Bomb! (Prairie Artisan Ales)

Style: Imperial Stout aged on Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Chili Peppers

13% ABV

65 IBU’s

Coffee From: Nordaggios Coffee

From: Tulsa, OK

Brewery’s Note: “Bomb! is an imperial stout aged on espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers. All the flavors meld to create a truly unique beer. The peppers add just the right amount of heat to compliment the intense coffee and chocolate flavors.”

A motor oil pour leads to a mocha frappe head. We’ve all heard that before, but this guy shows a definite fatty girth to the pour. The lacing has no cling, and slides silkily back to the beer alongside a quick shimmer of alcoholic legs. The beer is opaque, and as such you can see nothing inside of, nor through it. On the nose, the beer is a spicy mix of fresh ground coffee, Mexican chocolate, a touch of vanilla. The cinnamon character of the nose is nuanced within the coffee and chocolate, and comes across very integrated. It’s a meaty nose, but it’s subtler than I was expecting (it’s been awhile since I sipped a stout I think). There is also a slight jelly sweetness that lurks at warmer temps, which is fruity and well integrated, adding another layer. I’m constantly brought back to the thought of Taza Chocolate’s Mexican Chocolate and a good cup of fresh coffee with the nose. It smells delicious. On the tongue, this beefy adjunct delightfully sprinkles subtle and smooth spice alongside a backing chocolate sweetness that tumbles along to Mexican Chocolate with subtle spicy cinnamon and just a brief burst of sweet cherry fruit. The bitterness comes from the roast but also from the herbal spice, and a fair punch of hidden hops. The finish carries a touch of fruity acidity along with the rich sweetness, which goes towards brownie batter sprinkled with slight cinnamon, a touch of vegetal pepper, and a burst of vanilla bean milk shake. The finish carries a brief tinkle of lemon limeish something, perhaps vodka spirits (?), and a healthy heat of alcohol that lurks beneath everything else to add nuance to each taste, and a faint touch of cloying sweetness. In the mouth the beer feels, full, luxurious, and flabby. Its oily texture is belayed by the prickle and nips of the alcohol and spice, leave the beer fairly nimble for what it actually is. This is sweet and heavy, but the alcohol and spice give a great prickle. The mouth is left wet all along the tongue, yet dryer along the edges. Overall, as many have already told you, Prairie Bomb! is a delicious, adjunct sipper. It’s full of fascinating flavors, the spice is well integrated, and it is sweet and desserty. Is it perfect? Nah. Is it delicious? Yes, in all its fatty glory, and for an off-the-shelf regular, it is wonderful. Keeping on trucking on Prairie.


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