italianjohn (2489) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a slight orange hue and a thin beige head .... so much going on in the aroma cumin, lime, curry and a good dose of coconut are all there .... taste is a treat ....lime, coconut, spicy curry with the heat and bite of cayenne pepper cooled by the lime .... finish and back end are loaded with the peppery bite ... what a different brew ... flavors are intense and the bite lingers big time while hiding the abv very well
madsberg (10710) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled. Almost pitch black coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma: cocoa, roast, spice, sweetness, some herbs. Flavour: Loads of spice, coconut, sweetness, light roast, caramel, chocolate. Medium to full bodied. Ends roasted and spicy bitter, with some sweetness from the coconut.
Ungstrup (30391) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, hops, and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, chili, cocoa, and citrus fruits, leading to a dry and bitter finish. Smooth.
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of Ungstrup. Pours an opaque black with a vague orangey hue and a creamy light brown head. Coconut aroma combined with spice resulting in an almost Bourbon-like character - very odd. Medium body, sweet overripe fruit, a very odd but distinct curry note and quite a chili bite. Ends sweet and massively spicy. Very odd but quite interesting and complex - you keep finding new layers in this one. 250113
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn what an interesting beer or at least a novel beer. I have wanted to try this for a while and I so wanted to share this with the beer geeks back in KS but checked baggage costs are so high. Either way, pours like a regular stout and good god all mighty the nose hits you like an Indian rock. Damnnnnnn, someone get me a mango lassi to go along with this beer. Its strong and I like Indian food but I do not loooooveeee Indian food, so its a bit of a conundrum. Flavor is better, more subdued, get some stout and strong but not hella (as the kids say) strong curry. Heat, the heat between me and this beer. its not the pepper ale type heat, its a small but constant heat that comes in waves and burns the top of your intestines, I love it. Cool beer. Bottle is filter clean after the last pour. This one is with you in mind Eric.
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 (5096) - 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 (7996) - 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 (975) - 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 (9333) - 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.