bu11zeye (11929) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a medium tan head. Aroma of coriander, chocolate, lime, cumin, roasted malt, turmeric, coconut, vanilla, and ginger. Flavor of turmeric, cumin, toasted coconut, ginger, cocoa, light lime, and basil.
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured up on tap at the Carlsbad Pizza Port with mahogany body with tan head. The aroma offers up oreo cookie, Dr. Pepper, vanilla and then some spicy oak. Wow, this comes across sweet and cola soda and cookie like. Hmm. The taste is similar to the nose with a good load of the each of the following: spicy oak, oreo cookie crackers, Dr. Pepper like soda and vanilla. All these notes have trouble working together and form a sort of winter fruity cake and spicy oak sensation along with a touch of boozy heat into the finish. This is different but somewhat at odds with itself.
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of dcshiller. Cheers, Dave! Pours a stout brown with a tan-ish head. Nose is some light chocolate, light roast, and some coconut followed by some beautiful spice- curry? Flavor has a wonderful blend of curry, chocolate, coconut, spice, and roasted malts with light cocoa. Light to medium in body for the style and really nice overall.
jcwattsrugger (11067) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle-shared by jtc-pours black with a thin light brown head. Aroma is coconut, roasty dark malt, curry. Taste is coconut, curry that builds with each sip, roasty/cocoa-dark malt. Nice balance with some heat.
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured dark, near black with a light brown head. Aroma was like window cleaner or disinfectant. Taste wise the spices seemed to work better with heavy coconut tones, roasted malt, black pepper spice, and hints of yellow curry. I’m not a huge fan of curry but this worked in the flavor profile.
beernbourbon (1284) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botthle shared by jckp64, thanks!. Pour is clean charcoal blck with a thin light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, light curry, light basil, faint....fuck it, this smells like green curry chicken with a hint of roasted malt. Wow. Flavor is also notable green curry chicken, roasted malt, and a touch of spice in the finish that lingers in the back of your throat. Really unique stuff.
jeff789 (1406) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kreiger, come smell this... Big black with a big head tan lacing... looks nice, loads of curry coconut in the aroma, big aroma, spicy... nice flavor if i had some shrimp and rice... light lime, big flavor, oh the curry, grows on you, spicy, but still weird... try it, like it, hate it, its worth a try... medium bodied, dry finish... "that’s not a dress?!?!?"
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Ballast Point Brewery in Linda Vista: Created a thick fluffy topping of foam head while the opaque liquid was a dark black color. In the aroma, my nose is instantly gratified with a sweet scent of coconut, banana, whip cream, and other spicing that somehow comes across as smelling like children sun tan lotion. My initial taste of this beer is black licorice, but the flavors doesn’t stop there and goes on to give a tropical almost Caribbean taste with the fruity flavors of coconut, pineapple, banana, and a taste of lime zest. There is also a background of heavy dosages of spices that linger in the palate and throat after each gulp that obviously demonstrates the Indian influence on this stout with the addition of curry spices, cumin, and cayenne pepper. I’m so glad I was able to grab a few bottles from the brewery and I commend Ballast Point for picking up on this home brew recipe by Alex Tweet. Although, as I continue to finish my 22 oz bottle, I do notice that this might trigger a headache for me. None the less, nice job guys.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Phone rate at Tiger!Tiger! Many pours over the last couple weeks. Black with beige head. Dark chocolate and coconut dominate, lime and roasted malt, mod amount of earthy spice. Flavor is still pretty tropical with the coconut lime notes, fairly earthy with bitterness at a 3, spicy heat at a 2-3. Alcohol well masked, alcohol too. Medium body, low mod carbonation. I didn’t love the first glass. 2-3-4 and five I loved it.
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle
An excellent West Coast hop bomb this is just the sort of release to keep one inspired to keep searching out new beers. It is always nice to take a break from chasing whales to sample some more accessible regional releases - especially when it comes from Santa. I think I may have to acquire a couple more Ballast Point offerings once the cellar thins out.
Aroma / Appearance - Inky fluid and black this is what a stout should look like. A dirty beige head is on the mark; looking like a piece of pie crust it provides a good contrast. Black licorice, malt, and woody hops effortlessly mix into a pleasing aroma.
Flavor / Palate - Black coffee, wood polish, and carbonation sparkle in sip after sip. A moist bitter aftertaste rubs on the back of the throat. Not too abrasive, it invites more reflection until the spiciness takes over. A rather strange creature it is nonetheless one that I wouldn’t mind trying again.