Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
At tap at the brewery the day after release. 6 oz wine glass pour. Beautiful claret when held to the light, slightly mahogany look in lower light. Minimal head as you'd expect with this much alcohol, but the light tan ring persists through the glass and clings after each sip.
Nose fills with raspberry followed by chocolate and carmel notes slightly reminiscent of chewing a tootsie roll. Fruit forward without completely obscuring a complex maltiness.
Raspberry to begin with in the sip - fruity sweet followed my a slight hint of sourness (like eating a handful of berries when there are one or two tart ones mixed in). How to describe the malt? Imagine the character from barrel aging without any tannin wood iness to detract from the fruit. That character remains long after you swallow. A pleasant afterglow that stays with you for a long time. Extremely well balanced.
This needs to be approached slowly. There is some alcohol heat in the full bodied mouthfeel that borders on syrupy without becoming cloying, but much less than you'd expect at 15% ABV. The alcohol reveals itself in the warming feeling in the belly after you swallow. Definitely a sipper. Great flavor and complexity to be savored gradually. Glad I have a bottle to cellar because as good as it is now, I expect it to improve with age. If you have the means, get one before it is gone.
Serving type: on-tap
02-17-2013 18:51:23 | More by smalenberg
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-17-2013 05:13:52 | More by tectactoe
4.71/5 rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
187ml bottle 13,% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock has been right at the top of my wants list almost since I joined BA back in late 2009. I really hope that the contents of this ridiculously small bottle will live up to my expectations!
Appearance: The beer appears a deep red-brown in the glass, with a back light revealing beautiful cherry red highlights that fade into golden-amber edges. Surprisingly, a rough pour yields a small, creamy, light tan coloured head. The head doesn't stick around for very long, nor does it leave any lacing, but a swirl does coat the glass in a sticky film and heavy alcohol legs.
Smell: Holy balls, this could well be one of the best smelling beers I have had all year! This has just blown any expectations I had right out of the water.
The nose is absolutely bursting with sweet jammy raspberry goodness and is backed up by a powerful sweetness. The nose is so big and so complex, I think i will just list the notes I managed to detect over the course of the bottle, these include: Sweet raspberry jam, a lightly tart fresh raspberry character, sweet dark fruits (plums and cherries), sweet toffee, dark caramel, some milk chocolate, golden syrup, a touch of molasses, dark treacle and a little vanilla character similar to that of a bourbon barrel aged beer.
The interplay between the sweetness and the raspberry flavours is mind blowing - someone needs to make a dessert that tastes like this smells!
Taste: the flavour offers even more raspberry notes than the nose did, with a little more emphasis on the lightly tart fruit character. There is again a wonderful underlying sweetness with notes of milk chocolate, dark fruit, toffee, treacle and a little molasses. Sadly there is also a distinct oxidized character that grows as the beer warms and certainly detracts quite a bit from the flavour of the beer.
There is absolutely no trace of the 13,5% present in the flavour.
Mouthfeel: Perfect! Full bodied, sticky and almost chewy, with a medium level of phenomenally smooth carbonation.
Overall: Dear Kuhnhenn, please make this beer again and please put it in a standard 355ml bottle!
Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock has certainly lived up to my expectations and had it not been for the oxidization in the flavour, this would easily land in my top 10 beers of all time.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2012 15:36:19 | More by Thehuntmaster
5/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
It pours a muddy, reddish brown with no head. Seems rather viscous and the small bubbles of carbonation can’t escape this swirling brew. The nose has a bit of dark chocolate, raspberry liqueur, dates, dried cherries, and very dark caramel. The flavor has bold, tart raspberry and cherry notes, leather, and cocoa powder. The sweetness up front is replaced with a dry tartness on the back end. Very rich and full bodied with a lasting finish. This one definitely expanded my thoughts about what beer can do. Pretty damn outstanding.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2012 09:23:34 | More by Samichlaus82
Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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