Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
4.9/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2005 20:50:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.73/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 375 mL bottle into an enlarged wine glass. This is the 2012 version
Appearance: Pours a dark raspberry red and gives a half finger of reddish-tan head which fade almost immediately to nothing.
Smell: Huge aroma - when I poured it, the aroma filled up the room: BIG raspberry, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate dipped raspberries, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee. Big and complex.
Taste: Holy cow, huge flavor (I think my eyes are watering): Big delicious raspberry, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon. Quite sweet, but really delicious flavors. Jammy and syrupy raspberry take the lead with some bourbon-like qualities playing wonderfully beside.
Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a thick, sticky, syrupy body. Finishes a bit sweet. The alcohol is masked masterfully.
Overall: This is an awesome, huge raspberry beer. The raspberry is amazingly pronounced but wonderful. Other players include chocolate, vanilla, toffee, molasses. This is surprisingly drinkable. I'm definitely glad I drank the whole 375 mL bottle!
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 22:32:25 | More by Resuin
Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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