Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t this used to be about 14% ? Anyway, it is one of the better beers at being able to handle the high alcohol content. Much better than Samichlaus. The original ice beer!
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ok, I am really going to look like a dumbass rating this the way I did, but maybe VENOM and I have some really odd rating characteristics (or it was in my trunk of my ’72 LTD just long enough...haha). This is my first Eisbock that I had, and it sounds weird, but I think that I can compare it to a Strong Belgian and not think twice. An overwhelming flavor of vanilla and oak really masked the alcohol on my part; not so much on everyone else’s tounge. A sweet, almost tangy palate reckons back to a spoon of sugar. Well, I liked it dammit!
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2002
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Just to sweet. If you can get past the sugary mask their are some good flavors.However after one I knew this was something I would not want to continue on drinking!
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 19, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I agree with everyone. Much too sweet! It had some good qualities. It smelled like a sugar cookie! The taste of port would come out more in 3 years and maybe the sweetness would be diminished as well.
KenB148899 (10) - Island Heights, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice and strong,but too sweet and the alcohol taste lingered after the finish.I’ll have a few of these laying around for a while,so I’ll try it again in the future.[possible re-rate?]
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pretty poor. Beer has no head, which is expected by such a strong lager. Whsikey, oak and stuff come to mind. Too much alcohol. Hard to finish a bottle, share with a good pal.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
When I started drinking beer I almost immediatly switched to the specialties instead of pilsener. Eku 28 was one of the first and back than I thought it was awfull. To heavy for a 16 year old. Today (18 years later)was the second time. And this time it was not so bad. But still ... I don’t really like it. The aroma is port and fruit but that is not how a fresh beer should smell. It has to age to become like port. It’s amber-orange coloured with few head that disappears quickly. Very sweet and thick, alcohol combined with malts and fruits like over mature peach. The finish is malty with some alcohol bitterness and it lasts quite a while.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Malty, sugary, alcoholic aroma, some faint notes of golden raisin and light toastiness. Light-medium copper color with a very slight head, seems to be lacking in lace as well. Flavor profile is malty and sweet up front, in fact largely dominated by light brown sugary sweetness but finishes with some mildly pleasant fruity, licorice and alcoholic tones. Smooth and lightly syrupy on the palate, body is undoubtedly very full. It had been a very long time since I'd sampled this beer last, and at the time I remember being completely daunted by the alcohol content alone, much less the huge, fruity maltiness this beer has to offer. I found a 12oz. bottle nigh impossible to finish singlehandedly, in fact, so you could say I didn't like it very much. Since those days I've sampled a couple of beers that were over twice as strong as this one in regards to alcohol content, so EKU 28 seems pretty tame anymore. Not bad, either, for all its one-dimensional charms.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2001
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber with a finger of foam; big aroma - alcohol, toffee, lacquerish phenols, cashews; viscous body; simplistic palate with fat, cloying maltiness and alcoholic dryness. I’m not saying this is Samiclaus, but they are similar in that they use alcohol to try to balance malts and this just doesn’t work for me.
robertjm (730) - Albany, California, USA - NOV 5, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 This beer makes a lasting impression! Thick and malty like a syrup. Definately not for the timid. I just wish BevMo would sell single bottles and NOT 6 packs only!