Prairie Barrel Aged Birthday Bomb

Review Date 3/14/2020   By John Staradumsky

I sure have been getting bombed a lot. It all started way back in January of 2015, when I got bombed for the very first time. That was when my local Taco Mac had Prairie Bomb! In bottles and I ordered one up. I had been looking for this beer for a long time but to no avail, but finally got my hands on it and was hooked.

Shortly thereafter I got bombed again, this time with a bottle of Prairie Christmas Bomb. Now, I’m an admitted Christmas addict (you should see my house at Christmastime) and I just love Christmas beers. I get bombed every year with this beautiful beer.

Just a few weeks ago, I got bombed again. Haarrghhh! This time it was with Prairie Pirate Bomb, which I found to be (while still a very good beer) the weakest chain in the Prairie Bomb link.

That brings us to tonight, and the beer I’m here to talk about: Prairie Barrel Aged Birthday Bomb which they call a barrel aged imperial stout brewed with coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla bean, chili peppers, caramel sauce and toffee. This is the standard Prairie Bomb with caramel and toffee added, and a bit stronger, too at 14.7% alcohol by volume. They don’t give this one away at $11.99 a bottle. I bought mine in November of 2019 and drank it in March 2020. The week of my birthday to be precise because, why wouldn’t you? They do make a version of this beer that is not barrel aged. I have yet to see it.

Prairie Barrel Aged Birthday Bomb pours to a jet-black color with a light creamy tan head and a nose chock full of chocolate cake, vanilla frosting, boozy bourbon, and coffee grinds. Taking a sip, the beer is wonderfully full in mouthfeel with more of the chocolate cake notes drenched in sweet rich caramel notes, vanilla bean (frosting), subtle hints of spicy chili (less than in other variants of this beer), and boozy bourbon and warming alcohol notes in the finish.

Like a slice of birthday cake with a bourbon laced coffee chaser, Prairie Barrel Aged Birthday Bomb satisfies and it a beer to sip and savor, and linger over for a while. I classify it and rate it as a spiced beer because that’s really what this one is all about, but you could judge it as an imperial stout of you prefer. I give it 4 ½ stars, taking back a ½ star for the very high price.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.