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

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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.01   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.


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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2006
Dire Indian strong lager. The marketing spiel on the bottle wanks on about "timeless Indian brewing traditions". My arse - this is brewed by Skol for SABMiller, so any ítraditionsí are imported. This was barely better than a malt liquor. This will sell well in Indian restaurants around the world - there were two tables of England football fans near us and they sank a few before going to watch their teamís World Cup tie with Paraguay. (If Iíd known how turgid the match would be, I would have had a few more...) But it doesnít complement the food that well - itís too strong in alcohol and thick in the body to be quenching. Youíre better off with Kingfisher if you must. Itís pale yellow and raised a thin film of foam. The aroma is dominated by alcohol, with some corn and faint lemon juice. The mouthfeel is hard and the finish is metallic and nasty. (330ml bottle at Nirankar Indian restaurant, Melbourne)

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
rpattinson (84) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2006
Pale yellow, disappearing head; dust, pepper and pissa roma; sweet taste with a funny hop aroma; vaguely bitter, lightly peppery finish. Not the best Iíve had, but not the worst by any means

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nejhleader (1182) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2006
with a name like haywards 5000 I had to try it. aroma has a hint of corn a tad sweet, not much taste, a bit sweet, If this is Indias version of bud or coors then they should consider themselves lucky. For a 7% pale lager it is not bad.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
madquacker (1019) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2006
No balance whatsoever. Corn syrup followed by a foul alcholic flatness. Like mytho. Reminds me of the rocket fuel of my youth. Truely dire.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Fairly sweet lager with a crisp flavor. Dark golden in color with simple head. Nice balance and refreshing.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Golden with some effervescent streams, but no head save a white, scummy film. A few dashes of peppery particulate. If any beer could truly rate a "1" in appearance here we have it. Aromas were interesting to say the least, but pretty darn awful: PlayDoh & grass with charcoal and exhaust. After I finished cussing out Cornfield for providing me this gem, I took a sip. Not too horrendous with some floral sweetness, but the finish was industrial with corn-syrupy and notes of fuel. There were times that I detected plastic or leather (my wife asked, "Pleather?" and Iíll go with that). Aftertaste was of Blue Chlorasepticģ. When I try a new beer I expected my senses to be entertained, but this, THIS was a culinary Grand Guignol.

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1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2005
Bottled, Delhi, India. Golden larger that struggled to form and hold a head. Sweat malty aroma. The flavour has body and the first in some time to do so. This isnít the worst beer on the planet but donít travel to Delhi to get it. Short on the palate itís not rewarding but doesnít offend either.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Strong initial corn flavor along with a very pronounced metallic finish. Mild hop bite. Canít seem to overcome the tinny aftertaste. Corn adjuncts very pervasive throughout. A bit watery in texture. Decent alcohol kick...reminds me of a malt liquor in some ways.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
A surprisingly drinkable brew, despite the initial corny sweet aroma. Clear yellow with continual bubbling and a good lacing head, It does come across a bit thin - odd when considering the 7% abv. Itís got a bready malt taste and a light bitterness which is part herbal hops, part metal. The finish is sweet and definitely metallic.

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1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2005
Bottled. Pale yellow colour, big white head, which disappears quickly though. Strong alcoholic sting in aroma, with weak malts also present. Easy to drink, due to wateryness. Wateryness is also the weakness in it. Alcohol nowhere to be fount in flavour. Weak malts is there as well as some weird sweetness, could be a mix of sugar and vegetables or something. Could be good with Indian food, otherwise not. A bit oilyish palate.


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