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

12oz gold wax bottle, poured into a teku glass

A- pours motor oil black with a small dark tan creamy & foamy head that reduces to a ring around the edges with some short lasting lace and alcohol legs upon agitation

S- robust roasted malt aroma with a big hit of smoky/charred wood, followed by deep aromas of dark artisanal chocolate, espresso beans, walnut, vanilla beans & dark fruits. There is a whipped cream-like sweetness that kicks in. Picking up slight heat on the nose, but it honestly seems from the alcohol and not so much the chili

T- The flavor of the chili hits the palate first, immediately followed by lots of dark chocolate with fresh herbal & earthy coffee flavor. The addition of the vanilla beans seems to enhance the chocolate & coffee, notes of caramel & dark fruits follow. I'm not really picking up any heat from the chills, but the flavors are there. More bitter chocolate and coffee on the finish

M- medium body with medium low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy, slightly warming finish. Pretty drinkable for 14% ABV

O- The coffee is infused brilliantly and meshes with the other adjuncts almost flawlessly. The only thing I would have like to see more of was a bit more heat form the chills.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

8 ounce pour - $6.50 at Argosy in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a frothed up, dark beige-hued head.

Smell: Blackened brackish roasted maltiness, dark chocolate powder. Dark fruits. The vegetal tones from the chiles is noted, as is the solvent alcohol quality.

Taste: Sugar infused chocolate, with harsh, ashen coffee, black molasses, and a little soft touch of vanilla. Dark fruitiness. A 'pop' of accumulating chile pepper heat. Hard roastiness on the chile-touched, hot finish with the spiciness (and alcohol) lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Near full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: The bomb isn't a dud, but, frankly, I was surprised at its overwhelming reception online. Really, I was thankful it was only eight ounces. Though, that's just one beer monkey's opinion, which is in the minority.

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Photo of gibgink
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Poured into Teku glass on 11/23/14 at little under room temp.

A: Poured dark black with 2 finger head. No light coming through
S: Picked up on the chili peppers a little. Hint of chocolate and some good coffee notes
T: Tasted a coffee bitterness and that was about it. Not able to taste the vanilla, chocolate, or chili.
M: A bit on the bitter side, coming from the coffee. No real sweetness. Alcohol was very well hidden. Could not pick up on it at all.
O: Disappointed more than anything else. Was really looking forward to tasting this guy after all the positive reviews. It was an okay beer, but not really impressed with it. Smelled promising though. It is not worth the difficulty in picking it up in my opinion.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Solid black with a thin cream head. Smells of malt and other notes. Strong sweet taste that is balanced by dark malts and chocolate. A little chile spice at the end that tickles the tongue. More carbonation than you'd expect but in a good way. A little cloying but in proportion to the abv. Overall excellent.

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Photo of Damian
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl oz. bottle acquired in a trade with Cynic-ale
Orange wax dipped top
Served in a snifter

The oily, viscous, jet black liquid was topped by an inch tall, frothy, creamy and tight, saddle brown head. The crown quickly fell to a thin ring. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass.

Intense coffee ground notes dominated the aroma initially. Deep, dark and rich. Super roasty. Cold coffee was perhaps also noticeable. The roast was countered by a robust, caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness. Dark chocolate notes were apparent. A hint of vanilla came through as well. The vanilla presence became more intense as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was super roasty and quite bitter. Coffee notes came through strong on the front end. Again, coffee grounds and/or cold coffee came to mind. There was a slight metallic quality as well, but it soon dissipated. Vanilla was noticeable. Lots of spicy chili heat on the back end. The beer finished rather bitter with strong ashy notes and a lingering hoppy bitterness. At first, I thought that there was an intense boozy note on the finish, but later I discovered that the hotness was from the chili peppers.

The mouthfeel was thick and creamy but not super heavy. Slick, frothy and palate coating. The liquid contained a fine, mellow effervescence. Almost a bit milkshake-like.

I am typically a sucker for big, coffee-infused imperial stouts, but Prairie Bomb! was a bit of a letdown. The roast in this beer was quite overstated and the chilis were too intense for my liking. Toward the end of the session, I definitely felt a fire in my belly. Since there is supposedly a lot of variation in this beer between batches, I would definitely like to give it another try in the future.

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Photo of Jared14
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

I have had 4 batches of Bomb!. Batch 6 and 7 were disappointments. Although batches 3 and 5 were great, this recent batch is definitely a sign to me that this brewery is no longer worth my time or money.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and thick. Light-sucking. Small dark khaki colored head is slow to form and quick to dissipate. Minimal lacing.

Heavy aroma of black coffee and roasted malt. Undertones of vanilla, chocolate, and molasses. Hints of chili pepper. Background notes grow stronger as the beer warms.

Big blend of flavors which are well balanced. Black coffee and vanilla first. Chili pepper is much more pronounced than in the nose. Bitter chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses, and sweet cream.

Thick and sludgy mouth feel. Mild carbonation. Heat from the chilies linger though mild overall. Gets a touch syrupy as it warms. Boozy alcohol warmth though less than the 14.0 abv might suggest.

Excellent full bodied and full flavored Imperial Stout. Flavors are well balanced. Mouth feel could use some improvement as the bit of syrupyness isn't to my liking. Abraxas is my favorite of the beers that use similar adjuncts but this is still excellent overall.

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