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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of BergBeer
2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

Look: Opaque black with a rich and creamy mocha head. Tiny mocha legs through make this an active brew.

Smell: I can smell the coffee and chocolate from a couple of feet away! On the nose I'm getting deep bitter espresso, slightly smokey roasted chilies, a earthy oak, big bakers chocolate, hint of booze, and another big chocolate brownie note. Smells like a double chocolate cake on a glass!

Taste: Big smokey chili on the attack followed by fresh brewed coffee, fresh dates, slight honey, deep bittersweet chocolate, a earthy oak finish with more smokey chilies.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy at first then becomes more medium bodied. Slight booze and a chili heat bite on the finish.

Overall: This one was just okay. I really enjoyed bomb! But the huge chilies on this doesn't mix nearly as well and throws everything way out of whack on what could have been a great beer. Not something I'd pick up again I'd rather have another bomb

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is black with a decent amount of mocha colored head and a few larger bubbles. Nose has a light spice to it, roasted malt, a bit of a green vegital note, cold coffee, faint dark chocolate in back with a hint of a metallic note. Taste is harsh, really green, a strong coffee note, moderate to heavy roast, lightly acrid, hints of milk chocolate and some bitter dry chocolate with a touch of a metallic twang. A fair to light spice through the finish. Full bodied, oily back palate, soft carb.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.11/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pitch black with a thin mocha head.

Aroma- Dark chocolate, vanilla, peppers, and roasted coffee.

Taste- Bitter dark chocolate/coffee is big at first, followed by peppers and dark fruits. The finish sees some vanilla but its mainly dominated by bitterness from the malt,coffee, and peppers.

Feel- Full bodied, but not too sticky or cloying.

Overall- The aroma is awesome and showcases the bomb! adjuncts, but the flavor combo with even more jesus just does not work. This is way to heavy on bitter flavors and there simply isn't enough sweetness to make this a balanced beer. Given the quality and the price I would not buy this again.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.12/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours thick dark black with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is lactic chocolate and vanilla, roast, black licorice and a little spice.

The flavor has a lot going on - sweet lactic chocolate and vanilla, chilies, and coffee with some alcoholic and spice heat in the finish along with a lot of roast bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, interesting but too much going on that's not well mixed - sweet chocolate and vanilla, bitter roast, alcohol, coffee and chili spice.

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Photo of afluentturtle
3.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap severed in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown, mocha head about 1/2 inch tall. Typical imperial stout color, very appealing

Smell: Coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, slight whiff of roasted pepper, makes the drinkers mouth water with anticipation

Taste: This is where this beer really falls flat, when cold/cool mostly overly burnt malts and stale coffee, almost a muddy taste. As it warms the chocolate and peppers show up but it is to little to late. Odd almost acidic after taste, I guess from the peppers.

Mouthfeel: Feels thin and watery, not the full "chewy" typical imperial stout feel.

Overall: I was very disappointed by this beer, I have not had a chance to try bomb but this beer did not live up to the hype.

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Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours very little tan head. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Flavor profile: Rich dark chocolate. Caramel malts. Molasses and raisins. Dark fruits. The chili peppers are kind of muted here. The vanilla does show, however. Tons of roasted and burnt malts.

Mouthfeel: Roasted/burnt. Full bodied. Low to medium carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, I wasn't that impressed with this one. It was too burnt for me.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.36/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green wax, 12 oz bottle, gifted from a friend.

Pours an opaque black with an initially large mocha head that semi-quickly fades to a thin ring. Adjunct heavy nose of coffee, light vanilla, green pepper, cocoa and booze. Mocha coffee and green pepper vegetable spice dominate the flavor with a hint of a smoother rich vanilla and mocha sweet stout underneath. Body is medium thick, slightly heavy carbonation and a thin finish. The green pepper spice and coffee isn't working for me in the flavor and this lacks the depth of the base stout of Hunahpu or even Mexican Cake (which isn't exactly a world beater).

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Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hefman for knocking this off my wants, as I continue to search for a Prairie beer that lives up to their advance billing. 12 oz. bottle sipped before a nice Monday off.

The pour is black with a rich head that’s big for a large-bore brew. Most of the ingredients on the label show up in the nose too: very sweet malts, mild roast, touch of vanilla. No heat. Not bad, but pretty quiet given the promotional airs.

Bible Belt is like a small-beer version of Hunahpu’s. Starts off with deep, dark, sweet malts that are piled on one another like so many returnable cases, which is the best part of the beer. The advertised coffee & vanilla are faint enough to be undetectable without speciliazed scientific instruments. Chiles appear & save the beer from over-simplicity, but they’re less a taste than a back-of-the-throat warmth that builds & spreads groin-ward. 100% smooth, with zero alcohol presence at all. I’m enjoying drinking this, but feel like a bout of acid-reflux around 3AM is a distinct possibility.

For all the alcohol, malts, and adjuncts poured into this beer, it’s more Kylie Minogue than Bad Religion. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.43/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking pour. Thick chocolate head that disappears very quickly.

Lots of smoke on the nose. Bakers chocolate, muted grains, not at all what I was expecting.

Taste is very stale. Lots of licorice and smoke, maybe a little dark chocolate on the back end. Not detecting any of the flavors listed on the bottle. Would much rather have regular bomb.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a spiciness in the background that after some sips starts dominating everything. It is interesting for its weirdness, but ultimately pointless.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Prairie "smoking catfish" stem glass, cellar temperature.

Black in color, maybe a little dark brown around the edges, with a conservative pour still giving a full two fingers of chocolate-brown head, which soon settled to a thick ring and dabbed the glass with lace. Perhaps unexpected for such a high ABV beer, but nothing wrong with that. In the nose, chocolate and roasted dark malts, somewhat grainy, notes of char and coffee grounds. Didn't get any vanilla or pepper in the aroma. Taste was decent, cocoa powder and dark malt roastiness, coffee and cream, slightly astringent, with a hint of pepper spice in the finish. From reading other reviews, this seems like a very inconsistent beer. Mouthfeel was medium bordering on full, pretty slick, and actually not too boozy for a 13% brew, but the effects were definitely felt soon after. Pretty good overall. Much better than Bomb anyway.

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Photo of ELS
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle off the shelf while in Austin.

A- Nice black color and tan head of foam.

S- Smells like chocolate and definitely some heat of chiles.

T- I can't help but compare Bible Belt to the taste of Bomb which I drank two days earlier. I find that BB has amped up all the flavors of Bomb and it just doesn't work. The chile heat is more pronounced, but rather than add to the flavor it is just interfering with the enjoyment of the beer.

M- Bible Belt has just the right amount of carbonation but is slightly thin when compared to my favorite imperial stouts.

O- Dissapointed with the taste of this beer. The heat detracts from the taste and I would not seek out this beer again.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle generously shared by Doug. Poured into a GLBC snifter today, 5/1/2014.

A- Pitch black body, two finger mocha head with great retention and great lacing. Unfortunately this is the best aspect of this beer.

S- Coffee. Lots of bitter, acidic coffee which I like. As it warms up, there is a nice touch of vanilla, but as vanilla tends to be more bitter than sweet (husks), it really makes the nose not quite as good as it should be. Very little base chocolate malt, and definitely very little chili peppers and cocoa nibs.

F- Disappointingly mundane. This tastes like Founders' Breakfast Stout with with a drop of vanilla extract. Very little chili heat, though it does come out a bit as it warms up. But this is dominated by coffee, which was disappointing as I expected more Bomb! character at the very least.

M- Slick, thick bodied with a good creamy mouthfeel. This is pretty solid in terms of M.. which is not surprising considering the base beer. Very bitter and acidic finish detracts from it, though.

O- Disappointingly boring and one-note with all the coffee. I especially should have expected this with Evil Twin's stamp on this. Don't bother trading for this if you can trade for Bomb! at the same quantity and cost.. Bomb! is far superior.

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Photo of champ103
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at D&T in Houston, TX

A: Pours an opaque black color, no light at all gets through. A one finger tan head rises, with good retention, and lace.
S: Big coffee up front and center. Some chocolate, roasted malts. Lingering bitter bakers chocolate. A bit of heat from the chilies. Not over barring though.
T: At first, coffee is big up front. That fades to milk chocolate, light roast, even more bitter bakers chocolate. As this warms, the chilies become much more apparent, and take over everything. Unlike Bomb, which had an amazing balance between everything.
M/D: A full, viscous body. Inky, oily,and just super thick. Just the low side of moderate carbonation. As this warms, the alcohol, mixed with the chilli heat makes this a slow sipper. Though not entirely a chore to finish.

As expected, everything about this is just big. I love Bomb, and this is similarly big, but just seems more over barring to me. Not to say this is bad, just not my particular favorite stout Prairie has made. Though, I have never been a huge fan of Even More Jesus to begin with (the overly viscous body is what I did not like). I can see how fans of both would fall in love with this however.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.67/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 2014. Oils like used motor oil. Smells like dark chocolate, vanilla, leather, roasted malts. Carbonation rolls around the mouth. Taste of licorice, cold pressed coffee, burnt sugar from a creme brûlée, a little too bitter than I would prefer, dark chocolate, not boozie, lime soda, I get a little chile after I've had several sis. Unbalanced.

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Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. The brew appears black in color with a dark mocha brown head. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The nose smells earthy and roasty with char, tobacco and mild citrus. A bit of herbal to vegetative component and more chocolate emerges as it warms up.

The taste is bitter cocoa with herbal hops and a bit of vegetative feel. Some char, roast, tobacco almost acrid with anise into the aftertaste.

This is medium bodied with modest carbonation. Its not a bad beer by any stretch but honestly it sounds better on paper than it actually smells/tastes.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Lost Abbey tegu glass.

I love Prairie BOMB!, so I had very high hopes for this beer. I think I am fairly disappointed because I sat on it too long and some of the adjuncts have faded. Wish I could have tired this fresh. Not bad at all, but definitely not what I thought it would be.

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Photo of Cresant
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 12 oz. undated bottle into a Prairie teku glass. The body was dark brown/black. The head was deep tan, dense and creamy.

The smell was of coffee, char, and vanilla. Underwhelming aromas. Coffee peaked as it warmed.

The taste char bitterness. Dark fruit, cherries. Some chocolate in the finish. Can't taste the vanilla. Peppery burn on the tip of the tongue, but not so much that makes you want to repent. The burn helps amplify the semi-drying finish.

The mouthfeel was viscous, creamy with plenty of fine carbonation.

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Photo of cvm4
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours very thick looking, black, motor oil and one finger espresso brown head. The head dissipates quickly and not much lacing on the glass.

S - Pungent dark chocolate, rich coffee, mild heat from chilies in the background, a bit of cinnamon and faint vanilla. Really a complex nose here.

T - Very bitter in the beginning. Not something I expected from the smell. So, may'be some hella bitter coffee and dark chocolate with a bit of smoked chilies and heat.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Has a smooth and wet finish.

O - Great delivery on the appearance and smell. But, the beer seemed lost to me on the taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 03/04/2014 - Holding up surprisingly well compared to aged Even More Jesus! The cacao & vanilla have morphed but are still noticeable in both the aroma & flavor. More so in the latter. The coffee has all but faded in the aroma but adds complexity to the finish in the form of bitterness e.g. espresso. The chilies rule the darkness now. Drink or hold. Amen!

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Photo of goochpunch
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out pitch black. Head is there for a moment, dark chocolate brown, but disappears rapidly. Nose is brown sugar, coffee, and chocolate. Taste starts off sweet with chocolate and coffee. Around the middle a strong bitterness presents itself. Roasted grain and ash comes out midway to the finish. Chile warmth is there. Finishes surprisingly dry for a beer of this magnitude. Very little alcohol perceived. Strange bitterness doesn't let up much. Mouthfeel is leaning towards full. Carbonation is a little prickly. Overall, this is good, but there's something about Bomb! that I like better. Odd bitterness is slightly off-putting.

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Photo of aleigator
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful black color, together with a small, bubbly head, creating a small film at the rim of the glass after collapsing.

Offers a nose with a pleasant complexity to it, at the first glance it's almost like putting your nose into a glass of grassy jalapeños, wrapped up by toffee and bakers chocolate. Slowly a milk chocolate sweetness among flowery vanilla gets recognizable on the palate, accentuated by a rustic roast quality.

Has a soft mouthfeel, due to its bitter-chocolate creaminess, and its lower carbonation, while producing a warm bite during the finish, resulting entirely from the profound chilies.

Tastes of sugar coated halapeño peppers, dipped into heated milk chocolate, which then get accompanied by an uneven duo of utmost sweet toffee and burned chocolate malts. A pleasant, warmth supported cinnamon quality joins into the mix, backed up by a faint vanilla rock sugar note. Finishes quite hot with a halapeño defined heat, getting more and more entangled into the creamy chocolate smoothness of the beer, with a tongue tingling peak cutting through.

Relying a bit too heavily on the chilies, this showcases a bold, almost extreme beer, which you only can enjoy in small, slow sips as for its peppery heat tackling the tastebuds. Apart from that, its roasty, caramel covered milk chocolate body unfolds a rich range of flavors, taming the chilies for the most time, creating an enjoyable struggle between roasty, sweet and hot flavors.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with green wax paper-ed over branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at my local H-E-B grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the brewery and style. 13% ABV. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. Collaboration with Evil Twin. Reviewed as an imperial stout since the label calls it an "Imperial Stout Aged On Coffee, Vanilla, Chilies, and Cacao Nibs."

Served at fridge temp and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of fantastic rich tan colour with a hell of a shiny complexion. Great soft consistency. This is an ideal head colour for the style, and this beer definitely has my attention right off the bat. Fair even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good for 13% ABV - about 2-3 minutes (or 4 minutes, if you count the floater ring the head leaves behind).

Body colour is a predictable opaque jet black. About as stygian as they come. No floating yeast particles or hop sediment are/is visible. Appears aptly carbonated.

Overall, it's a damn good looking imperial stout and I'm excited to try it. That said, it's far from unique.

Sm: Cacao nib dust/cocoa powder, crumbly natural chocolate, dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, and faint coffee roast. I don't pick up on chili per se, but it does evoke the chili powder notes of Mexican chocolate; the chilies seem entwined with the chocolate - which I consider a good thing. Slight burnt character manifests as it warms.

Cacao dust is dominant. The coffee notes seem to lack depth and diversity; this isn't the rich coffee character of the best coffee imperial stouts - just one note of flat roast.

No overt hop profile or yeast character is detectable, nor is any obvious booziness. I don't find any off notes.

Overall, it's a very appealing aroma for an imperial stout, but isn't quite in league with the very best in the style. I'm eager for the first sip. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

T: I get a lovely first impression - cacao nibs and accompanying dust, perfectly tamed chili powder heat, crumbly natural/Mexican chocolate, dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, a kiss of coffee roast, and burnt sugar - which is actually more prominent in the taste than it was in the aroma.

The second sip reveals the vanilla - right at the start of the second act, and the coffee notes - which are really quite generic. I crave more roast (both in terms of coffee and in terms of barley), as well as espresso, java, and just more overall richness.

I think I find...marshmallow? Fudge-y chocolate.

The sweetness is a biteen too high, but the slight roast, burnt sugars, and chili heat do do a decent job of checking it.

Speaking of the chili heat - it grows as the beer warms, but is always pleasant and in the background.

Overall, it's a complex, intricate, and subtly executed flavour profile, but the main drawback here is its (im)balance. Additionally, while the depth of flavour is good overall, the very best beers in the style push it even further - especially where notes like coffee and chocolate are involved. Good duration and intensity of flavour. The chili heat lingers in the stomach. I quite like this.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Just a biteen syrupy; I'd prefer the viscosity lower and the stickiness absent. Aptly carbonated. Full-bodied and thick. Good overall presence on the palate, with enough heft and weight to adequately complement its many flavours. Well done, Prairie.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or astringent.

Dr: She's a sipper, sure, but she drinks pretty easily for her 13%. This is yet another solid imperial stout from Prairie - a brewery that's really coming into its own. I wouldn't pay the $7.99 for this again, but it's tasty stuff and well worth trying once. I'd absolutely recommend it to friends.


Why not an A-? The coffee is a missed opportunity, the chili is a bit too prominent as it warms, the mouthfeel is too sticky and syrupy, and the lack of roasted barley results in too much sweetness. Finally, the vanilla notes are very reticent - seemingly a common problem with Prairie's vanilla imperial stouts.

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Photo of tpgraham
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short review on this one. First (only?) release with the green shrinkwrap. Poured vigorously in to a tulip and let sit to come up to temperature. One finger head that dissipated to a thin layer and stuck around for a while. The nose on this is similar to Bomb! from the get go, cocoa and coffee dominate the aroma. Cannot smell the vanilla or the peppers. The flavor is not as complex as Bomb though considering it is given the same application. Again cocoa and coffee follow the nose and dominate the pallet. The finish does not have the same lingering heat that we come to expect from Bomb.

I enjoyed the beer but did not savor it as much as I do Bomb. I have an extra bottle that I will keep for a while and let age but in the long run, I will always choose Bomb over this.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger rich mocha colored head with moderate retention. Beer is an opaque pitch black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with average stick. Solid.

Nose is very aromatic. Hints of cocoa, mocha, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Delicious.

Opens chocolate, coffee and mocha. Some fudge, roasted malt, and more mocha in the middle with hints of vanilla bean, hazelnut and tobacco. A touch of peat and coffee towards the end. Sweet finish with a roasty sweet aftertaste. Nice.

Medium to full bodied with high carbonation. Rich but prickly in the mouth and goes down smooth with some bubbles. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Pretty good but a little overcarbed.

Really robust with great flavor but the carbonation is a bit off with this one. It could be a bit smoother. Still, the complexity is there and the flavors complement each other nicely.

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