Birthday Bomb!
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #113
ABV:
13%
Score:
97
Ranked #426
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 6.85%
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
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Notes: Prairie is pleased to announce and celebrate the 3rd birthday of our most popular, well known, and voted most likely to succeed beer we produce, Prairie Bomb! Join our celebration for the beer that changed it all. We did everything but hang up streamers.

What’s the buzz about anyway? Bomb! was a mad creation in response to the many complicated brews that required an interpreter to approach. The path to creating this ultimate beer that never planned on taking itself seriously led to many unexpected revelations. It contained almost every ingredient imaginable. It was difficult. It was delicious. It was a free spirit, complex but lending itself to endless possibilities. It became a much loved member of the family, and a representation of our brewing style and how it has evolved. In its original form Bomb! comes close to being a heady, strong dessert in itself. This led to the conclusion that we had exponential possibilities with flavor profiles and aging processes.

Because of this, Birthday Bomb! was conceived to celebrate three wonderful years of experimentation and fun loving flavors like the current incarnation with caramel sauce. Made in house by our brewers with nothing but black gloves and a propane tank. The rest is the complex mix of hops and malt with a healthy dose of the signature coffee and spices.
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Photo of sjrider
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle -dark as night with short khaki head leaving a ring of bubbles and not much else. Nose is muted roasty malt , some sweetness and a whiff of chili spice. Taste ups the ante with more of that and then some. Very smooth finish with a bit of mild chili afterburn. Delicious.

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sjrider from California, May 09, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black without much head.

Smell is chocolate, vanilla, and coffee.

Taste is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, with a hint of chili on the back end. The caramel and toffee is not strong. Tastes very similar to the regular Prairie Bomb but the chili is more restrained. Really really tasty regardless.

Mouthfeel is thick on oily.

Overall as good as the Prairie Bomb. Hard to find a stout better than this.

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Brew_42 from Massachusetts, Mar 26, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the Nook in Huntsville. Massive pour for a 13% beer, so I guess I'll have plenty of opportunity to savor this one. Dead opaque and just about black with just a sliver of a head. Nose is a rather "creamy" blend of toasty roasted notes, cocoa, and cooked marshmallow. Taste is even creamier than the nose indicated. A little on the sweet side, but not as cloying as these giant beers tend to get. Maybe lacking a big coffee flavor I was expecting, but plenty of pillowy toasted marshmallow, caramel (candy not malt), and rounded roasted flavors. Feels closer to 10% than 13%, and not even hot for that. Only complaint is I'd like to see some of the flavors pop as opposed to being so intermingled and soft. Excellent beer.

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4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a thin caramel colored head that fades quickly in the middle but sticks around for a while around the glass. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smells like chocolate and vanilla with a little bit of coffee. The spices and coffee really show up in the taste, but also present are chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.

Feel - incredibly smooth. It’s definitely a beer to sip and not to take large gulps, but it drinks smoothly nonetheless. It’s not as “boozy” as I would have expected from a 13% beer. Aftertaste is slightly present, but the finish really is quite clean and dry.

Overall - Great stout. To me, this seems like a stout that I would give to someone who doesn’t like stouts and perhaps it would change their mind. Flavor is bold, but not overpowering in any way. Solid offering from yet another Oklahoma brewery.

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jwp777 from Oklahoma, Dec 19, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dark black color with a tiny head around the circumference of the glass.
Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a little spice.
Taste followed the nose. Dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a hint of chilis.
Very smooth, would never guess it is 13% ABV.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, Oct 27, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Dragons Milk open mouthed glass bottled 5/28/18. Pours a slick midnight black with a 2 finger mocha head that leaves a few thin streaks of lace as it slowly settles. 4.5

Smell is deep dark chocolate, vanilla bean, coffee grounds, toffee, and hazelnut. 4.5

Taste dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee start the party, with toffee, hazelnut, a little pepper, and alcohol in the finish but for 12% pretty well balanced. 4.5

Mouthfeel is big, gentle carbonation, actually extremely approachable for it ABV, and a touch dry but a beer like this you expect more. 4.25

Overall another excellent stout from this brewery, love what they do with stout, expensive but always enjoyable. 4.25

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire, Sep 19, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought and drank in Aug 2019. Aroma is pleasant with no one dominating scent. Not too much coffee. Perfect level of bitterness. Wonderfully complex yet manageable flavor. One of the best Stouts that I have tried.

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Photo of argock
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage

Black with 1/2 finger of dark beige head with good retention and a lot of lacing.

Aromas are unbelievably vivid with heavy fudge, cocoa, caramel, and coffee. All of them jump out of the glass. There is also a nice dash of scorched pepper.

Flavor is also delicious with layers of cocoa, caramel, espresso, and a touch of chili pepper heat with a little booze and a blast of roast in the finish. A tiny bit rough around the edges.

Feel is excellent, smooth and silky with soft carbonation and sumptuous feel.

Exceptional beer with explosive aroma and delicious flavor.

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argock from Virginia, Jul 22, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Near black with a thin light brown head.

Nose: Coffee, cinnamon, a touch of chili, and cocoa.

Taste: Coffee up front followed by dark chocolate and cinnamon. Subtle chili comes in on the finish.

Feel: Full-bodied, medium-low carbonation, a bit of lingering heat.

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emyers from Illinois, Jul 19, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2018 edition in July 2019.
Coffee, cocoa, and chili. A tasty dessert treat. Very little noticeable carbonation. A little thin, but still sticky and sweet. Very good and would get again, but didn't quite live up to what I thought it could be.

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Herbertly from Washington, Jul 18, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the neck, in yellow print: "10791EK7BIRTHDAY 05.28.2019 16:19"
From the back label: "12% Alc. by Vol."

Appearance: The body is black and it has a nice khaki head. It quickly fades out leaving no lacing.

Aroma: It smells like coffee and chocolate. There is a bit of a coffeehouse aroma to the beer rather than just coffee in a cup. It is a very pleasant smelling beer.

Taste: It tastes like chocolate at first, then it has this wonderful rich coffee flavor. There is a bit of sweetness in the middle. The aftertaste is pure coffee. Some alcohol flavor comes out a bit as the beer opens up while it warms, but it rests nicely with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: The beer is very smooth and there is a notable lack of bitterness which works well for this beer. The beer does a superb job of hiding alcohol and it is very easy to drink.

Overall: The bottle claims that this is an "Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans, Chili Peppers, Caramel Sauce and Toffee." The chili is absent and the beer mostly just has an accompaniment of coffee and chocolate flavors. Often times flavors can contribute to others to amplify them, and in this case it seems like the vanilla could be contributing to some of the chocolate flavor, with the caramel and toffee possibly contributing to the perceived sweetness. I enjoyed the beer and I would both recommend it and drink it again. Compared to the regular "BOMB!" beer this one has less heat and is a bit sweeter.

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teromous from Virginia, Jul 16, 2019
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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank alongside the original Prairie Bomb!

Look: indistinguishable from Bomb! Blackest of pours, a little reddish-brown near the minimal-lacing head.

Smell: Irish coffee. Not a boozy smell like BCBS, maybe Irish Liqueur is a better description. Yes; it smells like Baileys.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, coffee, char, smoke, chili. It's not that the chili isn't there, but it is covered up/muted by the caramel sweetness. Graham cracker.

Feel: Incredibly heavy on the palette, much more so than Bomb! original. Cloying like southern sweet tea. But somehow I don't hate it. Don't get me wrong, this is 100% a dessert beer. I can usually drink stouts anytime, but for the first time I understand what people mean when they say "stouts are too heavy for me". This is, and the first time I've ever said this, a sipper.

Overall: I usually hate flavored beers, seeing the as a gimmick. But I actually love this. I don't see it as a step down from Bomb!, I see the original bomb as a meal, and this as dessert. Certainly couldn't drink it everyday, but as the name implies, save it for a birthday.

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JohnFred4 from New York, Jun 30, 2019
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4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer on the recommendation of the barkeep. Serendipity? Maybe.

L- dark with a finger or so head
S- very rich, the chocolate and peppers are noted but not overbearing
T- smooth, complex and very tasty. Nothing overdone or overpowering. Well balanced
F- not as heavy as some I’ve had, nice clean finish
O- just wonderful. My first Prairie bomb and it was a banger

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KCXK from Missouri, Jun 18, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Black body, dark-brown head that quickly settled. Minimal thin lacing. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate with a hint of chili pepper. Chili pepper comes through more heavily in the taste, adding a unique twist backed up by the bold roasted malt and coffee. Feel is smooth and heavy, with just a little more carbonation than I'd like. Another worthy stout from Prairie.

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Photo of Longhorn08
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very solid beer, and I appreciate the effort in trying to make an already great thing even better, but next time I’m just gonna but Bomb! Birthday variation is good, but a regression from the OG.

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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: deep dark and muddy blackish brown with a few bubbles rising up but no head

Smell: chocolate and roasty malts are predominant with just a touch of vanilla and pepper

Taste: huge roasty malts and chocolate, really follows the nose with the addition of an ever so slight hint of coffee

Feel: thick and full bodied, a little on the high side of carbonation for a stout this big but overall pretty good

Overall: excellent big beer here, the alcohol is noticeable at 13% but not overpowering. Good stuff!

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ICTguy21 from Kansas, Mar 12, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, with the stamped bottling date looking like January of 2017.
Dark cola colored body, with reddish brown backlit highlights. Hard pour conjured up a very fizzy, big bubble head that immediately fizzed away. Features a somewhat active surface roiling from rising bubbles. No lacing, just some oily surface coverage.
Aroma features dark roasted malts, with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. The chili peppers may have faded.
Taste follows the smell, but adds in the vegetal quality of the peppers, and the slight heat that comes in way at the end, and sits on the tongue.
Thicker mouth feel. Languid carbonation.
Extremely good at hiding the higher 13%ABV. I prefer to drink this at close to room temperature, which to me allows the liquid to move more slowly, and to sit in the mouth longer, which allows more presentation of flavors. Well balanced, and a reminder of chocolate/coffee birthday cake.

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Photo of 57md
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This offering basically tasted like Bomb with less heat and with the addition of adjuncts that gave off the sweet flavor of chocolate cake with icing.

It's an interesting attempt but I just don't care for the flavor combo.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Feb 24, 2019
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4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

smell has a nice boozey bourbon to it

flavor is sweet and mellow, full of whiskey to it yet doesn't burn. silky finish as well

i would describe it as a boozey stout cake. sweet, silky and clean

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Wiffler27 from New Jersey, Dec 20, 2018
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4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft at World of Beer, Tuscaloosa, AL.

The pour is dark and viscous from the draft, cold temp but a good amount of foam rises up. What appears is rocky and a good variety of bubble size, and a ring of ivory head settles around the inside of the glass.

The aroma is full of roasty coffee, milk sugar, and hints of bakers chocolate in the finish. Smooth, balanced, sweet.

Creamy, lactose flavors really come out and balance out a contrast of roasted coffee beans. The two complimentary flavors work well with a dark chocolate backbone. Very balanced, with a chili presence only coming out very subtly as the beer warms.

Creamy, smooth, viscous. Soft, low carbonation and a residual stickiness in the finish. Warm down the hatch, booze very well masked.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Dec 15, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting. Caliente Pizza and Draft House on a date night with mom watching the kids.... Definitely smell the peppers. Think imperial with a bit of heat!

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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania, Nov 24, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I find this beer to be an interesting one.

This one is definitely thick and rich like a republican convention. But does it deliver in the end? It’s tough to say. At the price I want the full Monty, but what I get is an ok romp. Man, the Raul man has to say though, for being 13%, it’s devilishly smooth like Mrs Jones. I think the price tag is too high, but maybe so was I when I bought it.

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RaulMondesi from California, Nov 13, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's two days after my birthday so why not. I had watched a YouTube review of this year's version where the reviewer stressed that the coffee flavor dominated but I'm not finding that to be the case; more like the pepper was prominent when it came out of the fifty degree cellar fridge and, when it warms doesn't go away while other flavors rise up like chocolate and vanilla and maybe a tobacco like flavor. Just another well constructed and pricey Imperial stout from Prairie.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So I had one of these on my Birthday this year, and I was surprised because as well as I could remember, it tasted exactly like regular Bomb! Disturbed, I saved a little of the bottle and did a mini side-by-side with regular Bomb! My conclusions are as follows:

Birthday bomb is a tiny bit sweeter. But quite not enough to notice, unless you know the flavor of regular Bomb like it's your favorite soda.

L: I actually dislike this bottle art. That's pretty rare. The pour releases a thin film of cacao colored head that doesn't rise high enough to leave lacing. The body utterly swallows light. One of the darkest stouts I've ever seen.

S: Dark chocolate is noticeable even half a foot from the glass. Get a little closer and the nose starts to tickle from the chili peppers and booze. Caramel is the second aroma to present, followed closely by vanilla and blonde roast coffee. Dry tobacco and oak on the finish, along with a smoky chili aroma.

T: At first, it's almost exactly like pure dark chocolate with some caramel on top for a moment, then the vanilla starts building, the coffee becomes notable, and the smoky ancho chilies kick in satisfyingly. It finishes all cacao and peppers, with a hint of nutty oak.

F: Thick and smooth, but with a little spicy bite and just enough carbonation to keep it light. Flawless.

O: Birthday Bomb! is a novelty; it doesn't need the caramel finish, and it doesn't get much from it. Honestly, not worth the price jump from regular Bomb! It's basically the same beer. That said, it's a great non-BA Imperial Stout, and worth trying out. Cheers!

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Ahypercube from California, Nov 05, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. stubby bottle into an Invasion of the Funk tulip. Consumed 9/24/18.

A: Very dark brown to black – essentially opaque, with just a bit translucency around the very top edge of the glass. A surprising amount of visible carbonation leads to a short-lived half-finger tan head, but dissipates almost like a cola – poor retention here. That part was disappointing, otherwise looks as should.

S: Chili peppers, cacao nibs, and tobacco. Dark roasted malts and the accompanying (and significant) roasted bitterness), dark roasted coffee, and some toasted caramel to finish us off. Nice – peppers obvious but not overtly dominant, and enough roastiness to keep this from being too sweet-smelling.

T: Dark chocolate, chili peppers, and a smoothly sweet and natural vanilla that I wasn’t getting on the nose. Dark roasted malts, a fair amount of breakfast roast coffee. Some caramel, bitter tobacco, and leathery vanilla again near the swallow. More cacao and chili pepper flavor with just a touch of lingering capsaicin heat with the alcohol warmth going down after the swallow.

M: A nice heavy body – thick and smooth. This is thicker than I remember some fo the other variants being…though still not "Angry Chair" level. Low but as-expected carbonation sensation. The alcohol warmth is obvious but not “hot”.

O: Enjoyable, and I think I might like this better than the base BOMB!. A nice interplay of flavors, with the additives each getting their own moment in the sun. A tasty, big sweet stout without being close to cloying. Well done.

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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1319 ratings