Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.71/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
12-26-2012 15:36:19 | More by Thehuntmaster
5/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
10-24-2012 09:23:34 | More by Samichlaus82
3.68/5 rDev -16.2%
Miniature bottles courtesy of my boys SpencerDB, CaptainCougar, anyone else? So we tried 2004 and 2007. The pour is murky, muddy brown with low carbonation. Let me just say that this was not impressive whatsoever. Okay- it’s a slightly raspberry tangy super malt forward barleywine. I mean that is what this is. There is a lot of milk chocolate, raspberry chocolate, and it is just full of toffee. I mean it’s good but nothing that blew me out of the water. And that was the ’04. The ’07 literally tasted like broccoli. So- this is one that I’ll have to revisit. For now- meh. 7/4/6/3/12=3.2
Another 2007 bottle. Pours muddy, reddish brown and completely flat. Excellent aroma that is full of toffee, creme brulee, caramel, chocolate covered strawberries. Taste is tart, light, more raspberry character than I remember. Still thin bodied. 9/4/7/3/13=3.6
10-02-2012 15:38:58 | More by tarheels86
4.68/5 rDev +6.6%
Reviewing the Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company. HUGE thanks to Mike for sharing this rare bottle with me!
2007 vintage bottle served in a Cantillon tulip glass and enjoyed on 08/23/12.
Appearance: Pours the color of maple syrup with a slight chocolate tint. Virtually no carbonation or head is apparent off the pour. No lacing. 3.5/5
Smell: Raspberry, milk chocolate and fruity malt. As it opened up, an aroma of fresh pureed raspberries takes over. There is also a very faint oxidation present in the nose, but it is only apparent off deep whiffs. 4.5/5
Taste: Fresh raspberry jam goodness! The raspberry flavor is absolutely out of this world -- smooth, moderately viscous and perfectly sweet. Zero booziness is present here, which is shocking given that this is a a 13.5% ABV eisbock! Fudge-y chocolate towards the finish with a hint of fruitiness in the finish/linger. So smooth and "light" without being light bodied. Hint of caramel in the background too. As it warms up, there's a little alcohol tingle in the finish. 4.75/5
Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied. No carbonation, but it works here unlike the Bourbon Barrel Barleywine I had from Kuhnhenns earlier this month. Sweet, but not too sweet. Oily, slick mouthfeel. 4/5
Overall: Every bit as good as I could imagined it! The raspberry flavor here is truly out of this world good. It's a good thing this beer comes in 6.3 oz bottles because this beer is entirely too drinkable for the ABV!
Recommendation: Unless you hate raspberries, make sure to seek this bottle out.
Pairings: Fluffy chocolate cake.
Cost: $10 for a 6.3 oz bottle.
09-10-2012 00:51:16 | More by jegross2
3.4/5 rDev -22.6%
2007 nip bottle courtesy of Matt. I have been saving this for the right moment and opening night of the NFL and the eve of my first full solo day as a SAHD seem to be just that moment. Thanks Matt for the opportunity!
Into a champagne flute pours a deep and slightly murky ruby red with shades of dark purple. Nary a bubble is seen when backlit and no indication of head shows upon the surface.
Huge seedy jammy raspberries on the nose. Hints of blueberries and blackberries as well. Medley of sticky fruits melds with rich melted milk chocolate and brown sugar. The immediate whiff of alchol that erupted from the bottle upon opening seems to have abated after sitting a few minutes. In fact, there's little indication of the immensity of this beer.
Raspberry is sweet and tart up front and syrupy. As soon as it hits the middle of the tongue, the massive tootsie roll wall wraps around the fruit and carries it like a wave to the finish. Chocolate and an odd, slightly rotten food taste show on the finish.
Carbonation is, eh, low. Body is very syrupy.
I enjoyed this less as I got deeper into the bottle. Not so much for the sweetness, but for the fairly gross off flavor that pops out at the finish. While unique and interesting, I'm not sure I would go out of my way for this given what it might take to land it. I'd recommend splitting your bottle and hoping that this beer hasn't somehow taken a downturn after five years. An interesting try, but likely not worth the effort.
09-06-2012 01:21:38 | More by BarrytheBear
Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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