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Cobra Premium - bottleCobra Premium
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Company info:
Cobra Beer 

Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 5%
Standard drinks: 1.7

Cap type: Non-twist

Label info:
‘Specially brewed to an authentic Indian recipe and double-filtered for a uniquely smooth taste’
‘The world’s most celebrated lager, a result of our quest for the perfect beer’.

What the label really means:
‘It’s a British beer but we want to make this seem like you’re drinking something exotic – Indian! Oh yeah and we’ve won a couple of awards’
(NB: The label shows that Cobra Premium has won the Monde Selection Bruxelles award from 2001 – 2008. I’m not sure what this means as the Monde website is hard to navigate but it looks impressive. Did I feel it deserved such high accolades?).

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of gold (which this label predominantly is) – it makes me think of real estate agents and sleazy, hairy chested, open shirted car salesman. 
With a name like Cobra, I expected so much more. A Cobra attacking a poor, homeless family, or  biting the head off a tiger, or ripping the shirt off a weight lifter would immediately catch my attention. But this label has some Hindi script, Indian style picture engravings in the bottle (the etched bottle gets extra points), and that’s about it. A real shame.

I give it a label rating of 4 out of 10.

AROMA: This is one great smelling beer. It’s how beer should smell – beery. It reminds me very much of a Belgian style beer and I’m thirsty just thinking about how this will taste.


Taste: GLASS – This is nice! It has a slight bitterness that rolls off the tongue with a casual elegance. I note that the beer appears quite carbonated, but upon tasting it, it is the perfect amount of carbonation and a nice head is maintained throughout the tasting.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8 out of 10.


Taste: BOTTLE – Excellent! I’m a bit surprised that nothing is lost by drinking it from the bottle. Every mouthful of this beer is a great experience. It has a real full-bodied taste and a great after taste. I just keep being impressed with every gulp.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 8 out of 10.

Cobra Premium - glass

A word from the wife: ‘Not bad…the bubbles are tiny…like champagne. I could drink this beer from a champagne flute’.

She gave it a taste rating of 8 out of 10.

Accompanying food: I think this beer would sit nicely with Asian dishes particularly Thai or Vietnamese. These dishes would help push the full body of this beer and help appreciate it even further.

Best season to appreciate: This is another beer for the warmer seasons.

Time taken to finish bottle: 5 minutes – super easy  to drink.

All-nighter beer? Yes, I reckon it could be. I just might have to investigate further!

NEXT WEEK: Murray’s Sassy Blonde