American Imperial Stout Prairie Artisan Ales


Bomb! is an American Imperial Stout brewed by Prairie Artisan Ales

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Bomb! is an American Imperial Stout brewed by Prairie Artisan Ales, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.


The stout pours an opaque jet black and is topped a finger-thick cap of brown foam that persists briefly. The reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue. A thin ring of fine bubbles rounds the glass.


The aroma is smoky with roast, slightly sweet with dark chocolate, and spicy with ancho chili peppers.


The palate begins with innocently enough with a neutral blend of bready malt that’s slightly sweet and roasty. Bomb! then explodes with its blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky. Coffee roast and spicy ancho chili peppers meet sweet chocolate, vanilla bean, molasses, and hints of dark fruit. A taste of booze rides along with the hot peppers through the finish.


Its feel is smooth and velvety with a full body and low carbonation. Finishes dryly with a warming sensation from the alcohol and heat from the peppers.


If anything is amiss, the appearance of Bomb! isn’t exactly stellar. But that’s nitpicking when considering the rest of the beer is nothing short of amazing. Its aroma is delightfully complex with its ranging scent of smoke, spice, and sweet. From there Bomb! unleashes an explosion of contrasting flavors and sensations. The palate is decadent in its sweetness, smoky with its coffee roast, hot in its spiciness, and nicely warming with booze. Bomb! is a tasty masterpiece and one that every connoisseur should try.

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About the American Imperial Stout

Rich, dark, and complex, the American Imperial Stout has a strength similar to that of an American Barleywine. Its bitterness typically runs high from hops, roast, or booze, and it should have a silky, luscious feel. The style originated in the Russian Imperial Court, became popular in England, and then all but disappeared. The modern craft brewing renaissance resurrected the style in America and in England.