Deconstructed Bomb! Chocolate/Cocoa Nibs
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,596
Ranked #7,914
4.07 | pDev: 6.14%
Mar 01, 2022
Dec 14, 2016
Deconstructed Bomb! Chocolate/Cocoa NibsDeconstructed Bomb! Chocolate/Cocoa Nibs
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Ratings by GuyFawkes:
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Reviewed by 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
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.1 by imperialking from Illinois

Mar 01, 2022
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 Fl Oz bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with little head.

I get anise and dark chocolate. Hints of coffee

The taste is similar to the aroma. I get anise and chocolate. Some roasted malt in the finish.

Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

Vanilla is still my favorite of the deconstructed beers.
Jan 20, 2022
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Black pour with thin caramel lacing and light carbonation.

S - Subdued chocolate and cocoa aroma.

T - Delicate faded chocolate and cocoa followed with alchohol with an underlying licorice.

M - Big body that's silky smooth.

O - I let this bottle sit too long.
Jan 18, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jan 18, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 03, 2021
Rated: 4.57 by Mastercamo from Georgia

Nov 29, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by craigbelly from Iowa

Feb 15, 2021
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12/13/20 bottle @ home
Dec 13, 2020
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle - dark as night with thin khaki head leaving a minimal ring of bubbles and almost no lacing. Nose is roasty malt and mild cocoa sweetness. Taste follows more or less ,very mild. Finish is smooth and almost creamy with a slight woodiness.
Jul 12, 2020
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Reviewed by 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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Rated by iheartmyTHO from Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
I get some chocolate but just too malty for my palate.
Nov 17, 2019
Rated: 4 by csfcmitchell from Texas

Oct 27, 2019
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.9 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Aug 10, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by Mikexw from New York

Jul 29, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.03 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jun 06, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by samEBC from Belgium

May 21, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by bdiiorio from Connecticut

May 01, 2019
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Mar 12, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Mar 02, 2019
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Feb 27, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by jakecattleco from California

Feb 24, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by stephenlee from England

Feb 19, 2019
Rated: 3.27 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Feb 02, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.13 by JdubsNY from New York

Jan 27, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by t2grogan from Arizona

Jan 25, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.1 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jan 16, 2019
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

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
Rated: 3.75 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Jan 11, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.25 by petewheeler from Maryland

Dec 29, 2018
Deconstructed Bomb! Chocolate/Cocoa Nibs from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 187 ratings