusty on reviewing since the had function.

A: single finger head dissipates quickly although leaves a thin layer of tan froth on a jet black body

S: lots of peanut butter dominates the nose. Additional notes include vanilla, chocolate, dark malts. Hasn't warmed up enough yet but as it does the barrel aging is more evident. The chiles aren't really there. The aroma is great but not what was expected or as advertised.

T: so after a few sips the rum barrels are well represented. I hope though as I enjoyed this one it would balance out. This one is definitly complex. Early on the barrel is best but as it's enjoyed the chocolate, vanilla and dark malts appear briefly only to be eclipsed by the chile heat in the finish. Interestingly the chiles have more of a heat releasing role than that of the pepper itself. Nice although rapid transitions of flavor.

M: relatively thick and oily feel as expected. Very nice degree of carbonation. Just right

Overall: certainly complex and worth the hype. I feel some other chile barrel aged stouts are more desirable than this but don't miss a chance to try it if you are lucky enough to do so. I feel fortunate to have had that opportunity.

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

the rum adds a whole new layer to an already extravagantly complex brew. intense vanilla and woody spice, with traces of molasses and black pepper now blend into the chocolate chili whiskey complex, creating a beverage that is about as layered as they come, but without being overdone in any one area. i am most impressed by the softness of this, just totally delicate and pillowy on the palate, while maintaining enough carbonation to not get heavy. it hides its alcohol strength brilliantly, almost misleadingly, and shows only enough of the chili to intrigue me without sweating me out. i think that element is more balanced than the regular bomb, but some of its distinguishing uniqueness is gone. while this may be more refined, and is certainly just as delicious, i think it is closer to having peers than the original bomb, which is truly one of a kind. chocolate is subtle too in taste, but its aroma is robust. the rum, believe it or not, is a dominant flavor, in a way that the bourbon wasnt before, its almost too much, but because of the foreign feel of rum flavors on my palate, i like it this one time, but in the future that may become a critique of this beer for me. overall a world class phenomenal brew, a rarity unfortunately, everyone should be able to taste this! definitely one to share

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Riding upon the heels of Prairie Bomb, what could possibly give the beer even more identity, more complexity and more intrigue? I might as well be asking myself, "When is rum never the answer?"

Jet black in its pour, the dark beer crawls into the glass with an inky trail of legs. The ale slowly separates its liquid from its froth as a mocha-stained meringue piles on top. Lacing lightly, the alcohol seems to fight its foam stance midway through the session. Its simply a massive stout that earns respect from its appearance alone.

Its incredibly roasty aroma fuses together the notes of fresh-brewed espresso, roasted walnuts and dark chocolate. Malty aromas of black-strap molasses blends into sweet rum notes with ease. Sweet to the nose, other complex and earthy notes emit with a firm pepper-like scent when the common hop grassiness is usually expected. Light campfire and burnt fruit rise as the beer warms for even more complexity and charm.

The taste erupts in the mouth with lavish roast, rich espresso, bittersweet chocolate, roasted nuts and burnt molasses. Its spicy-sweet middle is of maple and rum blended with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and dark fruit with capsacin. As the beer trails into a semi-sweet fudgy roundness, its roast remains high and its warm alcohol soothes the stomach as well as it does the taste buds.

Undoubtedly full bodied, the ale is both creamy with its expansive carbonation and also lightened by it. The bubbles seem to make the beer float just above the tongue with a semi-arid dryness and powdery roast character. By the time that the carbonation subsides, the sweetness has already faded and the spicy warmth of alcohol and capsacin linger boldly on the throat.

As the taste of bourbon highlights the original Bomb, it seems that the flavors of chili, fruit and spice is further woken by the rum barrel addition. I have a feeling there's a lot of pirates out there looking for this bounty!

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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours motor oil black with a thin mocha head; splashy lacing descends from the lip of the glass

Smell: Very roasty, with dark chocolate, coffee and walnut tones; cayenne pepper and other spices also waft

Taste: Roast and cayenne pepper forward, with the chocolate, coffee and walnut flavors building; vanilla and holiday spices arrive, in the middle, with the heat from the chiles and the rum barrel adding more power in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet but not what one would expect given the ABV

Overall: I like what the rum barrel does here; a lot going on and all of it good

Thanks, Beer4B, for the opportunity

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Photo of kojevergas
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Expectations are sky high; this is currently ranked #59 on the Top 100 and #2 in the Top 50 Southwest rankings. Acquired in a trade; huge thanks to soonerchamps!

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded black pry-off pressure cap. Appealing label art.

Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. 14% ABV. Reviewed live as a rum barrel aged imperial stout per the label. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Quarter finger wide. Rich tan colour. Has a roasty mocha-like consistency with wonderful creaminess and a nice supple character to it. Aptly full and thick. Unfortunately, the retention is maybe 1 minute at best - but that's forgivable at 14% ABV. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid jet-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. This is how an imperial stout should look - it's fantastic. I do wish the head retained longer and had more width to it, but this is one of the better imperial stout appearances I've seen in some time.

AROMA: Intricate, and different from the usual bourbon barrel characteristics I'm accustomed to. It has the requisite dark and chocolate malts, but never seems too sweet. The rum does jump out, though I don't know that I get sugarcane or any unrefined sugars per se - more a vanilla and coconut character, though of course the beer also has vanilla bean notes, so it's hard to distinguish. But boy is the vanilla authentic; I definitely pick up on legitimate vanilla bean. This isn't the artificial vanillin aroma of lesser vanilla stouts. Cacao nibs are there, but it's a subtle presence. When I look, I do find the chillies - but they don't evoke much spice or heat; it's more a neutral roasted ancho note.

That leaves the coffee...but where is the coffee? Nowhere to be found, strangely.

What really stands out is an unexpected lightly caramelized walnut note, which really works here. The chocolate gets better and better as it warms. More of a roasted barley presence would really set it off.

The rum barrel just melts into the base, but there's never any booziness. I hope Avery's brewers are taking notes...this is how rum should be incorporated.

No yeast character, hop notes, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Impeccably balanced, with an excellent imperial stout build. The chocolate malt and dark malt backbone is wonderful, lending just enough malty sweetness without going overboard. The cacao nibs play on the chocolate malt, coaxing out more nuanced milk, dark, and unrefined chocolate notes. The unrefined chocolate in particular combined with the very subtle chilli pepper presence gives it a wonderful Mexican chocolate stout vibe; there's not a whole lot of heat - just enough to maintain the careful harmony of flavour presence throughout.

It gets even better; the genuine vanilla bean is mind-blowing, and the rum barrel character is so seamlessly integrated into the base that I can't determine where the vanilla bean stops and the coconut-y rum barrel character ends. There's no real oak or wood barrel presence per se, but rum is nicely showcased.

I can't find any coffee. More of a roasted barley presence would help accentuate the chilli pepper roastiness.

As it warms, I try to find that walnut, but get only a faint wisp of it. What does emerge is fudge, as well as some unexpected cinnamon - which plays well with the Mexican chocolate characteristics. It has very subtle burnt characteristics.

This is one of the most subtly executed and intricate imperial stouts in the Southwest region, if not THE most. I'm loving every sip, and it only develops further as it comes to temperature. I love the way the chilli pepper plays with the chocolate, and the chili heat comes to fruition as it warms in a way I'm not sure I've really experienced before in a beer. Just terrific.

TEXTURE: Creamy and soft, with a near perfect subtle coarseness on the palate - which helps coax a bit more depth of flavour out of the taste. It's similarly near perfectly dry for a stout. Roasted barley would help dial in the coarseness and dryness. It's aptly full-bodied, with ideal thickness and weight on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is outstanding. This texture elevates the beer, and teases out nuances from the taste. Really incredibly well-executed, with no obvious flaws (e.g. an oily or scratchy feel).

OVERALL: She's a sipper sure, but if you drank her side by side with a 10% imperial stout, I doubt you could notice the difference. I already want more. This is a treat of an imperial stout with some of the best rum barrel integration I've come across. Further testament to the incredible quality of Prairie's imperial stouts. Perhaps the best of the Bomb series. I'd absolutely buy it again and would recommend it to friends and trade partners. It might even be Prairie's best beer, and that's saying a lot. I tip my hat to the brewers; this is an achievement.

A / A-

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light peppers notes with some very nice and rich black chocolate notes is just about perfect. Taste is a complex mix of rich black chocolates with some light pepper that are not overwhelming with some vanilla notes. Body is full with super nice creamy notes with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Loads of complexity with great flavors and also some good complexity. World class stout for sure.

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Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Vicious black pour. Some lace.

Flavor profile: Heavy dark chocolate and cocoa. The vanilla is apparent. The peppers stand out much more in this beer than brimstone bomb. Roasted malts and coffee. The rum flavors are noticeable and very unique. A much different oaky flavor. Some spice flavors.

Full bodied and rich. The right amount of carbonation.

Very flavorful beer. One of my favorite of the bomb! series.

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Photo of superspak
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/18/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a minimal foamy tan head that reduces to a thin ring of lace pretty quickly. Minimal spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, fudge, toffee, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, clove, rum, oak, toasted coconut, chili pepper, light dark fruit/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee/vanilla/pepper spice, and rum barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, fudge, toffee, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, clove, rum, oak, toasted coconut, chili pepper, light dark fruit/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness and rum/oak/pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toffee, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, clove, rum, oak, toasted coconut, chili pepper, light dark fruit/char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee/vanilla/pepper spice, and rum barrel flavors; with a fantastic roasted bitter/sweet and oak/pepper spiciness balance with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy/silky/slick, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish; with some light pepper heat as well. Overall this is a mind blowing barrel aged spiced stout! All around insane complexity, robustness, and balance dark/roasted malt, coffee/vanilla/pepper spice, and rum barrel flavors; and very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A world class offering for sure.

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

Huge thanks to portia99 (Bill) for donating this to our super happy taste buds. The karma will be repaid my friend! Then thanks to rudzud for getting it and sharing it. batch #1.

Very dark creamy head again, little fizzy fluffy this time, little lacing, super pitch black and nice legs.

Nose can be smelled from 20 feet away practically. Again so much fresh coffee, fresh roast and brewed mostly a smooth rich slightly nutty coffee but not dark or tannic or too roasty. More dark choc, cocoa nibs, and bakers, etc, but all the above is cut down a little compared to the original bomb. Rum is there, a decent rum, fresh molasses rum, but it doesn't necessarily play well with the other characters and seems to take away from them slightly. A little buttery rum character too. A mild Sumatra like heavy acidic roasted coffee.

Taste is good, but again the rum seems to cut through the awesomeness if it. But still a nice coffee to start, great smooth rich coffee, delicious coffee without much roasty character. Lots of vanilla too, nice fresh vanilla bean character, into a dark choc and bakers choc, cocoa nib too. Ancho chilli is mostly gone now, little pepper heat and almost no smoke, etc . Again the nice rum flavor that adds its own nice flavor, and the chili starts to come out a bit more. Finish is long, bit of some from the chili finally and chili heat, mild booze, nice dark choc and cocoa, lots of coffee and vanilla lingering, and a light high quality molasses rum flavor lingering.

Mouth is full bod, rich, thick, and heavy, decent carb, very mild warming booze.

Overall hard to decide, very good, the great characters of the original like coffee vanilla and cocoa are muted a bit due to the rum, but the rum adds it's own awesome character, nicely blended, so hard to compare. Both so delicious though.

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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 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 russpowell
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

There's gonna come a point in time when these beers from Prairie will just be to hard to get. Until then, I will count myself lucky to try gems like this!

Pours like hydraulic fluid, some traces of carbonation can be seen despite the ebony color, one finger of caramel colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Carob, coconut, dark chocolate & vanilla

T: Vanilla, coconut, caramel, dryness & dark chocolate all open strong, a little bit of cayenne pepper burn. More vanilla, pepper heat, chocolate, caramel & coffee notes as this warms. Finishes with mocha, charred grain in small doses, more vanilla, pepper burn, cakeyness, caramel & dryness

MF: Thick, warming with soft carbonation, thins out a touch as this warms, very warming

ABV is masked nicely. Even better than Bomb in many ways, a hell of a compliment. Another World Beater from Prairie! Please make this as much a possible Healey Bros....

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Photo of mdfb79
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From 06/10/14 notes. Had this right after Bible Belt thanks to BeerLawyer85; thanks Ross. Liked this the best of the trio, 12 oz bottle into a taster glass.

a - Pours a dark jet black color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks exactly like Bible Belt.

s - Smells of sweet rum, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, toffee, and vanilla. As it warms up some coffee but less than Bible Belt. Sweet vanilla and cream coming through more as it warms too. Awesome nose, the rum adds another nice complex note without dominating the other flavors.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, sweet rum, oak, toasted malts, caramel, alcohol, dark chocolate, cocoa, cream, toffee, vanilla, coffee grinds, and earthy notes. Once again, no real chilis here and the rum is great. Best tasting of the three Prairie beers.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, light alcohol presence. Easy to drink, nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot, and found it to be the best of the three between Prairie Bomb, Bible Belt, and this. Less peppers than the other two, and the rum tastes great without dominating the other complex flavors. Everything works well together, would love to have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was very excited to try this after being blown away by Prairie Bomb!

Typical big stout appearance. Near black with a thick, beige cap that leaves some sticky lacing around the snifter. Fabulous aroma. Coffee, roast, oak, booze. As expected / hoped, this is awesome. The rum character comes in late and while present, is another nuance rather than a dominant force. Creamy and smooth, yet bold and assertive. Beautifully blended and executed beer. Such balance and grace for such a huge abv beer. The folks at Prairie Artisan Ales truly have a good thing going. Wow.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

~12 month old bottle

A - Thick black pour with a thin halo of dark mocha head.

S - Deep dry, super roasty nose. Dark char, cigarette butts, caramel apples, burnt bread crust, and dark chocolate.

T - Smooth dark chocolate, charred wood, pumpernickel bread, molasses, and a touch of burnt brown sugar.

M - Medium-full body with a slightly astringent backend.

O - A fantastic imperial stout on the dark, charred and roasty side of the style.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Not much of a head. No bubbles. Slightly transparent at the edges.

Smell - Lots of chocolate. Some cinnamon. Coffee is rich. A little bit of rum, but it isnt strong. Peppers on the back end.

Taste - Very chocolatey. Coffe blends into the chocolate. Peppers enhance the chocolate. Some oak in the back and some sweetness from the rum. A bit of spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Really doesn't taste like 14%. Medium heavy body. Prett chewy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I get more rum in the finish. Otherwise, it tastes just like Bomb, which is a great thing.

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

Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours black with dark brown hues around the edges when held to the light. A medium sized head of mocha colored bubbles slowly settles to a collar, leaving some lacing.

S- The aroma is glorious, with toasted coconut from the rum barrel complimenting the base beer aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, roasty coffee, and just a touch of chili peppers. A good bit of fudge really puts this over the top! There's a slightly acetone-like booziness that is the only thing keeping me from giving the aroma a perfect rating!

T- The flavor explodes on your tongue, a bit messy and overwhelming at first, but it comes together with time. There are big boozy notes up front of spiced rum. These are followed by bitter baker's chocolate, and a very assertive dark roast coffee. The coconut and vanilla are there, but take a back seat to other flavors. The finish is dry cocoa and chili pepper heat.

M- The mouth feel is medium with a lot of dryness, and good carbonation. A bit thin for an imperial stout, and drinks more like an imperial porter (think Victory At Sea), but still excellent.

O- Everything comes together here to make for a world class beer! As far as chili stouts go, this is one of the best!

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232.

Pours a dark black, with a dark brown head, and a bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells very roasty, with lots of chocolate, coffee, some rum, and cinnamon.

Pirate Bomb! has a bit of a spiced cinnamon element to it that regular Bomb! didn't have. I don't think the beers are brewed with cinnamon, so this must be the rum element. There is a mild and pleasant alcoholic rum flavor to it that doesn't make the beer boozy whatsoever- only noticeable near the end of the each sip. The chocolate and coffee blast that Bomb! had is still in full force here, but not quite as potent. The barrel aging seems to have tamed it. I'm not really getting any pepper flavors here, the barrel aging must have smoothed that part way out. The coffee flavor is slightly bitter and nutty, a little bit sweet, while the chocolate is dark and rich, with some slight dark fruits flavors. There is a bit of creamy vanilla and oak flavors as well, ostensibly from the rum barrel aging. Just a very complex beer.

Medium to thick bodied, very creamy and rich mouthfeel. Goes down way too easy for a beer that's 14% ABV, it drinks like 7% ABV. Low carbonation.

Another winner from Prairie, this is an excellent barrel-aged stout. Rum barrels seem to be coming into vogue more, and I like it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Army Green Waxed bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A big dark roasted coffee aroma dominates the nose. Spice (moreso than regular Bomb), sweet vanilla, and cocoa aromas are also present. Not much barrel coming through in the nose.

T - Espresso, cocoa nib, spiced rum, oak, light vanilla and roast. Noticeable alcohol that is warming throughout.

M - Full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a pitch black color with a brown head.

The aroma is lots chocolate brownie, dark chocolate, mocha and roasted coffee. Green chili skin. Vanilla.

The beer has a huge mouthfeel, towards Huna. In general, a huge note of big brownie chocolate, and dark chocolate throughout. In the front, there's also spicy alcohol, although not obviously rum. The heat is medium plus towards the back of the throat, although I wish it hit earlier on the palate.

A well built beer that is extremely thick and chocolately, which arguably is it's ever so slight downfall. I believe that cinnamon would help cut away from some of that, which this brew is missing.

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

Massive thanks to Bill for donating this bottle to me and JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice oily black hue with a thick half finger mocha head that fades to leave awesome lacing and legs awesome.

S - Aromas of TONS of rum, which has kind of overpowers the ancho and coffee, chocolate is there, same with vanilla. Everything is subdued from the original thanks to the rum, it's still delicious aroma though.

T - Taste is just like bomb, but with the rum overpowering everything else a bit. Chocolate is very nice, along with vanilla, but the ancho is long gone. The rum is very nice and prominent, great barrel, rich and good quality rum here. Delicious, the vanilla and chocolate food artists with the rum.

M - Mouthfeel is super silky lightly carbonated, no way this drinks like 14%.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I think I like regular bomb a bit more but man oh man is this a great beer. Love it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to jvgoor3786 for this bottle!

A - Pitch black pour with a micro-thin toffee colored lacing ring, serious legs on the sides of the glass, very viscous, and no carbonation.

S - Chocolate molasses, rum, oak, coconut, and some vanilla.

T - Dominated by chocolate and rum throughout (no complaints here). Also has some vanilla, oak, coconut, and some alcohol/pepper burn on the back end as it slides down the throat.

M - Big, thick, full bodied, syrupy, sticky and alcohol effervescence shoots up through the sinuses.

O - This beer is fantastic and can easily hold its own against any of the other big barrel aged stouts out there. (And you know who I'm talking about.) Highly recommended.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pitch black with some good brown colored froth. Surprising retention and lacing for a 14% beer
(S)- Big and rich raisin and chocolate notes that flow into some serious rum barrel and vanilla bits. Some of the chili on the finish
(T)- Very similar to the smell. Big on the cocoa, vanilla, rum. The chilies are still on the finish, giving it some heat
(M)- A good carbonation level for the style. Big flavors with that spicy kick on the finish. Surprisingly smooth for 14% but that chili pepper at the end helps to remind you.
(O)- A great base, but I would of liked the chili to be better integrated into the beer. Having it at the tail end on the finish, really adds some heat to this that made this a challenge to finish

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

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says 04816.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with no head, just a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Heavenly fudgy coffee aroma with a shot of boozy barrel for good measure.

T- Heavy roasted coffee at first, then dark chocolate fudge and powerful oaky rum barrel that works in tandem with the vanilla to provide a great balancing sweetness. A bit of green pepper aftertaste from the chilies.

M- Creamy and silky smooth with low carbonation and a full body.

O- So much better than BA Bomb! It's probably due to BA Bomb! having a different base beer while this is actually Bomb! aged on rum barrels. So much coffee and so much chocolate tied together with excellent rum barrel character. Just lovely.

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