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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock
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Ratings: 1,035
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 1,254
Gots: 197 | FT: 29
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: marburg on 07-27-2003

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Ratings: 1,035 | Reviews: 442
Photo of tclipse
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tleaver33
2.58/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Too much NyQuil going on here. Not sure how you could drink more than 2 oz.

Photo of zrab11
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmat10
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roger85
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of markgugs
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very glad I got to sample this at the KBS bottle share. Also glad I never paid $30 or traded for it.

Photo of AmericaGWShark
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of williamjbauer
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jayneo74
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adapt313
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby color with no head or lacing to speak of. It just looks syrupy. The smell is concentrated raspberry puree with a hint of chocolate. Almost port like. The taste is pretty incredible for a 15.5% beer fresh. Just bursting with fresh raspberry flavor with a bit more chocolate on the finish. Not much alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is rather syrupy but to be expected. Overall this beer is a pretty amazing achievement. The bottle was split between four people and the 3-4 oz taster was all I needed as it was quite sweet and almost became slightly medicinal the more I sipped on it but it is some pretty incredible liquid and I am excited to see what a few years of age does to one of these.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally trying this monster thanks to mikeyson4. Thanks dude!

Pours a syrupy, thick gloopy clear amber brown, with no head, and no lacing, as expected.

Smells like raspberry puree, raspberry juice, port wine, and a bit of chocolate. Smells unbelievably concentrated.

This one tastes so good, and so unique. I've never tasted a beer like this before- it barely even tastes like beer. Up front, there's a really solid amount of sweet chocolate, and slightly burnt caramel, with a huge blast of sweet, juicy raspberry puree on the back end, along with a definite grape juice/port wine note at the very end, once the raspberry finishes berating you. The cool thing is, some sips the chocolate/caramel bit hits you first, and some sips the raspberry hits first. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never what you're gonna get!

Possibly the most astounding thing about this guy is how it's 15.5%, and you'd never know this. There is no "heat,"and no alcohol burn whatsoever. As I got near the 6 or so ounces I had of it, it started to feel a bit warm on the inside. That's honestly the only way you feel the booze. This has an intensely thick and syrupy mouthfeel, with a very low level of carbonation.

This is beer stretched out as far as you can go while still being beer. Really, really great.

Photo of MWolverines66
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zacky_U
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Maroon wax hides the pry-off pressure cap. 12.7 fl oz.

Acquired: Via trade. Thanks to Soonerchamps for the bottle!

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX.

Vintage: 2012.
ABV: 15.5%.
Style: Fruited Eisbock.
Serving temp: Cold. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.
Serving vessel: Goblet.
Expectations: Sky-high. This is currently #190 on the Top 250 beer list, and #31 on the Top 100 Great Lakes list. It's also the #1 Eisbock if you ignore beers with 4 or less ratings.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Even with an invigorated pour, no real head emerged - just a thin white floater cap that disappeared completely within 20 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Deep dark opaque amber/ruby. No yeast or hop sediment is visible.

Appears undercarbonated. It's generally appealing for the style. At 15.5%, I can excuse the lack of head.

AROMA: Sweet yet tart raspberry lends the most appealing note to this aroma, with subtle chocolate notes and sweet dark malts filling it out nicely. It's appealing jammy and jelly-like, with a sort of pie filling note where the fruit comes in. Maybe I'm crazy, but I also pick up on dark cherry notes and tootsie roll. It's not real sour. The cleanliness of the aroma is odd, with no ale esters in there; lager yeast is indicated. Hints of dessert wine (port, mainly) and sweet dark fruit like figs, grapes, and dates emerge as it warms. Fruitcake does come to mind.

It's an arresting, unique aroma, and has my mouth watering. Shockingly, I don't detect any booze or alcohol.

Aromatic intensity: moderate. Not the strong booze bomb I was expecting, but it's absolutely on the sweeter side.

TASTE: Decadent rich black cherry duels with slightly tart raspberry for dominance, and the only victor is the drinker. These fruits are nicely accentuated by a rich dark chocolate character and some tootsie roll characteristics (including a distinct nuanced caramel unlike anything I've come across in a beer afore). Rich dessert wine (definitely port), hints of fruit liqueur, and faint fruitcake notes emerge more and more as it comes to temperature. Nicely jammy, evoking a breakfast pastry filling. Some might even find it redolent of pop tarts or raspberry truffle. Liqueur-filled chocolates also come to mind. Maybe brandy?

It's got a great amber malt backbone which feels more English in character than anything else. There's ample malty sweetness, and I quite like that aspect of the brew. I haven't smoked tobacco before, but I feel comfortable noting a tobacco note here - based on my experience with its aroma alone.

I'm not finding any oak or bourbon notes. It's certainly not yeasty either, and there's no off-character.

Depth of flavour: Nice.
Flavour duration: Above average.
Flavour intensity: Average.
Flavour amplitude: Good.

It's definitely balanced, and the alcohol warmth in the stomach is a nice feature rather than a burden. It's a well built eisbock, no doubt, and the fruit juice is incorporated very well. There's more complexity here than in most eisbocks or doppelbocks, but I can definitely envision an even more intricate example of the style. There's ample cohesion here, and it's almost gestalt. Absolutely a dessert brew but not cloyingly sweet; I'll finish this bottle alone.

The booze-soaked fruit and the liqueur notes are divine, and really stand out. The dark cherry actually eclipses the raspberry.

Constructively, the raspberry and cherry - great as they are - could be more expressive, with a higher depth of flavour. More tart and woody notes would be ideal.

TEXTURE: Plump, viscous, and sticky (like taffy), without ever coming off too syrupy or heavy on the palate - which is shocking at this high an ABV. Smooth and wet. How is it this mellow on the palate? There's no booze or alcohol heat. Definitely full-bodied and thick, but not overbearing. It's heavy and has plenty of heft (to style).

Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

There's great presence on the palate, the carbonation is near perfect (i.e. it's light, lending itself naturally to the liqueur like creaminess), and the sticky thick feel does accentuate the fruits...but I don't know that this elevates the beer per se.

OVERALL: Not the heavy syrupy boozy sipper I expected. It disguises its 15.5% ABV quite well. This is a solid dessert beer, and I'll enjoy finishing it. Would develop with age, definitely. Of the very few beers produced in this style worldwide, this definitely deserves to be in the conversation about the best one. Rminds me of Sam Adams Utopias in its liqueur-evocative luxurious taste. This only improves as it comes to temperature. The discerning drinker will love this beer.

This could easily be the best Eisbock in the world at present, but I can imagine it better. In any case, this is incredible stuff, and I see why it has its esteemed reputation. Worth trading for, by all means.

High B+ (3.95)

Serve w/ liqueur chocolates, plum, raisin, and fig.

Photo of jbaker67
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phil_H
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kmlund
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent eisbock but I'm not a fan of the style.

Photo of dnb128
3.2/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My first eisbock...and proabbly my last. Drinkable, but hard to classify as beer.

Photo of Desp59
2.44/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Tastes more like sparkling wine than a beer.

Photo of IPAFan521
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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