Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb!
Prairie Artisan Ales

Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb!Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb!
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #63
ABV:
13%
Score:
98
Ranked #267
Avg:
4.53 | pDev: 5.3%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
193
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Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
98
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Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb!Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb!
Notes: Imperial stout brewed with spices and aged in whiskey barrels.
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Reviews by edisacoolcat:
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edisacoolcat from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 opened on Christmas Day 2018!

A: loads of cinnamon and vanilla; caramel and maple hints with light background smooth BA notes, rasin, chocolate, coconut and toasted malts. Excellent!

A: opaque black with little to no head. Very light visible carbonation.

F: Loaded with smooth cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel. Well rounded and filled by maple, coconut, and light boozy background.

M: medium body with lingering caramel and maple. Some cinnamon and spicy notes follow.

O: amazing! Exceptionally enjoyable beer. I want more please

Dec 25, 2018
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bgold86 from New York

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Surprised this hasn't been reviewed by someone closer to the brewery, traded for it as it was brewery only.

Pours motor oil black with a beautiful medium mocha head. Nose is 100/100, rich chocolate, heavy cinnamon, sweet vanilla, wow! Slight hints of coffee as well. Overall in the style, only BA Oro Negro comes close.

Tastes like a piece of dark cinnamon chocolate with hints of coffee and vanilla, slight whiskey heat on the finish (more in flavor than in feel). Only complaint is the peppers are totally lost in the shuffle, which is fine w/me, this beer is incredible, and with so much going on it's understandable.

Dec 17, 2016
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MJSFS from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
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
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours thicker and black! But had a cola fizzy brown head for a bit then faded to nothing.
S: cinnamon, whiskey, chocolate! Wow
T: oh yeah! Like the nose, cinnamon then smooth whiskey barrel.
F: medium thickness but sticky.
O: knocking at the door of baa. But still a few steps away.

Dec 25, 2016
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RedhawkPoke from Oklahoma

4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Dec 10, 2017
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 25, 2020
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sbrock22 from Rhode Island

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

May 09, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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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kjkinsey from Texas

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 27, 2019
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ellswrth from Oregon

4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 26, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Black in color.

This is all of the goodness that bomb has and then more. Cinnamon and cocoa. Chocolate and oak. Vanilla and bourbon. Holiday spice. Chili spice in the back end and finish. Lots of cinnamon.

Full bodied. Smooth and spicy.

This beer is everything I want in a holiday ale. Amazing barrel flavor, perfect spice, and perfect heat. Incredible.

2017 vintage: a little less pepper spice and slightly less bourbon, but still fire. Great beer. Prairie continues to kill it! 4.55

Dec 18, 2016
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 04, 2017
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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 27, 2019
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GreenMind from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 01, 2018
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 06, 2017
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billab914 from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 14, 2016
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 10, 2017
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millelacsmark from Minnesota

4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mar 20, 2019
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pavpav12 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nov 28, 2018
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leefx from Arkansas

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 06, 2017
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Trying to get caught up on ratings. This beer was phenomenal. Prairie beers are always just so consistent to me. I usually love them all and then the BA versions just take them up a notch. This beer is no different.

Sep 20, 2017
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petermethot from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 06, 2017
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sd123 from Texas

4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 21, 2019
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BeerRay from Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mar 03, 2018
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SkiBum22 from New York

4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

May 23, 2017
Barrel Aged Christmas Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 193 ratings