Prairie Christmas Bomb!

Reviewed by on February 3, 2015 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales

  • Origin: Krebs, OK, US

  • Rated On: February 3, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 11.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Imperial Stout

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

While this may be a little late for the traditional Judeo-Christian Christmas season, and even the Ukrainian Christmas and New Year’s celebrations around here, it’s never too early to be thinking about this year’s holidays, amirite?

This 12oz bottle pours a solid, apocryphal black, with no edges, no how, and three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and chunky brown head, which leaves some lumpy rising dough profile lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of somewhat metallic green chili peppers, grainy caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, dry coffee beans, acrid cinnamon, other faint muddled seasonal spices, and a suggestion of pine-sol alcohol. The taste is bready caramel malt, dark chocolate, savoury cinnamon, all-spice, and nutmeg seasoning, cafe-au-lait, a still heady flinty chili pepper heat, some leafy and certainly spruce-like, um, ‘hops’, I’m guessing, and a continuing charade of no-see, no-hear-em booziness. The carbonation is quite light and unobtrusive for the most part, the body an oak-sturdy medium-heavy weight, quite smooth – even with those spices and spiciness lurking about – and pleasantly creamy to boot. It finishes well off-dry, but not really sweet, although it does contain a few sugary baubles amongst the lingering spices, heat, and winter coffee (natch) notes.

Like the ‘base’ beer, this is one well, well-made Imperial stout, the balance achieved with the various guest ingredients commendable, to say the least. The only niggling bit of constructive criticism I can proffer here is, maybe dial down the pepper heat, which kind of obscures the holiday spices a bit too much. But other than that – aces all around.

Brady White

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