13% ABV, lots of cocoa with a hint of vanilla, and some nice coffee & chili pepper notes (mostly on the nose). I have been a little hesitant to try chili pepper beers, but honestly I think this one could even do with a little more chili pepper. Who knew?
Prairie Artisan Ales, a fairly new brewery from Oklahoma, has been getting quite a bit of buzz lately, especially for this beer. BOMB! is an Imperial stout aged with espresso, Ancho chili peppers, vanilla bean and chocolate. With that combination I’m surprised it isn’t called something meso-American but I’m assuming the BOMB! name refers to the explosion of flavors. I’m not one to put too much stock in heavily hyped beers. Often times they are good but not mindblowing like the buzz would suggest. BOMB! is also around 8 dollars for a single 12oz bottle. Frankly, this is too expensive. If this was available in a 22oz bomber bottle that’s be one thing but no six or four pack size bottle is worth that much on its own in my opinion no matter how good it is. BOMB!, at 13 percent ABV, does follow the trend of high alcohol beers costing more though. Anyway, BOMB! has a pretty viscous pour and is a dark black with a thin coffee-colored head. The thing I think is most interesting about this beer is how and when each of the varied flavors comes through. Chocolate is the first thing I get from the aroma, followed by booze and then chili peppers. Vanilla is the first flavor that hit my taste buds though, followed by coffee and a hint of chocolate and chili peppers. A good amount of hop bitterness is last. The finish is pretty dry, probably thanks more to the alcohol content than the hops, and slightly sticky. As I drank it and it warmed up slightly BOMB! started tasting a lot like Kahlua and I hit upon an idea, using BOMB! in a White Russian-like beer cocktail. Hey, it might work. This is actually a pretty good beer considering many beers like it end up being far too over-the-top and therefore disastrous. Everything is balanced quite well. But I don’t think I’ll be buying BOMB! again though because, as I said before, it’s just too expensive for what you get.