Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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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
Ratings:
5,913
Reviews:
922
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
8.26%
 
 
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1,019
Gots:
2,648
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Photo of Treycotton
3.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jyanik9380
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Voltaire367
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Pitch black with a foamy, brown head that dissipated pretty quickly, as expected, but leaves a thin ring that leaves splotchy tan lacing.

S: Dark roast coffee, like espresso, most prominent, with a massive backbone of bittersweet dark chocolate that compliments the roast of the coffee. The spices are subtle, but faint hints of chili pepper and cinnamon are there in the background to tingle the nostrils.

T: Upfront, it tastes like mocha as the coffee, chocolate, and vanilla beans meld together for rich, creamy experience. As it moves on to the middle of your tongue, the chocolate and coffee express themselves fully, a rich, bittersweet dark chocolate compliment by the roastiness of the espresso and coffee that cuts through the chocolaty sweetness. On the back of the palate, the vanilla beans come back, smoothing things out. Then on the finish, you're hit with the cinnamon and chili peppers, but they are not overpowering. There is some alcohol warmth, but it very well hidden for 13%, and the heat melds with the cinnamon and chili peppers for a warming sensation. Finishes cleaner than expected, with a slightly bitter cacao aftertaste and tingling hints of the cinnamon and chili peppers, begging for the next sip.

F: Not super thick or chewy, but a medium-full bready feeling. It glides easily across the palate, with just enough slickness to coat the mouth with all the flavors.

O: This is the best Mexican hot chocolate-inspired stout I've had thus far. The spices are more subtle, which is my personal preference, and they serve simply to compliment the rest of the stout. However, the coffee and cacao nibs are phenomenal in this one, and I love me some coffee in beer. The sheer drinkability is insane. This is a world-class beer.

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Photo of zekeman17
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcthfg
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MykeJ
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Look- oily black with no head. Smell- strong coffee, peppers, and chocolate in that order. Amazing! Great balance of those 3 flavors with the noticeable booze kick. A top beer in this high gravity stout style.

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Photo of avas
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This Beer is ridiculous!
Look: it looks like a stout (deal with it!)
Smell:
Chocolate and coffee is the first smell. Interestingly i do not smell the 13% booziness. PAT yourself on your backs for that. If that was what u all were going for, you did it. Don't smell the pepper like the stone's Xocoveza.
Taste: in my selfish humble opinion...OFF The HOOK !
On taste i get the coffe chocolate and pepper. Interestingly the pepper smell did not come out but on the taste it did but not strong, it arrives as a blend with the coffee and chocolate.
Feel: as all my reviews the feel is private and personal, go away (LOL!)
Overall: I want another one! I think that says it all, i want another one.

OK OK..in my humble opinion, this beats stone's Xocoveza.
Sorry stone. But this is my subjective palate.
Djkman

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

Photo of Wiffler27
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours oil black with a solid head, looking good so far

this smells like peppers and coffee, very interesting. smells like coffee with hot sauce yet is sweet.

this beer has a great full flavor. tons of chocolate, coffee, and even pepper. a soft and mellow hotness comes thru but the coffee/chocolate shines through. this is a hell of a beer, especially because it's 13%. goes down so smooth for such a big beer. the only beer that resembles this is Stone Xocoveza but this is still different than that.

velvety smooth, to put this beer VERY simply. Imperial Stout + Frank's Red Hot + Coffee

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

Photo of DanSmith17
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anteatr23
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and semi-thick, frothy brown short head. Smells of coffee and vanilla.. sweet. Taste is a smooth blast of coffee, cocoa, vanilla... it's all there. Represented perfectly. Creamy and drinkable, very flavorful. This particular bottle was one year old and was tasting great. I'd like to try a fresh one to compare, but have no reservation about cellaring this for a year. This is a delicious stout.

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Photo of jw1978
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tbcleary
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of majorbase2
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a bottle into my Four Firkins snifter. Pours a ridiculously thick, very dark brown color. The liquid itself appears to be as thick as I've ever seen, having motor oil like qualities in color and appearance. A moderate sized head dissipates quickly, leaving nothing but a small ring of lacing around the edge.

Oh my, the aroma. Deep, vivid chocolate and burnt coffee malts. Very strong.

Smooth, bitter, and a bit of a bite. Very complex flavor. Cacao nibs and hints of vanilla are mostly there, but it's dominated by the same notes from the aroma of a blend of dark and milk chocolate. I'm getting some notes of dark fruits on the back end. The finish is sweet and bitter, some might consider it overly-so and possibly harsh. I think it's a beautiful touch to a wonderful winter brew.

As drinkable as it gets at 13% ABV. Sweet, but not too much warmth or bite from the alcohol.

Overall, an excellent winter beer worthy of all the praise it received. I can see some people disliking it's sweetness,but it works for me. Would really like to try aging this one.

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Photo of REIFICATION
3.45/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours super thick and dark, tiny little twister of bubbles at the end. Took for ever for this to warm up in my room. I drank more of it than I should of before it reached optimal temp. DEF want this to warm up to get the full taste. On the nose I'm blasted with coffee and chocolate. It kind of reminds me of smelling a flavored dunkin donuts or starbucks drink. Tasting it, you get rich bold flavor, but it's extremely sweet. lots of coacoa, vanilla sweetness, don't really get too much of a kick from the peppers. This beer is pretty yummy, but it sort of feels some where in between drinking a syrup'd out starbucks latte and drinking the most choclatey bottom of a milk-shake. Althought packed with rich flavors, something about the overt-candy rush vibe of this beer doesn't feel right. It's like some hipster donut in beer form.

note: this is the 2016 batch that just came out, maybe next time I get a chance to grab a bottle I will try to wait a couple years before trying it.

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

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

Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
4.48 out of 5 based on 5,913 ratings.
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