Christmas Bomb!
Prairie Artisan Ales

Christmas Bomb!Christmas Bomb!
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #875
ABV:
13%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,212
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.13%
Reviews:
351
Ratings:
1,889
From:
Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  96
Gots
  590
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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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Photo of hopsputin
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019, drank March 2020.

a: silky dark jet black color with a touch of shine and a hint of light brown. just a touch or dark ruby red where the light hits it. no head, just a thin dark tan film on top

s: huge aroma on this. roasted malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate upfront. mint, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove behind that. some chewy caramel and a touch of hot spice. close is hot chocolate, cinnamon, milk chocolate and vanilla

t: milk chocolate, molasses, and sticky caramel upfront. nutmeg, and a huge hit of vanilla behind that. roasted malts, and sticky candi sugar follow. cinnamon and pepper spice follow. toffee, molasses, and cola syrup behind. the finish is sticky sweet malt, chocolate, and some of that nutmeg/pepper/cinnamon spice, with a kiss of clove

m: super sticky heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation

o: super-rich beer right here. is sticky sweet, with some nice holiday spices and flavors. sip on this for sure cuz the alcohol isn't present in the flavor and will definitely sneak up on you!

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Photo of Hooded
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Notes from 2/29/2020.
Bottled 10/29/2019.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Teku glass.
The body is black with half a finger of quickly receding brown foam. A thin cap remains. 4.00
The aroma is strong and of cinnamon, ancho chiles, and vanilla. 4.00
The taste is very strong, and of espresso, cinnamon, ancho chiles, and something like bourbon. The total quantity of spices is too much. Plus, whatever the bourbon like flavor is, I don’t like it. 2.75
The mouth feel is a little above medium, a little silky, creamy, moderately astringent, and with low carbonation. It's too astringent. 2.75
Overall, I thought I had a winner with the appearance and great aroma. However, it fell apart after that. The name is well chosen because it's the strongest flavored beer I have had. The brewer met their goal but it's not a beer for me. 2.75

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid black, light carbonation. Just above average body, has a nice slick smooth feel to it.
Aroma is cinnamon, mocha, roasted malt, black coffee, bitter coffee
Taste is cinnamon upfront, then black coffee,mocha, roasted malt. High abv is really well hidden, overall this tastes incredible.
Not a down a few type of beer, this is a sip and savor beer. Would get this again if it comes out next year

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black. 2 finger brown head. The head retention is quite good. Minimal lacing on the glass.
The nose is rich with cinnamon, a bit of nutmeg. There's a hint of chocolate.
Taste - This is a rich and complex beer. The cinnamon and nutmeg is throughout. The chocolate seems to hit me more on the back.
There's a sight bit of heat to this beer, almost like a pepper heat, though it isn't. It has a decent body.
Solid stout, and another home run from Prairie.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/7/19

Pours a grungy pure black body with around a finger and a half of creamy, light mocha head; decent retention recedes to a frothy half-cap, a slight, but dense and creamy collar, and no lacing.

Aroma opens with layers of fresh cinnamon and nutmeg while waves of milk chocolate course in between and a consistent roasty undercurrent informs the majority of the bouquet; vanilla, melted salted caramel, and touches of chili zest feed into an oaky bourbon stave tone to close; wisps of soy show on the tail end when chilled, though phase out when warmed.

Taste brings a flowing and nuanced slightly toasted cinnamon upfront, transitioning smoothly with a coffee bean undertone to vague peppery zest and dried cherry skins; vivid and roasty chocolate sweetness touched with an almost bourbon-soaked vanilla bean note leaves a lingering sweetness through the finish.

Mouthfeel shows a slick medium-thick body with a quiet minimal carbonation sinking into the background as a lightly effervescent grit builds slowly across the mid-palate to a fairly quick finish impressively lacking in alcohol presence; smooth and easy, though it feels one-dimensional at times.

Ample flavor courses atop a deeply roasty, sweet, and smooth body, leaves a stout decadent though shy of cloying. My only knock is the level of adjuncts can distract from one another across the overall profile, and don't flow as cohesively throughout the beer as a result. Still, this remains a relatively ambitious and quietly well-done bigger, sweet stout overall.

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Photo of joberlander
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a 1/2 finger mocha head that disappears fast. Smells like cinnamon spice. Not a lot of sweetness just pure cinnamon. Taste is the same, tons of cinnamon. A little sweetness up front and then the cinnamon dominates. Medium thickness for the mouthfeel. Overall, if you like cinnamon this is your beer. Not my favorite Bomb variant but it is as advertised. I'd like another adjunct in there to balance it out a little. Maybe vanilla or even hazelnuts. Either way a solid beer that I enjoyed, especially once it warms to room temp.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a goblet. 2019 release.

Jet black body with a small tan head which quickly dissipates to a thin ring. No lacing

Aroma of Christmas spices.

Delicious beer. Cinnamon and nutmeg are prominent, but not harsh or bitter. Dried fruit abounds. Faint touches of vanilla and chocolate. Warm, but honestly, the abv doesn't reach out and strangle you. Beautiful balance.

Mouth full, finish warm, sweet and spicy.

Overall, tastes like a well liquored up Christmas pud. A must grab every year.

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Photo of Tony210
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, nice mocha foam head. Great aroma of chocolate, lots of cinnamon. Flavor is fantastic; loads of chocolate and cinnamon, faint pepper flavor. Decent carbonation. Overall a really good beer.

1/3/20
4.25 rating

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours motor oil black with nice dark brown head. Nose is cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, roasted malts, and some dark fruit. Taste is amazing. Some bitterness from the roasted malt notes appear after swallow. Upfront is some nice sweetness associated with fruit and chocolate. Dark chocolate bitterness also kicks in after a bit. Cherries, blackberries, vanilla, maple, licorice, and a bit of tree sap. Mouthfeel is insane - super thick and creamy. Overall, an amazing holiday stout.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2019 release. Poured at room temperature into a Prairie stemless glass. It pours ink black with a creamy, medium-khaki head and thin film of lacing. The fragrant smell features roasted malt, dark chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, freshly-brewed coffee, and raisin. The taste opens with a big dose of cinnamon and nutmeg, over fudgy chocolate, coffee, raisin, and fig. I think it's the cinnamon but I seem to be tasting pepper, which gives it additional heat. I was a little surprised by the mouth feel. It's less creamy and viscous than other Prairie Bombs. The carbonation is mild and it has the usual, warming 13% ABV. Overall, it's very tasty and enjoyable although I prefer some of the other Bombs.

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Photo of Msp004
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a minor tan head which dissipates quickly and some lacing.
Nose is incredible with a cinnamon smack, sweet dark roast coffee and raisin.
Mouth is rich and complex with more cinnamon, coffee and chocolate.
What a magnificent alteration to the Bomb!!

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maybe my palate isn't as refined as others but I didn't detect much difference from the regular Bomb! other than the peppers were less prominent and a bit of cinnamon and allspice. That said this is still an outstanding imperial stout.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled Oct 2019 (hard to make out the exact date). Opened 12-22-19.
1/4" beige head, good retention on a black stout, no perceptible brown edges...motor oil black. Limited wispy patterns of lace left behind.
Rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, cinnamon. Big and powerful nose full of rich aromas.
Whoa - delicious. Very rich and complex for a "simple" Imperial Stout with cinnamon. Fudge and chocolate, getting some coffee as well and just the right hit of cinnamon. Between this and Seasick Crocodile I can say that Prairie knows how to handle cinnamon in beer.
Luxurious smooth mouthfeel. Has a long finish and never gets sweet. Never would guess the abv of 13%, so well hidden.
Outstanding. A big surprise to me, excellent beer that I will seek out again.

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Photo of Historiker
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every now and again, you run across a beer so good that it literally makes you pause after the first sip. This is one of those beers.

A steady pour produced no head, and only some faint mocha colored lacing.

Christmas Bomb has a strong nose of cinnamon and lesser hints of chili peppers, some cocoa, mild espresso, and nougat.

The first thing I have to say about the taste is: WOW. This is a malty beer, with rich, creamy dark chocolate flavors that are blended expertly with the taste of nougat, chili peppers, cinnamon, and espresso.

This is like drinking a wonderful, full bodied, 13% AVB Christmas milkshake.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. It's a marvelous imperial stout, with flavors that make the drinker not only acknowledge, but love the Christmas season. I had to drive 30 minutes to get my hands on this beer, paid $9 for a single bottle, and only wish that I would have bought more of them.

If you only buy one Christmas beer, buy this one.

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Photo of clausthaler
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nose is the best part. It’s absolutely worth trying but I can’t imagine finishing more than 4oz. Tastes and smells like churros puréed into a breakfast stout.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle purchased in Oklahoma and poured into Aslin anniversary glass and allowed to warm.

L: Very small tan head with almost no retention, leaves nothing. Beer is very dark brown.

S: Cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and a host of spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, ginger. Hint of chili.

T: Cocoa, coffee, and vanilla up front. Cocoa really persists through the entire experience. Seems a bit thinner than the other bombs. Chili + spices come in at the finish, a bit off-tone with the remainder.

F: Mediumish bodied, slightly carbonated. Construction and balance are pretty solid, but spices are not entirely integrated into the entire taste.

O: Thus, not quite as awesome as the other bombs I have tried, but still quite good.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Think 2017 version - picked up as a single October 2018. Pours a moderately thick dark brown bordering on black with 1/2 finger short lived brown head that patterns the beer thinly with agitation. Aroma is definitely chocolaty but heavy dose of Christmas spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove - hints of roasted coffee.
Taste starts chocolate but dosed with cinnamon and nutmeg, just a touch of roasty coffee bitterness to offset the sweetness , and some alcohol burn to go along with just a hint of chill heat.
Full bodied mouthfeel with smooth spicy sweetness and alcohol warming the throat. Very nice - might be all time fave Christmas beer.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/3/15; drank 12/3/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small, noisy dark tan head; minimal lace.

Peppermint, mocha & cream notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Mocha & peppermint flavors up front; sweet cream notes on the finish. No booze heat.

A year has been kind to this; it's still sweet but isn't cloying. Not really my profile, but I enjoyed sipping this on a chilly December night.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

All the Bombs are exceptional and this Christmas Bomb is better than great. Smooth, and just a LOT going on and what the brewer has done just plain works. Congrats.

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Photo of npolachek
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a mocha head. Tastes of coffee and chocolate. I personally think this variant really lags the Bomb! which I love. I don’t find the mouthfeel very smooth either.

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Photo of GeeL
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this just after a Tree House Double Shot (OG, 1/2/19). I wrote a review of that too.

I tasted this in a regular tulip glass. The whole bottle fit. (ok, the beer in the bottle fit in the glass, not the bottle fit in the glass...)

L: I like stouts that are midnight dark brown. You can see maybe a millimeter into the glass. I like them with a thick head after a vigorous pour. And this fit the bill: perfect.

S: Like Christmas dessert. A hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. I was initially turned off because I'm not a fan of spiced beers. I typically hate pumpkin beers because the spices are over the top. But there was something balanced about this one. It smelled like I wanted to just sit there and smell my glass.

T: You take two egg yolks. Whisk until they're light yellow. Add a cup or so of lightly packed light brown sugar. Whisk some more. Then add 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar. Then some vanilla and a pinch of salt. Get it? It's the starting of chocolate chip cookies. The part in the recipe where we all taste big globs, knowing we shouldn't because of the raw egg but we do anyway.

Then you add some cinnamon and nutmeg. They add an earthiness that balances it all and keeps it from being too sweet.

You taste the batter. Then again. And you wonder why you ever cook it because it's so good the way it is.

That's how this beer is.

F: It's thick, smooth, light carbonation but not too much, not creamy like a nitro stout but almost just as smooth.

O: This beer didn't let me down. I'm glad I have another bottle. I hope you have two also, 'cuz you'll wish you did.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.whatever oz poured into a snifter on Christmas.

Pitch black with a 1/2 inch mocha head that quickly leaves leaving no lacing.

Muted nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cocoa.

Taste is weak spice and cocoa. Simple and not expected.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Disappointing beer. Bomb is delicious but this variant sucks. Expensive, average beer here. Pass.

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a small bottle, this brew is utterly thick and black...tan head. Wow. Spice and chocolate aroma, mingled with ripe fruit. Cinnamon is notable. Intense with a warming taste. Thick and intense body. Incredible.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Day after Xmas but still valid.

A chugging pour yields a nice frothy thick 1 finger mocha creamy head that fades slowly retains well, and nice lacing, a bit of legs, pitch black beer

Nose brings loads of cinnamon and chili peppers, some cocoa and dark chocolate, mild espresso and mocha java, touch of roast, and some mild caramel nougat and candy bar but light, little vanilla too

Taste brings more of the malts out front, rich creamy chocolate, cocoa, plenty of chili peppers, a little cinnamon as well, some coconut in there too, little caramel and fluffy nougat, adding to a nice coconut cinnamon cocoa candy bar thing with chili pepper heat, bit of bitterness, roasted malt bitterness and touch of hops, bit of espresso soaked lady fingers, touch of vanilla, lingering dark chocolate and espresso, mild roast and bitterness lingering with a little bitter hop and roast bitterness lingering with more mild chili pepper and cinnamon heat

Mouth is fuller bod, rich thick a little creamy, fair cinnamon and pepper heat, as well as a little alcohol warmth

Overall not bad, cinnamon gets a little overpowering at first but settles nicely, good base stout for sure, lots of great characters blended fairly nicely together and balanced for the most part other than cinnamon

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Photo of arensburgh
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle

Tan head with mainly small bubbles, had to kind of work up the head as I poured it. Sweet mocha and cinnamon on the nose, reminds me of mulling spices except not as earthy (sans clove, probably). Tasting it, it's got a slight burn to it, feels more like a cinnamon spicy/hot than peppers, the flavor is a bit deeper and not as sweet as the smell suggests. Very nice aftertaste that doesn't take over your mouth, but leaves just a slight reminder of the goodness you just sipped.

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2018, drank 01/01/19. Largely the same as 2017, but a touch thicker, and the burn is more prominent and feels way more like peppers than cinnamon. Same rating, essentially.

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Christmas Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1889 ratings