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BOMB! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

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 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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Photo of alexpcat13
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Jet Black pour, no head

S- Roasted Chocolate with a hint of coffee, vanilla, slight twinge of cinnamon or some other spicy note (perhaps the anchos)

T- And now i understand why it's called Bomb!, lots and lots of different flavors going on. It's like, bear with me here, the chocolate and coffee are set up on a nice little plate of earthy anchopepperygoodness. Finishes with a nice vanilla note. I would never know this is a 13%er, booze definitely isn't upfront.

F- Medium bodied to me, nice and silky

0- Excellent, will buy again when i have the chance.

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

Pours black from 12oz. bottle. Looks to have medium body, maybe 1/2 finger tan head that dissipates and leaves a very skimpy ring. No lacing, but a nice clean, glassy look.

Smell is fantastic. Thick cocoa and coffee, some peppery notes tickle the nose and really distinguish this stout. Medium body and no carbonation. Really slick; slides around on the tongue. Lots of bitterness, but they don't overwhelm the pallet, leave that to the cocoa and coffee. Wow, this is just layers of flavor. Some vanilla late in the nose. Probably a bunch of other flavors I'm missing... really good.

Overall, I'm upset I waited so long to try this. Its not cheap, but makes for an excellent night cap, and something you can really savor for a while. A++

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - That's some black stuff, no head

S - Cocoa, a bit of coffee and a bit of vanilla

T - a lot going on here! Coffee, cocoa and roasted malt then the pepper comes to warm you up a bit, just what you'd have wanted

F - Really smooth, not boozy for the high 13% ABV

O - An unique beer, I woud say it's worth the price (€10, here in France) that you should keep for a special occasion!

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with tan head that falls somewhat quickly. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, slight booze and slight earthy hop notes. Flavor is bitter chocolate, slight caramel, coffee, vanilla, slight chili, slight fruity notes. The flavors of the adjuncts meld perfectly with the base beer. The feel is med-heavy with a silky smooth finish. Slight booze but not hot. Overall one of the better interpretations of the "Mexican Chocolate" style Imperial Stout.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Vanilla hits you first thing, followed by chocolate and bold coffee, and then a wee bit of chile at the end. I recall last year's having much more heat but this beer is still amazing.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well now - here's one brew that took me awhile to find. The hype is crazy and I wondered if it would live up to it. It certainly did. Pour black with a nice foamy head. Nice aroma but nothing special. The flavor is special though. Well balanced with many layers of flavor going on. Nice little spice note right at the end. Superb beer. Pricey and not easy to get but worth it.

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Photo of mdgogiants
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: dark brown w light caramel head.
S: dark, charcoal, coffee
T: can taste the hops, again charred wood, cocoa and anise hints, coffee, and a bit of pepper
F: silky finish with lingering hop, cocoa (bitter chocolate
I: very strong. Love it although other strong brews may be preferred (ten fidy, BBH, Yeti) which may be a bit less bitter choco taste. BUT overall great beer worthy of high grade.

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Photo of rankandfile
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As with anything this special (and expensive) it should be a special event when drinking one. Im not a big stout drinker (a hop head by heart) but a Prairie bomb is a very special event. the notes on the bottle say aged with coffee, vanilla and chili peppers and they are very sublime notes that mix together so eloquently and become harmonious with the tongue. I think I literally achieved pallete nirvana over the holidays as I bought bottle after bottle.

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Photo of Beerdsley419
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - pours black with a .5 finger thick mocha colored head that leaves nothing more than a lacing ring

S - coffee up front and through out, the chocolate and vanilla are prominent and the peppers provide a slight heat to the aroma

T - WOW. This is brewed to perfection. The coffee is bold yet smooth, the chocolate is deep and bitter sweet, the vanilla is very complimentary and the pepper leaves just the slightest tingle on the back of your tongue.

F - smooth and full bodied. Not the greatest but sufficient no doubt

O - this is a world class beer that is practically perfect

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. About half a finger of frothy light brown head formed and quickly fell. A short interrupted ring of lacing is left.

4.75 S: Wow, you can really smell the flavors in this without really trying. It's a super potent spicy crème brulee type of aroma. Cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla beans all stand out in the open with the chiles adding a spicy heat. The base offers a smooth, supple roastiness, layers of chocolate and caramel, and sweet neutral malts. Really nice nose.

4.75 T: Like the nose, the additives blend magnificently and run the show. The chiles are immediately noticeable with a perfectly complementary level of heat. Nibs, vanilla, and coffee are all running on all cylinders. Sweet overall with a soft roastiness, caramel, molasses, and neutral sweetness.

4.5 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth. Booze is minor and well hidden with a light warming finish.

4.75 D: Really loving this beer. One of the best non-BA beer out there.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a velvetty smooth, light and dark brown at first, then black takes over at full pour, with a thin tan head.

Balanced levels of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and stout on the nose. The coffee lends a sort of sweet, fruitiness to it.

The coffee fruitiness comes through on the taste as well. Chili contributes when swirled around the tongue, but does not heat up on the backend, which is quite nice and different than the norm. As it warms, the chili does become more prominent.

This is a very well balanced, smooth and substantial brew. I did not realize it was 13% until after I finished it off and looked at the bottle a second time.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Midnight colored body, a rough pour yields only trace head that disappears entirely. Tranquil, no carbonation apparent. It looks like motor oil in a glass, but not as viscous. Nose is sweet, with notes of semisweet chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, coffee and a bit of its acidity. The vanilla takes the lead on the palate, but the rest of the entourage is close behind with the addition of faint chipotle pepper heat on the finish. I could use a bit more spice from this out-of-left-field flavor, or perhaps just less of the mollifying vanilla and almost out of control sweetness. After a while a note of fleshy overripe fruit like figs or dates comes through. Medium to heavy body, barest amount of carbonation but I wouldn't want any more anyway, fairly sticky. To its credit, the semi-light body is the only giveaway of the massive alcohol presence contained within.
Sugar BOMB! It was well constructed and gave roughly equal representation to each component (too much vanilla too little pepper), but damn was it sweet. It needed a heavier body as well.

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