Deconstructed Bomb! Chocolate/Cocoa Nibs
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,658
Ranked #5,338
4.07 | pDev: 6.14%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Deconstructed Bomb! Chocolate/Cocoa NibsDeconstructed Bomb! Chocolate/Cocoa Nibs
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CHickman from New York

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from late 2018: Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger thick head that made crackling sounds as it faded on the fast side but then leveled to a slow pace after the head dissipated to around a quarter inch thick. It leaves minimal spotty lacing after each sip, no real legs.

Smells like Hershey’s chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, toffee, molasses, coffee grinds, dark fruit, metallic notes and more chocolate. Some malty aromas throughout, but this was mostly dominated by the chocolate aspects. A lot sweeter smelling than the regular BOMB!

Taste is where it jumps the shark as to me it was cloyingly sweet. The cocoa and chocolate are excellent complimentary flavors, but just too strong in this brew which misses the chili peppers and coffee in the blend. The second half had Hershey’s chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, toffee, molasses, smoked malts, brown sugar, dark fruit, bakers chocolate, metallic notes and then more chocolate. Without the peppery spices and heat as well as the coffee bitterness, this comes off and way too chocolate-y. I wish that the beer had some more malty and/or bakers chocolate components to help bring some balance, but it didn’t so it’ll go down in my book as a lesser version of the original version of BOMB!

Jan 27, 2020
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lucius10 from California

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Salty sweet and heavy chocolate nose on this one! Taste follows with a prominent chocolate finish. There is some hint of dark chocolate bitterness on the swallow. It is a little thin for imperial stout, but good!

Oct 06, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Stamped on bottling date is '072 18'.
Black colored body, with a slight mahogany colored back lit edge. Tiny bubble tan head stays around. Some scattered strings of lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, creamy chocolate, slight coffee and vanilla.
Taste of big chocolate fudge, smooth roasted malt, dark cherry fruit, and touches of creamed coffee and vanilla.
Medium mouth feel, with a very smooth texture. The higher ABV% shows up as a mild burn. Good carbonation.
Less sweet than the coffee and chili versions, and includes more dark fruit flavor. The chocolate flavor is not bitter however.

Oct 03, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark espresso brown to black. With a one finger dark tan head fading more slowly to a cap with little lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt and cocoa, but more muted than the other variants.

T: The cocoa is there but more as hot chocolate than the bitter backbone of cocoa nibs. There is a sweet burnt sugar quality as well. Otherwise similar to the standard BOMB!

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

O: An okay beer, but I'd stick to BOMB! or the BA version.

Sep 19, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This mighty fine brew pours a
rich obsidian with a decent head of tan foam that settles to a thin
ring, thin light layer, and shows decent light lacing. Nose of mellow
cocoa nibs, subtle cream brulee, mild coffee, light char and roast, with
very subtle booze. Flavors again hit the WOW factor with sweet and
mellow cocoa nibs with light touches of vanilla and mild coffee with
again some dark fruit notes showing touches of blackberry and blueberry
amongst light touches of char and roast. Very nice mouth feel; full body, smooth
slick, coating, rich, lightly warming, low carbonation, and a rich full cocoa
and light vanilla finish.

Another great one from a great brewery


Jul 07, 2019
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, almost no head, no visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, sweet. Nice.

T: Chocolate, alcohol. Superb!

F: Medium bodied, dangerously drinkable for 13%!!!

O: Top notch imperial stout.

Apr 13, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a crowler to a pint glass. Had a deep, dark, coal black color and a thick, consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of chocolate, malt, vanilla, caramel, and booze.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of malt (present throughout), a hint of vanilla, some caramel (a nice addition), a slight woody quality, a definite booziness, and a good amount of chocolate. This is a pretty big and aggressive flavor. It's not as robust as some of Prairie's stouts, but it's still quite flavorful. It's fairly boozy, but not off-putting. Pretty tasty.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a warm, smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A solidly made stout. Worth a look.

Apr 13, 2019
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I’m torn on this beer - it’s potential unfulfilled. It pours a pitch black with no head or carbonation. The beer clings to the sides on my tulip glass when I swirl the beer. Smell is a really nice combination of chocolate, roast and slight hints of booze, leather and tobacco. Very nice aroma. Taste is decent - some chocolate, small amount of roast, and some boozy wine flavors of grape and raisin. The body on this is really flimsy - very watery. This seems like it’s close but not quite there. Not the best big Stout in the market.

Mar 18, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/13/18; drank 4/15/18 @ the Yarchives.

Midnight black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small, noisy dark tan head; minimal lace.

Tobacco, burnt caramel & faint raspberry notes in the nose.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Burnt caramel, fresh tobacco & faint raspberry flavors up front; dark chocolate & faint raw wheat notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Can't say this screams "cacao nibs" to me, but it's a robust, tasty imperial stout. Not mind-blowing, but I'd have another...

Mar 04, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Appearance: A dark dark brown to black in colour with a thin mocha brown head that disappeared almost immediately and left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa and oak.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, there’s roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, hints of vanilla and a boozy lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Aroma was nice, but taste while not bad, was not as good as the Coffee or Vanilla versions. Having said that, the Original was definitely better than the Deconstructed versions.

Jan 28, 2019
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Well, I have a growler of this from 12/27/18. The canned was damaged, and all the carbonation is gone. Nevertheless, the beer retained its flavor and aroma. Pours a pitch black color with no head and no lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and cocoa. Spot on chocolate cocoa flavor with roasted malts on the end. Mild bitterness. Medium to heavy bodied. No carbonation, of course, but I won't hold that against it.

Jan 16, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 4 pack of the Deconstructed series from the Happy Valley BevMo on 10-3-18 for $8.50. Bottled on 3-12-18. ABV 11.8%

Beer poured black as night with a solid off white head that has some good hang time.

Nose is kind of odd, hints of cocoa nibs that comes off somewhat spoiled in a fashion that is hard to describe.

Taste is medium roasted malts with a strong dose of cocoa nibs. Finish is on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Expected more viscosity.

Overall not a bad beer but not a value play for the price. We'll see how the others in the series goes.

Jan 14, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malts.

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

O - Solid stout. The flavor is on point and the ABV is barely noticeable.

Jan 10, 2019
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, 2018 vintage (I believe as I couldn't read the dating stamped on the bottle). Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark brown/black color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good enough. Aroma is a bit light but nice, it smells like cocoa, roasted malt, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, with cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, and some licorice and coffee flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and a bit creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Bought this as part of the Deconstructed Bomb! series, out of the 3 I've tried so far this is my favorite. Still like regular Bomb! more though, but this is definitely worth buying!

Dec 29, 2018
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a red wine glass.

Appearance: Very dark black color with deep brown notes, medium bubbles to the body creating a dark tan head rising roughly one finger's length off the body.

Smell: Mocha scent infused with coffee, strong and lingering aroma especially after the beer warms a bit.

Taste: Complex and sweet, you can barely taste the alcohol which is a very good thing. It consists of coffee sweetened with nestle quick if you are trying to create a palate.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with a sticky milk chocolate note.

Overall: This might be Devil's food cake in a glass but still worthy of being a classic. Awesome beer and the rating could be a little higher but the little extra chocolate was a little too dessert for me taste, doesn't mean the beer isn't good. It f'n great. Salud!

Nov 26, 2018
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HardTarget from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black glass has a dark tan halo of foam that doesn't lace. Opaque.

Aroma: Malty, with roasted barley. Pretty clean, with a hint of pepper.

Taste: Malty, very malty, with a ribbon of chocolate, some roasted barley/coffee, with a light woody note in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, with a chew. Oily, low carbonation.

Overall: Very tasty. Big malt bomb with enough hops and other flavors to keep it interesting and drinkable. Big price tag, but they didn't go light on ingredients. Worth the trade, but it's a special occasion beer.

Nov 25, 2018
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a MadTree Teku. The pour is very black and somewhat viscous. It sports a half finger of tan head with average retention. On the nose I get roasted malt, toffee, cocoa powder, and slight hints of vanilla.

Full body, very firm feel, and a balanced flavor. Up front I get some roasted malt and sweet toffee, then sharp cocoa flavors enter and add even more roast to the profile to help combat the sweet toffee. The beer is very well-balanced, but leans more towards the roasty side. At mid-palate I get some vanilla and a little bit of sarsaparilla, which make it to the finish and mix with the roast to give a molasses-like flavor.

I have had the good fortune to get to try all four of the "deconstructed bomb" beers Prairie is marketing and this one was by far my favorite. It's roasty, but not too roasty, and reminds me a lot of The Abyss. When I had this on tap I thought it was more cocoa-forward than this bottled specimen. Perhaps the cocoa simply fades a bit after sitting in the bottle a while. Nevertheless, I suspect this beer would make a good candidate for barrel-aging.

Nov 18, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Definitely chocolate on the taste. Not much in the way of smell. Medium feel, not oily, not too rich. Good booze presence. Pretty mild in terms of an individual flavored beer, but not bad.

Nov 17, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Pour dark, nearly black with a medium weight and not much head to speak of. A small amount of tan head sits on top, but doesn’t leave hardly any lacing.

The nose on this starts really great, sweet chocolate and hints of vanilla. As it fades however, there’s trace amounts of an oxidized aroma, almost ethanol-like esters, but mild. It’s not a dealbreaker, but it’s definitely a little off.

Still getting some off metallic oxidation flavors, but it’s mild and just linger a little bit. Mostly I’m getting just sweet chocolate and roasted malts. A little bitter, and the flavors are a little thin, but the right components are there. It doesn’t, however, warm too well.

The thinnest of the Deconstructed Bombs I’ve had, and between that and the quickly fading flavors, the mouthfeel could be better. Still warm, still smooth, sticky finish.

Oct 30, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by half a finger of dark tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of intense chocolate and roasted malts.
T: Taste is cereal grains with some nice milk and dark chocolate notes. Really intense chocolate flavors with some slight roasted malts. Swallow is more chocolate with some additional roasted malts and slight coffee. Hints of smoke and charred wood with a little toasted marshmallow as well but a lot of chocolate.
M: This beer has a fairly full body with a slightly velvety mouthfeel. Carbonation is adequate for the style and is low while keeping the beer from feeling flat. The beer has a slightly drying finish but it isn't extremely drying.
O: Overall this was an interesting experiment. This beer is very chocolate forward and is better than a lot of chocolate stouts that I have drank in the past. It isn't extremely complex but it's really delicious. Worth a try if you can find it.

Sep 15, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a medium-sized tan head.
Strong chocolate aroma. Some vanilla, some alcohol.
Chocolate taste all the way, starting out as some sweet cocoa and finishing a dark chocolate. Bourbon.
Sweet and thick in the mouth.

Aug 12, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Boxbeers. In Teku glass. Playing Avadon 3. Fine, but below the other deconstructions. The cacao is too soft, not giving it a more chocolatey profile, and has some metallic notes

Aug 09, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with a thumb+ of mocha coored head. Viscious, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Slight smokeyness, faint cocoa notes, boozey once warm

T: Follows the nose, dryness, a little dark fruit as well, some booze presence & a little pine bitterness up front. More smokeyness, boozeyness & some carob & a touch of red grape as this warms, woody notes as well, just a little Baker's Chocolate as well. Finishes smokey, a little boozey, dry with some carob

MF: Fairly chewy, semi-firm carbonation

Not a bad take on this, but probably #3 outta 4 for me in this series & 4 of 4 flavor-wise

Aug 09, 2018
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ChilliHeights from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong stout with nice cocoa flavor. I am more of an IPA guy so this did not hit the perfect cord. But it is a good stout with high ABV. Glad I tried it.

Aug 08, 2018
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a thin head that quickly settles
S: Cocoa, bourbon, vanilla then another round of cocoa
T: Matches the nose. Tons of cocoa top to bottom. Also a fair amount of cocoa bitterness
M: Full-bodied, again bitter enough to make my tongue dry up a bit
O: Decent overall and I get that cocoa is by definition bitter but this is almost too much

Aug 05, 2018
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