Style: Spice Beer
Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb!
What the brewers say
“Bomb! is an imperial stout aged on coffee, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers. The peppers add just the right amount of heat to complement the intense coffee and chocolate flavors.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Huge earthy coffee with some chile spice behind it. Chocolate is well in behind that, with maybe a hint of cinnamon. Moderate caramel, vanilla, and maybe nutmeg. Dark toasted malt as expected for a big stout.”
Flavor: “Coffee with lots of chocolate, like a milk-chocolate bar. Cinnamon and chile pepper behind that. Moderately high sweetness with moderate bitterness. Milky, lactose consistency makes the chocolate sweeter and keeps the heat down. A bit boozy. The malt brings a nice richness, and the coffee dries things out.”
Overall: “Like a coffee, cinnamon, chile pepper, chocolate bar—does a great job of blending coffee with the usual suspects. A rich beer. Paired with dessert, it would be wonderful. Share this bottle.”
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