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Brewed by Shaw Wallace (SABMiller)
Style: Malt Liquor
Mumbai, India

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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.02   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Super Strong Beer
Indiaís largest selling strong beer, poised to be the number 1 brand in the country, with an annual sale of over 10 million cases. Smooth tasting yet with a malty flavour and enjoyably strong.


1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 09/02/2011. The beer is clear gold with a medium thin and fizzy white head that burns away rapidly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Grainy malt and a bit of skunk in the nose. Medium body with a sweet malty character that has grain and vegetable notes. Touches of hops in the background. The finish retains the grain and cereal malt theme. Not a very good beer.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2011
A clear golden colored beer, with a white head. The aroma of some malts and fruits. The taste has some malts, perfume, hints of fruitsand a little bitter. Musty. The aftertaste is some sweet and a little bitter.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MadRedCap (2) - Alabama, USA - AUG 10, 2011 does not count
Poured from a 650mL bottle. Appearance - Pale yellow with a finger of head that fades quickly to only a little bit of foam around the top. High carbonation from the amount of bubbles that continue consistently throughout. Aroma - Malty with a little note of yeast and some grain, maybe rice? Little to no hop profile on the nose. Taste - Stronger rice flavors on the tongue definitely, it reminds me very much of a low grade sake that may be served at a restaurant. Only with a few others flavors such as the remaining grains used in production. Same with the aroma, no hop notes to speak of. Mouthfeel - Smooth and easy going, but in the same sense itís probably because there simply is not much there. Overall - A simple, basic beer. I wasnít expecting much other than Baird I often donít hold out much hope for Asian beers. Would I buy a bottle? Maybe not, I got this from a rep as a sample. I can see it being a good move from the BCM market. But other than that, meh.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Serving: 650 ml. bottle at a local Indian restaurant. It pours a pale gold with an active white head. The nose is all sweet grain and alcohol. The flavor is a mix of buttery notes, dough, and a touch of sourness with alcohol on the back end. Ugh. A slight fruitiness emerges as the beer warms. Imperial pils my ass, this is malt liquor.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2011
650 mL bottle. Pours a light yellow gold with white head. The aroma is skunk, laundry detergent, leaves, and soured grain. The flavor is grainy with some soap and hay notes. It doesnít taste as bad as it smells, but Iím still gonna dump it out.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Velkyal (311) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Had at an Indian restaurant in Charlottesville. Pours a golden straw with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma was some mild graininess and a merest hint of lemongrass. Tastewise it was again sweet grains, a trace of biscuits and toast. Nothing special, but nothing offensive either. As I commented to the wife, it is better than Staropramen.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ChainGangGuy (4531) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2011
650ml bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, yellow body with a sudsy, quickly deflating, white head. Smell: Washed out malts tones with a sweet-scented corn-hinting element to it and whiff of astringent cleaner. Taste: Mild, meager pale maltiness with a sweetness of corn sugar powder. Lightly fruity, like a dash of Martinelliís sparkling apple-grape juice that had subsequently gone a bit flat and tired. No real hop flavor or bitterness, instead you get a small pinch of chemically alcohol. Warming, sweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation. Overall: Unpleasant and coarse but not entirely undrinkable, itís like an India-born malt liquor.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Suttree (5543) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2011
I didnít wake up thinking I was gonna be rating a terrible Indian Lager, but here we are...The worst part of it was this weird harsh medicinal bitterness that tasted like chewing on aspirin. Ugh.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yackery (159) - California, USA - APR 1, 2011
Not much aroma but like wet dough. A light-colored beer. Fresh, mountain air taste that carries notes of frozen grape juice. Clean palate. Pretty good beer.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DruncanVeasey (7634) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2011
Finally I summoned the courage to tackle the famous Haywardís- big thanks to Nav again for sourcing me this one. Pours pale with bright carbonation and a lowering foam retreating to the edges of the glass. Aroma not unpleasant; slightly perfumed and lemony with a suggestion of Madeira cake dipped in disinfectant and cherry palinka. Thereís some watermelon, pine and envelope adhesive there, too. Like the other strong Indian lagers Iíve tried (1), this carries the alcohol deceptively well; thatís not to say itís a brilliant beer- it tastes (at first) like licking an envelope marinated in TCP, with a glycerol snottiness coating the roof of the mouth. However, the overall experience is disappointingly palatable- the corn, raffia-like pine, lemon drop and flour-dusted rubber kicks in and distracts from the TCP weirdness to the extent you find yourself...just getting pleasantly pissed, really- which I suppose is the point. Nav is going to have to try harder to source me some genuine subcontinental exoticism.


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