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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

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

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Photo of arizcards
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from Craft Beer Hop Stop on 1-19-17. I believe it was bottled on 12-19-16.

Beer poured blacked with a nice tan head that is leaving some lacing.

Nose is roasted chilies, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate.

Initial taste was a medium dose of hot chilies on the back of the throat. Subsequent sips reveal vanilla coffee with a hint of chocolate finishing with the chili warmth.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied and smooth.

Overall a very tasty brew that is definitely worth seeking out!

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Photo of BB1313
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a fluffy tan head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of milk chocolate with some hints of vanilla cream. Subtle hints of caramel. Cocoa malts are there. The coffee aromas are subtle. The flavors are very bold and rich. Lots of rich milk chocolate. The coffee becomes more alive in the flavor department. It finishes with a nice spice kick due to the chili peppers. Hints of vanilla in the mix. Solid cocoa malt backbone. It finishes slightly warm, mostly due to the peppers, but the alcohol is well hidden. It's dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's velvety and creamy without being super thick. Very smooth and fun to drink. Once again, this is dangerously drinkable. It doesn't drink like it's 13% abv at all.

This is a great imperial stout. Great aromas and flavors. All of the adjuncts blend well together. The craftsmanship is very impressive. It's a little pricey, but it's really good.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with a hair of ruby when held to the light. A half a finger of brown foam. No visible carbonation, crude oil in a glass.

Smells of vanilla, snow, cayenne, coffee, black liquorice, and a hint of tobacco.

Tastes of vanilla, snow, thick caramel, maple syrup, marshmallow, and coffee.

Thick like a milk shake, little carbonation, its marshmallow like going down, like the melted ones on top of hot chocolate!

Fantastic brew! Got this one at Wholefoods in Davis, California in September. Drinking it today in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The guy there told me it was the best on their shelves, and I'm so glad I got it and carried it half way around the world. Drinking it Feb 15th, 2017.

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

Poured this thick beast into a snifter. A small, late head fizzes up, then back down to the smallest of rings. A faint dust of lace. Black, black color.

Nose is roast, bitter cocoa, and a hint of chili. A vanilla sheen overlaps as well.

Cocoa roast, unbelievably smooth thanks to vanilla. Chili and cocoa bitterness linger on the end, with creamier chocolate notes.

Smooth as a silky viscous stout could be. A peppery finish suggests the chili, and leaves its heat in the back of the throat.

Probably the most celebrated craft beer from the Sooner State, and quite worthy of its praise. Bomb! is a stout's stout.

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Photo of Tbone
3.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Opened with a silent lack of resistance, foreshadowing the total lack of carbonation within. Smell and taste were weak and potentially oxidized. Mouthfeel was viscous like I prefer with a Imperial stout, but the lack of carbonation was problematic. Packaging is a huge part of being a good brewery, so the rating should reflect the fact that I got a poorly packaged product.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BOMB! is a slightly viscous, effervescent, near-impenetrably black beer that shows mahogany footlights and a thin, rocky tan head that leaves scant, fast-retreating blotches of lacing. The nose is medium-large: a tasty blend of molasses, cocoa and black coffee with more subtle baker's chocolate, hints of exotic spice, and insistent alcohol overtones with a faint solvent-like fusel character. The flavor is a seamless blend of molasses, dark caramel and milk chocolate, with more subtle cocoa notes and hints of a cayenne-like vegetal character; all of this is undercut by a significant boozy undertow. Overall, it lands just about on the balance point in terms of sweet vs. bitter. The finish is a good hit of molasses and alcohol, followed by the onset of a mild, boozy chocolate-and-coffee flavor and a modest capsaicin burn, both of which last for a good while. Retrogustative olfaction is decidedly boozy. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the extra-full body, and is warming from both the alcohol and the capsaicin; the texture is sticky/creamy and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 324 days after pkg)

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Photo of princessbay710
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful black pour! Could only look more appetizing with a puffy head and some lacing. The smell, oh my god the smell! Like you've stepped into an artisan chocolate factory. The taste is liquid cocoa that can send a feeling of ecstacy over your body. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Zero alcohol to be detected, just rich foreign tasting chocolate.

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

Taste: Complex mix of chili, coffee, semi sweet vanilla, cacao nibs and dry finish.
Coffee and Vanilla bean aroma. Black/Brown, mostly opaque, soft tan head with nice lace. Full body with some alcohol kick to it. 65 IBUs

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Photo of fireazzi
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoyed this beer. Poured nice dark stout color, regular looking. The smell was great, chili's really come through, cocoa nibs as well. Taste is really nice great mix of spices. Really different cool taste. Mouth feel was smooth and nice viscosity.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've tried period. Wowie! This one is so damn good.

Mocha brown/black with a cappuccino brown head. On point for the style. Sparse but intricate lacing. Weaker head which disappears after a couple minutes. Minimal lacing.

Taste: Roasted malts with chocolate, coffee, some nice vanilla beans and almost undetectable chili peppers.

I cannot BELIEVE this mofo has 13% in it. I've tasted beers half as strong with more bitterness. Absolutely none at all. This beer could get you in trouble bahaha. Every sip is full of love. Licorice? GODLY beer here.

The feel is extremely full bodied, washing down smooth and easy. Just a little dry but leaves the palate wet and panting for more. Malts are the most balanced and rewarding I've had in the style. This is the highest retad beer I have on here for a reason.

Damn I love this beer and you will too. Price is high but the quality is THERE

Cheers. This beer makes my mouth water. At a month old (warning their bottle date is extremely hard to read) and I don't even know if they're using Julian dating but I know it's about a month old. Fucking awesome beer.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one po9urts a dark brown that is so impenetrable to light it appears black. The head is a thin, short lived tan affair that leaves zero lacing.

The nose is sweet maltiness alcohol, coriander, nutmeg, vanilla, apples, cinnamon, chocolate and coffee with hints of over ripe dark cherries.

The taste is a competing sweet malt with dryness, they battle for dominance. the sweet quickly fades leaving a dryer stout that is mixing it up with alcohol, raisins, chocolate, apricots that fall off to a fairly clean finish.

The mouthfeel is rich and heavy as expected for the style.

Overall a very pleasant stout, just a bit pricey when there are others that are equal or better. I recommend at least trying it.

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Photo of Qnola1111
3.44/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L - Pours almost dark black with little foam on top.
S - Very interesting. Dark chocolate, medium coffee, chili pepper.
T - Taste almost identical to the smell. First chocolate, then notes of med roast coffee, then a chili pepper kick on the back end, I couldn't pick up the vanilla.
F - Smooth and chewy. It was drinkable but it didn't feel like a beer.
O - I'll note that I am probably one of the few people who really don't like porters / stouts. Having said that, I wasn't completely turned off by this and I think the brewer did a nice job with incorporating the different flavor profiles. It just didn't drink like a beer for me and I am not sure if I would try again.

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Photo of TerryMills
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black with a 1 finger quickly dissipating tan head.

Smell is mostly cacao with just a hint of chili and booze.

Taste is much more complex than the smell. Getting all kinds of vanilla,carmel sugary goodness then a bit of big chili flavor hits mid palate with a nice dark bakers chocolate type finish .

Feel is full bodied but certainly not thick or oily like you get with a lot of imperial stouts, still very silky tho.

Overall this is a damn good beer I will drink again at some point but maybe a little high on price .

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark jet black, thin coca cola fizzy head

S: Big time chocolate, sweet, creamy, little kick from the peppers, little cinnamon, little vanilla, deep layered smell, great

T: Sweetness from the chocolate, deep and rich, peppers give it a slight kick, vanilla smooths it

F: Good body, medium carb, feel was a little off to me, not the smoothest

O: A well-done beer. The smell was off the charts for me, the taste wasn't to far off but the body to me wasn't the smoothest. Would have perfered a little less carb. It reminded me a lot of Stone's Xocoveza. If you gave me the body of Xocoveza with the taste from BOMB! I would have given it a perfect score. The other thing I got to factor in is the price. I can get a 6 pack of Xocoveza for around $15 and a 12oz of BOMB! runs me $11. Still very glad I tried this guy though but probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of Hiram_McDaniels
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An excellent imperial stout, hitting all the right notes, with some good extra spins. The ancho peppers, in particular, take it to another level. As is, it fits the same character of a lot of great stouts, just done very well: roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, check. The residual heat and slight vegetable flavor from the anchos, though, just really add a ton. Well deserving of its reputation.

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Photo of BigtexasG
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a snifter leaving some room to swirl it on the glass. Pours jet black with an inch of beautiful, stable, brownish head that dissipated slowly and left plenty of lacing and foam on the sides of the glass. Beautiful in the glass. Smell is of coffee, then chocolate, mocha, and oatmeal. only complaint on the nose, is I pick up the slightest metallic smell. Taste is spot on! Same qualities you pick up in the nose, minus the metallic hint, and all more pronounced, with the full pat body carrying everything through and creating a full palate of very.. well, breakfasts flavors! Cold brew, mocha, bittersweet cocoa, a touch of caramel sweetness, and a full mouthfeel.

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Photo of brureview
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque dark coffee color in a Stone snifter.

Incredible strong roasted coffee aroma along with Cocoa and chocolate.
The aromas blend and intensify with warming.

Good bitterness and the chili comes through subtly but it doesn't overwhelm the
balance of the beer.

Taste is phenomenal. One of the better imperial stouts. Unquestionably loaded with roasted
coffee, chocolate and cacao flavor. An overtone of spice,

One of the better imperial stouts out there and in the top class.
BCBS is more layered and a different approach- this beer is on the spicy heavy roasted coffee end.
Prairie finally started to distribute in my area and we are seeing more of their beer.
Will buy more.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #2500. Bottle from Market of Choice.

Pouring a jet black with a dense, dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is quite excellent. Very clearly a coffee-forward imperial stout, though the addition of the chili peppers, which add a heat and flavor that bring to mind green peppercorns, The coffee character is rather fruity with dark roast. There's a rich malt flavor with cocoa, roast and the vanilla pairs nicely with the rest of the nose. The cacao nibs are whelmed by the coffee and the pepper, so their distinctive flavor is slightly lost here. Still, this is impressive. The palate opens with a blend of caramel sweetness, a touch of dulce de leche, plenty of coffee and cacao before a mild heat becomes noticeable. Fruity coffee with green peppercorns, mildly vegetal, with this character growing towards the finish. Sweet on the finish with vanilla and caramel with cocoa and coffee. The pepper character is mildly smoky as well. Alcohol is well hidden in this full bodied beer that's softly carbonated and quite wonderfully creamy on the palate. The pairing of the sweeter, more malt and milk chocolate like flavors up front with the darker roast and coffee on the mid-palate is intriguing.

This beer is almost fantastic - the flavor notes are there, the integration is almost there and the vision is clear. Highly recommended.

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

Pours dark dark brown
Dark tan head
Thin lacing once head settles

Smell is chocolate/coffee upfront with little notes of cinnamon and booze

Taste is complex: rich chocolate with coffee upfront. Spice, and a pepper/booze burn on the back. A slight hint of licorice, cola, dark berries. Some bitterness but the other flavors and sensations dominate. Changes as you drink it/warms up. Chocolate and coffee mellow and the toasty malts come through more

Pretty amazing. this is my first time trying it after years of passing it up for some reason.

Not something I will drink every weekend but it's incredible. Glad I finally tried it

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Photo of jeffreed61
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Late April '15 bottle, poured at about 60 degrees. Twenty-one months in the cellar has turned this into a chocolate bomb. Huge nose, very sweet. Time has whittled the peppers and spices to just a hint on the finish. Want to try this much closer to the bottling date to see if non-chocolate flavors are more prominent.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark body, reddish-brown highlights, with no real head, no lacing. The body is fine, but without a head, it is not your typical stout.

S - Huge nose of alcohol, big roast with nut and wood, a bit of pepper warmth, chocolate, brownie. Yum.

T - Open is chocolate and full, a quick drop to the middle with a sharp bitter bite, and a slow pepper warmth in the close.

M - Amazing feel, moderate and slick, so much easier than most beers at this ABV. This is the real stand-out characteristic.

O - I cannot say I love pepper infused stouts. But this is one well built version, with a great flavor open, and a feel that makes this a real treat to drink.

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

Total Wine Boynton Beach $10

Pours thick as oil with that ominous appearance big stouts seem to carry.

Nose is coffee, toffee, molasses, and that vanilla/oak character. No noticeable chili presence at first pass

Slight chili heat on the palate, especially the finish as it warms up. More molasses and coffee than I expected and certainly some vanilla. Pretty damn balanced with that subtle hop bitterness. Booze as it warms

Wow this is smooth! Definitely not expecting such a perfect feel to this given the ABV and nose

Overall, very smooth for a high ABV beer. Would definitely seek out again

Think a boozy and spicy Breakfast Stout, if you are one for comparisons

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black. Harsh pour brought a minimal mocha colored head that quickly fizzled away. Moderate carbonation

The nose brings notes of milk chocolate syrup, roasted coffee, chillies, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and booze

taste includes milk chocolate and coffee that is equaled out by chillies and cinnamon that seem to last the entire sip, followed by a faint vanilla/ cinnamon after taste

Overall I'm in love with this beer! It has such a creamy and full mouthfeel! The flavors work wonderfully together in this complex beer. With so many flavors, it's easy to see why they call it BOMB!!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Type: 6-oz. draft (listed as 6, more lie 8)
Glass: Clear snifter
From: Pub 365 at Tuscany Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
Price: $8.00
Purchased: Dec. 15, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 15, 2016
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: N/A

Went to this place with the intention of trying and reviewing two barrel-aged stouts. This was after eight 4-oz. tasters each at Craft Haus and Bad Beat. Decided on Even More Jesus and Bomb! over a Russian Imperial Stout from Joseph James. Was looking forward to finally trying this one. Would be disappointed with anything below a 4.30.

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Excellent spiderweb lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled chile peppers, dark roasted chocolate, dark cocoa, vanilla and some hints of coffee. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, spices coming in late and brownie batter. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly spicy warming finish. (Feel - 4.75)

This was about as good as I could have hoped. Glad I got to try it and can’t wait to have it again. (Overall - 4.50)

4.45 | 99 | A

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled late 2015; drank 1/27/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head which quickly dissipated; minimal lace.

Dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, sweet cream & faint raspberry notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean & sweet cream flavors up front; a hint of smoke & VERY faint pepper heat notes on the finish. No booze heat. A delicious, rich, dangerously drinkable treat. Bravo!

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