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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

603 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 36
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A super-strong Bock, but not an Eisbock.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001)
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flannelman808

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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow amber in color, this one is very clear. It's topped with a barely off-white head which disappears rather quickly leaving only a thin white film around the top. Lacing is ok.

S: The aroma gives me the impression this may have succomb to oxidation, perhaps light pollution given the clear bottle. Wet cardboard and nutty (almond like) aromas come forth. Some toffee and hints of banana show as well now that it's warmed.

note: Interestingly as this has warmed up it has become much better smelling. Still there is something sort of odd about it however It sort of reminds me of a nice highland scotch, complex and malt driven (not peaty). It has a hemp rope sort of quality now which is growing on me.

T: Wow, surprisingly good this is maybe just an odd smelling beer... Sweet flavors of angels food cake and iced cookie come to mind. Some nutty flavors come through as well in a toasted almond sort of way. Warming alcohol shows up as well in a really pleasant way and makes me wish I had a fireplace. Despite the sweet flavor profile this is really not cloying whatsoever. It would appear this specialty bock has very little residual sugar which makes sense as it has been brewed with yeast efficiency in mind and spends 9 months fermenting.

M: Very good feel, crisp but velvety on the tongue as well.

O: This is a pretty awesome beer I must say. I've no way of knowing if the off flavors in the aroma are usual or if It's an effect of travel but the flavor more than makes up for them. Rich and crisp all at once, sweet flavors but not overtly so.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 07:43:50 | More by flannelman808
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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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