Deconstructed Bomb! Coffee
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #525
ABV:
11.8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,046
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 5.69%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
201
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Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
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SCORE
93
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. No dating information found.
Black colored body, with a red mahogany back lit edge. Firm tan colored head. Leaves behind some patterns of small lacing spots.
Aroma of sweetened coffee and chocolate malts.
Taste is strong with coffee, with a sweetness throughout. Good base of chocolate malts, with a spiciness similar to cinnamon.
Medium thick mouth feel, with some smoothness. Has a detectable alcohol burn. Good carbonation.
Lacking in complexity, this beer shows its strong coffee component. Good enough.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark espresso brown to black. With a barely a head fading instantly to a some bubbles on the glass and no lacing.

S: Most apparent is a smell of wet stone, followed by cold brew coffee, a little roasted malt and cocoa.

T: The coffee is just okay. There is a sweet burnt sugar quality as well. Otherwise similar to the standard BOMB!

F: Thinner than the traditional BOMB!, that said I've never aged those this long. Carbonation is nice.

O: Not a bad beer, but I'd stick to BOMB! or the BA version.

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Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a crowler to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy / fizzy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Sparse lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and molasses.

T: Tasted of a good amount of roasted malt (subtle, but present throughout), some mild molasses notes (not a big factor), a ton of coffee (obviously), and bit of chocolate as well. This is a big, robust, and forceful flavor. The coffee is incredibly strong, but the other elements support it well. It's not overly complex, but it still works.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: If you like coffee stouts, check this beer out. Drinkable.

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Photo of kitch
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 fl. oz. bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with a thin mocha brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves only sparse spotty to no lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and light nuttiness.

Taste: Roasty malts, roasted coffee, sweet chocolate and toffee with a hint of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: A nice Imperial Stout, but I prefer the original Bomb! more. Having said that, this was the best of the Deconstructed lineup.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts.

T - The taste is big black coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, tobacco and roasted malts.

M - Medium/heavy body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Very tasty coffee stout.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with tan head. Aroma has spicy coffee notes, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste follows, mostly roasty and coffee forward, quite bitter on the aftertaste, almost no sweetness overall. Almost full bodied with medium carbonation. Probably the best of the deconstructed variants.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the Bomb deconstructed pack and my first one from the series
poured into a teku Jackie O's snifter from the 12 oz bottle. This beast
pours a rich coal black with a nice of tan foam that subsides to a thick ring,
thin light layer, and displays some nice lacing with each sip. Nose of coffee
and char with some bittersweet cocoa and touches of marshmallow cream.
Flavors exceed by presentation with rich coffee and char over a bed of dark
fruits and dark breaded malts with a touch of vanilla and marshmallow
cream wafting amongst woodsy earthy malts. Very nice mouth feel; full body,
rich, smooth, medium light carbonation, and an aggressive bitter malt
char note on the rear.

An excellent little bomb, but will agree with brother Bluejacket74, I like the
original bomb a bit better with it's balanced qualities even with the chili
notes in the original. Overall a SOLID brew from a great brewery!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Update 4-6-19 Had this one on tap from Party Town in a growler at 32 dollars
a shot and WHOA....changed my perspective on it. Rich and rounded with
richer coffee and vanilla notes. Outstanding!

Cheers

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, can't read the stamp on the bottle but I'm sure this was a 2018 vintage bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch tan head that stayed around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells mostly like coffee and roasted malt, along with some bittersweet chocolate and caramel. I think the taste is similar to the aroma but there's also some vanilla, dark bread and charred flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick, smooth, a bit creamy and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I still like regular Bomb! more than this, but this is definitely my favorite of the 4 brews in the Deconstructed Bomb! series. Definitely worth picking up! Bought this as part of the Deconstructed Bomb! 4-pack.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thick deep almost black body with a heavy tinted dark tan head rising roughly three quarters of one finger's length. Drops to almost nothing after two to three sips.

Smell: Like the title, heavy coffee bean and warm brown sugar to go along with it.

Taste: Espresso, caramel and cream all in one shot. Its a touch sweet but well offset with snooth bitterness. The molasses aren't too overpowering and hits you just right.

Mouth: Sticky beer with semi thick body and medium carbonation. Feels a bit like fudge and coffe lingering in your mouth.

Overall: Good brew, definitely would like to get it again but I have only seen this for sale within the dour-pack. Well worth it and you shouldn't hesitate if it crosses your eyes. Salud!

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

We let these Deconstructed kegs sit for about 6 months before the tap takeover, looking forward to see how they’re tasting. Prairie Tap Takeover, Loosa Brews, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Pours deep and dark, almost black. Pretty viscous, but not much head to speak of. A small ring of tan foam sits on top.

Surprisingly, the nose on this gives me a lot of vanilla and chocolate, with only subtle roasty coffee. Sweet, with an almost iced coffee nose throughout.

Much more roast in the flavors, with a lot of coffee coming through right away. There’s definitely an off flavor coming through of garden soil. It comes through immediately then fades away just as quickly. The finish has that coffee returning, along with a dark chocolate sweetness. If not for that weird dirt flavor at the beginning, this is very good.

Smooth, creamy, warm. Subtle booze and a lingering stickiness. Great feel to this beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Central Waters snifter.

Deep black thick pour with a nice beige head of 1/2 finger. It sticks around and recedes a little bit but mainly stays frothy and full.

Aroma is mostly of roasted malts and peppery coffee, with slight chocolate and vanilla. Faint caramel.

Flavor has a lot of cacao nibs/chocolate, followed by peppery coffee and rubbing alcohol. Faint oak and floral vanilla. Boozy burn and cheesy chocolate remain the palate. Comes off as incomplete or a not-yet-tweaked homebrew recipe.

Feel is heavy, creamy, and very burning. Nice parch on the finish.

Overall, not a fan. Last of the D/C BOMBs for me, and I gotta say the Chili was the best.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/3/2018. Pours dense opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge nutty dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, licorice, raisin, date, smoke, char, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge nutty dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, licorice, raisin, date, smoke, char, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, toasted dark bread, vanilla, light licorice/dark fruit, smoke, char, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 11.8% after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic flavored imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV, with the mildly bitter/drying finish. The clear winner of the deconstructed so far. This was more thick/rich than the others I've had. Only have the Chili left. Amazing balanced rich imperial stout malts and fruity/nutty coffee complexity; with light earthy hop balance against sweetness. Not overly bitter/charred on hops/malts. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is black in color with an almost non-existent head.
Coffee is the first aroma to strike my nose, followed quickly by some chocolate. There is a hint of alcohol.
The taste followed the nose. Espresso coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of bourbon.
A very smooth, drinkable beer. It could stand alone. I was surprised at the level of chocolate in this version; it almost matched the coffee.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From Boxbeers. In Teku glass. Playing Avadon 3. My favourite of the series, with a well adjusted coffee touch that is very noticiable yet delicious and nothing excessive

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Photo of ONUMello
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black, next to no head
S: Lots of coffee. Underneath cocoa, bourbon and vanilla
T: Matches the nose
M: Full-bodied, the coffee adds a bitterness as well
O: A very nice stout, recommended if you enjoy coffee

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent & slightly murky mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Coffee in spades, booze once warm

T: Follows the nose, some boozey notes along with some pepper spice, dryness & chocolate up front. More coffee, some charred grain & Baker's Chocolate as this warms, woody dryness as well. Plenty of coffee in the finish along with dryness

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, that 2% less abv from the regular Bomb! is making me perceive this as thinner

Pretty well put together take on an Imp Stout, coffee lovers will be very pleased, pretty darn drinakble

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pt. 1.
Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours out looking like coffee in color, but a lot thicker. Has some lighter brown highlights while pouring, but not in the glass. It forms a thin caramel colored head with good retention. The smell is a huge cholately and roasty coffee. Then the taste brings layers of the same. For this being the coffee one and having chocolate as prominent as it is, I can't imagine what the cocoa nibs one is going to taste like. I really like it though and it's got some good balance while still being plentiful with flavor. The roastiness brings an almost tingling dry finish, while being just as warm as it should be for a 13% imperial stout but not going over the top. And brings that amazing fudge like thickness that I always love about Prairie stouts. Overall, this was a chocolatey, roasty coffee treat. If that sounds good to you, try it!

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Photo of Apellonious
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, pitch black with a half finger of dark tan that retains for a minute or two before moving due to thin lace. The aroma is oddly (ha), coffee/cold brew and mild dark chocolate. A little bit of anise and dark fruit buried in there. The taste is right in line, with a slab of bitter coffee on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium full, with a low amount of carbonation. No increase in stickiness, which is low, as it warms. Overall, a very tasty, if one dimensional, imperial stout, with some great coffee notes.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black glass holds a thin halo of dark tan head that gives up a few spots of lace.

Aroma: Deep roasted barley, burnt coffee, nutty, burnt sugar.

Taste: Coffee flavor competes with the malt and roasted barley, all the flavor cushions the heavy sugary alcoholic slap in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body has a bit of chew, low carbonation, oily texture.

Overall: First of the deconstructed where I get the main flavor they are trying to show off (coffee). This is dark roasted everything, coffee, malt, they may have toasted the hops a bit. There's enough malty sugary base to make it all interesting rather than oppressive. Solid beer, worth the cost.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: pouts viscous pitch black. Little head formation with minimal lacing.
Smell: huge aromas of coffee, complimented with roasted malts and chocolate. Dark fruits also on the nose, with hints of molasses and walnut.
Taste: follows the nose. Coffee forward as expected, with a nice malt and chocolate complex. Some molasses sweetness with dark fruit sugar. Finish is sweet with slight bitterness. Drinks boozy, doesn’t hide it as well as others. Still enjoyable.
Feel: thinner than hoped, but still enjoyable. Medium in body and weight but spreads somewhat thin. Carbonation moderate for the style.
Overall: really enjoyable. I’m thankful to have tried. Cheers!

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Photo of Buck89
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Modest tan head. Big fresh roasted coffee aroma with roasty malt in the background. Nice coffee flavor backed by milk chocolate. Faint char and even a peppery sensation with the alcohol heat. This one stands up by itself.

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Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high mocha-colored head that settled down and lightened to tan, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans—namely cold brew coffee—are present in the nose, along with some underlying notes of malts.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee beans along with underlying notes of chocolate and sweet malts. No bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No warming from the alcohol is perceptible.
O: This stout does an excellent job at masking any traces of alcohol from the taste so it goes down quite easily. It might seem a little one dimensional but makes for a good breakfast beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of markjknowles
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm generous with my ratings beer appearances. Most beers look exactly like they should. To me, that has to be a 5. What else could one want? Well, when I poured this, I got the deep, dark stout color I would expect with a good half inch tan head on top that quickly, as expected disappeared. Only not completely. A beautiful thin tan foam remained the whole time it took to drink this. Trailing down the sides of the glass so slowly that when I was done, there was a slight path from rim to bottom. And foamy lacing still sits in the bottom. So I gave it a 5, but it's a 6. The coffee aroma was obvious but a bit mild. The taste was amazing aside from the coffee, the base stout is exemplary. Roasted maltiness blends with the coffee and chocolate notes abound. Thanks to that persistent film of foam, every sip is complimented by a light creaminess that really elevates the thickness of the stout. This was my introduction to Prairie Artisan Ales. I couldn't be more pleased. On to O!

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Photo of timmy2b
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Deconstructed 4 pack. Bomb base stout very present. The coffee is subtle but does come through in both the nose and the taste. Small amount of cocoa also appears in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle opened alongside all 4 Deconstructeds. Dark cola brown body, opaque and nearly black. One half finger white head, short retention no lacing. Smell is rich roasted coffee, minimal acidity, roast, milk chocolate and a bit of cocoa. Flavour follows, coffee is slightly astringent but roasty with some dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium fuller bodied, good carbonation, coffee roast on the finish. My favourite of the 4 deconstructed components. The coffee used here is pretty solid.

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Deconstructed Bomb! Coffee from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 201 ratings