Christmas Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 09-19-2014

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#1,968
Reviews:
306
Ratings:
1,753
pDev:
9.47%
Bros Score:
3.62
 
 
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Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of b11
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a pleasure. This typifies a "dessert beer", but it is not particularly sweet, it is richness. Mix of chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and "spice", and by that I mean a bit of heat. So many Imperial Stout's fatigue your taste, so that the end of the glass is much less satisfying than the first taste, but this beer is enjoyable from first sip to last. Good feel, black color, complex taste and aroma, and appreciated the balanced carbonation. Masterful job.

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Photo of JMcCoy_96
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout tulip
From: Goebel Liquor / Rob’s World of Beer in Wichita, Kan.
Price: $7.99
Purchased: March 14, 2018
Consumed: March 22, 2018
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: No bottled on date (guessing 2017 version)

Picked this up on a recent work trip to Wichita, Kan. We have this been in San Diego, but not for the price ($7.99 opposed to roughly $10.99-$12.99). I may be exaggerating slightly, but it was a steal for the price. Anyway, I’d enjoyed all three I’d reviewed from them, giving Bomb! a 4.45, Pe-Kan a 4.14 and Paradise a 4.01. Also loved Birthday Bomb!, giving it a 4.25 on Untappd. Pissed I didn’t grab a bottle of that as well. I believe it was there and I for some reason thought I had reviewed it. Quick look online and the description was, “Imperial Stout Aged on Cinnamon, Coffee, Chocolate, Vanilla & Chilies.” Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes & yes.

Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy tan head. Calm setting underneath with no noticeable bubbles coming up. Decent spotty lacing. World-class foamy retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Lots of stuff going on in the nose. In order got cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, chocolate, vanilla, chili peppers, caramel, cacao nibs, dry coffee beans and even dry marshmallow. No hint of 13 pct. ABV. (Smell - 4.75)

Taste was not nearly as good as the nose. Wintry spices dominated. Specifically got cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla, Mexican chocolate, dry coffee beans, hints of char wood, molasses, toasted marshmallow, anise, licorice and caramel. (Taste - 3.75)


Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, spicy, warming finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Still an outstanding beer, but just didn’t quite work with all the other great spicy chocolate beers I’ve tried. (Overall - 4.00)

4.08 | 91 | A-

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Photo of byronic
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pjm921
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of peterpunk15
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Navalartichoke
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Quick Stop on 11-19-17 for $8.99. No bottling date visible but stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured black as night with a very nice tan head with the initial pour.

Nose was chocolate with hints of gingerbread and molasses, definitely detracts from the base Bomb beer.

Taste was chocolate, some nutmeg, gingerbread, molasses. Again i find the ajuncts do not work well with the base beer for my palate.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and smooth.

Overall a good beer but a variant i will not get again for the price point and derived enjoyment...to each his own!

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Photo of shelby415
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L — Pours that same pitch black color that is characteristic of the Bomb! series, allowing no light from a 1,000 lumen flashlight to pass through to the other side of the glass. Well-aerated pour produces a small brown head that recedes quickly. Minimal lacing
S — Chili, dark chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, cardamon, graham cracker, raw sugar, butterscotch, hint of medium roast coffee
T — Gingerbread cookie, milk chocolate, cinnamon, graham cracker, hint of chili spice
F — Rich and thick. Big mouthfeel, minimal carb. Feels thicker than regular Bomb!, but at the cost of dimensionality
O — A very nice label-fitting variant of an already great stout. Given the spices that are already present in Bomb!, this is almost like a DDA (double dry adjunct’d) version of the base. Wish they’d tone down the pricing just a hair… ~$10/12oz bottle is pretty steep

89/100

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Photo of TheWolf
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MasterRigger
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious. The areas that this beer excels in are aroma (nutmeg, cinnamon, chili spice) and taste (follows nose). Not quite as rich or full bodied as regular Bomb! But still delicious.

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Photo of larryi86
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head

S- Chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, some coffee, touch of peppers.

T- Dark chocolate, lots of cinnamon, peppers, just enough heat, vanilla.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- Another tasty version of Bomb!

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Photo of airlift
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can't give it a 5 because that's perfect. However I always look for the best XMAS I can find and at least for 2017 this is it. I"m in MA, son sent to me from CO. GREAT!!! WOW!

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Photo of PDinunzi
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cosmicevan
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I was trying to decide between a bomb and a christmas bomb, I decided to check my reviews of both and to my amazement, I didn't have a review on record for either...gasp...oh the humanity!!! I flipped the proverbial coin and grabbed a christmas bomb from this past christmas. pours as you'd expect, but the really comes alive in the nose and taste. sweet and cookie like, but mixed with chili and coffee...glazed with festive autumn flavoring...kinda like a michaels craft store stout. gulpable beverage...abv is where? really love this one and the other variants.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage Poured into a tulip glass. Warmed to 50 degrees.

Pour: deep, dark brown with a one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. A tan ring holds through with minimal lacing.

Nose: heavy nutmeg, cinnamon, dark chocolate, chili pepper.

Taste: roasted malt upfront, plenty of spice with nutmeg and cinnamon. Dark chocolate, a hint of dark fruit. Hot pepper and some hoppy bitterness take over on the back end. More like a Mayan Stout from Oddsides than a Bell’s Christmas Ale. Spices and heat are well balanced. Chocolate and malts are a great base.

Mouthfeel: surpringly creamy with mild carbonation. The pepper and bitterness give it some bite that lingers. This beer stays with you in a good way.

Overall: really like this as a Christmas ale or just a great spiced stout. Aroma, taste and mouthfeel are all well done, in your face but also balanced. Upfront but very drinkable. Seems to get even better as you drink. Wonder how this would age?

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Photo of hcproff36
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Thin layer of head on a clear, nearly opaque brown body. Head mostly dissipated leaving a thin ring.

Aroma –Cinnamon, coffee, chili pepper, and chocolate. Layered and complex.

Taste –Cinnamon and coffee, slightly sweet, a bit of chili spiciness but no heat.

Mouthfeel – Quite creamy and smooth.

Overall – My first from Prairie, and a good one.

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Photo of redbarnbikes
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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