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  rDev -11.1%

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4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Thick, motor oil black body. Dark khaki head has great retention and nice lace.

S - Dry espresso beans, grass, dried chilies, black beans, mochi, and sweet hot chocolate.

T - Rich liquid chocolate, red bean paste, and dark roast coffee. Dry, earthy chipotle warms a thick hot chocolate finish. Delicious

M - Liquid gold. Thick, smooth, full body that finishes warm and dry.

O - An outstanding double stout. It is stupefying that this beer is 14%; it drinks like it's 4%.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Stevedore
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, from the recent 2013 vintage with red wax. Shared with Doug today on our One Ear Anniversary tasting, today 9/14/2013. Poured into a Cantillon wine glass.

Okay so this pours an above average imperial stout. Pours a pitch black body with an awesome creamy mocha head that gets to about 1cm, with solid retention. Not the greatest lacing, but you can tell this is a good imperial stout here. But not much more.

The smell on this one is straight up coffee. Which makes sense because this is fresh. This made us decide to open up a bottle of fresh Founders' Breakfast Stout, which smelled like straight up water next to this one. This is when we knew this was a serious smelling beer. Lots of sweet underlying roast malt combined with the bitter dark chocolate flavours and bitter black coffee flavours. Very good.

OK, the flavour on this is truly outstanding. You'd think this was a coffee bomb, but on top of all the intense black coffee acidity, there is an awesome dark chocolate bitterness mixed in with a sweet vanilla presence that really complements the coffee. What's even more outstanding is after about 4-5 sips into this beer, we got this awesome spiciness that gave a great heat on the aftertaste. This is truly a complex beer with so much flavours that I can't make sense of it... the only thing missing is some cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is just thick, creamy and decently carbonated. I would say that the only beer that supersedes this one is Hunahpu, but that's because Cigar City is the king of full bodied, thick and oily imperial stouts. This beer is just so drinkable, we could not tell it was 14%. Yet, it was so thick and so flavourful. This is up there with Hunahpu, and it certainly beats Mexican Cake and edges out Abraxas.. but not for the lack of cinnamon.

Not going to lie, I had relatively low expectations for Bomb compared to the others of its style. Perhaps because its brewed in Oklahoma. This is basically Ballast Point Victory At Sea with a ton of peppery spiciness and a better mouthfeel. Prairie is one of these breweries that is going to be a serious player in the craft beer world from here on. Bomb, Hop, 'Merica- everything I've had from them so far indicates an excellent attention to detail and high quality... unlike the Oklahoma Sooners. Sorry guys, your beer is just that good.

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of 4amepiphany
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Small Bar, chicago.

Pretty dark place, but it appeared pretty pitch black with a little head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smells of coffee, chocolate. Mostly roasted coffee.

Tastes of coffee, nice heat from the chili. I initially thought of End of Days, but more complex and palatable. Not as sweet, but just sweet enough. Somewhat like Abraxas, but not as chocolately.

Mouthfeel is about medium, not as chewy as I like my brews, but enough to be rather enjoyable with mild carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed this brew very much. The chili is present, not overwhelming, but just right. Could use a little more cocoa nib presence. A BA version would be interesting. Oh, and the 14% alcohol? This has 14%? You gotta be kidding me. I don't taste it at all!! I did feel it though... haha

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a seductive oily black that I love to see in stout with cocoa. Small amount of richly colored mocha head. Really nice and viscous looking.

Smells of espresso. Cocao. A bit of spice appears as well. Vanilla. No aspect over powers. Balanced and delicious.

Tastes really big on the bitter cocoa and coffee. Smoky mild, earthy peppers with very mild heat that compliments the beer nicely. Vanilla sweetness.

Lower carb nice feel. Big compliments for virtually no alcohol. Full mouthfeel. Coats the mouth nicely.

Edit: Initial review was on the red wax. After drinking the pink wax In had to increase a couple categories as it was even a better beer. Wow. Thicker mouthfeel and just bolder all around. Bigger nose and tastes all without one aspect overpowering. Just amazing!

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Photo of Beechner719
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is just like it's name. A bomb! Poured from a bottle into a snifter. You will want to share this beer with some friends. Pours a jet black with a nice head with lots of aromas. Cinnamon, vanilla, the works. You can def taste the alcohol. It has an awesome bite and even better going down. It is very heavy and thick. I would def recommend this beer to anyone who likes big stouts!

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4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black, motor oil color, with a medium mocha colored head. Scent is chili- forward at the beginning. The spicy chilies come through up front with bittersweet chocolate and espresso. A hint of oak, but so much more cocoa and more chili than I expected. I bit of paprika and some cocoa. Taste is dark chocolate up front. It quickly turns to rich chocolate fudge and dark chocolate. The chili peppers come through quickly after and balance out the rich chocolate. This beer tastes like chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, with jalapeno sprinkles on it. So damn tasty! Drinkability is scary high. Overall, possibly the best chili stout I've ever had. The high ABV is well-masked. Such a unique and special beer that I'm happy I have more of.

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4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz red waxed bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours oily thick into the glass and sits with a super deep brown color that approaches black...nearly totally opaque. A half finger of foamy cappuccino head sits on top for a brief time, falling slowly to a skim coat on surface with a thick foamy collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Rich coffee, thick on the nose up front. Smooth semi-sweet vanilla, warm boozy alcohol on every inhale, cocoa powder, Hershey's syrup, milk chocolate, fudge brownies, light chili pepper that gives a bit of a bite that complements the coffee nicely. This really smells great.

T - Sweet milky chocolate up front gives the first impression. This is quickly followed by dark roasted black coffee, a touch of acrid astringency. Then comes the chocolate - semi-sweet, and bitter chocolates, fudge and more coffee. On the finish comes the chili pepper - nicely sharp but still somehow subtle pepper to complement the prior flavors and slowly developing into a nice warm pepper heat that lingers past the swallow. Superb!

M - Thick, full body. Carbonation is on the lower side and gives a super smooth and creamy texture. Oily and a touch slick. Lots of nuance here with flavors that change from sip to sip. I notice lots of variety on the exhale - one time it is filled with vanilla, the next pepper, the next coffee and chocolate. Alcohol is scarily unnoticeable...can't believe this is 14%.

O - Outstanding! I came into to this with high hopes and a bit of skepticism. Everybody is coming out with their version of the cocoa, coffee, vanilla, chili (and usually cinnamon) imperial stout...always sounds outstanding, but the execution of these stouts have been hit or miss to me. I was finding it a little hard to believe that this could be as good as people have been saying. In actuality, I think it might be even better than people are saying. Tons of flavor - lot of nuance. Everything seems to work together quite well, even with so much going on. I wasn't particularly impressed by the appearance, but everything else was outstanding. This is a super imperial stout. Definitely will be looking for more of this.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Dope
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No date but just recently released in the last month or so? Who knows. Red waxed 12 ounce bottle.

A: Pitch, pitch, pitch black pour. Very large, very dense, very dark brown head. Head fades very very slowly, leaving quite heavy lacing behind. Great retention.

S: Big big coffee aroma. Huge roasted coffee beans, quality beans at that. Lots of cocoa adds a mocha-like effect. Just a hint of sting from the chili peppers but barely. Really nice sharp, bold aroma.

T: Again with the big roasted coffee bean but not AS overpowering as the aroma. A little smoother here too, not as sharp. Still pretty much dominates. Mild bittersweet chocolate mixes with the coffee and stands alone in the middle. Just a brief hint of chili pepper in the aftertaste but it's obliterated by everything else. Lingering mild chili pepper and bitter mocha between sips. Zero sign of alcohol especially for the 14%.

M: Heavy and thick and slightly astringent.

O: A beer with so much potential but didn't quite reach it. No sign of vanilla and barely any sign of the chili peppers. This is basically a big and wonderful coffee stout with a little chocolate to back it up. If I didn't know it had vanilla and chili beans I doubt I ever would have picked it up. The coffee pretty much dominates the whole brew BUT it is delicious coffee so how can I really complain? I had just hyped it up as more, if I'm honest. One of the times where hypes detracts from the experience, unfortunately. Don't get me wrong, fantastic coffee stout regardless. With just a litttle bit of heat. Super easy drinking for 14% with no sign of booze.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Bomb! pours viscous and dark, with a full frothy mocha head present. An outer layer of lacing is present when the glass is tipped. The carbonation present is fizzy and dissipating

S - the chocolate roast is ever-present, with dark coffee, malt, and plenty of ground coffee beans noted up front; the ancho chili peppers are definitely there in the nose, with the barely-there vanilla present too; probably one of the more complex noses on a beer I've encountered

T - of the coffee/cacao/vanilla/ancho combo announced on the label, this beer is tremendously coffee-forward. The ancho chili pepper flavors really come through and as this beer warms a bit, so do you. That ancho flavor hits the back of your throat nicely and you can really taste it in your burps. The vanilla is mostly present as the sticky lingering flavor on your lips and seems somewhat overpowered by the coffee and ancho. The sugar and cream of a training-wheels coffee is dominant too. Bitter chocolate and coffee beans galore

M - ultimately, Bomb! is really easy to drink; it goes down way smoother than you might think a 14% imperial stout, with all the flavors and dark roasty goodness, should. The carbonation levels make for a smooth drink, and that 14% is masked almost perfectly by all the flavors going on. Dangerously drinkable.

O - I didn't do much to acquire this bottle, so it had nowhere to go but up. I realize it's one of those 'it' attainable beers right now, but it pretty much lives up to the hype. I see the comparisons to Huna, and they're warranted. Huna may have this slightly beat, however. That said, Bomb! is really good shit and brings the coffee flavors to the table. I'm pleased with the complexity and drinkability and wouldn't for the life of me, if I hadn't known, guess this was a 14% beer.

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