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RATINGS: 512   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Brewed with madras curry, caynne pepper, cumin, toasted coconut, and kaffir lime leaf, Indra Kunindra is a 9% ABV stout brewed in collaboration with homebrewer Alex Tweet. It was brewed for Holiday Wine Cellar’s 46th Anniversary Homebrewers Competition. First batch at 9%, others at 7%.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
moonbug (68) - Bryan, - OCT 2, 2013
This beer is the color you see when your eyes are closed...darkness with a tint of lifeblood. I imagine the concept of this brew began behind closed eyes, too, with a bewitching and singular dream...The aroma reads like a recipe...first some coconut followed by toasted cumin, curry powder, and cayenne. And the taste is pure Indian cuisine...a wash of curried spice and lime with alcohol as an unexpected vehicle. It is truly a surprising flavor for a beer. The cayenne remains as a slow burn on your lips. I'm a bit thrown by this one...very unique, but I like it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Sampled July 2015
A steady pour into my glass produces a fat, two-finger thick, lightly brown stained, dark tan colored head. The beer is a solid black color that shows a mostly opaque, brown tinged version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma is a riotous blend of spices backed by a roasted, toasted Stout character; lots of lime, earthy cumin and tumeric, aromatic curry notes that lean towards musky / woody / floral / aromatic / toasted spices, as well as some sweet accentuating notes that remind me a bit of coconut, this is backed by soft, subtle (though this is because the spice character is so pronounced), roasted grain notes.

Lightly sweet up front through to the middle, for my first sip the spices become noticeable in the finish where the flavor really opens up and blooms with all sorts of spice notes; in the long finish there is even a spicy, hot character that might be from chiles. Dark cocoa, smooth hints of mocha coffee, bitter / slightly-acidic burnt notes, bitter blackened malt, and a smooth, dark grain suggestion of sweetness all try to tame the spice character. The body is a touch on the light side for a big stout, but manages to work well with the spices, and would likely make it more amenable to being paired with food. Flavors of lime, lots of earthy / bark-like cumin, cedar like notes, floral coriander, earthy tumeric & curry notes.

Despite being dominated by the spice character, this beer doesn’t end up being too much for me; now I did have this following a meal of Indian food, so that might have tempered my palate some. When I went and grabbed this I was expecting a over-hopped stout; what else would a self styled "India-Style Export Stout" be in the IPA crazed world, right? Despite this massive deviation from expectations, I am quite enjoying this beer. The aroma on this is just incredibly vibrant, and while spice dominated, it is well balanced in its complex spice character that it brings to play. Having said all that, if curry is not something you enjoy, then this is likely a beer you will not like.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kayres (684) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Black with no head. Dry malty nose bit of pepper aroma? Very dry spivey hot pepper flavor. Other spices are there but cannot describe ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoth (640) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Pours dark brown, inky black in the glass, with a medium tan head, moderate retention. Strong curry aroma, with notes of cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and clove, along with some coconut, and toast. Medium body, velvety smooth, good carbonation. Lightly sweet, mildly bitter, lingering curry flavors fading into a spicy hot finish. Amazingly execution -- this could have been awful, but it’s delicious like a good curry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RhetoricalAns (726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Curry in a glass, wish I had this with food as it was a little overpowering on its own. Black pour, thin brownish head that doesn’t last at all. Very spicy aroma, curry, cumin, coconut. Body is fairly heavy, maybe its just the interesting sensory load.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
nerdboy19 (129) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - JAN 21, 2016
I really wanted some rice or a garlic naan when I was drinking this. Very spicy, tastly spicy beer. Full of cumin, curry, pepper. I could barely taste the stout, the spice was so overwhelming but it was satisfying. Taste is lots of spice, very spicy, curry, a little bit of stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pepinis (92) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 21, 2016
Realmente sorprendente y encuentras lo que promete. Buena selección de ingredientes que acaban combinando perfectamente. Tan rara como rica.

1.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
TheArgoPirate (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Smells like a good Indian curry dish, which is generally good, but not for a beer. Taste is very heavy cumin and Indian spices. First sip was intriguing, but by sip number three I'd had enough. 5 more sips and I could not continue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
chucklemation (1033) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Pours a dark brown with a thin head that disappears. Aroma is curry, lots of cumin, and coconut. Flavor is lots of cumin, curry, spicy pepper, and subtle coconut. Leaves a burning sensation in the back of the throat. This is a novel idea, but I’m surprised by the high ratings. This drinks more like a curry than a beer, and I found it tough to finish my half a bomber. So did my wife. Oh well, I’m glad I tried it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ColovianTrader (461) - - JAN 8, 2016
I was not expecting that! Really strange flavors, but I’m kinda digging it. Curry, cumin, toasted grains, burnt malt and cinnamon somehow blend together nicely. Good texture and pleasant aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
Rating #1548 - 20.03.2015 - Birthday Brew Tour - On tap at Ballast Point. Pours a dark black with a burbly tan foam. Aroma is coconut curry.. Taste is quite smooth, decent roast note, mild coconut sweetness and the peppery curry and cayenne tinge lingers into the finish, but is not unpleasant. Predictably spicy and magically delicious.


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