Concealer (981) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque black with a foamy tan head. Laces on side and head around the edges stay for a long while. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and spicy chili peppers. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and chili. Sweet at first with a semi bitter end and spicy bite. Lingering coffee and chocolate. Full bodied and smooth.
MarinEvelyn (703) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sweet and dark chocolate, chocolate syrup and a slight tickle of spice from the peppers. The taste follows suit. Light espresso and chocolate syrup, mixed well with just a small bite of spice.
llkc (810) - århus, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fra fad, duft kaffe chokolade vanilje ristet malt sødme, smag ristet malt kaffe, kakao, meget stærk eftersmag,
ClarkVV (4438) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Yellow waxed bottle, ~2.5 years old, drunk 10/4/15.
Not really sure why I’m opening this tonight, but it’s been sitting in my fridge forever. Figures the fridge time should hopefully give it lots of time to mellow and the yeast should fully clean up any odd Choc brewery metal or dirtiness.
Large dark beige/tan head slowly recedes to cover. Huge amount of sludge left behind in the bottle, and a careful pour still yields an opaque ebony monster.
Well, the nose is certainly not starting things off on a positive note...Vanilla, German chocolate cake and huge amounts of fudge barely make room for a little bit of roast to shoulder itself in there to attempt (and fail) at balancing. Not boozey, at least (though I only opened the bottle about 10 minutes ago, will revisit with more breathing.
Without much to sit and ponder in the very underwhelming, rather monotonous nose, I dive right in to the actual beer. Huge dextrinous body is massively thick and propelled on by a fairly ample carbonation. It divulges vanilla, chocolate sauce, still a surprising amount of chili heat and finishes with crunchy, earthy coffee. Alcohol begins to cut the texture and creeps in on the finish, though it dosent seem to be a booze bomb (though that’s probably because it’s so god damned thick and syrupy, spicy and full of coffee). Too much gooey fudgey sugar lingering and the chili just cheapens the beer, making it come off as a novelty beer (which it kind of is, I guess). The more it warms and breathes, the more syrupy, thick and messy it gets. Even taken as a sipper, which these beers are obviously intended to be, it’s just too much, with absolutely no finesse, nuance or restraint of brewing. So much god damned vanilla. To be positive, the appearance is astonishing. As Ernest mentioned, this has a first pour opacity (and mine having sat in the fridge for 2.5 years). Furthermore, it wasn’t quite a drainpour, my love for chili pepper helping allow me to finish it.
I have the Coffee Noir in my fridge that has also been sitting there for as long. Will try that eventually and probably call it quits with Prairie. Just another one of these new American breweries targeted at those without tastebud. Not to mention all this at 2.5 years of age!! This must have been utterly disgusting when fresh.
Kyle77 (38) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From site: 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.
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Larkin (13) - Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is at present, my favorite stout, period! The nose offers strong hints at the complexity and balance the palate soon experiences. Sweet, Dark, cocoa, coffee in that order from start to finish but each flavor blends in wonderful harmony. At 12.7% abv. one would expect to catch a quick buzz, yet the caffeine kick evens the whole experience. Simply Amazing.
rejtable (1859) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a crazy good beer. Bottle from Bottleworks. Pours black with some some tan head and clumpy lacing. Nose is vanilla, espresso. Flavours of vanilla, espresso, chocolate and a really nice light heat sitting in the background. Taste is medium/big sweet, medium bitter, medium spice. Full creamy body with medium carbonation and lasting heat on the finish.
gopherfan99 (983) - CROATIA - SEP 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle; pours nearly black with a ring of mocha colored head around the edge of the glass; aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, and a hint of chiles; taste is mostly cocoa and coffee up front and then some chile pepper with a hint of vanilla; finish is dry and a touch bitter with some light warmth from the chiles; very nice and the chiles did not over power the rest of the flavors
zach8270 (3913) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Heavy roasted coffee and chocolate aroma with the lightest hint of vanilla and peppers. Flavor is a definite bomb. Heavy roasted chocolate and coffee notes, lots of vanilla and a ton of nice pepper warmth. [9/4/15]
mzaar (2170) - Varberg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska. Svart öl med ett beigt skum. Dofter av kaffe, trä, rostad malt och peppar. Smakar detsamma, förutom att det finns en alkoholhetta med i bilden också. Oljig munkänsla. Lite för skarp i kanterna för min del.
NoYouDidnt (12) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Really wanted to like this. Waited to pair this with food that met some of its ingredients. My sis in law made some ice cream sandwiches with chilles in the cookie figured this would pair well. It would have, but I didn’t expect the strength of the coffee. Anyways.. Appearance- looks good pitch black. Smell- again fine. Coffee coming out though. Taste- with all the other favors it boasts all that really showed up was the coffee. Disappointed. A little heat in the back end from the chilles. No vanilla beans or cocoa nibs like I was hoping. M- felt fine on the tongue and nice to drink. Alcohol taste was discreet. Overall- just maybe trade your other one if the opportunity arises. You don’t like coffee and have had other coffee tasting beers that tasted better than this one anyway. Nice to try it, but let me down.