Deconstructed Bomb! Vanilla
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #957
Ranked #3,026
4.16 | pDev: 6.49%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Deconstructed Bomb! VanillaDeconstructed Bomb! Vanilla
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Photo of neenerzig
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this 12 oz. bottle at least 2, maybe 3 years now. Poured into my snifter glass, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a dark tan, silky, creamy looking head that's an inc thick when first poured. Settles eventually to a very thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a big cluster swirl of a film layer of foam. Aromas of dark roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, and certainly some booze that rounded out with a bit of earthy, just slightly floral hop notes. A very similar flavor profile, with the aforementioned dark roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, and a bit of anise. Also some booze, as this is an 11.8% beer. Rounded out with hints of black coffee bitterness and a hint of earthy and slightly floral hops. Good balance of flavors here. Really, a very nice flavor profile indeed! Has a crisp, just slightly oily and chewy, also smooth, creamy, full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. All of the flavors linger on the palate in the aftertaste nicely after each sip. A damn good beer here.


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Photo of Harrison8
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with nearly a finger of caramel head on top. Head retention is okay. Aroma is roasty, toasty, earthy malts with a kiss of vanilla bean. It smells authentic, not faux vanilla. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty and caramely malts with vanilla bean sprinkled over the top. Light sweetness with the roasty and toasty malts forming the bulk of the profile. Mouth feel is thick with a smooth, uneventful texture. Overall, big stout with a little vanilla sprinkled over the top. Balance is fine.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of CHickman
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a robust vanilla stout on it’s own accord that is full of flavor with strong vanilla, smoked grains, dark chocolate, roasty notes, molasses, faint pest moss, light piney notes, cocoa powder and chocolate milk. Compared to the original BOMB! it seems less complex, but it still a really tasty imperial stout.

“The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts.” -Aristotle

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No dating information found. Of the four beers in this collection, only one was stamped with dating.
Black colored body, with the tiniest of red oak back lit edging. Hard pour resulted in a thin tan colored cap. Leaves behind a small spot pattern of lacing.
Aroma has lots of dark roasted malts, with a definite vanilla note.
Taste is a little sweet from the vanilla. Dark roasted malts form the base. Has a touch of sour that emerges at the end, but the after taste brings back the sweet vanilla.
Medium mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
I liked this the least of the four deconstructs. Vanilla is more of a supported player and the beer expresses too sweet when not joined by coffee, cocoa, or chili.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle aged 18 months.

L: Dark espresso brown to black. With a short head fading instantly to a long lasting tan ring and no lacing.

S: Vanilla upfront with the roasted malt and cocoa nib aromas of the base beer we are used to.

T: Unfortunately the vanilla is not a mellowing quality - it reminds me of extract so a touch of sting there. The beer is otherwise sweet and has some soy sauce quality. The after taste is not pleasant - bitter on sides of tongue with bad soysauce and cheap sweet presence.

F: Thinner than the traditional BOMB!, that said I've never aged those this long. Carbonation is good but mouthfeel leaves a lot to be desired. Feels like drinking coldbrew coffee over beer.

O: Stick to the balance of BOMB! or the BA version. It's just drinkable for me.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice little brew pours a
sturdy pitch black with a nice had of tan foam that dissipates to
a thin ring, light thin layer, and shows nice lacing. Nose of dark
bakers cocoa, rich vanilla, fudge, coffee, char, and strong booze.
Flavors surpass the nose with char laced fudge and bakers cocoa
that is touched with anise and brulee. Touches of dark fruit arise
with warmth that is encircled by heavy dark coffee and a light touch
of cream. Nice mouth feel; smooth, rich, warming,. light carbonation,
and a dark bitter malt and vanilla touched finish.

Overall this is one darn fine brew from a fantastic brewery!


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

Picked up the deconstructed pack in October 2018 for $34. No bottling date; consumed on 4-11-19.

Beer poured black with a decent tan head that has some minimal hang time.

Nose is rich with mildly roasted malts and hints of vanilla.

Taste is light vanilla over a chocolate and mildly roasted malt base. Hopping is adequate which is surprising since most Prairie beers are overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a good beer, nothing great.

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Photo of avalon07
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a growler to a snifter glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A big, strong aroma of booze, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of vanilla (present throughout), lots of chocolate (also a large component), some roasted malt, a bit of booze, and a tinge of coffee. This is a big, aggressive flavor that gets better as you go along. It's not quite as boozy as I expected, but it still packs a wallop. It's maltier than you would think, but still quite sweet.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not necessarily my favorite Prairie beer, but solid nonetheless. Worth a look.

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Photo of EMH73
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and cocoa. Medium to heavy bodied, light carbonation, creamy mouth feel and a slightly dry finish.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
2.59/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Part of an infected Deconstructed six-packs. Sorry, but we had a Prairie fest share and had a number of bad/drain pour beers. I hope to try again...but, I'll be olive juice, virtually no vanilla.

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Photo of kitch
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | 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 to black in colour with a half finger mocha brown head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and a light nuttiness.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, with roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and light coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: This was good, but perhaps the only reason I preferred the Coffee version over Vanilla was because this was slightly too sweet for my palate. In the end though, the original was better than any of the deconstructed versions.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

S - Aroma is vanilla and dark chocolate.

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

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

O - Tasty imperial stout. The vanilla adds a nice sweetness to the rich dark flavors.

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Photo of mschrei
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Last of the four. Dark, tanning lacy edges. Smell is roasty malt, sweet vanilla, hints of coffee and some nuttiness. Taste is strongly typical stout-roasty, malty, strong vanilla presence. Moderately boozy, bold, flavorful. Probably the third best in the series behind the coffee in second and the pepper first, which surprised the shit out of me. Would I buy the series again? Probably not at this price point. Probably wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with a bit of mocha foam. Aroma has sweet malt and vanilla, also a bit of creme brulee. Taste follows with roasted malt, a bit astringent and dry on the finish, bittersweet chocolate flavor throughout. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Quite nice but it lacks the complexity of the original.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, dating was smudged on the bottle so I can't read it but I'm pretty sure it's a 2018 release. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like vanilla, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of brown sugar. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some licorice and coffee flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and a bit creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was good, although I like regular Bomb! better. Certainly worth picking up, bought this as part of the Deconstructed Bomb! 4 pack.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

At the OKC Prairie taproom

Opaque dark brown, thinnish tan head, decent lacing.

Sweet chocolatey malts, moderate roast, strong, sweet alcohol and vanilla, low hops.

Roasty chocolatey sweet malt upfront and vanilla and sweet, warming alcohol in finish. Not much in hop chatacter but it is there.

Full mouthfeel with alcohol warmth and lingering burn. CO2 is low and nominal for style.

A top notch imperial stout with a strong vanilla and spirits vibe. A smooth one for sure. A bit hot in the mouth like spices which I did not expect.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a red wine glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thick deep almost black body with a heavy tinted dark tan head rising roughly maybe quarter of an inch. Drops to almost nothing after two to three sips. no stickiness to the glass.

Smell: Alcohol aroma which comes off light with a warm caramel note to go with.

Taste: Light creamy coffee, warm brown sugar and vanilla bean in one shot. Its a touch sweet but well offset with smooth bitterness. Sweet brown sugar hits you just right.

Mouth: Sticky beer with semi thick body and medium carbonation. Feels a bit chocolatey at the end with a sweet vanilla finish sticking with you.

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
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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.

Dark pour, almost black with a good looking weight to it and a tan head of foam that sits comfortable on top and settles quickly. No noticeable lace at first.

Subtle but an undeniable sweet vanilla comes through right away. A little bitterness on the back of the nose that’s a little off that develops into a roasty, boozy quality. Not awful but I preferred that initial sweet vanilla.

All of these bombs are just so subtle. This one is my favorite of the four but it’s still got a mildness that leaves me wanting more. The vanilla returns, stops in for a quick hello, then steps aside for a predominance of roasty malts that remain a little overly bitter.

Smooth, soft quality to the weight of this beer. Slightly sticky, warm booze down the hatch.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vanilla is subtle which for me is good, but I miss the chili heat. Bomb base is very present in both the scent and aftertaste. Small amount of cocoa still present. Vanilla does leave my tongue with a slight numbness after each sip for a minute or so.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Lost Abbey long stemmed tulip. The standard dark brown body with a medium sized dark tan head which stuck around with moderate lacing. Smell was boozy chocolate with the vanilla becoming more prominent as it warmed up. Likewise the taste but even more so; when I first started it I thought maybe my palate isn’t very good for vanilla, but when it warmed the vanilla popped out. Feel is what you expect for a sipper like this.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is still black, but there is at least the appearance of a head.
Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol.
Mostly vanilla taste. Some chocolate. A little bit of bourbon.
Too much vanilla for me.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From Boxbeers. In Teku glass. Playing Avadon 3. Not as vanilla-forward as its name could suggest, but a great imperial stout with the abv really well hidden and pleasant chocolatey notes. Low on foam

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Photo of ONUMello
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a thin head that quickly settles
S: Cocoa, bourbon and a strong dose of vanilla
T: Matches the nose. The flavors complement each other nicely
M: Full-bodied, smooth, balanced
O: The vanilla in all of the Bomb! variations has been a nice component; it's even tastier when emphasized here

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent ebony with a sliver of tan head. Viscious, zero head retention & lacing

S: Vanilla, dark chocolate, figs once warm

T: A little smokeyness, char,dryness, carob, dryness, boozeyness; just a hint of coffee and peppers. Coffee & charred grain, just a little boozeyness & vanilla once warm, plenty of dryness. Finishes with charred, grain, a little woody hop presence & Baker's Chocolate & just a little vanilla

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation, a little grainyness

Good, but not a good as the protype or some of its sexy spin-offs

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Photo of Apellonious
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, a small sliver of head immediately turns into nothing, pitch black. The initial aroma is booze and vanilla, with some roasted chocolate. Some dark fruit and almond notes also come out after a few, when the booze aroma burns off (almost raspberry-esque). The taste is layered roasted chocolate and vanilla, dark fruits (plum/fig), and even some blueberry/raspberry notes? I have to be imagining those from the aroma, because I don't recall these from the base beer. The mouthfeel is dense, and there is a low, but present amount of carbonation. Overall, I found this to be a very tasty stout, though maybe a touch overly sweet, and it was interesting to try this without the other items present to see what the vanilla beans bring to the table when unencumbered (new multi-variable word used in a beer review, check). Looking forward to the coffee version sitting in the fridge, and hopefully finding the other two somewhere. If you mix all four,will it taste like regular Bomb?

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 202 ratings