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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

891 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 1,227
Gots: 127 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: marburg on 07-27-2003)
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Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Close in hue to grape juice with a slight white cap that quickly dissipates.

The aroma is quite inviting, with the raspberry up front and a dose of chocolate in the mix. Okay, childhood memories of a raspberry tootsie pop are unavoidable.

Flavor delivers the goods that the nose promises: big,full raspberry taste with some definite tartness that never reaches the level of puckering, and chocolate flavors compliment this elixir with a hint of booze poking through.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, some interesting and lasting tartness on the palate.

A great drinking experience all around and an excellent beer. Highly recommend this one!

Hendry, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of dar482
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

dar482, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.61/5  rDev +5%
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!

joe1510, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crepuscular raspberry fudge slurry. I heard the usual 'pffft' on popping the cap, but there was almost no head formation despite my usual high altitude pour. There was a fleeting one finger disk of light brown fizz that is now but a memory. I'm left with a thin ring where beer, glass and air meet, nothing more. I know that high ABV beer is a classic head killer, but this one is a deadly efficient, cold-hearted assassin.

The aroma is fantastic and is unlike any other in the beer world; at least those that I've come in contact with. Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock smells like crushed, ripe raspberries macerated in Chambord and melted bittersweet chocolate. That is not an approximation, that is *exactly* what it smells like. Mind blowing...

... as is the flavor. I can't believe how much this beer tastes like raspberry eau de vie. The fact that it's beer, though, gives it a broader, deeper flavor profile. The flavor profile consists of absolutely perfect proportions of sweet, sticky, chocolate syrup-drizzled toffee pudding, black licorice and concentrated, bursting berry. Each sip (and make no mistake, this is sipper) is pure, rich, sweet pleasure.

The finish is so long that there really isn't a finish. The flavor never leaves the palate, it just lies low until it's permitted to come rushing back with a vengeance with each subsequent sample. The mouthfeel is stickythick and fits the rest of the beer like a velvet glove.

I'm not sure if the exceedingly low level of carbonation was intentional, but I, for one, don't mind a bit. The beer seems almost completely flat when it first enters the mouth, but there's a bubble or two working behind the scenes to keep things moving along. Hard to believe the 13.5% ABV; it drinks at least half that.

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock is everything that it's been purported to be and more. It is, without question, the best fruit beer that I've ever had and one of the best beers of any style. I am completely gobsmacked by the flawless interdigitation of intense, concentrated, palate crushing flavors of chocolate-dipped caramel, black licorice and black raspberry. Kuhnhenn has a lot to be proud of.

It is my understanding that the brewery will soon be releasing larger, beautifully decked-out, numbered, wax-dipped bottles of this nectar that are rumored to be priced at $30. If so, then it was my pleasure to consume the last of the humble, label-less bottles from '04. Thank you TikkiGodxxx for a remarkable experience.

BuckeyeNation, May 04, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

AirborneBeer, Monday at 04:37 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Beerman6686, Saturday at 06:45 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

sobeleg, Oct 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

wiescins, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of TDavis
4/5  rDev -8.9%

TDavis, Oct 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Amazing. Not much more to say

beertasterb, Oct 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

MortalKombat14, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

belgbeerdrinker, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

muskiesman, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of buschbeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6.3 oz bottle
Served in a snifter
2007
13.8% ABV

L - It is a murky brown color with chunks of yeast in the glass due to a careless pour. There was no head. I got a few tan bubbles along the edges.

S - The first thing I notice is raspberries. It smells like raspberry purée. I also get some milk chocolate. It has some vinous notes. I smell some alcohol, too.

T - The raspberry does not dominate the flavor like it does the smell. The chocolate plays a bigger role. There is a nice balance between the two flavors that are complimentary. The alcohol is warming and barely noticeable.

F - Slick, syrupy, sticky. Low carbonation.

O - This is a nice beer. It is the most I have paid per ounce of beer, but it was three years old when I bought it. It is good. I wish I had twelve ounces to enjoy, but I feel fortunate to have gotten to try it. Good beer to celebrate turning 40.

buschbeer, Oct 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Snowshoes, Oct 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Axnjxn, Oct 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

mrn1ceguy, Sep 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

jeremiahoden, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of cbutova
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An all-time want delivered by my cousin Sonny. I think I remember checking this out back in 2010 and now it is reality. 2012 bottle.

A- 375ml bottle pops with a small hiss and pours with a dark crimson with some brown body. A head immediately seems out of the question and only a tiny ring remains after time. Lacing is not an option here.

S- Raspberry truffles immediately come to mind once I started pouring this brew. Sweet raspberry jam and chocolate make up most of the aroma. Raspberry jam and jelly big time.

T- Raspberry truffles once again with a rich mix of tart berries and dark semi-bitter chocolate. A backing, or base opens up here with spiced raisins, alcohol, caramel and dusty leather coming into play for me. More like juice than tart for me if that makes sense.

MF- Thick and oily slick body with a slightly creamy texture. The carbonation is surprisingly at a medium level providing some relief from the high ABV. Finishes warm but not hot.

Raspberry juice with the feel of a nice berry cocktail atop of semi-bitter chocolate. For 15+% it really doesn't come close to feeling that way. Raspberry truffle beer. Oh my.

cbutova, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

masterofsparks, Sep 26, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -5.2%

Cynic-ale, Sep 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

gr8zehaman, Sep 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

mythaeus, Sep 24, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

intovert2438, Sep 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Soto, Sep 22, 2014
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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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