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

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RATINGS: 196   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.


DubCInjun's rating

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DubCInjun (7) - - NOV 24, 2012
Crisp, yet grainy with a hint of sweetness. A solid session beer and easily one of the better Indian beers I’ve had. A good brew to have with chicken and fish appetizers. Not much complexity or hops of note. A simple beer but effective for what it is.


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Aurelius (4178) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Muted, slightly tinny aroma. Clear, straw gold. Big fluffy ivory head. Sturdy bomber bottle good label. Sweetish. Oxidized malty notes. Low bittering. Medium body. Nothing much going on here. Glad I didn’t pay $9 in an Indian restaurant for this one. Beer Stop, Tallahassee. Apparently they sell 24 million cases of this in India every year. I doubt my rating is more than spitting in a blast furnace.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheEpeeist (3358) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2014
11.2 oz bottle. My first beer from India and my second malt liquor. Clear orange yellow with slight residual foam. Nose is whole wheat dough and mild grass. Sugar-watery with a soft buzz. Oily finish then papery. Taste is duck sauce, yams, citrus pith and cardboard. Almost 2 years old; maybe better fresher.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hype (20) - - JUL 17, 2014
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1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle at my favorite Indian restaurant. Aroma is mild, giving you no indication of the onslaught your taste buds are about to endure. Horrible flavor. Super sweet. Vile.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Frank (2881) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2014
This comes in a highly fancy foil-topped bottle. The taste is fancy too if by fancy you mean relatively flavorless for an eight percent malt liquor. It is a nice clear yellow orange and only reveals its general low quality w/ its lack of head. It smells pretty much like nothing and tastes like surgical tape and apple juice, which is not all that terrible considering the scope of flavors available on this planet. The carbonation in this serves the dual purpose of drying out the flavor and stopping your from drinking it too fast because it is way too vigorous. This stuff claims to be the world’s most popular strong beer and I can see why. It totally rearanges your brain and does not taste like some sort of vile toxic sludge. Probably if I had grown up in India I would have chugged this by the gallon as a young man. It is not a bad beverage at all. Well, actually, it is pretty bad but it serves the purpose for which it was made as well as anything on the planet which is kind of commendable after a fashion.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
maxwelldeux (3667) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2014
Ugh. To give you an idea, this was served to me in a paper bag at a bottle shop (Special Brews). Nose has a lot of corn in there, with a harsh liquor sweetness coming off it, like cheap booze. Taste is slightly sweet up front, and feels harsh and sickly. Bleh.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Slipstream (2026) - USA - APR 27, 2014
Not the worst of the beers I had in India. Pretty sweet with some corn syrup in the taste. The ABV is higher than average at 7% - I guess this is why the label proclaims it a "super strong beer." The label also trumpets the fact that the bottle is made out of glass, but I didn’t come across any beers in plastic bottles (thank heaven).

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
DougMellows (3) - - MAR 22, 2014 does not count
My favourite beer when I need it to get me pickled. Take 6 of these whoppers, punch your taste buds with the hottest curry you have ever tasted and instantly enjoy the ensuing hours simulating what it feels like to be an alcoholic for over 40-50 years. My only regret is it's extremely hard to get in Australia.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
ThirstyBird (1568) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
Thanks erzengel!?!? Pours a typical yellow with almost no head. The smell is corn, sweet malt, cardboard and alcohol. The taste is sweet malt, corn syrup. Light/medium in body with active carbonation. Yuk!

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
migwell (34) - - MAR 10, 2014
From what I read, this is the largest selling of the numerous horrible Indian ’strong beers’. And it is a dreadful, smelly concoction. I cycled through and over the Himalayas a few years ago, and although the normal Indian beers are pretty dreadful, I did drink more than a few. One thing I avoided were these ’strong beers’, where any pretense of being flavorful or enjoyable is thrown to the wind in pursuit of higher ABV. Occasionally, in the mountains, this was the only thing available, and I found that, cut 50/50 with Sprite, I could get one or two down after a long day in the saddle. Seriously not recommended.


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