Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a pellucid amber color, the head mountainous and beige, chunky lace both desiccate way to quickly. Nose is fusel alcohol, caramel, malt, molasses like. Front is malt, the top full, the finish is vigorously acidic, authoritatively hopped, dry aftertaste. Well ’Sports Fans’, I can see why most won’t like this beer, the ’Alcohol is OVERPOWERING’. To say that it is robust, would be an understatement, and most assuredly not meant for everyone. I like it, as with Belzebuth (15%), something I’d only drink when I need to restart my heart. Ranks #430 on my current 1000 beer master list.
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Did someone say syrupy? Oh that was me. Well, this beer is strong, sweet and syrupy. Not in a good way.
Radek Kliber (6600) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 28, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
You guys will hate me but for me this is extreme expl of European strong lager. Despite it’s potency it did had nice head that was killed fast by alc. Sweet malty aroma covered alcohol, wow good job. I did not like it but over all I was impressed that such strong beer could be so human.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, caramelly, malty. Doesn’t attempt to hide alcohol. Feels more powerful than it actually is. That doesn’t make it unenjoyable though. Beautiful syrupy mouthfeel.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 13, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2003 Amber colored, huge caramel nose. Slight head which dissipates quickly. Strong caramel flavor and a wallop of alcohol. Not something I enjoyed.
PhillyBeer2112 (2610) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong caramel-toffee cookie aroma. Light clear amber appearance with small head. Some orange peel notes in aroma. Strong bready-caramel toffee flavor. Rather sweet - borderline cloying. Lightly spicy hop finish. Some light fruity notes and a candyish quality in the finish.
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
zero head, reddish brown and clear. aroma is slightly fruity but the alcohol is extremely apparent in this one...and not in a good way.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium orange-gold color, medium head. A medium bodied beer. Malty and slightly sweet. Taste is more like a sherry or port than a beer, but EKU 28 retains its beer character. Nice hop bite. Big bold beer. Mouthfeel is full and expansive. Finish is clean and smooth. Noticeable alcohol bite (11%). Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet. Slight oily texture to this beer. A bit overpowering.
fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 2010-12-30, bb Feb 2003, possibly 9 years old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Last bottle was not the only lively one, this one too is a bit of a gusher; whatever foam, is not resisting more than a few seconds; the color is a beautiful reddish amber, bright and clean; there’s a thin deposit at the bottom of the bottle, it looks more like a layer of crystalized sugar than yeast. It has a sweet aroma of malt, maple syrup, nuts, almonds, alcohol. The mouthfeel is fizzy, carbonated, therefore preventing any oily feeling; there is an aggressive alcohol presence, very warming, and a nutty malt flavor; the sweetness is acceptable, nothing like a young sample; the bitterness is moderate, with more almonds in the final. And it doesn’t show any sign of age. Still standing against time.
2010-01-01, bb Feb 2003, possibly 8 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Even after so many years, it’s still very lively; it pours a beautiful amber color, just hazy, and a beautiful head, but the retention is close to zero. It has the usual strong aroma: malt, caramel, toffee, with a hint of nuts and alcohol. It has a medium body strength; massive malt aroma, sweet, rather oily, sweet nuts too; very alcoholic and warming, not to say burning, more than the fresh version. It reminds me a lot some English Barley Wine, just cleaner. Good, but difficult to drink in quantities.
Orange amber colour, the head disappears quickly.
Aroma: malt, cherry, alcohol, fudge, medicinal; later it gets a bit spicy.
Sweet, a lot of malt; liquorice, alcohol; almost fruity barley wine; some Madeira wine flavour. Really strong palate, but even a high bitterness is not enough to balance such sweetness.
One of the most powerful beers I can remember.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2002
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
One sip was all I needed of this sickenly sweet, high alcohol beverage. This one ranks below Budweiser in my book...which is really bad!