SilkTork (5375) - 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!
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - JAN 20, 2003
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2003 Totally unbalanced beer, with a sickening sweetness in the taste and an even worse aftertaste. Simply too sweet, it's like a syrup: I found this beer undrinkable.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2004 I like the smell. Artificial maple syrup add malt with a little Everclear. Flavor profile is to simple for all the malt flavor no balance to this one
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Holy Malt Batman!!! and malt and malt,did I mention malt? oh and alcohol...not extremely well balanced and sort of anti-climatic considering I've been hording this bottle for 6 months, but quite impressive regardless,reminiscant of a double bock,but without the character.Extremely warming, I'm only half way through it and it's not only caught up with me but passed and me and kicked me in the shins as it went by.
Crit (3515) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber in color, with nose of alcohol and molasses.Sweet and syrupy with a harsh alcohol heat that is very unpleasant on the palate.
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer was brought to me with the official EKU 28 glass - which looked like a mini brandy snifter. Malty aroma and malty taste. As this beer warmed, I understood why it came with that glass - this beer does not mess around with its alcohol. In fact, that was about all that I could appreciate about this beer. If you do not appreciate spirits (not the ghost kind), then you should stay away from this beer. Or else grab a 6-pack of this stuff and have a party with the russian girl living across the street from you.