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Indra Kunindra - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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672 Ratings
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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 36
Gots: 73 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-06-2011)
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Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a black color with a short brown head that settles into a light ring. The shade of brown was a bit different, not sure if that was due to the spices.

The nose is quite interesting. The curry really stands out, which goes nicely with the coconut. The cumin is noticable but not strong. Some roast and caramel pop through but it doesn't really get by the curry aroma. You must like curry to enjoy the aroma.

The taste is big on the curry and coconut. The roasted malt stands out more and provides a dark fruit note. The cumin and cayenne come next with the latter providing a noticable heat. Some vanilla and caramel notes as well. This really tastes like a curry dish.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation, drinks fairly crisp for a stout. A bit thin for a stout. Spicy on the palate with roast bitterness and heat in the finish.

This has to be a polarizing brew. You must like the spices added to like this beer. Fortunately I do and this is one of Ballast Points better "pepper series" brews. I am a little worried that the flavor profile may get cloying by the time I get to the end of the bottle.

Gmann, May 06, 2013
Photo of alexgash
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%

22 oz. bottle. Enjoy by 1/2/13. Woops.

Very dark maple syrup brown. Finger of dense, marshmallowy, peanut brown head. Very nice lacing up the glass. Nose is heavily spice-laden! Coconut is at the forefront, backed by cayenne, and lime. Some other muddled spice as well. Licorice, lightly roasted malt, and toasted marshmallow. Interesting...maybe a little scary.

Well, the taste definitely follows the aroma. Light roasted and chocolate notes up front. Hint of nougat. Indian spices make a grand entrance and kind of take over the palate. Coconut lays the base, overlaid with spicy cayenne, some cumin, and tangy, citrusy lime. Cayenne spice picks up into the finish. Lingering coconut, chocolate malt, and lime. Medium-full body, with a creamy, smooth feel. Very interesting and nicely done. Might not want to drink this everyday, but would love to try it with some Indian food.

Definitely an India-style export stout!

alexgash, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

mhaugo, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +7.8%

canucklehead, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%

A-Pours black or damn close to it. Head won't grow. Its nearly headless. An odd circular island of foam sits in the middle of the glass.

S-Loaded with curry. The lime really shines too. I want more coconut and I don't know what cumin smells like. The curry and cayenne give this anomaly some spice. If I smelled this blind I would be dumbfounded.

T-This beer is spicy! Liquid Indian food. Again, I want more coconut but I strangely like this weird mutant beer. Curry and cayenne lay it on heavy. The lime and (albeit slight) coconut give it a flamboyantly fruity finish. Light cocoa and very soft roast. What a wacky glass of hooch.

M-The curry comes up in blitzkrieg fashion whenever I burp. This beer is spicy as hell. Hope it doesn't give me the shits before work tomorrow. A blatant sipper. Jesus this bomber gave me the sweats.

O/D-One of the weirdest brews I have tried. I loved it. This is a one-time-only beer for me probably but I loved the eccentricity.

VelvetExtract, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

twelveinches, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev +7.8%

kscaldef, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Gagnonsux, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of AgentMunky
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Best 5 October 2013. Allegedly brewed with "Madras curry, cumin, cayenne, coconut, and Kaffir lime."

A: A finger of creamy, brown head. The beer is black and opaque.

S: It smells savoury. It actually smells like curry and chili. What? But also milk chocolate, cumin, lemongrass, coconut milk, and fresh-mowed meadows. I am just confused, and have no idea how to rate this...

T: Uhhh. Like it smells. But more amazing. Specifically, the coconut shines, offering a singular sweetness that is unsurpassable. I am pretty much guaranteed to like anything with cayenne in it ever, but this is really something. The pepper serves to mitigate any sticky sweetness and makes the endtaste much more exciting. The curry is obvious mostly at the beginning and not particularly welcome (in general in beer). There is also cracked black pepper and an odd sweetness that could be coconut flesh, but could also be eggnog or caramel or saltwater toffee...

M: Smooth but spicy. Engaging, sort of, but mostly in the background of the thoroughly bizarre flavor.

O: I think I like it? Points for being interesting as hell, and not being entirely terrible. It pulls it off better than I thought it might. I imagine this would go well (maybe??) with actual curries and the like. If you don't like Indian food, avoid this beer.

AgentMunky, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Very dark brown. Slightly translucent. Forms a small creamy brown head. Some light lacing.

S: A rather interesting blend of curry, spice, and balsa wood.

T: Starts off with a strong bitter coffee flavor then turns to dry (unsweet) coconut. Finishes with cayenne spice and even more curry.

M: Medium bodied - light for the style. Spicy in more ways than one.

O: A very interesting beer. Overall, good, but can't say I thoroughly enjoyed it. But, I will say it is very different and the blend of flavors does seem to work in a rather odd fashion.

Florida9, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +7.8%

ShemRahBoo, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Near black in color with a wispy, thin light brown head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

One of the more interesting noses on a beer, period. The initial blast of authentic curry is surprising yet welcome, and it pairs well with sweet and earthy coconut and vanilla aromatics. There's a bit of traditional roast elements throughout, as well.

The flavors are evolving and changing, both in the glass as the beer warms, and simply throughout the sip and swallow. The curry is ever-present, though the coconut and vanilla, with a hint of citrus, make themselves more and more accessible as the beer warms. There's also a lingering, spicy heat that stays for a while in the back of the throat. Interesting and delicious.

Medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation.

After sampling this beer a couple times from the tap, and then eventually out of the bottle, it easily became one of my favorite new releases of 2011. That being said, I would always want help from a few friends when opening a 22oz. bottle.

ehammond1, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

Notes from San Diego trip.

A- Black body with a light, creamy mocha-tan head. Retention and size are both decent. A few spots of lace down the glass.

S- Very unique. Huge coconut, lime zest and earthy feel atop a roasty stout body. Curry and cumin as well as the roast malt, cocoa.

T- Crazy beer. A meld of big coconut, a ton of lime zest, curry and cayenne up front. Hugely earthy flavors. Cumin kicks in with warmth and the coconut starts to fade.

MF- Silky, creamy moderately thick body that is somewhat oily. Slightly hot from cayenne with some roast bitterness.

A meal beer, between the spices and roast flavors it is more like food. Fresh spice flavors are very nice. Lime cocoa interplay is cool. A beer that is surely love and hate between different people.

cbutova, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%

Milky black, which is to say that it's opaque. Just a small ring of foam. I guess it doesn't want to sit too well in a pint glass. Even the ring eventually disappears. Looks like flat cola now.

Holy shit. That's a hell of a nose. Let me give this a shot. Other than the fact that it smells like a sweet chicken curry dish, I'm gonna try to break it down. First off... okay, I'm just going to name what comes to mind in descending order. Cumin, lemongrass, lime, coconut, cocoa powder, cinnamon, coriander, dark roasty malts, chocolate, nutmeg, and a savory staleness to finish it off. No hops, just a dull earthiness. Over-the-top umami. Love the Kaffir lime addition. Totally unreal nose. One of the most impressive noses on a beer that I've ever experienced. Do you think they nailed it???

First sip... ... ...

I'm a little speechless...

Taste follows the nose, but with the heat added. Curry powder, hot chili powder, cumin, sweet lime, vanilla, cinnamon, lemongrass, coconut water, chocolate mole, minerally roast grain, nutmeg and mulling spices, dried banana, musty earthiness, and cayenne pepper. Looking for a complex beer? Ha! This one is ree-dic. A nice level 6 or 7 spice, according to a cook at a Thai restaurant. Export Stout? Sure! Whatever you say! I swear, I'd like to eat this beer for dinner three or four times a month. I think this tastes great enough to give it a 4.5.

Thin. The flavors carry out better that way, perhaps. Still, I'd like a little more body than a flaccid and semi-flat watery juice beer. I guess with a recipe like this, you don't need to pay attention to all the details? Still, it suffers here.

I'm starting to second-guess what I look for in an Export Stout. Maybe they should all taste like authentic Indian curry and have a bite that stings. Spicy? I like. Savory? I like. This is a beer that I need to stock up (at least, in this household). My girlfriend calls this the best beer she has EVER had. I disagree, but it might not be too far off. I'm a sucker. Ballast Point nailed it and no one can take that away from them. You're a bold-faced liar if you think this could've been much better. Do you like Indian food? Do you crave the strange and the exotic? C'mon now folks, not much noticeable booze and the idea becomes fruition. Invent a style for a beer like this, and it's a record that will never be broken. So good.

thecheapies, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

gtermi, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%

22oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours black with a huge dark chocolate brown head that faded into pretty much nothingness. A few spots of soapy lace was left down the glass.
S: Just after the pour this beer smells like an enticing combination of coconut and lime juice. After the head faded the curry and cumin pretty much dominate. The cayenne is noticeable too, and the lime and slight coconut are still present, but man that initial blast of coconut-lime got my hopes up.
T: Chocolaty flavors of the base stout pokes through the cumin, curry and pepper. Coconut is greasy and light, lime is juicy but even fainter. Slightly sweet finish. The pepper leaves a long lingering burn in my throat long after the swallow. Curry/cumin pretty much dominate, but the other flavors add some interesting complexity.
M: Fully body, low carbonation with a greasy and slick mouthfeel. Nice and hefty but I wish it had more carb to fluff the mouth up a bit.
O: A curry bomb. Drinkable but about halfway through I stopped liking it. They should tone back the curry and spice and turn up the lime and coconut.

scottfrie, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of harrymel
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Very interesting idea...best by 02JAN13

Pours black with a edge and some etch of mocha foam. Smells like curry mix in the spice jar still - profoundly strong. Oddly, the lime comes through and actually as it warms I think the cumin is what may put this over the edge for appreciation. I love curry, and I love cumin, but a little too much here. Flavor is like biting into a cumin, kaffir, massamun curry ball with a bit of cocoa and coffee. I can't stress this enough: THE BEER NEEDS TO WARM UP SUBSTANTIALLY. Medium bodied with moderated carb and a relatively dry finish.

harrymel, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

This version is 7.0 abv

A - Nice near black body, light tan head, fairly big, lots of cling left.

S - Dusty, smoky, chalky, filled with curry. Cannot discern more than that.

T - Stout flavors take a seat to the obvious huge Indian flavors. Coconut present. Kinda Thai like. More stout here than smell, but just add some stout to smell and you get it.

M - Medium body, good carb, balance very on the spice side, ending in spice. Not terribly balanced.

D - Wish I had just one glass. This one is fun, but won't be after 2-3.

srandycarter, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

thatoneguymike, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with curry powder, cayenne, cumin, turmeric, kaffir lime, coconut, and a touch of cinnamon.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some curry powder, coconut, and kaffir lime. Through the middle, the cayenne and cumin come through with some cinnamon and other spices. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, cayenne, cumin, curry powder, and kaffir lime.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very interesting blend of curry spices in the export stout. Good overall balance with great complexity.

ngeunit1, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

bigred89, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Dicers, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

Reviewed from notes. Appearance is a dark opaque brown, not quite black. Brown head forms and retains nicely. The smell is incredibly unique: lots of curry and lime come through up front with some coconut and spice to follow. The state is more spice forward and starts with some ancho chili followed by a dark chocolate quality. The finish features a touch of licorice. Quite the journey of flavored here. The body is on the thin side with medium carbonation. This was an ambitious project by Ballast Point and I think they did a good job at bringing together so many odd flavor in a brew. This would pair nicely with Pad Thai.

homebrew311, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ste5venla, Feb 21, 2013
Indra Kunindra from Ballast Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.