Prairie Artisan Ales

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #35
Ranked #132
4.52 | pDev: 8.19%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Notes: Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

ABV varies by batch.
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TheBeerWolf from Nevada

2.63/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a strange one. I love imperial stout especially big strong ones. However I prefer them a bit drier I suppose. This is much too cloyingly sweet for me. The nose is mostly chili. It looks decent like thick motor oil has legs. No head to speak of though. As I said taste is too sweet. I don’t get much other than booze and the chilis. Mouthfeel is super thick. Overall disappointed I paid so much for the bottle. I usually go for even more Jesus love that one way more, or Stone IRS. I have had so many of the style I enjoy a lot, can’t say this was one of them.

Sep 14, 2020
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of this from Doodler in a recent box. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Gold wax
Coffee, cacao, vanilla beans and chili peppers.
Nordaggios coffee

APPEARANCE: Muddy black pour yields a three finger, foamy, medium tan head with very good retention. Jet black body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Slowly fades to a full foam cap, then a wisp and ring. A simple ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: All the adjuncts are there. Chilies are first, with coffee, vanilla and cacao nibs, showing up in that order. Light roast, sweet cream and milk chocolate notes. Everything is really balanced in the nose. Can't get much better than this really. Bold and wonderful.

TASTE: Really flavorful with vanilla, chocolate and light roasted notes up front. Creamy chocolate and coffee through the middle into a big and lingering finish of bitter chocolate and coffee, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet cream and some spicy chilies. Chilies are well measured and give a little bite and heat in the aftertaste, but aren't overpowering. Lots of adjuncts but they're all well there and well balanced. Perhaps a touch too much heat lingers, but just great.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a chili scratch at the swallow, finishing slightly mouth-coating. A chili bite and some heat lingers, but still really good.

OVERALL: This is excellent. Could be a touch thicker and a have a touch less carbonation for top marks, I'm really getting nit picky here. Fantastic, and there's no way this is actually 14% ABV either. Easily equal to Mexican Cake, and a tick below Huna. World class in any respect. Thanks again Doodler. Highly recommended.

Jun 27, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Proving that there's much more to Prairie Ales than just Saison-nuevo, reaching into their goodie sack of all-things-dark has proven quite successful for the up and comers. Complex flavors from both the base beer and from additions, and then its roasted drinkability allows these guys to look like old pros!

As expected, the beer is black. Just shy of any mirror-like sheen, the beer seems to have a hazy density that's exacerbated by its absolute darkness. But then the beer takes on lightened proportions as a billowing mocha-stained column rises to match the rim of the snifter. Boldly carbonated, the beer easily retains the session with a thick creme of foam and laces with reliable concentric rings with each sip.

Incredibly roasty in aroma, the beer is spot on espresso and roasted walnuts. Sprinkled with a sense of cocoa powder and burnt molasses- the roasted grains are well supported with a more supple and sweeter counterpart. As the alcohols rise, it carries with it a hint of whisky, smoke, charred fruit but no real sign of the chili peppers that's promised.

One sip and it inflates the mouth with dry roastiness. Bitter espresso, cocoa, walnuts and scorched sugars all round into a lighter than expected burnt flavor. Its sweetness is supportive but doesn't steal the show. The middle palate introduces a fruitier tone with alcohol-soaked fruits: cherries, blackcurrant, raisins and a touch of licorice spice become the vehicle for its whisky-type alcohol. Reading into the beer a little, there's a slim fruit-vegetable tone that could be chili, but could also be hop and alcohol.

Undoubtedly full bodied, the ale is both cream-ied up by its expansive carbonation and also lightened by it. The bubbles seem to make the beer float just above the tongue with a semi-arid dryness and powdery roast character. By the time that the carbonation subsides, the sweetness has already faded and the spicy warmth of alcohol and capsacin linger boldly on the throat.

Prairie has absolutely knocked this one out of the park. Each sip delivers a new flavor, a new experience, and new complexion to the beer. I'm happy to see it being considered in the upper echelon of stouts because it rightfully belongs there.

Aug 27, 2013
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TheCraftBrewReview from Georgia

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fellow Craft Brew Review author Nicholas Publicover recommended that I sample this beer since late August, and I’m happy to report finally managed to get my hands on one! Ordinarily I’d shy away from beers that are infused with chili peppers since I had a really bad batch of Terrapin Brewery’s “Guano Loco” not too long ago, and this is definitely a beer that I’d suggest sampling first if possible due to its extremely high price tag (bottles run between $8-10, and the cheapest that I’ve seen a four pack of is $25). So was it worth splurging on? Did it live up to the hype? Let’s see.

Appearance – 95: Bomb! had all of the characteristics that I look for when reviewing an imperial stout: Black in color which remained true when led up against the light, and little to no head when poured (perhaps a tenth of an inch, which almost immediately dissapated).

Aroma – 97: Each time that I took a whiff I detected other notes in the beer, which was unexpected given the chili pepper infusion. True to the description, a rich roasted coffee aroma exists with a definite chocolate overtone. The pepper was noticeable, but unlike the beer’s namesake, I didn’t want to blow off my nose after the first sniff (thankfully). I could also detect the strong ABV right from the get-go.

Body and Texture- 98: I was incredibly impressed with the layering-effect of flavor that took place in my mouth. The body of the beer is medium-heavy, which is about what to expect for an imperial stout. I was worried that the chili peppers would dominate my taste buds from the start and drown out any remaining flavors, but surprisingly that wasn’t the case.

Taste – 99: The first flavor that I detected was smooth vanilla, followed by a coffee/ chocolate mixture and then finally the chili peppers. In every sense of the word, these flavors work to compliment one another and are very well structured. The vanilla bean beginning is just enough to wash away any lingering pepper aftertaste from a prior sip, the coffee/chocolate notes were prevalent and delicious.. and then perhaps my favorite part of the beer (which I never expected to say) was the chili peppers! Unlike “Guano Loco” which had a horrible aftertaste that made my mouth feel like it was on fire, there was just enough pepper in the beer to make it noticeable without being unpleasant or dominating. The roasted coffee and spiciness play well off of one another and mask the massive 13% ABV.

Overall – 98.1 (World-class): I don’t want to say that I went in with low expectations of the beer given my prior chili pepper disappointments.. rather the reviews that I read were so full of praise that I was skeptical that it would live up to the hype. This is my official “I’m eating crow” paragraph. Well done, Prairie Artisan Ales. The smell, look and flavor of this amazing beer is all world-class, and for anyone who enjoys imperial stouts, I can’t recommend grabbing and trying one of these enough. The price point is rather high, but well deserved considering the quality of the beer. I’m not afraid to say that this is the best imperial stout I’ve ever tasted, bar none.

Purchase Value – (C) Enthusiasts who find this beer should expect to dish out between $6.50 -$8.00 for the beer on average (Legacy sold it for $6.25 per beer). This is right about in-line with what I would expect for a “world-class” offering. They are hard to acquire and a bit of a splurge, but well worth “bombing” your wallet for.

Feb 06, 2015
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by someone - Jason perhaps? Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and specks of lace. Black body with a touch of lighter brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Huge roast, coffee, spicy chiles, vanilla, milled grains, semisweet chocolate, and no perceptible alcohol. Great balance and depth - pretty awesome.

T - The taste isn't quite as heavy on the chiles, but it's still quite enjoyable. Roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa, touch of coffee, and extremely well-hidden booze. Some chile spice and peppery notes late on the palate. Quite decadent.

M - Medium-full body, chewy, creamy, and soft texture, with lower carbonation. There's some heat, but I'm guessing it's from the chiles rather than the alcohol.

D - This is awesome stuff. Looking forward to grabbing a few bottles as well as the inevitable barrel-aged version(s). Really impressed and totally up my alley in the chile-stout flavor balance. Might be tough for me to drink mass quantities, but I'd love to try.

Aug 20, 2013
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Sir_Whats-his-face from Oregon

4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I don't usually go out of my way to comment on the smell of a beer, but god damn does this beer smell great. The taste is likewise excellent; this is the third Mexican Chocolate-esque imperial stout I've had thus far (the other two being Abraxas and Xocoveza), and it's undoubtedly the best. It has more in common with Xocoveza than Abraxas, both in texture and the emphasis on dark chocolate as opposed to the thinner, more cinnamon-forward Abraxas. Paradoxically, the chocolate notes BOMB! are both richer and less sweet than in Xocoveza, which I like. If only this were distributed to my state and at a comparable price to Stone's offering.

Feb 05, 2016
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Beeroness from Texas

4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is so good it's stupid. The smell is an intoxicating mix of coffee and dark chocolate that hints at the beer's heavy alcohol content. The taste of the coffee is awesome. I can see why the brewer featured the coffee brand on its label. The rich flavors of the beer hide the alcohol taste dangerously well. While it is a gorgeous rich dark espresso color, there was not much of a head on it.

Mar 25, 2015
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours very dark with a small tan head.
S - Aroma is coffee and chocolate.
T - Flavor is coffee, cocoa, vanilla and chili peppers - in a perfect mix.
M - Super creamy mouth feel.
O - This stout is nearly perfect. Looks great, smells great, super creamy and perfectly balanced. I did not notice the alcohol. I should have bought more.

May 11, 2015
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AllDayAdams from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Friend brought me back a couple of these from TeXas and I couldn't be any happier. Such a amazing taste to this beer!!!

Mar 25, 2015
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chefbigjon from Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So good. Only wish there was a touch more chili present. Terrific stout. 13% alc but you'd have no idea. Smells boozy but cannot taste it at all

Apr 13, 2015
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SomethingClever from Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.6%

A: Dark as midnight on a new moon eclipse with a deep tan head head does not stick around long

S: heavenly smell of tobacco coffee chocolate

T: like a dark roast with so much depth you hit the coffee and chocolate can still get a nice taste of beer you can still recognize a stout under the multiply layers and maybe a very very small taste of pepper then just a slight heat on the end from the pepper. Nice aftertaste of slight heat and roasted dark coffee super finish. this taste just envelops your tongue and assaults it in the best way so much going on here.

M: Hints of heat moderately viscous a very nice mouthfeel semi coating with some lingering heat from the peppers

O: Blown away just a well rounded fantastic beer smell crushes looks delightful and a taste that goes for miles beg borrow or steal this one is worth it.

Oct 10, 2014
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Prairie's BOMB! a couple weeks ago for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and now that it's available where I live I knew I needed to try it, but the price is a little off putting, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- This label looks good, it's got a nice simple design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had just a thin ring of dark tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, but I wish it had a little more head and better retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to showed up and they impart a roasted malt, slightly charred, sweet malt and big chocolate aromas with the chocolate sticking out the most and it imparts some nice dark chocolate and milk chocolate like aromas and it goes right into some coffee which is noticeable, but not too overpowering which I like. Up next comes a light alcohol aroma that leads into the malt spices which impart a nice mixture with cinnamon sticking out the most.. This beer has a very nice aroma, it's complex and all the different aspects work well together.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with those malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the dark chocolate sticking out the most and in the background comes the coffee which shows up just as much as it did in the aroma. Up next a noticeable boozy flavor, it's noticeable, but not overpowering and it's followed by the spices which impart that same mixture of spices that I got in the aroma. On the finish there's some sweet malts with just a little bit of bitterness with a little bit of alcohol coming through in the aftertaste along with chocolate, coffee and spices. and the chili pepper shows up right at the end. This is a very nice tasting beer, all the flavors work well together, but it's a little on the boozy side.

M- Fairly smooth, velvety, a little rich, not too crisp, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very nice, but the alcohol could have been hidden a little better.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, it had everything that I was looking for in the style and no single aspect ever got to be too overpowering while retaining a good amount of complexity. This beer had decent drinkability, one glass is the right amount of me, it might start to get too boozy after more than that. What I like the most about this beer was the complexity and how all the different aspects worked well together. What I liked the least about this beer is the booze, I think it could have been hidden a little better. I would buy this beer again, but only for special occasions since it's pretty pricey and I would recommend it to anyone who likes spices stouts. All in all I really liked this beer and I was a little impressed, I don't think it's world class, but it's pretty damn good. All in all this my new favorite beer from this brewery and it's a very nice example of the style. Great job guys, this is one tasty beer, keep it up.

Dec 10, 2015
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Ian_B from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as the void, with a soapy, chocolate-milkshake-coloured head that dissipates very quickly.

Aromas of wonderful Mexican chocolate, with the cacao up front backed by an appropriately soft but noticeable amount of vanilla and the faintest hint of chili.

Body is thinner than expected -- more along porter lines -- but is robust and extremely complex in flavour and balance. Rolling waves of cacao, vanilla, and chile fight for dominance around the palate, with just the right amount of coffee so that it adds rather than detracts from the complex chocolate characters.

Chocolate and vanilla up front and throughout, with just enough chile and coffee on the finish to add a ton of complexity. Easily one of the best stouts I've had the pleasure of tasting. Thank you, Craig!

Feb 28, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

unprecedented and miraculous. turns out bourbon barrels aren't required to make excellent stout!? attention beer advocate, this is a public service announcement! rich and elegant as they come, flavorful as any beer out there, cant taste the booze, its close to perfect. motor oil consistency to this one, thick and syrupy and luscious. the color is like good dark coffee, close to black but still showing brown. patchy airy lazy caramel colored head appears. nose is huge, tons of roasty chocolate malt, plenty sweet, fresh and well toasted. the cocoa nibs add a lot aromatically speaking. they give it a buttery vibe and an earthy quality, while the contribution of the vanilla beans in obvious. the chilies are no robust in the nose. the first sip floors me, the texture if this beer is perfect. its so smooth, so soft, so delicate. its abv is impossible to guess, and it finishes long and warm. lots of milk chocolate flavors, and the chili is there just a little. like those good dark chocolate bars with pepper in them, this has that level of refinement as well. vanilla is sweet and dense, but not like the bourbon beers, its less caustic, less charcoal, and even more smoothed out. I cant say enough about this really. its beer drinkers beer, just wish it was more readily available. expect this stuff to blow up to whale status before long, its that good.

Nov 04, 2013
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superdoopersauce from Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A sublime example of just how layered and complex beer can be. Each flavor -- chocolate, coffee, and spice -- come out clean and direct and strong. Plus it's boozy. Plus it's as black as night. An incredible beer.

May 18, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to rudzud for sharing.

very dark almost black creamy small head, very little lacing, huge legs, pretty thick like motor oil. Head builds as well as lacing and legs!

Nose is ridiculous, so much awesome coffee, fresh roasted great smooth coffee, freshly brewed too, that just takes over and it takes deep nosing to get past, then a dark malt, chocolate, cocoa, dark choc, a very nice fresh smooth vanilla, then a nice ancho chili, the coffee is sooo good!

Taste wow, starts with a huge vanilla kick, so much great vanilla, then cocoa, dark choc and bakers, hot cocoa and etc. Then a great coffee again, freshly brewed and roasted smooth rich coffee, mild roast and very tasty, light bitterness. In the background, a nice ancho chili comes with a good ancho, nice light smoky character and earthy character from the ancho. Very little booze, all blended together nicely and balanced. So delicious! Finish is long, very little booze warmth, little chili pepper heat and little smoke character, nice long chocolate dark choc, little coffee and some vanilla lingering, so much awesome.

Mouth is heavy thick and rich, long mouth coating, little booze warmth and pepper tingle, decent carb.

Overall, guuuh! this beer is friggen amazing!

Nov 11, 2013
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with no lacing
S: Smells of chocolate and coffee with some peppery heat along with some roasted malts and light vanilla
T: Taste is roasted malts up front with sweet milk chocolate, coffee, and smooth vanilla leading the charge with some peppery heat coming in at times and towards the end. Swallow is more peppery heat, vanilla, coffee and chocolate with some lingering heat and roasted malts.
M: This beer has a thick and velvety mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The beer finishes on the dry side of things as well.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors and complexity. The addition of the peppers really makes this one interesting and provides the flavors that so many have tried to emulate. Definitely worth a try because this one is often imitated but never duplicated.

Jul 26, 2017
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Nachojon from Oregon

4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an example of getting what you pay for, I wish it were a 5 dollar bottle, but I'll buy it again. It's a thick beast and pours dark and oily. It's almost a surprise when the head forms and it's an indication that these are skilled brewers, not a one dimensional beer. The flavors balance out, never overwhelm and compliment each other. Love the coffee here, love the vanilla, love the chili. Layer cake.

Jan 31, 2016
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witschen from New York

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent and definitely comperable to KBS. KBS takes a slight edge bc the flavors are better melded. This comes
Off slightly too sweet without food. I didn't get spice from the pepper at all.

May 30, 2015
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Bum4ever from California

4.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pitch black with a small dark head.
S: Coffee and chocolate followed by spice and vanilla
T: Wow this is awesome with all the smells present in the flavor, nothing over powering but everything is there.
F: Thick, solid and very smooth.
O: Wow this was a treat, totally great beer with a lot of great flavors represented and also very drinkable at 13%. If I find it again I will be buying it.

Mar 13, 2017
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SCW from New York

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a massive and sensational beer

May 31, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz stout-shaped bottle, blue wax sealed, and procured at Tipsy's Liquor World in suburban Denver a few weeks ago.

This beer pours a solid, abysmal black, with only the slightest hints of basal cola edges, and two fingers of puffy, silky, and tightly foamy mocha head, which leaves a large swath of spooky webbed lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of bitter dark roast coffee, medium baker's chocolate, earthy vanilla pods, an obfuscated caramel/toffee malt, and some musty, dusty weedy hops. The taste is more bitter cafe-au-lait, tending more to the former, dry powdery cocoa, bready, somewhat grainy caramel malt, a touch of astringent wood, a slight, slowly building red spicy warmth, one which hides any alcohol edge that must be brewing, and a mild green vegetal hoppiness.

The bubbles are quite understated, barely generating a wee frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a growing spice and alcohol insurgency. It finishes surprisingly off-dry, the sweetness of the malt and cocoa wresting a bit of the floor away from the coffee and spice guests.

Woooweee. One deliciously complex, and well-integrated imperial stout. Not too sweet, not too spicy, and definitely not too boozy (in the external sense, at least), rather, a deft blend of all these things, so much so, that this drinks like a regular, if still coffee and chili infused, dry stout. That said, I did my best to slow down and enjoy this, for I won't be able to get my hands on another bottle anytime soon, and of course, the more obvious reason - the 28-proof alcohol. Again, wow.

Oct 24, 2013
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Beer-Revelry from Texas

4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass

A - 5 - Pours a jet black color, forms up a half finger of extremely dark tan to light brown colored head. Low head potential, medium head retention, spotty lacing.
S - 4.25 - Bittersweet baker's chocolate, roasty coffee, lots of malt, a little pepper spice and strangely enough I was getting a kind of olive juice thing going on.
T - 4.75 - Damned good, plenty of medium bittersweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a DECENT amount of pepper and spice. Could DEFINITELY have had more and would have pushed this to a perfect 5 score.
F - 5 - Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4.75 - This is definitely a tasty imperial stout, but the pepper was almost a tease to me, I wanted just a little bit more. I think Stone's Xocoveza is still my superior peppered stout/porter, but this is super tasty nontheless!

Apr 18, 2015
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jpearce4 from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out extremely dark, not much head to see here.

Smell is heavy coffee with something like vanilla and a hint of spice.

Taste is very complex, combines notes of chocolate, coffee, spice in varying measures, with great success! Not overly sweet or spicy, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, with the spice adding a nice warmth on the back.

Overall, an amazing beer!

Feb 09, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/19/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLaywer85 for sharing this one. Batch 2 red wax bottle, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of milk chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted malts, green peppers, light coffee, and toasted malts. Awesome nose; everything comes through and there is a lot of chocolate. Peppers come through but not too much, which is a good thing to me.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, peppers, hot spice, roasted malts, vanilla, cinnamon, toasted malts, burnt malts, bell peppers. Taste is definitely good but has a lot more peppers and spice, and a bit of a kick to it. Little too much for me, so a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Light spice from the peppers but very easy to drink considering the ABV.

o - Overall definitely a good beer, but a little too much peppers and spice int he taste for me. I still would definitely prefer Hunahpu to this based on the taste (had a 2013 4 days before), and would put this on level with the normal Abraxas, with a tiny bit more spice in the taste. The nose is great and it is pretty easy to drink, and well worth checking out. Would like to try Pirate Bomb now.

Feb 20, 2014
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