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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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932 Ratings
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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 1,239
Gots: 156 | FT: 26
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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Reviews by GClarkage:
Photo of GClarkage
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

03/14/09- Received via a trade with former BA member Jetsbeer.

Presentation- Vintage 2004, smaller 6oz nip sized bottle with a wax coating over the cap and part of the neck. Poured into my JW Lees glass.

Appearance- Cherry-brown colored pour. A wee bit of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass. Seems pretty flat until a late surge of carbonation fizzes into a very small and slight head. Doesn't leave any lace to speak of behind. Not expecting visual miracles of a 5 year old beer of this style and abv.

Smell- At first the scent is a sweet nose of fresh suagred raspberries and cherries. After that, the dark chocolate and roasted malt comes into play. Combined with a slight barrel flavored woodsy taste and a bit of alcohol.

Taste- What a dessert beer this would be. Just like the nose, the raspberries and cherries come in first...very sugary, very smooth and very fresh tasting...no artificial flavors here. Then the large and I mean large dark chocolte flavor comes in and melds perfectly with the berries. Alcohol is present and swirls around with all the flavors. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is here and is a slight prickly in the first part of the sip and then turns to a lovely silky and smooth mouthfeel with a lasting dark chocolate covered rasperry flavor.

Drinkability- This is a classic beer. One of the most flavorful beers of any kind that I have had. Wish I had some kind of chocolate dessert to go along with this. Wish they would make this in a 12oz bottle.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +8%
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!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with bmanning at a tasting in November 2009.

187mL bottle poured in champagne flutes.

A: Pours a dark ruby with a tiny tan head that shines brightly in the flute.

S: Lots of raspberries--nay, raspberry tootsie rolls--sit atop a sweet malt base with a little bit of extra chocolate, and hits of earthiness.

T: Again, this really reminded me of a raspberry tootsie roll filled with a bit of alcohol. The flavors underneath were quite nice, with slight hints of brown sugar/molasses, a bit of maple, and maybe some anise.

M: Medium body with only a bit of carbonation.

D: Very rich in flavor, but without the perfect balance, this one was great to try and sip for a while, but didn't live up to the hype for me. A very interesting brew that is well worth trying, I wasn't completely sad to see my glass completely emptied.

Photo of TMoney2591
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).

Photo of dar482
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.

Photo of joe1510
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!

Photo of 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.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer to savor when watching the Pistons romp on Cleveland....again.Poured a deep mahogany brown with some real cherry red hue with a somewhat fizzy quick dissapating head,aromas of vanilla,wood,raspberry juice,some iron and a bit of milk chocolate thrown in.Caramel sweetness along with some hefty molasses notes upfront the raspberry flavors are more in the backdrop but always there with some dark chocolate with an odd finish I cant quite put my finger on the flavor its a little unpleasant because there is so much going on otherwise its like a metallic fruit flavor.Bottled in 2004 its a very fine beer except for that odd finish.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2004 vintage. Cute bottle, nicely waxed seal. Thanks to BadBeer for the trade.

Pours an oily and thick red-brown with blackberry highlights. Absolutely zero head or carbonation.

Aroma is pungent and complicated. A full range of berries and dark fruit is present. Figs, plums, raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, boysenberries, huckleberries, etc… Quite woody as well with some chocolate and caramel. Unfortunately each of these aromas is quite rotten and completely booze soaked. The alcohol is so strong as to distract and detract form the aromatic experience.

Flavor is bold, full and ridiculously boozey. This is one of the most boozy beers I’ve had for sure. There are plenty of rich dark flavors but it is difficult to focus on them individually as an overriding, connective alcohol presence prohibits careful examination. Raspberry flavor is not as strong as I expected. In fact, it’s pretty weak. Most of the flavor derived from a malty caramel/mocha – rotten plum/molasses booziness. I don’t find it particularly pleasant.

Mouthfeel is much more akin to a syrupy after dinner liquor then a beer. There is no carbonation, but that is to be expected in this aged ABV bomb but further then that, there is very little here to set it apart from the sweet, strong, and syrupy qualities associated with a fruit liquor. It is certainly full bodied, hot, and exceedingly loaded with many flavors but it just doesn’t work for me.

Not very drinkable unless you are in to sweet, syrupy after dinner liquors. I am not.

Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of tectactoe
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap a Kuhnhenn's brewery in Warren. Pours a magnificent ruby red color with some brown hints thrown about. A thick and creamy, fine-bubbled beige head sits atop the eisbock and settles to a skin on the beer for the remainder of the glass. Excited to finally try this stuff, on tap at the brewery, no less. Put down 15$ for a 6 oz pour, so this stuff better be pretty damn good. I have high hopes for Kuhnhenn, though, so I don't think they'd let me down.

The aroma is.... magnificent. Rasp - fuckin' - berries, ALL. DAMN. DAY. A perfectly light, yet-full bodied aroma that bursts with sweet, juicy raspberries, raspberry jam, and raspberry candy. The malt imparts a nice cocoa and chocolate aroma as well - chocolate covered raspberries, anyone? The aroma is so ripe, pure, and authentic, and that's one of the best things about it. It's like stuffing your nose into a raspberry patch with chocolate rain. Sweet, fruity, and simply orgasmic. No bullshit, here.

KRE is creamier on the palate than it appeared in the glass - it slides softly across my tongue as the onslaught of raspberry goodness devours my entire mouth. A smooth, delicate raspberry jam flavor explodes as waves of light cocoa nips and some mellow chocolate float in and out. Think of dipping raspberries in a chocolate fountain. There's no doubt, the raspberry flavor wins out over the chocolate, but the inclusion of cocoa is nevertheless a huge component to the full flavor profile.

Though there isn't a necessarily complex or demanding group of different flavors, the raspberry element is so authentic and "real", to an almost unbelievable degree even. This batch apparently contains 15.5% ABV (rather than the original 13.5%, due to a higher efficiency during brewing), but it hardly tastes like it contains alcohol at all. Upon warming, some warmth comes out, but it is still insanely tame and drinkable. Low carbonation, which works well for this beer.

I couldn't think of a more perfect desert beer. I've got to say - this is probably the best fruit-centric beer I've ever had. The raspberries are so raw and pure that it's borderline ridiculous. Perfect addition of cocoa flavors makes this beer even better. Probably the winner of the "highest ABV to highest drinkability" award, too. It went down so smooth.

Photo of ricke
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage. Thanks to brewdan for this one.

A: A very cloudy reddish brown color. A minimal pale beige head develops, but dissipates instantly into a fine ring of lacings. After a while even these tiny bubbles fade away. Honestly, the qualities of this beer surly doesn't lie in its appearance.

S: The smell is very powerful. Huge amounts of sweet malts makes the smell really heavy. Plenty of genuine aromas of raspberries, but the fruits are not as prominent as I had expected. A hint of chocolate, some leather and tobacco, and quite a lot of oak-barrel. Alcoholic fumes hit the noose, but are well integrated with the sophisticated character of the smell. All in all, it's quite reminiscent of fine spirits.

T: The taste is dominated by a dense and heavy malty character with lots of sweetness to it. The raspberries are present in the mouth, but again they are more subtle than I had expected. The raspberry flavors are of a really genuine quality, no raspberry candy in sight. Caramel, notes of tobacco and leather, and quite a lot of oak. I get a hint of chocolate, but it's very faint. Perhaps I pick up the slightest hint of coffee. The finish is almost ridiculously long and has a great warming feeling to it due to the alcohol. The raspberries delivers a nice acidity that goes really great with sweetness from the malts and alcohol. All in all, the raspberries get more prominent towards the finish. Some residual notes of oak barrels and raspberry pits in the finish as well.

M: Very full-bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. It actually has a surprisingly high level of carbonation (which is still rather gentle) which seems to suit the beer nice since it lightens up the otherwise dense feeling and helps to spread all of the wonderful aromas around the mouth.

D: This is a great beer. Surly one of a kind that delivers an explosion of flavors and a great beer experience. Drinks like fine spirits, but still with that great character you can't get from any other type of beverage.

Photo of SpecialKCF
1/5  rDev -77.3%

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

187ml bottle 2004, poured into a La Fin goblet and sampled 8/2006. Bottle was the extreme courtesy of BA ThomasHardy. So so nice.

A: Deep, almost black body with undertones of garnet/crimson. Edges have a strong garnet hue. No head on careful pour, little coating brought by agitation.

S: Tart and seemingly dry raspberries abound. Dense malt, rich sugar. Has that unmistakeable yet hard to define smell of eisbock. Alcohol is present in the nose. Almost woody as well, with dark chocolate sweetness and bitterness. Sugar laden pastries creep up after the tartness. Even a touch vinous, red wine or possibly a cognac.

T/M: Prickly carbonation that lightens up the body hits first followed closely by the tart acidity of the berries. Slowly malt and a touch of sugar, though not as much the nose suggested, pull through. Powdery candy quality next that gives way to a long and pretty dry finish. The impression never really leaves, the finish just keeps on until the next sip. Some teeth licking is in order after every sip.

D: A slow sipper for sure, and I really appreciate the 187ml size.

Overall an excellent beer that Im thrilled to have finally had the pleasure of trying. However, for me the raspberry is a little too obvious and the eisbock a little too obscured. That being said its still the best non-lambic fruit beer Ive ever had. So thankful for this chance.

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark raspberry brown with a thin ring of off-white foam. Minimal lacing.

S - It's a fantastic tart raspberry smell with sweet chocolate in the background.

T - Wow, the sweetness of the raspberry that I smelled tastes tart on my tongue. The raspberry is strong but I pick up hints of dark fruit, sweet toffee and a little tobacco on the back end.

M - Creamy medium body with very low, but present, carbonation.

O - An amazing beer that hides the high abv. well. I could drink a lot of these very easily.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A million thanks to marburg for hooking me up with this. Plain brown 12oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with dark red hints....no head to speak of on the pour but I imagine a 13.5% eisbock will do that. Big, lovely raspberry aromas coming off this one. Fumes of alcohol come off as well. Deep, dark and fruity...lovely nose on this one! Wow! The fruit still smells fresh and vibrant. Hints of cocoa as well.

First sip is lush with ripe raspberry flavor...hints of random dark fruits meld into the flavor with a nice malty body. Alcohol is there but well hidden for the big abv. Overripe fruit all over the place. Sweetness mixes with bitterness...simply an awesome fruit beer..easily the best I have ever sampled. Caramel tones peek in and out...there's so much going on here it is nearly overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is big and has a syrupy consistency to it. Goes down damn smooth for such a big brew with nice small bubbly carbonation. Very nice! This is an extremely drinkable brew for the alcohol content. Simply an awesome expertly crafted eisbock / fruit beer. I hope I will get a chance to try this one again some day.

Photo of blitz134
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of supa0525
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of jewski
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6.3oz. green glass bottle, dated 2004. Consumed at room temperature. Pours a beautiful deep garnet red, almost black with a fine, off-white head with minimal lacing.

The nose is pure sweetness. Raspberries, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate with the merest suggestion of alcohol. I found myself smelling the glass long after the beer was gone.The taste is even more amazing. A burst of ripe raspberries progresses to bitter-sweet chocolate truffle in a smooth, fluid transition. Vaguely spiced in the finish; earthy, anise. The flavor just lingers softly in your mouth, waiting for the next sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick. Syrupy, but not sticky, more silky. Wonderful. Drinkability is perfect. A sipper, but only a drying hint of alcohol. Smooth enough to finish in one gulp.

It doesn’t get any better than this. Bottled perfection. Was very tempted to open my second bottle right after enjoying the first.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Beaver13
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6.3 oz bottle dated 2004. Pours a murky brownish red with a thin fizzy light beige head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma is subdued raspberries, chocolate, caramel, toffee, some wood, and vinous alcohol.

The flavor is sweet chocolate maltiness and tart raspberries, some oak and a crisp vinous slightly bitter alcohol finish. It's very rich and complex. The mouthfeel is medium full and very smooth.

Overall, a very fine brew! It's very well balanced and very drinkable. I'm bummed it's such a small amount (and a bit pricey!).

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Jason
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA ThomasHardy for the sample.

Cute little 6.3 oz wax topped green bottle with the vintage date of 2004 on it.

A- Thin fizzy off-white head, never really expect much here being a higher alcohol brew. I carefully decanted this beer to leave the sediment behind, this leaves a hazy brownish garnet hue brew in the glass.

S- Big fruity tartness in the nose, suggestions of faint raspberry brandy come to mind with a deep and complex maltiness underneath.

T&M- So smooth, amazingly smooth and very creamy in the back-end. Thick malty body with layers of sweet and toasted maltiness within. The raspberry character add complex levels of tartness and sweetness that meld perfectly with a strong alcohol.

D- Oh Mama ... I could sip this all night long. Sadly I only had 6.3 oz. :-(

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

Sweet Jesus, what a huge nose on this bear. Pounds and pounds of chocolate and raspberries. Tawny, chocolaty brown with a short lived lighter brown head. The flavor is a nice blend of Carmel, chocolate, raspberry, and alcohol. I’m a bit surprised how restrained the flavor is. I was expecting something even more than this. Rich and chewy palate makes for a sipping beer. This beer is certainly one to be sought out, but be sure to be coming into this experience with a level head. You may be let down.

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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