Indra Kunindra - Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Style:
Foreign / Export Stout
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 16.83%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
32
From:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  5
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews by docoman:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

One of the beer tenders at Ballast Point Brewery gave me sample to try on 11/14/2014 (even though wasn't listed on their beer menu) to see all the flavors in this beer.... I love Thai food and this would pair great with a Pad Thai or Curry type dish... but the sample was enough for me. I like just about all the beers I've tried from Ballast Point, but this was more or a experiment type beer not one I'd regularly order, but also glad to at least tried it.

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docoman from Michigan, Nov 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into shaker, minimal tan head which recedes quickly. Jet black to look at. Smells of Indra Kunindra, curry in a glass with a shot of bourbon thrown in. Not going to go into lengths on tasting notes, but this is a muted version of the base beer. Where the curry spices jumped out at you, and the lime peaks out in the middle, then you are slammed with the cayenne pepper on the end, that is now tamed down by the time spent in the barrel. While I love the base beer, it can be a chore to drink sometimes. The barrel lends some mild vanilla/oak which helps dumb down the assault of the original and there is a nice pleasant bourbon flavor lingering in the background. I have a feeling I will be stopping by this bar next week several times to help them finish this keg off.

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Anaxagoris from Washington, Sep 24, 2014
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1.44/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Taste like black liquorish. Smell was like sirup but I couldn't finish it..

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4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

emmadgriffin from New York, Dec 29, 2014
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2.7/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

omg this beer smells like food. it sounds and looks awesome. it tastes disgusting, though.

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Yenny from California, Oct 15, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown. Light just barely passes. Modest head with only rim bubbles as it settles. No lace.

Solid curry smell. Like wow! I expect to dip some nan into this beer.

The flavor starts off neutral but quickly morphs into a hot and spicy beer (without the curry). Don't expect any of the traditional stout flavors. This straight from India. Overall, I like this, but don't expect your typical Stout. The flavor is nowhere close to that. Kudos to Ballast for going out on the limb here.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, May 03, 2015
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, Indian and Thai spices like curry powder, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, curry, and other spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Jun 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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4/5  rDev -1%

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Skunkdrool from California, Sep 28, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a 4.5oz taster glass at 38 Degrees in Alhambra last weekend. Cost was $4.5 USD ($1/oz). Reviewed from notes. Expectations were fairly high; I wasn't huge on the base beer but I like Ballast Point. The bar was crowded and busy and I wasn't able to go into as much depth during my review as I would have liked.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour. Lovely creamy. Luscious. Lush. Inviting. Great thickness. Soft complexion. Great retention (~4-5+ minutes). Body colour is a silky dark black. Quite appealing.

Sm: Subtle distinct curry powder. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cream. Chocolate. I like the curry powder in particular; it sets this beer apart. Some unrefined sugars as well. Balanced and inviting. Surprisingly moderate in strength. No yeast or alcohol comes through. I'm not getting much from the bourbon barrel, though.

T: Amazingly well incorporated curry powder. Very well balanced and built. Lovely cream. Chocolate. Chocolate malt. Dark malts. Lovely rounded flavour profile. Spice never overwhelms the dark undertones. No real hop presence. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Again, the bourbon barrel notes aren't coming through a great deal. Maybe they're just subtle; I do like this better than the base beer.

Mf: Creamy, full-bodied. Dusty. Perfect thickness. A bit scratchy. Slight overcarbonation. Good presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: Very drinkable, but I'd have to say the barrel notes are quite restrained. They could be just very subtle; this is a definite improvement on the base Indra Kunindra. Hides its ABV well. I'd get it again. Another good brew from Ballast Point. I'd like to revisit this in order to go into more depth.

B+

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kojevergas from Colorado, Jun 11, 2013
Indra Kunindra - Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 32 ratings