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EKU 28 (246 of 1001)

Rating: 4.35

My second doppelbock in relatively quick succession now and another German offering that follows on from the recently reviewed Ayinger Celebrator. This one is a much strong beer from the Kulmbacher brewery that is also based in Bavaria and this too features in the 1001 list of beers, counting as my 246th from the list. I picked this one up from the Beers Of Europe website back in November for the ridiculously cheap price of £2.49, incredible considering this one is an 11.0% beer. This is a beer that was once the strongest beer brewed in German and is one that will age well but I opted to try it now before I head to Germany this summer as I’m trying to sample as many of their brews before I get there in the hope that I’ll have a better understanding of which ones to try again. One interesting point to add about this one, it takes the number 28 in its name from the original gravity of the beer in German degrees.

EKU 28

Appearance (4/5): Pours a caramel amber colour with a bubbly, thin beige head on top that settles down then disappears completely after a couple of seconds, although I was expecting as much given the strength of the beer. The beer is quite clear and also looks relatively still as well.
Aroma (9/10): This one is very strong and malty on the nose with a great, really sweet aroma with plenty of caramel and some dark fruits coming through as well. Some spice, cloves and dates, along with some raisins give the beer quite a complex and deep aroma that is well balanced, with some alcohol coming through as well but there isn’t as much as you would expect from an 11% abv. beer.
Taste (8/10): Lots of malts from the start with plenty of sweet ones coming through and hints of alcohol as well. There was a nice bit of spice, dark fruits and plum coming through with some dates and figs too. This was a pretty good beer from the offset with some good caramel flavours and a great balance that had a nice kick to it, with some further spice rounding things off.
Palate (5/5): Medium to full bodied with some creaminess in places and plenty of sweetness throughout with a little bit of alcohol coming through, although it was hidden for the most part. There was a great balance of flavours and the beer was quite complex and rich. Despite the huge alcohol content the beer was relatively easy on the palate and also managed to go down quite easily.

Overall (17/20): I wasn’t sure about this one initially, I had fears that it would be a little strong and overpowering but thankfully these fears were unfounded and it was a pleasantly surprising offering that went down frighteningly easy for such a strong beer. The taste was dominated with sweet malts throughout but some nice fruits came through as well, giving the beer quite a nice balance.

Brewed In: Kulmbach, Bavaria, Germany
Brewery: Kulmbacher Brauerei
First Brewed: 1954
Type: Doppelbock
Abv: 11.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: BeersOfEurope.co.uk
Price: £2.49

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