beerbastard (842) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2003
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
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!
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
muzzlehatch (4901) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2003
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
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.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown in color with barely a white head. Smells fruity and strong sweetness. Warming with a liquor flavor.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
adv (22) - Milan, ITALY - APR 14, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
It is not easy to brew 28 plato degrees. Kulmbacher manages it, but the result is too much alcohol-tasting to me.
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(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.