Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Prairie Birthday Bomb


Fill date: 5/16/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30A Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout)

AROMA: Moderate presence of coffee and chocolate with a natural fruity character from the dark malts and possibly yeast esters. No pepper presence. Noticeable alcohol presence works with the additives. No distinct malt character; some piney/resiny hops. Clean fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque black (44+ SRM). Small brown foam quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing. Seems to be well filtered. 2/3

FLAVOR: Coffee flavor and dry bitterness at the beginning followed by sweet, candy-like chocolate/vanilla flavors. Chile peppers impart a gentle warmth in the throat as it finishes, though the alcohol has something to do with this as well. Malt base is slightly fruity, though lacking any rich bready character as well as overt roasty notes. Bitterness is rather low, but enough for balance. A fine S/H/V on top of a fine imperial stout base, but nothing more. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderately-low carbonation. Smooth, but feels thin and under-carbonated. Plenty of warmth between the peppers and the 13% ABV, though it feels like a lighter brew. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Palette is not quite as complex and robust as one would expect considering the potency and recipe. A fine brew, just not an excellent one. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 33/50

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