Oakes (13961) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown. Big spicy aroma with cumin, coriander. Rich chocolate taste, light spice and moderate hops. Rooty bitterness. Conceptually, I normally wouldn’t be that interested in this, but I can dig it.
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
quite nice and a little different. typical stout flavours of coffee and roasted malt come through, with the curried spices in the background. was hoping for the spices to be a little more present, but it’s nice as is.
Cantabrian (959) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, what an unexpected (delicious) experience. The "unexpected" part of it means no offence, but I was rather concerned about the spiciness and any flavour associations with the particular name of this beer. I wanted to try this wonder for the sweet stoutness of the style in which it was graded here. Yes, I was indeed afraid of anything picante, such as those aberrant chilli porters of Stone or Mikkeler. Well, not too worry, as this Garam Masala is more to a Lion/Sinha stout and it is indeed a lovely sweet stout, coming as good as they can get. What a beauty! Shiny black with a rather thin tan head, it was served a bit colder than it deserves, so hardly any aroma (but a hint of chocolate), but well, I was in a hurry, just popping in for the pint, so I can return with plenty of time to allow those sensations wake up and upgrade the rating. The flavours had that typical cream stout chocolate, caramel, a bit of coffee and the spices that pop around during the finish. Nothing pungent or offensive, but just the cinnamon, nutmeg and a very slight peppery heat, so tender that it does not break through the overall benevolent sweetness, only making it more interesting. Wonderful and intriguing palate sensation, its reasonably full body seductively massaging the tongue and mouth like with a rough, thick vilosity, more like an old Jaipur carpet, melting into the end as Kashmiri snow for the thrirsty pilgrim. It seems that there are no plans for a new batch in the near future, which is a pity, if not a tragedy. This is one of the great stouts of New Zealand and, if the demand has not been comercially justifiable, it cannot have anything to do with the fabulous beer that comes out of that tap.
Beersiveknown (4408) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg in Pomeroys, Christchurch
Treacle toffee brown with latte head. Sweet malt and roast barley on the nose. Gentle carbonation, slightly cold, sweet with spiciness emerging as it warms up. Finishing with slight peppermint chocolate. Needs further supping for full analysis.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appeared black with good lace from a greyish-latte coloured head that subsided quickly in the glass. I have a bit of a beef with this beer as it was served too cold. This didn’t enable head retention and stifled the smell somewhat. This left me cuddling the glass like a homeless bloke with his last can of special brew in order to warm it up. Once it got a bit warmer it gave a rewarding scent of charry roastiness with molasses, dry coffee and green coffee beans. These were evident in the flavour along with a healthy dollop of dark caramel and warming toastiness. Not a collossal stouty body, but still plenty to chew on. The spice started to come into its own as it sat on the palate and the longer it sat, the more I liked it. Garam Masala seems like a good additive, so points for invention. I presume there would have been more upfront spice had the beer not been so cold and putting it through a handpump would just give this beer the lift it deserves. As it stands though, a tasty go-to stout.