Barrel-Aged Birthday Bomb!
Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #173
Ranked #443
4.43 | pDev: 5.19%
Jul 16, 2023
Mar 22, 2019
Imperial stout brewed with cacao nibs, chili peppers, coffee, vanilla beans, caramel sauce, and toffee that has been aged in bourbon barrels
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
As usual Prairie Artisian rarely disappoints...

...and again, it does not...Great looking, practically black beer with a smell that that had all the scents of the cocoa nibs, the booze, and the vanilla - it was all there and it was delicious. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth, but the taste was definitely booze forward out of the bottle, but it tamped down slightly as it warmed. Overall, a very good beer and one that was worthy to down during my birthday month...
Jul 16, 2023
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Pours pitch black with a thin fizzy tan head. Light amount of oily lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, black coffee and bourbon.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, black coffee, vanilla, caramel, light chilis, bourbon heat and oak.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Slick mouthfeel with a drying finish.

O - Prairie really does BA stout’s exceptionally well and this is no different.
Feb 01, 2023
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Reviewed by jopezu from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
pours a solid, dark near black with very little head. nose; heavy cocoa, raisin, cream, & vanilla. taste; dark caramel malt, slight char, cocoa, light coffee, vanilla, oak, toffee, butter, milk/lactose, chocolate, & hops. heavy mouthfeel & carbonation. there's some very light chili pepper in here that is noticeable, but it's mild in the mix. insanely well saddled at 14%. what's there to say?, everything with a prairie ales label on it completely slaps. top shelf.
Nov 14, 2022
Rated: 4.52 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 19, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 18, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Jun 30, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Guaro from Italy

4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Black body with fast fading brown foam.
Marked scent of chocolate, coffee grounds, toffee, hint of dehydrated plum and vanilla, chilli, bourbon.
Robust toasted notes and a marked bitterness emerge on the palate. Chocolate whiskey and chilli aftertaste.
Medium and smooth body with fine and slightly pungent carbonation.
Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Purchased at Dominion Wine & Beer. 14.7% ABV. Bottled date 06.05.2019. Poured into a small-stemmed tulip.

A very complex beer. Almost two different beers from start to finish. I am sure everyone will have a different take. A beer that does an excellent job balancing all the flavors, anyone of which could have run this beer off the rails. Still too sweet to top my list, but the brewers did a wonderful job crafting this recipe. A sipper of a beer! 4.25

A – Pours an opaque black with a mocha brown half-finger rocky head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass. This beer poured thinner than expected. No viscosity. 3.75

S – Aromas of vanilla, sweetness, barrel-oak and alcohol, and jalapeno pepper with roasted malt hiding behind these more aggressive smells. The jalapenos are more evident in this beer than any beer I have had that was not clearly labeled as a hot pepper beer. I can even feel the pepper aroma in my throat. 4.25

T – Sweet, vanilla, whiskey, roasted mildly bitter maltiness. The overt pepperiness in the aroma is not present on the palate. The jalapeno pepper is only faintly found at the back of the throat and this relocation only appeared near the end of the 12 oz. 4.5

MF – Heavy bodied with a finish that is well balanced by the alcohol and pepperiness. Coats the palate. Warming, smooth, silky. The finish does not reflect the sweet start. 4.5
Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Apr 03, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by robotic_being from Illinois

Mar 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
12 oz. bottle. Black body with no head. Smells of caramel, bourbon, coffee, and light pepper. Tastes of spicy, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and then caramel. Spice kicks up and cuts the sugar a little bit. Not a ton of barrel character, but that's ok. Lots of the base Bomb flavor comes through. Heavy and slow to drink, both by ABV and flavor profile. It's good.
Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Mar 06, 2021
Rated: 4.8 by vickersspitfire from Texas

Feb 15, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by o29 from Texas

Jan 12, 2021
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle served in a snulip. Dated 05.31.2019. Absolutely no recollection of where I got this.

Pours black with almost no head. Waiting for a little bit causes a tiny brown ring to appear, suggesting there is actually some carbonation, although it's hard to see it. Smell is dominated by peppers and a little chocolate. Booze, vanilla, wood.

Taste is chocolate cake, vanilla frosting, moderate peppers, vanilla, still tons of booze. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Overall, it's pretty good, but not in love with it.
Jan 09, 2021
Rated: 4.61 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Dec 09, 2020
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
12 oz bottle, unknown vintage, poured into a wine glass (hey, I'm at a rental house, don't judge!):
L - black, with little to no head
S - bourbon, vanilla and coffee, not a lot of aroma going on
T - wonderful stout flavor, with chili heat on the finish, cocoa/toffee flavor comes out as it warms
F - thick mouthfeel with almost no carbonation, the mark of a great stout
O - very good beers, there is a lot going on here and not all of it leaps out, but the blend of flavors is exquisite
Nov 27, 2020
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Reviewed by JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Drinking this on my forty second birthday. Bought it last summer in advance of the occasion. Prairie obviously makes great stouts and this one is no different. You pick up all the ingredients but none overwhelm. For a 14.7abv it sure doesn’t taste overly boozy.
Nov 01, 2020
Rated: 4.31 by SirBentham from California

Oct 16, 2020
Barrel-Aged Birthday Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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