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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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EKU 28EKU 28

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BA SCORE
88
very good

645 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 49
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

A super-strong Bock, but not an Eisbock.
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Ratings: 645 | Reviews: 442
Photo of Stopper
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very thin small watery head pours over a distinctly ruby-colored body. The aroma is strikingly like that of an old port, with undertones of a sweet robust maltiness. Initially the mouthfeel is big and very viscous, with a slight tingle on the tip of the tongue on the sides. This is followed by a very big, sweet, syrupy middle, becoming somewhat smoky and raisin-like and evoking a fine old bourbon. The finish is very alcoholic and wine-like, with touches of port again. This then trails off revealing a lingering biscuity maltiness.

After tasting this beer I had to check again to make sure it was really from Germany. Could they possibly make this sweet nectar in adherence to the Reinheitsgebot? This beer is absolutely unique among all the German beers I have ever tasted. In fact, this beer is quite unique among all of the beers I have ever tasted. The full effect and flavor can be gathered from a very small sip, just as with a straight bourbon or scotch, making it a perfect beer for slowly sipping. I can only begin to imagine the myriad ways in which this could be paired with food, though it is wonderfully suited to standing alone as well. This may just become standard stock for me, to aid in converting friends who drink wine or liquor but "don't like beer". Prost!

Photo of mattcrill
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Deep fruity esters that remind me of prunes, sherry soaked cherries, and a touch of carmel. No hop aroma. Just a hint of alcohol to keep it interesting.

Appearance: Brilliant brick red pour with a thin white head. Moderate effervescence streams up the side of the glass.

Flavor: More dark fruit notes, candied plums, carmelized oranges, maple syrup, and some warming alcohol. Finish is clean, crisp, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very warming and numbing to the back of the palate.

Overall impression: A well balanced, dangerously drinkable eisbock. Wonderful depth and maltiness that finishes dry. Works for me any time of year but probably wonderful by a fire in the winter.

Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

...buttered malt crust aromas...
brilliant reddish orange color with a slick of paisley bubbles on top
Fat, rancio/tawny port texture brings with it a combination of baked apples, brandy, wood, smoke, old bandages, caramelized bananas, burned sugar and hashish. Wow!
NOW I read the back label: "the character to stand in for fine sherry or port." They're not kidding. Also could "stand in" for fine scotch or cognac.
As it opens, murky, heathen elements emerge, including rain on hot asphalt, bitter, roasted almonds and suntan lotion.
The finish is outrageously long and perfectly balanced as little surges of bitter nuts, caramel and smoke emerge for minutes after.

Photo of Amsterdallas
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of pmcadamis
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one at Brewhaus after work with friends.

A - Caramel gold hue is lighter than I thought it would be, and a nice chunky cap of foam sits on top. Looks shimmery and deep, like turpentine or wood polish. Cool.

S - Toffee, caramel, chocolate cake, and alcohol. (Singing) "These are a few of my favorite things..." Has some nice hop weediness to keep it from smelling too sugary, and the very noticeable alcohol helps also. Smells like a good scotch.

T - Holy shit this is good! Big time malt insanity with chocolate cake, tootsie roll, brownie, cookie, and cinnamon flavors. A nice dose of hay-like hop bitterness keeps things balanced, and the alcohol helps keep the sugar from being to cloying. Outstandingly good. Tastes like an Imperial Dopplebock, if you will.

M - Full bodied, malty and sugary as hell, but with a really solid alcohol attenuation that makes it feel weighty, heavy, and very firm but never bloated. More like a big badass tank of a fullback than a fat flabby lineman.

D - This is an all around winner. An outstanding sipping beer that could serve in place of a single malt after dinner by the fire. This was served in a pint glass, but I should have asked for a snifter. This will be a wintertime staple in my cellar.

Photo of JayS2629
4.76/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasently surprised with this one. It poured a clear honey tone with a thin white head that faded fast and left small rings of lace.

The aroma was amazing with a mead like smell, bourbon barrel notes, and sweet honey. Lots of fruity notes; candied apples, pineapple and pears. Fumes of alcohol blanketed in some spicy notes, oak and vanilla. Some floral notes balance things out.

Sweet honey and bourbon with oak, vanilla, ripe fruits. Apples, pears and pineapple with candied dry fruit. A touch of spice, floral notes, some tea like herbal qualities and fruity orange notes balance out the sweetness.

Creamy, sikly and slick. A bit sticky but not overly cloying. Complex and enjoyable sipper.

Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass. Deep orange copper colored with a small 1/4" light colored head that quickly dissipated leaving no lacing. A lively stream of carbonation steadily flows upwards from the bottom of the glass. Crystal clear.
S: apples, prunes, red stone fruits, sweet malts
T: sweet fruits upon first taste melting into wholesome malt, balanced slight bitterness from hops upon finish, prevalent flavors of complex alcohols and esters notably banana, can taste the alcohol but not 11%, improves as it warms
M: excellent full feel with proper carbonation, finish is smooth without feeling oily, leaves a very pleasant aftertaste
O: As my first eisbock I was unsure of if I would enjoy the style. I was pleasantly surprised by how balanced this beer is. I was expecting a much sweeter, alcoholic tasting, "chunckier" brew. I would seek out this beer again.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of FarmerHowdy
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer had great flavor, strong but not bitter and easy to go down. Would highly recommend

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer with more alcohol i have taken, once served in my glass "Bayern Pilsener":

A: Very bright brown color, yellow foam layer;

S: Malt to it's fullest expression, very sweet, plus strawberry, is similar to absinthe;

T: Is much like the smell, malt sweetened with vanilla, cherry and brown sugar, the end is toffee with alcohol;

M: Very sweet and alcoholic, it's clear the level of alcohol in the throat, with robust body and creamy;

D: Seems you're drinking a beer with 30° ABV, a very strong beer to be respected, i finished all they had at Walmart.

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.