"Plain Ole Glenn" up in Sarasota was talking about drinking some awesome beers a few days ago, including an imperial stout aged in rum barrels with coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chillies! And he decided to share his thoughts...
Prairie Artisan Ales Pirate Bomb
Bottle purchased by my dad up in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky.
I haven't had the original Prairie Bomb though do have a bottle headed this way.
I'm always skeptical of this fad with Peppers/Chillies in Stouts. I have had many variations and many times I find the Pepper overpowers the sweetness of the stout and usually the beer turns into a drain pour because I get tired of the mix. Still, when done well in can be a nice pairing.
I poured this beer in a boring West Sixth Can shaped Pint Glass because I was too lazy to bust out a more appropriate glass. I'm not fancy.
The nose on this beer was nice, immediately I got Coffee and Chocolate.
My first sip or two of the beer were underwhelming with good coffee notes upfront and that Chillies kick at the back. I decided to let the beer sit 10 minutes and went back and found the Chocolate/Vanilla notes had joined the Coffee for a much nicer flavor and the pepper mellowed some to just a nice mellow little kick. The stout itself had a good body with a very nice thickness I like.
I ended up really liking this beer in the long run, maybe the biggest part of it I missed however was the Rum Barrel Aged claim which I didn't find much of. Maybe if I had the Regular Bomb! I'd notice the difference but the BA didn't really seem noticeable.
I liked this beer. It's worthy its high ratings.