krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2003
'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
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 (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2003
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
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 (4172) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
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.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2003
Cognac aroma, copper colour, tiny cream head. Tastes like Single Malt, well balanced, smooth for 11%. Boldly assertive! WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 How odd. A big, hoppy German barleywine. Pours a clear copper, with no head and lace that quickly disappears without a trace. Nose is nothing but alcohol. Taste is well, alcohol and hops. Mouth feel is big and round and full. I would have given it a higher OA rating, except that the alcohol content is so high that this one "costs" me two IPAs, which I would like a whole lot better! // rerated when I realized that I poured half of the beer out. Drain pour can’t get a 3.0. This has too much alcohol and too little of anything else. // And tried it again, and if anything less interesting. I no longer sense hops, just alcohol and sugar. Cobra (1100) - - OCT 2, 2003
11.2 oz. brown bottle. Best before Jan 02, 2004. Poured out a deep copper color, with no head to speak of, but a slight lacing around the rim of the glass. Aromas are strongly of malts, with a slight candi sugar sweetness in it as well. Slight aroma of hops, nothing too noticeable though. Tasted thick & chewy, like an oatmeal stout almost. Surprizing for a beer of this ABV. Sweet, coats the tongue with a syrup-like consistency. Finishes sweet & strong, with the alcohol making an appearance at the end. WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2003
A nice dark orange/amber color with little head that is gone within a minutre or so starts off this beer. I have to agree with Oakes's Samichlaus reference, as the aroma is very similar. However, not quite as strong! Flavor is also "samichlaus-esque"...again not quite as strong. really, I think this beer has been treated harshly...the flavor is far from undrinkable, in my opinion. Not the best brew...but it has the potential to age very well, I think! hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Crystal clear, burnt orange lager with a fizzy, khaki / orange head.
In the nose, the high ABV is fairly well-hidden. Very fruity with notes of fuzzy and tropical fruit. Also, honey, dates and pineapple.
The flavor is very malty, sweet and fruity. Again, the high ABV is well-hidden under notes of smoke, vanilla, dates and pineapple. Syrupy mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. The hops and alcohol don't quite balance this big brew out. Dry, alcoholic finish. Throughout, the malt is a touch cloying. Still a very nice brew... as I once again go against the grain.