Prairie Artisan Ales Christmas Bomb! Review

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!

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    While it's difficult to picture Santa as a young man, he was once. He met the future Mrs. Claus one snowy night when she offered him a winter ale that she brewed herself. It was love at first sight - for both the Mrs. and her winter ales. With Santa's growing fame, his favorite brews became named after his favorite day - Christmas. Santa now travels the world each year to spread the joy that began in a stable in Bethlehem two millennia ago.

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