Pirate Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Pirate Bomb!Pirate Bomb!

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prairie's Bomb stout aged in Rum barrels.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance: pours super black and oily, with a thin, khaki colored foam on top. Head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a ring of mocha around the outside. Body is totally opaque and black, even when swirled.

Aroma: layers of complexity here. The first hit I got was the vanilla, followed by a touch of that coconutty, boozy rum scent. The last note that hits the nose is the chili, which punctuates the sweetness nicely.

Taste: wow, this was a really unique stout. The first taste is chocolatey deliciousness, which is a dime a dozen in imperial stouts. Still, very potent. What comes next, though, is what makes this beer a step above the rest in terms of complexity. I got a bunch of the sweetness and some mild heat from the rum barrel, followed by a solid smack of vanilla. Finishing notes come with the chili heat, which is more of the dry, lightly spicy jalapeno flavor than a hot, spicy note. Really subtle and understated.

Feel: thick and syrupy, following in the footsteps of regular BOMB! Everything I'd want in an imperial stout.

Overall: an amazing brew from Prairie, and certainly worth the price.

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

Looks good, smells great, feels great, tastes good. Finish is the only thing lacking, not a fan of the alcoholic burn. Solid beer, i think bourbon barrel is better though. Still a great beer

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Photo of tbryan5
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pirate BOMB! has a great aroma. Not much head to speak of and pours kind of thin. However, this lives up to its name on the palate. Nice rum and roast with the classic BOMB! shining as usual. Maybe not quite as good as BA BOMB! but great nonetheless.

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Photo of PerfecTool
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
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 +10.5%
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 Myotus
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 50°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 08Apr16) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Consumed on 03Jun16.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of sweet chocolate are backed by strong aromas of coffee and vanilla. Mild aromas of oak, rum, and coconut make the barrel aging apparent. The subtle aromas of spicy chilies add just the right amount of heat.
TASTE: An initial boozy sweetness is instantly perceived as very strong sweet chocolate and strong rum flavors explode on to the palate. The beer grows more savoury as strong coffee and vanilla immediately follow. Mild barrel flavors of oak and coconut next caress the palate and further increase the goodness of this brew. In a final act, mild spicy flavors of chilies and subtle bitter roasted malt flavors enter as all previous flavors maintain. Just like in the aromas, the chilies provide just the right amount of heat.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down incredibly smooth and creamy. Due to the high alcohol content, the beer finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: How do you make Bomb! better without bourbon barrel aging it? You rum barrel age it!

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

Poured from bottle into glass. Modest carbonation and a dark black color with modest head that dissipates quickly. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and faint hints of rum are apparent. Full bodied and creamy on the palate - well balanced flavors on the front and the rum lingering to the back along with the chili-pepper! This is Treasure in a Bottle!! By comparison, Oro Negro by Jackie O's is very similar but Prairie has captured the flag. Well done!!!

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

Absolutely incredible.....just when you think the original Bomb is the pinnacle, you get hit with this, every ingredient is heightened and accentuated with the rum barrel making this an unbelievable improvement on an already stunning beer.

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

I thought Bomb was an good beer, but for the price-point, not something I'd return to. This is much more appealing to me. I like the rum barrel action, and have liked it in a few other beers. This was probably a 14.99 or 16.99 bottle - I forget which - and while I would probably pass on regular Bomb next year, I'd grab one of these again. Pineapple rum and chocolate fun.

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

2016 vintage
~3 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, oily and viscous body. Thin layer of dark tan colored head, soapy / bubbly, dissipates to almost nothing. Tons of alcohol legs, coats and sticks to glass.

Aroma- Rich, fudgy, gourmet chocolates, dark chocolates, dry cocoa, bittersweet. Rum, spiced oak, dark fruity notes. Rich chocolate rum cake. Tons of vanilla, coconut, and caramel. Mild spicy, peppery heat.

Taste- Dark chocolates, creamy milk chocolates, mocha coffee, vanilla, and caramel. Rum, spicy dry oak, dark fruits soaked in boozy rum, lots of coconut. Spicy, peppery chillies on the finish.

Feel- Full bodied, velvety, creamy and smooth, slightly drying at times from oak and spice. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Rum barrel takes an already great beer to an even more incredible level. Lots of vanilla imparted, and a wonderful coconut and dry, spicy oak dimension. Chili peppers are noticeable but so well balanced into the beer, not too harsh. Rum is very forward, but not too boozy. Tastes like a gourmet chocolate rum cake w/ coconut and chillies as toppings.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a brown tinge. No head, and no lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, spices, chilies, oak, and rum. The flavor profile is very similar with notes of roasted malts, spices, chilies, oak, rum, and toffee. It is on the sweet side, but still well balanced. Mouth feel has a medium-full consistency, and is smooth, creamy, filling, and delightful too. Overall, it's a very tasty brew. Plenty of subtle hints and notes to seek out here.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Tried in a blind taste test against Christmas Bomb.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Prarie bomb ...then concentrate the flavors more of everything with an enhanced sweetness delicious beer could use more rum flavor to it but very nice

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Photo of HawkeyeJosh
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 notchucknorris
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black and maybe just a touch thin-looking with a small khaki colored head.

S: The rum is light here, but this smells pretty solid. Roasted chile, cinnamon, dark chocolate and coffee with a slight hint of black licorice.

T: Hershey's syrup, light chile spice, baking chocolate, fudge and just a trace of rum. Very nicely done,

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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 leroybrown10
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and thick looking. 1 finger dark khaki head is slow to form but lasts a decent while moderate amount of lacing left behind but it slides down the glass pretty quick.

Aroma is sweet rum and milk chocolate on the nose. Vanilla, coffee, molasses, and caramel malt as prominent complements.

Again, run leads on first sip. Coffee is stronger than the nose. Milk chocolate is smooth and sweet. Vanilla, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar mix underneath. Just a hint of the peppers with a slight boost as it warms.

Smooth, rich, thick body. Moderate carbonation. Sweet with lingering rum. Oily on the tongue.

Fantastic rum aged stout. Avoids being syrupy but maintains a nice sweetness. An upgrade over a superb base beer

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Photo of wulfie85
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is one exceptional beer. The best words I can use to describe this are coffee and brownies. This mouth feel and dark opaque look. The rum barrel paired very well with the other flavors in the beer and resulted in no heat. Love it

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was enjoyable, but IMO the rum barrel treatment covers up some of the prominent BOMB! flavors that I so enjoy. The rum barrel and peppers have a complimentary burn, which I like. Deep
Chocolate and rum flavors play together on the tongue. Can't pick up any vanilla or coffee though. And this isn't as thick as the base beer in the mouthfeel dept. Overall: tasty! I liked BA Bomb better though.

FOLLOW UP: 2nd bottle shared with friends. Actually totally different experience - I thoroughly enjoyed this. The rum element, which felt way too sweet on the first try, felt much more balanced - it had great depth, and you could taste the oak from the rum barrel too. I also picked up all of the elements, vanilla ,chocolate, coffee, peppers, rum, oak. Really, really delicious nightcap on a night full of great beers. Adjusted rating due to very favorable 2nd experience, split the difference from the first review.

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Photo of floyd_pugman
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours almost jet black with minuscule head. Major nose of rum, chocolate, honey, cinnamon, and coffee. Rich palate of honey-infused chocolate, rum, coffee, vanilla, and wood, with a touch of sugar in the middle, and black and chili pepper to finish. Absolutely decadent and delicious; a smooth, viscous dessert beer. Would definitely like to get my hands on more.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-pitch black, no head, minimal carbonation

Smel- chocolate up front,cinnamon, rum

Taste- wow. Ton of flavor. Chocolate up front, cinnamon, get the peppers late and strong rum presence. Booze hits like a hammer late.

Feel- thinner than expected. Still very good though

Overall- chocolate milkshake with rum. Enough said

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Photo of Jkolls
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is better than BA or regular bomb. Has chocolate flavor with some added rum barrel flavor. Not a world beater by any means, but still a solid beer.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prairie Artisan Ales Pirate Bomb! Usually I drink alone because I am the only beer drinker in the house, but my son is visiting today and he'll be sampling some along with me. I would like to compare Pirate Bomb! to BA Bomb! sometime, but thinking I prefer regular Bomb! over Pirate. Pirate is decent, but the rum covers up the chocolate taste a bit. Still an excellent beer though.

Update: The Pirate has warmed a bit, and the chocolate is now coming out. Or I'm warming, whatever.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely splendid. So many amazing flavors that meld together. This was my first rum barrel aged beer and it didn't disappoint. I'm a huge Bomb! fan and enjoy rum so had high expectations. How do these guys make this beer so smooth at this ABV? It's marvelous. The price point is a bit harsh but the quality is that good it's almost justified. Once a year or so I'd have no prob dropping it to enjoy this gem.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - dark black and viscous, with a thin tan head
S - sugar and molasses from the rum barrel, with a touch of chili scent and chocolate
T -rum barrel upfront, but get cinnamon (in a much more palatable amount), coffee and chocolate
F - creamy, probably medium carb. Not super thick, but not thin
O - very well balanced and complex. Really enjoy drinking it now and look forward to trying it with age!

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