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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Photo of Dan411
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prarie Bomb! Very apropos name for this delight. I drank this one after their Pe-Kan, and I am glad I saved it for last. On the pour and in the glass, black with no visible light or color variation. Last few ounces aggressively poured resulted in a 1/2 finger of head that faded fairly quickly. Nice lacing and head woke up with some swirling of the glass. The nose is wonderful, dark roast coffee, chipotle peppers, dark chocolate, raisins, and figs. Thick mouth feel, low carbonation, silky and smooth. Taste, wow, this is really something! I got dark chocolate, maybe a Mexican milk chocolate, vanilla, and dark chocolate covered espresso bean finish. Delicious. And at 13%, nearly no booze evident. Overall, an excellent stout. Sort of like a dynamic mix of Xocoveza and WOOtstout.

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Photo of snowen21
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andy87
4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily my favorite beer, despite the high pricetag (9.35 for a 12 ounce where I buy it). The pepper is really unique and adds a spice that is the perfect amount for the beer, and it really is hard to tell it's 13% ABV. The flavor is simply delicious, dark, bold, a bit sweet but not overpowering. Not exactly affordable regularly but worth picking up as a treat.

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Photo of gradey
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TonyBolognaMN
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Burghman
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cinderblocks
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nordaggios Coffee version, stored at cellar temperature and opened up at around a year old.

Pours like warm chocolate syrup, very thick, extremely dark ribbon and basically black in the glass. A thin layer of fine, mocha colored bubbles with barely any lacing and little legs.
Double chocolate cake aroma out of the bottle. Cocoa powder, vanilla, maybe a bit of tobacco. Coffee beans and distant espresso or caramel macchiato, dark cherries, some chili heat tickling the tip of my nose. Nice roasted grain background. Old ancho chilis and a new inky book smell come through clearly when it warms up.
Chocolate cake and fudge brownie, coffee, lots of dark, complex fruits. Earthy oolong tea flavors, roasted chocolaty chilis sneaking through, and some bitterness towards the end with chocolate. At room temp, a bite of chili shows up at the end with more roast, a bit of vanilla bean, and less fruit.
Average mouthfeel for a big imperial stout. A little on the thick side, not incredibly sticky, easier to drink for the style. Sweet at first, drying out some until the semi-sweet finish with a little numbness on the lips and tip of the tongue from the chilis.

Very good imperial stout that almost completely hides the alcohol at this age while still showing a certain strength. The cocoa and coffee definitely work well for each other, the grains, and hops. The chili doesn't overpower anything, instead giving a boost to its complexity all around. The vanilla is a subtle, lovely presence in the aroma, and although it isn't perceived as much in the flavor it's still giving a little something. Just great.

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

Photo of BeerNCue
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't know why I took so long trying this one... Pours jet black with minimal head, and then the smell hits you. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans. The taste follows, and then the chili peppers get their say. Very complex and satisfying. Mouth feel is appealing, a little slick but not too thick. Those chili peppers really shine... Fantastic beer, not one for the faint of heart for sure!

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Pours pitch black
Smells strongly of vanilla bean
This is a delicious blend of coffee beans, vanilla, and pepper just like it says on the bottle.
Doesn't taste like 13%
This is very similar to xocoveza but way more expensive. A great winter warmer.

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Photo of Reef
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle coded 01416.
Darkest mahogany only distinguishable from black by comparison with a black card or shirt. A centimeter brown head, low but with staying power. Ring of carbonation remains a half hour after pouring. Heavy curtain of lacing.
Strong aroma of coffee, cinnamon, ginger, oatmeal cookie.
Tasting brings cocoa nibs, cinnamon, raisins. Coffee and peppers are present, but not overbearing, perhaps due to this bottle’s age. I like the incorporation of all the flavors that I don’t get when this beer is young.
Smooth, full body. Alcohol is present but not hot for 13% coming on the back of the tongue. A little kick aftertaste. Flavors linger in the mouth and on the lips.
I didn’t really appreciate this one until after trying the whole gamut of coffee and pepper stouts. Still among the best, ages gracefully.

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Photo of iawaska
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ShawnyB
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NappyB
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LuckyLuchadore
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jurcab788
3.72/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of turfy
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- A blackish- brown pour with minimal lacing and a slight dark tan head that quickly dissipates.
S- Chocolate is what I picked up the most, with roasted malt and a tinge of pepper.
T - Chocolate taste with some roasted coffee, light pepper , some vanilla and caramel. Slight alcohol burn.
F- Excellent mouthfeel! So many stouts have over the top flavor but a thin mouthfeel, at least to my taste. This one has it nailed. Creamy feel with the right heft.
O - This is now a go to when I want a well crafted stout. Especially that the hype has died down and it is readily available off the shelf at $6.99 a botlle. Well worth it!

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Photo of wisegreensoul
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trygelski1
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorD
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomb! has the most amazing smell - the chili pepper is quite prominent but is not really present in taste. Overall the taste has a bit of a smoked element which I attribute to the peppers but it's not spicy at all, just flavorful and exotic. I'm not sure I like it but it is so very intriguing and different. I was prepared to not like this but it was certainly worth a try even if you don't like chili adjuvants.

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Photo of jwarsenal9
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Bomb! from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 6,134 ratings
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