BOMB! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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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 BigGold
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had on poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped "___15," into tulip. This beer is big in every way, including price ($7.29 for the bottle in Indiana), but worth it.

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Photo of farrago
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate one finger head which steadily simmers down, dark tan or light brown, take your pick, very even surface, the lacing slides around the glass in broad sheets, eventually spilling downwards. Black liquid yet not so opaque that you can’t see the bubble beads, no color tint at the edges. Spicy nose with the chili pepper making the initial splash, at times almost green and leafy with a wet fur edge, oily tar, the chocolate seems dense enough as to be inert, burnt coffee, close to zero fruit scent presence, quite interesting yet not immediately pleasurable. Full-bodied, viscously thick and layered, here the sweetness of the chocolate and vanilla is on full display, all confectionery goodness. The chili spice there but more proportionate, bringing heat for balance. Coconut, cafe con leche and a hint of witch hazel. Not much movement from the carbonation, just a tickle under the tongue. The pepperiness lingers the most through the finish. Avoids both excess booziness and needless showiness, for its scale and level of richness displays good agility. One bottle is the perfect size for a single sitting.

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Photo of RuffReader
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

After much hype, my first sip was disappointing. I initially thought, "This is good, but there's too much going on." But on subsequent sips, I began to appreciate the flavor complexity: smoky sweetness smoothly rolling into a mild bitterness, the subtle spice in the finish, the creamy mouthfeel, and the nearly complete lack of alcoholic taste in an absurd 13% abv. Very little carbonation, which I like in stouts. If I want to be picky, I wish there was more head.


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Photo of DrunkenYeti
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark ruby almost like Guinness. Almost no head at all. A pleasant spice from the chili pepper that almost pops in your mouth, with a light vanilla and coffee finish. The aftertaste is amazing and lasting. This is the most unique brew I've had and one of best.

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Photo of RichardRankin
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

These are local for me, and I try to get as many of them as I possibly can.

Look pours completely black with a nice brown head that settles out and leaves lots of lacing behind.
Smell is amazing coffee, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and just a hint of chili peppers.
Taste is amazingly complex, starts out boozy, settles into a bit of ancho pepper, than finishes with vanilla beans and chocolate. The only better taste is when this is rum barrel aged i.e. Pirate Bomb.
Mouthfeel is smooth, full, and complex. Let this one sit and warm for a bit - doesn't get much better.

Absolutely incredible brew. Find you one or trade me for some!

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Photo of MalarkeyMcGee
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L: Coffee black with nicely retaining light caramel head.

S: Boozey, licorice, cacao nib. Sweet caramel.

T: Caramel, chocolate, coffee. So many delicious adjuncts. Smooth and velvety. Sweet without being cloying.

M: Light for a stout of this caliber, but in a good way.

O: Pretty fantastic. So many delicious adjuncts so well balanced.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Paid £10.75 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, inky black body, that when held to the light allows some dark ruby glimmers to be observed near the edges of the glass. A dense and creamy, one-finger in height, light tan coloured head with excellent retention slowly reduces to a thin film and collar, leaving behind small amounts of soapy lace.

The rich and full nose leads initially with a combination of lightly roasted dark malts, sweet toasty grains and milk chocolate. Darker, earthy notes of dry, bitter cocoa powder and hints of smoke, ash and char are noticeable underneath. The finish reveals restrained chilli pepper heat and spice, along with vanilla and traces of fusel alcohol sweetness. Taste roughly follows suit. Lightly roasted dark malts, coffee beans and baking chocolate are sweetened considerably by creamier milk chocolate, roasted grains, vanilla and hints of burnt caramel, Mid palate, ancho chilli peppers enter with a little more presence than the nose suggested. Although moderately hot and spicy, lingering malt sweetness and vanilla soften the edges to deliver a pleasantly smooth and subtle warming profile overall. In the mouth, a medium to full body pairs well with a liberal amount of fine carbonation, present just enough to aid drinkability without effecting the luxuriously rich, smooth and creamy feel. Towards the back-end, espresso, dry earthy roasted dark malts, cocoa, smoke, vanilla, caramelised sugars and chilli spices linger to give a lengthy bittersweet finish. Traces of alcohol and roast combine, drying the palate slightly, while capsaicin oils bring faint and pleasant warmth to the lips, throat and chest.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Rich, flavourful, well balanced and insanely drinkable, despite the substantial 13.0% ABV. Its alcoholic content in fact, is so masterfully disguised, I had to remind myself to slow down and savour the taste after quickly consuming nearly half the glass. As both a beer I’ve wanted to get my hands on for a very long time and a rare find in the UK, the price I paid seems fair enough. Despite meeting expectations however, now that I have tried it, at £10.75 a single, realistically I can’t see myself picking up another unless it was for a very special occasion.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prairie Artisan Ales - BOMB!. 13% ABV. 12oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled August 4th, 2016 (Code 21716).

Look: Completely pitch black, with a thin ring of dark tan lacing present.

Smell: Hot chilies, cocoa, coffee grounds all in the aroma, which has a slight vegital tinge.

Feel: On the heavier side of medium, with mild carbonation. great mouthfeel.

Taste: Spicy chilies bring on head initially on the palate, but soon replaced by sweet coffee, chocolate, and caramel.
Finishes with a mild spicy/sweet flavor.

Overall: Been wanting to try this for a while now, and finally spotted it at the beer store. I can say it was definitely worth the wait. This is up there with the best; words cannot describe how it is. It combines my favorite styles of chile beer, and stouts.

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Photo of do_ob
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a snifter. Pitch black in color with a fair amount of carbonation rooted in the bottom of the glass. A thin, short-lived head of brown foam rests on top. Huge nose. Definite coffee, peppermint, lactose, spicy chiles, and a touch of vanilla. Smells delicious - one of the best smelling beers I've had in a long time. On the taste, I get a butt load of coffee and chocolate up front with strong backing notes of vanilla and cream. After a second or two, the chiles creep in and make their presence known. Not too strong, but strong enough. The mouthfeel is perfect. Thick, dense, milky, but not overly chewy. This sum'bitch is as balanced as one could hope for.

I've been waiting to try this for a long time and it didn't disappoint. Perfectly balanced, incredibly tasty, and quite unique. Is it worth the price? Not on a regular basis, but it's worth picking up at least once. Great beer.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

p- black as night
n- bold roast, smooth pipe tobacco, hints of vanilla and chile spice; stands out for sure; inviting
t- wow! big coffee and roast mingles with vanilla/cacao sweetness throughout; finishes subtle chile heat; some lingering bitterness; nice complexity; alcohol is very well-hidden
mf- full-bodied with med-high carb; sticky, yet slick
o- nearly flawless! very happy I had the opportunity to grab this when I saw it

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Photo of mbunje
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks like light motor oil. I've seen darker.

Smells great. Chocolate roasted malt, vanilla. Impressive for a not barrel aged beer.

Tastes slightly better tan it smells. The peppers are subtle but are the balancing factor that make this beer sofa king good!

Mouthfeel is spot on. Not syrupy but still a mouthful.

Overall... One of the
Best ever. Stone IRS plus more flavor. My fav non-barrel aged stout! Great job PAA

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, mocha head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes of cocoa and coffee mostly.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes layered with some vanilla. Malt notes of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and molasses lead off with plenty of sweetness. This gives way to some vanilla notes. Chilis are more noticable as it warms. Next comes some earthy hops as well as roasted bitterness. Finishes with a lingering roasted coffee note.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a brilliant Imperial Stout. I could do without the chilis, but it does fit well.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black pour, finger of tan head, a touch of lacing. Not a bit of a highlight. Nose is massive, roasty malt, coffee, big dried fruit, big bourbon. Really a massive nose on this one. Flavor is likewise - giant coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Love the mild spiciness at the back end. Mouthfeel is quick and creamy. Just a fantastic beer. Would (and will) get again when I have the chance.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. Watching Supercup Final between Sevilla and Real Madrid. The best chili beer Ive taken. The chili never tires and provides a very recomforting warming. To enjoy in short sips.

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Photo of FFreak
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at the grocery store for $8.99/12 oz bottle. Poured into a short tulip and enjoyed around a camp fire with s'mores. Dark like used motor oil with good-sized brown head that sticks around. Wonderful aroma with muted chocolate, coffee and dark malt. Taste is also excellent - with just a hint of chili. Mouthfeel is just how I like big stouts, not too thick and viscous - still a sipper, but easy to finish the whole bottle. Overall, one of the better stouts I've had. Love it.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, undated. Poured into Carton O-Dub glass.

L: 2F light tan head, no retention as the ABV knocks it right away, leaving a tiny ring and cap. Beer is as dark as can be.

S: Lots of coffee up front, some cocoa, vanilla, caramel malts, and a hint of chili. No alcohol in nose, which at 13% is a heck of an accomplishment.

T: Coffee, cocoa, then vanilla, caramel malt, and then chili at the finish, but just a little bit. The cocoa especially really carries through the entire taste experience from beginning to end. I believe the chili is designed to dovetail nicely with the alcohol heat as you just can't pick it up without the spice. Seriously, there is almost no indication this is an alcoholic beverage (well, until you get through half of it). Most impressive.

F: Medium, and less heavy than you might expect. Very little carbonation to speak of. Very good construction and just immaculate balance in making all this flavor work together.

O: Really amazing stuff.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a black of some sorts. Aroma is vanilla, cold brew, soy sauce, and peppers. Also a ton of rich chocolate. I taste Hershey's syrup, vanilla bean, cold brew liquor, soy sauce and some actually pepper flesh. Just a hint of heat. Huge, slick feel. Pretty good but I probably won't buy it again if I run into it.

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Photo of thebeers
3.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany color with very little head but a lasting thin tan crown.

There's an almost plum-like quality to the aroma, with coffee and some slight mildly-smokey pepper behind.

The taste is much more coffee-forward. Lightly sweet tasting, with a peppery backend. Medium bodied.

There's a lot going on here. I will say that the pepper addition is well done, adding some character to the beer and a slight numbing burn to the lips, without overpowering anything in the aroma or taste. That said, the balance and flavor of the coffee and other additions didn't really impress me in comparison to all the other delicious stouts available these days. Glad to have tried it, but I won't be looking out for it again.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look : Pitch black, brown head - 4/5
Aroma : Amazing. Big chili and vanilla nose, chocolate, coffee backbone. Very well balanced. - 5/5
Mouthfeel : Medium-low carbonation, full bodied, silky smooth. - 5/5
Flavor : No booze at all, very drinkable. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla flavor at first, spicey and hot at last. A little bit of sweetness and biterness. - 4.5/5
Overall : This beer is good. Huna = Abraxas > Bomb = Mexi Cake > Xoco... - 4.5/5

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Had on-tap at Stein & Vine. Served in a snifter glass.

A: Essentially black and opaque, with no real head to speak of. Minimal if any visible carbonation.

S: Huge on the nose, even when it's cold (as served). Big dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, spicy peppers, coffee. Rich and dank tobacco notes, sweet malts, vanilla, and hints of lactose. Some vegetal sweetness as well. Very, very nice nose.

T: Big chocolate and cacao nibs, spicy peppers, and rich roasted malts. More pipe tobacco. Chocolate covered espresso beans and bits of vanilla. Finishes with both roasted malt and milder hop bitterness after the chocolatey sweetness fades. The spicy pepper presence actually fades a little as it warms through the drink - or perhaps I adjusted to it.

M: Thick sticky body, though not as much of either as Hunahpu. Low carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is incredibly well-hidden here. The beer disappears awfully quickly.

O: This is a very good adjunct stout. The comparisons to Cigar City's Hunahpu are inevitable. I found the Bomb! to have more chocolate presence and less vanilla, as well as not having the thick, glass-staining body. Missing the cinnamon and molasses of Hunahpu. But in its own right, this is a very good beer. And relatively easily obtained in convenient 12 oz. packaging to boot. Not likely to be the best you've ever had, but you owe it to yourself to try it.

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Photo of AmgineDanus
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Roasted malts, coffee, molasses, and hermit bars baking in the oven greet the nose, followed by a touch of smoke and licorice. Taste is a blast of waffles covered in maple syrup, followed by gustatory incarnations of the scent. A warm scintilla of booze and chilli pepper linger on the tongue... alcohol is well hidden for a 13 percenter. Mouth feel is a bit thinner than the flavor might suggest, but leaves nothing to be desired. One of the best stouts I've ever had, barrel-aged or not.

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Photo of DraftyBrew
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a chilled mug. Pours very dark with a chrimson tint. Smell is phenomenal, heavy with the smell of dried fruits, chilis, chocolate liqueur, which reminds me of eating the fruit filled See's candies. Sweet chocolate is the first flavor that hits your pallet, followed by a slight red wine booziness, ending with bitter coffee and the slightest smokey heat of chipotle chili peppers that builds with every drink. All in all a very tasty and interesting beer that deserves a go.

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Photo of NJBrews609
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had from the bottle

A - Black, opaque, minimal head.
S - Cinnamon, spice, chilies and some coffee.
T - follows the nose, the flavors come together very nicely. Chilies take a bit of a backseat to the rest of the adjuncts, finishing with a slight warming heat.
M - Medium to full bodied, moderate carb.
O - This is a great beer to be able to find on shelves fairly regularly. Extremely enjoyable but not a true standout in the category.

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

On tap, pours dark and opaque with chocolate and ruby highlights at the edges. Smell is vanilla, chocolate, coffee and dark, dried fruits--super complex and outstanding. Taste gets everything in there, with a very subtle warming from the chilies on the finish. Kind of genius, the chilies, and perfectly proportioned. Feel is a rich medium, just right for the style. Alcohol very well hidden. Maybe a little under-carbed.

A great, unique take on an imperial stout. Worth seeking out.

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

Aroma: chocolate, cinnamon, chiles, vanilla, a little alcohol. Very warm and rich.
Taste: Chocolate and coffee up front, with layers of vanilla, sweetness, and chiles following. The chiles are not aggressive but instead slowly build to up a warming aftertaste. A truly great stout, deserving of its reputation. Sweet, spicy, and luscious.

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