padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - OCT 4, 2011
High 5 to the creator of this brew. I haven’t rated a beer in over 4 months and this one brought me out of retirement. Crafted really well. Super complex with all kinds of interesting flavors. I really enjoyed this and look forward to sharing this with a few of my craft beer friends. It’s a first of it’s kind and I agree it’s a bit much like previous raters have said. But that doesn’t make it uninjoyable. It has it’s place. Right now that place is in a couple of bottles marked for special friends who appreciate wierd "out there" creations. This qualifies. And congrats to the crafter. gorditoabd (637) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Bomber from the home brew mart. Pours dark black with ample brown sugar foam. Aroma is sweet cinnamon and cayenne spice, with a touch of something like chai. Initial taste is all spicy, followed by cocoa, chai, pepper, curry, and cayenne. This brew is mind-blowingly complex. Truly a work of artistry. Finish has lote of pepper and heat. Really a great, unique beer. Top shelf, all the way. Only possible knock is a slightly thin body, but that is more than made up for by the rest of the brew. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
On tap (multiple samples) and from one of the judging bottles at GABF. Pours with a pitch black hued body and a small tan head. Aromas are explosive! Huge spice notes, light lime, curry, cumin, coconut, chocolate. Really spicy and pleasant. It took me a while to pull my nose away to actually taste it. Wow, amazing flavors, huge rich spice notes, curry and cumin with light lime notes. Insanely good. Granted there is not much left of the base foreign stout, but my god is this tasty!
A bit of a spicy burn with a medium thick body. Huge duration of flavors.
Absolutely extraordinary beer in every sense. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2011
22oz Bottle. Thanks for sharing Dan! Insane Indian/Thai food aroma. Every coconut curry I’ve ever had. Masala liquor. This is insanely unbalanced and undrinkable. Is there any stout? Is there any beer? Is there any restraint? Goddammit. Toxicl and over-flavored. Only suitable as marinated. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Pour from the tap at the brewery in Old Grove. Pitch black in appearance with a thin tan head. Scents of dark chocolate and cumin . Nice medium smooth bodied beer. Initial flavor is of moderately subdued indian spice of curry, cumin, and lime. Next up is the dark cocoa, molasses, and roasted malt. On the back end the cayenne pepper makes it self known in moderation. Good lengthy finish. Really enjoyed this beer.
DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Bottle from Holiday.pours dark and stouty with a frothy full covering of dense tan bubbles. Smells medicinal, like cough drops, then you get the curry with some seemingly capsicum tingle in the nostril, then the dry herbalness of the kaffir leaf. So, yeah, you can detect each of those in the nose...does it combine well for a beer aroma? No 100% convinced. Flavors seem to mend together more than the nose did, you can taste the cayene, the madras, and the lime leaf, especially in the finish where it seems to really take hold and linger...add to this the almost powdery cocoa flavor of the malts...what you get, is...well, interesting I guess...but beers with a shit ton of spices always have a weird medicinal character to them and this beer is no different, at least at first..except I think I’m really digging the cayenne influence...and as a indian food cooker, its interesting to see these ingrediants coming together in a beer...and it could even pair well with similar food, but its still a bit medicinal, but this has already started to subside through the first pour. It is spicy too..not only with the indian spices, but the chile does give it a nice solid heat. We’ll have to see how I feel after the whole bottle. AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Bomber. Purchased from Holiday Wine Cellar on release date: 9/22/11. Drank 9/23/11.
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 28, 2011
APPEARANCE: Big 2+ finger head that has medium length duration and more than expected lacing.
AROMA: Typical stout base with roasted malt aroma. The specialty ingredients are quite prominent. In order of prevalence (after the basic stout characteristics): kaffir lime leaf then toasted coconut. Curry and cayenne are milder. All the specialty ingredients seem just a tad excessive and give the aroma a bit of a chalk-like scent.
TASTE: Typical stout base with roasted malts and extremely faint dark chocolate. All the specialty ingredients are hardly subtle and, in fact, quite prominent. As with aroma: kaffir lime leaf seems most pronounced. Some toasted coconut. Curry makes a mild appearance. Heat from the cayenne is definitely there - and leaves an extremely lengthy hot pepper heat sensation on finish.
MOUTH FEEL: A bit thin for the abv and style. Subtle powdery, dry sensation.
OVERALL: Wanted to like it more than I actually did. Think I would’ve liked it more if the curry was the most prominent of the specialty ingredients. Cayenne on finish a bit more pronounced than I would’ve preferred, even for a specialty spices brew. Interesting - though expected more subtlety from the specialty ingredients. A bit too "everything but the kitchen sink" for me. Novelty for certain; though one bomber to try is probably enough for one lifetime. Doubt will buy any more.
On tap at BP Old Grove: The color is black with a small brown head. Aroma is mingled spices and a little chocolate. Flavor starts with a strange combination of spices. I detect curry and cumin, some grassy notes, some stout like flavors with a hint of licorice and a strange bitter finish. Full body is rich with soft carbonation. Interesting, strange, unique.