Prairie Artisan Ales of Tulsa, Oklahoma makes, you guessed it, artisan ales – fantastic, top-notch beer in many different and difficult-to-master styles. Christmas Bomb! is a spiced Imperial Stout on an epic scale.
Christmas Bomb! pours jet black with a touch of burgundy color around the rim of the glass. There’s no foam, only a little lacing. The aroma is a strong cooked molasses, with 70% dark chocolate, espresso, cinnamon, vanilla, and chili peppers. Every smell brings out new things: oak, dark cooked fruits, and leather.
The taste is medium-sweet roasted malts, cocoa, espresso, and chili peppers. The peppers add to the flavor but don’t produce as much burn as I would expect. As it warms there’s fudge and more pepper. It’s full-bodied, rich, sweet with medium mouthfeel and medium-low carbonation. It has a long finish with some alcohol mixed with pepper heat. This year Prairie Christmas Bomb! is 11% ABV.
Prairie Christmas Bomb! is a big, spiced, Imperial Stout. Be ready for the explosion!