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 Double / 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:
#483
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
85
pDev:
5.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edthehead
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of maltznhopz
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RealDeal
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerRay
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DanGeo
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dleiner
4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dflo32
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Masonz223
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell: Big spice notes. Cinnamon is definitely the dominant spice along with a light nutmeg and ginger presence. Really rich milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut. A good amount of pepper and earthy medium roast coffee. With a splash of barrel character. Sweet not really boozy whiskey and toasted oak. Smells a lot like the regular but a bit more amplified. The beer smells wonderful!

Taste: Right upfront your greeted with sweet rich milk chocolate and vanilla notes. That sweetness clears out for a beautiful smooth medium roast earthy coffee and dark chocolate notes in the mid palate. The coffee is really prevalent and complex in the mid palate and changes almost to an espresso like flavor as the beer moves into the finish. Also the spices mostly cinnamon along with a spicy pepper note start to show there teeth as the beer moves into the finish. In the finish you get some barrel character, but not in your face character. You get some toasted oak, coconut and a smooth whiskey presence. The beer never becomes boozy and the heat is generated from the big cinnamon and pepper presence that takes the lead in the finish, just as the heat becomes almost overwhelming a quick flash of sticky carmel and rich milk chocolate comes back through as the beer is touching the last parts of the back of my tongue and adds just enough balance to the spice and heat to make the beer a really unique one of a kind experience as this spicy sweet liquid is going down the back of the throat. The whiskey milk chocolate, carmel, cinnamon and pepper linger in the aftertaste with the cinnamon really adding a drying effect to the tongue and back of the throat.

Feel: The beer has a beautiful full mouthfeel that is verging on that thick chewiness that all great Barrel Aged beers should strive to achieve. The beer finishes dry due to the big cinnamon presence in the finish. The complexity and full mouthfeel make this a beer that deserves to be sipped on, so one can truly enjoy all this wonderful liquid has to offer.

Overall: What a great job on taking an already damn good base beer and making it outstanding with the barrel aging process. Prarie has one of the best Barrel programs in the country. This is definitely world class and is no doubt in that top tier of Barrel Aged beers. By far the best spiced stout I've ever had.

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5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016
Pours pitch black with little to no head. Nose is coffee, Rich chocolate, cinnamon. Taste follows the nose, coffee and cinnamon. Not getting a lot of barrel here, but smoother than regular Xmas bomb. Delicious beer and a great one to open over the holidays!

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4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 bottle

A: Beer pours a cola like black color from bottle. Not much head at first pour. The slight head was tan in color. Almost no lacing while drinking.

S: Pepper and cinnamon at first smell. Smells seemed to change as the beer warmed. I started noticing more barrel and coffee notes as the beer got warmer.

T: Outstanding varieties here in the beer. First tasted spices and cinnamon. Later on picked up more chocolate sweetness. Many different fllavors melded well together. Nothing over powers and I seemed to notice different flavors almost every drink.

M: Beer has a full mouthfeel. The many flavors mask the barrel aged kick. Some tingle during swallow. Flavors and feel linger about after swallowing.

O: The variety and noticeability of all the different flavors stand out on this beer. Would have liked to have seen more carbonation and head on the pour. Overall, an outstanding beer and worth waiting in line for release.

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4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dirtyhands
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BEER88
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucoli
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eman17
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vylo
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 85 ratings