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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 438
Hads: 1,111
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 1,277
Gots: 210 | FT: 32
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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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Photo of kojevergas
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (4,999 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Combo of two rates.

2007 bottle, pours a hazy, sticky plum red with a ring of beige head and thick lacing. Nose is rich raspberry pulp, heavy malt, caramel, maybe a bit of white chocolate. Tart and very bitter, boozy in the mouth. Kind of acrid bitterness that just lingers. Some heavy malt underneath. Tough to get into the subtleties of this with that huge boozy bitterness. Could be an infected bottle. (C)

2004 bottle. Pours a muddy sort if brown with a small soapy head. Nose is really nice, and a welcome change from the myriad of framboise we endured on this day. More barley wine or old ale than anything in the nose. Malt is big and round, maple sugars, chocolate liqueur. perfect Storm-esque nose. Figgy chocolate, bitter mid palate, smooth rich finish. much better than the more recent bottle release, not cloying or astringent at all, just big, rich, and good. (A) (878 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle shared with feloniousmonk on 6/4/05. Thanks to a different BA (who has asked to remain anonymous) for picking this one up for me. Pours a thin light-tan head that quickly fades, like a carbonation released from a soda. The beer itself is copper orange and is nearly clear. Smells like raspberry sorbet or ice-cream. Smells alot like a raspberry Lifesavers Creamsaver. There's a metallic hint in the berry and a mild refined alcohol. In short, this smells like a fine liquor...brandy. The taste starts wet sweet with some gentle cream flavor. The middle rises to a tart fruity, not a clear raspberry, definitely berry and fruity. Fruit flavors I get are tangerine, raspberry, white grapes, cherry, pumpkin, and strawberry. These flavors persist a long time, just slowly fading away as the aftertaste. A mild alcohol burn comes in with the fruits is disapates with almost a flat grassy blah characteristic. Although the alcohol is not strong in the flavor, this beer definitely has belly warming qualities. Add to this a super-thick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. This is unique beer...I've never had anything like this before, but not one I'll ever seek out again. I was disappointed at the lack of that caramelly bock malty character. I would recommend serving this beer with an vanilla-based ice cream deseert. (1,326 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks mike for the hook-up

The beer pours a dark, healed-scab looking crimson red that flashes garnet in the light and yields no head. The nose is a potent mix of raspberries and booze which sweetens up with warmth. The taste is initially rough and hard-handed raspberries upfront, but the fruitiness blends much better with added degrees towards room temp. It drinks like a port, but obviously distinct, ripe raspberries instead of grapes and brandy, full bodied, boozy, and syrupy sweet. This beer is a let down considering the price, but I'm definitely glad I was able to try it. (584 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle in a trade a while ago. Forgot who from but thanks...
Poured into a tulip. Very viscous. Inky like. Nice red color. No head though. The 2007 vintage might be the reason for the lack of head.

Smell is of a huge malt character. Lots of raspberry and caramel/chocolate. Very sweet smell.

Taste is very sweet. Lots of raspberry and chocolate with a caramel sweetness. Very good.

Mouthfeel is very viscous. Almost RIS thick. A little more carbonation would be nice but it could have dissapated in my 2007 bottle so I won't ding it for that.

Drinkability is not very high because this is a sipper and I would not drink alot of these. I don't think I will seek it out in a trade again either because once was enough for me. (736 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Shared at peg's.
dark cherry red in color. Forms a minimal fizzy head. No retention, no lacing. Aroma is very raspberry, like raspberry syrup. Sweet, marshmallowy, like something out of a breakfast cereal. Taste is sweet, raspberry, medicinal, herbal, and cherry cough syrup. It's a bit odd, simultaneously sweet and inviting while also being medicinal and tannic. Full bodied. Lower carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Interesting. (426 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Bendurgin for sharing this one. Bottle says 2007. Poured into a chalice. Nice dark amber, color. The edges of the beer are kind of pomegranate colored. Very little head eventually disappears completely.

Nice sweet raspberry smell. I'm thinking raspberry jam on this one.

Raspberries dominate the flavor. A dry raspberry flavor starts. There is a bit of sweetness on the middle, and a hint of berry tartness in the finish, accompanied by the distinct presence of graham cracker. Like a cheesecake.

Nice mouthfeel with very soft carbonation. This is a sipper for certain. Very glad to have tried this. (617 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, syrup looking deep ruby/brown. Head tried to stand up, but failed to make it past a 1/2 finger. Off red color, no retention.
Chocolate and raspberries permiate the nose and leave nothing else to come through. Very rich, smells like a chocolate cheesecake with raspberries on top.
Tastes like it too. Baked dark chocolate and smushed raspberries. Hints of burnt caramel and wet grass.
Feels like syrup. Thick and gooey. Best for after dinner. Shared a small bottle. And that was enough. Very rich (514 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.89/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had both the 2004 and 2007 vintages at a recent tasting. Thanks everyone, this was a long time curiosity for me. I feel as thought I had built it up in my mind a bit too much and was slightly let down. Eisbocks (bocks in general) are one of the styles I study a lot. This was an interesting example.

2004 - Beer was brown and clear with no carbonation, no head, no lacing. The aroma was strong full of malt and caramel. Definitely smell the raspberries and some chocolate? Wasn't expecting the chocolate smell. Lots of sweetness up front, raspberries come in late in the palate and are generally weak. Mostly a tart flavor from the raspberries. There is a lot of chocolate flavors in the midpalate regions. I find this flavor to be distracting and unnecessary. I find myself wishing that it was the malt and the berries without the chocolate. I know that the chocolate and the raspberry flavors pair well with food, but to stand the tart raspberry flavor next to the malt sweetness would have been great in my opinion.

2007 - Looks the same as the 2004, no head, no carbonation. The aroma is considerably stronger. Much more raspberries and the chocolate is still there. The flavor pops with a lot more raspberries. This is definitely my favorite out of the two. The sweetness from the malt is still there, the chocolate is less the star in this one. This beer is also thicker (it seems) than the 2004.

Overall, I'm glad I got to try them both. I'm not sure if I would seek it out again though. (1,497 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.89/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage

Pours dark reddish brown with no head. I can tell it has some carbonation, just doesn't look like it. Smells like raspberries, chocolate, and toffee. Not complex, but nice.

This tastes almost like a chocolate and caramel Turtle candy with raspberries. Very strange, but nice. Tastes like something that would be great to pout over vanilla ice cream. There is no bitterness for balance, but I honestly didn't expect that there would be.

Medium bodied with only a small amount of carbonation. I think the amount of carbonation is right for this beer. The alcohol is well hidden for 13.50%, and a 187 ml bottle is the proper serving size for this beer. An interesting beer, which I am glad I had the chance to try. (728 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage - 6.3 oz

A - Hazy, mahogony, crimson with no head, no bubbles and no lacing.

S - Initial aroma is of a stale boozy old ale. After a few sips I pick of chocolate covered berries, dark fruits, figs and raisins. An oxidized, boozy strong ale aroma makes itself present every now and then.

T - Sweet with an alcohol bite. Sweet chocolate covered raspberries and blackberries. It has a raspberry licquer or cheap wine flavor along with a malty chocolate cake.

M - Thick and syrupy with little to no carbonation. It fits the after dinner sipper mentioned on the label.

D - I think age has gotten to this one a little bit. I have had samples at the Great Taste before and remember it being better than this. It still makes a nice sipper by a warm fire. (764 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled thanks toRoyMunson. Pours a cloudy/murky brown with a maroon tint to it. Plenty of sediment floating in the beer. Smell is raspberry(of course) with some chocolate(tootsie roll) as well. Taste is pure raspberry puree with a hit of tootsie roll in the finish. Not being a big fan of tootsie rolls, I love good chocolate, but don’t classify tootsie roll as such. This beer would be "all world" with either a different chocolate used or with simply no chocolate at all. The mouthfeel and beginning taste is absolutely delightful. Maybe with aging the chocolate will subside some. (585 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 batch drank 12/5/10

A-pours a dark copper color, almost muddy brown with a thin tan colored head.

S-this has a huge malt component to it, notes of alcohol and heat. there is tons of dark milk chocolate and toffee notes in this, notes of fusel alcohol and maple in the nose. chocolate cake and maple syrup towards the finish.

T-this again is extremely malt, somewhat sweet and a little boozy in the back. chocoalte cake, cookie, sweet sticky toffee, notes of maple syrup, some thinner flavors in the back and slightly minerally in the finish.

M-this is heavy and chewy, thick and syrupy, the feel is velvety and the carbonation is low but holds. the finish is robust in feel and sticky on the back of the throat.

D-this has a huge malt component to it and the fruits are almost non existent. the malts are sweet and the back adds very cake/fudge like flavors. interesting malt body, nose is pretty solid, flavor gets a little minerally and bitter in the finish.

***

2007 batch drank early 2010

A-dark copper in color with deep reddish colored edges. The head is thin and hard to produce with a tan color.

S-the rasberry hits the nose first starting sweet. Dark chocolate comes in next and is quite strong with notes of caramel underneath. Hints of toffee and a touch alcohol in the back.

T-the taste is darn good and has some nice flavors that play off of each other. Rasberry and alcohol hit you first, slightly warm. Darker malts take over in the back with dark chocolate, caramel and toffee. More rasberry sweetness and slightly tart at the finish.

M-the body is quite full, very smooth and slightly creamy. This is soft and chewy. The carbonation is a little low but the finish still has a slight crispness.

D-this is extremely tasty and has some great complexity to it. The rich dark maltiness acompanied by the sweet fruitiness and light tartness play together extremely well. (1,898 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml from the recent release into a snifter.

A. Clearish ruby-mahogany body, no head.

S. Perfumy raspberry, mostly sweet but with an acidic edge. Some caramel and molasses notes behind, alcohol.

T. Sweetish raspberry flesh, concentrated caramel, bready malt, sharp booze, some mildly medicinal syrupy notes.

M. Medium-bodied, sticky, no carbonation.

O. This is a bit thinner and boozier than I would have liked. Interesting beer, but not quite up to the hype. (465 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.82/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a murky opaque mahogany color with very little head. What head there is is a slight tan color that collars around the glass. The aroma is pretty unassuming with notes of raspberry and malt. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Raspberry undertones carry throughout the beer wih other notes of vanilla and caramel. A sipper for sure. Slight alcohol showing. Not the most appetizing looking but a tasty beer for sure. (440 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.82/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 Vintage

Appearance: A bit syrupy, very faint carbonation. Pour is a purple-amber.

Smell: Thick and sweet with sugar and raspberries, perhaps some oak and leather also, along with toffee and caramel; port and sherry

Taste: I find it too sweet, full of raspberries though, with overtones of port, brandy and sherry. A bit like port.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick and sticky

Drinkability: It comes in a small bottle for a reason (433 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle, review from notes.

Pours a murky burgundy color, hues of brown, garnet and raspberry when struck by the light, no visible head and no visible lacing. The aroma is pungent fleshy raspberry, very fresh fruit, but a very harsh alcohol sweetness with some rich dark grain, caramel and toffee sugar notes, it's already too sweet for me, but the fresh berry is fantastic. The flavors are similar, massive fresh raspberry, which is delicious, is instantly overpowered by intense alcohol sweetness, caramel, brown sugar and a bit of vanilla. The body is super thick and syrupy, very sticky, finishes rather smoothly but with some harsh alcohol behind it.

Verdict: Can't say I am super impressed given the hype and ratings behind this beer, the fruit is wonderfully done, but the harsh alcohol and cloying qualities ruined it for me. Not sure what age will do to this beer, but I have a hard time believing that it will improve. (934 characters)

Photo of johnd513
3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was delighted to find this 2007 vintage on the shelf at a inconvenience store with an extensive beer collection along with Tenacious Cassis on a trip to downstate MI. Pours a murky brown color with a tan head. The smell is the most interesting part of this beer with dark fruits, chocolate and liqueur. The taste is not as interesting with a thick syrupy sweet taste of rasberries. The mouthfeel is thick and coats the tongue. Overall, I am glad I tried this beer but I expected much more. However, if you have a chance Tenacious Cassis is a must. (549 characters)

Photo of sleepingbear
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired a 187ml wax dipped 2004 bottle from a friend. (Thanks Michael!)

I had seen this beer's high ratings and had some very high expectations for it. It was almost impossible for it to have lived up to it’s legend.

Then I smelled it.
The scent was magnificent with a rich malty aroma with a lingering red fruit nose.
The first sip is like a warm, frothy dark chocolate bitters and raspberry crème.
Damn!

This is raspberry chocolate cake in a bottle. I imagine drinking these little 187ml bottles on a hard xcountry ski run. On a stop at a Lake Michigan plateau, cold clean air- and a bottle of raspberry chocolate cake. I'm going to buy as much of this as I can find.
I am hooked. (704 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Darkness snifter.

Pours a purple velvety shade, from a vintage 2007 bottle. Looks just like grape juice. No head whatsoever. Smells incredibly sweet. Like cotton candy with some dark fruit. Taste was a shocker for me. Not what I was expecting. I thought it would be sweet like in the smell. Instead it was overripe berry with a lot of salt. The saving grace was the noticeable raspberry taste that was left in the back of your throat. Very pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden in this brew. The beer went down very fast in all. Good thing there wasn't more to drink, because I would have drank them all and probably ended up face down on the floor. (675 characters)

Photo of bulletrain76
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

187ml bottle, 2007 vintage, shared by CaptainCougar. Hazy red-brown with a small head. Sweet raspberry and malt aromas with a lightly aged quality. tastes like a rich, alcoholic, chocolate-raspberry truffle. Thick, with low carbonation. Tasty stuff and a nice treat, but I've never been wild about the dessert category on the whole. (332 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.77/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks to flandersned for helping me score these '04 vintage bottles. there were apparently three batches released that year. tasted side-by-side in late may/early june 2009.

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2004 vintage, 187ml bottle w/darker red wax-dipped cap and solid-white-background bottle label.

dark brownish red. sediment in the bottle. foamy, sudsy, light tan head soon fades to wisps and ring. no lace.

aroma: raspberries (both fresh and preserved), cherries, dark caramel, with notes of dark chocolate, esp. in the back w retro-olfaction. faint earthy and woody tones (hops?)

taste: jammy raspberries, caramel, toffee, hint of chocolate, with sharper acidity than hoped, but still mild and fruity. trace euro hops w mild bitterness. touch of alcohol and phenols.

medium body, slightly syrupy, light acidity and astringency. mild carbonation helps with flavor lift.

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2004 vintage, 187ml, but with brighter red wax, and a black-background (white print) label, similar to the 2007.

finer foam, almost creamy. forms better lacing, though most of it still doesn't stick.

aroma of raspberries is fresher and less "spoiled", along with the aroma overall. still some chocolate tones. slightly less booziness or alcohol presence.

taste is less acidic, with more malt and fruit coming forward.

slightly more active carbonation than the other '04.
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COMMENT

seems like this beer is best on draught or fresh. i feel i must either be missing out on that original (1st batch?) bulbous bottle of 2004, or perhaps it's simply that the other reviews here (of the bottled versions) are buying into top-100 hype.
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OLD REVIEW 4-6-09

thanks to vwcraig for the trade.

2007 release. small, 187ml green bottle, nothing like the picture above. simple aluminum grey bottle cap. vwcraig says it came with the black electrical tape wrapped around the cap, and might have been a precaution taken by the previous trader, and not done by kuhnhenn themselves.

poured into small tulip.

dark brown with red tint. almost opaque. some sediment in the bottle, giving a slight haze. fizzy tan head makes a 1-finger head that quickly fades to just a few wisps and a thing ring. the wisps eventually disappear too, and the ring shrinks to just a half ring. lacing never sticks.

aroma of raspberry jam, caramel, hints of dark chocolate and more fruit liqueur (cherry, raspberry), lightly boozy and some faint phenols.

flavor is much more tart than anticipated. not totally sour, but quite different than expected and worlds apart from what i remember at EBF '08. this mild acidity gives way to a strongly medicinal flavor, with raspberry and hint of cocoa again underneath. medicinal character continues into the moderately bitter finish with more notes of cocoa and hints of raspberry.

smooth at first and overall, but punctuated by tart acidity and then almost astringent phenols that in turn also accentuate the bitterness. mild to moderate carb that brings out the nicer fruit, caramel and cocoa, but also the less pleasant acidity, bitterness and medicinal phenols.

the aftertaste even has hints of skunkiness, which thankfully didn't show up in the fruity, malty aroma. but anyway, this was a big disappointment. maybe the green bottles did them in. again, this is totally the opposite from my experience tasting multiple samples at EBF '08.

will now be seeking the 2004 vintage, in hopes of rehabilitating my impression...

A - 3.5, S - 3.5, T - 2.5, M - 3.5, D - 3.0 (3,609 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared this bad boy at DLD. 2012 vintage served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a brownish, reddish color with a pretty still body. No real head forms on the pour.

S: Lots of sweet booze and malt with blast of smashed raspberries. Bready malts make up most of the flavor profile in the nose.

T: Tons of sweet raspberry. Much more than nose conveyed. Very jammy in nature with a little boozy heat. A mild burn is there with a heavy, bready malt profile to back it up.

M: Low carbonation with a chewy texture and mouthfeel. Sweet and hot on the finish.

O: This was good, but it definitely needs some time. The boozy notes are right up front and need some time to settle in. (677 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute. Big thanks to OHLRangers for this treat. 2007 vintage.

3.5 A: Opaque deep reddish purple color. No head, but signs of carbonation exist. A bit of particulate junk falls to the bottom.

4.5 S: Strong raspberry as in a reduced raspberry puree. Almost like some sort of liquour, but without the super high alcohol. Surprisingly chocolatey as well. I guess maybe like a highly fruited raspberry chocolate cake. Really nice.

3.5 T: Taste isn't nearly as good as the nose. Tartness from the raspberry is there, but there isn't a ton of raspberry taste (unlike NG RT). Still pretty chocolatety, but not really that sweet, which is disappointing. I was hoping for something really sweet and fruity. A bit too much roasty bitterness as well. Alcohol is well hidden like in most Kuhnhenn brews. While this isn't bad, it doesn't live up to expectations.

3.5 M: Only a thickish medium body. I was hoping for more. Just a touch of carbonation, this would be better with more. Not as creamy of smooth as I'd like either.

3.5 D: Again, this isn't bad, but I was hoping for something really sweet and fruity, like a port or something. The way it is (this vintage anyway) isn't the way I would have envisioned a beer of this nature coming out. I'd love the try the 2004, but I doubt I ever will. (1,303 characters)

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.