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 ShriverMO
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Emersonio
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pour: On draft at The Anchor in Wichita, KS. Poured into a snifter glass. Appearance: Deep black with an off color head. Aroma: All deep coffee notes with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Very strong on the nose. Taste: Intense chocolate and Khalua-like flavors. Coffee is present. Chocolate all the way. Aftertaste: More chocolate and coffee on the backend. Hints of hot chili pepper as well. Overall: Didn't know what to expect with this one but am very pleased. Excellent. 5 out of 5

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Photo of Stevem68
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rich dark chocolate color. Has a great aroma of coffee, chocolate and a subtle vanilla hint. Flavor is Chocolate, coffee and a little vanilla. Has a touch of a rich sweetness that is counter balanced by the subtle chili peppers. Mouth feel is very smooth and the chilis leaves a warm mouth feel without being spicy. Overall this is a really great stout.

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

Photo of HeavyMetalKegger
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Firestone Walker snifter. Pours pitch black with very little visible carbonation. After the pour a tiny band of bubble visible around the glass. Aroma is a wow experience. Rich dark toasted malt, dark quality chocolate, vanilla and light coffee; at the end of the sniff, a slight pepper burn. All the ingredients are on display. Flavor is dark chocolate, sweet dark toasted malt, vanilla, molasses; finishes with an interesting dry toffee flavor melded to mild hot peppers, which leave a light burn in the aftertaste. Creamy medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation despite the lack of bubble in the glass. Very rich and decadent. In the flavor, like the aroma, all the ingredients are represented as clear notes, but all work well together. ABV dangerously covered, but this is so full of flavor, it is a slow sipper anyway. A world class chocolate and hot pepper stout. Really excellent. Now on my desert island list, this would make a boring day special.

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Photo of CHickman
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger foamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles that were popping so fast that the dissipating head looked like it was moving; faded slow to average time, leaving very good foamy spotting lacing coating the sides.

Smells of rich dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee beans, burnt coffee grinds, vanilla, chili pepper, cocoa powder, charred wood, roasted malts, mineral water, molasses, maple syrup, peat moss or earthy notes, and some alcohol like a strong booze. The initial whiff/blast that hit my nose was dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds and chili pepper, and those seem to be the dominant notes that bookend the aroma a close it out. The charred and smoky elements are always striking, but the big 3 drive the ship. The nose matches the description on the bottle perfectly, very well done.

Tastes very similar to the way it smells with the first wave of dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds and chili pepper hitting and clearing the way for a combo of vanilla, cocoa powder, espresso, toffee or Heath Bar, charred wood, roasted malts, Hershey's chocolate syrup, molasses, maple syrup, peat moss or earthy notes, some alcohol like a strong booze such as bourbon or whiskey, and then a blast of heat from the chili peppers. The booze and chili pepper combo is not painful, but the 13% ABV warms up your stomach real quick as it brings out what seems like barrel aging components. A lot more of the brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and chili pepper complexities come out as it warms up. Like the nose, the flavor matches the description on the bottle perfectly, so you get what you expect as stated right under "BOMB!" - extremely well done, and I'm not a huge fan of chili pepper infused beers.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but thick and chewy at the same time, with mellow carbonation, a body that is heavy and full of charred, boozy, spicy notes which fades off complex and on the dry side. This went down a tad bit easier than the Westbrook Mexican Cake, and any fan of that brew will love this.

I love stouts, especially imperial stouts, but don't necessarily dig the chili pepper beers, but just like Mexican Cake this was a great unique beer experience which exceeded my expectations and really defines what the craft beer movement is all about. A lot of fun to drink with it's massive extremes and dynamic flavors, this has a great combo of char, malts, spices and chocolatey sweetness - if you love stouts and love spicy food than this is well worth the $10 for a 12 oz bottle. A world class slow sipper that lived up to the hype.

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

Photo of illeagle05
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cesarsalazar1
3.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I feel bad writing a review on a beer that is rated 99 but I couldn't get passed the ancho chile peppers. Not knowing before drinking; the chile peppers were just too much. Over powering! Going to pick up another bottle and age it. Hopefully it mellows out the spice.

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

Photo of darcange
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Now I know why it's called "BOMB!" Poured at Zwanze Day at Armsby Abbey, in Worcester, MA. First sip was less than memorable, but as I allowed it to warm, the flavors I was anticipating began to emerge. Sweet cocoa went to battle with the heat of peppers. Couldn't beat the price either: $10 for a 12 ounce pour.

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

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

Photo of Antg8989
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-Rating after aging for 3 months.

Look: Pours black - a one finger brown head that diminishes rather quickly.
Aroma: Coffee and sweet vanilla - the chili peppers and chocolate come through more after 3 months
Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla - a very slight minimal chili pepper heat after 3 months.
Feel: Medium body. Slightly silky. Low-medium carbonation
Overall: I was told not to let this beer age and to drink it as soon as possible after purchase. After trying one right after purchase, and again trying one after 3 months, I prefer waiting. I think if you really want the heat from the chili peppers (as is labeled on the bottle) you should wait for those 3 months. My original rating was 4.35.

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

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

Poured rather vigorously from a 12 oz bottle into a large snifter. Jet black with a nice brown head that leaves lacing throughout. Coffee and vanilla are the most prevalent on the nose. The taste makes this beer one of the most incredible that I've had. I think it surpasses BCBS for me (which isn't easy to do). The only knock I have on this beer is the very slight alcohol burn that lingers for a few seconds. I bought an extra that I plan on cracking open in a year or two... the age on it might make this a perfect 5 for me. Quite possibly the best stout I've had.

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

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

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

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

Photo of justinp444
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle orange cap poured into a snifter. It pours a pitch black with a orange-ish beige head of 2 inches. Smell is of pepper, fresh milk chocolate, coffee, and vanilla with a big roasted malt background. Taste is fantastic, tons of chocolate, just a slight amount of spicey pepper, and a nice coffee and roasted malt backing that pulls it all together. The vanilla beans stay with you as a lingering flavor as well. It has a full rich mouth feel with a heavy thick body. Good amount of carbonation and just a tad bit of alcohol.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Lagunitas glass.Very think and jet black with a 1 and 1/2 inch head.Coffee up front with Chocolate right behind and a touch of chili powder.Very nice stout with a 14.0 ABV.If your looking for a quick buzz this is your beer.I would rate this as a very good stout not quite as good as the Imperial Russian stout from Stone but still very good.Not quite as good as the ratings indicate.I think the thing that would stop me from getting this one again is the price.Very expensive at about 10 dollars for a 12 oz bottle.I would say give it a try,even if it`s only once like me.Enjoy..

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Photo of Christoffer91
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10 ounce tulip on draft at whole foods, Palm desert CA.

L:Black and thick looking beer with a light brown head. S: roasty, slightly boozy, mildly sweet, coffee and chocolate, with a vegetative smell that isn't off putting but interesting (I didn't know there were chilies in this beer until afterward). T: even better than the nose, much more balanced than I was expecting. I'm usually not a huge fan of coffee stouts because I'm sensitive to the stale, "diner" coffee flavor and aroma, but immediately appreciated how subdued all the flavor additions were balanced. My favorites were the cocoa nibs and the vanilla which for me came a few seconds after the initial surge of coffee. Didn't pick up much of the chili besides a small sort of organic compoundy taste, but it wasn't off putting at all. Alcohol flavor is very well hidden and integrated into the other flavors. F: big and syrupy, which is to be expected. O: delicious and huge beer, with balance, yet enough flavor complexity to keep you interested the whole glass through.

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