Saturday, November 12, 2016

Prairie Bomb!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20ChadPolenz (1711) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2016

 
2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout)

AROMA: Coffee is most prominent with chocolate/vanilla a close second. Chile is subtle and difficult to distinguish but blends perfectly. Slight alcohol presence. Base brew is obscured by additives. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque inky black. Moderate brown foamy head mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Sweet dark malts immediately along with milk chocolate essence. Coffee emerges on the finish to emphasize the roasted malt and impart slight dry bitterness. Chiles create for a warming sensation in the throat (as does the strong alcohol). There’s a subtle aftertaste of dark fruit. Hops are subtle and exist mostly for balance (slight earthy taste). Flavors all work well together, but palette is not as rich, robust and delectable as I had hoped. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Very full-bodied and viscous which is emphasized by low carbonation (maybe a little too low). Texture is soft, smooth and velvety. Alcohol and peppers create for fairly strong warmth, but is complementary to the base palette - not distracting. Taste definitely lingers, but is not cloying. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Works extremely well as an SHV, but a little weak as an impy stout. Flavor combination is nice and an impressive brewing feat. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50