JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Right off the bat, let me say that I deeply regret not getting more than a single bottle of this. INSANE nose, you really get the subtle coconut and lime, along with dusty coriander, garam masala, and a nice healthy foreign stout character. Mouthfeel ever so slightly thin, but damn thatís some nice kick on the finish. Coconut milk for sure in the taste, giving it a nice robust core as the heat comes on and backs off in waves. Never merely burn, though, always complexly flavorful. Holy fuck this is good.
jgb9348 (4694) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish, fast-dying, one centimetre tall light brown head. Super potent aroma (even noticeable on the bottlecap) of curry, coconut, lemons, roasted malt, alcohol, cumin and way more curry - really nice smelling. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive roasted malt flavours with bunches of curry, cumin, coconut and nutty flavours tucked in to a nice sweet finish with the complexity going strong. The aftertaste does something very nice - mellows out almost completely and shows a very peppery and chile flavoured heat with some light sugars and lactic notes. Overall, a pretty complex beer and one that actually works quite well - definitely worth trying if you can find it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 12-December-2012 for US$8.99 sampled at home in Washington on 15-January-2013.
DuffMan (6646) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hearty very dark brown pour. Room-filling aroma of exotic spices: lots of cumin, pepper, and chocolate. Sweet chocolate malt gets buried under a sensory overload of curry spice: lots of cumin, coconut, kaffir lime, and vegetal pepper. Finish is moderate to high peppery spicy heat deep in the throat. The flavours really pop in this beer, but are quite overwhelming. As a "foodie beer" lover, this was almost too much for me, but it was probably the most interesting food beer Iíve yet tried.
daleharshman (900) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar 15 months ago ($7.99). I had bought a number of bottles but finally rating my last (aged) bottle now. Pours quite black with some dark brown highlights at the edges and two fingers of creamy brown foam. Aroma is like nothing Iíve come across in any beer with the spice from and center: earthy cumin, dry masala curry powder, fresh kaffir lime leaf (more of a Thai thing than Indian), and some coconut along with dark roasted malts. Seriously, this reminds me of walking through the spice market in Jodhpur, India when I was there a dozen years ago. Flavor starts with some dark chocolate notes but the spice soon makes itself very known with lots of cayenne, curry, and cumin and lesser notes of the coconut (kaffir lime not really in the flavor). Some heat leading into the dry-ish finish. The heat and tang from the spice leads to an unusual but not unpleasant mouthfeel. I recently had a draft sample at Ballast Point and have to say that this aged bottle actually tones down the spice a little bit and brings out more of the "stout" characteristics (chocolate most notably). This might actually pair well with less spicy-hot Indian food...for truly spicy-hot stuff, an IPA would probably work better. Itís interesting to see that most raters here either quite like this beer or hate it. Itís certainly an interesting experiment. Since Iím a big fan of Indian food and the cuisine of my native Louisiana (thanks for the cayenne up in here!), I fall firmly into the "like" group. Iíve liked this beer since it first came out and glad to finally rate it...a really interesting and fun experiment unlike any other beer out there. (169, 766)
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, 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 (87) - 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 (171) - 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 (3076) - 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 (1576) - 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 (827) - 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.