Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is like an over-peppered can of V-8 juice! Peppers, spice and vegetables. Pours a solid dark dirt-brown with a tan ring and minimal lacing. The taste is multilayered and complex, but overall very peppery. Cayenne pepper dominates the flavor, but there is also a hint of sweetness provided by the coconut. A lasting "warm" aftertaste keeps the taste sensation going long after the swallow. Medium body and moderate carbonatin. Overall, who needs a spicy Bloody Mary when you‚Äôve got this brew! Take care - little goes a long way.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The cumin makes itself well known right away as you pour the beer into a glass. Aromas of softened cumin and coconut fill the air and invade the nose before I even grabbed the glass. The beer looks pretty brown as it falls into the glass, but settles to a pretty black color. Itís a really loud beer at first, and the light brown head fizzles away very quickly. Head retention: none. Healthy, fast-rising carbonation persists long after the pour, and if it wasnít for the fact that its bubbles are small Iíd take this for a dark cola.
The coconutty cumin nose feels overpowering at first, but starts to make the beer seem more like a simple sweet stout after a while - something more along the lines of a coconut porter. A touch of chili powder rounds out the end of the nose, complimenting the slight roast malt character beautifully. The flavor is incredibly unique. Itís perfectly spiced, and the cayenne comes through quickly. The cayenne is especially present as the beer slides down the throat. In the mouth, the beer is wicked smooth, sweet, and spiced in such a way that it reminds me a little of a sweet tamarind cola. A thin sheet of soft, warm cayenne coats the tongue and roof of the mouth, and the tip and sides of the tongue actually start to feel like they were burned on the side of a skillet. I love it. Yes, itís maybe just a little too thick on the palate for a hot summer day, but itís invigorating enough that it doesnít really matter.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/29/12 notes: bottle, $6.99. Pour is brown black, semi-viscous with a small white head. Aroma of mint, chipotle, dark chocolate. Body is creamy, mild carbonation, sticky but not too long. The salient flavor is mint, asian herbs initially- perhaps because of how unusual this flavor profile is. This is rounded by more traditional mocha and kilned malts, with a hit of peppery spice (I could see curry here if told) near the finish. Pretty well-rounded and unique creation, more effective than Stoneís mint chocolate porter, of which I draw intuitive comparisons. Score is only hampered by my belief that herbs and dark ales just donít make natural complements.
TXBadger (1512) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes: at a large share, first time having this beer. Pours a dark oil like black with tan head. Notes of coconut, oyster, and curry on the nose; coconut and cumin on the palate, with some sweetness. Finishes with a little heat, weird, but not bad.
rxeight (1510) - Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
spicy. loaded with curry. a little too much for my taste, vanilla and cinamon to slightly balance it out.
jjgmd (1509) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Blind nose. Pours a dark black coffee pour with a java head. Nose, startling, chocolate mint, and spicey. After reading the description, could smell the curry and coconut. Taste layered with spices, strong curry, coconut with some lime. Finishes on the same tasting notes and long. An Indian diner in a bottle. A rather interesting complex concoction. Quaff Score 6 / 10
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very interesting idea...best by 02JAN13
Pours black with a edge and some etch of mocha foam. Smells like curry mix in the spice jar still - profoundly strong. Oddly, the lime comes through and actually as it warms I think the cumin is what may put this over the edge for appreciation. I love curry, and I love cumin, but a little too much here. Flavor is like biting into a cumin, kaffir, massamun curry ball with a bit of cocoa and coffee. I canít stress this enough: THE BEER NEEDS TO WARM UP SUBSTANTIALLY. Medium bodied with moderated carb and a relatively dry finish.
Serving type: bottle
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2012
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 2/20
Best before 1/11/2013.
A: The body on this is pitch black with a thin tan head that dissipates into a thick ring.
S: The aroma is very spicy with curry and peppers with a coconut and lime aroma that clashes very hard with this. It reminds me a bit of body odor. I do not like this aroma one bit.
T: Oh boy I think this is awful, I donít even want to sip again to get the flavors, but I will. The beer starts off okay with dark chocolate and roasted malts but it goes downhill very fast once the coconut hits which means that the curry and pepper heat is about to hit and it does rather hard. Hints of lime are on the finish as well, but it gets very spicy and leaves a tingle on my tongue and throat. This is awful.
M: Thick with light carbonation.
O: This might be one of the grossest beer Iíve ever had. I am barely able to get through the few sips I needed to rate this. My girlfriend was laughing at the faces I made on each sip until she sipped it as well and realized what I was making the face for. Ballast Point, you blew it.
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.
AdiBeer (1499) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: curry, some coconut. Appearance: dark, hazy brown, small, beige, frothy head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: intense spices curry dominating, peppery notes. Overall: very interesting spiced Stout. Pint at Ballast Point Brewery, San Diego.