Prairie Bomb!

Review Date 1/22/2015   By John Staradumsky

Prairie bomb? What’s that you say? Is it anything like a cow pie? Not at all, my friends,instead a prairie bomb is a very good thing indeed, as long as it’s Prairie Bomb Imperial Stout aged on Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Chili Peppers brewed by the Krebs Brewing Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was already impressed with the beers of Krebs in their Prairie Artisan Ales line, having received a few in beer trades.

When Krebs started selling beers in Georgia, though, I was out there looking for the legendary Prairie Bomb. I couldn’t find it in stores, it vanished off shelves seemingly as fast as it arrived in these parts. So what to do? Keep trying, of course, and that’s what I did. Eventually my patience paid off, and I ended up trying it at my local Taco Mac.

Not on tap, though, which is my preferred method of beer transfusion here. Because they didn’t have it on tap, only in the bottle. I bit the bullet and forked over my hard earned $10.75. Pricey, that, for a bottle of beer, but I was afraid I’d not see this in stores. I enjoyed the hell out of the beer, and as fate would have it, picked up another at Greene’s on Buford Highway a few weeks later. Of course.

Anyway, here is what Krebs says about the Prairie Bomb:

Bomb! is an imperial stout aged on espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers. All the flavors meld to create a truly unique beer. The peppers add just the right amount of heat to compliment the intense coffee and chocolate flavors.

Better have a designated driver (I did) or enjoy this one at home, since the whopping 13% ABV can do a number on you. The beer has 65 IBUs and I paid $5.99 for the bottle I got at Greene’s, which I will hang onto for a bit.

Prairie Bomb! pours to a jet black color with a thin creamy tan head and rich chocolate and vanilla in the nose. Taking a sip, I get a very thick, rich roasty palate with waves of luscious vanilla, dark powdery cocoa, and spicy green chilis. The beer has slightly peppery spice in the finish but mostly roasty cocoa and a huge alcohol warmth.

I loved this beer, and yes the price is high for a 12-ounce bottle, but I would buy it again. Prairie, you dropped a bomb on me…..

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.