Bible Belt
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #185
ABV:
13%
Score:
96
Ranked #620
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 8.53%
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
2,111
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Bible BeltBible Belt
Notes: Collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing

Huge Imperial Stout based on Evil Twin Brewings Even More Jesus spiced like Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb with coffee, vanilla, chilies and cacao nibs.
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Revisiting a 2019 vintage. Green pepper emerging, chilies really becoming more pronounced. Not too much oxidation or lingering heat, but the chocolate component is nice; overall holding up well.

Apr 17, 2021
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brureview from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m a big fan of imperial stouts, especially bourbon barrel aged. I’ve had a number of Prairie Ale’s stouts, and some Evil Twin stouts.
Not my style when it comes to stout. Weird flavor profile- the chiles seem to affect the balance. Too much of a Chile aroma and aftertaste.

The MF is smooth, but I was looking for a creamier MF.
Not much bitterness in the finish.
Brewed well. Not a favorite approach to stout for me.

Jan 31, 2021
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just1cho from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 12oz bottle*

This beer poured out a very dark brown, almost pitch black. It didn't have much of a head at all, but left a nice dark khaki lacing around my glass.

The aroma on this was very similar to Bomb! with some minor differences. I found that the chilies used in this were the most dominating aroma, followed by coffee and cacao. These aromas were then followed by a slightly acidic coffee note in the back-end with notes of vanilla and caramel.

I was definitely able to taste the base of Even More Jesus in this, but I thought that it overall reminded me more of Bomb. The taste followed the nose, giving me all of the spiced flavors of Bomb, but the base of EMJ followed the notes of coffee, vanilla, and chilies giving me lots of dark chocolate, licorice, and a touch of dark caramel sweetness. I found that as this warms up, there was a bit of a medicinal/herbal taste to this.

Like EMJ, the feel on this was viscous, thick, fudgy, and full-bodied. This had some moderate amount of carbonation to it, and was extremely easy to drink for the ABV. The only thing was I didn't like about this was the long and lingering bitter aftertaste on this. But other than that, the feel on this was very nice.

Aug 13, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle - pours black as night with minimal chocolate milk head leaving a ring of tiny bubbles and not much else. Nose is muted roasty malt,maybe a hint of chocolate and some faint chili aroma. Taste follows more or less with some coffee, chocolate and chili stepping up a bit. Seems like a diluted version of "even more jesus" with chili's added.

May 04, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, nearly impervious to light. Big mocha head slow to recede. Aroma is chocolate, dark roasted malts, a little yeast. Flavor is chocolate and chili pepper, but no heat (beer might be old), light coffee and sweet vanilla. Creamy and full bodied. Overall, wry reminiscent of prairie bomb with more body. Would like to try fresh, and barrel aged as well...

4/9/20
16 oz can, date is smeared.
4.5 rating

Apr 10, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty wild, poured a finger-width head that fizzed our after a minute. Smells up front of chiles, really nice scent with some chocolates sweetness up in there.
Tastes about as good as it smells, spice and vanilla with a little oak going on. Feels good, a rich mouthfeel while not overly thick. Goes down smooth with a lil kick. Pretty much an even more Jesus bomb! If you can imagine that. Great showing by two great American brewers.

Mar 08, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL Bottle. ABV 13% (Label), 11.9% (Sticker).
Appearance: Dark brown/black, Very small brown head, Zero retention.
Aroma: Milk chocolate, Vanilla, Roasted malt, Cacao, Molasses, Licorice, Slight coffee, Slightly nutty, Slight tobacco.
Mouthfeel: Slightly under full body, Slightly chewy, Smooth, Slightly boozy, Spicy heat.
Flavour: Chili Pepper, Heavy roasted malt, Char, Bitterness, Cacao, Licorice, Raisin, Cherry.
Overall:

Review: 133

Feb 16, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle code of 04919 (49th day of 2019 potentially?), opened 1-5-20.
Black stout with a 1/4" tan head...good retention at a solid cap. A few specks of lace.
Dark roast and perceived bitter coffee jumps out first. Charred malts and a hint of the potential spicy chilies that could be coming.
Roasted and slightly charred malts, coffee bitterness, just a faint hint of chili heat. No vanilla left. Bakers cacao - the dusty more bitter kind of chocolate makes an appearance.
Full body, low to medium carbonation...slick/oily mouthfeel. SMOOTH. Medium length roasty finish.
13% isn't apparent whatsoever. Coffee pops up and lingers longer after the initial "finish".
Very good - not the stunner I hoped for after having Christmas Bomb! for the first time recently.

Jan 05, 2020
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stoumi from California

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bible Belt pours a very deep, dark brown, almost motor oil, quit viscous with a deep, fine, tan head that leaves a thin veil of lacing. The smell comes off very rich and dark with a heavy espresso, cacao bean, licorice and roasted malts with a wish of sweet vanilla. The taste has a very heavy mouthfeel but coats the palette, ever so smoothly. Bitter coffee with a strong dark chocolate and roast malts with a slight heat from the chilies, as it warms.

Nov 15, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355 mL bottle received in a non-recent trade (thanks, Farees); I don't see a date but I guarantee it's more than three years old. I'm clearing out my cellar and totally forgot this one was even in there - with so many adjuncts I wouldn't call it an ideal candidate for long-term cellaring, but I guess that's what I get for not really keeping track of what goes in or out. D'oh. Served barely chilled.

Pours jet black, topped with half an inch of loose, frothy, brown head that settles off in less than a minute's time; a tight collar of bubbly foam is the only remnant, with little in the way of lace. As for the nose, coffee grounds, ash and chilies stand out the most, with hints of chocolate and roasted, nutty malts also coming through.

Sweet baby Jesus this is one smooth beer for 13%; each of the four special ingredients is still discernible, though the peppers have clearly faded off. Roasted malts figure in strongly, with notes of milk chocolate, s'more and cacao nibs leading up to lots of coffee and vanilla towards the finish; earthy and ashy, with a touch of vegetal pepper. The chile heat only becomes a presence in the aftertaste, and it's fairly mild; I barely noticed the alcohol at first, though its numbing effects do make that an inevitability. Full in body, with minimal carbonation that hardly registers; super smooth and a little slick, with a bit of a palate-coating effect - this helps the mild pepper heat linger, an effect that I like. This one disappeared faster than it should've.

Final Grade: 4.23, an A-. Bible Belt was a treat, and based on this experience I'd say it's a pretty safe beer to age for a few years, if you have the patience or inclination to do so. Unbelievably mellow and smooth - I've never had this fresh, so the 'peppers falling off' is really just me making an educated guess - I actually don't know how spicy this is supposed to be. In any event, I thoroughly enjoyed my glass and would happily purchase this beer and consume it fresh, for comparison's sake.

Sep 27, 2019
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augustgarage from California

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unable to decipher the bottling code - in any case, poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

Clear, dark seal brow body, thick active khaki head receding to a fine collar and ominous surface slick. Average retention; fine sandy lacing; fast running tears.

Unctuous, lumbering aromatics of cocoa, roast barley, coffee, tobacco, vanilla, marshmallow, dates, prunes, and faint stone fruit. Sweet and inviting.

The palate entry fully delivers on the promise of the nose, with all of the above flavors heavily amplified into a chorus of bittersweetness, along with some tart not-quite-vegetal char from the chiles, and clean even bitterness from hops. The heat of the alcohol marries well to the chiles making this even more drinkable. Medium-finish with lots of roast notes and a real synergy of all the adjuncts making it difficult to pick out the individual flavors without careful concentration. Superbly balanced.

Full bodied, inky, soothing mouth-feel, warming and slightly tannic.

Really well done, with an excellent American imperial stout as the base. A bit of a gamble given this was around $8 for the single bottle, but I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up again if I was in the mood.

Sep 08, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet. Best I can tell from the mess of numbers on the neck, this was bottled sometime in February 2019, so over 6 months old.

Pours the standard black body. The dark tan head soon dissipates to a ring and faint covering leaving no lacing.

Nice coffee aroma and the expected alcohol hit.

Upon tasting, there is no trace of vanilla or chocolate. The coffee is there, and very tasty too, along with warmth from the chile and abv, with it seeming the chile doing the most of it, which I appreciate.

Mouth around medium, though does feel thinner at times. Finish is a pleasant warm burn without any of that harsh bourbon burn you often get from Evil Twin beers.

Overall, I like the coffee and chile mix, but miss the hoped for chocolate presence.

Sep 01, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses and black licorice.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, vanilla and some very light heat from the chiles.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Super tasty Imperial stout. Nice balance of flavors. Definetly will pick up again.

Jul 24, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours jet black with a tan bubble show that settles in at two fingers before noisily dissipating; an intricate lacing pattern appears with each sip

Smell: Heavily roasted with chocolate, molasses, walnut, espresso cherry and chili tones

Taste: Roast forward with burgeoning dark chocolate but the espresso and molasses arrive quickly; there is some sweetness, in the middle, that brings forward a cherry and currant element before the chili hits the palate at the end; somewhat boozy

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Quite a lot going on but as a collaboration, it is a tale of two cities that never quite come together

Jul 18, 2019
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Gadzook from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep and dark with dark khaki head leaving a little lacing.

S: coffee, chocolate, chili, roasted malt, some sweetness and vanilla.

T: Exactly what you would think a mix of Even More Jesus and Bomb! Would taste like. Toasty, coffee forward, chocolate and vanilla in the middle with a dry roast finish and perfect sweetness.

F: Thick and heavy, light carbonation, dry and warm finish.

O: Just wonderful

Jun 29, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle coded 02491CS7BIBLEBELT poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 13% ABV. The beer pours dense absolute black with no light penetration and a quickly fizzing rusty dark brown head. The head is completely gone in 60 seconds leaving no trace of lacing. The aroma is fudgey, with traces of coffee and chili peppers. The taste is a mild peppery heat bounced off of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. The bitterness is medium to low, but it's not sweet either. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with less than medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. I recall being more impressed with Bomb! but that's been a while and many new stouts ago. The coffee is pretty faded, but that might be expected at 5 months old.

Jun 26, 2019
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice dark brown coffee like head that dissipates fairly quickly while the beer itself is a good looking dark coffee black color with a slightly heavier than normal coffee texture and a bit of oily syrup to it.

The smell is pretty good with various notes. The chili comes out straight through all the other notes from the beer to add a good distinct note that still works well with the other notes. The other notes contain a good vanilla note with cocoa nibs around the edges. The coffee notes surround the edges of the smell and occasionally gets lost in the vanilla.

The taste is pretty good. It also has the chili note that runs through the other notes in the beginning. The chili is easily hidden by the stronger cocoa and coffee notes along with the moderate vanilla notes.

The feel is good. It has a heavy body and a bit of a thin feel to it. The carbonation is very light and tingling.

Overall, this was a pretty good beer and worth getting.

Jun 09, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a hint of brown, looks like a black hole! Top of the half finger of deep brown rusty beige head.

It smells of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, instead of roasting this, deep and rich.

It tastes of chocolate, coffee, espresso, hints of the vanilla and bourbon.

The body is rich, and velvety. A little foamy carbonation.

I got this one in San Diego, May 31st, 2019. I’m drinking it here in my hotel room. Very well done brew.

Jun 01, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ep 7:
Wow! If you like strong dark coffee, and beer at the same time, this one is made for you. That's mostly all we get from this one, although one of us picked up on the chili flavor instead of the coffee, which make it powerful and complex.

Ep 11:
Revisiting this beer led to many of the same conclusions: huge coffee/dark chocolate flavors with little sweetness to back it up. Again we found hints of chili pepper, though subtle enough to be mistaken for boozy heat on the tongue. The vanilla listed on the bottle is nearly or entirely absent.

May 23, 2019
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle purchased in Oklahoma (OK!). Poured into Kane chalice and allowed to warm. Cannot find date on bottle.

L: Almost no head on pour and it's gone in a flash. Beer is dark black.

S: Cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, a hint of chili. Vanilla either is very subtle or faded as I am not picking it up.

T: Now this is interesting. Coffee and cocoa kind of play with each other and the hint of vanilla does pop in, but quickly folds under the sustained roastiness and cocoa. The chili comes in stronger than I recall in BOMB! and sustains through a long heated finish, but stays below the threshold of unpleasant (and also covers up any alcohol heat - the sustained heat definitely is the chili).

F: Full-bodied, a little carbonation. Construction and balance are solid, but a notch below BOMB!

O: Basically the base stout of BOMB! is better than this one, and that is the difference.

May 18, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BeerShop NYC.
Pours a black color with tiny hints of mahogany. Minimal head, quick dissipation, a thin ring of lacing remains.
Aromas of vanilla, nutty malt, dark chocolate, raw cocoa, and espresso.
Complex and big flavored. Opens sweet and boozy. Flavors of of vanilla, dark caramel and thick chewy malts lend sweetness, along with a spirits like alcohol spice. A developing acidity evokes espresso, cherries and a touch of lemon wedge. The ensuing roasty was adds increasing bitterness, redolent of woody hops, espresso beans and cacao. A subtle chili spice creeps in almost undetected, balances beautifully against the other flavors.
Full bodied, thick, chewy, the alcohol spice adds a lightness to things and aids drinkability. The moderate to gentle carbonation feels just about right. The finish is roasty, sticky and dry, with a lingering resiny bitterness.
Dangerously drinkable; I’ve gone through 3/4 of this, and I suddenly realize I need to slow down. Big and complex. Impressive overall.

May 08, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice imperial stout collaboration between two great breweries. Pours a deep, dark black color with some mild tan head and very scant lingering lacing. Smells nice, lots of milk chocolate, raisin, brown sugar, vanilla and a little malt, chili heat and medium roast coffee. Taste follows the nose; there was a surprisingly muted sense of all the typical mocha cocoa flavors of a big boozy imperial stout. There was just a little warming alcohol presence as the beer warmed towards room temperature. Smooth, slightly sticky, rich mouthfeel and decent carbonation. All in all, a solid beer, but there were others from both breweries’ lineups that I preferred.

Apr 11, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal tan head and no lace. Aroma is mostly mild chili and some chocolate. Thicker, sticky, sweet milk chocolate underneath a mild chili kick and a touch of booze on finish.

Apr 09, 2019
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Damasen from Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is fruity dark chocolate with fruity chiles with coffee in the background. Taste follows, taste is like a really nice dark chocolate, berries, dark fruit. and the chiles add some more fruit like notes. Coffee is sitting in the comfortably in the background. Overall it is very good dark chocolate brew.

Apr 02, 2019
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Burton_Baker from Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with dark tan head, mostly diminishing and very good lacing. The aroma is malts, strong malt aroma. The taste is chocolate, bitter, DANG. The body is full, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish long. Damn Good Beer!!!

Mar 30, 2019
Bible Belt from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 2111 ratings