Tasting: July 11, 2014
Style: Stout (Coffee)
Beer #: 557
A visiting friend had packed four Bombs in his airline luggage and the TSA didn’t bat an eye. Now that I’ve had the CSA checking in on my blog – I have to explain that my friend Scott had transported Bomb stout from Prairie Artisan Ales. Well, Scott thought Bomb stout might have been explosive as he was a little uncertain of the effects of the air pressure in the cargo hold on sealed bottles. After reading about it on-line and deeming it safe, he took extra precautions and packed them in resealable freezer bags.
The quartet came as a complete surprise. My request was just an afterthought in a string of texts but Scott really took to the scavenger hunt. He went so far as to contact the brewery in Oklahoma to find the retail outlets in the greater Scottsdale area.
I have to admit that up until I joined beer exchange – I was unfamiliar with Bomb stout. The fact that so many people were looking for this stout and the fact that more than two-thousand Beer Advocate users had pegged it as a perfect 100 points, it obviously peaked my curiosity.
I’ll also note that the coffee (or espresso) found in this stout is from Nordaggios which you can see prominently displayed on the lower part of the label. Brewmaster and brewery owner, Chase Healy grew up in South Tulsa and notes that he had always wanted to incorporate Nordaggios in a coffee blend. Even the brewers themselves had no idea that Bomb would take on craft beer cult status. The brewers mention on Nordaggios website that the beer geek trading world is filled with people are trying to get their hands on their creation. Healy mentions that seeing the enthusiasm without a connection to their brand is humbling.
Smooth and creamy and elegant with rich coffee flavors. Subtle undertone of chocolate and something earthy – I assume the ancho chili. Although the alcohol by volume is a healthy 13% it is well concealed. Bomb stout has got to be my favorite coffee stout edging out Epic’s Big Bad Baptist. I’m hoping that Scott returns next year with some more bombs in his luggage. It’s 96 from me.
Kudos – maybe someday we’ll see Bomb Stout and other creations from Prairie Artisan Ales on New Jersey shelves.