Indra Kunindra - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Aromas of malty curry. Absolutely no other way to describe that! Vanilla curry that melts into a roasted oatiness. Moderate hops that are relatively low bitterness. Finish is thick with a mild coffee aftertaste. The curry is strong in this one and lives up to my expectations.
Serving type: on-tap
06-28-2014 00:57:05 | More by EGreen
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with the new branded label--a picture of an octopus holding the various ingredients that contribute to the unique taste of this stout. There is some date information on the bottom of the label, but it seems to have been rubbed off, so I can't tell what vintage this is. Poured into a large glass stein with a textured exterior.
Appearance - Pours a dark chestnut brown color that hints towards almost black. Atop the body sits a healthy one finger head of dense frothy cocoa colored foam. Retention is good, with the head beginning to resemble the moon, with mini craters of pockmarks dotting the surface. Lacing is sparse and slightly sticky.
Smell - Mostly, there are the traditional profiles you'd expect from a stout, with roasty grain and charred toast as well as bittersweet notes of dark chocolate. However, there is a subtle presence from the curry spicing, reminiscent of garam masala with notes of cinnamon, clove and cardamom alongside the cumin and coconut that is added to the beer. I don't get much from the Kaffir lime leaves or cayenne, but I'm intrigued.
Taste - Surprisingly, a lot of the same curry elements come through in the taste, but in a subtle, complementary fashion to the base stout. Roasted malt and light char bitterness are enhanced by the notes of cinnamon, coconut and cumin from the spicing. Cayenne is present, but very faint at first--that said, it provides a cumulative but not at all overpowering heat as I continue to drink the beer. It's not the type of beer that you could just have anytime, but the infusion of traditional Indian spices is very well done here. Quite impressive.
Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a slightly sweet, spicy finish.
Overall, a very well done beer from Ballast Point. I've had stouts that infused Indian spices before without nearly as much success. This one manages to have a very forward presence from the spicing without it being overpowering or cloying. I would gladly drink this beer again if I was in the right mood. It made me want to go get some tikka masala for dinner.
The only other "Indian" stouts I've ever had have been pretty nondescript, with
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2014 05:57:39 | More by LambicPentameter
2.89/5 rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, nearly black with a large tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear
S: sweet coconut and chilii pepper, curry powder, dark chocolate, coffee
T: sweet lime and oily coconut up front, all of a sudden upon swallowing an awful cayene pepper and dirty curry powder flavor overpowers all others
M: medium to full body, slightly slick
O: the beer is ok except for the taste, that part is rough
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 00:57:42 | More by M_C_Hampton
Indra Kunindra from Ballast Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.