Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Bomb!Bomb!
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: American 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
Ranking:
#155
Reviews:
1,031
Ratings:
6,337
pDev:
8.22%
 
 
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1,037
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2,762
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Photo of VanessaM888
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/28/18, consumed 12/9/18

Poured deep, oily, pitch black with no head at all and no lacing. Aroma is of cacao and chili peppers with a little bit of coffee, definitely improves as it warms. Taste is rich, sweet chocolate, coffee, and lesser notes of vanilla and caramel malts. The pepper serves to warm and thankfully doesn't dominate the taste at all. Feel is medium, could definitely stand to be a bit fuller & thicker, lower carbonation, high ABV worked in very well.

Overall fell just a tad shy of expectations from such a lofty reputation. Certainly enjoyed it though and will be looking to try more from Prairie.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Very dark/black - no light or even a glow - dark tan head - about 1/2 finger - less than hoped but ok for style and high ABV
SMELL: Rich chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Sweet and dessert-like. ABV is so high you can smell the alcohol. Some woody notes but all ingredients are identifiable.
TASTE: Huge blast of chocolate and charred wood. Then the coffee, toffee, vanilla, and malt come through briefly only to be swept aside by a powerful alcohol bite. The alcohol goes through the nose and you feel it down to your toes. A definite warming feeling kicks in. It starts to heat up then with some of the chili peppers. It has a decent earthiness and spice with the peppers there. Trails off with some earthiness, roasted nuts, and wood. There is a slight funkiness and weird aftertaste that I didn't care for but it subsided quickly.
FEEL: A bit thinner than I expected but still a decent full bodied beer. Some carbonation remains after a few minutes, but pretty much flat after that. Expected with a super high 13% ABV
OVERALL: A really good beer. It just had a few shortcomings that I couldn't score higher on. The off flavor that pops up here and there is unpleasant. Not as aromatic as hoped with so many ingredients, and quite low on carbonation. Still would not be afraid to buy this one again. I hoped for more chili peppers and heat with the mention of peppers, but it is pretty subdued. There wasn't enough coffee for me either.

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Photo of DMC43
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maxmilan4
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jt_thomas18
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pavpav12
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JellybonesElmer
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KMcGrath
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gnilwod
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of samEBC
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of illtexzona
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of qrazvan
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown-black colour, reduced foam.
The smell is extraordinary, 5/5: woody notes, cognac barrel, sour cherry liquor, coffee, red wine.
The taste has a strong expresso influence initially, with strong acidity, then sour cherries in alcohol, dark chocolate, licorice, sweet vanilla. Oily and persistent, with some spicy notes (probably form the chili).
The strong alcohol content is not hidden, but actually present in a really nice warming way, as a good cognac.
The wood is delicately felt on the background.
A really really good beer with its own specific character!

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Photo of snowdog23
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of couchsitta
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a motor oil black with an above average body. Carbonation is medium light which overall produced a really nice body
Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, and chilli peppers.
Taste follows the aroma with coffee taking the lead followed by the roasted malt . The chilli pepper was very present and the heat was really well incorporated, never overpowering but very much there.
Overall it is an excellent beer, definitely above average on every level
Only criticism is that sometimes the chilli tasted a bit like unripe green peppers.

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Photo of Ewhoa
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice and dark, poured nicely. Smells amazing.

Good coffee flavor upfront with a nice hint of heat at the finish. The heat sort of lingers and is great.

Good thick velvety mouth feel. Chewy and delicious.

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Photo of Jrjr0891
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ummswimmin
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lsthwy
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IKR
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black with a modest dark beige head that stuck around for a while.

Smell: Dark chocolate aromas and mild brown sugar aromas.

Taste: Smooth dark chocolate notes, roasted coffee notes, and a touch of toffee. Subtle alcohol presence shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Very nice body.

Overall: A very well executed non bal-aged IS

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brew_42
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thinning dark tan head.

Aroma is coffee, chocolate, molasses, and what seems like it bourbon. Don’t think the regular Bomb! is aged in bourbon barrels but it seems present in the smell.

Taste follows the nose. Only difference is the slightest hint of heat from the chili peppers in the aftertaste. The bourbon or booziness is also more subdued than the smell suggested.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Love it.

Overall this is a really solid stout. The smell had me worried it would be overly bourbon-y but I was really pleasantly surprised. I think I like Birthday Bomb a little more, but man this is a good stout.

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Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 6,337 ratings