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. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2011
(22oz bottle from HWC). Pours dark brown with thin khaki head. Has a nice garnet hue to it as well. After having just come out of the fridge, the first thing to hit the senses is the curry and sweet coconut. The taste is semi-sweet with lots of savory notes and roast. There is also some vegetal bitterness that I’m guessing is from the lime leaf and cayenne. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Finish is warming from the alcohol and cayenne. The cayenne burn is quite nice unless you are a wuss that doesn’t eat spicy food. The beer has loads of flavors going on, but they aren’t as overpowering as I thought they might be. This is not the spice profile that my wife (who is Indian) cooks with since she blends her own masala. Otherwise, this might be the perfect exotic beer. Really cool beer. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 18, 2011
22oz bottle, courtesy of Mario from Brewed for Thought. Thanks, dude! Pours a dark, cola-brown color; creamy, fine-bubbled medium-tan head; excellent lacing. Lots of coconut, dark cocoa, and curry-like spicing in the aroma; very strange, but well-executed and a kickass melding of Indian spices and a cocoa-focused stout. Medium-full body; fluffy, pillowy carbonation; spicy Indian curry powder mixed with coconut and a cocoa/chocolaty core; this is pretty weird, and pretty delicious. Innovative, with the spices and coconut perfectly matched. Yum. Lingering finish: spicy curry, creamy coconut, toasty cocoa. robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at Beer Revolution. Full pour so there’s no head. Dark black body. First flavors are of fresh commute and mild curry. Moves into a bitterness on the back end. Would love to have this with Indian or Thai food. Too bad there’s no aroma to speak of. drfabulous (8100) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 29, 2011
22 ounce thanks to Snojerk321. Big interesting taste upfront. The spices and coconut. Very different. All of it comes together well in a way I cannot really describe. I can’t think of a beer like this one.I might be left with the kaffir taste the most.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 8, 2011
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is big coconut, some curry, some light lime, and a bit of roast. Very unique. The initial taste is sweet coconut milk, followed by some light curry, a bit of lime, cumin, and a bit of roast. The finish has a light bitterness and leaves a lingering curry spiciness. Light-medium bodied. Low carbonation. Certainly an interesting beer. It is dominated by the spices. I found it enjoyable, but could see how some would not like it. arminjewell (9687) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Pour out of bottle, thanks to Doodler for the pour! Dark brownish black pour with a nice tan head, aroma is one of the weirdest I’ve ever smelled, big notes of curry spice, coriander, tandoori chicken, hints of spicy fruit, some lime, coconut milk notes in there, wow this is crazy. Taste is curry, spicy ginger, hints of vanilla, coconut in there, hints of green pepper, touch of cayenne in there, touch of cream like sweetness, some lime in there as well. Some slight heat in there, but complemented super well, with a nice balance. Reminds me of very good Indian food. Wow, definitely one of the more interesting beers I’ve ever had. Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
viscous black, with strong aroma of pepper and curry. And almost a chocolatey chili aroma character as well. Super interesting flavor, some chocolate with chilis and pepper. And some tones of the curry as well. Almost a finishing spicyness. GarrettB (1607) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2012
I’m going to skip the introductory flourishes and just get straight into it - this smells incredible. It smells like everything the tropics could be, refined into a lovely perfume, with all the spices and fruits and liquors that make the Carribbean such a hot destination. Coconut, cumin, all-spice, shea butter, black pepper, vanilla and any number of other exotic aromas that make this smell genuinely like a 5-star seaside restaurant with a spice market next door. Really, this is an incredible aroma. The flavor is there too, reminescent of jerk chicken, coconut, a mild chipotle or chili spiciness and overall a gourmet experience in a bottle. Exotic, tropical, and all the flavors of the equator, I’ve never had anything like this, and it changes and wriggles and transforms as it warms. Ballast Point strikes again, and makes a beer that truly fits the sunny San Diego environs. stevoj (5286) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2017
First sniff gave away it’s Indian pedigree. Taste brings in more of the stout characteristics. Chocolate on the back end, curry up front. Savory notes and heat slowly rise up. Complex flavors. Sipper for sure.