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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 440
Hads: 1,133
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 1,287
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 orangesol
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to FooFaa for bringing this one to Ffej of July IX. If I had to guess I think it was an 07

A - Pours brownish red with a small half finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate covered raspberries with a few helping hints of toffee, vanilla, oak, and some warm booze. This one has a lot going on.

T - Starts off with an intense raspberry puree flavor quickly giving way to a mix of sweet chocolate, vanilla, dry oak tannins, and some warming booze. It is quite sweet but the other flavors help to keep in check as much as they can. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light booze, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slick, smooth, feel with a good amount of booze still present.

O - This one is definitely a sipper but it is a very good one. It has so much flavor going on. It is a perfect desert beer, but that is truly its only fault, I doubt this would taste as good as it does paired with a big juicy steak. Glad I finally got to try it again.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(bottle courtesy of alexsdad06! 2007 vintage) Pours into a rochefort chalice. Pours cloudy dark brown-red color with no real head. Smells like a raspberry truffle with a bit of alcohol. Mmmmm. Taste is sweet and tart. The raspberry is quite tart with sweetness also coming from the fruit and seemingly from chocolate and caramel. Full bodied with a slick texture. Finish is very smooth and has some noticeable alcohol, but its not distracting. This is a very unique beer and I’m very happy to have tried this. Many, many thanks Brad!

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Photo of RodneyX
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a teeny weeny bottle from 2007, shared by ejyoung at our last tasting. This went into a snifter.

Color of burnt sugar, dark and mostly clear. No head to speak of.

Intensely sugary nose. Molasses, caramel, milk chocolate, brown sugar, raspberry puree.

Similar heavy sweetness in the flavor. Raspberry syrup, caramel, toffee, chocolate sauce. Very slightly drying.

The medium body is rather creamy and heavy, contrasting with the very light carbonation. The alcohol numbs my tongue and burns the throat.

Raspberry Eisbock would be better on pancakes, methinks. It offers a decent drinking experience, but it’s too sweet for me. It was nice to share this tiny bottle — five people was plenty to spread it around.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Darkness snifter.

Pours a purple velvety shade, from a vintage 2007 bottle. Looks just like grape juice. No head whatsoever. Smells incredibly sweet. Like cotton candy with some dark fruit. Taste was a shocker for me. Not what I was expecting. I thought it would be sweet like in the smell. Instead it was overripe berry with a lot of salt. The saving grace was the noticeable raspberry taste that was left in the back of your throat. Very pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden in this brew. The beer went down very fast in all. Good thing there wasn't more to drink, because I would have drank them all and probably ended up face down on the floor.

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Photo of Andreji
3.62/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mmmm. so this BA classic was one of the tried out beers at the RnH this afternoon.

Served in a tiny chalice sort-of cup, the tap pour was essentially headless and served to the very limit. Opaque and rather purplish black.

Smell may be the most generous bit of it. very frutti di bosco throughout, and it doesnt take a full nose dive to point it out. sweet to slightly astringent and if anything, strong.

Taste wise, however, this was disappointing. the overall feel is juicy- as in, the sweezed produce of the fruit. however, it is abundant, if not artificial. rather feels like a concentrate. plus the feel is fairly thin, and seemingly refreshing if not for how alcoholey and sugary it is.

Overall this is certainly not my top of the class. The beer may well not be bad but it does give off an artificial feel to it. Not my pint of beer.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My final beer at the Rattle n Hum's Kuhnhenn event. This one was poured in an 8oz champagne flute style glass.

Raspberry Eisbock pours a deep fusion of amber and plum, with surprising clarity. A thin bone colored head briefly sits atop the beer, but quickly vanishes to nothing. The nose is entirely one note, but incredibly alluring.The beer smells like fresh raspberries soaked in a very small amount of brandy. The flavor doesn't add much, but nonetheless, the result works so well that I can't help but dig it. Those same brandy soaked raspberries come through from the start, and dominate most of the beer. Right when I think the flavor is going to be as one dimensional as the aroma though, a fantastic swirl of rich milk chocolate comes in to close things out. Imagine a liquified raspberry truffle, and you'll get a very good idea of what this beer tastes like. Had the chocolate showed up a little bit earlier in the flavor profile, this beer would be just about perfect, but it comes in just a tad late to really nail it. The body is surprisingly middling for such a high ABV beer, but it works (in conjunction with the mildly subdued carbonation) to prevent the beer from presenting as cloying in any way. Raspberry Eisbock wasn't quite as impressive as Kuhnhenn's other hyped beer (Bourbon Barrel 4th Dementia), but still showed why it's deserving of a spot on BA's Top 100 beers.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I, too, tried this one on for size at Rattle N Hum.
I don't have much to add on to what has recently been said by those that had this on tap at that bar.
Chocolate covered raspberries, strong on the booze while still being pretty easy to drink. A sit'n'sip with dense flavor that keeps reeling one in. I wish it hadn't been served so cold to start with because it was difficult to find the patience required to let it warm to a temperature where the fullness of flavor would peak. Even when very cold, lots of depth, interest and happy flavor.
I was excited and happy to try this and I would be excited and happy to have it again.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle, drinking in 4/2011.

Looks like maple syrup. Very little head but some remains on the edges throughout.

Super malty, boozy smell, like a barleywine that's turned over but hasn't gone bad.

Ah, beautiful taste. Like chocolate covered raspberries. Very tart finish. Toffee malts in there too. A great swirl of flavors. Right combination of sweet and tart and well-blended too. Oak and cherry flavors too. The booze is definitely present, but the booze is needed to put an edge on the sweetness/tartness.

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Photo of afksports
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Kristina Yamaguchi is wearing a red velvet dress and ice skating on my tongue. She's got a rocket pack in her back that's shooting out rasberry purée and hot lava. I'm not quite sure what else to say. This beer is exceptional.

Built like an eisbock to carry you through the winter, but with raspberries to cut through a garden fence, it's likedrinking a smoothie with rum. I'm in love and I'm not. It's huge. Huge huge. Thick mouthfeel, viscous and sugary. This 2007 vintage is brilliant out the tap all the way to the bottom. Deep red velvet, hardly any head, bodacious smell, taste that's tart and sweet and finishes with alcohol and malt. Heat for winter, fruit for summer, perfect for spring.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Rattle $ Hum for their K. event. 2007 vintage in a glass.

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock fills the glass with a dark shade of blood stain red with some burgundy colors abound. Not alot of foam on top, just some smallish bubbles, no stick.

Smell takes on two forms. This begins with a fresh raspberry scent that is both rich and potent. It's the main scent for 10 minutes or so. I go to the bathroom and come back, now all I can smell is deep chocolate and Raspberry in the back. A boatload of malts are all around.

Taste starts out with raspberry jam/paste/smuckers/puree whatever you want to call it. The description said raspberry juice was added in, either way I like it. This is indeed an Eisbock, a trifecta of malts make for other darker fruits to play, along with a sweet candy/caramel taste to jump in. Chocolate plays a big roll, more than I thought it would.

Feel is a big medium, approaching full. The liquid is semi coating for a few seconds but does not linger to long. Carb is mild and pleasant and holding this big beast down. Sweet but not cloying and not medicinal in any way.

Overall I enjoyed this one quite a bit and having it on tap is something I thought would never happened. It took about 30 minutes or so to down my 12oz's or so, so you cant drink a shit ton of it, but over a few hours damage can be done.

I mixed in some Bourbon Barrel 4th demensia Old ale to my last 5oz's or so and it worked like a charm.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at rattle and hum nyc. A big glass of the 07 vintage. Nice!

A- comes to me with a small fizz on top that instantly disappears leaving a mirror finish. Dark murky brown red in color.

S- chocolate covered raspberries with a deep malty sweetness that brings a lot of dark bread with it. Smell like a chocolate raspberry tart.

T- opens up with masserated raspberry and roasty chocolate malts. Bready sweetness with a touch of spice that creeps in. Tart at times and its works nicely to cut the bigger malt profile. Hints of raspberry liquor in the back. Surprisingly clean roasty and tart finish.

M- on the fuller side of body but not thick. Medium carb that works just right with this big beer. Very little heat in the back of the mouth after a bit but for a brew as big as this what does one expect. The time down has done some amazing things to this I bet.

O- I've been hunting this for years and it took a trip to nyc to get it done but it was well worth the wait and journey. Great stuff and so drinkable I can't believe it.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Received in a generous trade from semibaked. Thanks!

This is a 2007 vintage, though it says "released during the 2010 Winter Solstice" on the label.

A: Pours a glowing, ruby color with golden highlights against the light. It's pretty still, though it does have some agitation bubbles from the pour.

S: This is like a raspberry cordial. Rich fruit notes, seeming to exude 'red' notes of cherry and strawberry as well. It's lightly chocolatey. Despite not being a fan of fruit-chocolate blends, I find that the richness of this one is supple and inviting.

T: The pure fruit flavor of raspberry jam, blended with a mild flavor of chocolate, graham crackers, licorice, and (again) cherry. I find that it's incredibly sweet, with a strong sugar component, but I have to resurrect the cordial comparison. It's a great dessert sipper, and it capped off a little two-person tasting quite nicely. It reminds me a little of Utopias in a way: its rich, sweet flavors are definitely reminiscent of a mutant strong ale.

M: Very full-bodied and smooth, owing to light carbonation. Absolutely no trace of the nearly 14% ABV. I've had beers under 10% that were hotter than this.

D: Good, good stuff. The bottle goes two ways with ease. Perfectly sized. I'm sure it's pricey, though I don't know the exact cost of the bottle. I'm quite happy I had this.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage. Released at the 2010 Winter Solstice I do believe. Thanks to normyk once again for an excellent brew. You're too kind, Will! Split with my girlfriend and served in a snifter:

A - Pours a rich ruby, golden, mahogany color. No head, only a few bubbles toward the middle. No lacing.

S - Wow! Cheese cake with raspberry syrup. Bits of cherries and strawberries but huge on the raspberries. A bit of chocolate, vanilla ice cream and candy.

T - Raspberry puree, chocolate and pie crust. A bit of a red wine flavoring. Lactose and sugar. Taste largely follows the nose.

M - Really smooth and slightly creamy finish. Really no carbonation. A bit like fruit juice and raspberry syrup combined.

D - This would be a perfect size for one person but since I split it with someone else I wish it was at least a 12 ounce bottle. Really enjoyable! Went down easy. The smell is just outstanding (I almost didn't want to drink it but rather smell it instead.) A wonderful brew and one that I will continue to seek out more of. A must try!

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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 starrdogg
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one, 2007 vintage.

Beer poured a dark reddish brown. The smell was all raspberry and in a very good way, smelled extremely fresh for a beer that's been aged so long, I was worried some of the raspberry would fade. The taste was also very raspberry-forward, but more flavors started to appear as I drank more of it. Thorpe described it as "raspberry tootsie rolls" and I couldn't get that description out of my head because it's spot-on. The chocolate flavors were more subtle than the raspberry, but the combination was excellent, and it wasn't overly sweet. While this beer was extremely drinkable for a beer so high in ABV, I totally understand why it comes in such a tiny bottle. It's a great beer in small quantities, but the sweetness and booziness would probably start to wear on you if you drank too much.

Overall, this was a very impressive and unique beer and I'm quite glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage, drank from a snifter. A vigorous pour left a thin head atop a cloudy brownish red body - it looks almost like a glass of purpley cider.

The aroma was intense. Liquor-soaked mashed up raspberries, sweet malts, dark chocolate cake. The taste was fantastic and intense. It reminded me of eating a liquor imbibed raspberry dark chocolate. For being 3+ years old the raspberry is still very upfront and tart. Beneath the fruity richness there were elements of sweet caramel and vanilla.

Mouthfeel was medium, with a light and well balanced carbonation.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small snifter on 2/9/11

Winter Solstice 2010

Graciously shared by MbpBugeye; thanks Seth!

Crimson color, some burnt amber & rusty hues. A patient, determined pour resulted in about a 1/8th inch head that dispersed quickly, leaving a collar of retention. No lace.

The aroma is all sorts of raspberry this & that. Very dense, too. Raspberry puree, raspberry concentrate, raspberry liqueur. Imagine if cough syrup smelled good. Sugary overtones. Faint breadiness manifests way in the back as it warms. Incredible.

Similarly wrought with raspberry, the taste is comparably dense. It's also really sugary with a modest twinge of tartness. A dry, subtle bitterness creeps in mid-section. The latter half finds the emergence of a moderate boozy swoon, hints of toastiness, mild cocoa notions & subtle spiciness.

The feel is quite dense. The high sugar content makes for a fully appreciable granular presence. Low carbonation, especially after it has a chance to open up. Boozy finish. Definitely warming.

This makes for a nice, slow-sipping, dessert of a beer. It's interesting enough to outshine the sugary aspects. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of Verecund
2.05/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was shared by a generous BA on 02.12.2011. After tasting a few beers, I went home and jotted down notes for this one beer, because it was so memorable. 2007 nip bottle, I believe, split three ways.

Pours a dirty, mud brown with just the smallest wisps of head.

Raspberry puree, but not as straightforwardly so as I expected. Instead it's buried beneath a layer of caramel maltiness. A sweet tootsie roll chocolate. Okay - now imagine that all of this is rotting in your garbage disposal. Divide by two. There. That's the smell.

Raspberry cough syrup, rotting dark fruit, molasses, caramel malts, and lots of cocoa. Sweet, as expected, but certainly not cloying because of a certain earthy bitterness. It's a little oxidized, which does terrible things to the raspberry character (adding, e.g., soy sauce). Not what I expected.

Medium-low carbonation, with a medium to medium-light body. Unpleasant finish. Hides its alcohol well enough after 3-4 years.

Well, the 6.3 ounces were split three ways, so I think I'm officially a ticker. I finished my sample, but this was not a sweet, syrupy raspberry dessert beer, as expected, but tasted of spoiled fruit and spent grains. Bizarre, I have to wonder if this is an off bottle (which wouldn't surprise me given Kuhnhenn's track record).

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks owed to Normyk for this long time want. What a special little beer to just give away, essentially.

Split with Ryan011235. Poured into two taster mini snifters.

A- This little bottle is quite the spectacle. Little mini 6.3 fl oz clear bottle, dipped in a burgundy wax that matches the beer inside. The tiny presentation is an interesting contradiction to the huge beer that's inside. The bottle looked like it was going to turn out flat, but thankfully I am presented with a very small head. It fades down to a collar before disappearing completely. The thick, concentrated beer leaves a solid coating on the side of the glass. The color is a lovely, deep sanguine red.

S- This aroma is in your face raspberry puree. Its very juicy and fresh. It calls forth images of raspberry preserves or a slice of raspberry pie. Although raspberries are the main characteristic here, it is possible to pick out a slight notion of the malts below. I can pick out a slight bit of rich chocolate. This is undoubtedly the most raspberry-strong aroma out there.

T- As expected, raspberry preserves are right in your face. It starts sweet and juicy but moves into a more leafy, wild raspberry flavor. There is a suggestion of tartness with a some bitterness at the finish. A little bit of rich chocolate is blended with the raspberries. Naturally, alcohol doesnt let itself be forgotten but it doesnt crash the party either. Its big and spicy but not bigger than those delicious raspberries.

M- Carbonation starts out kinda prickly. It does die down, especially with all the swirling Ive been doing. Once the carbonation has subsided a bit the sheer thickness of this beer can be fully appreciated. Its very syrupy and chewy. The juicy raspberries cling to every surface of the palate.

D- Nursing my little pour is a test. I would have easily been able to drink more than this whole bottle.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/06/11 notes. Enjoyed this one right before the Superbowl. Poured from a 187ml bottle into a small tulip. Got in a trade with wunderbeer; thanks Ron, big want! 2007 vintage.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with an inch of off white head and moderate to high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raspberries, chocolate, caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, and roasted malts. Not tart at all, but sweet smelling. Smells absolutely amazing.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, chocolate, raspberries, dark fruits, sweet sugar. Really enjoyable.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. Scary drinnkable considering the high ABV.

d - I thought this was an amazing beer. I loved the smell and thought this was insanely drinkable considering the high ABV. I loved the raspberry/caramel/chocolate combo in the smell and taste. Would love to get another bottle of this one.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.74/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for the bottle!

2007 Vintage

Pours a dark raspberry brown with a thin ring of off-white foam. No lacing.

Juicy raspberries and currants on the nose, followed by rich chocolate and caramel. Sweet candy and chocolate. Almost cake-like. Great dessert nose.

The flavor really brings the raspberry fruit flavor to the front of everything, whereas in the nose it was more balanced. Less chocolate and caramel than the aroma, but more dark chocolate. Touch of astringency. Quite fruity with a hint of alcohol. After smelling the nose on this beer, the flavor seems somewhat lacking. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel is substantial, yet feels bland. Light carbonation, but adequate. Feels like it could use more of something to open up the flavor.

Drinkability is above average. I loved the nose, but the rest of the beer didn't really live up to the hype. It was fun to try, but I wouldn't seek out another.

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Photo of craytonic
3.82/5  rDev -12.8%
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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Photo of John_M
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been wanting to "tic" this off my most desired list for some time. So many thanks to Ben (GormanB) for the chance to finally try this beauty.

The label lists the brewed date (2007) and release date (12/10) on the label. Trying to remember the last brewery I encountered that had a 3 year old beer as their current release.

The beer pours a gorgeous rose, raspberrry coolaide color into my corsendonk chalice/tulip. There are hints of amber among the rose/raspberry color as well, and the beer shows pretty good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose... my, my, my... the aroma profile is just gorgeous, with raspberry (quite a bit of it), chocolate caramel, roses and tootsie roll. This beer just smells like the epitome of beer dessert (perhaps the Yquem of beerdom? if not that, certainly the Beaume de venise). The flavor profile is every bit as good, and might be even more complex, with an intensity of flavor that is astonishing. In any event, I get heavy cream, caramel and milk chocolate, along with everything I noted previously in the aroma profile. There's also a hint of bitterness in the finish, which helps to buoy all the sweetness. Sooo goood. Mouthfeel is full, with a long, sweet, rich, chocolate and fruit infused finish. Yet despite its richness, this beer is not at all cloying or otherwise heavy on the palate. I do get a sense that the alcohol is up there a bit in this one, and so I guess I wouldn't want a whole lot of this, but it was so delicious... it was hard to refrain from just gulping it right down. Also, while there is a slight sense of heat from the alcohol in the finish, given the sweetness and 13.5%, that's kind of expected. The label does not list the abv., and I figured it was in the 9% or 10%, but nothing like the 13.5% I see now. Also have to say that I really love how the raspberry flavor really goes on and on in the finish, yet never seem overdone or excessively sweet.

Absolutely superb and clearly a brewing tour de force. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this with me. Time to bust out the thimble with this little bottle.

2007 vintage.

A- Pours a deep ruby bordering on a chocolate brown. There is a good amount of haze and sludge to it. Absolutely no lacing.

S- Chocolate and fudge and pudding. Hints of raspberry and reminds me a lot of a tootsie pop. Small hints of booze as well.

T- Big on raspberry and fudge. I wasn't expecting this at all. The raspberry tastes really fresh regardless of the bottle being a few years old. The alcohol presence has completely disappeared. Again, reminds me of a tootsie pop.

M- Medium to full bodied. No real carbonation to speak of. Not really any heat either which is surprising considering the high ABV.

D- Goes down very easy. Good flavors and a nice balance but even with the small bottle split between two people, this was more than enough.

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