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BOMB! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

ABV varies by batch.

Added by MinorThreat on 05-29-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
806
Ratings:
5,420
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
21.43%
 
 
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Photo of nerdboy19
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look : Pitch black, brown head - 4/5
Aroma : Amazing. Big chili and vanilla nose, chocolate, coffee backbone. Very well balanced. - 5/5
Mouthfeel : Medium-low carbonation, full bodied, silky smooth. - 5/5
Flavor : No booze at all, very drinkable. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla flavor at first, spicey and hot at last. A little bit of sweetness and biterness. - 4.5/5
Overall : This beer is good. Huna = Abraxas > Bomb = Mexi Cake > Xoco... - 4.5/5

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Had on-tap at Stein & Vine. Served in a snifter glass.

A: Essentially black and opaque, with no real head to speak of. Minimal if any visible carbonation.

S: Huge on the nose, even when it's cold (as served). Big dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, spicy peppers, coffee. Rich and dank tobacco notes, sweet malts, vanilla, and hints of lactose. Some vegetal sweetness as well. Very, very nice nose.

T: Big chocolate and cacao nibs, spicy peppers, and rich roasted malts. More pipe tobacco. Chocolate covered espresso beans and bits of vanilla. Finishes with both roasted malt and milder hop bitterness after the chocolatey sweetness fades. The spicy pepper presence actually fades a little as it warms through the drink - or perhaps I adjusted to it.

M: Thick sticky body, though not as much of either as Hunahpu. Low carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is incredibly well-hidden here. The beer disappears awfully quickly.

O: This is a very good adjunct stout. The comparisons to Cigar City's Hunahpu are inevitable. I found the Bomb! to have more chocolate presence and less vanilla, as well as not having the thick, glass-staining body. Missing the cinnamon and molasses of Hunahpu. But in its own right, this is a very good beer. And relatively easily obtained in convenient 12 oz. packaging to boot. Not likely to be the best you've ever had, but you owe it to yourself to try it.

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Photo of AmgineDanus
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Roasted malts, coffee, molasses, and hermit bars baking in the oven greet the nose, followed by a touch of smoke and licorice. Taste is a blast of waffles covered in maple syrup, followed by gustatory incarnations of the scent. A warm scintilla of booze and chilli pepper linger on the tongue... alcohol is well hidden for a 13 percenter. Mouth feel is a bit thinner than the flavor might suggest, but leaves nothing to be desired. One of the best stouts I've ever had, barrel-aged or not.

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Photo of DraftyBrew
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a chilled mug. Pours very dark with a chrimson tint. Smell is phenomenal, heavy with the smell of dried fruits, chilis, chocolate liqueur, which reminds me of eating the fruit filled See's candies. Sweet chocolate is the first flavor that hits your pallet, followed by a slight red wine booziness, ending with bitter coffee and the slightest smokey heat of chipotle chili peppers that builds with every drink. All in all a very tasty and interesting beer that deserves a go.

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Photo of NJBrews609
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had from the bottle

A - Black, opaque, minimal head.
S - Cinnamon, spice, chilies and some coffee.
T - follows the nose, the flavors come together very nicely. Chilies take a bit of a backseat to the rest of the adjuncts, finishing with a slight warming heat.
M - Medium to full bodied, moderate carb.
O - This is a great beer to be able to find on shelves fairly regularly. Extremely enjoyable but not a true standout in the category.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap, pours dark and opaque with chocolate and ruby highlights at the edges. Smell is vanilla, chocolate, coffee and dark, dried fruits--super complex and outstanding. Taste gets everything in there, with a very subtle warming from the chilies on the finish. Kind of genius, the chilies, and perfectly proportioned. Feel is a rich medium, just right for the style. Alcohol very well hidden. Maybe a little under-carbed.

A great, unique take on an imperial stout. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of akolb
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: chocolate, cinnamon, chiles, vanilla, a little alcohol. Very warm and rich.
Taste: Chocolate and coffee up front, with layers of vanilla, sweetness, and chiles following. The chiles are not aggressive but instead slowly build to up a warming aftertaste. A truly great stout, deserving of its reputation. Sweet, spicy, and luscious.

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Photo of rkmcdonal23
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Kicked the keg for a 64oz fill at Dallas Craft and Growler this afternoon. I feel like I won. One of the best stouts - period - I've ever had. Favors blend like paradise with the anchors bringing everything together. Zero heat from the peppers, just flavor. Pitch black, little or no head, oozing laces of deliciousness. Find it and drink it. Now.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark and luscious, this is a superb stout! It pours as dark as molasses with no head at all. The aroma thickens the glass with chocolate and coffee, with a subtle hint of pepper. It is hard to believe this is 13% Abv since it is so smooth.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is pitch black with a small caramel-colored head. The head leaves no lacing as it dissipates but settles into a nice golden ring around the top of the beer.

The aroma brings loads of sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and roasted coffee beans, with just a touch of alcohol. Just the faintest hint of chili peppers are lurking in the background, giving a nice little tingle to the nostrils.

The flavor has a ton of coffee up front, followed by a wave of sweet milk chocolate and faint vanilla. Finishes slightly charred, with a subtle touch of spicy chili peppers.

The feel is full bodied with lower carbonation. Incredibly rich and smooth. Has a fair amount of alcohol warmth and lingering heat from the chili peppers.

Overall, a fantastic imperial stout that really brings out the flavors and aromas it advertises. I'm not a fan at all of chili peppers in beer but it's done very subtly here and adds a nice spicy character to the beer without detracting from the coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Just an excellent stout.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appropriate name -- I am blown away. Nice dark stout pour but only the slightest of head. Residue after sip oozes thickly down the glass reminiscent of the old Blob movie. Nose is not huge considering all the flavor that follows, but hints at dark chocolate and vanilla bean. Taste is incredible, delivering what is promised on the label. Leads with some chocolate and coffee and finishes with vanilla bean and a tad of molasses. Dominant flavor seems to be the bitter vanilla, but there is plenty of other action going on too. The ancho comes in at the very end -- no heat, but a bit of spice and a touch of smoke. I also suspect the ancho is bringing out some of the other flavors. Bottom line -- one of the best stouts I have had -- might be time for a road trip to Tulsa.

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Photo of Bleer
3.84/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Maybe I should rate this beer since I don't like chili peppers....However, my take on this beer was that it was an amazing delicious stout that they unfortunately added chili peppers too. You don't notice the pepper until the aftertaste/finish. Not hot at all, just that oily pepper heat feeling.

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Photo of nfarhadi
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Made an account just to review this beer.

Poured into a pint glass, as I do not have any other beer glassware.

Look: Very dark brown color. Very thick, with no head. When held up to a light, no light passes through.

Smell: Lots of cocoa and vanilla. Smells absolutely delicious. Almost smells like something I would expect from a gourmet dessert.

Taste: Again, very dessert like. Lots of rich chocolate and vanilla flavors. Even though it is 13% ABV, you do not taste very much alcohol at all. Furthermore, you get a slight spiciness along with some coffee flavor as well. Definitely one of the best beers I have ever tasted.

Feel: Very creamy and rich.

Overall: Definitely one of the best, if not the best beer I have ever had. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Tenessee_Jed1972
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I have ever had. I have been scanning these forums for reviews for a couple years, but finally i had to create an account, just to rate this one. What a monster. And super smooth for the alcohol content. Wow wow wow! Will be buying this again for years to come!

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Washes in coffee and chocolate and bourbon overtones; repeats. Initial Intensity gives way to balance and depth. 13% ABV is all there but smooth; savor slowly. Compare to Ballast Point Victory at Sea: very slightly below, if that.

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Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black color with minimal head that settled to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing is left down the glass. Not too surprising considering the ABV. The dominant aroma in this stout is chocolate with notes of vanilla, coffee, marshmallow, and chiles. I expected more coffee. The flavor is not as special as I was expecting and certainly not worth the price of admission. Not enough coffee for me. What you do get is a nice big, slightly sweet stout flavor with notes of chocolate, smoke, ash, earth, and a finish of alcohol and chile spice and heat. Big body and smooth texture.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black body which allows no light through whatsoever, Thick, creamy and dark tan head, you know, the kind that dreams are made of! Dense lacing and, oh yeah, the head is about four fingers thick and slowly thins out to a constant finger and half thickness.
Smell: Sweet brown sugar, caramel, coffee ,cocoa and butter.
Taste: Bitter, but not too bad, coffee beans, cocoa, light buttery aftertaste. Sweet overall and just a hint of alcohol in its aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, it really covers your mouth, with a dry finish that feels like you’ve just some mint!
Overall: Fantastic beer, very smooth, tasty and creamy, you need to try this ale!

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Photo of MacMalt
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this for the first time on draught. It pours a deep, rich mahogany - nearly black, with a creamy, khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasty malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a whiff of smoke. The taste is positively decadent: roasted malt, burnt coffee, molasses, caramel, and pepper. The flavors blend perfectly to create one of the best tasting beers I've ever had. It is, for an imperial stout, medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated. You can feel the 13% ABV but it just adds to the wonderful experience of drinking this world class stout. Overall, it is simply exquisite. What I wouldn't do to find it more frequently in New Jersey!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very roasty and rich dark malt driven aroma with a scent of coffee, chocolate, and pepper. Dark roasted barley malt with a big scent of coffee beans, dark chocolate, cacao nibs, biscuit, toast, and smoke with yeast. Sweet hints of vanilla, molasses, and cream. Some hints of chili peppers. Subtle dark fruit hints. A really great roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, rich, and spicy dark malt driven taste with notes of coffee, chocolate, and peppers. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of coffee beans, dark chocolate, cacao nibs, toast, smoke, and biscuit along with some yeast. Sweet taste of vanilla, cream, and molasses. Moderate taste of chili pepper spice. Light dark fruit undertones. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly spicy with moderate booze heat.

Overall: A great Imperial Stout. Good mix of chocolate and coffee flavor with a nice touch of pepper heat.

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Photo of goblue30
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A truly fantastic beer. One of the best non-BA stouts that I've ever drank. All the flavors come together beautifully and at 13% the alcohol is hidden very well. The only thing stopping me from drinking this all the time is the price tag. At $8/bottle I can't say its not worth it, but definitely more than some other similar quality stouts.

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Photo of Diglitt
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bomb! Is great. I think the barrel aged versions are better, but as a stand alone base beer, it's awesome. You really get the heat from the spices, and the other adjuncts complement them nicely. Another one I could drink several of and be fine.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nearly black, with some brown on the edges, and a surprisingly large head for an imperial stout.

Smell: Coffee dominated for me, with some possible hints of the peppers lingering in the back, malt, possibly the cacao.

Taste: Initially, while a bit colder, I was getting just the coffee and in the aftertaste, a chili burn, but as the beer warmed I was able to detect the cacao a bit. Apparently I'm bad at identifying vanilla.

Feel: medium full mouth feel that coats the mouth.

Overall: I would love to drink this beer again, but I was slightly disappointed with the mouth feel.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I finally splurged for a bottle of BOMB! The first taste tells me I didn't waste my money, at least. This is fantastic! All the flavors I expected were immediately presented. Lots of roasted flavors from the coffee and the roasted grain, I would presume and a raisiny, toffee like sweetness that somehow covers up the alcohol. I have had 10% Stouts that seemed boozier. Nice, creamy mouthfeel keeping that pepper bite at bay. This is really well-made stuff. NOTE: Wondering what the BA version would taste like, I added a couple of drops of Jack Daniels to the last 5 or so ounces. Tastes so good I wonder why the breweries don't just go this route instead of expensive barrel aging. Throw a little bourbon (or whatever) in with some oak chips and I bet you would have a passable faux-BA stout.

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Photo of Mrdiesel
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite stout, hands down. Its extremely well balanced between the coffee/chocolate notes and the slight Bourbon barell aging. The abv sneaks up on you notice everything else without overpowering it. There is a slight peppery taste that makes it extra special. It may be oversweet to most stout lovers, but Honestly, if you don't like it, you're wrong!

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Photo of Gables
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love a good chocolate/coffee beer and typically like a little pepper/spicy along with it, so this really fulfilled all of those things. VERY well balanced considering all those flavors. Drank at about cellar temp, which really brought out everything described. Aside from Hawaiian Speedway Stout, this rates as one of the best Non-BA Stouts I've had. Happy it made its way to MN

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