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: 173 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by Thomas_Wikman:
Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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 bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 kojevergas
3.04/5  rDev -26.7%
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 -2.7%
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 +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mantooth
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Futbolmanby
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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 russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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 +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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 BrewAskew
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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 dvmin98
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheStoutHound
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.92/5  rDev -29.6%
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 +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +8.4%
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 BdM
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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