I haven’t had much experience with Prairie Artisan Ales before this year. My first dive into their portfolio was a few weeks ago when I had their Barrel Aged Bomb at Jungle Jim’s Barrel Aged Beer Bash and it was tied with my favorite beer featured at that show. It was simply amazing….So when I saw the regular version of Bomb sitting on the shelf I grabbed it without hesitation.
Bomb poured dark as night into my snifter as my nose was met with smells of deep rich cocoa. As I took a look at the label it states that this Imperial Stout was aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chili peppers. My excitement grew as I’ve learned over the past few months that I really love these dark beers brewed with chilies. It brings an extra bonus warming sensation as the beer dances on your tongue.
As I took my first sip this beer reminds me very much of Stone’s Xocoveza, but it’s much more complex and strong. I got a ton of the dark cocoa and coffee up front and the taste faded away into a sweet caramel and cinnamon melody. I don’t like my coffee beers too strong and this one sits right on the edge for me. If coffee in your beer is not your thing you probably won’t be down with this. Save it for me instead!
As Bomb warmed up it only got better. I can see how this beer has been in the Top 100 list on RateBeer for 3 years running. If you can get your hands on it I would definitely recommend it.