Old Monk 10000 Beer Review – Avoid It

Like a lot of things Indian, Old Monk 10000 has a funny and bad smell.

Not a very bad smell. Just that it’s a little chemically-bad-smell.

We purchased this Made in India beer (Mohan Meakin Brewery, Ghaziabad) at a closeout sale from a Chinese liquor store in Dover (DE) for $3.99.

The golden-amber colored beer has an alcohol by volume of 8%. In our view, the higher the better. 😉

This is not a bitter beer.

More like a fruity beer. Makes us wonder if any hops even went into the making of this beer.

Has a watery, chemically, cheap taste.

Not a very pleasant feeling in the mouth.

If there’s a silver lining in this beer, it’s the nice buzz we had after a 1 pint-6 fl oz (650ml) bottle.

Would we drink or recommend Old Monk 10000 again?

Are you kidding.

Most Definitely Not. Get us our Namaste!

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2 Responses to "Old Monk 10000 Beer Review – Avoid It"

  1. முனிAndy   April 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I had Hayward’s 5000 this weekend. Taste wasn’t as bad as I expected.. I have had it in India 4 years ago.. that time it tasted bad.. but this time I was gobbling up a plate full of some decent spicy chicken with it. That could have been a reason for my better opinion.

    Speaking of Indian Restaurants and alcohol, there is an interesting restaurant called Chai Pani in Asheville.. Not mind-blowing, but decent.. their menu items are pretty interestingly named.. especially their Saketinis (Sake cocktails). I wanted to try Bindi Mary(but they were out of the right mix).
    They also had “The big Chaibowski” – chai+sake+something else.. with a tag underneath saying that “This is what the dude would order in India”.. apparently a timid Indian version of the White Russian. I tried “Rickshaw Romeo”, because it was Sake+chilli powder, because I didn’t want anything sweet.. it was not good. Should have gone with a beer. Each one of them was 7$.. way overpriced..

    I wanted the Sloppy Jai.. they didn’t have any Kheema left.

    The Okra Fries (http://www.flickr.com/photos/belongingtoix/5480364960/) tasted good.. for 2$.
    Could have been spicier.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Haywards, we’ve had in the past but can’t remember the taste now. It’s been ages since we had it. BTW, the Chinese liquor store in Dover had Kingfisher beer too!

    We also purchased the Indian beer Golden Eagle ($1.99 on closeout sale), Karma ($3.99) & Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider (a UK drink for $3.99, 5% alcohol by vol)).

    Chai Pani cocktails look interesting…alas, it’s too far. Also, we try not to drink cocktails from Indian bars…our few Indian bar experiences in Philly & NYC are not satisfactory.

    We’ll review some interesting cocktails on SI soon (from American bars).

    Had delicious Samosa chaat the other day in Edison (NJ) for $5. Your Chai Pani has the same thing as Samosa Chole for $2 more at $6.99.

  2. logu   April 26, 2011 at 12:10 am

    You had Golden Eagle uhaaaaaaaaaay???? Last time i remember puking after a drink was after having that awful beer at a function in Hyderabad. That’s the beer that you normally get in every bars/wineshop in Hyderabad and in majority of northern states.. Plain awful!!!
    KF is the best of lot

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    No, we did not drink Golden Eagle. Just purchased it along with Old Monk 10000 & some other beers.

    We’ll hold off on the Golden Eagle for the end or better still serve it to some “guests” 😉

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