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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

602 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 602
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.

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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a one finger head that recedes without leaving lacing. Nose has a lot of alcohol present I want to say just a touch of gingerbread maybe. Extremely sweet on the tongue - almost as if it were a dessert drink. Alcohol barely comes through at the end, but you can't tell you are downing 11% on this one, which makes it dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth but with a syrupy tone. You could drink a lot of these in one sitting I'd imagine. But just be sure to call a cab.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 05:16:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz slender brown bottle with a foiled top, a freshness date is printed on the front label. On the back label is a somewhat disturbing picture of a drunk German man pointing at his stein.

Deep copper hue, very clear with a head that disappears quickly, I guess the more this ages the more the head takes a hit. As I poured it the carbonation struggles to reach the top.

Straight up clean alcohol with a huge ripe fruit aroma, rum raisin comes to mind as well as over ripe apples. An underlying caramel note show that there is a huge maltiness within.

Mouth feel is creamy beyond belief, carbonation is still intact with a viscous rolling feeling as it caresses the palate. Thick on malt, big on sweetness but not out of balance at all. The alcohol rips through the mouth with a big fruity ester and solvent character that does not go overboard. Hops are there but very faint. Fruitiness is really ripe with slight banana and apple sweetness. Malt comes back with a thick syrup caramel flavour as the alcohol bursts again in a spicy kind of way. Finishes sweet with waves of alcohol fumes leaving the mouth and warming the body.

I gauged the head retention to be that way knowing it would be like that so I was not too disappointed, the aroma is simply amazing and the flavour crushed my palate for the rest of the night. As for the alcohol, this is a night cap brew. I’ll save the other bottle to have around the winter holidays.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2002 16:32:02 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

What kind or beer is this, I have to ask, for the label tells me little. Lager, or ale, or?...Huge head, gorgeous red color, and an aroma that makes me step back and gauge myself. Sweet, notes of cherries, and alcohol, and, WOW!, but this is INTENSE! It's enormous and pungent, and formidable, and I haven't even put it to my lips, yet! Full, thick, lush texture...this beer pulls up a chair and makes itself at home in your mouth! Not a beer to be underestimated, to be gulped, or guzzled, or otherwise abused!
In this brew, it's alcohol you feel, above and beyond any other flavors. They may exist, but they must lay before the master, the booze. A touch of citrus and fruit, but faintly, and,again, subservient to King Liquor. Not exactly THE strongest beer in the world, but one of the tastiest strong brews I've ever enjoyed. Just, be careful. Tread wisely, and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 22:19:57 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a 6 ounce tasting glass. This beer was clear, yellow / amber in color. White thin head that quickly diffuses away to nothing. Carbonation low to mild, large bubbles.

Aroma is sweet. That's about it. It is a combination of sweet malt and alcohol. It is pretty pleasing.

The flavor is also sweet. It is very inviting and surprisingly easy to drink. Beer is completely full bodied and really smooth. Really enjoying this beer a lot. Drinkability high, mouthfeel high.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 16:24:44 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper amber with a thin bubbly head cream in color not much lacing the alcohol prettty much kills everything here. Aroma: Strong alcohol layered with sugary syupy and mild plum brandy notes, this is definitely kicked up a few notches in the alcohol department. If AB only knew how to make an ice beer. Taste: Is basically like sipping down some liquor, doesn't burn but the alcohol flavor is so rich and complex with the sugar malts this beer is crazy. Wow, this is a beer I will bring to my next cold football game I go to damn it's very warming going down the alcohol doesn't even try to hide itself here it's in your face competely. Mouthfeel: Medium to full with syrupy like texture wow. Drinkability: Becareful not a beer to be chugged or drank fast take your time let it warm up along the way what a beer another brew acquired from beergeek279 gracias.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 17:33:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-25-2013 16:06:20 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another ironic beer story. At my homebrew meeting, we were reviewing various older beers, and someone brought a bottle of EKU 28. By the time the bottle made its rounds and got to me, it was empty. One of the members told me to give it a try when I could. Although it wouldn't be 5 years old as the one at the brew club meeting, I vowed I would try it given the chance. The next day, I got my package in a great trade from Aparris85, low and behold, one of the extras was... wait for it, you'll never guess, I'll tell you anyways, it was EKU 28, this beer. Perfect timing. I held onto it for a bit, and now it's time to crack it.

A: Nice big honkin head as I pour into my Allagash tulip glass. The huge bubbles on top are reminiscent of baking soda and vinegar eruptions that I remember from fun childhood memories. The rest of the rich, creamy head slowly fades. It's got a very almost crystal clear toasty orange brown, almost light auburn maple colored.

N: MMmmm, lots of toasty malts, heavy fruits, little alcohol, etc etc etc... A very nice dark crystal malt and other dark malts really start the nose, the some nice dark fruits, raisin, and other light other fruits. The some light alcohol comes through, more like 8% than 11% though. A slight toasty malt, very light spices, and even banana somehow shine through. A slight bready malt also sticks its nose into... uhhh, your nose.

T: Starts with some sweet fruity malts, a big malt bomb. Sweet dark fruits like raisin and more slight banana, and even almost a melon like taste. Some bread like malts also hit, with some creamy flavors, followed by some molasses. Some alcohol, but it is very light surprisingly for 11%. Slight yeasty flavors trickle through but the sweet malt flavors really dominate. I get some slight red ale, heavy red that is, malt flavors. I think an American Red ale is modeled after the German doppelboch.

M: Pretty thick and creamy, slightly velvety, and decent carbonation. A slight alcohol warmth.

F: Semi bitter, and slightly dry but still a little sweet. It has an interesting hop bitterness on the finish too. The creaminess also climaxes on the finish. A slight alcohol phenolic taste seems to slowly disperse, but the sweet malt syrup seems to linger the longest. The bitterness really is a surprise opposed to the heavy malt and sweet hit at first.

Final thoughts: A pretty decent Doppeboch. Pretty heavy but not too heavy. Big malty sweet hit with lots of dark fruits and some molasses and even finishes bitter and still semi heavy, but doesn't overpower the finish. A good beer now, but I think it'll be amazing in a few years. I think this is available around here too, so I should find it and cellar a few for a few years. Thanks again Alex, especially for the perfect timing.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 02:11:30 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet sweet and malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It seems rich and warm. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth and rich, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm on the way down. It has a very sweet crystal malt flavor with little hop characteristics present. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn tastey brew. It has excellent malt character and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 18:50:51 | More by WesWes
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this has been a shelf turd of the highest order, and now i am frustrated that it has! such a dynamic and delicious beer, like a german better version of the less harvest stuff. it pours clear honey amber color, dense looking but clean, not much head after a few seconds. the nose is particularly sweet, like caramelized sugars and taffy. nutty too in nose and taste as well, earthy under all that sweet malt, and the alcohol content is as well hidden as it possibly could be. what i lover here is the buttery malt finish with a hint of dry hay and summertime air, even though this works exquisitely in winter, its magically rich and filling, dense body without a much fizz, but its not missing, it drinks like a brandy and improves with temperature. at under 4 bucks a bottle, i am amazed this is still around, pure market ignorance as far as im concerned, i will be buying this frequently as long as the weather stays cold.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 05:03:52 | More by StonedTrippin
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pretty deep gold color. The head is almost non-existant but shows a tan color when roused from the glass. The aroma is dominated by strong malt, the thick malt overwhelms everything. Feels quite thick on the tongue. Surprisingly, given the body, it is not really all that sweet. This is a thick chewy malty brew. The malt character is the show here though. Having said that, this beer is lacking a bit; it is missing some of the malt complexity of a good strong lager. This is a nice clean lager. It is almost syrupy in consistency. In the end a bit dissapointing, needs a bit more character to be really worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 16:31:15 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant copper with an off-white head that becomes a thin cover for awhile before disappearing from the scene. Nice color and while the head retention isn't great, it's acceptable for the abv. Considering how thick it poured, wasn't really expecting much. An added bonus would have of a well-retained head would have been nice, but it does have a brilliant color.

The smell is of caramel, breadiness and a powerful, yet inviting, sharpness.

The taste is of sweet caramel, graininess and tangerine fruitiness. Alcohol grows more warming, but never overwhelms Sweet, hot, long finish.

The feel is syrupy - with such high gravity it's no wonder. Yet, it maintains a surprising, welcoming, smoothness.

This is a nice sipping brew that is much easier to drink than the abv level would usually have it to be.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 04:23:01 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-06-2011 18:54:23 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark syrupy amber with a very light head which fizzes away fast. Nice colour though.

S: Massive amounts of malt and raisin. Very sweet smelling akin to Pedro Ximenez sherry.

T: Heavy sweet concentrated malt. Caramel and dark fruit. Direct flavours, the lager characteristics don't give a huge complexity; it does one thing, but it does it well. It tastes great, anything with this much maltose in it would I'm sure. By my calculations 35-40g carbohydrates/bottle, and they are readily apparent. If you're not a fan of sweet brews don't go here.

M: Thick, full-bodied, and viscous - bordering on syrup like. Real mild carbonation, with a hint of ethanol in the finish. Smooth and elegant.

D: A definite sipper, really in the dessert wine arena of drinks, would make a great digestif.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 02:41:27 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown bottle holding 33cl of beer, best before 4th Apr 2009, drank 9th Dec 2008. Poured into a Duvel glass.

Amber, reddy/orange in colour, clear but no head, not even a collar. Looked like a glass of fizzy pop.

The aroma was of sweet oranges, marmalade maybe, and toffee. Interesting but not beery in my opinion and not like any other Doppelbock I can think of.

The alcohol is obviously at the front of the taste and appears towards the end of the taste too. Inbetween I got oranges (like the aromas) and a sweetness which I found reminded me of toffee apples, but with a strange dryness too.

Too sweet and the lack of a head, un-beery look along with its fruity smell doesn't do it any favours and the 11% just masks its shortcomings.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 22:43:47 | More by BlackHaddock
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a crystal clear copper color with a thin wispy head that quickly receded to the rim. The aroma was almost sickeningly sweet, strong alcohol and of over ripe fruits. The flavor was dominated by the heavy sweet malt with caramel tones in the background. Very, very sweet almost candylike. Alcohol is strong and doesn't balance the flavor at all.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and alcohol attacks the tongue. The thick malt sticks to your tongue for a while after swallowing. Hard time finsihing one of these, not very drinkable unless you like a very sweet and alcohol laced brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 12:02:37 | More by Gavage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired at Kulminator in Antwerp. Cost was 5.50 euro. Served into an EKU 28 mini-goblet at Kulminator. We later *borrowed* the mini-goblet. It was just so damn cute. Reviewed from last night's notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, nice thickness, and terrible twenty second retention. Semitransparent copper colour.

Sm: Light strength scent of pleasant berry esters, brewer's sugar, and pleasant amber hops. Very fresh and appealing.

T: The notes from the nose are present alongside an overload of partially unfermented brewer's sugar and various indistinct subtle hops. Very complex for the style. Excellent. Caramelized malt comes through. A moderately full barley foundation gives the beer background. Balanced and built pretty well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavours.

Dr: Good quality, easy drinking, and a very high price. Worth a go if you love the style, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 13:50:55 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/04/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle, no freshness info listed. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Really nice off cherry color. Maybe a touch of a golden-cherry if that rings a bell. Off white, kinda yellow creamy head. Maybe 1/4 inch on the pour, a nice creamy rim remains. Sparse, but nice streaks of lace remain.

Smell- Super deep toasted caramel malt combined with alcohol, light woody scents and maybe a touch of anise. Really strong scent.

Taste- Strong and sweet, even a bit hoppy with a semi bitter aftertaste. Caramel sludge coats your tongue. Maybe a touch of berry flavor, but not as much as indicated in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Thick, viscous and mouthcoating. Lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Strong, sweet and fabulous. Still new to the world of Eisbocks. Not quite as flavorful as Aventinus, but very good nonetheless. A bit strong to have more than one though. Winter after dinner drink. One is just right.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 02:53:36 | More by GClarkage
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Spikes in SLO.
Poured a copper amber color with a small white head. Nose of malt and caramel. A powerful taste of malt and caramel and strong presence of both in the finish. The alcohol comes through as an after affect of the finsh. Nice flavor, but definately a sipper style, even if it does come in a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 05:00:42 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange body with no head. Smells of rich fruity malt, alcohol isn't apparent but you know its going to be big. More dark fruit malts with licorice. No hops flavor, all malt here. Very smooth drinking and tasty. Feels like at first, but you'll know what you're drinking after the first few sips. Interesting beer, makes me think German Old Ale. Give it a try if you live for malty beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 02:24:42 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 21/10/09, served chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass. BTW, this is the first "Eisbock" that I'll have tasted in my life, so... Cheers!

A: pours a mythical dark reddish amber hue with great clarity and semi-lively carbonation, topped with a layer of off-white fluffy froth that gradually settles to a rim of foam.
S: aromatic fruity-malts dominate the nose, suggesting very sweet prunes, sultanas, tangerine-jam, aromatic black cherries and apples, exotic pineapple-syrup, sugar-cane juice, malt syrup, lots of raw-ish and gristy light-toasted maltis... Intense and focused, sweet but not cloying, extremely fruity overall... ringing a (huge) bell of English barley wine with an extra touch of clean texture.
T: the solid yet bl**dy smooth swallow is semi-oily, sweet prune-ish, sultana-ish, and apple-ly, with a layer of fine, aromatic malts constantly in the backdrop; then a sherry-like unique woody finish along with the semi-dry hop bitterness creep up, resulting in a second layer of dry-ish palate to contrast the main fruity theme of malts. In the finish, the lovely undertone of syrupy fruits and fine malts lingers freely...
M&D: this is by far the smoothest lager I've ever tasted... and where is the alcohol? I hadn't had any liquor or spirit before this drink, and yet I simply couldn't detect any bit of warming alcohol on the palate or down the throat. Besides, the finish is so elegant and balanced, showing no syrupy/sticky touch at all, making one wonder what has gone wrong/so great during the brewing of this lager?! Sip by sip off-guard, gradually I can feel the strength creeping up straight to the head, but never to the stomach, throat or palate... All in all, this is a well-crafted strong lager that, with a subtle flavour profile and well-disguised strength, is capable of melting a stubborn iceberg all in good time.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 22:50:40 | More by wl0307
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Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Collins bar in NYC. This strong brew pours a glowing/shimmering shade of dark leather. Clear, with an off white minimal head, well developed and thick/frothy lacing. Nose is buttery malt and alcohol, sweet alcohol. This is a pleasingly bracing beer. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is quite evident. Notes of juniper, smoke, more butter and alcohol. Warming, heady stuff, cant say the 11% is "well hidden" but for the strong livered, this is a fine sipper

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2005 11:33:57 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tall chalice)

A-This beer pours a reddish brown color with a clear body and a thin white head that fades quickly

S- The roasted malt nose is blended with a hint of oak and raisins with a faint hint of dates. No hops noted.

T- This beer has a slight sweetness to the roasted malt flavor. Some dark raisin notes at the finish

M- This has a pretty full body with some alcohol warmth in the finish.

D- This has good complexity for a high alcohol lager. The dried fruit and dark malt could be a bit more complex. It is very smooth and it doesn't taste like an 11% ABV but the malts add a nice balance to what alcohol you do taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 22:20:57 | More by rhoadsrage
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Zorro

California

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber colored clear brew.

Smell is sweet and very malty lots of fruit smell with a strong cherry scent.

Taste is very sweet and fruity, intense fruit flavor. Hard to breakout individual fruit flavors it tastes like juicy fruit.

Mouthfeel is thick.

An intense Eisenbock probably too much for most but those that seek this stuff out know to expect a powerful brew. Based on that I give a high Drinkability score.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 02:18:35 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-12-2014 01:38:10 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If 9.2% ABV in their regular Eisbock wasn't enough, Kulmbacher also makes a stronger 11% ABV version. Purchased from the only place I know that sells Eisbocks (Town and Country Liquor in Fullerton), on to the beer:

A - Pours dark orange with some red hues.

S - Alcoholic, malty, raisins, and grapes.

T- The added alcohol has changed the flavor around a bit, with some sugar candy notes, a touch of caramel, and a hint of vanilla. The doughiness from the malts reminds us that it's still a bock. The alcohol can get distracting at times, but not enough to keep you wanting more. Drinks fairly well for its strength.

Notes: Yowser! This stuff is pretty strong! Despite that, I didn't feel much of a kick after having all 11.2 ounces. This stuff gave me goosebumps the farther I got along with it.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 17:06:54 | More by DoubleJ
EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.