Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb!
Prairie Artisan Ales

Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb!Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb!
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From:
Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #75
ABV:
13%
Score:
99
Ranked #232
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 6.44%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
190
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 13, 2022
Added:
Dec 01, 2016
Wants:
  39
Gots:
  27
SCORE
99
World-Class
Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb!Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb!
Notes: Imperial stout brewed with spices and aged in whiskey barrels.
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Rated: 4.29 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jul 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.48 by Cynic-ale from Texas

Jun 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by ToddBeans from Kentucky

May 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.38 by Travitten from Iowa

Apr 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by lsthwy from Massachusetts

Mar 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.53 by beersgud from Kansas

Mar 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.39 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Mar 01, 2022
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
#107, yummy!
Feb 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Argento from Rhode Island

Feb 06, 2022
 
Rated: 2.5 by doctorgary from New York

Feb 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Virby44 from Wisconsin

Jan 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by Prospero from Colorado

Jan 12, 2022
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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Jan 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by Bugsmcl from Ohio

Jan 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio

Jan 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that has short retention before settling into a ring around the glass

S- an array of spices on the nose, with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg sticking out. Earthy espresso and mocha chocolate undertones, along with molasses, brown sugar, vanilla and nutty roasted malts. Undertones of green pepper skin and bourbon

T- spice notes of cinnamon up front is quickly followed by notes of rich espresso and mocha cream, along with vanilla and caramel. Mid-palate brings out undertones of ginger and nutmeg, along with more cinnamon, raw pepper skin and chocolate icing. The finish gives bourbon and vanilla, with a linger of coffee, chocolate, cinnamon and pepper

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into a warming finish

O- all of the adjuncts are in check and the barrel aging adds even more complexity, very good
Dec 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by DaveCash from New York

Dec 12, 2021
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle pour @ Prairie OKC:

B- / WORTHY
Dec 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 20, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by SP23 from California

Dec 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by Hopelessly0 from California

Dec 25, 2020
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Reviewed by NYNorseman from New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Merry Christmas to Me! My local beer store had some earlier vintage bottles on sale for... wait for it...2.99 a bottle! Bought them all up. This stout has aged very well and delivers a spicy pop on the backside. It pours thick like oil and delivers notes of coffee, chocolate, gingerbread, vanilla and molasses. This is a very fine Christmas stout - it delivers big on the ABV and flavor,and every mouthful is as complex and wonderful as the holiday season itself!
Dec 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Apr 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.51 by aasher from Indiana

Apr 24, 2020
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours black with half a finger of dark caramel colored foam. Head retention is poor. Aroma is rich and full roasty and toasty malts with caramely, nutty and bready malts adding a little further depth and complexity. Molasses, chocolate, spices, bourbon and oak add a little further depth and complexity, balancing out the initial malts with a little sweetness and heat, respectively. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, nutty, bready malts for a firm, thick stout base. Spices, cinnamon, molasses, chocolate and toffee add a little dry sweetness that gets rinsed away by a touch of bourbon heat and oaky char. Mouth feel is thick and full with a chewy, lightly grainy texture. Overall, rich and full with a light spice character to add further depth to the otherwise clean and straightforward barrel aged stout. It's complex and full, with a big surprise in every sip.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.
Feb 04, 2020
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
12 oz bottle at Tulsa brewpub. No to-go, just drink here.

Silky black with a minimal bubbly head.

Aroma of huge spices and hot fudge, with emphasis on nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon, but with extended depth and oak sweetness. Slightly coffee, with coconut and more fudge.

The beer is like your childhood - but barrel aged. Huge fucking BARREL AGED nutmeg in your face. Cinnamon. It's so Christmas-y, and rich and full. Tons of fudge in the background with hot caramel sauce and peppermint coffee. Fading notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, fudge, and bourbon. This is magic.

Feel is a bit thin from the barrel but still within thick stout territory. Alcohol heat is evident and welcome, with a slightly slick feel and a hot finish. Good carbonation too.

Overall,. an absolutely phenomenal, incredible beer that I wish I could find here in Tulsa to take home via package liquor but unfortunately could not. Do not waste your time on mediocre beer. Life is too short. That is the greatest lesson I have learned in 3,000+ beers. If they suck, walk. Prairie does not. Worth the $17, even at the bar. Created a memory burned into my brain. THAT IS TRUE BEER!!! I would have to have Apple Brandy Noir side-by-side to compare, but this may be the best Prairie beer ever made.
Jan 10, 2020
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
If the emperor gets to wear new clothes then this king of stouts dons its Christmas attire! This time enveloped in bourbon drenched Santa suit, the flavors of the Christmas Bomb! imperial stout are brought to the palate with generous additions of holiday spice and the warmth of the bourbon barrel.

Much like thatch, the Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb layers in the glass with a patient swirl of coffee-like creme. Ominously dark and carrying a mirror-like sheen, the deep and deviant perfume overcomes the nose with espresso, holiday spice, dark chocolate, grilled fruit, vanilla, whisky and cream. Its lavish taste slathers the early palate with toffee, vanilla, molasses and a general gingerbread flavor before the chocolate and char follows closely behind.

Develops a more earthy character through the middle palate, those fresh flavors are decadent with bittersweet chocolates and roasting walnut in its bitterness power. A syrupy chocolate taste and texture is matched with the spiciness of sharp cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove and vanilla as the barrel's taste of oak, caramel, 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 good 'ole Kentucky bourbon, its the chocolate and vanilla that provide balance with a simmering warmth of holiday spice in mulled ale form.
Dec 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by GenoMcCoy from Texas

Dec 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.54 by unclekeith from Alaska

Dec 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Dec 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

Dec 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.46 by Jason1221 from Illinois

Dec 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.94 by Kuelsken from Michigan

Nov 30, 2019
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Reviewed by MJSFS from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Smells and tastes like Christmas cookies and Whiskey. Big aromas and flavors of cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is velvety, and it finishes sweet, boozy, and slightly drying. Perfect holiday dessert beer.
Nov 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.27 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Sep 20, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by TylerJ from Iowa

Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.46 by sd123 from Georgia

Aug 21, 2019
Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 218 ratings