Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

5,999 Ratings

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 5,999 |  Reviews: 941
Photo of Juggerr
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Blazer22
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrsockless
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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Photo of Cincy_Beer_Fan
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of KAP1356
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dsa7783
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Growler USA in Phoenix. Pours a jet black ebony hue with ample frothing. Pungent aroma replete with hints of chocolate and molasses. Sweet flavor. Alcohol well masked. Good stuff.

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Photo of stevepat
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy crap, the stout of stouts. This baby pours a deep dark obsidian with a thick root beer float colored head that persists very well. The smell is huge, chocolate and coffee notes, rich maltiness, toasted marshmallow, and all that stouty goodness. It's one downside is a hint of booziness. The taste delivers on the promise of the nose, chocolate and coffee are prominent and in your face. There are caramel notes, burnt marshmallow notes, not as much booze as in the nose, and a nice bitterness that keeps it from coating your tongue. And coat your tongue it does not, rich and robust bodied, it fills your mouth but leaves just the slightest residue on the tongue, just enough to remind you for minutes afterwards how badly you want another sip. Overall it definitely lives up to the hype, truly a stout to remember. The first reason I've heard in a long time to visit Oklahoma.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while back and finally got around to it on this muggy night. I've only had one beer from Prairie Artisan before but the few others that I've sampled in the Other Half line were winners. Guess what? This was too and ranked up there with the best Stouts that I've had such as the Old Rasputin and the Speedway. Rich and potent, I was glad that this came in a standard-sized beer bottle as finishing this off would have been tough if it was any bigger!

This had a nice, dark pour to it that looked and smelled like chocolate that was fermented. A thick mocha head topped it off as the big bubbles quickly settled down. Very little lacing left on the side of my pint glass, but that was the only drawback of this beer. The cacao nibs were strong in the aroma along with cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and a hint of lactose. More sweetness could be found in the amazingly smooth and silky taste that might have been the most easygoing of any beer that I've ever had with this much alcohol in it. Quite creamy, the peppers gave an initial burst of heat that quickly faded before an overall warming effect kicked in once this went down...

Still, I was amazing how little a buzz I felt from this given it's potency. I love chocolate and chili in a beer together and the old adage is that milk will take the burn out of your mouth if you've had too many peppers to handle. Maybe that's why this was so deceptively easygoing and delicious. Worth seeking out and having, any time of the year. This was good enough to put this brewery on the proverbial map for me!

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep, dark chocolate color, with a half-finger lighter khaki head, not a big head but it has good retention and pleasant, loose, lacing, the alcohol is a little bit clingy, but not as much as one would think given the ABV
S: as advertised, immediate chocolate and coffee, then comes the vanilla, then the vegetal-pepper aroma, in that order, excellent
T: not to short sell it, advertised, and I mean that in a good way, this is not a subtle beer, it is the sum of its ingredients, blended phenomenally well, none of it is hard to pick out, you don't have to dig for it, it's right there, and it's excellent
M: Un-real. I mean it, it is viscous, but somehow light, almost floating around in the mouth. It's the first thing I noticed when I tasted the beer because it commands attention.
O: Lives up to the hype, really great. This beer is dangerously easy to drink for such a heavy beer. Second ever Prairie beer (had 'murica, didn't like it), it is amazingly good. Absolutely worth your time. Buy some to drink and some to keep, you're gonna want this around, believe me

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Photo of q33jeff
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Ontap, Cinder, Philly.

LOOK: dark black, tan head
AROMA: Smokey pepper. Cocoa. Vanilla.
TASTE: that great dry cocoa flavor that I find in Xocoveza and Abraxas. This one is closer to coffee. Alcohol is masked at first, but I start to FEEL the 13% halfway through.
FEEL: medium to full. Not creamy like Abraxas, but Smooth.

Top notch


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Photo of PDinunzi
4.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of JPeterson17
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mikey2333
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dream
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ZachMayer14
3.81/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of raspy22
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thingstead
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdFed
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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


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Photo of Vidblain
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz short bottle into Spiegelau Stout glass. Bottled on March 9th 2017.

L: Completely opaque black, three fourths of a finger width beige head recedes after a short time but leaves a good ring.

S: Espresso beans, with coffee, cocoa, some faint vanilla and the chili peppers bringing up the rear and nicely not overpowering.

T: Nice roasted flavor of coffee and espresso, good vanilla note in the middle ground that blends nicely into some milk chocolate flavors. The chili peppers are subtle enough to allow the other flavors to shine while maintaining a low amount of heat. Well done.

F: Medium body, lower carbonation, smooth and creamy.

O: An outstanding Imperial Stout and an excellent beer. Only thing that might make this tastier is a little BBA.

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Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 5,999 ratings
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