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

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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.02   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2005
a basically clear yellow color w/ a nice well laced head. hints of corn a weak hop and some dough in the aroma. Palate is pretty average. Flavor is a fairly malt taste but like a cheap immatation malt along w/ some grain and maybe some honey and yeast. This wasn’t half bad.. just wasn’t real good either.

1.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tomciccateri (1007) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 4, 2005
650ml clear bottle. No hops to get light-struck skunky. Drank one month from brewing, this medium-bodied beer offered a slightly sweet, semi-malty flavor balance with a noticable alcoholic finish. Fairly smooth and drinkable, given the alternatives.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
omhper (19626) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2005
Bottled. Pale yellow, briefhead. Some corn syrup, some rice. Mellow but smooth and drinkable. No bitterness. Bearable.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
TBone (12815) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2005
Bottled 650ml (brewed by Rochees Breweries, Alwar)
Sweved ice-gold in Agra, another sample in Jaipur. Darkish yellow, not much head. Sweet honey, mint and vegetables aroma. Light, sweetish palate.Mild grassy hoppyness and some vegetable taste. Does not show much alcohol (which actually might be as low as 5.25%) - more like "light beer".

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kinz (3303) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Clear fizzy yellow. Decent lasting head with good lacing. Very faintly bready aroma. Sweet corn flavor, slight hop bitterness. Not a bad mouthfeel. As far as Indian lagers go, this isn’t half bad. Should note that although this brand just showed up in local stores and Indian restaurants, if I’m reading the date print correctly this was bottled in 9/2003, making it over a year old. Could actually be pretty good fresh.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2004
I don’t know why but I had the preconception that this beer would be a shocker - maybe it was the effect of the ’so bad it’s good’ retro label. Anyhow the other tasting notes below are fairly spot on re the malty sweetness. Note much else going on but is mouthfilling and good fun in a 1 bottle sort of way.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldmonk420 (26) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2004
One of India’s largest selling strong beer with 7%. This beer taste like malt liquor. Head is average. Very stron aromatic. Light carbonation to keep you from getting gassy and bloated. Definately goes well with tandoori and other sorts of spicy Indian food!!

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 18, 2004
This is the strongest beer in India at 7%. I would hate to live in India and have to drink this crap. Pale color with not much in the hop area. I guess you can try this just so you can say you drank Indian beer. That's why I did it. I don't think I'll venture back to Haywards 5000.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2412) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2004
Pours with a two-finger head that leaves a ton of lace. Very pale yellow color. Light carbonation. Nose is hay like in a barn. Starts and finishes sweet. Light bodied. So far my best beer from India but this is only the fourth. The label has this "manufactured" by Skol Breweries. $1.95 for a 330ml bottle.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
raymow (821) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2003
At first I thought my bottle was skunked. It smells and tastes slightly skunked, yet tastes oddly fresh. After I noticed the ABV, I realized that smell and taste were at least partially due to the alcohol. Overall though, it's not all that good - drinkable, but not a top choice.


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