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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.03   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Super Strong Beer
India’s 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.


1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
anders37 (17535) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity grainy rubber aroma. Sweetish malty grainy flavor. Has a sweetish malty grainy finish with some hints of alcohol.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2010
650 mL bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of tart grainy malts, mild skunk, banana, acetone. The taste is sweet grainy notes with a raw malt finish. Green banana notes with a bit of caramel. Slightly metallic finish. Thin-medium bodied. Not bad, but certainly typical of an Indian pale lager.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
mkel07 (3718) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2010
650ml bottle. Bright and very clear with a moderate white head. Sunrise colour with pepper in the aroma with some malt also coming through. Flavour is mildly bitter with a fair bit of bitterness and a strong alcohol kick.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
gam (3346) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2010
Clear gold pour medium carbonation aromas corn a sweetness and something harsh flavour dry corn honey note not much bitter alcohol sweetness finish grain dry not a winner leather taste thats it

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
patrick767 (3604) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2010
bottle from Taj Mahal (local Indian restaurant) - Pours clear dark yellow/gold with a small, fizzy white head. It smells of cereal malt and corn. The flavor is sweet and a bit on the boozy side. It’s acceptable but that’s about it.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2010
(bottle - 22 oz) Yellow pour with a thin white head. Aroma smells like corn and hay mixed with latex. Overly sweet and cloyingly bitter. Bitter and nasty.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle. Clear golden pour with a short white head that doesn’t last long. Aroma is fairly light with hints of malt, corn and rice. Flavour is a little sweet and pretty much the same as the aroma. Thin, slightly dry mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation and a short sweet finish. Originally picked this up because I had never tried any strong Indian beers and then put off opening it for ages. Not as bad as I feared but no better than I expected.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hawthorne00 (2549) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2010
650ml bottle. Orange, small white head. Nose has somewhat muddled malt and a little citrus. No skunk though - clearly fresh. Taste is of confused malt sweetness. Medium body. Hides its alcohol pretty well. Tastes like holidays to me, which means my expectations were not confounded and the beer recalls good times. This is much better than any of the other strong beers I tried in India and is perfectly tolerable.

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
DeanF (1729) - Nunavut, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
Found in Bandipur, about 125km northwest of Kathmandu. Explosive pour, foam everywhere. Have to protect my cigars! Zero head after all that, nothing left after mopping up the overflow. Boring yellow. Absolutely no aroma; maybe some alcohol and corn, actually, but barely noticeable. Given the "strong lager" tag on this one maybe that’s a good thing. Barely any flavour? Yes, barely any flavour. Probably lots of rice used in the mix, very smooth, no alcohol, no grains, no hops to speak of in spite of what’s advertised. Good for getting drunk. Not for enjoying a brew.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
altonbrownd (3681) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle brought back from Bangalore by parents. Light golden colour with minimal head. Skunky nose. Taste of malts, mainly, some paper and sweets. Hoppier finish. Not great but also not as bad as the ratings.


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