Christmas Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by ThatsThatDude on 09-19-2014

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Photo of colts9016
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at 50 degrees. The beer had a hard pour and produced a one finger head that had fair retention. The head is medium tan color. The head is frothy and creamy and left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 35 a dark brown to near black in color. The beer is opaque and few carbonation bubbles.

The aromas in the beer are vanilla, dark roasted coffee, chili, vanilla, oak, dark roasted malt, caramel. oak, earthy, char, yeasty, biscuit, molasses, and burnt sugar.

The flavors in the beer are bourbon, citrus, dark roasted coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili, oak, dark roasted malt, caramel, oak earthy, char, molasses, burnt, yeasty. and biscuit.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and rich.

The body of the beer is full, medium-low carbonation, and a full finish.

This beer is awesome the flavors are harmonized. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of jbehlar
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped on bottling date is '32016'. Label detail for ABV% is 11%.
Very dark brown body, with a slight brown edge when presented to light. Slight tan head. Each sip leaves a few spots of lacing.
Quite complex aromatically with bitter espresso coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, with a slight background smell of chiles, along with cinnamon.
Taste has the dark bitter coffee and the dark chocolate. The cinnamon is more prominent as a flavor. Hints of vanilla and chiles (more vegetal than heat). Has the taste of a really intense and rich fudge.
Mouth feel is thin to medium. Has very little expressed carbonation.
An excellent expression of a winter holiday beer, with the high ABV% heat and the added cinnamon. Performs well as a liquid component to a savory dinner of rich dark meats (steak, pork shoulder and even braised lamb) and late fall vegetables (such as squash and cauliflower).

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Photo of cgwami
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ivyman
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date, but it is the 2017 release.
Look: Pours near black in color, with evident viscosity. About 1 and a half fingers worth of a tan head formed on a fairly aggressive pour. Some residual lacing on the glass.
Smell: Bursting with nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Some roasted malt presence on the nose, but nutmeg and cinnamon take the cake for most dominant smell.
Taste: Follows the nose. The nutmeg and cinnamon are the stars of the show. The roasty malt/chocolate flavor is in the background. The vanilla is evident on the finish. The booze provides a warmness to the beer, but it isn't noticed in the flavor.
Feel: Medium in body and weight. Carbonation is moderate for the style. Beer has a sticky feeling to it that I admire.
Overall: I am really loving this beer. The spice is well integrated with a normal Prairie Stout frame, and I think it is damn tasty. I am very grateful to have tried this beer, and I will continue to buy it every chance I get. Cheers!

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dankacheese
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of b11
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pjm921
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of peterpunk15
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Navalartichoke
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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 each his own!

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Photo of shelby415
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
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


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Photo of TheWolf
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MasterRigger
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +7.3%
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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Christmas Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,761 ratings