daleharshman (848) - 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)
Haslinger (848) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
shared out of a bomber. Wow intense curry in the aroma, spicy taste just terrible terrible, extreme curry flavor. Tastes like the worst Indian food youíve ever tasted. Not good at all. Poured out after a few sips and realized it wasnít getting any better. Gross
magsinva (844) - Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bruisiní Ales - pours cola with a khaki head. Aroma is big coconut curry with lime, cayenne, and hops. Taste is sweet and aggressively spiced. The heat of the cayenne creeps up on you as you drink the beer so Iíd have a glass of water handy if you arenít used to that. Overall, if you love youíre Indian food (which I do), youíll love this beer.
ansalon (842) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown. Aroma is vanilla, coconut, lemongrass, honey, indian spices. Taste is vanilla, curry, honey, chili, lemongrass, resin, cardamom. Very weird, but balanced!
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pentaz (830) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a minimal light brown head. Aroma is cumin, curry, roasted malt, curry, cayenne, chocolate and lime. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Body is medium+, texture is near smooth, carbonation is soft.Finishes bitter, a little hot and super spicy.
dalekliz (824) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cumin, and lime. Taste is spicy and roasty, of toasted malt, wood, cumin, lime and ending with a bit of coconut and cayenne. Lingering hint of spiciness with roasted malt and coconut. Very weird beer, but the taste works.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok this if unique, but in my mind way overdone. I get a heavy dose of coconut and cayenne pepper that overpowers everything else.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle to a snifter
A - Pours black with a small kahki head that vanishes pretty quick. Not a trace of lacing.
S - Fresh cut cedar/pine wood off the initial pour, strong spices, madras curry, cardamom, cumin, black peppercorns, lavender, purfumy.
T - Spices galore, sharp black pepper, cumin, turmeric, madras curry, basil, coriander, thereís some chili heat in there as well. Thereís a salty sharpness in there that cuts through the spice. With the exception of some roasted malts, the spices basically drive the train taking over any other yeast, malt or hop that could be present. Finishes spicy with a solid dose of chili heat left on the palate.
M - Low carbonation, itís thin but heavy liquid, finishes dry and oily with chile heat.
This screams Indian food. If you donít like it, chances are you probably wont like this beer. Itís a full on curry spice assault on the palate. Good chili heat as well. The bottle version seems to be hotter in terms of chile spice than on tap. Curry lovers, you have found your beer.
Serving type: bottle
AndyW68 (782) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2013 Strange. Reminds me of indian peanut curry. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is walking into an indian restaurant. Taste is peanut curry with a bitter and spicy hot finish. Very odd but enjoyable.
kathouse (778) - Nevada, USA - AUG 5, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Ballast. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma has some chocolate but itís hard to find underneath all the curry and pepper. Medium body and bright carbonation. I love curry but this was too much for me. I was waiting for the complexity of the coconut and other spices but couldnít taste them. Finish is hot and not well balanced.