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

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#154
Reviews:
1,033
Ratings:
6,356
pDev:
8.22%
 
 
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Photo of Nurt20
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of bluehende
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ECOBOOSTINST
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dardel
1/5  rDev -77.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of blissfulNemo
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmoore9363
4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacStinson
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gasc0igne
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle, no dating, 13% abv... poured into a fat tulip)

L: dark brown, almost black liquid; med-dark brown foam, inch+ high on pour, recedes rather quick, losing a shade or two of darkness in the process... no lacing

S: chilies and cocoa powder straight away, with ground espresso slowly emerging; the vanilla isn't overt, but certainly colors the overall smell... little hint of booze of which its spice may or may not be accented by the chilies... nice aromas, but overall intensity curiously restrained

T: rather busy blend of the constituent flavors up front, with a boozy, roasty coffee tone in the finish; burnt raisin and malty espresso lingering in the aftertaste, subtle peppery spice clinging to the back of the palate; soft essence of vanilla (extract) slowly emerging back up the throat to the front of the palate... underlying malt milk washes through the bottom with each sip with the spice static cleaved atop; nice degree of dryness, avoids reaching syrupy sweetness

F: medium malty body, with some subtle satiny/oily viscosity trailing back in the finish... the chili spice and booze heat a rather mellow, comfortable warmth and tingle - more like a heating pad on low than a flame heat... by the end, its balance of smoothness and glow deserves applause

O: flavors are a bit muddled, but their chord has a pleasant, soothing timbre; its spice/heat is expertly measured... grows on ya... certainly do-able solo, but better off shared

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3.83/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gatch
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not finding a date on the bottle, just a couple stamps without much meaning to the drinker. This is my first beer from Prairie and I’ve been eyeing it for a while on the shelf at Grassroots in Jax wondering about the hype. At $9 for a 12oz bottle one has to assume this is not just a great, but stellar beer.

I chose this as a celebration beer for one of the biggest moments of my life. A true “bomb” of a result/outcome and couldn’t be happier, though also still shocked. Probably need to sleep and a new morning will bring clarity.

But this beer is also bringing clarity. That it is almost certainly worth the cost. And that just because a beer includes hot peppers doesn’t mean they’ll overwhelm nor serve as a reason to shun a beer with such an ingredient.

I’ve let this beer breathe for hours as I sipped it and now it’s drinking like a Port. How any beer can be this good is mind boggling. You get the coffee and chocolate without a doubt, dark yet sweet and earthy. The vanilla is more subtle and the peppers even subtler, though there’s a bit more pepper heat than alcohol heat. The booze creates a pleasant tingle that finishes so well. Body is silky smooth. This is a bonkers beer. A definite treat and probably the one experience I’ll have with it unless it’s on draft or in another form such as Pirate Bomb. Totally worth the money, the celebration, and the long-winded description. A masterpiece!

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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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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

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