jbuskirk (486) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Imperial Stouts are the attention whores of the craft brewing world. Their huge flavors demand that you take notice. Their black bodies and high levels of booze love to share the stage with other heavy hitters. Thereís a lot going in Prairieís much-loved Imperial Stout. Bomb! is aged with coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers. That crazy assortment of ingredients sounds more random than delicious but the flavor absolutely works. At the front of the mouth, spicy pepper and cocoa make an explosive first impression and make you think that youíre in for an intense blast of heat and bitterness. Instead, Bomb! quickly introduces its coffee profile before settling into a sweet finish with chocolate and vanilla. This is the kind of Imperial Stout that scares you at the start and makes sweet love to your mouth at the finish. That contrast was awesome until the very end. This ale is a masterpiece.
beersorcerer (38) - Armpit of the Panhandle, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Good Karma and later 12oz bottle from D&Q - The Beer Station, Houston. From notes.
This is it.
At the end of our tasting we poured this next to last. This has to be one of the most complex stouts we have tried. The flavors are a constant flood of the mix. Coffee seems to be the predominate smell, besides the huge malt BOMB. Rich and Roasted.
What we loved about this beer is itís never ending drama.
A fantastic sipper to last the rest of the evening. Cheers.
HuskerTan (569) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- Coffee, cocoa, chocolate, chilies.
A- Black color, black liquid, minimal brown head.
T- Chilies, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla.
P- Full body, rich thick texture, average carbonation, complex finish.
O- The initial flavor is a surprising kick from a lot of chilies that by the time you notice it, it fades into a chocolate and coffee palate and then finishes with the smooth taste of vanilla. This stuff is as thick and black as you will find too. I didnít see much difference in this and the Bible Belt. To me there were two in the same, except this had a lot more chili kick on the initial palate. All in all, an amazing beer. I donít think itís worth the price tag of $10 for a single, but still a fine fine beer.
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Keir
Pour a pitch black color, thick, with brown medium sized head.
The aroma is very interesting; there are waves of good coffee, burnt bread, liquorice, hints of tobacco and incense.
Strong body, not thick, with a smooth and round mouthfeel; it has more roasted malt flavor than chocolate, a bit ashy, but luckily it has a moderate residual sweetness to support, also a slight acidity; the peppers provide a nice counterpart and complexity, with mild hotness; unfortunately there is too much liquorice, although itís less evident while taking more sips.
For this kind of beer, the final is weaker than expected, short, and vague.
A good beer, more chaotic than complex, not impressive.
cpetrone84 (1537) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is black with a creamy mocha head. Nose is heavy coffee roast, pretty clean/not acrid, fair bit of vanilla and a light tinge of pepper. Full bodied, creamy and well carbonated. Taste has more pepper but still light (which I prefer). The roasted coffee is most prevalent and the vanilla comes in nicely behind but not sweet. Reasonably balanced, not sweet, pepper balances with vanilla. Not really chocolaty but a decent stout.
ComradeK (1052) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a moderate tan head, which lasts well, and leaves good lacing. Strong espresso, bittersweet dark chocolate and warming chilli make up the aroma. Quite powerful chilli gives it plenty of heat up front, and persists into the mid-palate, where it is joined by bitter coffee and touches of vanilla sweetness. The chilli lasts through the finish, where it mixes with bittersweet dark chocolate. There certainly is an unusual combination of ingredients in this beer, but they work together surprisingly well, making for a unique but very pleasant drink.
dfinney23 (1840) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near black with a thin but persistent tan head. Coffee and chocolate with a hint of chili pepper in the aroma, though I noticed none on the tongue.
bigda83 (284) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange waxed bottle, not sure on the date? Obtained via trade. Pours a deep black with very minimal head. Aroma has a nice mix of chocolate and roasted coffee with some spicy in the background reminding me of chili powder. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, peppers (not over-powering, possibly this is due to it maybe being an older bottle?), and some hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Overall superb beer. Glad I was able to try this one.
RussianDragon (517) - - JUL 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Blackwellís. Pours a viscous black with a wisp of beige head that doesnít fade, with spotty lacing. Aroma is round with multiple points along the perspective: chocolate and roasted malt initially, with intense spicy pepper along the horizon. Flavor is intense and inviting: chocolate, grain, spice, wrapped in a silky mouthfeel with cinnamon in the background. Delicious, and absolutely worth seeking out.
Stine (1628) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Inky black pour with a spotty brown film; initial aroma of peanut brittle, powdered semi-sweet chocolate, bitter coffee grounds. Green hot pepper comes bursting out with some oxygen; it seems to offer the dessert like renderings, or its vegetal, vaguely acrid and green quality, but not both. It shifts its shape, but it isnít strikingly complex.
There is plenty of alkaline soil-like coffee ground flavor here, the tinny mineral qualities of which are never appealing to me. Bittersweet, rich chocolate cake, pistachio, vanilla, and other sweet flavors work to balance this, but the predominant harsh flavor of coffee grounds is counterintuitive to showcasing malt complexity. The charmingly strange peanut brittle note remains prevalent throughout. A mite of juicy melon flavor, blending with alcohol, is apparent with warmth.
The body is pleasingly balanced. Medium high carbonation; lightly syrupy and a bit soft around the edges. The heated, greenish moment at the finish is an interesting touch for the fact that it isnít so much a flavor as a sensation.
There is a certain delicateness to this, given how much of its character is made up of flavorings.