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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

798 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 798
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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HardTarget

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: A Lilliputian bottle of 6.3 oz. with a red wax sealed cap. 2004 vintage with a note that the beer could handle additional age well. Such as small bottle is sure to disappoint, especially since I am sharing it with fellow BA Pegasus AND our women want a taste.

Aroma: OMG. It has some maple syrup, perfumed alcohol, cherry pie filling, vanilla, chocolate, musty leather, extremely complex. Bottom line: chocolate covered cherries are pretty much on target.

Appearance: Murky chocolate amber with a surprising amount of carbonation for an eisbock, but the dark tan head only flashed briefly before dying.

Flavor: Massively rich malt with a very sweet, very sudden fruit assault. The fruit is mostly raspberry, but some of the alcoholic chocolate covered cherry (complete with the gooey filling) and dark rich malt playing a serious role. The flavor profile morphed gracefully as it warmed bringing out some more of the alcoholic zing and even more chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little thin, which is surprising given the massiveness of the beer. It is also drying and slightly puckering.

Overall Impression: I wish to bath in this. I kept thinking how much better all other beers would be if I could only pour some of this in them. The deep malt taste is balanced by the massive raspberry tartness. This beer is complex yet soothing. My feeble words don’t begin to convey the true nature of this beer. I can only say: seek. Personally, I’m gassing up the car and driving up to the brewery. It’s only 1,429 miles. Takes exactly a day according to Google.
I’ll be there soon.
Undying gratitude to Eyedrinkale for the experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 03:13:01 | More by HardTarget
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Pegasus

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear garnet read in color, with perhaps a slight haze, nonetheless, quite clear for a raspberry beer. On pouring, it sported a massive tan head, which slowly collapsed to a thick collar and scattered patches of foam. There was an abundance of slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Profound aroma of raspberries and chocolate, rich vanilla, slight wood, old pipe tobacco, leather. The aroma rivals the complexity of a fine old Port.

Taste: Extraordinary deep and rich aroma, with raspberries and dark chocolate throughout. It finished with a profound warming alcohol note and mild herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and rich, perhaps a touch thin, the finish is a bit dry.

Drinkability/notes: This beer challenges my powers of description, it is certainly one of the best beers that I have ever had. If you have the opportunity to obtain this beer, by all means do so. If trading for it, do not hesitate to be generous, it is well worth it. The six ounce nip bottle seems small, but it is sufficient to enjoy and appreciate this beer - and be left wanting more.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this most excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 14:50:48 | More by Pegasus
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wingnutter

Florida

4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh...The elusive Raspberry Eisbock. Brought a case back to Florida with me when I visited in June, since it was there and I could afford it. I have been enjoying this stuff every so often since, and have let a select few in on the experience. Ive had the pelasure of drinking 6 of these in the last month and a half, so Ive got a pretty good feel for it by now. On to the review:

6.3oz 2004 batch. I wish it was in the bottle pictured, but its just a plain old 6.3 oz bottle. No genie looking vessel. :sadbanana:

Pours almost black into a snifter glass. A hint of red, but not much light gets through it. No head at all, but its not expected with this gem. Not spectacular to look at, which is the only thing keeping me from giving it 5's across the board (except for mouthfeel)

Aroma is raspberry and chocolate laced with alcohol...beautiful. Tootsie-rolls come to mind. Ive never smelled anything like it in a beer. In fact, once you taste it, its hard to believe that this can be called a beer.

Taste is almost indescribable....the expected chocolate and raspberry, with a tart/sweetness that blends together perfectly....Like dessert in a bottle. Decadent is the word that comes to mind. Underneath the chocolate and raspberry are raisins, toffee, toasted caramel and maybe molasses. Dark, overly ripe fruits dwell within. Expertly crafted, this is one amazing beverage. Almost has a port wine feel, without the tannic quality. 13+ ABV?? Could have fooled me. The alcohol barely makes an appearance, if at all.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Smooth as can be, with an aftertaste taste that lingers and lingers. .

Drinkability is off the charts. I dont know if Ive ever given a 5 in this category, but Id give ot a 10 if I could. The best fruit beer I have ever tried, and its hard to imagine there is any better.

What an amazing acheivement by the folks at Kuhnhenn. Its a shame they arent making this one anymore. Do whatever it takes to get your hands on this.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 06:46:23 | More by wingnutter
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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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amicar

Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Took a special trip to get this little guy- 187 mL poured into a Reidel wine glass. Dark red with a touch of brown. Scant but present carbonation but no real head. Smells of deep fruits and roasty things. There's a real depth of smell here; you can sense the syrupy- ness and muskiness of this guy; little sherry and leather under that. Taste is really phenomenal. I mean, really. I've never had something change this many times in the mouth. Wonderful concentrated raspberry without a sickly sweetness. A touch of roast malts sneaks in under this and caramel and creme brule finish it off with hints of butterscotch. All this while feeling a little pinprick of carbonation and a smooth fullness in the mouth. The heat from the alcohol is perfectly balanced.
As for drinkability- no, you can't make this a session beer. It's not the point. (too expensive anyway). But this goes down the way such a concentrated sipper should.


Overall, almost perfect. This beer should get hyped. It deserves it.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 04:05:06 | More by amicar
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours a dark red color with no head and no carbonation. The aroma is wonderful. Sweet smell. Actually, it smells exactly like sweet candy. Incredible. The flavor is much the same, but it's alcoholic fruity candy. It has a slight sting from the alcohol, but this stuff is damn tasty - strickly candy-like. The mouthfeel is pretty thick, actually and the drinkability is wonderful for the level of alcohol. Just candy.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 01:36:07 | More by clvand0
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gladly split this bottle from 2004 with Irishagain.

This is one phenomonal beer. Even calling this concoction beer seems odd to me, it seemed like so much more than a beer.

The smell was out of this world, raspberries and chocolate as was the taste. I can not come close to doing justice to this beer. I'll just say it was well worth the hype and end it with that.

If you can get your hands on a bottle do whatever you have to get it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 06:07:36 | More by fdrich29
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 Vintage -- poured from a waxed top 6.3 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a murky, brown with blends of dark crimson. Little to no head formed on this one.

S- WOW!!! Absolutely fantastic. The aroma so was pungent, so rich, a whole experience within itself. Strong scents of raspberries and chocolates just float in the glass waiting to be picked up by each smell.

T- You really can't appreciate the the freezing process in creating an eisbock until you try it for yourself. The raspberry was so concentrated and the chocolate so rich and velvety, completely ridiculous. What I really enjoyed the most about this beer was the delicate, tart finish of every sip.

M- Medium bodied with little carbonation. The mouth feel was just perfect as it hung on the palate, allowing all the flavors to be reached throughout.

D- At nearly 14% ABV this is hilariously drinkable. The only hint of it's strength is the slight, subtle burn as you're reaching the end. The 6.3 oz bottle is the perfect serving size.

First and foremost, I have to thanks to Seth (yankeeheel) for his extreme generosity in sending this beer my way. It was definitely an experience which I can only hope to relive if I'm lucky enough. At nearly 5 years old, this beer was nearly perfect in every facet. The thing that blew my mind was the richness and bold flavors that were produced. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 03:03:47 | More by rhinos00
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marburg

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clings to the sides of the glass like moss on a tree. Looks like sludge in the glass. Dark, rotting grape color -- deep purple-ish brown.

Very pungent aromas -- beet sugar, alcohol, and raspberry. The berry fragrance, especially, forces its way off the beer and at your face. Wickedly powerful. Intensely sweet flavor that's dominated by the raspberry. This is a bit akin to a raspberry syrup in flavor and texture. Homemade jam. While very cough syrupy, it hides the alcohol remarkably well. Silky smooth on the tongue and goes down easily for such a weighty, meaty brew. The most sinful of all desserts couldn't compare to a 4 ounce sample of this delight.

This apparently won a gold medal at a Michigan beer championship, and a good friend of mine originated the recipe. So I was pleased to sample it at the Michigan Summer Beer Fest yesterday, and it was one of the better brews there.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 17:51:59 | More by marburg
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putnam

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Out of two bottles one was very off with no fruit at all.
This review is in reference to the good sample.
Black/brown with purple highlights.
Heady aromas of raspberries and cassis liqueur. Jammy and intense.
On the palate it was thick with delicate fizz and syrupy, chewy, melting bitter chocolate and berry preserves. Well-balanced with just enough sugar to support the weight of the flavors. Secondary images of glazed ham, charred molasses and sweet spice appear as well. Most comparable to Rodenbach's Alexander, only blackberry/raspberry flavored. One might also credibly draw comparisons between this and a Dashe Late Harvest Zin, a Turley, Ridge or Rosenblum field blend, or one of the ancient-vines Grenache/Shirazes from Aussie wineries such as Torbreck or Clarendon Hills. Quite an accomplishment!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 18:03:25 | More by putnam
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Talk about a beer pouring like motor oil...Barely a skimming of a head is created from pour. But alas, the beer is 13.5% a/v, so not much was expected in this department. The beer is dark. Barely a ray of light penetrates to the other side. Dark crimson colored edging. The aroma is unbelievable. What concoction of sweet raspberry, brown sugar, malty goodness, bread pudding, rum, raisin...damn! One of the best smelling beers I've had the pleasure of sniffing. Upon tasting, I can hardly believe this beer has an octane rating of 13.5% a/v. If not careful, I could literally drain this beer in under 5 minutes. The mouthfeel is syrupy and lightly carbonated. Body, full. Flavor: Out of This World. It follows suit very nicely with the nose... sweet raspberry, deep malts, rum soaked raisins, dark brown sugar... whew. I'm speechless.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 04:24:53 | More by Bighuge
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this pours out like used motor oil (seriously), it settles to be a dark brown/black liquid with dark bloody edges and a deep, yet small, head of tan-brown foam. The aromas are simply out of this world, as they assault your senses right when the crown is popped off of the bottle. The aromas I get are: Raspberry syrup, chocolate (syrup?), espresso, deep roasted malts, doughy/bready malts, light light medicinal/herbal hops, and more! The taste is absolutely amazing. This stuff tastes like fresh raspberries were thrown into a vat of Cote D'or chocolate, and than blended into some weird sort of starbucks frappicino drink. Simply phenomenal, perhaps the best use of fruit that I have seen in a beer (traditional lambics aside). The mouthfeel is thick and syrup like, but this stuff goes down with ease. This would probably soothe a sore throat quite well. Perhaps they should be prescribing this stuff for the flu? Wow, definately a sipper and one to savor. An excellent winter brew, or nightcap for sure. I bet this would pair well with some cheesecake (or another rich dessert) and a cigar. Wow, this is truly some amazing stuff! 13.5%ABV but you would never reall know it!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2004 22:29:37 | More by francisweizen
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I don't know what I did to deserve trying this beer, but thanks to marburg and orbitalr0x for the pleasure of trying it. The beer pours a dark murkey ever-so slightly rubied brown color with a complete lack of head. The nose is incredible. Dark fruity and chocolate tones ride below a very intense, but not fake raspberry. Wow. Intense. DAMN. The flavors are huge. Syrupy raspberry sweetness and tartness hit upfront, assaulting my tastebuds. This moves to a slight chocolate and fig, but the raspberry is so big, its harder to find the subtleties. The mouthfeel is huge and thick and syrupy. Wow. Overall, this beer is in a league of its own. For one, the alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor or the aroma. Its not even overly warming after drinking it. The flavors are big and lingering, leaving me craving the next sip. I have to pause between sips, but it keeps me craving more. This is an experience I will not forget. Everything about this beer is intense, minus the alcohol presence. Very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 04:47:05 | More by kmpitz2
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy reddish-pink, color with a thin, light tan / pinkish head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee malts, honey, nuts, light chocolate, raspberry, and light tart cherry as well. Taste of dominant chocolate, caramel malt, some earthiness, lots of tart raspberries, and roasted java, with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Thanks Mike!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 17:59:53 | More by egajdzis
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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased for $8.33 for 2004 vintage in a 6.3 oz bottle. Pours out caramel in color and consistency almost like a thin syrup. Aroma is of cocoa and raspberry reminding me of a raspberry tootsie pop. Head dissipates rather quickly. Elements of chocolate and a sweet with slight tartiness of raspberry. Reminds me of a candy. Aftertaste remains on tongue for a long time afterwards. A slight bitterness and warming alcohol presence on the tongue. Many interesting flavors going back and forth. Not too thick in mouthfeel, light on the tongue. This has stood up fairly well after sitting on a store shelf for a while. I think a little bit is just right. As I drink more the fruitness and raspberry flavors come out a little more than the chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 02:20:54 | More by mjohn27603
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numenor1

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 vintage

Pours very thick muddy ruddy reddish brown with the slightest, quickly disappearing head. The appearance is otherwise unimpressive except for the light coming through the beer and glass creates the most amazing red light on my table. Smells of raspberries, cherries, hugely concentrated malts and faint chocolate. The taste is where this stuff really shines. Amazing flavors. Initial stabs of chocolate then sweet raspberries to quite tart cherries, maple syrupy flavors, more chocolate, chocolate coated candy raspberries. Hints of chambord. Wisps of spiciness? Huge interplay and great depth of flavor. Lingers on well too. Alcohol is not present. Unique. Mouthfeel is quite full but has vibrant carbonation as well and all fits together perfectly. Drinkability is staggeringly impressive. Alcohol is imperceptible and apparent only in throatwarming. What an incredible beer. The first eisbock i've actually enjoyed.

Thanks to Northerntimber and No BS BIF for this sample

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 21:36:05 | More by numenor1
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle that really reminds of the Sam Adams Utopias bottle...only more plain. 2004 batch. Monstrous, epic thanks to AKSmokedPorter, and, more importantly, a certain BA who will be thanked indirectly for getting this to AKSP.

A: A satisfying "pfft" upon opening the aged bottle. Poured a few fingers into my Samichlaus snifter. Stunning chocolate-infused amber in color. Tight, tight layer of coffee-froth-colored head. Tiny beads of lace slowly glide down the sides of the glass after each sip...to be consumed again by the now wispy-thin layer.

S: Tootsie Roll raspberry sucker. That's what I smell. Dead, spot on. An amazing layer of chocolate-toffee mixed with T-O-N-S of freshly ground berries. Woven into the supporting fabric is a boozy/brandy-like aroma, drizzled with loads of caramlized sugar. "Fresh" is an understatement.

T: Quite sweet up front. This is quickly brushed aside by an avalanche of berry flavor. It's amazing to experience the onslaught of such a fresh-tasting raspberry flavor, almost as if the berries were put in the bottle just before opening. Swift notes of Heath bar rise to the challenge of the boatload of raspberry puree` on your palate. Finishes rather dry, with a kinda "raspberry seeds in your mouth" aftertaste, accompanied (briefly) by a slight warming ABV. Simply amazing.

M/D: 13.5% ABV. No way. Cloaked in the flavor is the alcohol with this one. Dangerously drinkable. This is lasting me all through the Sox-Yankees game, hopefully enough to drown out Chris Berman. My palate is completely covered by this thing. I feel as though I could cut it with a knife. One-of-a-kind. And (more than likely) a once-in-a-lifetime experience (one I'll not soon forget).

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 01:01:01 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Billolick

New York

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap baby at the Daze of the Devil fest at the HDG in NYC...I enjoyed 2 four ounce tasters of the sweet, intense, flavorful, viscous nectar, and this review is from my copious notes, this arrives cloudy dark plum, minor head and lacing. The nose is intensely and thrillingly of raspberries and powdered sugar. Sweet, intense, dense, complex, thick, rich and full on raspberries and malty goodness all the way through, Yumm. World class dessert beer. A treat on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2007 16:13:30 | More by Billolick
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to crack this open on Valentine's Day. The wifey had wine while I sipped on this absolute jewel.

Dark ruby-amber color, a bit murky, with small bubbles slowly floating their way to the top.

Smells like a raspberry that has been covered in rich, dark chocolate. Incredible aroma... very sweet and fruity. The smell wafts out of my flute glass and makes me want to sit here and smell this thing over and over...

Huge raspberry sweetness/tartness that is followed up by the slow rolling finish of chocolate. Nice slow alcohol burn on the way down makes this one unbelievable.

This is one remarkably well-brewed beer. I love everything about this beer. Unless I move to Michigan or can find another trade, I probably won't ever have this one again but I can only hope I'm wrong. I would love to always have a bottle of this in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 02:43:32 | More by Tilley4
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airohead2001

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to glazeman for hooking me up with this one - one of my big wants that I never thought I would have an opportunity to try. Poured into a snifter from the cutest little 6.3 oz. bottle.

A - This beer looks gross - just what I was expecting for the elusive Raspberry Eisbock! Looks like a cross between melted caramel and dirty sewer water. No lacing, no head, no legs.

S - One of the best smelling beers I have ever experienced. raspberries, marshmallow, caramel, booze.

T - Truly delightful. Raspberries, chocolate, marshmallows, bubble gum, after dinner candies, and alcohol. Sweet up top and very sour at the end. Perfect.

M - Sticky for sure, but not necessarily thick. Just the right amount of carbonation that allows the tart raspberries and caramelized sugars to touch the roof of the mouth.

D - I could drink this one all day. The alcohol is barely noticeable, the taste is crisp and sweet at the same time, and the aroma is just heavenly.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 00:51:49 | More by airohead2001
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6.3 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel Green tulip. 2007 Vintage.

Unlimited thanks to sweemzander for sharing this with me! It's one of my favorite beers of all time and by far, one of the best ways to start a day! Must. Get. More.

A - The slow trickle into the glass is completely quiet creating no foam to speak of. Legs run down the glass from the strong alcohol and tiny bubbles cling to the sides. The beer is a beautifully caramel-tinted ruby brown color.

S- Milk chocolate and dusty cocoa blend exotically with loads of chocolate draped raspberries. Warm alcohol has a lot of fruity esters going on. It smells warm/hot, like it'll be really strong but it's not boozy in the least bit. Caramel notes fill the background. This aroma is simply orgasmic.

T - Chocolate-covered raspberries abound in this phenomenally brewed beer. Caramel malt adds another layer of sweetness and dimension behind the heat. Pretty alcohol-rich but it's very fruit-flavored lending itself well to the profile. No boozy flavor in the least.

M - Underneath the alcohol heat is a very sweet beer that's incredibly smooth and forgiving. Surprisingly, it has a little carbonation tickle to it. I was expecting a flat beer with how it poured. The full-bodied profile is robust and delish.

D - One bottle of 6.3 oz in a snifter, sipped like a fine port (to which it has many similarities) would be a great after dinner desert beer, night cap, or warmer on a winter day! This climbed effortlessly to the top ranks of my favorite beers of all time. Thanks again Sweem!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 12:20:02 | More by BeerFMAndy
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BeerZack

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(2007 vintage)
Pours a fairly opaque brownish with tawny edges. Not much head to speak of.
Nose offers up chocolate, caramel, raisin, blackberry, prune, cherry juice, dried strawberry, tamarind and Tootsie Pop! Delicious.

Tastes of sweet berry juice, raspberry and tart cherry leads into slightly bitter chocolate and caramelly mid that hints at Tootsie Pop again. Tingly alcoholic grip right before the fruity fade on finish with more raisin, cherry and strawberry.

Super juicy and rich feel to this one. Full and flavorful yet still ultimately drinkable. No real indication of the 13.5% for me, would have guessed 8 or maybe 9%abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 18:28:19 | More by BeerZack
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hero27

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6.3 oz bottle. 2004 Vintage.
Figured it'd be a good one to try for review #200.

Pours darker than I expected...deep garnet color. Leaves a shadowy head skimming over the top of the brew. Aroma and taste are complex..the two main flavors are rich chocolate and berries (raspberry, one would assume), but I definitely think I tasted some mulberry and blackberry as well. Unlike the (in)famous Sam Adams Triple Bock (and similar high alcohol brews) I could have drank this entire bottle in a few seconds...it's that easy to drink, and that damn good.

It was enjoyed tremendously at room temp...I really don't think this beer would taste bad ice cold, or if it sat out in the sun for 2 days. It's just an incredible tasting and well-crafted brew in all aspects. Not too tart, not too sweet, just...yeah. The bottle was gone way, way too soon. I'm positive I could drink a 500ml bottle myself, it's got tremendous drinkability for such a big beer. Maybe someday I'll get my hands on one of those beauties. I was not expecting a beer this experimental to be this good...but it had no problem living up to my expectations.

Thanks to walleye for giving me the chance to try this amazing, unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 00:18:08 | More by hero27
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Zorro

California

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6.3 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of SS 05 BIF and Meathookjones.

2004 vintage.

Pours a hazy thick reddish brown beer.

Smell is very sweet chocolate and caramel and raspberries. Spicy scents of vanilla, black pepper, truffles and cherry on the alcohol fumes. Smells like expensive chocolates.

Taste is lots of raspberries and chocolate with a little tartness from the berries. Super richness here I almost feel like I could eat this as a pudding. I am forced into small sips to savor the flavor of this. Long lasting raspberry flavor that takes a good 5 minutes to die off. The flavor is all chocolate and raspberries here.

Mouthfeel is pudding thick.

Crazy drinkable beer that was the PERFECT beer for Christmas!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 03:54:21 | More by Zorro
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage:
6.3 oz green bottle sealed with red wax. This poured with a thin cream-coloured head that settled into a long lasting ring. The beer is a clear, ruby-chestnut colour, a nice combination of red and brown hues. It even looks thick in the glass and there's a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. It smells and tastes exactly like a fruit-centered chocolate. Chocolate and toffee combine masterfully with the tart raspberry character. Quite thick and completely coats the palate. Fruit and toffee all the way. The acidity level provides enough tartness to balance out the sweetness and there seems to be a complete lack of hop bitterness or flavour. Caramel is more evident towards the end. It also has a lingering finish with the tartness coming forward, but the sweet toffee never disappears. Just a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Low carbonation, a bit syrupy but not cloying. Definitely a sipping beer. I could drink this one all night, just slowly.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 02:26:08 | More by DrJay
Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.