Bomb! - Barrel-Aged - Fred's Blend
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American Imperial Stout
4.53 | pDev: 6.4%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bomb! - Barrel-Aged - Fred's BlendBomb! - Barrel-Aged - Fred's Blend
Notes: Fred’s Blend is a Blend of Port Barrel aged Bomb and Four Roses Barrel Aged Bomb aged in the barrels for 11 months.
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Photo of gcamparone
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle split 3 ways. version 2. thanks Ryan for the share.

Pours a deep black inky body, very rich looking with a brown head.

On the nose the apple brandy is definitely present, chocolate fudge and coffee. The taste basically follows the nose with lots of fudgyness, apple brandy, vanilla, caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was on point as most Prairie beers are, thick and rich.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Aug 23, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a balloon glass

A- pours a deep black color with some light creeping through on the edges, small foamy khaki head that eventually disappears

S- plenty of barrel aromas up front, with an emphasis on port. Undertone of coffee, espresso, mocha cream, hazelnuts, woody oak & bourbon barrel juice

T- heavy port barrel up front, followed by notes of dark chocolate, fig, black cherry & currant. Mid-palate brings out some bourbon barrel and coffee. The finish gives dark roasted malt, char, bourbon, woody oak, cinnamon, vanilla & port

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a creamy warming finish

O- double barrel treatment adds a whole new complexity that makes for an outstanding stout

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Aug 20, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't know what it is, I'm not a fan of prairie beers. I keep trying them because everyone says they're great, but my palate doesn't enjoy them! So besides the taste, the look, smell, and feel were very good!

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BEER88 from Bahrain, Jul 01, 2017
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4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Thicker than regular Bomb, well balanced mix of the typical Bomb flavors with an interesting barrel influence. Well done!

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

Next to Pirate Bomb this is the best thing I have ever tasted by Prairie! Great Barrel notes here and tons of chocolate. This is one of their best and I hope they make it again!

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Photo of mothman
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black color.

Thick and rich. Roasted malts. Creamy. Peppers show in the end. Nice spice all around. vanilla and chocolate. The bourbon is very nice here. Not overpowering, but warming. Oaky.

Full bodied. Ends fairly clean with light roast and some spice.

Very nice variant.

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mothman from Minnesota, Jul 26, 2016
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Black body. Fleeting khaki head and extremely thin collar. Deep dark chocolate on the nose. Fudge. Peppers. Vanilla. Some muddle barrel aromas. Taste is really fudgy. Oak comes in second. Light dark fruits, maybe from the port. Peppers cut the sweetness. Heavy. Not that sweet. Tingly booziness. Pretty tasty. Not sure it's dramatically better than regular Bomb.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Isaac today thanks dude.

This one pours a deep thick looking black, with a small head, and basically no lacing.

The aroma just leaps out of the glass- port, caramel, thick fudgy chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Smells just unbelievably decadent.

This one is one luscious mofo of a beer, so much port, chocolate, caramel, and bourbon, with secondary tastes of vanilla and creamy coffee. The pepper flavor seems to have been lost with the extended barrel aging, but that's ok.

This is thick bodied, and very, very creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This was a big surprise, probably the best barrel aged thing Prairie has done other than Apple Brandy Noir.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Nov 22, 2015
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4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was drank in a series with Bomb, pirate bomb, and finally Fred's. This one really shines though. The aging process must've smoothed out all the spices and the cacao because you really only taste subtle flavors of those. The booze on this one shines, which I think is a plus in this case. I think the mouthfeel has matured a good deal as well being aged, because Bomb wasn't even close to this (in mouthfeel). Extremely pleased with this beer and will seek again in the future.

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jvivino from New Jersey, Nov 22, 2015
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4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow... Just greatness in a bottle.
Look: motor oil black, minimal retaining head, minimal lacing- appropriate for a BA stout
Smell: not as much vanilla as reg. Bomb, booze, bourbon
Taste: vanilla, cacao, bourbon , sweet molasses, Wow- just delicious
Feel: motor oil, thick
Overall: absolutely fantastic - everything I want I a beer. The bourbon and port subdue the chillis. The barrel aging blend is just fantastic. great beer- highly recommended

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Vivs85 from New York, Nov 22, 2015
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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite Prairie product of all time, maybe my favorite stout ever.
Everything about this was wonderful. So many flavors, lots of everything you taste in the regular bomb, with added notes of bourbon and oak. Unbelievable. Message me if you have any to trade, i will be very generous.

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle shared at DLD.

This one is up there as one of the best stouts I have tried. Great combination and balance of flavors and an amazing mouthfeel. I could sip on this all day.

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Photo of keehankevin
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. All kinds of flavors going on. Some chocolate, a hint of vanilla, the usual bomb spice, and the smooth barrel aged taste and aroma. Might be in my top five. A must try.

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keehankevin from Wisconsin, Mar 21, 2015
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4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is one hell of a beer. Got this one from a good friend a week ago. Nice pitchblack with a sizzling head which stays pretty long. Not much lacing. Coffee and Mocca in the nose. Sweet and very nicely carbonated.

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Brabander from Netherlands, Jan 15, 2015
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4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell and tastes of well balanced cacao and coffee w/ lingering port and bourbon! The pepper just accentuates the light carbonation and tingles the tongue. And, I can smell port and bourbon long after swallowing. Yummy! Damn Fred! You did good! Best prairie stout yet!

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Photo of Klaerity
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black with thin dissipating mocha head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, smell of ancho chili, vanilla with port. Seems more port barrel than bourbon. First sip comes with slightly lingering pepper sensation, very thick loaded with vanilla, loads of oak, fudge, bourbon, with a slight tart sherry like finish. Alcohol has no presence whatsoever, and the spice level is perfect. Very mellow, loaded with vanilla, only thing that might be "improved" but would change the beer drastically is that it's not a lot of roasted malts, more so towards mellowed out barley wine like with a very thick mouthfeel.

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Klaerity from Ontario (Canada), Dec 18, 2014
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4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just for personal notes:

Bible Belt > Fresh Bomb > Fred's Blend > Aged Bomb > Christmas Bomb 2105 > Christmas Bomb 2014

I wish this came around again as it was glorious!

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tylerstravis from Colorado, Nov 12, 2014
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4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pitch black, little to no head other than a thin ring around the edge. So thick and viscous looking.

S- Cocoa nibs and chilies picked up initially. Some lingering oak characteristics, but not over powering. Coffee if you dig deep. Quite similar to reg Bomb. So damn enticing.

T/M- Oh damn. Legit as expected. The usual suspects of roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, spice galore, and plenty of bitterness. The barrel aging only adds some extra depth to this bad boy. Body is full, thick, silky, and downright awesome. Lingering heat lasts until the next sip.

O- Monster beer with big, bold flavors. So many complex flavors coming together in near perfect harmony. Right there with reg Bomb and maybe just a notch below Pirate in my opinion. Simply stunning.

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Bosoxfan20 from Missouri, Nov 02, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter

Poured black with a skim of mocha head. Head goes away immediately and leaves a thin line around the edge of the glass.

Smell was just what it is. Bomb with a slight barrel nose. You get the chocolate, vanilla, coffee, some barrel and slight pepper.

Taste was the same. Nice coffee and chocolate with a tiny bit of vanilla. The barrel wasn't over powering. Pepper was there but just enough to let you know.

mouthfeel was smooth, creamy and slight burn.

Overall this is another solid stout from Prairie. Very solid!!

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NHbeerguy from New Hampshire, Oct 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

This is one of the best beers ever. It s so mellow> I didn't take notes on my first one, but I will edit this after I take notes on my second one. If you have the chance to get this, do it

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