Barrel Aged Bomb!
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #52
ABV:
14.7%
Score:
99
Ranked #200
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 6.01%
Reviews:
200
Ratings:
1,225
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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.

ABV varies from batch to batch.
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, I never thought I would like this better then the regular prairie bomb, but it's actually better. As much as I love Bomb, I have to be in the mood for it as it can be overly sweet for me at times. But BA Bomb is less sweet and far more well balanced. Though I can take the bourbon it's very subtle. Just a great, great beer

Feb 26, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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

If the emperor gets to wear new clothes then so does the Bomb! This time enveloped in whisky accented attire, the flavors of the base imperial stout are brought to like with the added sweetness, spiciness and smoothness of the added booze and the barrel.

Like tar, the stout layers in the glass with a patient swirl of coffee-like creme. Ominously dark and carrying an onyx-like sheen, the deep and deviant perfume overcomes the nose with espresso, dark chocolate, grilled fruit, vanilla and cream. Its lavish taste slathers the early palate with caramel, vanilla and molasses before the chocolate and char follows closely behind.

The stout develops more earthy character on the middle palate with those fresh aroma flavors, its decadent bittersweet chocolates and roasting walnut bitterness. Its lightly syrupy chocolate taste and texture is matched with the spiciness of sharp cinnamon and smooth vanilla as the barrel's taste of oak, caramel and toasted cherry and grape give a soft vinous tone in the end.

Remaining rich, viscous and off-chewy, the beer's full and creamy body weighs on the tongue with the low-lying carbonation that ensures full saturation of the tastebuds. Trailing with a long, heated warmth of whisky, its the chocolate and vanilla that provide balance with a mildly chalky texture to finish.

Jan 28, 2016
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brewaddict from California

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.

Jan 03, 2018
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alexpcat13 from Texas

4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shoutout to GreatStoutman for the bottle share.

I am building this review off of the standard Bomb! Sorry if i that is considered improper, but oh well...

BA Bomb! has an excellent aroma, peppers, chocolates still readily noticeable. To my surprise i did not get a great whiff of bourbon.

Taste wise, this is less an upgrade to the Bomb! and more a variant of it. Here's where the bourbon kicks in, really nicely balanced with the body and the deep earthly choco-flavors. On the plus side, the bourbon doesn't hit you as overly boozy as it does in some other BA stouts... but rather just adds a nice complexity with the oaky-firey goodness.

Body - Awesome, feels really big and full. I dont know how else to describe it.

Overall - A+, killer, though that blasted price tag....

Feb 12, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily pitch black. No light getting through this beer. One thick finger brown head slowly dissipates leaving a brown ring of foam around the outside of the top of the beer.

Smell is initially a musty boron barrel aroma. As you continue to smell it you get notes of vanilla and caramel coming though as well as undertones of milk chocolate.

Taste is initially a slightly musty bourbon flavor surrounding notes of caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate, and cocoa. The cocoa is most pronounced on the back of the taste and swallow when you get this slightly powdery dry coating on the back of your throat. pretty sweet for a stout, but not cloying - it works for this stout. There is certainly no hiding the bourbon here - there is a nice warming sensation from the bourbon as you sip the beer, but its not what I'd consider a "boozy" barrel aged beer. The bourbon characteristics are complimentary, not overpowering. Not a ton of chili character to this beer, although there is a spiciness that certainly comes from the chills. The flavor is just not very pronounced.

Feel is thick, luscious, smooth and buttery. Just an incredible thickness to this beer, like brownie batter. To me, Bomb! and its variants have mastered the feel of an imperial stout. This is the standard. Mild carbonation, but decently carbonated for a barrel aged beer. Uh, its a sipper, for sure, but a drinkable sipper? If that makes sense.

Overall I can see where people are coming from with the comparison of this to regular Bomb!. This is really good, but is it better than Bomb!? I don't know - to me they are two different animals. the bourbon adds a really nice depth and warmth to the beer that I enjoy, but you certainly don't get any of the chili notes coming through on this one (to be fair I didn't get a ton of chili notes on Bomb! either). We can quibble over whether Bomb! or BA Bomb! is better, but what I can tell you is that both are incredible stouts and must haves.

May 11, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage
~ 2 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, oily body, opaque. Very thin layer of dark tan colored head, soapy bubbles. Alcohol legs coat and stain glass w/ a dark film. Tons of streaking spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Dark fudgy chocolates, brownie batter, syrupy caramel, molasses, tons of creamy vanilla. Dry cocoa, espresso beans, sweet nuttiness, and coconut. Light barrel char and oak, sweet bourbon heat.

Taste- Gourmet chocolates, dark fudge, tons of vanilla, and caramel. Crème brulee, macadamia nuttiness, roasted coffee beans, mocha sweetness. Touches of charred oak, sweet bourbon, and a dash of peppers.

Feel- Medium bodied, velvety and creamy, dessert-like creamy fluffiness. Lower carbonation, very smooth.

Overall- So much dessert-like sweetness, caramel and vanilla comes through in waves. Barrel aging seems to add a ton of the decadent sweetness, not an overagressive amount of oak or bourbon, but there is still some on the finish. Takes on a lot more sweetness than the base beer offers. Peppers are very faint but just add a spicy character on the finish. Just an incredible barrel aged stout.

Jan 08, 2017
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OneEye78 from Texas

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

Thanks to Will for this one. Pours a deep black with very little head despite an aggressive pour. Smell is strong vanilla and some brown sugar. Taste starts off with a smoky, oak character, some coffee flavor, with a dry baker's chocolate finish. As it warms the vanilla begins to really dominate, and the peppers begin to come through in the aftertaste. While it is a little thin for a stout, it still has a chewiness to it like normal Bomb! All in all, this was a very enjoyable beer, though I am not sure it is an improvement on base Bomb!

Apr 05, 2015
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BWood from California

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.

Apr 07, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/7/2016. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, molasses, whiskey, toasted oak, dark bread, light chili pepper/dark fruit, and roast/oaky earthiness. Insane aromas with amazing complexity and perfect balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/spice, and whiskey barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, molasses, whiskey, toasted oak, dark bread, light chili pepper/dark fruit, and oak/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, molasses, whiskey, toasted oak, dark bread, light chili pepper/dark fruit, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Insane complexity, robustness, and perfect balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/spice, and whiskey barrel flavors; with an amazing roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is insane. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a mind blowing barrel aged spiced stout! All around insane complexity, robustness, and perfect balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/spice, and whiskey barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A top tier world class offering for sure.

Jan 31, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

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

Loved this one! I had heard a lot of good things so I picked some up and the hype was real here! Lots of chocolate and bourbon barrel but yet pretty smooth sipper!

Mar 17, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the most recent release poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color with just a hint of light seeping through the edges, small foamy khaki head eventually reduces to just a ring around the edge

S- aroma opens up with fresh espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla cream, charred malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate syrup, earthy oak and spicy whisky.

T- bold sweet notes of molasses, caramel and toffee up front eventually give way to rich dark chocolate, almost chocolate syrup-like, along with some nuttiness & charred malt. The mid-palate brings out notes of cinnamon and whiskey barrel popping through, along with some earthy notes from the wood. The finish brings out a hint of vanilla sweetness and closes out with a vinous note, with just enough pepper heat lingering after consuming

M- medium-thick body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety finish, slight pepper burn on the linger

O- this one stands on the same level as the others of the style that people pay hundreds of dollars for. Another world class barrel aged beer from Prairie

May 14, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Holy crap, this was good.

This one pours a dark black, with very little head or lacing.

Smells like bourbon soaked cookie dough studded brownies- really. The aroma just jumps out of the glass. Silky sweet bourbon, chocolate fudge brownies, cookie dough, vanilla, and oak. This is insane.

This doesn't really feel a whole lot like Bomb- I don't actually get any peppers in the taste, or coffee, but the barrel-aging has ramped up the fudgy chocolate flavors to the max, just decadent and rich, with lots of vanilla, some molasses, oak, and a sort of cookie dough type thing. The bourbon is integrated well, it's not bourbon-forward- it's clear that this was in the barrels the exact right amount of time.

This is medium bodied- possibly a little bit thin for an imperial stout, but certainly not a thin beer overall, just not super super thick. There's a lower level of carbonation, which detracts slightly, but not overly so.

This is absolutely delicious, and shows Prairie's deft hand with beers. Awesome stuff.

Jan 29, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is last year's batch. 2016.


Rich, black pour with no head. Agitation yields a sliver of foamy beige head.

Aroma of vanilla, chiles, barrel, hot fudge sundae, bourbon, and roast malt.

Flavor is much of the same, tons of barrel, fudge, vanilla, chiles, hot caramel, and bourbon.

Feel on this one is thinner than I'd like, but well within medium-heavy spec. Mild, perhaps even under, carbonation.

Super good!! I love all BOMBs!

Jan 19, 2017
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a few tiny patches of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Sweet coffee aroma with a big dose of vanilla. Also some chocolate and caramel.

T- Lovely interplay of coffee, vanilla and bourbon barrel. So smooth and balanced with no one element sticking out too far. The chili starts showing itself with a vegetal green pepper flavor. Chocolate show up more as the drink progresses and the bitterness of the coffee helps offset the big sweetness.

M- Silky smooth and creamy with low carbonation and a full body.

O- A great variation on the Bomb! concept (because the base beer is different from actual Bomb!). The flavors are so well integrated and the beer as a whole is so insanely smooth. The barrel character is also not over-the-top which I rather like.

Feb 26, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black in color with a very thin tan head that quickly recedes, no lacing.

aromas of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, licorice, raisins, vanilla, whiskey, oak ... pretty complex on the nose, really nice stuff. light cherry, spice, and aggressive alcohol as it warms.

taste follows perfectly, sweet fudgey chocolate and sticky caramel up front, followed by dark chocolate, burnt malts and slightly bitter coffee. vanilla and oak flavors showing up as well, finishes on a beautifully roasty note that is slightly spicy. perfect amount of heat from the booze and a bit of spicy bite from the chillies coming through.

Aug 11, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle did not make an explosion - it was flat and I am not happy with it.

It opened with no head at all. Black and thinly oily. It has a great, sweet, barrel boozy smell.

The taste similarly is sweet and barrel boozy, only it doesn't seem like most of the booze is home.

Since it is a bad bottle, there isn't much to redeem itself here. Let's call it the way it is - the emperor has no ... head. I will talk to my vendor. I can't recommend this.

Dec 30, 2016
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PDXAmbassador from Florida

3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, smelled strongly of cocoa, some bourbon. Mouthfeel was nice and drinkable, though I wouldn't say decadent. Taste is overly sweet - milk stout ish. Need more bite. More spice. More balancing roast and bitterness. Fairly nonplussed.

May 13, 2016
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mendvicdog from Maryland

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

Feb 16, 2016
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shigg85 from Japan

4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jan 19, 2017
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Jcarter1221 from Oklahoma

4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 25, 2016
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MOVERTON1284 from Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 Vintage, drank at Porter Beer Bar. First time to try this even though I have had regular Bomb a lot over the years. Very smooth for a BA Stout. The BB adds some heat but also dulls some of the heat from peppers.

Mar 01, 2016
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Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jun 26, 2016
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largadeer from California

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 29, 2016
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Lare453 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 15, 2016
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tedgelee from Pennsylvania

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

Jul 09, 2016
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