Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 440
Hads: 1,133
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 1,285
Gots: 211 | FT: 31
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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 plaid75
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell mimmiced perfectly a raspberry linzer tart.

The taste featured a sweet fruity raspberry, some doughy malts and a light medicinal element toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was full and relatively smooth considering the ABV.

Overall a superior and unique drinking experience. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Kuhnhenn

A - Deep ruby with an amber glow around edges and a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Raspberry jam, bready malts and a noticeable alcohol presence.

T - Rasp puree dominates with just enough bready malt character to add complexity and prevent this from being completely one dimensional. Warming alcohol throughout but is very well hidden considering the ABV.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed back on 888, reviewed from fairly meticulous notes. Shared with SAS, Inflatablechair, and theotherbeerguy.

My share poured into a Chimay goblet... 2007 vintage I scored from Mully back early this year.

Looks thick.. viscous.. very very little carbonation is revealed only when held to a light...

smells exactly like a raspberry cordial... tawny port and chocolate blended with fresh raspberries.

Flavor is exactly like a raspberry coridal.. chocolate.. caramel and berry with touches of a local raspberry brandy... dessert in a bottle.. but a very special dessert that will make you wonder.. "How the hell did they do this?" Savor this one because the bottle goes too quickly.. body is thick and syrupy but in a good way... If I didn't know it was a beer, I would drizzle this over rich vanilla ice cream... Ooooh That sounds good.

I am very happy Matt hooked me up with these... class act trader.


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Photo of aasher
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This 2007 vintage is courtesy of weirdbeer, thank you immensely Joe! This one puts a medium bodied and syrupy amber to red in color. The aromas are like concentrated Raspberry jam. It smells delicious! It's also very malty. It tastes of sweet and tart raspberry jam. Oh my god its delicious and ultimately spectacular. What a masterpiece! This beer is almost unfathomable. It is hands down one of the best beers I've ever had, and that means a lot.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6.3oz bottle obtained via trade with goryshkewych. Thanks for the opportunity... 2007 vintage, green bottle.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a light skim of tiny bubbles over the cloudy orangey brown brew. FIlm of a head shrinks into a small bubble island in the center of the glass, and leggy lace is of the teensy bubble variety. Aroma is leathery and vinous, not as sharply fruity as I experinced int he 04 version. Flavor is sweet chocolate, with fruitiness coming out more and more as time wears on. Alcohol comes hand-in-hand with the raspberry character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are quite good, but this version is just not up to the very high expectations I had. Will have to try again. Glad I still have that little bottle of 04 tucked away in the cellar...

12/31/05 - 4/4.5/5/5/5
6.3oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... 2004 vintage, green bottle with red wax-dipped cap.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a minimal beige head over clear burgundy brew. What head there was quickly fades into a swirly, uneven layer of small bubbles, and lacing is bubbly and prevalent, considering the head or lack thereof, although it should be noted that the style and abv isn't particularly conducive to head. Aroma is earthy raspberries and chocolate over alcohol. Flavor is incredible, it really does taste like raspberry chocolate sauce, without being cloying at all. Alcohol is well-hidden. Mouthfeel and drinkability are incredible for what the brew is. Amazing. Almost makes one wonder if with a little reduction this would make a great dessert sauce. But experimenting with such an exemplary brew would almost be heresy...

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Photo of Derek
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage, 6.3 oz/187ml green bottle, dipped in wax, $9.99 USD!

A: Mahogony/cherry-wood colour. Pours with a hint of tan head, which quickly dissipates. A healthy dose of yeast sediment left in the bottle (which was actually fairly tasty).

S: Raspberry, sherry (winey alcohol, fairly boozy aroma), hint of chocolate and cherries.

T: Sweet/tart balance of raspberry flavour, with a little chocolate & caramel. There's a hint of medicinal flavour similar to cherry caugh-syrup, though surprisingly the alcohol flavour isn't overly assertive. No hop bitterness or flavour.

M: Moderate body is surprisingly dry, though it still leaves a sweet aftertaste. Light to moderate carbonation.

D: It's a sipper.

It's good, but not as great as I expected.

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Photo of DrJay
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage:
6.3 oz green bottle sealed with red wax. This poured with a thin cream-coloured head that settled into a long lasting ring. The beer is a clear, ruby-chestnut colour, a nice combination of red and brown hues. It even looks thick in the glass and there's a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. It smells and tastes exactly like a fruit-centered chocolate. Chocolate and toffee combine masterfully with the tart raspberry character. Quite thick and completely coats the palate. Fruit and toffee all the way. The acidity level provides enough tartness to balance out the sweetness and there seems to be a complete lack of hop bitterness or flavour. Caramel is more evident towards the end. It also has a lingering finish with the tartness coming forward, but the sweet toffee never disappears. Just a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Low carbonation, a bit syrupy but not cloying. Definitely a sipping beer. I could drink this one all night, just slowly.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with hoppymeal. Thanks Derek!

It pours from 187ml bottle(2007) a cloudy brown/amber with a very small head of foam that shrinks to just a ring around the glass almost immediately.

The smell is *very* nice. I get notes of raspberry, vanilla, and some caramel malt...maybe? Hard to tell.

The taste has oodles of raspberry up front followed by a *very* malty base that I'm finding hard to describe as I've never encountered that taste before. I can taste some caramel malt, maybe some butterscotch(?), some kind of tartness probably from the raspberry and wow...this son of a gun is *so* tasty and yeah, the abv is right up there and I can feel the warming but I'm enjoying it. Wow. This one gets better and better with each sip. I'm now grabbing the bottle and pouring in my glass every drop that I can get! I'm serious!

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and it finishes with a raspberry/honey flavour that you just wish would never end. Man, this is a world class brew and I'm so happy to have had a chance to try it. Mucho thanks again to hoppymeal for one fine drinking experience!!

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Photo of Viggo
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is definately a beer that lives up to hype. Attractively packaged in a 6.3 oz bottle, 2004 Vintage, I like the wax. Pours a thick brown/red, orange edges, medium off white head forms, goes pretty fast but leaves a ring around the glass, some spots of lace. Smell is raspberries, toasted bread, chocolate, tons of caramel/toffee, amazing smell. Taste is sweet/then tart raspberries up front, toast, chocolate roast/chocolate cake middle and finish, smooth caramel and toffee aftertaste, with some dates and figs, little bit of vinous character. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, some nice alcohol warmth, although the 13.5% is no where to be found, alcohol is disguised as well as any other beer I've had. Superb beer, definately seek out. Thanks for the find DrJay!!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Talk about a beer pouring like motor oil...Barely a skimming of a head is created from pour. But alas, the beer is 13.5% a/v, so not much was expected in this department. The beer is dark. Barely a ray of light penetrates to the other side. Dark crimson colored edging. The aroma is unbelievable. What concoction of sweet raspberry, brown sugar, malty goodness, bread pudding, rum, raisin...damn! One of the best smelling beers I've had the pleasure of sniffing. Upon tasting, I can hardly believe this beer has an octane rating of 13.5% a/v. If not careful, I could literally drain this beer in under 5 minutes. The mouthfeel is syrupy and lightly carbonated. Body, full. Flavor: Out of This World. It follows suit very nicely with the nose... sweet raspberry, deep malts, rum soaked raisins, dark brown sugar... whew. I'm speechless.

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Photo of rudzud
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shared with JLindros. 2012 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear, if it wasn't so dark, brown hue with no head, though wisps are kicked up when swirled. Awesome legs too.

S - Aromas of raspberry dark chocolate truffle. Toffee caramel, Raspberry puree, glorious chocolate dark and rich, with no heat whatsoever. Uhhh...oh my gosh. Like a raspberry tootsie too...only not awful!

T - Taste is sweet raspberry jam, sticky, chocolate truffle massiveness, caramel, toffee, no alcohol at all really. Holy moly. This is absurd. So much chocolate and raspberry. I can't stress how much raspberry jam and chocolate. A touch on the sweet side.

M - Mouthfeel is silky velvet, no booze. Wow.

O - Overall this beer was even better than my expectations. Mindblowingly incredible with loads of raspberry and chocolate. Never Had anything like this, I'm floored.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from tiny bottle dated 2004. Bought directly from the brewery in Warren, MI.

Color is deep burgandy, almost no head on top. Smells like raspberry mostly.

Taste is hard to describe. The raspberry juice flavor is there, but the background beer taste is difficult... I didn't like it all that much. But my wife loved it so it's hard to rate. Tasted like raspberry and dark chocolate with some alcohol mixed in. Some malt flavor but no hops.

Try it once if you must. I only tried it because it was so highly rated on BA.

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Photo of claspada
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle.

Pours a dark murky ruby with a really tiny tan head that dissipates immediately. Lots of alcohol lacing on the glass if I quaft then beer. Lots of nice yeast floaties despite a careful pour.

Aromas begin with a lot of raspberries, actually raspberry tootsie rolls, crazy. There is a sweet malt base with a little bit of extra chocolate, maple, vanilla and hints of earthiness. Quite one dimentional, but really intense. Alcohol emerges as it warms.

The tastes begin just like the aroma, it 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 vanilla.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with only a bit of carbonation. Finish is sweet but surprisingly not cloying, despite e lack of carbonation and the big ABV.

Overall this beer was very rich in flavor, but a little one dimentional. It was great to try and sip for a while, but the small amount was enough for me. A very interesting brew that is definitely well worth trying, but I don't NEED to have it again. A must for fans of any raspberry beers and beer geeks in general.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice. 2007 Vintage.

It pours very dark amber almost brown, very light brown head, no lacing, clear and oily looking.

The aroma is very strong like a chocolate covered raspberry straight from a chocolatier. There are also notes of carmel and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is excellent and strong and sticks to your mouth. Almost like you're eating a piece of candy. You can't chug this but sip it and you will get tons of flavors like chocolate, raspberry, vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. The ending is all vanilla a nice surprise.

Mouthfeel is superb, chunky and sticky.

For its abv is oustandingly drinkable.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 1/24/2011

A: a mix of sweetness and a punch of sourness, and tons of raspberry scent

Ap: red/purple/brown, absolutely zero head, zero lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, slight thickness to it

Af: fruity, sweet, a hint of booziness

O: very intriguing, unique, never had anything else quite like this one


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Photo of dirtylou
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6.3oz single, obtained a year or so ago in a trade, 2004 version. opened in celebration of the 2006-2007 NFC CHAMPION CHICAGO BEARS!!!!

appearance: green bottle, maroon wax dripping down off the cap...pours into a snifter a dark maroon-mahogany color, tan cream head with decent lacing

smell: one whiff and its an automatic 5...huge raspberr-cherry burst hits you square in the nose, boozy cognac, super complex blend of fruit/booze/chocolate/caramel. very aromatic and very sweet....the joys of the imminent first sip become a little overwhelming

taste: wonderful complexion...chocolate covered raspberry, chocolate covered cherry, chocolate covered caramel, cognac-booze, sweet malt structure, syrupy and coating with a light tartness...fig/raisin and light brown sugar. This beer is an absolute treat, SEND ME MORE

mouthfeel: syrupy and coating, big and boozy, sweet and tart. Almost too good to swallow (thats what she said???)

drinkability: phenomenal

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a few bottles of the 2007 vintage in different trades with Viggo, TheBlackMallard and goryshkewych. Thanks, guys! The stream by the gym I go to is frozen over and I figured now's as good a time as any to drink this.

A: Deep raspberry red with a thin tan head that recedes rather quickly. Exceptional clarity with some visible carbonation

S: Ridiculously intoxicating with raspberries and milk chocolate. This really smells like some exquisite, high-end candy. Despite being served at cellar temp, I'm not getting any alcohol, it's beautifully hidden. Mildly vinous, caramel and vanilla are noticeable.

T: Big in body with rich raspberry flavor and creamy caramel milk chocolate. There's notes of vanilla and almost a little bit of spice ( a combination of the alcohol and the fruit?) Alcohol does appear on the finish, lending a very graceful warmth, this also does contribute to a mild drying effect.

M: The soft carbonation works with the biggish body, lending to a pretty enjoyable feel. Long, sweet finish with some caramel and vanilla being noticeable

D: This is the very definition of a sipper. The serving size is perfect too.

Notes: This is almost liqueur-like and pretty much redefines what a beer can be.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6.3 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel Green tulip. 2007 Vintage.

Unlimited thanks to sweemzander for sharing this with me! It's one of my favorite beers of all time and by far, one of the best ways to start a day! Must. Get. More.

A - The slow trickle into the glass is completely quiet creating no foam to speak of. Legs run down the glass from the strong alcohol and tiny bubbles cling to the sides. The beer is a beautifully caramel-tinted ruby brown color.

S- Milk chocolate and dusty cocoa blend exotically with loads of chocolate draped raspberries. Warm alcohol has a lot of fruity esters going on. It smells warm/hot, like it'll be really strong but it's not boozy in the least bit. Caramel notes fill the background. This aroma is simply orgasmic.

T - Chocolate-covered raspberries abound in this phenomenally brewed beer. Caramel malt adds another layer of sweetness and dimension behind the heat. Pretty alcohol-rich but it's very fruit-flavored lending itself well to the profile. No boozy flavor in the least.

M - Underneath the alcohol heat is a very sweet beer that's incredibly smooth and forgiving. Surprisingly, it has a little carbonation tickle to it. I was expecting a flat beer with how it poured. The full-bodied profile is robust and delish.

D - One bottle of 6.3 oz in a snifter, sipped like a fine port (to which it has many similarities) would be a great after dinner desert beer, night cap, or warmer on a winter day! This climbed effortlessly to the top ranks of my favorite beers of all time. Thanks again Sweem!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6.3oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2007 vintage. Huge thanks to steebo777 for trading with me for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy combo of a burnt caramel-like color with ruby red and orange highlights. Not much head formation, but I was not expecting that due to the style and ABV.

(S)- A rich tart raspberry fruit aroma with even a light woody spicy cherry at the end. Bits of creamy vanilla in there too. Almost has a sherry/port-like quality to it in smell and appearance. Mountains of great decadent raspberries. I could smell this all day.

(T)- Very similar to the smell, only in the middle has a sweet caramel and cocoa thing. Overall, its very much like a decadent chocolate covered tart raspberry and or cherry. Finishes very dry with a bit of warmth going down and a woody spice.

(M)- A rather good carbonation level despite its flat appearance. A good balance too of serious malts and serious fruit. Definitely has some heat going down, but it does not feel like a 13.5% heat. Gets smoother the more I have of it.

(D)- Despite its rich sweet core and warmth, this guy is a smooth criminal. Great taste, aroma, and feel to it for the style. I can see why it comes in such small bottles, but not totally sure on price point. This is a sipper for sure; savor every sip since there is very little of it. A fantastic eisbock, yet unique at the same time. I would love to try this fresh someday to compare how it is versus aged.

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Photo of JohnParadee
3.57/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm sorry, kids, but I just didn't get this one. Hot, malty syrup...like a raspberry soda that had been left in the car with the windows rolled up on a hot summer day, for a week...virtually no carbonation either. Maybe I had a bad bottle?

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally trying this monster thanks to mikeyson4. Thanks dude!

Pours a syrupy, thick gloopy clear amber brown, with no head, and no lacing, as expected.

Smells like raspberry puree, raspberry juice, port wine, and a bit of chocolate. Smells unbelievably concentrated.

This one tastes so good, and so unique. I've never tasted a beer like this before- it barely even tastes like beer. Up front, there's a really solid amount of sweet chocolate, and slightly burnt caramel, with a huge blast of sweet, juicy raspberry puree on the back end, along with a definite grape juice/port wine note at the very end, once the raspberry finishes berating you. The cool thing is, some sips the chocolate/caramel bit hits you first, and some sips the raspberry hits first. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never what you're gonna get!

Possibly the most astounding thing about this guy is how it's 15.5%, and you'd never know this. There is no "heat,"and no alcohol burn whatsoever. As I got near the 6 or so ounces I had of it, it started to feel a bit warm on the inside. That's honestly the only way you feel the booze. This has an intensely thick and syrupy mouthfeel, with a very low level of carbonation.

This is beer stretched out as far as you can go while still being beer. Really, really great.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

huge thanks to BigBadBarrel for this bottle! Thanks Jon and an honorable mention goes out to Tony! A pair of great guys advocating beer in Michigan!

Vintage 2012; 12.7fl oz bottle with dark red waxed pressure cap.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium red bodied beer with a thick cap almost 1 finger of head off white head. The head drops down quickly to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: This beer smells just like raspberry Koolaid. Not a hint of booze in the nose. Fairly one dementional, you really gotta put your nose into this beer just to get a really faint note of chocolate. This beers nose is just dominated by raspberry. As the beer warms up, the chocolate starts to become a little more prominent, but it still does get anywhere close to overpowering the raspberries.

Taste: Similiar to the nose. Really big raspberry flavors start things off; its tastes kind of jammy and syrupy. Its a bit hot and boozey right away...it doesnt wait till the end of the beer its right there almost immediately. The beer is sweet and rich. This beer is also tannic and woody. Hint of tootsie rolls as the beer gets warms. The beer finishes sweet, boozy, and tannic. Also just a little bit medicinal finish like cherry cough syrup.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with a carbonation level that is sitting at the higher end of low. Its got a pretty decent booze kick to it. This beer has a mouthfeel that is almost a clone of a big boozy red wine with a dry finish. Never had a beer that feels like this. Noteworthy of this beer is that the carbonation level is much more lively in the Raspberry Eisbock than the Blueberry Eisbock.

Overall: Have been wanting to try this beer for years now. The hunt is finally over! There is no question which is the best Eisbock that Kuhnhenn brews. Its the Blueberry Eisbock that wins by a mile! No contest...just not even close. I really cant complain because I got the chance to try Raspberry Eisbock, but its just not near as good as the Blueberry Eisbock. I would like to try an older vintage of Raspberry Eisbock for a second perspective, but I was left a little dissapointed in comparison to Blueberry Eisbock. Raspberry Eisbock was a little one demensional in aroma and flavor profile compared to Blueberry. Raspberry Eisbock looked better and had better carbonation level than the Blueberry Eisbock, but the Blueberry Eisbock was wayyy smoother...not even close really. I think that age will benefit Raspberry Eisbock, but I dont have another bottle, so I probably wont get to test this theory. Age will help to even out the rough spots in the Raspberry Eisbock. Kuhnhenn Blueberry Eisbock is a much more elegant brew and sophisticated beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red color with some tanish/brown in the mix. No head at all, not great looking, but the ruby color adds a lot to what would otherwise be a normal looking pour.

S - Raspberries and chocolate dominate the nose. A lot of maple maltiness in this seems to come through, smells like a nice dessert.

T - Tastes a lot like a chocolate covered raspberry and cherry. There is a hint of sour in this that keeps it from tasting perfect, maybe my bottle sat somewhere for too long. Minimal alcohol burn.

M - Dry and syrupy. Not much carbonation, pretty nice match for the taste.

D - Easy enough to drink, though the overall swetness would keep me from doing tons of it, probably good because of the high alcohol content.

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.