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 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
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Pirate over regular.

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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Photo of Stevem68
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is sweet and spicy and boozy and awesome. Flavor is sweet boozy rum with notes of chocolate and coffee. Has a smooth feel and overall it's just delicious. Everything is in perfect balance and tastes great.

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

Wow, based on the other reviews, I was expecting a let down from regular Bomb!. But, count me on the side that prefers Pirate over regular bomb. The smell is all cocoa and rum as is the taste. The rum is faint and subtle but it definitely adds a desirable twist over regular bomb. I am having this very fresh, so I would recommend it fresh. I don't see how aging could improve this at all.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$10.99 bottle poured into an over-sized Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Right off, I prefer the original Bomb! to this, which is a good thing for me, as that's always on the shelf around here... and is a few bucks cheaper. Straight out of the fridge, this beer has an interest aroma of rum, hoisin sauce, coffee, roast, vanilla, and oak -- the hoisin sauce is strangely pretty strong initially.

The taste at fridge temp is quite similar, with a bit of a soy sauce vibe, coffee/roast/vanilla/oak, and a bit of an alcohol flavor, too. As with most beers, this beer improves quite a lot as it warms. The strange hoisin/soy sauce flavors go away, the alcohol flavor turns primarily to just warmth, and the desired flavors shine through more.

The rum isn't as huge as I was expecting, which for me, I guess is a good thing -- nice balance here. I get a lot of coffee in the flavor more than cacao, vanilla, or oak (the latter from the barrels), but all of the flavors are there in some fashion. Unfortunately, I don't feel any peppery heat at all from the peppers... there may be the slightest hint of warmth when the beer is approaching room temperature, but for all I know, that's the booze. There's a super subtle pepper flavor on the back end as well, but the heat overall isn't as apparent as it is in regular Bomb!

A no-doubt delicious beer and a must try, but I just don't prefer it to Bomb! ... the rum is a nice little change up, but I don't think the barrel aging makes this a better beer, at least in rum barrels.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

look: pitch black, 2 inches of cinnamon colored head, no lacing.
smell: cocoa
taste: a bit sweet, chocolate and rum
feel: smooth, full bodied, delicious.
overall: one must have beer.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Can't find a bottled-on date, but it's likely close to 3 months old at this point.

A: Pours a bit thin. Pitch black with a slight off-brown head.

S: Huge chocolate notes up front, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cacao. Some sweet cinnamon, vanilla and spicy notes from the rum barrels as well.

T: More chocolate in the flavor, vanilla, cinnamon. Not a ton of chile flavor, but you get some spice for sure.

M: One of the more boozy beers I've had in a while. Big spicy alcohol notes up front, likely from the rum barrels. Finishes even spicier.

O: Rum barrels are tough to work with, and I can see why they're not used too often. Rarely, I've seen it pulled off (BourbRum Plead the 5th). Here, I think it's more of a nuisance to the great base beer than a fresh idea. You're taking an already spiced stout, and adding it to a spiced barrel. Not good. The aroma starts nice, with loads of chocolate and cacao, but it fades quickly as you take your first sip. The coffee is really nowhere to be seen. Also, regular BA Bomb! is near 11%, but this one is at 14%, and I have no idea while. It really makes for an overly spicy and boozy beer. I can see some people preferring this to BA Bomb! or Bomb!, but not me. Too hot.

Recommendation: Probably worth a try if you have any interest in rum barrels, or you're a fan of the Bomb! series.

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Photo of skiking70
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed immensely, the rum adds another dimension to an already great beer. Pours oil black and the rum/vanilla scents hit your nose immediately. The flavor matches the nose with the chocolate and pepper flavors upfront and the vanilla coming through on the finish. Overall great beer, only complaint is the coffee gets lost in the shuffle.

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Photo of alexpcat13
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent, Excellent, and once more Excellent. See my review on BOMB! And edit it only by way of some small innexplicable difference that can only be summed into a slight over-booziness. Still though, excellent... I can't put my finger on why, but I simply prefer the regular BOMB! By the smallest margin.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: black. Nice off white head. Can see carbonation.

S: Rich and sweet and creamy. Getting coffee and vanilla and heat and tobacco even. Intoxicating nose.

T: wow. Honeyed chili peppers, brownie fudge. Rum barrel expands the base beer on the best way possible.

F: got the ABV on this. Less so as it sat out, but still a critique.

O: complex and satisfying. A true champion beer. Don't walk, run!

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Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a a snifter glass at just below room temp, nose is huge, big mocha and vanilla presence with a slight hint of alcohol. Taste is even better, huge chocolaty goodness (much like BA Bomb) but on the level of a rum chocolate ball with slight hints of vanilla, 9.5/10!

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Photo of tduecen
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Tele
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (March 2016 Version)
Consumed: 4.14.16

A: 4.5 This one doesn’t look all that thick, but it pours clear and almost black with a small, light tan head.

S: 4.5 Immediately after pouring, there’s a really nice chocolate cake, fudge aroma coming out of the glass, separating it from regular bomb. Like regular bomb, there’s also pretty strong vanilla, coffee, and chile. The rum barrel treatment doesn’t seem to add a distinct rum quality, but sort of adds a sweetness and richness that’s lacking in the regular version.

T: 4.5 Flavors start off nice a sweet with good roasted malt, chocolate cake, and vanilla. Pretty quickly the coffee flavors, which are only decent in my opinion, kick in adding a light bitterness to counter the sweeter flavors. The finish is long and drawn out with a slowly building heat from the chiles; the gradual burn is terrific.

M: 4.5 Classic imperial stout feel. Good, substantial body with low, but steady carbonation.

O: 4.5 I’m not a huge fan of regular bomb as I think it’s a little clunky and don’t care for the coffee Prairie uses. This, however, is pretty delicious. The rum barrel doesn’t have big presence, but it does enough to round everything else out. This, coupled with a stronger yet still subtle chile flavor, takes this beer from pretty good to excellent.

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Photo of imstimpy
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! By far the best beer I've had with "coffee" on the label. The balance of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and chile is brilliant. I get more cocoa and vanilla than anything.

It looks like used motor oil, smells like cocoa, tastes wonderful, and has just the right thickness to tantalize and linger. I'm not quite sure how the rum plays, but it bolsters the flavor without overpowering.

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

I'd like to really contribute to the Beer Advocate community by rating a beer that so few people have rated. With that, here goes a review that is identical to the consensus. 2016 vintage in an Avery Rare Beer Snifter, like you do.

Sight: Rich mahogany.

Aroma: It smells like a coffee and brown sugar dry rub on a smoked rib. Oaky molasses and cherry smoked wood.

Taste: Starts out tasting like those chocolate-covered cherry candies your grandmother gave you after christmas dinner. Then it moves into a rich flourless chocolate cake with a powdered cacao and candied rum glaze. The finish is long and chewy. It resembles eating molasses flavored toffee after smoking a cigar.

Mouthfeel: Coarse. Have you ever licked the inside of a rum barrel? I have. And it has the same mouthfeel as this.

Handfeel: Started out cool to the touch but I lovingly cupped the cup until it was luke warm.

Sound: The beer has a remarkably gentle sparkle and crackle in the glass. The bottle top popped off with a perfect hiss.

Recommendation: Bring this beer to a beer share to show all your friends that you ain't no slacker and can bring the heat when it counts. When you get there, take one sip out of the bottle before anyone gets to try it and pour the rest down the drain after saying something along the lines of "I've had better".

Trade value: If this beer were a currency, it would be the Euro. Not quite worth what it once was, but is still widely accepted everywhere.

Salute Prairie, for giving everyone what we wanted all along... The same booze cocktail that everyone else is making but done in a way that makes it your own.

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Photo of Immortale25
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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Photo of HopHunter19
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - same appearance as every other 14% stout I've had, no head, deep dark brown/black, bordering on thin bodied
S - big chocolate, caramel, coconut, vanilla, oak, sweet rum, cocoa, molasses, very smooth and sweet
T - follows the nose, big caramel, molasses, chocolate, coconut, oak, sweet dark rum, oak, vanilla, creamy
M - not thin bodied on the mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is rum, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak
O - an interesting taste, like a great bba stout, but not. Sweeter, more coconut I think. Definitely a heavy rum influence.

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Photo of drew42e
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Heard great things about this beer so couldn't wait to crack open. Poured in a snifter, little to no tan head and near pitch body. Aroma is super complex. Big chocolate up front, fudgy, with vanilla, coffee and after it warmed a little the chiles were evident. Taste is equally complex. Fudge/cocoa at first then some coffee, rum barrel is subtle to me and some heat on the finish. I love this beer and PAA makes some of my favorite stouts, add this to the list.

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