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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 NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-Black with no light transference. An aggressive pour leads to a chocolate half centimeter head which quickly recedes to a thin ring and no lacing.
S-Coffee is the dominant aroma with some chocolate evident in the back end.
T-Coffee punches you in the face up front, but subsides and dark chocolate takes over in the middle. The chilies are obscured until the very end and provide a pleasant warming finish. I detect no vanilla or alcohol.
F-Thick and viscous as a good stout should be. Carbonation is light and appropriate for the style.
O-The coffee flavor was a little strong for me at first, but my palate adjusted and I found myself enjoying this beer. The Chile aspect is well done and is a nice level which adds, but does not dominate the flavor profile. My only complaint is that the Vanilla was obscured by the coffee, but again it's a minor quibble. I enjoyed this beer an although the price point is higher than I would like for a 12 oz. bottle, I'd happily drink it again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly enjoyed from a growler via Eightball brewing company in a snifter.

This FINE imperial pours a thick and rich black with dark brown highlights and a thin dissipating dark bronw head that settles to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of heavy dark chocolate, spicy roasted peppers, dark rich coffee, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors exceed the nose with dark fudge and espresso on the front and sides, a light vanilla note comes in on the back, and a rich roasted ancho spice livens up the overall heaviness of the stout. Slick, coating, chewy, and lightly carbonated----a stout drinkers imperial stout with a sweet complex finish of spice and sweet. Exceptional.


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Photo of silverblaze540
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Very dark and completely opaque. 1/8 inch head that dissipates quickly. Very thick with out much visible carbonation.

S - Woody, caramel, prunes, chocolate, coffee, smoky, plums, raisins and other dark fruits.

T - Alcohol and hop presence are both noticeable, but bitterness is restrained. Hops taste a bit sprucey. Malt flavor is caramel, prunes, roasted chocolate and coffee with a slight metallic hint.

M - Mouth coating with a fairly long finish of +30 seconds.

O - Awesome beer. Love the thick feel and rich flavors.

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

Pours dark with a tan head, smells like fruit, chocolate, coffee, and you can definitely smell the spice from the pepper. Taste of coffee, chocolate, pepper spice on the back end. Unique brew, would seek out again.

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Photo of danielwoodrum
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Coffee and pepper taste with a Hershey chocolate taste immediately following. This beer has a perfect balance of being a bit different, but delicious. Always a fan.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz pour into a snifter. Deep black, light head, quickly dissapears. Smells of chocolate, wood, tabasco, and coffee. Taste of dark fruits, dry roasted malts, and coffee. Touch of heat on the back end. Definately a solid brew. Don't think I woul'd pay $12 per 12 oz again. But still pretty good.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look - pours black into a glass. No head
Smell - fruity coffee
Taste - cocoa, coffee, fruit, nutty
Feel - coats mouth, thick, almost chewy. Thickest stout I've ever experienced.
Overall - great stout that really coats the mouth w a lot of flavor

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.04/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Really wanted to like this. Waited to pair this with food that met some of its ingredients. My sis in law made some ice cream sandwiches with chilles in the cookie figured this would pair well. It would have, but I didn’t expect the strength of the coffee. Anyways.. Appearance- looks good pitch black. Smell- again fine. Coffee coming out though. Taste- with all the other favors it boasts all that really showed up was the coffee. Disappointed. A little heat in the back end from the chilles. No vanilla beans or cocoa nibs like I was hoping. M- felt fine on the tongue and nice to drink. Alcohol taste was discreet. Overall- just maybe trade your other one if the opportunity arises. You don’t like coffee and have had other coffee tasting beers that tasted better than this one anyway. Nice to try it, but let me down.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 167/15. Pitch black pour. Normal head volume, poor retention and very poor lacing even though it's 13% ABV.

World class rich nose of dark chocolate, coffee and caramel with hints of vanilla. As it warms, vanilla comes much more forward.

Medium body with a smooth texture that approaches creamy. Normal carbonation with a slight bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile approaches world class. It is very intense, complex and not well balanced. The pepper aspect becomes overpowering on what otherwise would be a world class profile. It begins with a blend of coffee and chocolate that slowly allows a rich caramel base to emerge. The moderately bitter middle is comprised of coffee, roast and hops over a rising heat and vanilla. As the finish approaches a combined heat of pepper and alcohol dominates. The finish is dry. Alcohol and pepper heat lingers in the somewhat astringent finish.

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Photo of joefretty
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried this one on draft at a local beer shop.

L- Poured dark as night, nearly no head to speak of, but left a ring of dark tan residual bubbles laced around the edge of the glass while drinking.

S- Dark chocolate coffee, with definite vanilla notes.

T- Intense coffee, very substantial cacao, a nice amount of vanilla. And sweet. But not too sweet. A slight hint of pepper to give it a little bit of a kick. Not overpowering at all, blends very well with the other flavors. Places this beer on a higher level in the taste department. I would not call it spicy. More like mild sauce, but I love spicy food and can drink tabasco sauce straight from the bottle. So take that for what you will.

F - Definitely not the most carbonated, but it's not intended to be. Some people knock this beer for being flat. Maybe it's just because I had the pleasure of trying it fresh on draft, but this beer definitely had some slight carbonation to it. Some have said no head at all, and It was very slight for me not really much to speak of, but the overall feel going down was smooth, soft, and warm. It was not flat. The peppers were a pleasant addition.

O - This is how I like my stouts. For those who don't like vanilla or chocolate. Stay away. If you can't handle the slightest bit of heat. It's not for you. If you don't like high gravity espresso beers, then stay away from beverages with chest hair. In fact, stay away from Imp Stouts in general.

If you like malty, coffee, chocolatey, vanilla, with a hint of pepper...
damn near perfect.

I'll be heading back to buy some bottles.
It's the BOMB! 'Nuff said.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*800th Beer Review*

$8.99 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Site says 14% ABV, but my batch is 13%. Looks like the bottle says this was bottled 2/16 -- having it 10/4.

Appearance: Pouring this straight out of the fridge down the middle into my glass, I expected something, but got nothing. Absolutely no head came up at all. At the very end there were a few bubbles that came up and ultimately left a ring around the glass though. The color is a predictable pitch black. It looks "whatever", but... whatever. (3.75/5)

Smell: My first thought is most definitely coffee beans: there is more coffee in the aroma of this beer than some of the self-proclaimed coffee beers out there. The cacao nibs added gives a mocha vibe to the overall smell too, with only a little bit of vanilla bean. I don't smell any chili peppers, but I didn't think I would over all of the coffee that's in this beer. The label says "...aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers", and I would say the potency of each ingredient is in that order. Despite the very high ABV, I don't smell any alcohol, amazingly enough. I get the feeling that it's a high ABV just because of the intensity of the aroma, but BOMB! certainly isn't a booze bomb. This is simply one of the best beers I've ever smelled. It's pretty much perfect. (5/5)

Taste/feel: Most definitely one of the most intense beers I've ever had. Coffee all the way through the sip on this one with the chocolate flavors underlying that. The finish is a very slight chili pepper burn on the tongue and in the back of the throat with a mellow vanilla flavor to contrast it. The slight chili pepper warmth may be mistaken as an alcohol heat by some, but the mild, lingering burn proves otherwise. Maybe I'm just becoming much too immune to the taste of alcohol, but I find that, even at 13%, the alcohol is subtle in the flavor of this beer. Obviously, I can feel it -- BOMB! dries up the tongue immediately after every sip, and my belly immediately feels warm. The feel of this beer is interesting in that I find it goes in thin, but becomes thicker on the tongue. The body could use a little bit of work to add a little "heft" just because I'm finding myself drinking this beer a little too fast for comfort, despite the mild after-burn at the end of each sip. (4.5/5, 4/5)

BOMB! is worth the hype without a doubt. I can see why some people may be turned off by it because of its huge presence of coffee, but I absolutely love it, especially with the accenting ingredients. What I find strange are those who think this beer is too spicy hot... I love spicy food, but I would still call the spice from BOMB! very mild, or mild at worst. BOMB! is a great, extremely rare example of a standard Imperial Stout (along with AleSmith's Speedway Stout) that I'm not so sure could actually be better when aged in a barrel. Other than the "blah" appearance and slightly disappointing mouthfeel (if I can even call the feel disappointing), BOMB! is one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had, and is one that is more than worth seeking out.


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

Pours a syrupy black, some creamy off light tan colored bubbles ring the snifter. Smells of chocolate syrup, vanilla. Taste matches, no real Chile pepper. Warming but no booze taste

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It didn't occur to me when I got home from the airport as to why my luggage had been rifled through, that is until I remembered that I had a couple bottles in there that they might have thought suspicious - BOMB!

Served @ 50deg in a snifter. Coffee dominates the nose. As the bottle has it, taste is a good balance of coffee and peppers with a slight chocolate and vanilla finish. My only complaint is that the mouth-feel is a little flat, but maybe that was from riding in my suitcase... Prost!

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Photo of MunsonRoyE
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried one several months ago and it was delicious... Had one tonight for Jason's 35th birthday, and it was amazing. I wasn't sure how it would be after it was aged, but now I know that this beer is delicious with a few months on it. It definitely deserves a rating of 99 or 100. Best beer of the night without a doubt.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

heard lots of good things about this one and found it in some random liquor store in Denver last weekend. lived up to the things I'd heard. wish they would distribute more in the rocky mountain area

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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 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
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 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 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 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 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 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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