GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
651mL from Bine&Vine. Pours deep, inky black with mahogany highlights. Quick tan head has nice formation but no retention or lace. Nose is very intense, at first it wasnít even red Indian curry dish, it was literally crowded Indian bus full of body odor, but now Iím realizing a lot of the B.O. smell in India is actually curry derived if the curry addition was able to create this intense of a nose. Hard to score this nose on a stout body, but for the spice/herb/vegetable category, the curry nose is spot on. The taste is much more tolerable and easily enjoyable- coconut, semisweet chocolate, minimal lime, but a ton of cayenne pepper heat. Not for the faint of heart- this beer has very intense flavors and is certainly unique. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Yum. The only qualm is that under all the coconut and pepper you can still get some of the normal stout character and it is a tad ashy. Still, really good.
Natai (83) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, currant and coconut. Taste starts like a sweet stout, and finishes with a bite of cumin and cayenne pepper on the back of the tongue. Surprisingly good.
HoppityHop (163) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2013
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
I love Indian food and export stouts, but this concoction was disgusting...
bytemesis (2156) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small brown head that slowly dissipates with some lacing. Aroma is quite pleasant sweet chocolate, coconut, roasted malts, and a touch of chili pepper. Flavor is about the same, medium sweet and a bit of citric bitterness. Chili peppers come through in the finish where they add a bit of burn. Medium body, silky mouthfeel. Not sure I would want a whole bomber of this, but it is certainly interesting.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nope, this beer was not for me. Pretty orange brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma is straight up curry powder. Maybe some more subtle spice around the edges, but it smelled like an Indian food restaurant. Flavor was a bit more toned down on the curry and the other spices came through a bit, but this one was killed for me with the curry. Just not a good flavor in a beer. I applaud the creativity though.
BucannonXC5 (665) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif.
Poured a pitch black color with just over one finger of tan head that dissipated almost right away. Lots of random spots on the sides of the glass, well below average retention on the top.
Smelled unlike anything Iíve had before. Got crayons, yes, crayons first. Coconut followed, along with butter and curry.
All I can say about the taste is, ďwow!Ē Like the smell, unlike anything Iíve had before. Got the coconut and crayon taste first, then got ripped with curry and a boat load of spices, including a lingering hot one at the end. I donít know Indian food (besides curry), but there had to be tons of Indian notes. Spicy, spicy.
Full-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, spicy finish.
This was my first foreign export style beer. Although I donít like Indian food (to me that was what this beer was all about), this was a very interesting beer and something nice to try.
OldGrowth (2341) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, from Triangle Wine. Great aromo, sweet, spicy. Dark orangy brown color, small head, faded quick, no lace. sweet spiced flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, spiced finish. Darn good beer, aroma has so much going on, the curry, coconut, lime, cocoa. flavor is equally tasty. real unique beer, winner
maekchu (1463) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Thanks to mike12da. Coconut, airplane glue, sweet curry nose. Big ass cayenne pepper kick right away; mid palate gets even hotter. All the ingredient flavors are apparent at different moments (curry, cayenne, cumin, lime) and blend in interesting ways with the chocolate base. The cayenne, however, stays in the forefront all throughout. Fun, novel stuff.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Brusiní Ales. Pours black with a half inch of khaki foam. Big coconut and lime notes on the nose. The coconut and lime notes complement the malty notes on the tongue. Finishes with heat and flavor of the cayenne. The heat builds up if you drink it too quickly. Itís like an Indian restaurant in a beer. Fantastic!
magsinva (826) - Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bruisiní Ales - pours cola with a khaki head. Aroma is big coconut curry with lime, cayenne, and hops. Taste is sweet and aggressively spiced. The heat of the cayenne creeps up on you as you drink the beer so Iíd have a glass of water handy if you arenít used to that. Overall, if you love youíre Indian food (which I do), youíll love this beer.