Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb!Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb!
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout brewed with spices and aged in whiskey barrels.

Added by mothman on 12-01-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#177
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
104
pDev:
5.27%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
23
Trade:
3
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stefko
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OleDixie
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SaulFox
4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PC_Principal
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Run4theRoses
4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rabbott2
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
3.92/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrtomatohead49
4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of codytwo
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imyourhero21
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of esktime
4.31/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nuggetz
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.26/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm going to be doing this side by side with a original Christmas Bomb! Pouring both from 12 oz. bottles into pint glasses. This brew pours out a pitch black with coffee like highlights and forms a thin caramel/mocha colored crown. The original has better retention and the barrel aged didn't hold on long before showing nothing. The smell is nutmeg and cinnamon mixing with a warming whiskey and peppers. Some dark fruit notes like raisins are present as well. The taste is a little bit too heavy on the whiskey for my preference but does turn into smoother notes of peppers and vanilla. I get a lot more nutmeg and coffee in the original. The cinnamon is present in both. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side for a barrel aged prairie stout and could use a little bit more bounce for my liking. Overall, this is a solid barrel aged offering from Prairie, which should be expected, but just didn't blow me away. I will just stick with the regular and be perfectly okay with that. I would drink this again, but not go on a hunt and search it out. This is a bit more complex than the original, but once again I will say it, there is beauty in simplicity!!!

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4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to open this up. Stamped BA XMAS | 18:57 | BA XMAS.

Viscous black pour, with a dark tan head of bubbly foam that has a decent build up considering the cold temp it was poured. It settles quickly into nothing.

The nose has that Mexican hot chocolate goodness. Roasty coffee, creamy chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and chili peppers. As it warms, the barrel becomes a little more present, as does the predominance of that cinnamon.

Again, the bottle doesn’t specify what ‘spices’ are in this beer but there has to be chili peppers. There is a nice spicy warmth that is present throughout, helped by that barrel aged booziness. Dark Roast on the backend, subtle vanilla, and dark chocolate. The chiles and coffee are predominant in the flavor, but this beer has great balance and while it’d be much better on a snowy day, 105 degree heat in Southern California will have to do. The whiskey flavors really emerge as the beer has time settle on your taste buds. Really nice lingering sweet bourbon flavor.

Nice full bodied stout, creamy and warm. The chiles and whiskey combine for such a nice finish. There is an expected stickiness, and for 13 percent this is so smooth.

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4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OG xmas bomb consumed 6/29/18

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4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BA Christmas Bomb - Prairie
Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels - 13% abv

L - 1-finger mocha head recedes quickly into a pitch black body.

S - fudge, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, whiskey.

T - a cinnamon blast at first. Fudgey milk chocolate comes next. The barrel is present but not in your face. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Moderate booziness.

F - medium-full body with minimal carb.

O - If you love cinnamon and whiskey like I do, this will hit your pleasure spot.

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4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 104 ratings