Having extolled the virtues of Cobra 0.0 so fulsomely, I thought I'd put it to the test by doing a blindfold tasting of the 0.0 and the original, with-alcohol version. The two bottles were chilled to the same temp and poured into identical glasses, marked blue and yellow. My tasting notes were as follows:
Cue Cobra on Cobra action...
Yellow is slightly darker and has a more malty, beery smell.
Both have a mouth-filling quality and a hoppy bite.
Yellow sharper and cleaner, a bit lemony.
Blue has the bostik-glue taste of stronger beers, so I think this is the alco version...
And I was right. They're both equally enjoyable, the 0.0 (not just zero, zero-point-zero...) tastes a bit better perhaps because the alcohol doesn't undercut the taste of the other ingredients.
I'm hoping the 0.0 stuff becomes available in Indian restaurants as I don't always want to drink and don't want to wash down food with pop.