DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2012
On draft at Flanny’s. Pour a smooth jet black with a foamy head. Aroma of coconut milk and tons of spices, but it’s difficult to pick out the individual spices in the pungent, nose-filling blend. Awesome cumin and curry flavor from the first sip, but the spiciness keeps building to the point where the heat almost overwhelms the beer. This was MUCH spicier than the first time I tried in out of a bottle several months ago. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle and served in my La Chouffe tulip: Pours basically black with minimal head nor lace. The aroma has initial notes of chocolate and roast, vanilla and very light coconut, light curry and cayenne spice with just a touch of citric fruit and minty vapours. The taste at first is all about the rich lush malts and dark fruit components but then as you drink this the spice heat starts the play around with your palate. Twangy around the outside, sweet in middle and spicy on the back it has a wonderful complexity. The spice goes right towards the edge but never over does it. The mouth feel is lush but it could stand a bit more carbonation. Overall I am digging this. Yeah for a brew that does not wimp out when it comes to the spices. (Damn, I wish I would have kept that other bottle now...) thornecb (6158) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Pours black into a tulip. No head whatsoever. Coconut, lime and cumin aromas. Thin with sweet coconut upfront turning quickly to cayenne before the lasting chocolate, lime and cumin finish. thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle at a random bottle share. Pours a medium brown with light brown, khaki head. Aroma is of sunscreen and curry. Taste is all over the place in almost the best possible way. Curry, coconut, vanilla and then a low heat sneaks up on you. Some noted this was over powering but I loved this stuff. Best drinking stout I can imagine based on what I like. Would love to get this one again. arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Pours dark black with a medium tan head. Aroma is coconut, herbs, dark chocolate, and lime. The taste is coconut, chocolate, herbs, its really hard to explain what I’m tasting here. Then it hits the back of your throat and its spicy! Woah this is a kick ass beer.
magsinva (1493) - Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales - pours cola with a khaki head. Aroma is big coconut curry with lime, cayenne, and hops. Taste is sweet and aggressively spiced. The heat of the cayenne creeps up on you as you drink the beer so I’d have a glass of water handy if you aren’t used to that. Overall, if you love you’re Indian food (which I do), you’ll love this beer. OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2012
bottle, from Triangle Wine. Great aromo, sweet, spicy. Dark orangy brown color, small head, faded quick, no lace. sweet spiced flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, spiced finish. Darn good beer, aroma has so much going on, the curry, coconut, lime, cocoa. flavor is equally tasty. real unique beer, winner daleharshman (1083) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bomber purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar 15 months ago ($7.99). I had bought a number of bottles but finally rating my last (aged) bottle now. Pours quite black with some dark brown highlights at the edges and two fingers of creamy brown foam. Aroma is like nothing I’ve come across in any beer with the spice from and center: earthy cumin, dry masala curry powder, fresh kaffir lime leaf (more of a Thai thing than Indian), and some coconut along with dark roasted malts. Seriously, this reminds me of walking through the spice market in Jodhpur, India when I was there a dozen years ago. Flavor starts with some dark chocolate notes but the spice soon makes itself very known with lots of cayenne, curry, and cumin and lesser notes of the coconut (kaffir lime not really in the flavor). Some heat leading into the dry-ish finish. The heat and tang from the spice leads to an unusual but not unpleasant mouthfeel. I recently had a draft sample at Ballast Point and have to say that this aged bottle actually tones down the spice a little bit and brings out more of the "stout" characteristics (chocolate most notably). This might actually pair well with less spicy-hot Indian food...for truly spicy-hot stuff, an IPA would probably work better. It’s interesting to see that most raters here either quite like this beer or hate it. It’s certainly an interesting experiment. Since I’m a big fan of Indian food and the cuisine of my native Louisiana (thanks for the cayenne up in here!), I fall firmly into the "like" group. I’ve liked this beer since it first came out and glad to finally rate it...a really interesting and fun experiment unlike any other beer out there. (169, 766) JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Right off the bat, let me say that I deeply regret not getting more than a single bottle of this. INSANE nose, you really get the subtle coconut and lime, along with dusty coriander, garam masala, and a nice healthy foreign stout character. Mouthfeel ever so slightly thin, but damn that’s some nice kick on the finish. Coconut milk for sure in the taste, giving it a nice robust core as the heat comes on and backs off in waves. Never merely burn, though, always complexly flavorful. Holy fuck this is good. tiong (7754) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
BBE 01/02/13 -
Pours pitch black with a small head. Smells like stepping into an Indian restaurant. Massive amounts of spices, curry, cayanne and cononut notes in the aroma. Taste is spicy, slightly roasty and warming with spicy notes, curry, pepper and rice. Finish is slick and spicy with warming pepper notes and curry. Quite complex and unique spice bomb.