Deconstructed Bomb! Vanilla
Prairie Artisan Ales

Deconstructed Bomb! VanillaDeconstructed Bomb! Vanilla
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #968
Ranked #3,024
4.16 | pDev: 6.49%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Deconstructed Bomb! VanillaDeconstructed Bomb! Vanilla
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Reviews by neenerzig:
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 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 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 jmckevitt111
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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 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 BeerGlassesCollector
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HardTarget
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black glass, thin ring of deep tan head. No lacing.

Aroma: Burnt grain, black strap, burnt coffee.

Taste: Well, I don't taste vanilla. I taste chocolate, coffee, I even get hints of pepper. All of that is on a big stouty stout.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, almost flat, medium heavy body, oily texture finishes fairly clean.

Overall: Big enjoyment, big flavor, not big vanilla, which, if you are going to go too big or too small there, go too small. Enjoy the series, but scratching my head on if the listed ingredient is highlighted or missing.

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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the stouty, malty, spicy and savory promises that the legendary Bomb! flavor favors, what happens when we start to subtract many of the peripheral flavors and allow each individual addition of spice to stand upon its own? If anything it challenges the additions to provide more than taste, but also balance.

Deconstructed Bomb! Vanilla pours the expected dark brown nearly espresso black appearance, its frothy white foam cap delivers a beautiful array of dark chocolate, coffee, cream and caramel to the nose. Leading with sweetness, the stout greets the tongue with a sweet melange of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, cream and pulled candy.

Sweetness never wavers on the middle palate as the taste of chocolate, caramel and cream lead to a vanilla heavy roast with walnut, coffee and wafer following closely behind. Lightly charred, smoky and the highly robust taste chases an element of vanilla macchiato with a boozy spice and s'mores quality looming.

Full, lavish and sweet, the dessert beer overwhelms many desserts while panging away at the finish with a sweet booziness thats sweet, savory and robust from sip to finish. Its long and savory aftertaste is remiss of vanilla milkshake, but with espresso.

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

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 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 zeff80
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of vanilla, roasted malt and caramel. Very sweet vanilla taste. No bitterness.

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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 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 bobhits
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Having had samples of a few of these, this one wasn't hard to figure out. The nose has vanilla covering up roasted malts and coffee and chocolate malts. But it's vanilla for sure.

The beer gives way to a bit of roast and malt but gets a huge helping of vanilla. Rich sweet and powerful vanilla.

This one brings a lot of nice smooth creamy body. It's nice.

It's too much vanilla for me, but if that's your thing this is wonderful.

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

On tap. Tan head. Black in color.

Typical prairie stout. Roasted malts, lots of chocolate, molasses, and fudge. This one has the most flavor of the 4. Tons of vanilla and marshmallow flavor. Very good.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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