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


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RATINGS: 985   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (842) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2003
I am surprised at the ratings for this beer. Guess it's a love it or hate it. However, this is what I would expect from this kind of a beer. Slightly cloying, alcohol everywhere,(it has legs), thick, vanilla somewhere in there, malt, lots of things going on, complex. Winter warmer is a understatement. Great end of the night beer, or better yet, this one will knock ya out.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Rating this back-to-back with Eggenberg Urbock, I realized two things: 1. the EKU 28 tastes like a vodka shot; 2. After drinking two beers of more than 9% abv, I'm thinking of taking a long nap. But before I go, I should say something about the beer...it's amber and smells of sweetness and alcohol. The taste is cloying sweetness and massive alcohol burn. If I wanted to sip something harsh, I'd be drinking Johnny Walker Red!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Amber colored, no head. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Flavor is almost like someone dump vodka into a dobbelbock. Somewhat sweet with an alcohol burn. Dry alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4901) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Medium-dark amber, some reddish tints, little head that dies immediately. Powerful, but fairly simple aroma, deeply malty, alcholic, brown sugar & gum. Thick, viscous body with sugary & alcoholic tones, yeah I'll agree with Josh on this one, they're trying to cut the sickly-sweet malt with alcoholic harshness and it's not the best way. Somehow this is a beer that you want to "drink" but you have to "sip" and it doesn't really satisfy either way. Sigh.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2003
Has a nice label but thats about it. If smarmy were a taste this beer would be it sickly sweet and not at all good with any food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Reddish brown in color with barely a white head. Smells fruity and strong sweetness. Warming with a liquor flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2003
An amber color that is clear with an off white head that is diminished. The aroma is of strong alcohol...brandy and malts. A medium body with a strong warming alcohol and rich malt flavor. A sipper for sure. I have to say that I love beer but, not liquor so much and this is like sipping on liquor to me. It is enjoyable though and different which I always applaud.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2003
No subtle alcohol flavor here- one sip and I knew what I was in for. This brought back some memories of Monster Ale - and helped my friend create whole new ones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
adv (22) - Milan, ITALY - APR 14, 2003
It is not easy to brew 28 plato degrees. Kulmbacher manages it, but the result is too much alcohol-tasting to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2003
(Draft) If you like whiskeys and barleywines, you'll really appreciate this unique and lovely beer. On the other hand, if your concept of beer requires such frivolities such as a head of foam or an odor of hops, you are likely to be disappointed. Those with a taste for such things will be rewarded by a delicious brandied malt flavor, an exquisite golden orange color, and glowing, sticky palette that ends in a haze of alchohol. Not for the faint of heart.

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