Christmas Bomb!
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,251
Ranked #4,556
4.14 | pDev: 9.18%
May 04, 2022
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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4.75 by sglooney316 from Texas on May 04, 2022
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Iamaskier from Idaho

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
4.35 by JonathanED from Alabama on Feb 14, 2022
4.24 by brureview from Massachusetts on Jan 29, 2022
4.33 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Jan 15, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by JayQue from Virginia

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
4.24 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Jan 02, 2022
4.09 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Dec 27, 2021
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3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by trevormajor from Ohio

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
4.58 by Mastercamo from Georgia on Nov 29, 2021
3.99 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 27, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by sjrider from California

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
4.33 by Giggy from Michigan on Nov 21, 2021
4.66 by BobbyOlson from Michigan on Nov 21, 2021
4.61 by Meddwol from Michigan on Nov 18, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Casey_L from Texas


Aug 03, 2021
4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 05, 2021
4.37 by Dgman8053 from New York on Apr 09, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by chitoryu12 from Florida

2018 bottling

Look: Very dark brown, like black coffee. No head, only a thin ring of tan foam.

Smell: Very spicy chocolate. Cinnamon, chili, gingerbread.

Taste: Christmas gingerbread. Spicy, chocolatey, mildly sweet but not cloying.

Mouthfeel: Average fullness, with mild carbonation.

Overall: An incredible dessert bomb.

Apr 09, 2021
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3.19/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

L: Pours a deep black color with a 1/2 inch espresso colored head.
S: Smells rich of gingerbread, brown sugar, cinnamon, roasty malts, sweet vanilla, chili peppers.
T: Honestly the chili pepper flavor is not for me.
F: Full-bodied, low carbonation, syrupy, boozy.

Apr 08, 2021
4.23 by HopBelT from Belgium on Feb 26, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Pegasus from Texas

Appearance: Very dark brown in color, with a faint tan head which soon collapses to a circlet about he glass wall and a scattering of foam on the surface. Thick, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass wall in an unbroken sheet.

Aroma: Strong notes of molasses, burnt caramel, abundant ginger, bitter chocolate, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, very much the elements of a Christmas cookie. Certainly a strong note of whiskey-like alcohol, as well as wood, is present in the aroma, it seems understated in light of the pronounced spices.

Taste: The taste begins with strong notes of burnt caramel and molasses, followed by a pantheon of Christmas spices, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Dark bread and expresso are present as well. An undercurrent of whiskey and wood runs throughout. Later in the taste, bitter chocolate is prominent and slight bitter coffee is also noted. Finishes with a very mild pepper note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and very full to the touch, with the fullness of whole milk, and having just a suggestion of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Really quite spectacular, over-the-top seems too mild an appellative for Prairie Christmas Bomb. A wonderful compliment to an intensely cold and snowy Central Texas winter day.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Prairie Brewing tulip. Bottled on 10-19-2020. 02/15/2021.

Feb 16, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by beerbully from New Jersey

L-Pitch Black......minimal head.......lacing is moderate

S-Lots of spices.....cinnamon,nutmeg, brown sugar........chocolate......

T-follows nose.......lots of sugary spices.......chocolate..... cinnamon, nutmeg........sweet chocolate

F-Thick and creamy.....high viscosity.....motor oil ........low carb

O- great beer

Feb 14, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

Finally cracked one left over from Christmas. Poured black with a tan head that disappeared pretty quickly. Aroma hits hard with pie spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of allspice. There is a nice whiff of chili pepper too. Taste enters sweet with lots of spices, a bit of cocoa. Middle brings on the pepper flavor, a bit of heat, and some alcohol presence. Finish is bitter, peppery. Feel is a bit thinner than I expected it to be. A decent bit of carbonation keeps it lively on the tongue. Overall, it is interesting and changes a bit as it warms with the pepper coming out a bit more. Pie spices are powerful too, but that! Glad it's strong because drinking more than one in a sitting would be tough.

Feb 14, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by 5toutman75 from Illinois

2015 bottling year and consumed 2/10/21

This is a perfect example of an adjunct stout that I should have had fresh. It’s very smooth and the booze is well hidden, but Prairie has always done that part well in their stouts. Looking at it now, it’s thin compared to their usual I think. The smell is wonderful with cinnamon and booze and a bit of pepper. On the tongue I’m getting more cinnamon. Too much cinnamon for my liking really. Abraxas takes the cake with the right balance of cinnamon for me and it’s an ingredient that can really turn people if not done right. This has a hint too much. I wonder if other adjuncts have died off but this one doesn’t and now the balance is off? At any rate, I’d try this again fresh, but don’t age it!

Feb 11, 2021
4.19 by tatecarson from Louisiana on Feb 05, 2021
4.3 by o29 from Texas on Jan 12, 2021
4.27 by dazedman from Virginia on Jan 11, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Shiredave from New York

Dark black with a low, tan head that disappeared quickly leaving no lace behind.
BIG cinnamon and nutmeg aroma, Lots of candied fruit and molasses - it smells just like mom's fruitcake.
And it tastes like it too. Raisins, dates, stewed cherries, brown sugar and more molasses and cinnamon cookie flavors.
Normally I detest spiced beers and despite this tasting only vaguely stout-like, it has amazing flavor and complexity.
I would enjoy more dark malt ying to the Christmas spice yang to make drinking a beer more obvious.
Mouthfeel and body are a bit thin, but if it were heavier or sweeter it would be cloying and less drinkable.
The finish is dry with hints of raw cinnamon and a warm tickle of alcohol.

Jan 06, 2021
4.33 by Vasser40 from Wisconsin on Jan 01, 2021
4.23 by Boone757 from Virginia on Dec 30, 2020
4.38 by Walnut from Missouri on Dec 30, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Rapscullion from Massachusetts

2020 brew poured Dec 2020 into own brewery goblet. A shade off jet black with insignificant head and no effervesence.
Sweet nose of roast malt, caramel, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
Sweet lead with cinnamon, vanilla, mocha coffee and plums. There is a persistent, strong coconut flavor from first taste to the long aftertaste.
Very smooth, with a great mouthfeel and the alchohol is extremely well hidden. Definitely a beer for slowly sipping and unlocking the layers of flavour. The persistent coconut note and the lack of balancing bitterness are negative points. Overall a little too confected for my taste.

Dec 28, 2020
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4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming a tiny bit of head that immediately faded to nothing. Deep black/brown color, totally opaque. Smell is definitely gingerbread-esque spices, mostly cardamom I think. Taste follows the smell closely, delicious bready/spicy flavor, almost like gingerbread but even better. Very well balanced with a bit of heat from the chiles and a little sweetness. Medium to thick bodied, pretty smooth feel with very light carbonation. Delicious holiday stout, even better than other gingerbread stouts.

Dec 28, 2020
4.04 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Dec 27, 2020
4.21 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Dec 27, 2020
4.21 by 0x4a64 from Minnesota on Dec 26, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Had on tap in a snifter. Pours dark, nearly black, and viscous looking. Nearly complete lack of head and lacing is disappointing. Outstanding aroma of cinnamon, cloves, vanilla. Taste is a fantastic blend of Christmas spices with a backdrop of ancho chili spice. The cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and vanilla dominate the initial taste. There is a good amount of chocolate that becomes more pronounced as it warms. The ancho comes through on the finish and is pleasant and well balanced. The chili is not so spicy that it dominates the other flavors. The espresso is barely noticeable, at least to my palate. The alcohol taste is completely masked, although at 13% ABV it will warm you up on a cold day. The mouthfeel is medium body, and less thick than expected given the appearance. Overall this comes close to perfection but without actually reaching it. The base beer is fantastic, but ultimately gets lost underneath an over-aggressive use of Christmas spices. And despite the ancho, it becomes a bit too sweet by the end of the glass. I’m glad I had it and would have it again happily. Quite nice to sip the day after Christmas.

Dec 26, 2020
4.47 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Dec 25, 2020
Christmas Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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