Deconstructed Bomb! Chili
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,753
Ranked #6,031
4.05 | pDev: 6.67%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Deconstructed Bomb! ChiliDeconstructed Bomb! Chili
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CHickman from New York

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger thick foamy brown colored head that was packed with microscopically small bubbles. The head faded slowly and left a little bit of lacing.

Smells of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, a penny or metallic notes, cocoa powder, burnt coffee grinds, chili peppers, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, piney hops, spices like rye and pumpernickel bread. Some hints of dark fruit with smoked grains and trailing charred aspects. The chili peppers faded with the age of this bottle, but this was quite complex and was very nice to inhale.

Tastes like it smells with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, faint soy sauce, cocoa powder, burnt coffee grinds, chili peppers, toffee, brown sugar, toasted grains, smoked malts, spices like rye or those chili peppers, bakers chocolate, and toasted pumpernickel bread. The spices from the peppers are light and the flavor has notes of trailing dark fruit, herbs and a rich mocha. A touch of heat adds that expected sensation from the chili peppers and this brew was smoother than anticipated and well balanced. Another fine member of the BOMB! family.

May 14, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black with a half finger of khaki foam atop. Head retention is okay. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty and caramely malts with sprigs of chili pepper over the top. It adds a little spice and zest with bell pepper rolling in at the finish. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely malts with light chili peppers starting at the midpoint and lingering through the finish. Notes of chocolate and toffee add further depth. Mouth feel is thick with a crushed velvet texture. Overall, thick stout with some quality chili pepper zest to it. The bell pepper finish on the nose is a bit odd.

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

Mar 27, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No dating information found.
Black colored body, with a very thin back lit mahogany edge. Active small bubble tan head. Leaves behind a scattered pattern of lacing spots.
Aroma of vegetal chili peppers. Chocolate malts.
Taste of milk chocolate malts, with a slight addition of chilis. With continued sips the tongue does get a gentle chili burn.
Medium to thick mouth feel, and quite smooth. Good carbonation.
There is not much complexity here, but the beer is tasty with milk chocolate. Higher ABV% is well hidden.

Oct 02, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle aged 18 months.

L: Dark espresso brown to black. With a short head fading quickly to a long lasting thick tan ring with some temporary lacing.

S: Base brew of dark roasted malts and chocolate blasted with cherry tartness and warm red chilies!

T: Follows the nose with the ABV perfectly hidden and a nice warming presence of chilies. These start a touch stronger than the standard but do fade quickly.

F: About the same weight as the traditional BOMB! Carbonation is good but mouthfeel could be creamier.

O: This one is just fine. Far superior to the vanilla deconstructed IMO.

Sep 17, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of the Deconstructed four-pack in October from the Happy Valley BevMo for $34. Bottled in March 2018; consumed 8-9-19.

Beer poured black with a very small head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is chocolate with some licorice.

Taste is chocolate and light chili peppers over a large malt body. Finishes a tad sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall a pretty good beer but nothing special.

Aug 10, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Has this beer on-tap at Brewmasters - Wilson, poured into a snifter glass. Had a coal black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of malt, dark chocolate, chili peppers, vanilla, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a good amount of dark chocolate (a big component), light caramel / toffee notes (not too sweet), a hint of vanilla, some chili peppers (less than expected), and a good shot of malt (present throughout). Not quite as much heat from the chili peppers as you would think, but the other ingredients make up for it. Pretty tasty.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, balanced stout. Worth a try.

Apr 06, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This "deconstructed" ale pours a pitch
black with a light head of tan foam that subsides to a thin ring and light layer
with scant l;acing. Nose of chocolate and coffee with subtle smoky pepper
notes....rather light for being such a big brew. Flavors far exceed the nose
with chocolate malts and mild coffee with a background smoke and char
characteristic over a light balanced jalapeno note with some subtle touches
of vanilla cream. Nice mouth feel; full body, smooth, warming, low carbonation,
coating, and a sweet lightly spicy finish.

Overall, another nice brew from a solid brewer.


Mar 25, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | 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 near one finger mocha brown head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, toffee and light chili spice.

Taste: Roasty malts, light sweetness, chocolate, light lasting chili spice and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: The chili spice had a nice kick to it, but I was missing the nice stronger coffee notes that were present in the original Bomb!.

Jan 28, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel and chili peppers.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel and very ligh chili peppers.

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

O - This is a nice spiced stout. The chili peppers are very subtle adding a nice light heat in the finish.

Jan 09, 2019
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, couldn't read the date stamp on the bottle but I think this was a 2018 release. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is subtle but nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chili peppers and bittersweet chocolate. The brew tastes like chili peppers, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee and caramel. Chili pepper heat is mild. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and a little creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this stout, but still think regular Bomb! is noticeably better. Worth a try, purchased as part of the Deconstructed Bomb! 4 pack.

Dec 29, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with mocha head. Aroma is spicy with umami notes, slightly smoked malt and a bit of booze. Taste is roasty, chocolatey, a bit spicy, quite bitter and roasty on the finish. Almost full bodied with smooth mouthfeel. Quite nice but the original is more complex and even the chilies seem more intense.

Nov 30, 2018
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thick deep almost black body with a heavy tinted dark tan head rising roughly three quarters of one finger's length. Drops to almost nothing after two to three sips to the point no stickiness to the glass.

Smell: light chocolate scent with hints of coffee bean, little bland and could be a touch more potent .

Taste: Touch of coffee and brown sugar the caramel and cream all in one shot. Its a touch sweet but well offset with smoothoth bitterness. The molasses aren't too overpowering and hits you just right.

Mouth: Sticky beer with semi thick body and medium carbonation. Feels a bit like mocha with touch of spiciness lingering in your mouth.

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!

Nov 19, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | 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.

Pours deep and dark, with a medium weight body and an ivory head of foam that sits softly on top. Some minimal spots of lace sit around the glass.

Fairly mild nose, with hints of malt and coffee balancing a clear presence of chili peppers. Time has bittered the nose slightly, but I’m not detecting any major off aromas.

It seems like a lot has faded in this beer over time.. again, earthy, roasty malts and coffee initially, but not a lot happening on the tongue until the end. The chilis emerge, but only a subtle flavor to go along with a noticeable spice on the tail. It’s got a nice sweet-to-spicy feel to it, but overall unimpressed.

A nice mouthfeel, good weight. Creamy, sticky, warm. Slightly bitter, very subtle lingering spice.

Oct 30, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/3/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, chili pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, smoke, char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Mild touch of booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, chili peppers, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, chili pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, smoke, char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/roast/char bitterness and chili pepper spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, chili pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, light licorice/fruit/smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chili peppers, and light earthy hop flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop/spice bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and pepper spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing lingering warmth of 11.8% and pepper heat. Overall this is a fantastic spiced imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chili peppers, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV, with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Amazingly dense, rich, well rounded malt complexity; great chili pepper flavor presence with minimal added heat; and light earthy hop balance against sweetness. This was 2nd best of the 4, just shy of Coffee. Other 2 felt a bit too thin, and not as rich. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

Oct 20, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is excellent. Standard stout appearance. Smell is roasty with mild spiciness. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is roasty, chocolatey and slight vanilla flavor, with a mild heat that hits the roof of the mouth and settles on the back of the tongue. Feel is smooth, velvety, slight oiliness, good booze presence. Not as spicy as i feared. Really has a number of the same characteristics as Bomb! with just a touch more spiciness. Excellent.

Sep 08, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black color, small tan head.
Pleasant pepper aroma. Some chocolate and a bit of alcohol.
Subtle chili taste. Sweet chocolate. Bourbon.
This was nice, but I was expecting more of a chili pepper presence.

Aug 12, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Boxbeers. In Teku glass. Playing Avadon 3. The chilli peppers touch is soft enough to not become bothering, and the base beer is good enough to make it a repeteable, interesting impy

Aug 09, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent & ruddy mahogony with a sliver of fast-falling mocha colored head. Super viscious, not much head retention or lacing

S: Coffee, chiles, some dark fruit & a whisper of booze once warm, starts to take over a bit

T: Follows the nose, pepper heat asserts slight dominance over the coffee, a little dark chocolate as well up front. More dark chocolate, chili heat, slight smokeyness & a little chicory as this warms, plus dryness. Finishes a little dry with plent of heat & chocolate, just little coffee & smokeyness too

MF: Firm body, slight carbonation, chewiest of the 3 I have tried so far. Carbonation goes subtle as it warms

Good itteration of this stripped down take on a beer I truly love, the heat is present & accounted for. Much to like here Imp Stout fans! I am sure you could make a damn Mole' with this

Aug 05, 2018
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 3/19/18 poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black, next to no head
S: Rich, cocoa, coffee, a hint of vanilla and definitely some chili
T: The chili comes through primarily but everything else in the nose is there underneath
M: Full-bodied, smooth, balanced
O: I like the original version better but this is a nice variation

Aug 05, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pt. 2.
Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. This beer was not poured out lightly, but didn't manage to form a crown other than a outer ring attached to the glass. Other than that, the beer is black with some medium brown highlights at the top of the glass. The smell is chocolately and has some very slight pepper presence. I feel like even less pepper presence than the original Bomb! Smell is pretty much disappointing and underwhelming. Hopefully this gets turned around with the taste, because this is the one I was most excited about being that the peppers are what I love most in the regular. Anddd, the taste does bring the peppers. They are there more as the presence of a tingle and not really any heat. So they are definitely still a little more muted than expected, especially in this one. It seems like chocolate is coming through in all of these, so once again, can't imagine what the cocoa nibs is going to bring. Fudge like notes, but the body is thinner than expected as well. It's not as thick as I would really like. It's thick while it's in the mouth but it just doesn't retain any of that and coat the mouth like I love. Overall, I'm pretty disappointed in this one, but maybe it's because it's the one I was most excited about, but mainly I think it's because of the underwhelming nature.

Jul 28, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with slight tan head that disipates quickly. Aroma is a spicy pepper malt. Taste is a mild smooth pepper malt without any alcohol aftertaste.

Jul 20, 2018
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HardTarget from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black glass doesn't hold much of a head, a few spots of tan that lace a bit.

Aroma: Cherry, wood, lots of sweet malt, some burnt grain.

Taste: A stout, but a little thinner than the normal bomb. A nice cherry note keeps all the burnt grain far at bay.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a little flat, oily finish.

Overall: What's missing? Chili. Only the slightest tingle of heat, no real chili flavor. A good beer, a little underwhelming given the price.

Jun 23, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like the other variants - no surprise. Not much aroma. Faint roasty malt and faint chocolate. Not much pepper. The taste was better, with smooth milk chocolate, roasty malt, and faint char. The pepper appears fairly late in the palate with mild fruity notes and a subtle heat on the finish. Not as hot as I expected.

Jun 12, 2018
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TheBrewsky from California

4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours pitch black, with motor oil like viscosity. Barely a fingers worth of head, but with nice ring retention. Pleasant amounts of residual lacing.
Smell: Huge roasted malt and chocolate aromas. In fact, that is just about all I get on the nose. Slight hints of dates and figs, with slight nuttiness like pecan and walnut. As it warms, chili spice becomes slightly more pronounced, especially when I really get a big whiff on it. Chocolate/malts dominate the smell.
Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts are the superstars of the flavor. Notes of coffee, butterscotch, toffee and caramel also present in the background. Not so much chili pepper flavor, but more the heat feeling from the peppers, like pore-opening if that makes sense. Aftertaste is chocolate and malt, with smoked nuts. Slight dark fruit sweetness. Chili becomes less shy as it warms, and really balances out well. I am thoroughly enjoying this.
Feel: Medium in body and weight. Low carbonation with a nice sticky property which coats the entire palate.
Overall: This is really enjoyable. As I drink it, I get more "hot" from the peppers, but it is super smooth and likable. I thought vanilla was going to be my favorite, since I am partial to vanilla in stouts, but I prefer this one. I am very grateful to have tried. Cheers!

Jun 10, 2018
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a DFH tulip. Smaller than expected brown head over a dark brown body. Smell has a pepper heat component over a boozy creamy malty aroma, very pleasant. I don't know if my palate was scalded last night by the cayenne onslaught of Ballast Point's Indra Kundira but this doesn't have the back of the throat bite that was distinctive in the full Bomb! But it still has a very pleasant pepper taste on top of the delicious base stout.

I was expecting to not enjoy this compared to the coffee variant but you can call me a fan. Can't wait for the vanilla and chocolate.

Jun 10, 2018
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