Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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4.5/5
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Bomb!Bomb!
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#98
Reviews:
970
Ratings:
6,124
pDev:
8.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,028
Gots:
2,703
Trade:
265
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Photo of Dharmelink
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dankacheese
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of griffey123
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Strohm
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrewT
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Casey_L
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sappyjoker
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sam671217
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Commandophile
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mealhouse
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Maestro0708
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
13%ABV

Pours pitch black in color with a dark beige, one finger head that reduces to a ring around the glass and a thin cap of film. The head has very little retention as it reduces to nothing as you drink and leaves behind very little lacing.

The aroma features bold coffee, vanilla beans, alcohol, chocolate, and Chile pepper spice.

As it warms the chocolate smell becomes stronger and the aroma is dominated by chocolate and coffee.

The taste features coffee and alcohol heat up front, followed by chocolate, roasted dark malts, and slight heat from the chile peppers. The finish is sweet vanilla. Alcohol is noticable and warming as you drink. The myriad flavors are well balanced.

Mouth feel is smooth as silk, full bodied and thick. Very nice.

Overall: Wow! I love stouts brewed in the "Mexican hot chocolate" style and this one is near perfect. It's well balanced, smooth, and oh so tasty!

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Photo of Riff
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an inky black color with a thin brown head that fades to a ring around the glass. Smells of spices, cinnamon, dark chocolate, and coffee. Tastes of chocolate cake, a little coffee, a faint spice, and finishes with a little vanilla and light chocolate flavor. Slight heat throughout and lingering afterwards. Good, solid feeling brew. Overall, very nice. At first I thought Stone Xocoveza with the smell so I was a bit thrown with the flavor. The chili peppers seem to make this very much their own brew. Would certainly have again.

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Photo of runeatdrink
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NicholasL
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark, Rich, Viscous
S: Syrup and pepper with slight cocoa and hints of vanilla. I do not smell the coffee (nor taste)
T: Chocolate brownie with hint of vanilla, middle of the mouth slight pepper that gives you a mild tongue tingle without overpowering. Again lacks the coffee flavor described.
F: Medium thickness, not thick nor thin. Slight carbonation, slight dry finish
O: Solid year around beer. Especially considering all the flavor and body packed into a non-barrel aged stout!

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

Photo of ChittyChambers
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of varian7
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kontraband
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Luckydog91
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmphillips88
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpinSamzo
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Atodd21
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StJamesGate
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oxblood onyx with a finger of loose umber foam that’s got no chance of sticking. 4
Stale coffee, humidor (tobacco + cedar), dried cherries, + cacao. 4.25
Cola, cigars, prune, black cherry, ash, rising sweet hipster espresso shot, ganache, subtle flecks of vanilla, black pepper and a red berry comeback. 4.5
Creeping tingly chili linger.
Full, chewy, smooth as silk, mild warmth. 4.5

Coffee, cocoa, vanilla beans + Ancho chilis

Roughly 6 months on this one. Calibrated first with a thoroughly decent high proof Mexi-stout, Tempest Mexicake, so there’s no, “Oh, it’s strong and flavor!” love-at-first-sight things going on. And friends, that was wise, because Tempest is brandy and this is cognac.
Nose is deep, savoury, and ominous, like expensive cologne. Black malt character is far more complex, and the adjuncts deployed with much more finesse, and the chili is implied as much as tated. Cinnamon is missing + coffee added, so not a strict rendering of Mexican hot chocolate. This crucially tones down the whole spice angle, and the vanilla plays like it’s in, say, a creme brulee: you’d miss it if it were gone, but it’s not featured. Cocoa the same, only more so: I can’t even parse it from the dark malts. Roast, wisely, is quiet. Somehow manages to be smoother + less hot than Tempest in spite of 2% higher ABV (though age could’ve helped.) “This is about as far from overbearing and syrupy as an imperial stout can get,” says Kojevergas, and he’s not wrong.
Ultimately, I don’t even need to know that it’s a concept beer: stands very much on its own. Pairs well with banana bread. Totally get $10 a bottle, and given that I paid $6 for Mexicake, it might even be good a deal.

World class. 4.5

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Photo of andrewh995
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with barely even a half cm of tan head - even with an aggressive pour
S: Coffee and peppers
T: Coffee, chile peppers, vanillas, and plenty of sweetness
F: Medium bodied (don't get how everyone is saying it's so thick) with very light carbonation
O: Delicious stout with a very original chile pepper flavor.

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Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 6,124 ratings
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