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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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Purchased bottle in April maybe in Arkansas and checked it home on the plane. Opened 11/11/14. My 1,000th review!
Pours an oily black color with minimal tan head into cigar city snifter.
Huge vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted aromas...maybe I can smell a hint of the pepper.
Taste is big vanilla...lots of roasted malts, chocolate, and then ends with a nice bite of heat. Its not over sweet at all....not over done with the heat...not over anything, its damn near perfect. Chugable, yet full of so much flavor. I absolutely love this brew,

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the local taphouse during their 4th of July takeover.

Pours a very dark brown colour, mocha head; foamy, nice uneven sinking. Awesome lacing. Looks amazing.

Smellls very bitter, loads of spicy espresso coffee on there. Roasty, slightly charred. Slight meaty hint. Smells pretty good. Bit bitter though and coffee-heavy.

Taste is sweeter. Unsweetened chocolate all the way through with more cocoa rich flavour upfront, then notes of espresso, pepperberry and smokey lamb. I'm not kidding. Pretty impressive, but very strong and lots of very bitter notes.

Full, pretty fluid. Touch of warming alcohol. Actually more of a shove in the throat rather than a touch.

Impressive impy stout. Big, and really spicy. Pleasant sipper.

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

Bought a single 12 oz bottle from Gabriels Beer Warehouse in San Antonio while on travel.
Appearance is that of your typical top flight stout. Smell is heavy on the coffee and a little chocolate. Taste is very solid, but like the smell it was just a little too heavy on the coffee and hop finish. I really liked the subtle hint of chile but its very slight so its added very well. Biggest highlight to me is how this 13% beer is so light and not boozy at all. Feels like an 8% Stout. Overall I highly recommend a sampling but I can't quite put it into that top tier with a small handful of others that I liked better.

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Photo of smb
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma and taste explode with huge notes of coffee, espresso and chocolate. Slight vanilla and chili peppers, but very very slight. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and goes down very easy at this abv level, especially with coffee. Coffee and dark chocolate/cacao bitterness remain in the aftertaste, but both sit well on the palate. A truly world-class and classic imperial coffee stout.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown black color with a smallish tan head and good lacing

S-dark malt, cocoa, vanilla, spice, coffee, little molasses

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, pepper, vanilla, light molasses

F- full body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-great stout, flavors are very complex and well-integrated

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

12 oz. bottle, bottled on April 21, 2015 printed in Julian code on the bottleneck. Finally I have acquired a bottle of Prairie Bomb!, 'Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers'. per the label.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - it pours a dark inky black with hardly any conjuration of head at all. Some dark mocha skims the glass and leaves lots of good sticky lacing when given a nice swirl.

S - A luscious aroma greets the senses. This thing is literally bursting with gooey chocolatey goodness and authentic freshly grinded coffee beans. Smells sticky, gooey, & creamy. Smells absolutely delicious.

T - Taste follows the nose: very smooth & creamy. Lots of gooey chocolate / cacao nib goodness steals the show for me. Very authentic freshly brewed coffee flavor. The vanilla beans are present, but are mostly lost to the other flavors. The chili peppers lend only a very subtle heat on the finish. Roasty, with mild notes of char, and a mild metallic note that is just a bit off-putting for me. Very complex stuff.

M - The mouthfeel is extremely smooth & creamy, especially at 13.00% abv. Medium-full bodied with low lying carb. Still, very easy-drinking stuff considering the high abv.

Overall, an excellent stout from Prairie Artisan Ales, it's no wonder this beer is so highly acclaimed. Would definitely be interested in seeing how other variants of this one fare.

Prairie Bomb! -----4.5/5

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Photo of tbryan5
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A HUGE thanks to @CRJMellor for sending me this in a trade. Super stoked to get to finally try this highly acclaimed brew.

12oz. Bottle poured into tulip.

I can smell the chocolatey, vanilla spiciness as soon as I pop the cap. Pours a black, black, viscous body with a chocolate brown two finger head that dissipates at a medium pace. I can also smell all the ingredients: coffee, cacao, vanilla, and chile peppers. Taste is more, a lot more of the same, deliciousness that hit the nose. Overall, I really loved this beer. Really glad I was able to try it, and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a complex stout that blends its flavors with the utmost harmony.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of this from Doodler in a recent box. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Gold wax
Coffee, cacao, vanilla beans and chili peppers.
Nordaggios coffee

APPEARANCE: Muddy black pour yields a three finger, foamy, medium tan head with very good retention. Jet black body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Slowly fades to a full foam cap, then a wisp and ring. A simple ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: All the adjuncts are there. Chilies are first, with coffee, vanilla and cacao nibs, showing up in that order. Light roast, sweet cream and milk chocolate notes. Everything is really balanced in the nose. Can't get much better than this really. Bold and wonderful.

TASTE: Really flavorful with vanilla, chocolate and light roasted notes up front. Creamy chocolate and coffee through the middle into a big and lingering finish of bitter chocolate and coffee, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet cream and some spicy chilies. Chilies are well measured and give a little bite and heat in the aftertaste, but aren't overpowering. Lots of adjuncts but they're all well there and well balanced. Perhaps a touch too much heat lingers, but just great.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a chili scratch at the swallow, finishing slightly mouth-coating. A chili bite and some heat lingers, but still really good.

OVERALL: This is excellent. Could be a touch thicker and a have a touch less carbonation for top marks, I'm really getting nit picky here. Fantastic, and there's no way this is actually 14% ABV either. Easily equal to Mexican Cake, and a tick below Huna. World class in any respect. Thanks again Doodler. Highly recommended.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A huge, huge want for a while. Major thanks to my friend, Eddie, for hooking me up with a bottle.

A: Black with a really nice two finger mocha colored head. Given the ABV, I wasn't expecting much from the appearance, but this is a looker. Tons of lace coats the glass after each sip.

S: An absolutely fantastic blend of vanilla, freshly roasted coffee and chili. The vanilla is rich, almost custard like. I don't know that I've ever come across this much vanilla in a beer before. The coffee isn't overpowering, but complements the vanilla really well. And the chili smells like roasted ancho, very smoky and dark. Together, these are incredible.

T: Layers upon layers of mouth coating vanilla and chocolate. Mocha and chili round it out with just a hint of a burn from the peppers on the finish. Powdery cocoa, dark chocolate, fudge and some marshmallow. Finish has some light char, earthy pepper notes and just that little hint of heat. Tastes about 5%. I can't believe this is 14. Bravo, Prairie.

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Photo of wedge
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an inky black with only a wispy tan covering. Aroma is deep and dark...equal parts cocoa nibs and coffee beans with a soft vanilla sweetness and waft of dried chilies. Dark chocolate cake and a cup of sweetened coffee in the mouth. Booze is remarkably absent in the nose and flavor, just a little warmth in the throat that works with the subtle spice. Silky, moderately full body - again, easy enough to drink that you'd have no idea this was such a big beer. I generally have a hard time with massive, under-attenuated, sticky-sweet beers and this thankfully isn't one of them. Absolutely worth the cost of a bottle every once in a while as a treat. Fantastic!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1777th review on BA
Bottle to Prairie Tulip (Purple Lettering)

Batch 5 Orange wax.

Thanks to Will or CanadianGhetto for this one

App- A solid dark brown color with no transperency with a nice 1-1/2" slightly darker brown head that faded pretty quickly. The beer was deep and dense and poured like chocolate.

Smell- Right out of the bottle, I mostly get the cacao and the vanilla. Malty and rich like a milkshake. As it warmed more of the chili aroma came out as well. A nice mix. One doesnt overpower the other and you cant detect the nuances.

Taste- This was a very flavorful and layered and detectably smooth stout. I had a couple others with Chilis and it was too harse. The balance here of the ingredients is quite nice. The sweet of the vanilla and the change to the richness of the chocolate and then the subtle hints of spice was nice.

Mouth- A solid medium body, bordered on being a thicker beer but struck the balance nicely. The carbonation was a solid medium and was a bit bubbly and creamy.

Drink- A very good beer. I enjoyed it a lot. I was glad I was able to land at least one to review and enjoy this one. Prairie does some good things. I am happy to have some goodies in the fridge to try.

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

Absolutely gorgeous ale with the thickest crown of dark brown foam that muffin topped above the rim. This poured very inky and thick with a deep ominous darkness.

The aroma is so strong with a massive coffee jolt. There's a spicy, smoky chocolate aroma that's so pleasing and then a finish of malty Graham Cracker.

The flavor is coffee-centric with a strong smoky, roast and char. Touches of spicy capsaicin alert the taste buds mid palate as this finishes with a light toasted malt and tobacco leaf.

The feel is sublime with a rich creamy texture. Advertised as 15 pct ABV there's barely an inkling of it, not even so much as a residual warmth.

This is a champion of a stout with nice complexity and superb peripherals.

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Photo of Zach136
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into PAA 11oz "teku". Reviewed side by side with Cigar City Hunaphu's. Consumed 3/28/14 - reviewed from notes.

A - Pitch Black, no head - it's a stout.

S - Coffee forward with a touch of chilli pepper.

T - Bitter road, a solid amount of heat from the peppers but in no way over powering.

M - A bit thin, with a lingering heat.

O - Great beer with an excellent use of the spice that definitely let's you know it's there but doesn't need a side of ranch dressing.

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

Appearance: pitch black, dark brown finger of head.

Aroma: intense coffee, chocolate, roast, leather, char.

Taste: a bit less coffee forward, equal parts chocolate, with a mild chili finish. As it warns, the chili becomes more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: solid full, creamy body with appropriately lower carbonation.

Overall: quite drinkable for the ABV, it was rather hidden. Wonderful coffee stout worth seeking out.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black with minimal amount of tan head.
Smells of huge chocolate and vanilla, some roasty barley notes, hint of coffee and caramel.
Taste is very well balanced between all of the components, though I'm not getting much of the chili pepper. Vanilla, Coffee, Chocolate are all present, but none are dominant. Lots of roasty, dark malt notes as well. A bit of toffee and a hint of dark fruit.
Very slick on the mouth. Does not feel like 13%.
Very good beer that isn't far off from being an amazing beer.

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Photo of pkalix
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

tangerine-colored wax, my bottle says 13%.
opened bottle, smelled chocolate/espresso cream.... poured into glass, still laced with Pliny resin, and got a nice layer of chocolate milk-looking head, mostly chocolate brown (of course) but with spots of white(?). strong chocolate aromas, no chiles, and a tad of dark roasted coffee. taste is very flavorful. lots of chocolate; smooth chocolate without the bitterness. slight espresso bitterness. some vanilla. again, very smooth... slightly carbonated, but not much. this is so much easier to drink then Bourbon County in comparing the abv. similar to a Mogli from Caldera in the huge chocolateness.... this stuff would be awesome over some vanilla ice cream!
considering the abv, and the taste, and the sweetness vs bitterness, this one is AWESOME!!! it's beautiful, although standard-looking on the pour, excellent in the aroma and taste departments, and just feels good even after it's down the throat. no nasty aftertaste. no bitterness; jus a lingering chocolate/espresso cream... cheers!
oh yeah... and I LOVE the 12 oz bottle!!! awesome stuff!

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

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours really dark, thick looking, no light passing through this one. No head, oily cling coats the glass. The smell is wonderful, one of the best I can remember. Strong cacao, vanilla, coffee, even the chilies all come through clearly. Also malt and a great malted milk ball aroma. Taste leads with chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla. More chilies than the nose- but no real heat, less coffee. Just delicious. Very smooth and creamy, a real tongue coater that lingers.

No closing comment that's different from everyone else. The clarity and intensity of the flavors is stunning.

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

Review from memory - pitch black, thick, with a small espresso head. Smell dominated by cocoa and dark chocolate, with some coffee excellently integrated into the mix. The taste is also very cocoa-heavy, with vanilla and coffee, caramel and a bit of alcohol warmth (or is it the chilies?). Excellent beer.

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Photo of beergoot
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The bottle label has 13.0% ABV vice 14.0%.

The body appears India ink black with a thin, wispy dark brown head; sediment left in the bottle. Deep and rich aroma of coffee grounds, charred grain, and chocolate. The taste exudes vanilla, cocoa, and sour cherries; boozy; cigarette ash. Heavy bodied; rich and smooth; velvety mouthfeel.

My goodness, what a heavenly, heavy brew! Big, bold, and rich throughout with incredibly robust and earthy dark tones in appearance, aroma, and flavor! Depth and complexity galore and a perfect find for RIS/double stout fans. Most definitely a dark ale flavored road-trip in a bottle!

And I love the catfish on the bottle cap (not that that has anything to do with the beer or its taste appeal -- it just looks cool)...

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

UPDATED 7/21/16 - On tap at the Anchor in Wichita - a bit hotter than normal. I am knocking the Taste down to 4.5
UPDATED 6/18/15 - On tap at The Anchor in Wichita

At Church Key. Poured into a small snifter.

Complex is stating the obvious. Are there better imperial stouts, maybe, BUT this is one of my top beers. Worth the effort to find! I knew this beer was highly rated, but I had not read the detail, so though the brewer indicates that they used chilies, I could not directly discern those tastes. 4.75

A – Pours black with a brown head that quickly dissipates, but easily brought back with a swirl. Good lacing. Some alcohol legs. 4.75

S – Fantastically rich aroma, BIG milk (probably the vanilla in hindsight) and dark chocolate, roasted malts, sweetness, faint dark fruit, coffee is subdued in my opinion, alcohol but not solventy 5

T - Rich, roasted malts, dark chocolate, low bitterness, on the sweet side, alcohol, but just enough, nice balance for such a huge beer. 4.75

MF - Relatively smooth for all of the ABV, a little creamy, some alcohol but not the ABV bomb you might expect at 14 percent. 4.75

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Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black with a lucious three finger chocolate laced head and clingy lacing everywhere, the smell is dark chocolate with an underlying chillie smokiness and coffee, the mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth with perfect moderate carbonation and the tastes are simple with the usual lineup of flavours you would expect in a big stout starting with a big dose of milky chocolate, vanilla,cacao and a slight smokiness from the chillies but no heat whatsoever and finished like a coffee with some sugar bittersweet and overall a bloody tasty Stout that will age well but once again its a pricey affair but its off my bucket list cheers.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Original and revisit bottle (revisit in Nov on date 11115, end of March?)

A: dark brown/black (amber hue on edges when held to light)
Revisit: pour looked thick and oily. No carbonation rising on a medium pour - just some straggling bubbles. Somehow a fishing wire line of bubbles appear at edge

S: chocolate and coffe, roasted malt-style, with a hint of vanilla
Revisit: same, but very rich in its impression

T: more chocolate than coffee, and the vanilla is more present. I had noted other reviews' mention of chile and forgot, but I noted something different in the latter part of the taste. My girlfriend reminded me while reading one of those reviews, and a light bulb went off! It's subtle but obvious, and very interesting.
Revisit: definitely rich chocolate, the nibs I am starting to recognize in beers as I've had more. Vanilla and actually a raisin/rum fig flavor makes an appearance. Alcohol provides a little heat and I still get the hint of chili pepper.

M: little alcohol tinge, but stands up for the style of a malt-roasted beer
Revisit: Full bodied, but a bit oily and coating of the mouth.

O: a wonderful beer that has a few things going on, but it's gravy on top of a solid imperial stout. I am enjoying this style more and more, thanks to beers like this.

Revisit: lived up to my recollection. Wish it looked a little better, but a minor flaw in a wonderful beer.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours like a thick chocolate syrup. Foamy/frothy mocha-colored head sits upon a very thick, dark dark brown body.

S- Dark chocolate, vanilla, hints of red peppers, roasty malts, roasted coffee.

T- Big, bold flavors of dark chocolate, bitter coffee, vanilla, hints of peppers, huge roastiness. Great combination of flavors with no huge sweetness, but huge complexity. The hints of peppers add another level of flavor, but it does not overpower like some beers with peppers.

M- The mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer. Frothy, creamy, extremely drinkable for a 14% monster. Maybe the slightest sign of alcohol, but the peppers somewhat mask even the littlest alcohol presence. Insanely good mouthfeel.

O- A great beer for sure. Complex, great feel, great flavors. Perhaps the best non barrel-aged imperial stout I have had.

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

what an amazing beer i first had cold and the flavor was a lot of coffee and chocolate once it warmed up it was vanilla, cinnamon ,pepper just an amazing amazing stout

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Photo of Florida9
3.69/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color. Almost black, but not quite. Barely forms any head at all. Maybe a small bit if surface coating, but not much. Aroma is mostly coffee. Darkly roasted malts, and some earthy chiles, but little else. Taste is disappointing: lots of dirty earth, some earthy chile, coffee dregs. Little sweetness. Full bodied. Lower carbonation. Dirty feeling.
Not exactly sure how this beer is getting the hype it's pulling. I found it to be very simplistic and Dirty. Coincidentally I had this right after East End Coffee Porter and while East Ends beer wasn't overly impressive neither was the Prairie. Comparisons to Hunaphu's is unjust.

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