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): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 09-19-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
250
Ratings:
1,573
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
526
For Trade:
49
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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured in snifter.

Spice forward nose (heaps of cinnamon, nutmeg), layers of fudgey chocolate and coffee underneath. Taste follows suit. Very roasty, soot and charcoal. Unexpectedly dry. Dark fudge and coffee. Chili pepper. And then a mound of cinnamon and nutmeg rises up and tramples everything. Should've called it Spice Bomb. The holiday spices really throw things for a loop. They don't integrate well and become a major distraction. I'll take the regular Bomb any day.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, pretty nice carbonation, with a quick fizzy tan head, which leaves a nice oil slick and some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with lot of chocolate/toffee, coffee, vanilla, and a very nice touch of peppers. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee/coffee, vanilla, and some peppers. The peppers give it another dimension. Full body, ABV is hidden very well, definitely a sipper. Overall, this is one fine brew, Recommended!

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Photo of Radcpa
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with little head. The aroma is strong cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is also cinnamon and nutmeg without any hint of alcohol but a hint of heat

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Photo of gatornation
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black color with a small tan head and collar. Smell is spruce ,ginger and cinnamon very nice. Taste follows nose nice fall spices just deliciously infused into this stout a dash of coffee roast and some vanilla. Mouth feel is sweet and roasty with spices. Delicious stout very impressed with this one.

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Photo of j_d_b
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a wide tulip

Not much head at all. Really dark

Strong, strong coffee scent. Super rich roasty, spicy odor.

Feel is pretty thin, and syrupy. Not much carbonation; pretty weak overall.

Flavor is all that coffee from the scent with some bittersweet chocolate, and some spice explosion on the finish especially; I still feel them on my tongue. Definitely dominantly coffee, and a weird beer overall. Not that smooth flavor or feel wise, but interesting.

Amazing label design.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass

Nice, strong cinnamon aroma

Cinnamon and gingerbread spice taste. Definitely gets you into the Christmas spirit and mood.

Good holiday beer, enjoy it at Christmas

Good beer

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing Humidor glass.

A: Dark black, opaque, with a thin tan head and low visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, dark cacao nibs, and tobacco. Pretty nice, and not overly spiced for a holiday beer.

T: Bitter cacao, roasted coffee, and big roasted malts. There's a light ginger or nutmeg spice as well. Some sweet maltiness towards the end, and the chocolate becomes a little sweeter as it warms.

M: Full-bodied but not crazy thick, and carbonation sensation on the low side. Fairly low alcohol for style but still feels warming enough.

O: Pretty good beer. It's not overly "Christmas" at all - not a minus for me, but if you're looking for a heavily spiced beer you should look elsewhere. To me, this is nicely understated.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 16 oz Troegs Snulip at near room temperature bottled on the 321 day of 2016. Pours as black as midnight with a two finger chestnut head with a very aggressive pour and leaves behind some wisps of lace before settling into a thin layer of brown bubbles. Gorgeous!

Smell is nutmeg, dry coffee grounds, cinnamon,vanilla bean, deep dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, and a tiny hint of alcohol.

Taste follows nutmeg, cinnamon, strong roasted coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, and just a little warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the large side, creamy as hell, moderate life as you would expect from a beer at 11% ABV stout, definitely on the dry side, and drinks very easy for its size.

Overall this is like Xocoveza on steroids, but the alcohol is masked incredible.

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Photo of zimm421
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid black with a fizzy light brown head. The nose is full of cinnamon, a touch of pepper and chocolate. The taste follows suit with good caramel, chocolate a hint of roast and cinnamon. There is a touch of heat on the back end. This beer is good, but it just doesn't stand up to the newcomers in the spiced stout game.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark brown/black with dark khaki head. Smell smacks of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg...chicory? Vanilla, big malt sweetness...hints of vegetal spicy peppers and very faint smoke. Taste leads with the vanilla sweetness, mocha and milk chocolate...underlying cinnamon and spices on the finish...hints of peppermint and espresso. Full bodied and pretty velvety mouthfeel. Sweetness gets a bit overwhelming and the vanilla/spices cross over into cloying territory. 4-6oz of this beer is enough for me, but it is still very good.

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Photo of MurphDog14
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer looked black and the head was dark brown. It looked creamy and very inviting. The head also dissipated in about two minutes. The beer smelled strong and Malty. The taste of the beer is Malty with spices. The beer is also not too strong, creamy, and delicious. The feel of the beer is smooth and creamy, and it also lingers a while which is great. Overall, I don't think this beer taste a lot like Christmas, but it is still great!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, completely opaque, the slight ring of dark brown foam even blocks most of the light. Head drops off pretty quickly.

Aroma: Coffee, maple syrup, candy cane sugar, hints of leather.

Taste: Rich malt, kept from going cloyingly sweet with spices (Cinnamon, others) but no hop flavors really come through.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, slightly burning finish, oily, full chew.

Overall: Big bad Santa juice. It's the Bomb! you expect, with some seasonal spices which work well. If you like Bomb, or just really big beers, this is worth the hefty price ($7 for a 12 oz).

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 2016 bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black in color with minimal to no head. Thin khaki-cola colored lacing throughout.

S: Aromas of coffee, vanilla, holiday spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves), chocolate, cream, and toasted malts with milder hints of dark fruits.

T: Taste matches aromas well starts off with sweet chocolate, vanilla, and cream followed by bitter coffee and finishes with notes of peppers and holiday spices.

F: Full bodied, smooth, thick, and creamy. Minimal carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a good Imp Stout, though I prefer the original. The cranked up volume on the holiday spice mix was the only real difference I noticed. Everything else was fairly subtle. A little less vanilla and coffee and more sweetness on this one as well. Very drinkable and a nice brew, though the original is much better, more well-balanced, and cheaper so it's a hands down win for me.

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Photo of fankhauserg
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I usually don't go for flavored beers or "spiced" drinks, but this stout was amazing. Smooth, dark, complex. The spices and the 11% both help to bring in the holidays.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with little head or carbonation. Milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and cream. Super rich thick body and no heat or carbonation.

Awesome beer; I loved it.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep black with a fairly large head. The aroma conjures up chocolate, coffee, fig, clove, cinnamon, allspice, blackberry and cream The flavor has lots of fresh coffee and chocolate with some anise, chicory, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, and something that reminds me of oreos. The mothfeeel is very rich, full, and creamy. Overall this spice is quite understated here at first - the chocolate and coffee notes of the stout base provide a strong foundation for the accent flavors. Quite a nice way to start y Christmas morning this year.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My Bomb! review is below. Just pull on the vanilla reigns, and add a bit more baking spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon) with a more subtle coffee presence and you have Christmas Bomb. They are very similar overall, which isn't a bad thing, but the regular seems to stand out more to me. I did think this one was a bit hotter (peppers), but I think it is because the strong vanilla in regular tames it more. Don't be afraid of the traditional Christmas spices though. They are very subtle. A great beer. Just not quite as great as the OG.


The pour looks good, a viscous jet black with a moderate, very dark brown head.

The first whiff steps it up a notch. Coffee and vanilla are the dominant aromas, but there is chocolate, a hint of cinnamon, and a peppery spiciness too.

Next comes this whole drinking part. Wow! Wow!! Did I mention wow? Lots of vanilla up front, followed by chocolate, smooth roasted coffee, and cinnamon with very subtle, tamed heat from peppers. Aftertaste is extremely smooth. Not much bitterness, with a lingering hazelnut/ vanilla latte taste with a touch of cinnamon. No alcohol in this one despite the 13% bill.

Body is better than medium for sure. Silky, somewhat creamy with an average amount of carbonation.

This is the only beer that I have had that I would even compare to Hunahpu. I think it sits somewhere in between that and Xocaveza. Just a touch too much vanilla I think (from a vanilla junkie for what it's worth). Would like to see a hair more coffee presence. However, I would say this is probably one of the top one of the top 10-20 stouts I have had. Fantastic.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ozpour on tap into snifter

A: Body is pitch black with a small mocha soapy head on top of it.

S: Cinnamon, peppers, chocolate, roasted malts,

T: Lots of nice chocolate and cinnamon dispersed with nice taste of peppers followed by the lingering heat finishes with more of the spice taste of cinnamon maybe a little like clove as well.

M: Nice full body leaning a little towards the thin side.

O: Amazing beer, however, I had to ask my body wtf is the difference between this and regular bomb!. He said not as much vanilla, which after tasting again he was right and maybe the cinnamon and spices are a little more dialed up. Amazing beer but why not just drink regular Bomb!?

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Photo of Sabtos
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vibrant and rich black with a moderate soft dark tan froth settling to a solid finger for a while, then a thin ring.

Smell is delicious and savory yet bright and sharp, stinging fresh chili pepper and cinnamon in perfect concert, with a little dark milk chocolate and vanilla.

Taste is still largely regular BOMB!, with the mole-like elements of chocolate, cinnamon and pepper shining, ending with toasted graham and faint ginger.

Christmas BOMB! has a full body with a nice froth and a very dry finish.

This is damn near identical to regular, fresh BOMB!, which is a very good thing--why ruin a good thing with too many Christmas spices like allspice, nutmeg and ginger? So, it seems Prairie just said, "let's just call it a Christmas beer during the holidays since Stone does the same thing, LMFAO!"

It's worth noting, having just had Huna yesterday, I'm actually starting to wonder if I truly like it better than BOMB! or not. I've had both multiple times, but...BOMB! always impresses fresh. However, it does not age as well as Huna.

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Photo of Rcaros
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark brown. Black in the glass with dark red around the edges.

Pepper skin, bananas, chocolate,

Cinnamon, nutmeg, peppers, pepper skin, chocolate, coffee... all blending in with good balance.

Feel is full minus.. good coating

Very good

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with 1/2" head and little lacing. Smells of spice, malt, chocolate, and smoke. Taste is really nice, get a lot of spice up front mixed with chocolate, raisin, coffee, and malty smoke. This is very balanced and easy to drink. I get a mild alcohol finish with some spice leaving you wanting another sip. Very good beer especially around holidays and cold outside, enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark brown, almost black colour. Smells very smokey tobacco leaf, vanilla, mocha, dates, and other sticky tree fruits. Tastes like tobacco leafs, cigars, vanilla, mocha, like a vanilla cigar with coffee.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this is a 2014 bottle?

Pours black as Christmas eve on a cloudy night with a new moon. Dark brown ring is the only hint of head I see.

Nose is a blend of black coffee and rich dark chocolate and char.

Flavour is a bit of a surprise in that the chocolate promised by the nose, and the spices suggested on the label are replaced instead by a heavy heavy char and some smoke. This is less christmas spice cookies and more the yule log. After the burning. I... actually quite enjoy it? It kind of reminds me of cold smokey mornings wrapping up a meeting with the coals mostly grey, and the fridgid light filtering through the flaps in the tipi. There's a bitter finish that is at once chocolate and coffee and ash, though with an oily not dry body.
I find myself enjoying this, though not in the ways that I had anticipated. Not sure how much is age and how much is just my expectations being miscalibrated, but it's enough to put aside my humbug if only for the time being.

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Photo of bob_roberts
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer, well spiced and Christmas is there, but not as good as BOMB! After about 8 Oz. I found myself thinking that I preferred other Christmas themed stouts to this one.
Glad I got my hands on this and was able to try, but probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of bnes09
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark with minimal head. Stouty aroma with mild spices. Not as good as regular bomb. Descent holiday spices and balance but no chocolate, coffee, vanilla or chili peppers.

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