Christmas Bomb!
Prairie Artisan Ales

Christmas Bomb!Christmas Bomb!
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,028
ABV:
13%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,495
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.13%
Reviews:
366
Ratings:
1,940
From:
Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  95
Gots
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.19/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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
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Pegasus from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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beerbully from New Jersey

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

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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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 pepper...wow! Glad it's strong because drinking more than one in a sitting would be tough.

Feb 14, 2021
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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Shiredave from New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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Rapscullion from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 anc the alchohol is extremely well hidden. Definitely a beer for skowly sipping and unlocking the layers of flavour. The only negatives were the persistent coconut note and the lack of balancing bitterness to offset the sweetness.

Dec 28, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/25/20 and served in a tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a fizzy, quarter inch, mocha-colored head that dissipates into a tight band around the edges. Nose expresses cocoa, vanilla and ancho chiles. Taste follows nose, with the addition of cinnamon and cardamon. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation just shy of lively. All and all, a pleasant holiday pour.

Dec 25, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle dated 10/26/2020. Sampled Dec 24, 2020.

It is an attractive looking beer with its dark brown to near black appearance. Th tan head is modest and then it fades away entirely.

The aroma explodes with cinnamon far above anything else. Lower profile nutmeg and chocolate cake. Vague floral presence. Kudos for burying the 13% alcohol.

Medium to full and smooth body.

The taste is sweet but the cinnamon, nutmeg allspice characters are front and center with a warming finish. It gets good rating but the spices were too over the top for my liking. I like subtlety. But the booze is not in the taste or aroma.

Dec 24, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Z Tavour treat. Pours a black color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma is cinnamon, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is heavy cinnamon and dark chocolate. Sweet, thick and creamy. Good mouth feel

Dec 21, 2020
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NYNorseman from New York

4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Santa is indeed a bad boy! This stout screams holiday time with it smooth chocolate notes, cinnamon, vanilla and backdoor heat. The ancho chile peppers are perfect for delivering a gentle caress of heat, not a wallop. This high ABV stout is perfect after a night of delivering gifts. If you don't have a sleigh, it drinks very nicely in front of a fire as the snow falls outside. Merry Christmas ya filthy animals!

Dec 21, 2020
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Junior from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Thick and nearly black with a very thin mocha head.
S - Cinnamon, roasted malt, vanilla, caramel and coffee.
T - Follows the nose with warming alcohol to finish.
F - This beer is thick, almost chewy.
O - This beer is very well balanced. It is delicious with many nuanced flavors. Very well crafted. World Class.

Aug 03, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

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!

Mar 14, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

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

Mar 08, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Feb 25, 2020
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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.

Feb 09, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

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.

Feb 06, 2020
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joberlander from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 19, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 17, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

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

Jan 03, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

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.

Dec 26, 2019
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MacMalt from New Jersey

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.

Dec 25, 2019
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1940 ratings