SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The label no longer translates "the strongest beer in the world," now it's just "one of the world's strongest beers." Ok, so maybe it's supposed to be a bit of a novelty beer. It's high alcohol, with flavours of nothing but malt and alcohol. Fun, if that's what you want. Good? Not very.
Silphium (3194) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong caramel and mustiness on the aroma of this copper-bodied brew. Flavor is much the same- caramel and musty malts, with a light fruity essence. Alcohol is surprisingly subdued, but this beer is not too interesting regardless of its strength.
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Look of a tarnished golden hue of morning's first light. Effervescent glow of radiant golden dew. Nose of caramel walnuts roasted on an open fire. Medicinal fumes of a dentist office. Smooth alcohol taste.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Strong and sweet nose is first evidence of high alcohol levels. Slightly brownish red color is headless and murky. Strong tea flavors are most dominant, alcohol burns on the way down. One dimensional, strong malty lager. No hints of fruit here.
Frank (4121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2004 EKU 28 was high-gravity before high-gravity was cool. Appetizing honey color. Almost completely headless as would be expected for the style (the freezing process decreases carbonation). Still, the palate is far from lifeless--thick, slippery, and smooth. It complements the malty sweetness brilliantly. The depth of flavor is breath-taking and it changes with each sip. Molasses, honey, raisin, cherry, clove, raw sugar, plum, even a bit of chocolate all make themselves known with no one flavor taking over. Leaves a lip-smacking stickiness in the mouth after each taste. It's all so very lovely. The alcohol here is not overdone. It helps contrast the sweetness, adding a much needed dryness to the overall presenationt. I savored every drop.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
'eku' is an australian aboriginal word for a tribal ceremonial delicacy-- it means "ostrich buttocks marinated in sweet yam jelly and fermented in an open pit". ouch. this is whiskey and honey with a head. i'm a fan of strong beers, and this one is a marvel of biology: one must admire the sheer voracious force of frenetic pirannah yeasts devouring fat, sweet virgin pumpernickle malts, leaving jagged bones of alcohol behind-- and yet there's ever more corpulent plums and oranges in noble rot yet to be consumed. it's prodigioush. ish my besh frend inna hole world. hic. alcohol is our very good friend, never forget that-- don't abuse it, but let it rake gently through your consciousness like a woman's light delicate fingers through your hair. one night in the recent past, however, i had a st. bernardus abt 12, and in the sublime buzz that followed that pinnacle libation, i erred fatuously in thinking that this evil sticky roach-bait would extend the rapture. by contrast, the eku was a sumo wrestler next to ms. america: it seemed bloated, crude and boorish. (once i mixed an eku 28 with a mojo IPA and created a reasonable facsimile of arrogant bastard!) so you decide. i think it's, well, spesssshal... (best rating ever of this beer is silktorks--check it out).
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma has hints of fruit (apple, cantelope) as well as a robust alcohol aroma. Appearance is clear reddish orange. Flavor is very sweet up front, tingly orange in the middle with a pronounced alcohol finish and aftertaste.
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright orange/pink hue. Apple cider in the aroma, quite dry with a sugary sweet flavor of orange, and grapes. Warms the back of the tongue like a good distilled spirit.
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2003
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sweet aroma! Malt, brown sugar, Twizzlers, molasses. Dark amber clear with slight off-white head - looks thick as bubbles move in slow motion. Thick watery body with medium carb. Sweet taste up front, malt & molasses, too sweet followed by light hops & alcohol. Finish is vapory sweet & uncomfortable bitterness. After of bread dough & raisins.
Nuffield (4127) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Heavy alcohol aroma, sharply burning in my nose. Nevertheless I can sense apple cider, canteloupe, grape, and overall sweetness in the aroma. There is a fruit lollipop or Jolly Ranchers flavor, sharply sweet, with a late warmth on the middle of my tongue, just hanging there. There are attractive qualities that make this fun, even though some of those qualities might be thought of as flaws. Golden, clear color with little head on the syrupy body.