OldMrCrow (2049) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I bought this one because someone--Beastie?--insisted that it was actually quite a decent beer and that the unusual approach really works in this case. I can see how people could have that opinion, but Iím afraid Iím not among them. The problem, for me, is that the curry and cumin is absolutely overbearing in the aroma. If I donít inhale and simply drink, itís actually pretty nice. The cayenne is just right, giving it a spicy nip without being the least bit unpleasant, the toasted coconut is not strong but is very nice, the kaffir leaf slips in there, the stout base is tasty, gently sweet, and refreshingly NOT about 10% ABV. Quite close to a hit, for me, just not entirely there. But Iíve got to give it some credit. Upon opening and initially smelling it, I thought Iíd dump the whole bottle and open something else. But now Iím half way through and may just keep going.
AndySnow (4409) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Where: The Bishops Arms Gamla Stan, Stockholm.
Appearance: Black colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Spices, Indian spices, more spices, something else that might just be spices in disguise.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Spices, curry, something that might be chocolate and malt, more spices.
Comment: Nice first sip, second is still decent, by the third the spices take over. Just a sip is enough, too much spices and unbalanced for it to be possible to drink a lot of it.
Hermod (3766) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ bishops arms, gamla stan, Stockholm. Near black, brown head. Wow, this is spicy stuff. Curry, lemon, cinnamon, you name it. Like Jookos said, walking into an a Indian spice shop. Inviting aroma. Flavor has got the same spices as well. Curry. Nice nice nice. Balanced. Maybe not something I would drink a pint of but a small glass is just great.
jookos (3078) - FINLAND - SEP 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap@bishops gamla stan. Whoa, this is heavily spiced. Just like walking into a, indian spice shop. I can pick up curry, turmic, jeera, cinnamon and that roasted version of jeera, whatever itís called. And sort of star anise spicy sweetness. These all on a black soft roasty backing. Soft body. Soft roasty. Lots of spices. Clean. Very interesting beer. Way more heavily spiced than any xmas or similiar beer Iíve had.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 a polarizer at the fest. i had two people blow it up (this after we bought a bottle) but we loved it when we got to try it. The mix of curry, coconut, cumin, cayenne and stout is unique, delicious, and a total treat. Not something Iíd put down multiple pints of, but one? You bet. 2013 - better and better every time."
yeah...now that Iím used to this, Iíd not only put down a pint, I crave it!
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
<Batch 1, 9%
From notes. Tasted on 6/30/12 at the 1st Annual Chimipalooza, from bottle. Pours clear dark amber brown with an average beige head that leaves a thin collar. The nose is lime, cardamom, and coconut with just a bit of traditional caramel malt, really smells a lot like a Thai curry dish. The flavor is has a bit of sweet molasses up front, moving to the coconut and curry with a nice cardamom bitter note and some chili pepper spice on the back. The body is full with average carbonation and a long spicy coconut finish. Very unique and well-executed beer.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: Equal parts stout and Indian spice rack; then dusted with a little tropical flare. Nearly too intense flavor-wise. A truly unique beer. You can really taste all the special ingredients. Great aroma and flavor, but a little too heavy handed on them as well. This bottle was over two months past the enjoy by date and the spices were still very intense. I canít imagine how intense the spices must have been when it was fresh. The spices pretty much play the balancing role to the malt instead of hops with this beer. Bonus points for the crazy idea and for executing it.
TECHNICAL: Drank 3/22/2013. Bottle. Poured a very dark brown that was basically opaque black in the glass with a small, light brown head that fully diminished. The aroma contained heavy roasted malt and dark chocolate; and coconut milk, cumin, spicy cayenne, coconut, curry, and hints of lime. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, heavily spicy and slightly sour and bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and spicy and lightly sour with a duration that was short on flavor but long on heat. There was chocolate syrup, coconut, lime, curry, cayenne, cumin, chocolate, roasted malt , chocolate and pepper. The medium to fully body was oily with somewhat soft but tingly carbonation and a spicy finish.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I canít say Iím the biggest fan. I love Indian food, and I love stouts, but the two together? ITís a bit like funny porn (a la Bill Maher) Cumin, and other spice notes in the nose. Finishes clean, no bitterness.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle. It pours dark brown with a thick and resliliant tan head. The nose smells like a mix of roasted malt and coconut curry. The flavor highlights the curry from start to finish. Light bits of coconut, a roasted malt, lactose sweetness, and a very light spicy warmness. Medium to full body with a lingering curry finish. Interesting and well brewed, but not one I want more than a half a pint of.
Pyrmir (3768) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big bottle, big thanks Carl! Near black with tan head. Aroma very peculiar, curry, ginger, cardamom and various spice. Taste is similar, very spice driven, some chilies, roasted malt and bread. Unique beer