Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Bomb!Bomb!
BA SCORE
4.5/5
World-Class
6,032 Ratings
Bomb!Bomb!
BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#98
Reviews:
949
Ratings:
6,032
pDev:
8.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,025
Gots:
2,671
Trade:
264
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 6,032 |  Reviews: 949
Photo of jcoleMA66
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

L -- Pours a very dark black body with a surprisingly large medium-brown head produced with moderate pour. The size of the head is quite remarkable given the ABV and prior reviews. Some retention and good lacing
S -- Coffee, dark chocolate, chili, vanilla, sarsaparilla, and caramel
T -- Bittersweet chocolate, nougat, coffee, graham cracker, vanilla, and a little chili heat. Reminds me a lot of Stone Xocoveza but with less cinnamon/nutmeg character and more spiciness (a big plus)
F -- Reasonably big mouthfeel (but not huge), medium carb. Fluffy, semi-velvety mouthfeel. Nice mild burn down the throat thanks to the chili spice. Not quite as 'full' feeling as most stouts of this ABV
O -- A nice stout to break out during the holiday season thanks to the warming spice profile. Quite pricey at ~$9/12 oz bottle, but definitely worth a try if you see it. Here in MA, the only brew on the market that is similar is Xocoveza

89/100

 933 characters

Photo of RJQ3
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DerekE4750
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DrDemento456
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a flight of these beers starting with this as the first. Like all the variations it poured very pitch black dense with a nice layer of mocha tinted head. Smell it's quite nice sweet with a touch of cocoa nibs and coffee with very to little ethanol. Taste is very smooth for the caliber again cocoa nibs and slight coffee shine with mild Taste of molasses and leather. For 13% the body was quite smooth drinking more of a medium body beverage. Overall I can't justify spending almost a dollar an ounce again but it was a very good beer.

 539 characters

Photo of UnderwhelmingAlcoholic
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bnewt21
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenHoppy
2.67/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

So the day I got this I was filled with big smiles and they stayed rolling as the beer poured into my snifter. Pours black with thin creamy head, but smells of nothing special. I don't pick up anything but some alcohol faintness and malt. So I take a sip and have to say where's all that chocolatey, vanilla, chilli pepper goodness? Sure the chilli peppers do shine on the throat slightly but I do not pick up any chocolate or vanilla. The alcohol is a bit hidden on the taste for a 13% beer but I've had many better stouts of similar caliber. This to me is nothing special, wouldn't call it world class, and definitely doesn't belong on top 250. It can be found everywhere near me and sits in shops as a shelf turd. For $8 a bottle, I would say there is plenty of better beers out in the world.

 803 characters

Photo of srw
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a teku glass.
L: pours pitch black with about half a finger of tan head
S: Huge notes of coco nibs and chili peppers, small amount of coffee
T: Lots of coffee and chocolate with a little bit of heat from the peppers on the finish. The vanilla becomes noticeable as it warms up.
F: Thick mouthfeel with little carbonation.
O: A very enjoyable beer that reminds me of a boozier xocoveza. If your a fan of coco nibs, ancho chilies and coffee, this beer is for you.

 494 characters

Photo of gardner254
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kjmcdonald85
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrsnakes14
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bibo_ergo_sum
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours muddy black with a finger of cappuccino head. Aroma is pure, decadent melted chocolate - milk and dark; coffee grounds in the back. Stout nuttiness/caramel comes through as the beer warms, vanilla sweetness and mild smoky chili kissing the palette. Slight mulled wine character is created, devoid of alcohol heat, smooth, lightly tickled with carbonation. Tour de (pours).

Up there with Speedway Stout - both top of the class as far as barrel-lacking dark beers go - and beating its stout-meme triumvirate rival Breakfast Stout in everything but price point.

 566 characters

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

Photo of Roy1586
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mkh895
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmh21
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of obrike
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Goodness gracious. This is how to celebrate an Astros World Series title baby!

Jet black pour with a very thin tan head. Getting a subtle scent of coffee, chocolate. Not as big as some of the other big boy Imp stouts I've tried,

Holy Shee-ite. This is tasty. Coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and some heat from the ancho chili peppers to mask the alcohol perfectly. Goes down like a big stick of buttah! Absolutely creamy and smooth. Just top notch.

This one surpasses a lot of the big boys as far as Imp Stouts go. An absolute George Springer MVP kinda beer. Getcha sum!

 565 characters

Photo of LAp
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wanderingwheelz
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is very well balanced and dangerously drinkable, considering it’s a 13%er. If I could offer one slight criticism it’s that coffee dominates the flavors shown on the label. Excellent beer, though. I’d gladly have it again.

 232 characters

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

Photo of Shaneb818
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dooleymon
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 6,032 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.