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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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Reviews: 877 | Ratings: 5,749
Photo of thomasrjones
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Taste is phenomenal. You cannot distinguish the 14%ABV on the palate. I was skeptical of the use of pepper but post-taste it is the highlight of the enjoyment. This is by far the most enjoyable pint I have had the honor to partake. Thank you Prairie Artisan Ales; you once again shine through in craft beers.

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

Bomb! Is one of the finest beers I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon combine for a pleasant woodsy smell. Pours dark black with a reddish tint on the thinly foamed head. The flavors come in layers ranging from coffee, vanilla and chocolate to cocoa and chile pepper. The chile pepper comes through on the finish and becomes more prominent as the beer gets warmer. Every sip is different than the one before and every sip leaves you wanting more.

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

A very nice beer, and super smooth and silky for the high abv. Very nicely balanced. with the coffee, chocolate, and ancho chilis all contributing nicely. Everything is beautifully done, but a slight knock on the aroma- it's just a little out of balance with the anchos predominating. I like this quite a bit, but not quite as much as Westbrook Mexican Cake, which is the same idea.

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

L - Pitch black with some definite sediment floating around. 1 finger of head and some lacing left on the sides

S - coffee, cocoa, and chili peppers! Amplified. Huge aroma..

T - Like the smell, it has a big coffee and cocoa taste up front which settles into the vanilla and spice from the peppers at the end. Well balanced and delicious

F - Thick bodied and well carbonated

O - An awesome imperial coffee stout. Up there with Breakfast and Wake and Bake. Glad to have Prairie in GA!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.72/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour into spieglau stout glass
A: Good clarity for such a dark beer. Near black with dimly lit orange Tiffany lighting around edges. Head is pretty barren.
S: Lots of chili spice right off the bat. Some cocoa mixes in, but mainly a spicy affair.
M: Med to full body but thinner than anticipated. Pleasantly creamy though.
T: This is the second time I've had this. First was at a beer festival; I was underwhelmed but wanted to give it the benefit. It just doesn't have the elegant, lush, glorious, or decadence that I crave from a stout of this gravity. Cacao bitterness, a little spice kick and sweet vanilla rounds it out.

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

No bottle date, orange wax (13%.) Megan bought it for me when she went to Oklahoma in Julyish of this year. It's been out of the fridge for about an hour now

Pours pitch black with a thin layer of dark brown foam that receded to a ring pretty quickly. Really mild carbonation, pretty good lacing

Smells of spicy espresso and dark chocolate with notes of vanilla, toffee, caramel, cinnamon, and alcohol. The peppers really compliment everything well, almost like Mexican hot chocolate

Taste definitely delivers. Really strong kick with the coffee and chocolate, finishing with vanilla, cinnamon, and caramel. Alcohol is present but subtle

Feel is incredibly thick and spicy, also incredibly smooth for the abv. Perfect amount of spice from the chillies to play off the other flavors

Overall this is an incredibly well made beer. Definitely lives up to the hype, definitely something I'm going to trade for

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Photo of Clownoisseur
3.71/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a small tan head. Aromas of cocoa, coffee, oak and faint pepper. Taste is much more subdued than I expected. Initial flavors of dry cocoa and coffee are upfront...then some of the barrel character across the middle with light vanilla, dry oak and a slight bourbon. The spice from the peppers provides little heat, which isn’t a bad thing necessarily. The thinner mouthfeel for the style, coupled with a dry/slightly chalky impression, makes this beer easy to drink. Good beer, but seems to lack the robust and bold flavors of some of the other imperial stouts.

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Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours pitch black. Leaves a half finger of head, caramel brown. 4.25

S: smells like milk chocolate and a hint of bourbon. 4.25

T: a ton of tobacco, like, tobacco up the wazoo. 3.75

M: burns a little, very big aftertaste. 3.75

O: never thought I could smoke a stout but this is as close as I can imagine. Drinking the whole thing myself where 6 ounces would do. Probably won't look for this again, it wasn't really what I was expecting, but I'm glad to have tried it. 4.0

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle at cellar temp (55F) into an Allagash Tulip

L-Pours an incredibly obsidian black, lighter head then expected (khaki colored) with medium lacing

S-Roasted coffee grounds, chili peppers, dark chocolate

T- Dark slightly bitter coffee, definitely great chili pepper taste (a little spicy), roasty, well balanced

F-definitely full-bodied, spiciness lingers for a bit, creamy, not boozy at all

O-One of the best beers ive tried in 2014

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Photo of breadwinner
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Viscous brew with, perhaps surprisingly, much more of a coffee punch than any sort of chile heat. As an ardent spicy stout fan, that feature let me down a touch, but it's still a well executed brew.

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Photo of mschantz
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black, slightly carbonated and beautifully muddy beer. Nose is reminiscent of a cacao liquor - perhaps Kahlua. The initial flavor is dominated by cherry and chocolate notes as the pleasant chile flavor sneaks in the back door. Mouth feel is a bit gritty but strangely seems to work.

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Photo of MackstheKnife
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Most recent brew. No wax. Peppers subtle, but nearly non existent. Big chocolate nose. Perfect mouth feel, and incredible drink-ability given the ABV.

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Photo of WadeBridgman
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- very dark beer when the carbonation fades it simply looks like black coffee, with a shade of brown on the sides of the glass.
S- smells very nice and malty, can pick up slight Choco coffee notes.
T- Wow this is really delicious, didn't taste the chilis on the initial sip. Took a few sips to get fully adjusted to all that's going on in this glass and it is fantastic. The coffee is up front definitely with the vanilla following shortly with the cacao and aggressively leading into that delicious chili spice on the back end. Really well done beer here.
Mouthfeel- a little heavy on the carbonation but doesn't take away from the beer, overall it's two thumbs up in my book. Cheers!

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Photo of dymmig89
3.24/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed a red wax bomb. This beer was all peppers on the nose and taste. It was extremely overpowering. I have had many beers with peppers that were great.mthis was awful

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance – A thick syrupy liquid that is pitch black in color with a very dark head. The lacing runs back into the glass, and the head lasts about a minute.

Smell – Wow - a huge cacao, coffee, and malt smell, with a nice hint of vanilla. Very Nice!

Taste – Coffee, cacao, malt, and vanilla. Nice!

Mouthfeel – Thick, creamy, nicely carbonated and smooth. No bad aftertaste. I can't believe this is 14%abv!

Drinkability – This one surprised me. It is outstanding.

Note: Try to age this beer for at least a year. I noticed a very favorable difference between the aged and fresh Prairie Bomb. The chili peppers are less pronounced in the aged beer.

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

pours an opaque, dark brown with almost very little head. nose; coffee, chocolate, & light hops. taste; rich chocolate malt, cocoa, light fudge, light coffee, vanilla, hops, & light chili pepper heat on the end. finishes malty and spicy, with a warming touch of ethanol. low carbonation & thick, smooth mouthfeel. incredibly balanced, thick & big. this is a reference imperial stout for me. amazing!

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Photo of caffeineTX
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Consistent through all the bomb batches I get

Lots of chocolate on the front end with a little coffee and vanilla and a big spike of chili on the finish. Great beer, but some of the variants are just superior to this.

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.25/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle with no wax or bottling date, enjoyed from a snifter

A: Looks amazing: rich, velvety black with bright ruby tones. The head is dark brown with more of those ruby and crimson tones. Just a great looking beer.

S: Burnt coffee, baker's chocolate, and a light fruitiness, which I'm guessing is from the peppers. Just not a lot going on here.

T: Heavy on bitter dark chocolate, molasses, and tar. Not getting any coffee or vanilla, though I think some of the silky mouthfeel is owing to the vanilla beans. No heat whatsoever. Burnt, bitter tar bomb!

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied.

O: I wasn't a fan of this beer, which tastes a lot like what Founder's Breakfast Stout would taste like if you added a bunch of tar and cheap, burnt coffee from the gas station. Given the overwhelmingly positive reviews here, however, I'd be interested in trying it again.

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Photo of lewzer99
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: dark black-brown with a crema colored head 3.5
S: toasted coffee comes through strong, with hints of malty sweetness
T: loads of coffee that lingers through the end, some chocolate, some hot peppers, a bit of malty sweetness
M: thick an creamy
O: quite good. A favorite coffee stout

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Photo of Rhiannon83
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

An Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, over cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers. Very well balanced with a very nice slightly sweet/coffee/spicy nose. It packs a punch but is not overbearing. Should be enjoyed at cellar temperature in a goblet.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.75/5  rDev +6%

By far one of the best stouts that my brother and I have had. Smooth without that usual wet ash tray nose. Plenty of flavor and the alcohol doesn't overpower the beer in any way. Pretty easy to down this one with little effort. My brother who has been shying away from stouts recently was totally impressed with Prairie Bomb, as was I. This will be one brew that I will continue to try to get more of for sure.

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Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Maybe it was the few beers I had prior to tasting this, but every sip offered a different taste. Some were dominated by the cocoa and vanilla while others showed evidence of the chili peppers. Very good, complex beer.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am happy that I had the opportunity to try this beer. Thanks to the perk! We do not get this one here.

Lots going on with this beer. Very robust!

Look: Black as any stout you have ever seen. Big frothy brown head, which took a while to settle, even then it hung around a bit. Interesting for a 13% beer.

Aroma: Big bold flavors, very earthy. Coffee and earthy peppers dominate the bouquet. I did not notice the vanilla all that much but the cocoa did come through.

Taste: It is an almost overwhelming experience. I have not really had a stout that tasted like this one. It is not sweet at all, very bitter and biting. The peppers are there, not overpowering but they do linger. It has a dark earthiness to it, I assume its from the peppers, it is like you can taste the dirt they from which they grew. Coffee is also bold and strong. It's intense. It is also something that would be best shared with someone, because even though this is only a 12oz beer. That is enough! Dark chocolates are also there. This is not a very refined beer in that regard. But, that is what I liked about it. Its a challenge impressive really.

Overall: This is one of only a handful of chili stouts I have tried and this one is definitely bold. I could probably drink Xocoveza all the time, this is a once in a while kind of brew. It it impressive nonetheless and I am happy I had the opportunity to try it. Still not found a 5 beer, but this one is damn close. My only complaint is that it was a bit thin on the mouthfeel, not really thin necessarily, but for the alcohol and flavor profile it would be amazing if it was a bit more viscous, I believe it would totally be a 100 beer or damn close, if it were.

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Photo of Tbub18
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

A--poured from draft, black with a one finger head
S--espresso, cocoa, vanilla. With the 14% ABV I expected to smell the booze or some bourbon but was happy to find the alcohol was not present in the nose
T--chocolate and vanilla is present from the beginning but its certainly not sweet. Chile peppers at the end bring together a nice, well balanced beer that lives up to the hype
M--medium body, more carbonation than I expected but very nice
O--Excellent stuff. I was super-impressed with this beer. So many imperial stouts carrying a 14% ABV are barely drinkable. This beer is incredibly well done and I would be happy to get my hands on another one. Well done.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mostly a coffee taste and didn't get much of the cacao nibs, vanilla or peppers. I like a good coffee stout though so I was okay with that. There did seem to be a little bit of "a kick" in the nose though and that might have been the pepper coming through. Nice and drinkable for 13% abv.

EDIT-Had it on tap and it was absolutely fantastic. It reminded me a lot of Abraxas and I certainly didn't get any kind of coffee taste. I am upping this rating by quite a bit.

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