Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

948 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 1,239
Gots: 162 | FT: 27
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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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppymeal for this one. Vintage 2007.

This one pours a bright strawberry and amber that fades to a peppery yellow and then to nearly clear. No head on this one at all.

Smells of cotton candy, maple syrup, caramels, chocolate and raspberry hard candies from grandma's house with a little bit of alcohol.

Tastes surprisingly thin with a rough cane sugar and a touch of molasses and honey. There's a powerful but delicately smooth alcohol here. Finishes up sweetly with chocolate that melts into thin raspberry hard candies.

Fells light and thin that really helps with the delivery.

A candidate for aging without question. I'd like to be at the next release to pick up a case to slowly sip on over a decade.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage. Muchas Gracias wingnutter

A: No carbonation. There was a hint of pressure difference when the cap came off but thats about it. Has a soy like consistency to it. This almost looks like coffee but a bit more amber like.

S: Raspberry licorice, molasses, vanilla bean, faint chocolate cake and brown sugar.

T: Oh wow, this is going to be difficult. Begins with mellow raspberry flavored coffee which pings the tip of the tongue. The raspberry becomes more pronounced then blends together with fine Belgian chocolate. These flavors embrace each other for what seems like an eternity until the coffee persona takes on more of a roasted quality. Nothing over the top, just a gentle nudge in that direction. Finishes with long lingering raspberry/butterscotch/marshmallow. Raspberry cordial stays with the drinker long after the last sip.

M: Full and silky like a nice liqueur

D: Everything I hoped for...really. Its like I imagined yet so different. Fantastically hand crafted and balanced...seriously delicious.

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 nip bottle.

A: clear, deep copper color
S: a bit sweet but also hints of tannins, oak, vanilla, very good, not overly cloying
T: I would never have expected this beer to be this good, sweet but well-balanced and good hop bitterness, more vanilla and caramel than raspberry, well done!
M: again, smooth, easy drinking
D: ditto

Photo of Treebs
3.76/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to gaisgeil for this tiny little baby bottle full of highly-coveted elixir. a nice wax top on this one, best one i've seen yet as a matter of fact.

pour is.. well, small. 187 ml looks like i backwashed half a sip of oud bruin into my st. bernardus chalice. nice, low-density pour though. color is slightly brown but mostly deep red (underlined 'deep red'). thin crown of bubbles around the glass' edge. thin lacing remains on a tilted glass. decent appearance but nothing too special here. bottle's nice, points for that.

aroma kicks it up a few levels though. jammy raspberry aroma is the first thing i notice, and stronger so than i had anticipated.. maybe because im looking for it. this is quickly followed by a spicy alcohol-driven woody kick. this is not a pure fruit beer by any means, it benefits from fruit but relies on grain ingredients to make it classy and substantial.

taste is quite perfect. complex as all hell, probably moreso due to my unfamiliarity with such a style. raspberry on the tongue gives way to tartness, a heavy malt bitterness happening in the rear of the mouth cavern. an aged port finish full of vanilla and butterscotch with the sweetest dark chocolate kick. lingering is an infusion of all this plus the beer's namesake red fruit.

sure its a sipper, but not too heavy at all. feels great going down and is very drinkable for an eisbock. brilliant idea here to cut the harsher aspects of an eis.. experimentation at its finest and exactly why this beer is hyped up to extreme levels.

this beer marks a step into the future for craft beers.

Photo of Phillyz
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of younger35
2.15/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I received this brew from DrJay many moons ago in a trade. This will officially be my first brew from Kuhnhenn. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip. 2004 vintage.

*NOTE: My score is temporary until I get a newer bottle of this to compare. I either A) Got a bad bottle B) Got a bottle past its prime or C) Just don't care much for this beer.

Appearance- Pours a murky dark brown with zero head, zero cap and collar and no lacing.
Smell- Holy intense! Plenty of raspberries to start things off but something tells me that they've faded a bit over the years. The intense caramel is really what seems to jump out of the glass and is definitely the star of the show. Chocolate is semi noticeable but not to the extent of the caramel. Interesting nose to say the least.
Taste- Starts with a super sweet burnt caramel like taste that is somewhat chocolaty. There is a strange bitterness that is rather intense at first and lingers into the aftertaste. Since I get little, if any, raspberries I'm assuming that the weird bitterness is what's left of them. Very astringent as well with a semi chocolate aftertaste and super hot finish.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin with zero carbonation and a bit of warming on the way down.
Drinkability- Well, needless to say the drinkability is lacking since I couldn't finish the bottle. I know this beer is way better than what I got to try and I'm guessing it's just past it's prime. New score to come with a newer bottle. Big thanks again to Jay though for his generocity!

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ncelauro
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
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

Photo of coldmeat23
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter (Small)
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
VINTAGE: 2007 6.3oz/187ml bottle
Extreme thanks to mjd83goblue for this one!

Pours a dark amber color, with the slightest ruby tinting. A mildly aggressive pour produces a minimal head which disipates quickly. It leaves a tiny bubble ring around the edge of the surface. I'm impressed that there is any lacing at all. It's in strands of medium thickness which slide down the wall in the oily residue that the liquid leaves on the side of the glass.
It's going well, so far.

Man, that's like fresh, chocolate-dipped, raspberries. It smells delicious!
Huge nose full of raspberries mixed with dark chocolates and a swirl of milk chocolate. Light traces of milk caramels. A wonderful booziness, which is almost bourbon-like. Notes of brownie batter. A light presence of sweet malts and a mild yeastiness.

The raspberries definitely hit my palate first. A nice sweet presence with a touch of sour. It's followed by bittersweet chocolate notes. A very light kiss of caramel follows. This all happens over a mildly sweet malt base.
It's like a really good raspberry brownie. It's also very nicely balanced and not nearly as sweet as you might expect.

This has a nice, full, body with a wonderful oiliness. The minimal carbonation level helps give this one a smooth and silky mouthfeel.

While you can smell the 13.50%abv easily enough and you get the warmth of alcohol when you drink it, you really don't taste it. This helps it's drinkability remain high. These tiny bottles help it also. I'd love to drink this on a regular basis.

Photo of doucmehu
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of putnam
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!

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to vwcraig.

Pours a dark ruby brown color with no head, just a thin layer of foam and a fine ring of lacing.

Scent of raspberries, maraschino cherries, molasses, chocolate, earth, and a hint of alcohol. A monster of a scent, while not overpowering, there is a massive amount of strength to this beer.

Taste of rich raspberries, a hint of chocolate, and some alcohol. Excellent stuff, a huge full flavor, though not very complex. A beast of a beer with well hidden alcohol and a lot of flavor, definitely worth a shot.

Mouthfeel if medium heavy bodied with some good carbonation, more so than the pour let on.

Photo of BeerThursdays
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 6.3 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2007 vintage. Thanks to readbaron for sharing this.

Appearance: This has a medium brown color with a raspberry tint. Slightly transparent edges. No head, this is pretty flat, just a few stray bubbles.

Smell: A definite blast of raspberries in the nose. This is so much better than what I had heard from other people at this point. For a 2007, this smells like raspberries just picked off the bush. Some malt sweetness behind the tart raspberry aroma.

Taste: The flavor is full of raspberriess, both sweet and sour and everywhere in between. Some toffee and malt flavors give it a kick of sweetness and a little bit more depth, but the focus is on the raspberries. Just fantastic.

Mouthfeel: The bottle is pretty much flat, and the body is fuller than medium. A light tart acidity is there, as is a light booziness.

Overall: Wow, this beer impresses. Unfortunately the bottles are so tiny and they have not made it in four years, so finding more seems to be

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

6.3 oz. bottle into a tulip

Pours a cloudy deep mahogany color with a slight head which quickly dissipates to nothing but a ring. No lacing left behind as a result.

Aroma is a full on sensory explosion with lots of raspberry of course, some chocolate, caramel, cherry, raisin, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is not quite as enjoyable as the aroma, it's got all of the same flavors pretty much but the raspberry seems strange and slightly artificial. It comes out quickly and mixes with some chocolaty and caramel flavors which was nice but after the swallow the aftertaste is kind of strange to me. My benchmark for fruit beers, New Glarus Raspberry Tart, has undoubtedly spoiled me, for I don't think anything can capture the essence of raspberry like that beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, pretty creamy overall, nice soft carbonation. Drinkability isn't really that high, just for the fact that I don't like the raspberry flavor all that much.

Like the Tenacious Cassis, I was also disappointed with this Kuhnhenn beer. Again, a slightly artificial fruit flavor. As I said about Raspberry Tart, that beer is too good I guess. I would drink this again, but considering the small amount and high cost I wouldn't want to pay for it when I could get a bottle of RT for $8 and get quadruple the amount of beer.

Photo of cfrances33
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a cross between a red wine and cough syrup. No head, no lace. Just a thick syrupy burgandy liquid in the glass.
Smells like chocolate covered raspberries. Mmmmm and yummy.
Very interesting flavor profile. Chocolate covered raspberries. Alcohol kick in the finish. The raspberries add a delightful bitterness and the alcohol add some sharpness and spiciness to the flavor profile.
Mouthfill is thick and syrupy like. Very low carbonated. This beer also has a fullness to it so that the 7oz bottle is enough.
I really like this beer but I think I could only drink one bottle and as a desert beer at that. The serving size is perfect for this beer.

Photo of craytonic
3.83/5  rDev -13%
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

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