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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

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 09-19-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,950
Reviews:
258
Ratings:
1,608
pDev:
9.25%
Bros Score:
3.62
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
535
Trade:
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Reviews by BeerTick:
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Bottle purchased at the Basin Hess in Bushnell's Basin, NY.

Pours a dark, deep black, with a small, quarter inch head white-ish head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Not really getting any peppers.

This is a bit better than the recent batch of Bomb! that hit Western, NY- seems a little fuller in flavor, probably due to the extra adjuncts. I get some of the typical chocolate and coffee, with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but no peppers, as mentioned above. It does feel pretty Christmasy, but it's not substantially different than regular Bomb.

This is fairly thick bodied, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel.

A pretty good variant of Bomb. Interesting stuff here.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

High roasted grain, heated booze and a kick of christmas-type spice provides a powerful but wonderfully arranged taste. Adorned with an ebola-riddled Macaulay Culkin label, the contents within are just as stout, just as challenging and bewildering as the marketing suggests.

Thick, inky and onyx- the stout pours viscous and in creeping fashion. Its dark roasted austere dispels similar aroma and taste- high espresso roast, bitter chocolate, roasted walnut and burnt toast rest upon the body of black-strap molasses and beautifully seared sweetness.

Its massive body invites a stern creamy carbonation that highlights the malt sweetness and provides a soothing milkshake consistence. Resting on the middle palate, notions of burnt marshmallows take hold ahead of unsettles spice and whisky that will command the finish.

Clinging to the mouth like tar, its coating action carries the spiciness of mature whisky, cinnamon, nutmeg and smoldering spruce. Even the grain's own char assist in bitter and tannic balance. A good moderate burn kicks in the aftertaste and gives the taste a bit of grit to go with its grace.

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Photo of amsguitarist
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

I think people are being a little too critical of this brew. Overall it is very similar to regular Bomb but with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg in the aftertaste. The peppers are still discerned from the aftertaste similar to regular Bomb. This brew is a bit thin for what it offers but I don't think the overall taste is too muddled with the extra flavors added. I like this one.

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Photo of SpicyHippo73
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just fantastic. Pours as dark as Krampus' soul. Big spice aromas. Tastes like regular Bomb! had sex with a gingerbread man. Dirty spicy cinnamon Christmas sex.

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

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with incredible label art & design and branded pry-off pressure cap purchased at a CO bottle shop and served cold into a teku at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO.

Reviewed live as an imperial stout per the label. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. 11.5% ABV. 2014 vintage.

Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Khaki-tan in colour, evoking mocha and espresso. Boasts a gorgeous shiny complexion and a creamy even consistency, with ample fullness and thickness. Soft-looking. Retention is excellent - easily 8 minutes. Leaves a nice even coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Aptly for the style, it's an opaque ink black with no visible yeast or hop sediment.

The head is fantastic, and it looks very good overall. I don't notice any carbonation issues. I'm craving the first sip.

AROMA: Heavenly and inviting. It's a well-balanced medley of caramel, cream, dark malts, chocolate malts, fudge, roasted barley (an essential note in any imperial stout), and roasty coffee notes accompanied by a subtle hint of espresso and java. Unlike many imperial stouts, the coffee character actually stands out; it's not a generic shallow throwaway. I search for spices, and find only cinnamon. A bit of marshmallow and a hint of hazelnut round out the aroma nicely.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. It evokes a complex well-balanced brew, and doesn't seem too sweet or syrupy like many imperial stouts.

TASTE: The dark malt and chocolate malt base lends itself well to the dominant fudge-y character, immediately orienting the brew as a dessert beer. It's creamy throughout without feeling muted, and I definitely pick up on some molten milk chocolate throughout. Unfortunately, the rich roasty coffee notes promised by the aroma manifest in the taste as disappointingly generic hints of coffee grounds, which lend the mouthfeel some scratchy irritating roughness and run ashore of the sweetness featured in the rest of the flavour profile. The concomitant clash of flavour prevents the flavour profile from tasting like a gestalt whole.

Otherwise, the balance is a bit wanting; it's too bitter. The only spice I can pick out is cinnamon; I don't think the spicing is very strong at all. I pick up some marshmallow, hints of earthy Mexican chocolate-esque chile, unrefined sugars/treacle, molasses, and fringe notes of char and burnt sugars. The latter notes bring unneeded bitterness into play, further violating the balance.

It's an adequately complex brew and I wouldn't call it overt, but it's not exactly subtle either. Nice depth and duration of flavour, with a lingering baker's chocolate bitterness hanging on in the aftertaste. Flavour intensity is average for the style.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through.

I'm a bit confused by the spice profile, which doesn't evoke Christmas at all, really. There's more of a Central American cocoa drink vibe than anything festive.

TEXTURE: It's soft and creamy, melting on the palate. Smooth and wet for the most part, with a spot of dragging coarseness and scratchy dryness in the late second act on which I'm none too keen. Medium to full-bodied, with a necessary thickness and heft on the palate. Luckily, it's never too syrupy, sticky, or viscous. Overall presence on the palate is good; this is a comforting mouthfeel and it complements the taste well, but fails to accentuate the flavours or otherwise elevate the beer. Impressively, it's devoid of alcohol heat.

OVERALL: It disguises its ABV quite well, and I'll enjoy finishing the bottle. Definitely a dessert beer. It does have its shortcomings, and it's far from the best beer in the Bomb! series, but it's a tasty brew and I'm glad I tried it once. That said, it's unlikely I'd buy it again, especially at its high price point (courtesy of the Shelton Bastards).

A nice Christmas season imperial stout from Prairie best paired with milk chocolate and a crackling fire.

Low B+

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aw, maaan!

I love BOMB!. I love the varietals I've had of it (although few). For some reason, Christmas BOMB! falls a bit flat for me. BOMB! with Christmas spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg) added? Dude, sounds like a total treat.

For some reason, some how, some way, this beer pales in comparison to regular BOMB!. There's a lot of cinnamon to be sure, which I don't mind at all, but the nutmeg and ginger (I think) are combined in a strange ratio that muddle the base of this beer, which, of course, is what makes BOMB! so special. The chocolate flavors I love so much are put on the back burner, while the beer instead starts to taste more like a generic imperial stout, in a way.

The cinnamon amplifies a bit of the chili heat which I'm okay with, but there's nothing in there to tone it down -- no smooth milk chocolate, no vanilla or oak from a bourbon barrel (which I'm aware this wasn't aged in)... it just disappoints, especially considering the fact that I believe a single bottle of this ran me eleven bucks. Is it good? Well yeah, obviously, it's still BOMB!, it's just not nearly as good as the original.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a light tan coffee froth. Smells of coffee. I'm having a hard time discerning other aromas and spices. Tastes of coffee and roasted malt with mild, warming spice. Medium full mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. Variations on Bomb! something something law of diminishing returns.

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

A little disappointed here. Lots of cinnamon, with good chocolate, average coffee, slight pepper spice, and decent body. Not the biggest fan of the feel. Some sips feel good, but as it goes down if starts to feel watery. Meh.

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Photo of therubicon
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, creamy looking brown head with watery lacing.

Smells of strong coffee; mocha, chocolate and subtle spices.

Tastes of mocha, chocolate and spices. A little bitter. Yummy!

Creamy, carbonated feel.

Delicious, flavorful stout that I'd love to drink all year round.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, char, vanilla bean, and some spice aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, earth, spice, and slight chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with great aromas and tasty flavors, but the Christmas spices that differentiate this from the base beer are not as strong as I was expecting them to be.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of FBarber
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an oily pitch black - somehow blacker than the regular Bomb!. One finger brown head dissipates leaving no lacing, a tan ring of foam around the top of the beer and some spotty tan foam along the top.

Smell is full of aromas of milk chocolate, brownie batter, black licorice, vanilla, spices, and cocoa. It smells like a spiced, boozy christmas brownie.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the aromas. Lots of chocolate and black licorice up front with a definite mint flavor. There is a refreshing pop to the beer from the mint. Cant help but notice a slight metallic taste in the beer that is a bit odd, and not great. The spices are largely blended into the beer itself and don't shine through. Still get tons of chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Some heat on this one reveals the continued presence of the chills in the base beer. However, I could do without them and Im thankful for the slight age on this one.

Feel is a it thinner compared to the Bomb! and BA Bomb! variants, buts still better than most imperial stouts. Buttery, smooth and dry. Mild carbonation gives it a tingle and compliments the minty flavor very nicely.

I really enjoyed this one - very unique compared to the other Bomb! variants and most imperial stouts. there is a real complexity and depth to the flavors present here that I enjoyed. Also, don't like black licorice, but it totally worked in this beer - between that and the mint, it was like Christmas in my glass.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was chocolate in color.

Smell - The nose was a piney chocolate. It does not sound appealing, but it is.

Taste - At the front, I detect syrupy chocolate, cinnamon cookies, nutmeg, and pine. The spices really linger nicely with the chocolate. The beer is warm, but surprisingly not hot for 13%.

Mouthfeel - It does not have the viscosity of a Russian Imperial Stout, but it coats nicely.

Appearance - It is not my favorite bomb, but I like it.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an underrated silky smooth stout. Nose of coffee, anise, and molasses. Flavor upfront had a very mild earthy hop flavor overtones with a mild roasted and smokey malt backbone. A bid dose of milky sugary molasses and honey sweetness as well as nutmeg overtones hit in the middle and the concauction of flavors fades evenly. Mouthfeel is thick and poly and smooth with low carbonation. Overall an awesome beer.

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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 oberon
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Sticks n Stones over the weekend.Came in a goblet jet black with a deep creamy mocha colored head atop,very menacing looking.Dark espresso coffee roast and vanilla over top of christmas spiced notes on the nose,alot going on.The flavors are just fantastic because so much is packed into the beer,espresso and cinnamon really stand out along vanilla and lighter nutmeg.The feel is nearly spot on for a beer like this,a great sipping beer to savor all the complexities.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Photo of MadScientist
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Photo of Tiernan
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjn40277
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%

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

Photo of tbryan5
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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