Bomb! | Prairie Artisan Ales

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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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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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

Appearance: Jet black with one finger of brownish head that remains intact

Aroma: Dark chocolate, intense smokiness and then coffee, roasted malt, definitely a lot going on here.

Taste: Chocolate and smoke, a bit of heat from the chili which is interesting, more chocolate and just a hint of coffee

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but drinkable, ABV well hidden, the chili doesn't take away from its drinkability

Overall: Solid Imperial Stout here that I loved, definitely worth getting your hands on

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pitch black, dark brown finger of head.

Aroma: intense coffee, chocolate, roast, leather, char.

Taste: a bit less coffee forward, equal parts chocolate, with a mild chili finish. As it warns, the chili becomes more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: solid full, creamy body with appropriately lower carbonation.

Overall: quite drinkable for the ABV, it was rather hidden. Wonderful coffee stout worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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

A - dark brown to black appearance with minimal head and a bit of lacing.

S - tons of chocolate/cacao. Bits of tobacco, oak, coffee, burnt sugar. Faint vanilla aroma. Very intriguing.

T - bitter coffee and dark chocolate are the primary notes. Like eating a liquid dark chocolate brownie. Roasted malts make up a major part of the flavor profile. The 14% abv is very well hidden.

M - creamy, full body. Pleasant bitter aftertaste.

O - I had been dying to try this beer and it definitely delivers. Not much chili presence. So much depth and flavor in this beer. Highly recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Proving that there's much more to Prairie Ales than just Saison-nuevo, reaching into their goodie sack of all-things-dark has proven quite successful for the up and comers. Complex flavors from both the base beer and from additions, and then its roasted drinkability allows these guys to look like old pros!

As expected, the beer is black. Just shy of any mirror-like sheen, the beer seems to have a hazy density that's exacerbated by its absolute darkness. But then the beer takes on lightened proportions as a billowing mocha-stained column rises to match the rim of the snifter. Boldly carbonated, the beer easily retains the session with a thick creme of foam and laces with reliable concentric rings with each sip.

Incredibly roasty in aroma, the beer is spot on espresso and roasted walnuts. Sprinkled with a sense of cocoa powder and burnt molasses- the roasted grains are well supported with a more supple and sweeter counterpart. As the alcohols rise, it carries with it a hint of whisky, smoke, charred fruit but no real sign of the chili peppers that's promised.

One sip and it inflates the mouth with dry roastiness. Bitter espresso, cocoa, walnuts and scorched sugars all round into a lighter than expected burnt flavor. Its sweetness is supportive but doesn't steal the show. The middle palate introduces a fruitier tone with alcohol-soaked fruits: cherries, blackcurrant, raisins and a touch of licorice spice become the vehicle for its whisky-type alcohol. Reading into the beer a little, there's a slim fruit-vegetable tone that could be chili, but could also be hop and alcohol.

Undoubtedly full bodied, the ale is both cream-ied up by its expansive carbonation and also lightened by it. The bubbles seem to make the beer float just above the tongue with a semi-arid dryness and powdery roast character. By the time that the carbonation subsides, the sweetness has already faded and the spicy warmth of alcohol and capsacin linger boldly on the throat.

Prairie has absolutely knocked this one out of the park. Each sip delivers a new flavor, a new experience, and new complexion to the beer. I'm happy to see it being considered in the upper echelon of stouts because it rightfully belongs there.

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Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 6,149 ratings