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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

802 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 10.91%


Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 07-27-2003)
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Adam for getting this to me in trade. 2012 bottle with red wax poured in a Firestone Walker Teku on February 13, 2014. Pours bright and dark red with no head at all even with a vigorous pour. Huge sweet raspberry and booze aroma, some caramel or toffee, lots of sweet syrupy sugar smell. So much sweet berry. Flavor is sweet straight raspberry jam/preserves, and then some toffee like malts tingling the tongue with plenty of booze in the background. This is very sweet with a thick nearly syrupy mouthfeel but balanced with some light carbonation as to make it more drinkable. Huge flavors in this brew for sure. Made for the raspberry lover. Very nice and a bit hot. An awesome treat as an after dinner drink, just make sure to pour yourself a small glass around 4 oz. Tough to drink much more than that.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 01:05:33 | More by BMMillsy
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dar482

New York

4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a lovely reddish amber color.

The aroma hits exactly with lots of fresh raspberry, a caramel sweetness, a bit of booze in there.

The flavor follows with a burst of juicy raspberry and then it moves onto a caramel malt sweetness and sweet syrup character. There’s a hint of booze at the end, but the alcohol is extremely well hidden. There’s a bit of carbonation in there as well to help the mouthfeel.

A dangerously drinkable beer and extremely tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2013 02:01:56 | More by dar482
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tumbler.

It's taken a while, but I;m finally getting a crack at this beast. It pours a mostly clear ruby topped by a half-finger at most of off-white foam. The nose comprises deep raspberry jam, a twinge of what seems like vanilla bean in the background, and a slight sense of vinyl. The taste brings in more of the same, with the raspberries shining, some mild booze creeping in, and the vinyl coming through as a stronger pall of plastic. This plastic-ness doesn't fade. The body is a light hefty, with a relatively light carbonation and a thickly fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough fruited eisbock, but that plastic character is in no way endearing and kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth (in both manners).

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 03:14:26 | More by TMoney2591
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joe1510

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

187ml

2007 Bottling

This is yet another great brew sent to me courtesy of hoppymeal, thanks Derek! Kuhnhenn's Raspberry Eisbock pours like syrup into my flute which creates a problem conjuring up a head. The body is dark and murky, the color of raspberry juice that while dark manages to glow around the edges of the glass when backlit. I did manage to get a thin skimming of head that quickly fizzled to nothing but a thin ecru collar. The thin collar that's there leaves behind sheet lacing that slowly slides back into the body.

The smell of this eisbock is out of this world good. Fresh ripe raspberry puree jumps from the glass right off the bat and is quickly followed by rich dark chocolate. There's a faint booziness in the back that only adds to the incredibly rich aroma. This beer is like dessert in a bottle, I can't get over how perfectly sweet the raspberry is and how perfectly rich the dark chocolate is. How do you get this aroma into a bottle?

The flavor is exactly what the aroma suggested. I thought it would be tough to keep up with the aroma on this beer but the flavor does just that. Freshly pureed raspberries are drizzled with molten dark chocolate. There's a quick flash of bread pudding but the chocolate and raspberries take center stage. This is one amazing beer!

This is a sipper/nightcap sort of beer but it fits this beer perfectly. The body is rich and thick with a coating quality that keeps the tongue busy for awhile. Mellow carbonation keeps this beer slowly moving while the raspberry and chocolate sweetness hangs out on the tongue for awhile.

Even though this is a sipper it's a beer I would be happy sipping all night long. The 13% isn't even noticeable and this beer just keeps on flowing.

This is one of the best beers I've had in awhile. I can't figure out how Kuhnhenn packed that flavor into this beer. I would love to get my hands on a case of this stuff. Thanks for the bottle Derek!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 00:40:25 | More by joe1510
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark red burgundy that leaves behind no head nor lacing throughout. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, chocolate and raspberries. The flavor gave off a heavy sweet and light bitter with a long fruity, raspberry (lots of them), and caramel finish. Full mouthfeel along with an oily/sticky texture, and the carbonation was flat throughout. Overall, quite tasty beer with some underlying raspberry-like booze to finish off. Glad to have tried this one and I probably will not seek this one out as it is reported to be $30 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 17:45:25 | More by CuriousMonk
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage

Thanks to Chris for sharing this bottle, I was really looking forward to giving it a try.

Pours a dark translucent red, little to no head.

Smell is of raspberries (duh) and plastic. Not very appealing.

The raspberries definitely prevail in the taste, and a slight chocolatey flavor comes through as well. A bit sweet, and very hot. The flavors are really very muddled, I was expecting a much purer raspberry taste.

This feels very thick on the tongue, but is also extremely hot and tingles the tongue as you savor. Never felt such a hot beer on the tongue before.

Overall, this beer was a miss for me. I'm very glad I was able to try it, as I now know that it is absolutely not worth the hunt or the price tag.

2007 Vintage

Thanks again to Chris for sharing the 2007 bottle.

Similar characteristics to the 2012, except the heat was gone. Less raspberry and more chocolate flavor. I prefered this to the 2012, but it is still not a beer I particularly enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 19:48:27 | More by thebigredone
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a ruby red color with light carbonation that sticks to the side of the snifter before quicky dying down.

S - Raspberry candy aroma that's almost more of a liquor.

T - Compared to the nose, the flavor really opens up. Raspberry and light chocolate with styrupy booziness. Nothing overly complex, but straight forward cordial-like tastiness.

M - Heavy medium body,juicy, and lip smacking sticky.

O - Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 01:55:46 | More by jzeilinger
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a bunch to Zack for sharing this one! I've been wanting to try this, but just never (until now)had the opportunity.

2012 vintage (I think?)

Thick, dark pour, black cherry color, minimal head (though a slight ringlet briefly retained), alcohol legs on the glass as opposed to lacing. Aroma was thick with raspberry and chocolaty malts, molasses, raw cake batter, some brandy-like booze heat, distant and non-offensive phenols. Nice lush flavor, raspberry jam with traces of tartness, Tootsie Rolls, caramel, dark malts, but little to no roast in there--it's just too sweet for that--somewhat earthy with a very subtle bitterness coming out as the beer warmed, brandy/cordial/[minor solventy] booziness not held back, although for only being a year old, I didn't find this hot at all. Felt in the head more than on the palate, I guess would be one way of describing it. Mouthfeel was smooth, body was full, sweet, but I wouldn't call it cloying at all. Very nice melding of flavors between the raspberry and thick/distilled malts.

I don't think I'd pay top dollar or trade away whalezbro to obtain this beer, but it was definitely a nice experience, and I hope to come across it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 14:49:56 | More by Rifugium
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.98/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375mL bottle into a Teku glass
2012 Vintage

350th Beer Advocate Review

A big thanks to Tee2grn for sending this one over in a trade. One of my very top wants for a couple years now.

A: Pours a deep, dark, ruby red with 1 fingers width of tan colored head which quickly dissipates down to nothing. Leaves zero lacing and just a hint of alcohol legs.

S: Just an incredibly luscious sweet raspberry aroma. Like raspberry cheesecake, or raspberry truffles, or red velvet cake. There is a rich, dark chocolate syrup character as well. The faintest hint of booze comes in to remind you that you aren't smelling a gourmet dessert. There is a touch of tart raspberry notes as well. This thing is perfection. I think this is one of the best smelling things I have ever smelled.

T: Sweet raspberry, tart raspberry, rich chocolate, and a hint of mocha coffee bitterness. Some roasted and black malts come out. Faint hints of booze add to the depth and complexity. As it warms I also get caramel/toffee and licorice. An absolutely incredible combination of flavors, with just the right balance of tart and bitter to keep the huge sweetness in check. The aftertaste is incredible with semi-sweet bakers chocolate and dark fruit sweetness, and it lingers forever after each sip. Amazing.

M/D: Very full bodied, thick, a bit chewy, and almost (but not quite) syrupy. Surprising smoothness, likely from the perfect lower carbonation. No burn going down, but gives a whole body warming sensation. ABV is very well restrained and drinkability is just absurd.

O: Near perfect. One of the top handful of beers Ive had all time. World class.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 18:47:36 | More by zac16125
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dogfishandi

New York

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"2012 Vintage" 12.7 oz green capped and waxed bottle.

Pours out a nice deep brown, ruby red color with a nice tight one finger tan colored head that quickly receded to a thin ring. Nice legs and a bit of lacing from a swirl. Shows a nice ruby red glow in the light.

Initially a big fresh raspberry juice aroma is at the forefront. Behind that some ripe darker fruits add complexity. Just a bit of booze.

Very nice taste, fresh raspberry blends so nicely with sweet malt. Ripe dark fruits, prunes, thick caramels, with a bit of a German chocolate cake flavor. The taste just gets better and better as it warms. Warming, it booze is really not a factor.

Very smooth and full bodied. Lots of sweetness and a bit syrupy as well.

Such a nice beer. Nowhere near as boozey as you would think a 15% beer would be. Kuhnehenn continues to amaze.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 17:02:37 | More by dogfishandi
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewery as part of a paddle.

Appearance: I was shocked to see a little, tiny ring of pink/purple head on this beer. I had seen a few reviews of this beer, and it looked just like a dark black/purple/red color and nothing else. The lowpoint of this beer, but it's also the part of the beer that matters least.

Smell: Flawless. This really smells like a urinal cake... in the BEST way possible. Maybe that won't do it for you. Alright. It smells like the raspberry that you whiff out of raspberry filled chocolates. This is just full of raspberries with maybe a hint of chocolate... whatever it is, this smells outstanding. Candle, please?

Taste: I noticed that some people called this syrupy thick. Overly sweet. Too much to handle. Really, I thought it was nearly perfect. This beer is most definitely a dessert beer (almost something you'd pour over a vanilla ice cream... actually, that sounds fantastic), but whatever you wanna call it, it's outstanding. Massive raspberry, but it's not so tart/sweet that it becomes cloying.. easy for me to say, considering I had about a 3oz sample of it. Honestly, I didn't find this to be medicinal at all... There's also slight chocolate note that gives this a needed extra dimension of flavor... yum. I also have to commend Kuhnhenn for the feel of this beer, as it's not super carbonated (so it doesn't drink like a pop... though I wouldn't expect that given the ABV), and it's not syrupy sweet (which I was afraid of after seeing reviews and the ABV). As for the alcohol in the flavor, I don't get it. All I get is a slight burn in my nasal cavity after I take a sip.

This is a damn expensive beer (About $15 for 6oz at the brewery), but you should include this as part of your sample paddle. This is something that any beer/wine/mead drinker would enjoy, I think.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 02:39:47 | More by Alextricity
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dbc5

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle poured into DFH glass.

A: Pours brown with ruby accents. Looks good coming out of the bottle. Not much of a head to speak of, although I am left with a frothy white foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing but some definite alcohol legs.

S: Huge raspberry jam hits the nose while pouring and is definitely the dominate aromatic element in this beer. Chocolate and caramel malt notes play a background role.

T: The raspberry notes are still very apparent on the palate, but don't dominate quite as much as on the nose. Raspberry is nicely backed by chocolate and sweet caramel or toffee. Sweet, followed up with some nice alcohol warmth in the throat.

M: Full bodied and syrupy with minimal carbonation. Coats the palette and lingers. Again, the alcohol warmth is apparent.

O: Extremely interesting beer. I've never had anything like this before. I'm sure this will develop significantly with some time, but I didn't feel the alcohol warmth was sufficient to detract from the experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:48:12 | More by dbc5
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TheCrowsNest

California

2.93/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First chance at tasting one of Kuhnhenn's beverages. No head at all, clear reddish/purple color; pretty uninteresting to look at it. Smells like a concentrated version of Hershey's Raspberry Syrup, in a good way; there's a hint of booze. Mouthfeel is very thick. Rasperries dominate the flavor but with more of a medicinal quality, a heavy cough syrup flavor lingers for several minutes.

This wasn't underwhelming, it was unpleasant. Would not be interested in revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 17:15:46 | More by TheCrowsNest
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml from the recent release into a snifter.

A. Clearish ruby-mahogany body, no head.

S. Perfumy raspberry, mostly sweet but with an acidic edge. Some caramel and molasses notes behind, alcohol.

T. Sweetish raspberry flesh, concentrated caramel, bready malt, sharp booze, some mildly medicinal syrupy notes.

M. Medium-bodied, sticky, no carbonation.

O. This is a bit thinner and boozier than I would have liked. Interesting beer, but not quite up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 16:36:34 | More by Etan
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a 8 oz glass. Split 4 ways.

A- pours a pinkish, dark amber with very little head and no lacing.

S- raspberries are there but not as overpowering as would of thought. Alcohol, bread, dark fruits, chocolate.

T- light raspberries, booze, spices, some chocolate with medicinal characteristics. Again, the raspberries do not overpower like you would expect.

M- full body and low carbonation. Syrupy and boozy.

O- this is a light raspberry boozy beer with some light chocolate. The medicinal notes reminded of jaeger.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:07:42 | More by kawilliams81
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iadler

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes on Saturdays tasting. 2012 vintage.

A- Pours a translucent amber with virtually no head or lacing.

S- Raspberry liquor, bready malt, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. Very simple, but inviting

T- Raspberry flavored candy that is a bit medicinal, raspberry syrup, burnt caramel, bready malt and dark chocolate. Very little presence of alcohol.

M- Practically no carbonation with a syrupy body that finishes with just a bit of heat.

O- A very interesting beer to say the least. Lot's of raspberry, but not that fresh raspberry flavor that you find in beers such as Blushing Monk or Raspberry Tart. Quite a big and syrupy beer that should be sipped with friends. A couple ounces is more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:52:00 | More by iadler
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This review is from notes taken in the wee morning hours of Sunday 5-19-13, when I was able to get into Kuhnhenn's a little after midnight for my bachelor party. I had a couple things there, but this was the one I had to rate.

It had a reddish brown body with a finger of head. This dissipated into a frothy ring and left light lacing.

I wish I could have smelled it a little better, but I was a little stuffed up from allergies. What I did get was raspberry cream, or some kind of raspberry dessert smell.

The taste was all raspberry. Raspberry cream, raspberry cough syrup, a little bit of booze helping out on that call.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. It coated the tongue. It was perfect. Refreshing (yes, I said it) while still a tad syrupy.

Overall I wish the allergies hadn't been acting up so I can be sure what I smelled and tasted was accurate. I had to rate it as I perceived it as a rare chance for any Ohioan to do so very often. I was very happy to be there in Kuhnhenn's where so much magic goes down.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 17:43:33 | More by CFHMagnet
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Treebs

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared this bad boy at DLD. 2012 vintage served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a brownish, reddish color with a pretty still body. No real head forms on the pour.

S: Lots of sweet booze and malt with blast of smashed raspberries. Bready malts make up most of the flavor profile in the nose.

T: Tons of sweet raspberry. Much more than nose conveyed. Very jammy in nature with a little boozy heat. A mild burn is there with a heavy, bready malt profile to back it up.

M: Low carbonation with a chewy texture and mouthfeel. Sweet and hot on the finish.

O: This was good, but it definitely needs some time. The boozy notes are right up front and need some time to settle in.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 13:35:29 | More by Treebs
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Thanks to scoot1969 for this long time want! Tulip glass.

A: Pours a garnet color, slight browning on the edges, with very good clarity. Only a few bubbles distinguish it from red wine. No head or lacing. A second, more vigorous pour yields a ring of tan head.

S: Loads of rich, sweet raspberry and dark chocolate. Slight booziness.

T: Mild chocolate mixed with rich, sweet raspberry, very mild tartness. The chocolate is kind of an undertone to the raspberry. A lengthy finish. At the recommended serving temperature (45-55), an alcohol taste is only slightly noticeable, though there isn't a boozy burn or sharpness or anything. No way this tastes like a 15.5% beer.

M: Medium-full body, mouthcoating, and light carbonation which provides some structure. Slight syrupy-ness.

O: Like a raspberry-filled chocolate truffle. Nice digestif. Manages to be sweet but not cloying. If I had any complaints, it would be that the beer leans towards one-dimensional. But it succeeds at what it attempts.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 04:30:34 | More by pmarlowe
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jamescain

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lucky enough to be in Detroit for work and they still had this on tap. Poured into a small wine glass.

It pours a clear deep red with brown hues and a thin tan head that quickly fades. The smell is amazing. Cocoa nibs and and fresh raspberries. I couldn't stop smelling it. The taste is even more impressive then the nose. It taste like fresh chocolate covered raspberries. I'm not sure how the keep the raspberries from tasting like a syrup and being overly sweet. The body is medium thick with medium carbonation and a sweet but not cloying finish. This is with out a doubt one of the most incredible beers I have ever tried. I'm really happy I was able to try some and really glad I made the choice to spend the money to try it. Easily one of the most unique beers I have ever tasted.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 19:16:30 | More by jamescain
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a really one of a kind bottle of beer here. all the thanks in the world to thebrewo for hooking this one up for me via trade. the pour is the least impressive feature, with brown and red meeting in the middle in terms of color, and only paltry carbonation resulting in almost no head. it looks more like a glass of wine, which is okay in this context. the nose hits like a freight train, super fresh raspberries abound. not like, genetically modified grocery store berries, but fresh picked off the pricker bush, middle of august berry. there is also some bitter cocoa in there too, giving the scent of chocolate covered fruit. the alcohol does have an aroma, but it isn't nearly as biting as one would expect in a beer over 15% abv. the flavor is a glorious combination of raspberries and chocolate and wood. I get so much organic fruit, not syrups or extracts, but straight up farmers market. the chocolate creeps in slowly, and is more like bakers chocolate than anything else. there is some sweetness from the berries as well as from the middle of the road malt profile. the alcohol isn't tasted until the very finish, but then becomes quite hot. as the beer warms, the alcohol becomes even more potent, but the beer still finishes with a drying feeling. carbonation is underwhelming, but that's indicative of the style more than anything, and the body is plenty big. its certainly a bottle to share, but one of the more enjoyable fruit beers I can ever remember drinking. thanks again to thebrewo for making this experience possible. its a trip in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 18:54:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#3000 for me, been waiting a long time to try this one. Finally gettin my chance.

This poured out from a 2007 vintage bottle, reddish brown in color with virtually no head on top. The lacing and retention basically don't exist. The smell is of straight raspberry jam and subtle malt, boozy and sweet. The taste is of tart raspberry with hints of chocolate in there also. The mouthfeel is thick, gently carbonated and smooth. Overall it's an impressive brew, would love to try a fresh bottle someday. Very glad I got to try it!

Sampled the new batch, ultra fresh Sweet Raspberry on the nose, reminds me of Chambord. Subtle chocolate, just overall very sweet and boozy, excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 19:39:39 | More by Knapp85
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Howler89

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tonight will forever be the night I had my first Eisbock. THe labor that goes into a beer like this alone makes it one of the most special beers I have ever had the privilege of experiencing. It pours a beautiful syrupy ruby red- rusted gold color. It smells like chocolate- covered raspberry explosion. The taste is a fruit bomb like no other I have ever experienced. Extreme thickness and depth here. THe fruit is layered in a way that is so precious. An elite bottle of beer, and more of an experience than a beverage. Wow. So good its silly. Cherish every sip. Thank you StonedTrippin for putting this beer in my world. You are both a gentleman and a scholar.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 06:57:53 | More by Howler89
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes, 2007 vintage. Thanks to Jay for opening this as a night cap.

A: Pours a very dark purple-red color that had no head or lacing whatsoever. Poured rather thick that had legs similar to wine when swirled.

S: Lots of raspberry and fruity aromas, slightly jammy with some cherry mixed in as well. I bit of faint chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol.

T: More raspberry and more plum than cherry mixed in. Definitely thick and vibrant fruit, but mixed with some light chocolatey/caramel flavors.

M: Full bodied, very thick with low carbonation. The alcohol shows itself, but doesn't detract from the beer.

O: Very impressive beer, would love to try the blueberry.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 00:42:28 | More by mdaschaf
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magictacosinus

California

4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A big thanks to mjmadsen21 to trading this for me in person. We cracked open the bottle right away! Poured into a wine-goblet glass from a 12oz bottle. No bottling or freshness date, but does this need one??

Pours a beautiful, jewel ruby-red appearance that immediately brought me back to my glory days of finding Cantillon krieks everywhere in Europe. There was surprisingly some head (as well as any carbonation AT ALL) that cascaded into the glass, that produced a little bit of light soda carbonation that quickly dissipated as it sat around. Eventually all of the bubbles disappeared, but the ruby color stuck around to give this the look of either a lightly tinged dessert wine or fruit based liqueur. Very viscous. Alcohol legs are enormous. Transcends the eisbock style here - this is a world-class looking fruit infused beer!

The aroma is definitely chock-filled with raspberries, but there's definitely all kinds of wild nuances going on here. First, on the subject of raspberries, this smells like a cross between a fresh batch of raspberries that you open up right out of the box, with a semi-tarty yet candied feel. Otherwise, this ranges to the candied, sweetened raspberry flavor, filled with lots of powdered sugar, as well as traces of milk chocolate, grassy hoppy notes, near brandy-based booziness... Not really a sour or a sweetened fruit beer, but rather something that folds the envelope. There's a lightly tinged, near rustic graininess, but otherwise the candied raspberries and grassy texture are the ones winning here. Slightly stinging, but otherwise really unlike anything I've caught thus far.

The flavor is definitely sweet and candied, but it's still very bearable and fascinating, especially considering what's going on in this beer. First off, the fact that this is a lager immediately reveals itself in the flavor, with its crisp body, cracked grainy feel found in pilsners, as well as lack of heaviness on the subject of malts. Secondly, the raspberries continue to be pervasive in a candied yet juicy manner to the point of adding character to otherwise doomed style that eisbocks tend to be. Finally, the ABV is dangerously well hidden, yet eventually creeps its way around to add an extra character similar to fortified wines that accentuates the fruity notes in a rather satisfying way. There's a toasted malty flavor here, believe it or not. I also am a sucker for sweet, syrupy, fruit-focused stuff, as it seems, as this ranges to being a raspberry liqueur despite it having the crisp, highly drinkable qualities of any great lager. Unbelievable that this is above 15% in alcohol. I can barely taste it - although I do get a little bit of heat as it warms.

Really unique and refreshing, although I'm glad I split this with someone else, in the end. Don't go in thinking this is a sour or anything - this is a combination of a strong lager with a raspberry liqueur first and foremost. And yet, there's a candied flavor and grassy, rustic nature that makes this really interesting in the long run. It's definitely sweet, but it has these funky aromas and juicy character found in doppelbocks and sweetened Lambics that makes it unlike anything I've had. Definitely an alcoholic monster, though, so watch how you handle it. Absolutely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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