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 Butznutz
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious stout, startrs off vanilla coffee with a nice richness to it and finished with a hint of chili on the palate. Very enjoyable stout worth its rating

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Photo of Ryno82883
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not really a stout fan, but finally bit the bullet and paid the price for a Prairie Bomb! after a lot of encouragement. Coffee smell is outstanding and the pour was great with a nice layer of head. As far as a stout, it's at the top.

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

From a bottle (cannot make sense of date code and they're not listed on FreshBeer). Poured to my Offero, stemmed Omni glass.
Opaque brownish black, minimum dark head. The beer coats the glass for seconds when swirled.
Aroma of alcohol, caramel, vanilla, fruity coffee. Maybe reminds me of a coffee hard candy from long ago.
The taste is complex on this one. Vanilla start, coffee middle, oak shows up, then chili after almost all liquid is off the tongue.
Mouth feel is even more complex than the taste. A swig coats everything in your mouth until carbonation seems to take hold and magically scrubs everything, chili finishes the mouth cleaning and it all disappears to dry, dry dry.
I see what all the fuss is about with Bomb. If I had to complain I would say its a little too sweet in the middle for me, but a fine beer none the less.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with almost no head to speak of. Very viscous

S: Lots of roasted malts, coffee, and chili peppers up front with the cocoa nibs and vanilla more towards the back. Almost no alcohol presence

T: Follows the nose, but the vanilla is hugely bumped up. Starts off with the roasted malts and some vanilla sweetness, followed by coffee and cocoa. The peppery heat slowly kicks in but never gets overwhelming. Amazingly, theres is no trace of alcohol to be found. Finishes with some peppery heat, vanilla, and roast

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: (Almost) everything you could want in a stout. Plenty of coffee and vanilla, good roastiness, and a nice peppery kick to finish things off. Not to mention, the 13% is completely taken out of the picture in terms of distractions. Definitely a must try if you're a fan of imperial stouts

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Photo of dhitchcox
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black, hint of transparency on the edges. Low carb with very little head when poured; dark brown head that faded quickly.
Smell: The chili peppers caught me off guard. Chocolate and slight vanilla are also present once you get past the dominating peppers.
Taste: Glad the pepper isn't as strong as it smells. Predominantly chocolate; cocoa nibs.
Feel: Slightly heavy coating but not bad for an imp stout. The peppers do give a little burn; more pleasing than their aggressive odor. Surprisingly clean finish; not much lingers.
Overall: despite not being thrilled by the use of peppers here (too much) it does all come together In the end. If they could tone down the nose I think this would be better for me.

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Photo of Jauntsun
2.87/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Honestly, I think this beer is overrated. The overall flavor lacks balance: overly sweet...marshmallow, vanilla cake, coffee. It's interesting, strong, and probably worth trying, but definitely not balanced IMHO.

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Photo of TyFluth
2.41/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is perhaps THE most over-rated beer I have ever had. Incredibly pricey, and a mix of flavors that just doesn't work if you ask me. I couldn't even finish the expensive bottle I paid for...pours little to no head, looks really good, motor oil black, but taste and mouthfeel are not just poor - rather repulsive.

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

A: This poured an opaque black with almost no head.
S: It smelled like rich milk chocolate and chili powder, with some coffee and cream and molasses.
T: It tasted like milk chocolate and roasted chilis, with some coffee and cream and molasses. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a great stout with lots of complexity. The chili flavor was there without the heat, which was a wonderful touch. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth. But there was some alcohol warming, so it was better to sip. Age could help mellow. Fresh is still great. Recommended, if you can find it.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finding one of these in MA is great! Hopefully it lives up to its name.

L - Black, thin head that disepated to a ring rather quick.

S - cherry and dark chocolate, bit of coffee. the chocolate is so deep and creamy on the nose. i love how rich the chocolate smells.

T - coffee, choco, vanilla and then a light spice on the end is a good summary. The perfect amount of spice on the end. The perfect vanilla bean, coffee and creamy chocolate front. One of my lowest rated beers is the Sculpin Habanero but this is perfectly balanced use of chili pepper to me. Just light spice on the end, cooled by the cream of the chocolate. The more you sip the more complex the flavors become in your mouth. Take your time with this one. This is a real treat.

F - smooth. could be a bit more velvety but isnt over carbonated by any stretch of the imagination. very nice.

O - Prairie if you're reading this please start distributing this beer in MA regularly!

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Photo of jpearce4
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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

Body is dead brown with thin finger of tan head. Falls off fast.

Nose is fantastic. Sweet, spicy and creamy chocolate.

Wow! Flavor is really deep and intruiging. Chilis are just noticeable, but the smooth darkness dominates. ABV is nowhere close to noticeable.

Mouthfeel is super smooth. Coating and creamy. Slight heat building on the palate

Drinkability is scary for 13% . I just need to sit down and contain myself with small sips. This stuff could be dangerous!

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Photo of Strike00
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours black with a thin brown head.
S: Smells of deep roasted Barley with chocolate and spice.
T: Can taste all of the flavors. Chocolate and Roasted malts are the predominant flavors. With subtle coffee and spice from the chilli peppers underneath. Alcohol well hidden. Fantastic.
F: Really thick. goes down with a nice smoothness.

O: an absolutely wonderful beer. If it wasn't so pricey I would have this often.

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Photo of stratusjeans
3.94/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks black. Almost no head to speak of. Thin caramel head that doesn't even span the whole surface.

Smells like vanilla, peppers, briney olives and coffee.

Tastes like coffee, chocolate, peppers and vanilla. Some malty caramel as well.

Mouthfeel is thick, very low carbonation.

Overall a bit disappointing. Maybe too smooth for me from the vanilla and low carbonation. Doesn't seem so much as well balanced flavor as mild flavor.

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

Look pitch black, chocolate head, and short lived lacing.
Smell coffee
Taste chile Poblano with no burn at all with coffee.
Feel smooth full bodied brew with a chile coffee treat
Overall pretty tasty

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

LOOKS: Black, up to the light, a light brown around the edges. Plenty of small bubble carbonation rising. Pours no real head, but the thin layer on top of the beer is dark tan, and creamy/frothy. The residue of that head kind of slides down the sides of the glass like molten lava.
AROMA: First sweetness overall. Then VERY dark roasted coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted jalapeno pepper, and the vanilla is definitely there, as well. Smells phenomenal!
TASTE: Wow, just almost overwhelming big flavors thrown at you... almost all at once. Very hard to describe the order. Sweetness, bitter, coffee, chocolate, peppers and vanilla. Then the peppers linger afterwards, nicely. There is a cool astringency in the back of the palate/tongue, but not harsh. Just like it's saying, Hey!, I'm back here too, Dude!
FEEL: Plenty of carbonation, texture is a little prickly on the tongue, but I think that really gets the flavors moving around a bit. Body is medium full to full and a bit sticky.
OVERALL: Explosion of flavors here. So much so that i really didn't notice any alcohol in the aroma or taste. Aroma alone is worth the price imo. Flavors back that up.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter. Bottled on the 338th day of 2015.

L- Dark, some light comes through on the pour but not much in the glass, half finger of medium brown head that dissipated to a ring.

S- Some dark fruits, dark chocolate, light amount of that green pepper coffee aroma, little bit of vanilla, not much pepper maybe a little, some alcohol is noticeable but not a lot.

T- Similar to aroma, chocolate is the biggest flavor, very smooth for 13%, getting more coffee on the end, medium roasted notes, not too sweet, some vanilla and pepper but not really as much as expected.

F- Great, full, silky.

O- This is a great beer that I'm glad to see now available in Michigan, the flavors are big and balanced and it's one of the smoothest high abv beers I've had. Only complaint is that it is expensive which will probably keep me from buying it on a regular basis.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After paying $10 for a 12oz bottle, I went in with high expectations.

Beautiful dark color, thick mouthfeel, some chili burn mixed in with pleasant alcohol heat. Balanced sweetness and bitterness. Enjoyable.

Enjoyed this as a non-BA stout, but doesn't hold up to BA counterparts. Certainly not for the price.

Still a great shelfy to have around in the wintertime.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of aaron3
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fabulous. One of the best beers I've ever had. Possibly bests North Coast Rasputin and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Only drawback was its priciness where I had it.

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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chili peppers, coffee. Taste has chili's up front, but not overly hot, coffee comes next, some subtle chocolate, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall I enjoyed this beer, but it did not live up to the hype.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dense and syrupy. Very dark chocolate brown SRM 29-31. A fine coffee foam casually sits there while lazy columns of carbonation meander up the inside of the glass. Black, inside a Breckenridge floral etched snifter, with a fine fog of lace.

The aroma contains strong chocolate, punctuated by chili powder. Deep roasted malt and roasted coffee round out the profile.

Surprisingly sweet, BOMB!, is tempered by roasted malt bitterness and mild, spicy heat. Other flavors include chocolate, espresso, walnuts, and pepper. The short finish contains heat, while warmth brings out fresh berries.

The dense body and syrupy texture are defining characteristics. Carbonation seems to form a fine coating on the tongue. While alcohol is present, it is dramatically below expectations. This beer finishes dry, leaving a sugary residue.

Perhaps best as a dessert beer, the experience is far easier than one might expect from a 14% AVB Chili Beer called "BOMB!" with all the caps and an exclamation point. This beer works well while reading, but I imagine would also be suitable with ice cream or a cigar.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Nhens0016
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I want to start off by saying I am a relatively new stout drinker. Within the past year, I have experimented with a many stouts developing my palate. Prairie - BOMB! was one of my first stouts that I tried. Over the year I have been able to get fresher bottles of it so I will go off my most recent.

Look: poorer into a snifter with dark brown/black. Very little head that dissipates fast.
Smell: the chocolate is up front with the coffee underneath. I can smell a little pepper on it with strong smokey malt in the back end.
Taste: wow, this beer hits you up front with the coffee. The more it warms up, the more chile comes out of it. It isn't overbearing by any stretch. It is just very subtle heat just to show you it is there. I love it. It cuts through that malt so well.
Feel: like syrup, it is very thick.
Overall: I would just simply say this is fantastic. The price is overkill, but I bought a couple of these to celebrate on rare occasions. I really like this beer putting it up there with some of my favorites. If you never have tried it and love stouts, seek it out. It is worth the hype!

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Photo of Tilly
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

P: Dark brown, opaque, nice 1" head that lasts quiet a while. Good retention.
A: Heavy caramel/molasses hits you immediately. Grassy, Earthy, roasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate, vanilla.
T: Rich caramel molasses, roasted malts and dark coffee, Dark fruit, vanilla, peppery.
M: Chewy, rich, full bodied, complex, alcohol,
O: I see what the guys is all about. Complexed. Can't say anything negative about this one. Excellent beer.

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Photo of draheim
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into a tulip. Pours a deep rich opaque black w/ a minimal head and a nice mocha collar.

Aroma is big rich bitter roasty dark malt, chocolate, coffee, bourbon. All the signs of a great bourbon barrel stout.

Taste is rich and complex. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dark roasted malt, espresso. Nice blend of bitter and sweet and just a hint of heat from the chiles. Just about perfect.

Mouthfeel likewise is almost impeccable. Smooth and slick, full-bodied, coating.

Overall a truly outstanding imperial stout. Hits all the right notes with excellent balance.

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