apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is heavy with malts and vanilla candy. The finish is heavy with alcohol. No head retention at all, and the body is a medium amber. In the flavor I can make out some types of winter fruits, such as plums. A very heavy and strong beer!
Pencom (18) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 17, 2003
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
A number of my friends like this beer. It's really not for me; it's just way too over the top for a beer. If you must sip a beer, have a cognac.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice pour with a full white head. A beautiful beer to look at. Copper colored with a long lasting effervescence. Aroma was, to me, a bit funky. It smelled like overripe/rotting oranges. Despite this I slogged on anyway. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the aroma was not indicative of the flavor. The taste was malty with spice and some fruit notes, none of which were rotten. The finish was warm but hid the alcohol fairly well.
bierkoning (10864) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a decent frothy head, that disappears fast. Very malty, a bit vergetable-like. Thick, sweet, malty flavor with lots of warming alcohol. A peppery fruitiness (raisin and plums). Long, malty alcoholic finish.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent copper color, head disappeared quickly. Nose of sweet caramel and alcohol. Initial sweet taste finished with alcohol and alcohol. Was a tad sticky toward the end of the glass. Definetly a sipper.
SilkTork (5360) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2014
Jan, 2003 The SilkTork lunch is normally taken either at the pub with a pint of cask-conditioned Bitter, or at home with a lager from the fridge. SilkTork is not a lover of lager, for him it is just something to wash down food or refresh a thirst. On this day he took a bottle out of the fridge to drink in the bath he was running. He noticed the name Eku and dimly perceived through the brown glass that it was a dark lager like a Vienna. He paused for a moment. SilkTork liked beers with character and body. Lager, for him, did not have character or body. The first dark lagers he had tried had impressed him with their tangy malt - they were more in the style of the type of beer he enjoyed. But after trying a few he had grown weary of them. He disliked the uncomfortable contrast between the malt flavours he enjoyed and the thin body he detested. A straight forward Pilsner, or one from that extended family, might be more suited to his needs right now than a beer which would confuse and disorientate him with that strange hybrid of a small man in a big suit. He considered putting it back and getting a light lager, but thought, "What the hell!" and popped off the cap. The malt and alcohol aroma flew up at him as he raised the glass, but the beer was already in his mouth. This was just a lager after all - he wasn’t going to spend time appreciating the damn thing. The liquid flowed into his mouth and down his throat. By God! What was that! A thick, syrupy body and a powerful hit of alcohol. "This is the sort of super-strength lager drunk by those strange talking gentlemen down at Concrete & Cardboard," he thought as he made his way up to the bathroom. He was not impressed. When he got to the bathroom he looked at the bottle - 11% alcohol. "Boy, that’s going to a killer for a lunch time drink," he remarked to himself. He finished pouring the contents into his glass, and then took another look at the bottle. There was a picture on the back of one of the incoherent gentlemen from Concrete & Cardboard. "This must be an Eisbock," he thought as he lowered himself into the hot water. He had heard how Eisbocks were made by freezing the brew and then removing the ice so that both the flavour and the alcohol were intensified. He took another cautious sip. He was impressed by the thick creamy texture and firm mouthfeel. This was no ordinary wimpy lager, this was a beer with balls. There was a cascade, a cornucopia, a devil’s horn of fruity flavours pregnant with ripeness. He tasted plums, raisins, bananas and apples. Yes, there was a little sharpness in there, and a hint of something hot and sour. He sipped again. Could it just be the alcohol? The alcohol certainly came through strongly, but that was well balanced by the overall softness of the malt, and when the alcohol did come through it was always allied to the malt and to the sweetness. This was not a bludgening mindless alcohol, this was strength married to sweetness. This was a cultured, well educated, intelligent alcohol. The sort of alcohol that becomes a chess grandmaster and formulates theories of relativity. SilkTork was becoming intriqued and impressed. He could pick up bitterness, dead leaves and twigs, and a fragile memory of a hop aroma. The warmth of the bath and the warmth of the water were lulling SilkTork into a doze. His thoughts expanded and the beer began to fill his dreams. He dreamt of monsters from myth and fable. Huge beasts gorging themselves at long wooden table filled with the finest fruits and nuts from every corner of the planet. He dreamt of a Chimera licking oil from a vine leaf. Charybdis was there chewing on a fresh stick of licorice. Ladon spat out flame scorched apples. Typhon stuffed each of his hundred heads with dripping malt. And Medusa smeared raw meat over her lips. It was a frightening, overwhelming feast. But above all else, it was magnificent. When SilkTork woke the bath water was cold and the empty glass of Eku 28 on the floor told its own tale. [3.9]
Dec, 2014 330ml dark bottle from Casino, Marseille. Full bodied, sweet and rather tasty. Minimal carbonation, and few hops. A rather satisfying beer. Strong alcohol presence, but that is one of the main reasons for buying and drinking this beer. For a strong beer, this is rather good. The "28" refers to degrees Plato. It was once claimed that this was the strongest beer in the world. [3.5]
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear copper color with a tannish white head. Malts and lots of alcohol in the aroma. Don't drink near an open flame! Flavor was sweet, malty with some caramel. And plenty of alcohol flavor! Full mouthfeel, dry, smooth and low carbonation.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a bubbly off white head that left circular lace. An aroma 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.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
i would like some beer with my alcohol please. actually scratch that, i will just keep drinking this clear, dark orange delight. at first the vadka fairy hit me in the nose and said that i wasnt ready for this beer but then the malt came along and fought her off. it was an epic battle fought both on my tongue and in my olfactory senses. i think the winner was me, the third party came in and took care of both sides with happy sip after happy sip and then a few gulps just to prove my point. the malts had represented themselves well with a showing of caramelly sweetness and the alcohol decided that it fought better in a warm body and did its best, which was pretty good, to warm me up. this strong beer can use my tongue and nose as battlefields any time it wants to!