superspak (6222) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/21/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, vanilla, coconut, cumin, cinnamon, clove, peppercorn, cardamom, cayenne, lime, herbal, and toast/herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and the wide variety of spices; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, vanilla, coconut, cumin, cinnamon, clove, peppercorn, cardamom, cayenne, lime, herbal, and toast/herbal earthiness. Moderate earthy spices and heat on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, toast, vanilla, coconut, cumin, cinnamon, clove, peppercorn, cardamom, cayenne, lime, herbal, and toast/herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and big spice flavors; with a nice malt/spice balance with no cloying flavors after the finish and a moderate amount of lingering heat. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol was well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish other than the heat from the spices. Overall this was a very nice spiced stout. All around good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and spice flavors; and quite smooth to sip on despite the moderate heat. A very enjoyable offering. cafgen (209) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is spicy, curry and sweet. A predominant spicy taste with a slight sweetness. Just not my style of beer.
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22 oz bottle- Pours completely black with a huge three finger head that’s full of big bubbles and reduces leaving cobwebby lace. Aroma is strong Indian spices, it actually made me sneeze, cayenne pepper, curry, cumin and coconut are all there, wonderful aroma. The taste is strong toasted coconut, not getting much heat off the bat, cumin is there as well, very easy drinking for an export stout. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is soft. Very much enjoyed this, experimental and really tasty. knickskicks (1168) - - JUL 6, 2014
Dark brown. Nose, taste, finish: all liquified curry. Medium mouthfeel. I love curry so I enjoyed a small pour but drinking an entire glass would be a chore. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2014
I’ll give A for originality. C+/B- for the ultimate beer. This is a hot, spicy, cumin beer. It could be a stout, but you can’t tell. Due to the hot, spicy, and cumin nature. Did I mention it’s hot, spicy, and cumin-flavored? Because that’s what this beer is.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2014
The cumin makes itself well known right away as you pour the beer into a glass. Aromas of softened cumin and coconut fill the air and invade the nose before I even grabbed the glass. The beer looks pretty brown as it falls into the glass, but settles to a pretty black color. It’s a really loud beer at first, and the light brown head fizzles away very quickly. Head retention: none. Healthy, fast-rising carbonation persists long after the pour, and if it wasn’t for the fact that its bubbles are small I’d take this for a dark cola.
The coconutty cumin nose feels overpowering at first, but starts to make the beer seem more like a simple sweet stout after a while - something more along the lines of a coconut porter. A touch of chili powder rounds out the end of the nose, complimenting the slight roast malt character beautifully. The flavor is incredibly unique. It’s perfectly spiced, and the cayenne comes through quickly. The cayenne is especially present as the beer slides down the throat. In the mouth, the beer is wicked smooth, sweet, and spiced in such a way that it reminds me a little of a sweet tamarind cola. A thin sheet of soft, warm cayenne coats the tongue and roof of the mouth, and the tip and sides of the tongue actually start to feel like they were burned on the side of a skillet. I love it. Yes, it’s maybe just a little too thick on the palate for a hot summer day, but it’s invigorating enough that it doesn’t really matter. poisoneddwarf (2690) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Rating from two days ago up the river. Bomber. Aroma consists of the exotic spices mentioned in the description with coconut the strongest, followed by cumin, curry and cayenne; not getting the lime. It also has the expected stout roastiness and a wet river rock character. Pours dark brown to black with a medium tan head with good retention. Flavor is like biting into a scrumptious Indian dish with all aroma descriptors firmly in place. Starts sweet and earthy before turning bitter, lightly tart (Kaffir lime?) and finishing with a moderate burn from the cayenne and some bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy, finely carbonated, medium to full body. I love a nice experimental brew and this one succeeds. Very tasty. czar (9613) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
bottle shared by samg, thanks dude. pours very dark brown with a decent light beige head, some retention and lacing. intense aromatic cumin/caraway seeds, dry coffee, peppery cayenne and peppers, umami - rancid and rotten meat, almost cloying molasses, soil, dirt. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily and sticky, grassy-spicy and tingling cayenne finish. normally, i do not dislike cumin. disgusted. Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Pours dark brown with low beige head. Mahogany reflects. Aroma is of cumin, bugs, brown sugar, flowers, cherry bubblegum. Taste is of cumin, peppers (hot), some vanilla, slight bitterness. Palate: Light-medium body. Light carbonation. Overall: Not good at all. Fun to try, but really not an enjoyable brew for me. mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a small white head that leaves light lacing. Nose is of an Indian spice shop, hot curry and all. Taste is incredibly spicy and hot, good thing that there is a nice lime flavor to it or else it would just be completely undrinkable. This is burning and I’m having a hard time imagining myself stomach more than the small glass that I have in front of me. I didn’t think it was horrible but just too spicy in summary. Carbonation was moderate, body as well. This isn’t a stout but still a fun experiment.