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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 UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 1 (gold wax).

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and very slight chile pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder and dark chocolate flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip, but I am not getting any chile heat in the throat. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a fantastic set of aromas and a nice chocolate forward taste.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Obsidian black with mocha head, viscous pour
S: chocolate, coffee, mild spiciness, cinnamon
T: Coffee, chocolate, minimal spice, vanilla, roasty, mild booziness
M: Chewy, liquid chocolate, mild burn from alcohol
O: A fantastic beer that makes you wonder how many flavors can be packed into a world class ale

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that died down, but never completely faded away, leaving a large thick web of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate strong aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose along with notes of the chili peppers and hints of cocoa nibs. Faint amounts of vanilla beans also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off with strong flavors of coffee beans but as it warms up the ancho chilies begin to creep in and provide a spicy balance to the underlying cocoa nibs.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might be a bomb with the mélange of ingredients, but it tastes nothing like something that is 14% abv because it hides its alcohol exceptionally well. If you let it warm up, there becomes a good balance between all of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with an inch of mocha foam on top of the black liquid; plenty of streaky lacing is left behind

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, with a smoky/peppery kick

Taste: Chocolate flavors dominate the front end, with the sweetness building; coffee and dark fruit flavors add depth, in the middle; the real treat is when the smoky ancho chili flavor brings the heat, as it adds considerable character to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and some warmth

Overall: This is a great beer and the brewery has really handled the chili pepper addition with aplomb

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Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015: Had a full glass recently, it was ok but not a big fan. Short answer is that it's a by the numbers adjunct stout. Vanilla, chocolate, and coffee gets a little tired, it's not unique. The chilies add a twist and some heat but the overall package is lacking. Thin bodied, it was a one and done. Spaghetti Western was a much better follow up, it had the requisite dry bitterness to balance.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing colourful label and orange wax-ed over pry-off cap served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. 13% ABV. Reviewed as an imperial stout because the label clearly identifies it as an "imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers." Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

Served chilled. Side-poured.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a quarter finger wide head of fairly rich tan colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Decent complexion. Unfortunately, the head retention is poor - maybe 1 minute at best. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. Not quite a jet black, but certainly nontranslucent and nontransparent. No floating yeast particles or hop sediment is visible. Appears undercarbonated.

The head doesn't set itself apart; it lacks the richness and vibrance of superior beers in the style. Not unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Rich cacao nibs dominate. It's not a dusty or powdery cacao character, but rather feels like a very evocative, saliva-inducing chocolate. Right behind it in prominence is some coffee of equally impressive depth, evoking a subtle roastiness and layers of java. The base is your usual dark malt and chocolate malt foundation, but it's unobtrusive and seems to let the more interesting notes shine.

As far as any vanilla beans or chili peppers? Hm. I do find hints of faint chili powder - as though chili powder cut with Mexican chocolate, but honestly I wouldn't notice the chili character without prompting. And forget the vanilla beans; I'm not finding them at all.

No yeast, alcohol, or hops are detectable.

It seems to have the perfect amount of sweetness and I think it's a lovely aroma for an imperial stout. There's some faint cream and just a hint of roasted barley - which plays with the coffee roast wonderfully.

That said, it's quite a timid aroma for a 13% ABV imperial stout. Certainly understated, but I'd call it subtle rather than reticent. It's teasing. I can't wait for the first sip.

As it warms, I am noticing more and more chili powder on the back end.

T: Gorgeous. The cacao nibs are the stars here, blending beautifully with the dark malt/chocolate malt base and the subtle coffee roast. Though it's worth pointing out that taken on their own, neither the cacao nib character nor the coffee character is particularly deep. I've experienced far superior individual coffee and cacao notes in other beers in the style, but there they blend wonderfully, and the balance is impressive. Warm Mexican chocolate-esque chili pepper/powder is present throughout, but gears up more in the 3rd act without feeling too hot or spicy. It's hard to execute chili notes so subtly. Vanilla beans? Nowhere to be found.

The ABV is also not coming through; this stuff is dangerously drinkable for 13%. There's no yeast character or hop character either, but in spite of the lack of noticeable hop bitterness the beer never feels too sweet as many imperial stouts are prone to; I think the subtle roasted barley and light coffee roast do the balancing instead of hops.

I pick up on some light cream, and could use more. Overall, this is a delightfully well balanced flavour profile with impressive subtlety, notable nuance, good complexity, and fair intricacy. Good depth of flavour and flavour duration. Average intensity of flavour. It's very cohesive, and nearly gestalt.

I'd like to taste the vanilla bean, though I suppose that would entail more sweetness.

Mf: Lightly creamy. Smooth and wet. Almost perfectly carbonated. Has a nice softness to it. As it warms, the texture feels more and more powdery, crumbly, and dusty - like an unrefined Mexican chocolate. In other words, it feels exactly like the aroma doesn't smell - if that makes any sense. It's surprisingly light and easy on the palate, with a modest weight and not much thickness. The result is a very approachable texture which bolsters drinkability. This is about as far from overbearing and syrupy as an imperial stout can get.

Not oily, gushed, hot, syrupy, astringent, harsh, chewy or boozy - though there is some mild chili warmth.

This texture goes above and beyond, complementing the taste beautifully and coaxing out the nuances of the chocolate specifically; the mouthfeel and taste cooperate to create the effect of a crumbly cacao treat. Well-executed indeed. It's rare that a texture feels this dialed-in to a specific flavour, but boy does it work well here. Masterful work.

The tingly chili warmth is lovely.

Dr: Dangerously drinkable for its well-disguised 13% ABV. I'd absolutely buy it again. Any stout fan would do well to try this. I already want more. I'm glad I greedily kept this to myself instead of sharing it with friends. Some of Prairie's finest work so far - and that's saying a lot.


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Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A worthy #4,500 review.Pours ink black with a creamy deep beige head atop.What to say about the aromas....vanilla,char,dark roast coffee,caramel the list goes on.A creamy full smooth feel is fitting for this beer.Vanilla and caramel up front on the palate with roast and underlying char to go along with just a hint of the sweet mild heat of the anchos,of course there has to be some chocolate,maybe some graham cracker?It's a joy and a treat to drink beer like this.

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Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler from H.E.B.

1 finger of dark tan head. Leaves some splattered lace. Decent retention. Color is a deep black.

Flavor profile: A lot of rich chocolate and cocoa. Caramel and roasted malts. Coffee flavors. Vanilla. Molasses and dark fruit flavors. The chipotle peppers are near the end and in the finish. The chilies seem roasted as well.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, roasted, but smooth. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends dry with roasted notes.

Overall, this was a top level non BA stout. A massive amount of flavors. The only thing I would complain about is a bit too much roast, but otherwise I really like this one.

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Photo of jlindros
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/4/2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, molasses, chili pepper, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit/smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chili pepper, and coffee/vanilla/cocoa spice notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, molasses, chili pepper, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit/smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of pepper spice and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, molasses, chili pepper, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit/smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt chili pepper, and coffee/vanilla/cocoa spice flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, fairly sticky/chalky, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Very minimal heat from the actual peppers as well. Overall this is an incredible spiced imperial stout style. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chili pepper, and coffee/vanilla/cocoa spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly amazing offering as expected.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served at the 2014 RBWG in Asheville.

Strong black coffee aroma.
Hint of dark fruit and vanilla.
As bitter as black coffee despite some sweetness up front.
Burnt and charred grains dominate the finish and unpleasant aftertaste.
For burnt grain/espresso lovers only.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Prairie Artisan Ales "BOMB!"
on tap at The Distillery, Savannah, GA on 21 December 2014
12 oz. for $9

Listed at 11.5% abv, this Imperial stout is aged on cocoa nibs, ancho chili, vanilla beans, and coffee. The chili is clearly present in the nose, but not so much in the flavor, and the other ingredients are fairly mild, but surprisingly they all make an appearance at one point or another. The only drawback to this beer is that it doesn't quite live up to the rich maltiness that you might expect of an Imperial stout, although if it had I doubt the 'spicing' would have worked as well. Impressive, and certainly worth seeking out!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Acquired from mwrecording so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains black coffee, roasted malts, chili peppers, chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong black coffee flavor. Then flavors of chili peppers and chocolate come in along with a very hearty roasted malt character. The chili pepper heat isn’t too strong which I think is a good thing. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect in this type of beer, but there’s enough to bring some balance. There’s no hint of the extremely high ABV. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a bit chalky, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry and slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to sip on for a while if you’re in the mood for a coffee-chili stout.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

8 ounce pour - $6.50 at Argosy in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a frothed up, dark beige-hued head.

Smell: Blackened brackish roasted maltiness, dark chocolate powder. Dark fruits. The vegetal tones from the chiles is noted, as is the solvent alcohol quality.

Taste: Sugar infused chocolate, with harsh, ashen coffee, black molasses, and a little soft touch of vanilla. Dark fruitiness. A 'pop' of accumulating chile pepper heat. Hard roastiness on the chile-touched, hot finish with the spiciness (and alcohol) lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Near full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: The bomb isn't a dud, but, frankly, I was surprised at its overwhelming reception online. Really, I was thankful it was only eight ounces. Though, that's just one beer monkey's opinion, which is in the minority.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this from the bottle in a goblet style snifter.

The color is opaque black with small head with ring of beads and legs on the glass. The smell is great lots of cocoa drenched odors with mild coffee and vanilla with a slight sweet odor and light smell of peppery with earthy quality and gentle alcohol aroma. The feel is superb with a lovely mix of smooth cocoa and medium carbonation level with nutty roast and semi-spiced quality with a mostly dry texture mid palate with mild warmth of alcohol and chili in the finish.

This is a great stout with very nice blend of spice -cocoa, mild vanilla and a coffee/cocoa flavor mid taste with mild earthy chili flavor that adds to the complexity with a mild toast in the finish with semi-dry quality with slight alcohol the chili taste is just enough with a mostly cocoa dominant flavor in the finish with very subtle alcohol. This is a wonderful stout so deliciously blended with all the adjunct flavors represented so well in the taste w/ an excellent base stout that hides the alcohol well

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Photo of russpowell
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Freddy from the Biergarten in Jenks for holding one back for me!

Pours an effervescent pitch black with a fast falling mocha colored head. Nice viscious look, near zero head retention & lacing

S: Rich coffee & dark chocolate, caramel & vanilla

T: Follows the, vanilla, caramel & a general hint of creme brule' going on here along with dryness, just a little chille bite too. More pepper heat as this warms, coffee, mocha & oaky notes, strong caramel. Finishes with oaky dryness, chille heat, coffee & cocoa

MF: Medium bodied, fairly silky, thickens up over time

This is incredibily smooth & drinkable for such a complex beer. Deft use of chillles really sets this apart from the crowd. Easily my favorite big beer from Prairie, so far... Wanted to wring the bottle out to get every drop. I would love to see a barrel aged version of this, but pretty awesome in its own right

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wedding snifter.

You know you're conflicted when you want to drop this bottle (due to the name), but you also know that doing so would waste a potentially great beer. ... Anyway, this stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises dark and lightly-acrid coffee, vanilla bean, light oak, and a good helping of earthy greens. The taste holds notes of earthy coffee, roasted malts, and light dark chocolate powder. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I don't get the love professed for this beer. It's fairly boring in terms of spiced-stout characteristics, and the peppers are really nowhere to be seen (save in adding some green earthiness to the proceedings). No real complexity is to be found. Nothing about this beer brings much in the way of comparisons to Hunahpu (which I'm not even the biggest fanboy of) and its ilk. I mean, it's not a bad beer, in all honesty, but it's nowhere near as good as I've been hearing. I just don't get it...

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Photo of mdfb79
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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

Black color with mocha head. Aroma pops with vanilla and a vegetal pepper and celery note. Taste starts sweet and chocolatey and then the spicy chili kicks in. You also get the vanilla sweetness. Really well integrated flavors. Body is heavy with smooth carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. You get a burn but it's mostly from the chili. Really nice overall. Well balanced spiced imperial stout.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is near black with a dense beige head. The aroma is silly good. Vanilla, chocolate, chiles, oak, roast, coffee beans. Seriously, this is amazing. What a complex and delicious beer. 14% abv hidden gracefully. There is so much going on in this beer that one gets new flavors with every sip. Aftertaste lingers for several minutes. I'm in awe. My absolute highest recommendation.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Appearance - Inky black. Not much of a head. No bubbles. Slightly transparent at the edges.

Smell - Lots of chocolate. Some cinnamon. Coffee is secondary, or tertiaty I guess. Peppers on the back end.

Taste - Very chocolatey. Coffee is more prominent, but blends into the chocolate. The pepper flavor peaks out at the beginning but builds up throughout. A bit of spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Really doesn't taste like 14%. Medium heavy body. Prett chewy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Impressive. Great flavors and enough of a stout to stand up to them. Bourbon barrel please? Yumm.

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

I got to "tick" this at a bottle share back in 2013. Glad to finally have a chance to sit down and review/enjoy this bottle to myself. Huge thanks to the employee at Grassroots in Jax who saw me browsing the beer isle and offered me one of these as it wasnt even out on the shelf yet.

As stated, this is a freshly released 12oz bottle with no wax or dating to be easily noted. It pours black in color with a rich tan cap a finger strong.

The smell is rich of roast like chocolate and coffee. A slight vanilla sweetness, caramel and mild nod in the direction of earthiness.

The taste is sweet like vanilla/chocolate before getting more bitter and roasty/earthen. Towards the back is a slight coffee character integrated with mild pepper flavor and an accompanying slight warmth of spicy peppers and alcohol.

This is full bodied and moderately carbonated. A very nice execution of all flavors listed on the bottle. The alcohol is masterfully hidden for being in excess of 12%. Id love to have a couple of these to sip on whenever I want but it comes at a hefty price - $10 per 12oz is a stretch over what im comfortable paying but in this case it was well worth it.

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BOMB! from Prairie Artisan Ales
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