Christmas Bomb!
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,372
Ranked #4,660
4.14 | pDev: 9.18%
May 08, 2023
Sep 19, 2014
Christmas Bomb!Christmas Bomb!
Notes: Christmas Bomb beer, which is an amazing base stout from Prairie Artisan Ales, is the best beer for this season! Left to age on espresso beans, vanilla beans, chocolate, featuring ancho chile peppers, and additional Christmas spices that bring a blast finish. Treat yourself with this popular holiday imperial stout!
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Reviewed by Beer_aenima7 from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L - black with bits in it.
S - Smells of nutmeg and cocoa
T- you get the syrupy sweet taste of imperial stout with nutmeg and cinnamon. It's the Mexican mocha of stouts.
F - feels syrupy. No carb.
Overall an amazing stout. Would highly recommend, and a great alternative to the og bomb, which is my favorite stout out there.
May 08, 2023
Rated: 4.46 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

Apr 23, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Feb 22, 2023
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Jet black inky pour from a 12oz bottle into a sniffer. Little head risen.
S: Getting spicy aromas with cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg.
T: Smoooooth. Tasting that heavy cinnamon/ nutmeg up front followed by a semi sweet chocolate vanilla middle with a smooth spicey aftertaste.
F: Heavy bodied, slight acidity. Can't taste the booze at all.
O: This one was worth the try! Personally - doesn't compare to the Bomb but it's a good beer for a different direction. A great Christmas beer.
Feb 07, 2023
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 ounce pug bottle poured into an Angry Chair Brewing snifter.
Deep black, obviously thick, small foam goes off quick. No lace, bit of oily resin.
Smells of pumpkin pie spice and dark chocolate.
Taste is cinnamon, gingerbread, cocoa, more cinnamon, then a small kiss of chili pepper and ABV heat.
Mouthfeel is medium to thick, little bit carbonated.
Overall, drinking down the 2022 Holidays Stash, I probably should have pulled it out in December. It feels so last year right now.,.
Jan 24, 2023
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
bottle into glass
Very thin, light brown head. Brownish black hue, for this opaque stout. Slightly sweet smelling, cinnamon and nearly burnt grains with a touch of woodiness, also in the aroma. Adequate, slightly sweet, dark roasted grains and an indecipherable blend of spices, during the initial taste, even though the cinnamon is there in the background. The finish is decent.
Jan 06, 2023
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Reviewed by crm871 from Utah

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: Poured from 12 oz bottle to snifter. Jet fuel black with a very thin, outer edge head that was almost blood red. Gorgeous beer.

Smell: Lots of holiday spices dancing around here - dominated by cinnamon, but also nutmeg, toasted bread, chili peppers, and chocolate.

Taste: Cinnamon front and then the rest of the spices fall in line. Also getting the chocolate and some dried fruit as well, possibly cherries. It does run on the sweeter side but the cinnamon dominance keeps it balanced and it’s just a really unique taste.

Feel: Medium body, velvety finish.

Overall: Just a delightful stout for the holidays. Heavy price tag but Prairie almost never misses. Pick this up for a holiday treat.
Jan 05, 2023
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Reviewed by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L- Almost jet black with a lacy, bubbly tan head at the top.
S-Straight up gingerbread upfront followed by cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, speculass, maybe some dark chocolate, and stone fruit.
T-Follows the nose with each spice noted (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg). Very sweet and almost tangy. Hints of molasses. Hints of licorice as well. Dark chocolate is there. The abv is covered very well. Not much booze. Just sugary sweet.
F-Very thick. Decent carbonation though, which is appreciated.
O-A very thick, very sweet and festive beer. This might be the most festive/flavorful beer I've ever had. Delicious. With that said, I could only drink it during the holidays.

Prairie never misses!
Jan 01, 2023
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Dec 28, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Dec 26, 2022
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Reviewed by keithmurray from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance - dark brown body with khaki head

Smell - cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, chili pepper, chocolate

Taste - cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, chili pepper, chocolate

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, baking spices upfront with cinnamon in the lead, chili pepper and chocolate and nutmeg on the finish

Overall - pretty good holiday themed stout here...its like a christmas cookie in a bottle...worth a try
Dec 26, 2022
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Reviewed by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Fresh (10/11/2022) bottle poured into a tulip.

Gorgeous beer on the pour. Deep black fluid with mahogany edges that looks velvety and viscous but not thick or sludgy. Amazing initial head of dark mocha bubbles. Head collapses to nothing very quickly and there’s little lacing or sticky film to speak of, which is a bit surprising. But the deep, dark liquid is what I’m looking for and that initial cascading dark mocha head was near perfect.

Bounty of cinnamon, plus strong notes of baking spice (mostly nutmeg) and toasted nuts on the nose, as advertised, with roasted malts and strong barrel characteristics in the background. The cinnamon is just too strong, which is unfortunate because there are a lot of layers here. I don’t love cinnamon but I’m surprised how much I still want to like it. Wonderful cinnamon toast vibe, again with high quality BA stout characteristics. But if you really hate cinnamon, you’ll flat-out hate this beer.

Similarly strong cinnamon dominance in the tongue, but now there aren’t as many strong balancing layers to keep it honest. Again, matches what’s advertised and the Christmas spice advertising. But the end result is too much spice and not enough other things in the flavor profile.

Unfortunately as the beer warms the spices get even more overwhelming. Not a good thing. But at least for me, the beer remains surprisingly drinkable (before getting too warm) and there really are some good aspects here. Just a shame that the cinnamon element completely overwhelms.
Dec 26, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Dec 26, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Dec 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Seanjohnhunt from California

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2021 edition. One year old. Pours black as a moon less night with a cinnamon colored headed that disapates. Smells very similar to Basic Becky Pumpkin beer but with some heat. Taste like big cinnamon upfront, than dry baking spices, and finishes with very sight heat from the chili's. There is some dark chocolate mix in there as well. Finishes silky smooth on the mouth. Goes down easy. Can't imagine how good the barrel aged version is. Dam good beer. For a Christmas beer this one is world class. Had a fresh 2022 version. flavors are stronger. Same as the one year old 2021 and still bomb as fu$k!
Dec 22, 2022
Rated: 4.77 by Connybumbum from Colorado

Dec 21, 2022
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Reviewed by jeffdr123 from Florida

4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From a bottle. Funnest label of the month. Over the top, as the name implies. Chocolate, little kick, toasty, thick. Like a jalapeno candy bar. I will try the next bomb, for sure.
Dec 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
My first Bomb !
Never in the history of crafting stouts has one micro figured out how to make their top 5 brews all be AISs.
To that improbability, add that this crafter is in a state called OK in the middle of a huge, largely conservative continent.
Yet I admit.... All my hyperbole is cover for the fact that I am late to the Bomb! party.

This Bomb! has decent Looks, but they are not up its name. Smells are closer: largely a riot of chocolate, sweet malt and high holiday spices. (How do they do that in 12 ounces? Ask Prairie.) Despite sitting on ancho chiles (as admitted), Tastes follow aromas pretty closely; although there is an interesting mixing/melding of flavors that becomes challenged by the 13 ABV. Despite the alcohol, Bomb! sits OK in my mouth... except that its consequences also stay.

As for Prairie... this is my fifth. But the previous four were saisons; all amazingly quite good, but in a style quite far from the AIS, and doubly far given the ABV range. How does Prairie cross that huge divide between table saisons and AIS?
The answer is simple: there is no divide as the land in OK is flat.
Cheers, Bros... you are doing god's work.
Dec 11, 2022
Rated: 4.32 by kbrown from Ohio

Dec 03, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by smb71481 from Vermont

Dec 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Great version of the Bomb series!

Chili's, chocolate, coffee...what's not to like?

Rich and creamy...loaded with coffee aromas and flavor...tinges of the chili on the finish...Definitely a sipper...

I detect not one iota of the 13% here...superb job of masking that ABV...

A bit pricy but a nice splurge around the holidays...
Dec 03, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by Rainintheface from Florida

Nov 22, 2022
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Reviewed by LoveTheShiner from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Interesting beer...smell to me was cinnamon spice and booze. Flavor is where things get interesting. There is an initial coffee taste that disappears quickly and is followed by a spicy, cinnamon roll flavor...and then settles into a taste I couldn't pinpoint...and then it hit me, ginger and nutmeg.

What makes this beer REALLY good though, is allowing it to warm to nearly room temperature. The spice subsides a little bit and the weird ginger taste goes away. Bought my bottles directly from the tap room in OKC, so they are fresh!!
Nov 08, 2022
Rated: 4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Oct 31, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 20, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jul 12, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by sglooney316 from Texas

May 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap. Thick, dense head. Smell is rich and sweet— huge cinnamon notes, nutmeg, raisin, a bit of pumpkin, slightly nutty, and a hint of bourbon. Mouthwatering, in a word. Plenty of spice in the mouth as well. Strong caramel, nutmeg, pie crust, followed by a rich barrel character, then a bit of pine and chocolate, and hints of coffee on the finish. The cinnamon comes and goes throughout. Low carbonation, very smooth and thick, slightly sticky even. Noticeable alcohol. A delicious slow sipper, and one of the best smelling beers I’ve ever had.
Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by JonathanED from Alabama

Feb 14, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by brureview from Massachusetts

Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Jan 15, 2022
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A truly epic Christmas Ale. Poured from a stubby 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer featured a dense black color with no light coming through. The dark tan/brown head was just about1/2 inch and faded fast. Minimal lacing on the glass. This was expected from a 13% abv, powerful beer!!!!! Aroma and Taste are great!!!!! Sweet bready malt and molasses with tons of holiday spicing: cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and gingerbread with some chocolate as well!!!! No dry, stale potpourri of spices here, the flavors are very well blended to enhance the rich malty backbone, not overwhelm it with cheap flavoring. Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and a bit syrupy with a nice blend of holiday spices. The 13% abv serves to warm the palate without any alcohol burn. A great beer!!!!
Jan 05, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Jan 02, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - dark dark dark with a dark head that fizzled and disappeared immediately
S - cinnamon
T - cinnamon on the nose, chocolate and coffee on the finish
F - medium mouthfeel, no carbonation, silky
O - too much cinnamon, might have been better a little colder
Dec 08, 2021
Rated: 4.58 by Mastercamo from Georgia

Nov 29, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap- dark as night with short khaki head leaving minimal lacing . Nose is roasty sweet and spicy. Taste follows with cinnamon and cocoa, espresso along with a bit of chile and vanilla. Lingering holiday spice on the finish.
Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by Giggy from Michigan

Nov 21, 2021
Christmas Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1983 ratings