EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

636 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 44
Gots: 31 | 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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Appearance: Pours with a dark orange color. Minimal head even on an aggressive pour. Active carbonation is very low.

Smell: Syrupy toffee jumps at the drinker. Amber malts, caramelized sugars, and fresh baked rye bread are potent on the body. Sinister dark fruits and some bright yet balanced spices really add some kick on the back end.

Taste: Waves of robust, juicy amber malts with accents of toffee, cacao nibs, and earthy grains blast the palate immediately. Caramel, sweet yet rounded sugars, and bountiful creamy malts grow and shine on the body. The alcohol is menacing and adds an edge to this beer which only helps accentuate everything going on with this brew. Finish is decadent toffee and grains.

Mouthfeel: I won't say the body is thin, but the alcohol and sharp biting flavors and textures are unique for a doppelbock. Carbonation is fitting for this style beer.

Overall: I would describe this as a mean, vicious interpretation of the style. Many others are much maltier with darker fruit character, but this one is menacing and will knock you off balance. With all that being said it is scary drinkable and a real treat.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

EKU 28 brewed by Kulmbacher Brauerei AG with an ABV of 11%. This brew is marketed as a malt liquor. This brew pours out a dark caramel amber color with a small white head. EKU 28 is a filtered brew you can see right though it. The smell is rich with sweetness and caramel. You pick up on some grains in this brew. Not a bad brew so far. The taste is sweet with some grains. There is a slight bitterness to this brew. but nothing over powering. I'm guess the brew get it sweetness from the high ABV. This brew goes down smooth with no bad after taste. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. Kulmbacher Brauerei AG did a nice job with this brew. This brew is nicely balance with a high high ABV. The high ABV is it is not notable in this brew, goes down smooth and clean. This brew is better than what I was expecting. I will get this brew again.

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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from Beers Of Europe website (£2.49):
Caramel amber with a thin, bubbly beige head that disappears after a few seconds.

Strong, very sweet & quite malty with plenty of caramel & dark fruits. Some spice, cloves & dates with some raisins. The balance is good & the aroma complex, with some faint hints of alcohol coming through.

Sweet, very malty with faint alcohol. Spice, dark fruits & plum come through with some dates & figs. A good beer from the start with nice caramel flavours & a great balance that had a nice kick to it.

Medium to full bodied with some creaminess in places & plenty of sweetness throughout with some alcohol coming through, although it was hidden for the most part. Great balance & the beer was quite complex & rich, as well as being easy to drink.

I had fears that it would be a little strong and overpowering but thankfully this wasn't the case. Very sweet & malty, the beer tasted great. Definitely one worth picking up & it was fairly cheap as well which always helps.

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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(bottle code 2359155 - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

A: crystal clear, tawny liquid... finger width of cap on the pour, dies to a misty cap... seriously looks like a decrepitly aged, oxidead whiskey with a spitty collar

S: browned pizza crust, dense caramel-y cracker... surprisingly (or perhaps not - this IS German beer), not as much a phenolic or fusel element poking through - it's a clean, vaguely perfumy/cleansing booze and a clean scent overall... bit of a roasted almond nuttiness late

T: compact, toasty malt syrup, deceptively light with balance from the quiet storm rush of tonic booze... it's a mild, delectable sweetness up front, quite light on the roast flavors for a doppelbock, more akin to a Märzen or even a British strong bitter (a la Bombardier?)... nutty, toasty, spicy as it warms - wouldn't drink this too cold, don't waste it

M: fullish and quasi-lusciously smooth in a compact bubble up front, yet dangerously light and lifting due to the brawny alcohol ferrying it all away very quickly... it's seriously like a rich, full Scotch, lightly carbonated

O: this beer was a revelation to me all those years ago when I was still discovering new brews and buying most of my bottles by the intrigue of their label alone... this is a beer that most certainly stands alone among all the many beers I've tasted - difficult to find a twin or sibling to it (Samichlaus???)... it's ridiculously easy to drink and still one of my favorites

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3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very clear amber, light tan head dies down to lingering thin layer, no lacing. banana, cloves, aspirin, alcohol heat, dry in the middle, a bit of cherry and wood in the nose, consistent carbonation, finishes with a bit of lingering bitterness underneath the sweetness. pretty good for the style, tho not one i'd go to often, seems a second cousin when compared to samichlaus classic. a serious attitude to the whole thing, not bad, but a sipper for sure.

EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.