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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

804 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 804
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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bigman147

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up 4 bottles last Christmas (2005 release) and had one while at the brewery

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish brown. Syrupy and with as it is swilled in the glass it has minimal carbonation. Legs of alcohol form on the glass as it settles (indicating the high alcohol).

Aroma: Smells of chocolate cake with a warm raspberry sauce. Complex malt and dark fruit aromas.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Heavy dark malt sweetness with a slight tart raspberry character. Somewhat syrupy and cloying with caramel and cake. Alcohol is hidden well but is definitely there in the finish with a slight throat burning. Carbonation is very light and only slight helps refresh the tongue from the syrupy sweetness.

Drinkability: This is definitely not an everyday beer. Even if you could get it. Its very complex and I still can't get past the chocolate and raspberry aroma. This would be an occasional sipper possibly for desert or with a dark chocolate sampler. $10 per bottle is a little steep but it is worth the occasional expense. If it was less or I could afford it, this would definitely be used in a raspberry reduction.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 18:05:25 | More by bigman147
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SQNfan

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dirty red to brown in color. The nose showed off lots of chocolate dipped raspberries. This is simillar in the medium-bodied palate that had nice richness. While this was an enjoyable beer, I do not quite get all the fuss. It was well-balanced yet fairly simple.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 17:59:00 | More by SQNfan
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drowland

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to StFun for this one! Small bottle. Wow! Nice reddish/brown pour with a very small khaki head that fades. There are a million things going on here! Amazing real sweet and sour raspberry going on with sweet malts, pie spices, crisp crust, and more. Amazing! Wonderful!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:30:25 | More by drowland
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smalenberg

Michigan

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
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wolffman17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to a very generous BA for this treat!

'07. Raspberry Eisbock pours a reddish-brown, red garnet. Cloudy. No head to speak of which detracts from an otherwise nice appearance.

Initial sweet fruit aroma; raspberries, cherries. Vanilla and alcohol complement. Seems the oxidation balances out the sweet fruit. "Bag of Halloween candy" smell comes to mind, haha.

Wow, taste is nothing like the aroma. The smell points to a sweet, sugar bomb, but this is not the case one bit. It is certainly sweet, but time (I'm assuming) has leveled it out bringing a balance of bread and earthiness to the sweet, tart raspberry. Rich. Alcohol melds well into the mix. 4.5 just for sheer originality.

This beer is slick, sticky, and resiny, yet the carbonation is lively and pushes through this big beer with ease. Smooth. Lingering aftertaste.

This was a great beer experience. Speaks to what beer can be and pushes the boundaries.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 02:58:12 | More by wolffman17
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nflmvp

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage. Thanks to Amatuerbeerguy for this sample.

Poured a dark cherry red with a one finger head that lasted, less than a minute.

Smell is outstanding. The only beer I can recall having so much more in the way of smell than it did in the area of taste. Smelled strongly of sweet red licorice.

Taste wasn't so much of red licorice as it was of muted raspberry (as you would expect).

Mouthfeel was thick but spotty. Not as coating as you would expect, but consistant.

Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is very well masked in this high alcohol brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 03:08:23 | More by nflmvp
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baconsausage

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Koopa again! 2004!

Dark reddish i color with no head. Nose is mostly chocolate, a little booze and a hint of the raspberries. Taste is like a raspberry covered tart raspberry that you put in your mouth with some chocolate on your finger. Great creamy mouthfeel. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 05:29:16 | More by baconsausage
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mikecharley

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to Emerge077 for this as a part of an in-person trade @ DLD 09. Consumed on 7/15 with the wife, on our first night at our new house.

07 vintage. Poured almost still. Dark caramel color, with some red-ish hues around the edges. There is no head.

Smell is of caramel, raspberries, chocolate, sweet malts. Kinda reminds me a little of an english style bwine, with a twist.

Taste is wonderful. Really unexpected Caramel domination. The raspberry really plays second fiddle in this one. The eisbock has taken over in this one. Im guessing that this a product of the two years in the bottle. It is a very warming drink. Would love to have again.

The feel is really perfect for the style. Some thickness to it, but a touch (and just a touch) of carb. brings it back to even keel. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 20:41:13 | More by mikecharley
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PretzelCity

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ericwo for sharing a bottle of his 2004 vintage. Poured a cloudy deep candy red with no noticeable head. Smell had flavors of chocolate and raspberry, that combined reminded me of bbq sauce. The taste was very rich, chocolate covered raspberries and a little bit of bbq sauce. Smooth, complex, medium bodied and very drinkable, this was a very interesting beer. I really enjoyed it as an after dinner beer but not for drinking everyday. I would definitely drink this on again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 23:55:46 | More by PretzelCity
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RodneyX

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A great reddish brownish blackish color with pretty much no head. Smells of candy, chocolate, chocolate covered raspberries. Tastes about the same, although there is a little bit of a cough syrup quality to it that detracts. There is a little alcohol but it is pretty undectectable considering how high it is. Very smooth, and pretty nice to drink. This beer makes for a great dessert.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 16:15:52 | More by RodneyX
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dbc5

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle poured into DFH glass.

A: Pours brown with ruby accents. Looks good coming out of the bottle. Not much of a head to speak of, although I am left with a frothy white foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing but some definite alcohol legs.

S: Huge raspberry jam hits the nose while pouring and is definitely the dominate aromatic element in this beer. Chocolate and caramel malt notes play a background role.

T: The raspberry notes are still very apparent on the palate, but don't dominate quite as much as on the nose. Raspberry is nicely backed by chocolate and sweet caramel or toffee. Sweet, followed up with some nice alcohol warmth in the throat.

M: Full bodied and syrupy with minimal carbonation. Coats the palette and lingers. Again, the alcohol warmth is apparent.

O: Extremely interesting beer. I've never had anything like this before. I'm sure this will develop significantly with some time, but I didn't feel the alcohol warmth was sufficient to detract from the experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:48:12 | More by dbc5
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Schwab

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a sample of this fine brew during the last meeting of the local brew club. Someone brought in 2-3 bottles for some tasting. The bottles we had were very small (10oz?). Pour was nice, taste was a hint of raspberry and chocolate without bitterness of any sort. No hop and malt flavor that dominated due to the well balanced fruitiness. Easy drink and great mouthfeel. Wouldn't mind getting my hands on this one again, but I think that is not going to happen anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 22:03:01 | More by Schwab
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HopHobo

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a tulip out of a 6.7 oz bottle from the 2007 stash. Pours a dark brown almost burgandy color with no head or carbonation present.

S-has a very rich smell, of chocolate, alcohol and malt.

T-a truely one of a kind beer, almost like a cognac with less alcohol. The alcohol does come through, but overall its a chocolate flavor that prevails with hints of raspberries.

M-a thick smooth beer. The mouthfeel can really be appreciated as it warms, almost syrup like.

D-A great beer, nothing that I would drink a large amount of, but very good none the less. Hard to believe that this beer is considered to be a relative of the common lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 16:11:06 | More by HopHobo
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TheKingsOfHop

Massachusetts

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

6.3 oz bottle (unfortunately shared) poured into our snifters:

A: Grade "A" maple syrup with crushed red raspberries, crowned with a light glowing honey. This beer almost has a layered effect to it. Absolute no head or lacing, just delicate bubbles grazing the edge of the surface.

S: Warm raspberries and cherries drizzled with chocolate and caramelized brown sugar. All sitting atop a Belgian waffle drenched in maple syrup. Yummmm....

T: Ripe and unripened raspberries up front with a caramel backbone. The ABV goes undetected all the way through. Leaving you with a consistent flow of sweet chocolate, and maple goodness. The aftertaste is of burnt toffee and more raspberries.

M: Thick, syrupy, smooth with no carbonation.

D: For having such a high ABV of 13.5% it goes unnoticed throughout the entire consumption of this beer. Splitting this 6.3oz bottle was the biggest tease ever, it was gone before we could say goodbye....

Recommended pairing: Homemade fudge

Cheers,

The Kings Of Hop

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 00:27:40 | More by TheKingsOfHop
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TheCrowsNest

California

2.93/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First chance at tasting one of Kuhnhenn's beverages. No head at all, clear reddish/purple color; pretty uninteresting to look at it. Smells like a concentrated version of Hershey's Raspberry Syrup, in a good way; there's a hint of booze. Mouthfeel is very thick. Rasperries dominate the flavor but with more of a medicinal quality, a heavy cough syrup flavor lingers for several minutes.

This wasn't underwhelming, it was unpleasant. Would not be interested in revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 17:15:46 | More by TheCrowsNest
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denjen

Illinois

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

Dennis: Sent as part of a trade with a fellow beer lover in MI, this is one of the highest rated beers in MI, but also apparently one of the hardest to get. High in price and small in stature (6.3oz bottle) the saving grace for this beer is the unique craftsmanship. The name pretty much says what you'd expect, but unlike other disappointments, this brew delivers. The aroma is ripe with deep chocolate raspberry alcohol, but the taste is all that and so much more. Amazingly light in body for a brew so rich in aroma, deep liqueur dark chocolate raspberry is all you will enjoy, with an amazingly subtle alcohol bite for a 13.5% beverage.

Jen: I feel like I am drinking dessert. It starts off with the scents of a Lindt Raspberry Truffle; almost like I walked into the room where they are being made. I also get a faint scent of nuts. With a lighter body than I was expecting, the taste is quite unique. I feel like I just bit into a slice of chocolate cake topped with raspberry ganache. The body is filled with very small bubbles enhance the flavors. The taste (and ABV) makes this a sipper, but I would eat with a spoon for dessert any day. A definite must try at least once in your lifetime.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 23:25:25 | More by denjen
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DackAchan

Michigan

4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 187ml bottle.

A- Great appearance, pours very dark brown with a strong overtone of ruby added to it. Little to no head, only deduction.

S- Cornocopia of smells. Raspberry and chocolate dominate with some hints of cherry. Smells sweet.

T- Taste is even more diverse than the smell. Tart with strong raspberry flavor. As it goes down, chocolate becomes more dominate. Finishes off with a bite of alcohol. Well rounded. Not to sweet, not too bitter, lives up to the reputation.

M- Light mouthfeel, with some heavy alcohol bite to it.

D- This is a great beer to sit down with and enjoy. It takes some time to truely enjoy this beer.

It is worth the hype and the price. Gotta get some 2007 and see what that is like.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 15:08:49 | More by DackAchan
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Pointman

Michigan

5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Could be one of the best beers in the world. I am not kidding. These guys can make a fantastic beer.

Best dessert beer ever....even better than their Tenacious Cassis.

Served in a snifter....very dark red. Almost blood like...well at $13/ 6 oz I guess it is blood.

The aroma was awesome. The flavor was even better. The beer attacked my senses.

Very little head, and slight legs. But who cares....the flavor was unreal...sweet, bitter and it kept gropwing. Chocolate, Rasberry, slight alcohol but WOW.

Since I had this on VD, it was my present to myself....sorry ladies...BEER wins! Best chocolates EVER!

Very rich and like a woman it makes you want more when you are done. Very smooth and rich, even in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 18:20:35 | More by Pointman
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CoSMoSYS

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Winter Solstice party.

Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue as it settles. When it came to me it had a small head that didn't stick around for too long. No lacing detected.

Very sweet malt and raspberries. Raspberries all day long.

Just like the smell, it was definitely raspberries but there wasn't any tartness. Very delicious. I picked up on the malt but not so much on the bitterness though I did get a hint of the hops during the aftertaste.

Somewhat carbonated. I was expecting more of a smoother drink from the reviews here but I'm sure that has to do with age. Nice and thick...heavy almost.

This was a damn fine drink from Kuhnhenn's and I can see why it won an award. The beer is excellent fresh and has unlimited potential when aged.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2008 14:01:04 | More by CoSMoSYS
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kappldav123

Germany

4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to spacecoyote for that botte from 2007. Looks great, the beer in the glass also. Old-malty aroma, nice raspberry notes. Tastes strong, quite malty and dry. The fruity notes come back in the aftertaste. Nicely fruity-prickly on the tongue, very well balanced. A very enjoyable beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 05:36:12 | More by kappldav123
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mikeale

Maine

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to goryshkewych for this one.
07 vintage 11.9% but only 6.3 oz

A. Hazy ruby when held up to light with very small tan head.

S. First raspberries, strawberry icecream, cocoa powder, and raisins.

T. Sweet raspberry sauce, dark chocolate,raisins.

M. Mouth coating sweet goodness, alochol in the finish.

D. I'm enjoying this one, a bigger bottle would be nice but the flavors are intense. Well balanced for a Eisbock.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 03:20:10 | More by mikeale
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artusory

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown with little head. The aroma is rich and sweet with lots of toffee and chocolate, some raspberries, but they are definitely subdued. The flavor is rum raisin, toffee, raspberries, some chocolate. The mouthfeel is very soft with light carbonation and a warm finish. Very nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 03:03:40 | More by artusory
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pmoore311

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 poured from a bottle into a snifter at Roast in Detroit on 4/15/10 and reviewed from my brief notes.

A = Beautiful clear red with no head present.

S = Smelled like a fine brandy with Belgian chocolate and raspberries.

T = Sweet Belgian chocolate and raspberries, and some alcohol warming with each sip. This beer is absolutely spectacular and I can see why it receives so many accolades.

M = Perfect smooth and velvety w/ no carbonation.

D = for almost 14% you would never tell from the taste, I am not sure if that is good or bad thing, but this is definitely a dessert beer and the 7oz bottles are the absolute perfect size. This is easily one of my favorites. Would go great with a nice cigar.

Wow, Kuhnhenn really did a brilliant job here. I will certainly be seeking this out again. Now if I can only get a hold of some of their BBBW as it has been quite a white whale for me trying to find some.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 18:52:24 | More by pmoore311
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Samichlaus82

Germany

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
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jobcrackerbah

California

4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

07 vintage thanks richard

The visual appeal of raspberry eisbock is nothing short of unappealing. There is 0 head and pours a murky reddish brown with sediment floating around. The appearance is lower but I feel it doesn't truly portray how great of a beer it is. The aroma is rich butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, and strong raspberries. A vapor of alcohol intertwines with the astounding fragrance which dashes the score slightly. The taste has minute booze with an explosion of decadent flavors that are experieced in the nose. They mix and match and jump and fizzle and compel me to take another drink. Mouthfeel is thick/sticky and it has slight carbonation which is perfectly fine given the abv.

Kuhnhenn needs to start making more batches asap. I truly wish I could have sampled this beer fresh. The flavors may not have synchronized as well but the raspberry blast might have shot me through the roof.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 01:21:30 | More by jobcrackerbah
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