Birthday Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Birthday Bomb!Birthday Bomb!

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Dicers on 03-23-2016

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClePaul
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goosehunter75
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of golf4collet
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of ummswimmin
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CaptainHate
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of mltobin
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ahypercube
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of macrosmatic
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: nice and thick when poured; velvety. Dark, DARK brown color, but not black. The head forms a cocoa-colored 1/2-finger with fair retention that fades to a lacing. Syrupy legs when swirled.

Aroma: fudge and chilis upfront. It smells as if this beer might pack some heat.

Flavor: solid! As with the nose, chilis and fudge. The chilis keep the fudge in check. Well balanced. The chilis generate very mild heat late in the finish. The coffee and vanilla are noticeable, which balance each other to produce the fudge flavors. The vanilla is a tad bit much, and the beer is a hair too sweet, but I'm being critical.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy; this is the weight an imperial should be. Nice. Chewy.

Overall: damn good. Birthday Bomb is superior to many, MANY, of its over hyped counterparts from other brewers. There are many layers in aroma and flavor. One of the better imperial stouts that I've tried (out of maybe 100). Bday Bomb is superior to Bomb, but less than Pirate Bomb.

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Photo of DBosco
3.6/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris_n_Rod
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Frankiefiggs
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jpd026
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jrosso
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark color with almost no head, strong smell of coffee and a hint of vanilla. Mildly sweet with flavors of coffee and vanilla and a hint of chili peppers. Great stout at 13%!!!

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Photo of crm871
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours black with almost no head. Looks like minimal carbonation.

Smell: Coffee, malt, booze.

Taste: Coffee, caramel, hint of chili pepper. A tad spicy as it goes down. Has a nice sweetness to it that tastes a bit like vanilla.

Feel: Light carbonation, goes down easy, as is the case with most of Prairie's line of imperial stouts. Creamier mouth feel than the regular Prairie Bomb.

Overall: A fine offering of a modified Bomb. Delicious and easy to drink.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just amazing. One of the best stouts I’ve ever had - and that includes Founders’ KBS. Dark oily black color with a little lingering tan head and spotty lacing. Smells of dark chocolate and roast coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, malt, a little caramel and just a little heat from the chili peppers. Fanatically smooth, slightly creamy, thick mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation. This is a high ABV beer but honestly I didn’t have to slowly sip it like with most other imperial stouts. Well-balanced, flavorful, decadent, unique, a must-try. Will have to buy more of this one ASAP.

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Photo of sludgegnome
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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