Deconstructed Bomb! Vanilla | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Deconstructed Bomb! VanillaDeconstructed Bomb! Vanilla

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by billab914 on 12-14-2016

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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by Thomas_Wikman:
Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was sitting in my backyard, talking to my old dad, and drinking the Deconstructed Bomb, vanilla flavor. It is tasty and great for slow sipping. It is not really a hot weather beer but it is delicious.

Look: black with a thin mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla

Taste: The flavor is roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and vanilla and it is creamy. It's like having a dessert in the hot desert.

Feel: full body, creamy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kojevergas
3.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On-draught at Aces and Ales in Las Vegas. $10 per 8oz.

The vanilla is either too strong or too artificial, and it's too sweet overall. Thick and full-bodied with big bold flavours of heavy dark malt sweetness and ample specialty chocolate malt. A bit one-dimensional. Depth of flavour is subpar.

Lacks vivid expressive constituent flavours.

Not on par with the best of Prairie's BOMB! line, and frankly in terms of imperial stouts I'd sooner just buy Ole Raspy or even Great Divide Yeti over this. Overpriced for what it is. Not a bad little brew, but you have to bring more to the table to stand out in the imperial stout style.

It does hide its ABV well, to its credit.


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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 heddar33
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Mantooth
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Has that distintive Bomb! aroma despite lacking some of the adjuncts. Not very interesting with just vanilla. Hot and boozy from the alcohol which is customary for Bomb!.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tourdot
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.92/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a pretty dark inky black, with a very small head, and no lacing.

This smells like boozy sugar, cloying vanilla, and chocolate syrup.

This is perplexing- it's way too sweet, as the vanilla just clashes with the already sweet base. It's clear that the other adjuncts really help Bomb from being a sugary diabeetus bomb. It's also astringently boozy, and just too sweet- it's not all that enjoyable.

This is syrupy and lightly carbonated, and with a low level of drinkability.

This is not the Prairie I'm used to. This is very weak.

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Photo of addicted2thebarrel
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dark tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some some specks of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose along with hints of vanilla beans. The vanilla becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger notes of vanilla beans that linger and intensify through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is exceptionally drinkable considering its strength and does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of vanilla and chocolate with some roasted malts and coffee
T: Taste is very sweet and vanilla forward with dark chocolate, charred wood, coffee and roasted malts. Swallow is more vanilla, chocolate, light char, and coffee with some slight burnt sugar
M: This beer is thick and slightly velvety on the palate with soft carbonation that is adequate for the style. The abv and style also ensure that this beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some solid vanilla notes. Flavors are bright and balanced as well which keeps this one from becoming a vanilla bomb. Definitely worth a try if you're into the style.

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

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

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MelonLord
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the second of the four variants I'm trying. I'm a sucker for vanilla.

This was a lot like the cocoa nib variant, but as it warmed/opened up a bit; it developed this really nice soft kind of vanilla marshmallow vibe that really validated the price tag.

The booze is apparent on this one. Smells like the cocoa variant to me. Head is tan cocoa color and has that cool, swirling lingering head on top of the beer that a really dank barrel aged prairie beer gets when you let it sit.

Taste is great. Nowhere near vanilla noir though (my favorite beer ever). More fudge/cereal taste here. Not so much barrel specific flavor, but barrel-related flavors if that makes sense? Can't say this doesn't taste like vanilla.

Aftertaste is oily with a nice malty dry flavor. Vanilla doesn't linger like with the noir variant. Not sickly sweet even when it's very warm. Feel is soft, not an overly thick stout.

After finishing the beer to come back and add my final thoughts... Can't say that this beer is better than the very first time I tried Bomb! But this is a good stout. The local offerings in Indianapolis for barrel aged beer give this a run for its money.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This variation stood out as one of the better ones for me the aroma was pure Madagascar vanilla beans and the taste mended together the already Sweet base with these sweet beans so perfectly it reminded me of a more balanced and less sweet Southern Tier creme brulee. According to the chalkboard this one clocks in at 14% but I don't know how adding vanilla beans what increase the bass beers ethanol. One of the better vanilla based beers I've ever drank in my life.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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