Brewed by Kulmbacher Brauerei (Schörghuber)
Style: Doppelbock
Kulmbach, Germany


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RATINGS: 951   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This world-famous beer has the character and richness to stand in for fine sherry or port. Just the right degree of sweetness - never cloying; wonderfully aromatic and warming. EKU 28 is the one whenever something good and strong is needed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2006
Bottle. Dark copper colored. Very sweet flavor with a light spiciness. The malt characteristics where very complex and the alcohol was very high.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (35101) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours clear amber with a fast disappearing slight orange head. Heavy sweet corn aroma. Full bodied. Sweet corn flavour, slight berry fruity. Slight burning alcohol feel, clearly warming finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30468) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2004
[Expired 1½ years ago] The aroma is strong and sweet with notes of sirup, caramel, wood, and yeast. The color is nut brown and it has a fine bubbly orange head, though quite fast disappearing. The flavor is strong too. It is rather malt sweet with notes of caramel, sirup, wood, yeast, and nuts while the alcohol makes the background. It ends on a slight bitterness - not quite enough to balance the sweetness. In the aftertaste it is alcohol and sirup that lingers. An OK beer but just a bit cloying with the sweet sirupy flavors. Thanks to Alex (fiulijn) for trading this one with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Used to be the world’s strongest brew - now just one of the strongest... Beautiful, deep amber colour, rather small, white head. Delicate almost sherry-like notes, some sweetness and a lightly smoked character reminding me of whisky. Loads of alcohol, but never unpleasant. Great beer indeed. 040899

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (23579) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 30, 2005
Amber colour with a small fast disappearing head. Aroma of is dominated by alcohol with notes of malts and caramel. Sweet flavour with lots of alcohol, dried fruit and caramel. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22638) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2007
Bottled. Deep golden colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is hoppy, malty and slight alcohol in a very nice balance. Flavour is alcohol, sweet malts and some hops, also in a nice mix. Even though being 11%, the alcohol is not disturbing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (21282) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2007
Bottled at Monk’s Café, Stockholm. Clear amber, no head. Lots of dried fruit, Concentrated flavour of bready malt, figs, ripe fruits and grass. Very full bodied. Sugary and somwehatsyrupy with some port-like characteristics. Fairly clean mouthfeel. Almost no bitterness. Very powerful, but not with that much finesse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (18167) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2011
14th October 2006
Warning! Early amateur rating! Thickish palate. Darkly sweet. Rich fruity undertone. Slightly spirity aftertaste. Okay but heavy going.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (17313) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2007
A nice deep brown,deep caramel malt, with spirit tones, deep caramalised malt with long deep malt fruit linger.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2002
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.

2002-09-12, 9-4-9-4-17=43
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.

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