Barrel Aged Bomb!
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #50
ABV:
14.7%
Score:
99
Ranked #195
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 6.01%
Reviews:
199
Ratings:
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Notes: Barrel Aged Bomb! is the result of our world famous imperial stout, Bomb!, that was tucked away in wooden barrels for several months. Vanilla and caramel notes balance the big flavors from the whiskey barrels and come together for an extremely complex yet balanced experience.

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2016 (I think? It’s hard to read)
Consumed 4/12/20

I’ve been waiting to have this guy for awhile as Bomb is one of my first strong stouts that I’ve ever loved. Some other Prairie stouts can have too many adjuncts for me to really love, but I’m hoping BA Bomb hits the ride balance. First thing I notice is that it seems thinner than other Prairie stouts I’m used to. There’s very little carbonation too, even for a stout. I wonder if the age has something to do with that. Some lacing does stay though after the pour. On the nose I am not getting a lot of barrel but some spice like a regular bomb. I taste a bit of the pepper but not a lot. I think that’s usually what goes after aging. It’s sweet but not overly so. There’s barrel flavor too. Chocolate and vanilla notes a prominent. The beer is great but I wish I had it fresh. I think the aging has muted some of the best components of the beer. The barrel is perfect though. Great beer and worth seeking out!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.04/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. No date on the bottle, but I know it is at least a few years old at this point.

A: Black pour. A little bit of a beige head struggles to form and ultimately fails. Little to no lacing. Not all that concerning for a barrel aged beer of its strength.

S: The chiles are much more forward on the nose than expected, and that’s the first whiff emanating from the glass. Heavy dose of roasty coffee next, followed by a fat fudgey chocolate smell. Chocolate sauce and German chocolate cake. Roasted malt. Oak and whiskey come out more as it warms.

T: In taste, it’s the massive tide of chocolate that hits first. Tons of hot fudge sauce, chocolate truffles, German chocolate cake, fatty nibs, etc. Lots of vanilla too, mingling for a malted milkshake impression. Nutty and roasty coffee brings in a mocha flavor. Lots of whole chile taste too. The heat is extremely mild, but the flavor is big and rides to the forefront for a bit. Oak and whiskey are actually the quietest component, surprisingly, but that sweet whiskey flavor does round things out nicely. Smokey coffee and a tingle of chile heat on the finish.

M: Rich in body with a bit of heft. Chewy and mouth-coating. Velvety. Low and gentle carbonation.

O: A bombastic beer overall, and a bit of a roller coaster ride. Rather than melding into a cohesive whole, each ingredient basically takes a turn reaching out and slapping you right in the palate. It’s big, sweet, and straightforward. Even a little busy, if I’m being honest. That’s not to say it isn’t good- on the contrary, I really did enjoy it. If you’re a person who likes a nice “pastry stout,” you’ll likely love it. I think it’s a solid enough beer, but its brutish approach and bold, hedonistic flavors that vie for attention rather than coalescing can’t touch the more carefully composed and elite barrel-aged stouts. Very good, but not great.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a minuscule tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with no lacing
S: Smells of coffee, a little chili heat, hints of vanilla, oak, and some chocolate.
T: Taste is chocolate and coffee with some vanilla, oak, light chili heat, caramel, and roasted malts. On the swallow there's more chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, oak, and some slight lingering heat.
M: This beer has a fairly full and silky body. Carbonation is nearly absent but it works for the beer while the finish is on the drying side from the ABV.
O: Overall this is a fantastic beer. It has some great flavors and complexity which is heightened by the barrel aging. Alcohol is also well hidden as this one This is definitely a beer to be sipped and savored. I'd consider this one to definitely be one of the best examples of the style and definitely one to try if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of arizcards
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 oz bottle from the Craft Beer Hop Stop7-24-19 for $12.99. No bottling date visible. Consumed 10/7/19.

Beer poured black and with an aggressive pour a nice tan head materialized before dissipating quickly.

Nose is light roasted malts and an ample amount of coffee, some vanilla, and a faint trace of bourbon.

Taste is very well balanced between roasted malts, chilies, coffee, chocolate, and a kiss of bourbon. Hopping and adjuncts are just to the right degree to offset the huge sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this was a fun splurge. The bourbon and chili help balance the sweetness of the huge malt base very well. IMHO this is a one and done given the ridiculous pricing as there are many choices out there anymore.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good but not as good as Bomb. I wish there was more bourbon and the mouthfeel was thicker. Good flavors but a bit muted. Glad I got to try it but at this price point (9 bucks for the bottle), there are better choices.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark dark black - no head to speak of

S: Vanilla, milk chocolate and bourbon

T: Cocoa, Fudge, vanilla, oak, touch of booze

F: Similar to the BOMB in it's mouthfeel

O: Pretty comparable to the base BOMB, but I at least enjoy the smell of this one more.

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Photo of vikingpillager
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is simply a fantastic BA stout!!! Bomb! is super well-balanced, but the barrel aging process seemed to really bring out the vanilla in the vintage we tried, which can be a bad thing if it's not good vanilla but this seemed like high quality stuff. Wish I had more

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Photo of DaFinnMan
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It would be easier for me to talk about the things that I do not like about this beer.
1. They are not always available.
2. While they do not age poorly, adjuncts fade and I have found that I prefer them fresh. The chili fade is particularly noticeable when drinking an aged one next to a fresh one.

This along with a few other Prairie stouts is as good as it gets for me. I have had phenomenal offering from Bottle Logic, Goose Island, Ozark, and 3 Floyds. To me this stands toe to toe with them all.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 4/29/16, from notes

L - Pours oily black no head.
S - I get lots of chocolate and vanilla with a slight whiskey smell.
T - Bomb, but tangy? Maybe it's the booziness coming through. A little bitter sweet finish.
F - Not quite as mouthy as bomb. A little thin.
O - Not better than the base beer.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great mouth feel. Nice smell of booze and chocolate. Pours a nice dark black, very viscous. Mouth feel is nice and smooth. Chile and vanilla comes through nicely at the end.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Interested and curious to try this again. Because I remember the first time having this (in 2016) noting that it muted the chili peppers and now with the 2017 and 2018 bomb! I have felt like the pepper quality has already been muted. And because it's only 11.2%? The regular is 13% and pirate bomb is 15%? What's the difference here? Let's see. Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. This beer pours out looking like dark chocolate in color and forms a very thin caramel crown that disippated before I even got a picture. The first thing I notice on the smell is a ton of dark fruit. Raisins and plums dance around while introducing you to some barrel notes in the form of a dry oak smell. Very good smell but I'm not getting too much from the nose in the way of the regular bomb! So we'll see what the tastes brings. From the first sip the chocolate kicks through the curtain and steals the floor, while the dark fruit are supporting from behind. As far as the chili peppers, it's about what I expected. You wouldn't even know they're in the beer. I wish the coffee and vanilla were showing up a little more as well, but I do have to say that this is greatly balanced as far as the whiskey and barrel being present but not overpowering. The mouthfeel is thick and fudge like. It coats the mouth all the way through while providing a slight and well balanced warming sensation. Overall, this was a very good treat and I'm glad to have another crack at it. But it's pretty much what I remember from the first time. It's very good, but not great. I've had better barrel aged beers and it does bother me that this one covers up all the flavors of the original. Kinda takes the point away to me, I guess. It's a solid treat nonetheless, but give me a regular Bomb! and I'll be good.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell: Initially I get a good amount of spicy green chillies. a lot of chocolate. Dark Chocolate, milk chocolate. You get some Barrel notes, Sweet vanilla, toasted coconut, smooth whiskey with a hint of oak. Also get some caramel and dark malts that come through as well.

Taste: This is a lot sweeter and Maltier on the palate. Right upfront I get massive amount of butterscotch, carmel, and chocolate syrup. The sweetness from the chocolate and malt carry through the beer. In the mid palate you get milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, dark chocolate, and smooth medium roast coffee, almost like a cold brewed coffee in the way that it's not very roasty and it is extremely smooth. The beer finishes with a hint of green pepper spice, whiskey, toasted coconut, a kiss of oak and more of that Hershey chocolate syrup. As I mentioned the beer is sweeter on the plate which is really nice. The malty butterscotch sweetness lingers on in the after taste as you feel a nice lingering warmth in your chest. The beer also has a ton of chocolate which is awesome.

Feel: Medium bodied. A really nice creaminess, a perfect amount of carbonation, which helps the beer feel a little fuller, which is a good thing because the beer is on the thinner side for a Barrel Aged Stout. Still the carbonation and creaminess makes the beer just glide across your palete, which in turn makes this way easier drinking then it should be.

Overall: An awesome beer that really held up great to the Barrel aging process. The Barrel adds a big sweetness and nice boozy presence. In the end though This is only slightly better then the none Barrel Aged version, I would say there almost equal, which is ok because both the BA and non BA version are top notch world class offerings. Don't worry if you can't get your hands on the BA version, because the regular will do just fine.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Teku glass.

Pours a deep brown nearly black body with a one finger light brown head that reduces to leave a ring of retention and no lacing.

Aromas are heavy on the whiskey with some cocoa and vanilla. On the tongue is vanilla-cocoa fudgyness and coffee with a heavy whiskey backbone. Mouthfeel is rich and thick with low carbonation.

A solid brew, good flavors but didn't get much spice.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, it pours black as pitch as coal with virtually no head. Vanilla, bourbon and alcohol in the nose. The mouth gets the same and more flavors as well. Great flavor!

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Photo of JLK7299
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every sip tasted different. But every sip was phenomenal! Never guess this was 11.2 ABV! So smoothe. Caramel bites really make it. Bourbon not too strong. The hint of vanilla. I'm in love!

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Photo of Radcpa
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with minimal tan head. Aroma is a nice slightly sweet caramel with a touch of spice. Taste is also a slightly sweet caramel with a little spicy heat.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomb is an acquired taste for me, but the BA version is dynamite. It mellows out the heat from the peppers and adds a smooth barrel finish. This is really a solid beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Dark brown to black, and opaque. A thin tan head fades fairly quickly atop a low level of visible carbonation.

S: Really nice on the nose. Whiskey and chilis, chocolate and coffee. Sweet malts mixed with vanilla and oak. Notes of drying tobacco and toffee and Bit-o-Honeys. Awfully good.

T: Chocolate, chilis and coffee up front. The whiskey heat comes next, with significant oak and vanilla flavors. Caramel, more vanilla, and cacao nibs. Tobacco and some roasted malts add some bitterness. More chocolate and coffee with mild but definite chili heat in the hang.

M: The body is heavy, though not as thick and glass-staining as Hunahpu. Low carbonation sensation but fine for style. Alcohol presence is actually pretty restrained for style, but it remains warming as it goes down.

O: This was really, really good. The barrel complimented this beer more than I expected. This all really works well. Nice chili flavor without a ton of heat. Definite barrel presence without overwhelming the multiple adjuncts. Excellent.

NOTE: I knocked down my "Overall" rating a little. I had a second bottle that I reviewed, forgetting that I had already done so. I didn't care for the second bottle nearly as much, with an estimated BA Rating of 3.95. I decided to enter in the tasting notes from the "better" bottle, and left the given scores alone. But the Overall is decreased as there may be some bottle variation here.

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Photo of mattflippin
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Like most other big Prairie stouts, a black pour with a minimal tan head which fades to a ring. There is a pretty strong aroma- the Ancho chiles jump out at me, but chocolate and whiskey are there in the background. The taste is complex: there is a hint of coffee present, but whiskey and chocolate are most prominent, with caramel malt, vanilla, oak notes, and a touch of cinnamon following. The whiskey is extremely well-melded with the rest of the beer, and is present mid-palate through the finish. The chiles are somewhat muted, compared to the standard Bomb!, but provide a nice warming heat at the finish. The beer is full bodied, incredibly smooth the entire way through, and a touch boozy on the finish. Pretty incredible. Huge fan of Prairie's stouts, but this one surpassed my expectations and blew me away.

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Photo of Buck89
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Viscous and opaque dark brown out of the glass. Prominent chiles and spices on the nose, with faint whiskey and cocoa. Not much coffee. The taste followed closely. Very similar to Bomb! but with an added dimension with the whiskey barrel. To their credit, this did not overwhelm the beer. Full-bodied and smooth on the finish. A nice improvement (hard to believe) to the base beer.

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Photo of BWood
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: very usual jet black prairie stouts. No head.

S: delicious. Great bomb smell but adding in the extra whiskey.

T: bomb on steroids. Might be might first 5 here. I love everything about bomb but the barrel just adds more. Super chocolate.

F: smooth start to finish.

O: amazing.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle:
Pours thick from the bottle, like many Bomb! beers I've had. It looks almost too thick to generate much head, which it doesn't. A thin brown veil of bubbles fizzes away quickly. A thin rim does resuscitate and fade easily.

Molasses early, chocolate espresso beans with a hint of whiskey later. At times there's also a little cherrywood like tang.

Taste also has a little tang to it. The main flavors in this version lean a lot more towards chocolate than others. Maybe it's the notes from the barrel aging that bring it out a little more. There is actually a candy bar aspect to this with marshmallow and light undertones of toffee.

Chewy, full bodied feel. A little alcohol burn more than chile pepper bite.

Comes across as a nice after dinner drink. It could easily replace a coffee or light liqueur mixed beverage after dinner.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black, no head and thick lacing on the glass.
Aroma has vanilla, peppers, oak, bourbon, spices, cinnamon.
Taste is cinnamon, vanilla, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, oak, maple syrup-ish sweetness, bourbon finish with peppers that sits in for a long time.

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Photo of LAp
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep black but not as thick on the pour as I remember. Similarly, the nose has more chile heat than I recall. The palate threatens palate-wrecking spice at the outset, but it is beautifully cut by the bourbon. The pairing of sweet bourbon with hot chile works magically. This is, unquestionably, the best chile imperial stout I've tried to date. The chile's cutting of the bourbon also brings out the chocolate undertones of the base beer - tastes strikingly similar to Taza Cacao Crunch Stone Ground chocolate - the interplay of spice and dark chocolate is outstanding. Medium thick.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours jet black with a thin tan head.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, charred oak and light whiskey.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee and charred oak. The finish has a nice amount of whiskey barrel and some subtle heat from the chilis.

M - Full body with low carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with an oily finish.

O - Delicious version of the original. The flavor are big and rich. A nice slow sipper.

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