I didn't do much for NYC Craft Beer week, but I did manage to try a highly sought after imperial stout. Prairie has been popping up around NYC in the past few months, though I had yet to find the elusive Bomb! When I found this on tap I ordered it immediately, and our party got the last 3 glasses before the keg kicked. Perfect timing to say the least.
Served on tap in a tulip glass. Pours a pitch black color with a one and a half finger tan foam head. Smells are of coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Mostly coffee though. Carbonation is moderate with a full body. The first part of the taste is like someone ground up espresso and threw it into a stout. The coffee taste is so incredibly fresh and delicious. There are hints of vanilla and cacao, and is so well balanced. There is a slight hint of the chili peppers at the back end of the taste, but it is not overwhelming. If anything, it balances out the alcohol and complements the roasty malt. I sampled a taste or two of the beer and estimated ABV at 10%, and was shocked to find it was 14%. So well masked, mostly due to the complex flavorings.
An unbelievable and unexpected find-will be on the lookout for this again for sure.
100/100 Beer Advocate