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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

798 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 798
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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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased for $8.33 for 2004 vintage in a 6.3 oz bottle. Pours out caramel in color and consistency almost like a thin syrup. Aroma is of cocoa and raspberry reminding me of a raspberry tootsie pop. Head dissipates rather quickly. Elements of chocolate and a sweet with slight tartiness of raspberry. Reminds me of a candy. Aftertaste remains on tongue for a long time afterwards. A slight bitterness and warming alcohol presence on the tongue. Many interesting flavors going back and forth. Not too thick in mouthfeel, light on the tongue. This has stood up fairly well after sitting on a store shelf for a while. I think a little bit is just right. As I drink more the fruitness and raspberry flavors come out a little more than the chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 02:20:54 | More by mjohn27603
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hero27

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6.3 oz bottle. 2004 Vintage.
Figured it'd be a good one to try for review #200.

Pours darker than I expected...deep garnet color. Leaves a shadowy head skimming over the top of the brew. Aroma and taste are complex..the two main flavors are rich chocolate and berries (raspberry, one would assume), but I definitely think I tasted some mulberry and blackberry as well. Unlike the (in)famous Sam Adams Triple Bock (and similar high alcohol brews) I could have drank this entire bottle in a few seconds...it's that easy to drink, and that damn good.

It was enjoyed tremendously at room temp...I really don't think this beer would taste bad ice cold, or if it sat out in the sun for 2 days. It's just an incredible tasting and well-crafted brew in all aspects. Not too tart, not too sweet, just...yeah. The bottle was gone way, way too soon. I'm positive I could drink a 500ml bottle myself, it's got tremendous drinkability for such a big beer. Maybe someday I'll get my hands on one of those beauties. I was not expecting a beer this experimental to be this good...but it had no problem living up to my expectations.

Thanks to walleye for giving me the chance to try this amazing, unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 00:18:08 | More by hero27
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big cheers to Kev for sharing this one with Chris and I (even though it was a small bottle). 6.3oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep ruby red color with just the slightest bit of bubbles. Absolutely no lacing. The smell is fantastic. A beautiful blend of honey, raspberries, and alcohol. The just meld together, you don't know where one ends and the other begins. Very intoxicating. The taste is insane. Lots of fresh raspberries coming out at me. A bit of sugary sweetness and some slight alcohol warming. Slightly spicy too, with just a little bit of ginger. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick and strong, just smothering my tongue. The drinkability is deadly for a 13.5% brew. A really awesome beer, and I can't believe Kev let me have a nice share of this bottle, cheers to him!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 01:37:46 | More by SheepNutz
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours a dark red color with no head and no carbonation. The aroma is wonderful. Sweet smell. Actually, it smells exactly like sweet candy. Incredible. The flavor is much the same, but it's alcoholic fruity candy. It has a slight sting from the alcohol, but this stuff is damn tasty - strickly candy-like. The mouthfeel is pretty thick, actually and the drinkability is wonderful for the level of alcohol. Just candy.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 01:36:07 | More by clvand0
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Boto

Connecticut

4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6.3oz. 2004 bottle: There was a faint "pffft" when I popped the cap. This one poured out a cloudy slightly reddish-brown color. The head was about non-existent. The aroma is interesting. Definite notes of raspberry, but also a sourness to it. Also notes of a rich maltiness and some oakiness. It also reminds me somwwhat of a port. The raspberries are a big part of the taste, but not overpowering. There is an initial mild sweetness, that is followed by somewhat sour aftertaste. There is also a bit of a thickness and silkiness to the palate. The are also flavors of caramel and toffee in the mix. Absolutely no taste of alcohol, which is suprising given the 18% ABV. This is extremely nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 20:43:20 | More by Boto
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

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

Deep brownish prune, limited off-white head still impresses for 18%. Huge rooty nose, explosive green character, like the branches of a raspberry in its woodiness. Funky yeast notes emanate in the form of an hairspray concentrate. Welcoming chocolate and vegetal tones wouldn’t fit together in any other beer, but the acid character, the woody nature and the truffle richness appear like they all came from the same tree. Plenty of raspberries underlying flavors, but the alcohol is the big loser, nowhere to be seen which is most impressive. Slight oiliness on the palate, medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Strong presence in mouth, less fruity, possibly less acid than expected, a nice acetic backbone remains subtle, woody, though you have the impression that the tartness grows from sip to sip. If a dessert beer exists, you have one here, full on truffles and not too sweet at that. Worth seeking big time.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 01:12:24 | More by Rastacouere
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6.3oz 2004 bottle, Sampled September 2005
Pours with the faintest trace of carbonation that creates a very small ring of fine bubbles that bubble up from the etched marking at the bottom of my Duvel tulip. The beer is a hazy amber-red color that shows a thin wispy tan head when roused. The aroma is thick with raspberries, but there is a rich malty note to it that stops it from becoming pure raspberry. As I go in for a deeper smell of the aroma the rich maltiness of this beer becomes much more apparent. My nose has become used to the raspberry note and I now get rich concentrated notes of caramel, toffee, and a toasty maltiness underneath the dominant raspberry note. Actually the more I think about it the more it seems to smell like a raspberry flavored chocolate malt ball.

The beer is quite thick on the palate, yet it is not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. There is some sweetness here but it is malty sweet as opposed to the typical sugary sweetness that I was expecting. The thing that really lingers on the palate after the beer has been swallowed is the rich concentrated maltiness; notes of toffee and toasted biscuits. Because of the relative dryness of this beer, the raspberry flavor is not allowed to dominate as much as it could. The raspberry is certainly noticeable, but it is not too overwhelming. Actually after my first sip of this I was sorely disappointed the flavors just seemed to clash, and were quite jarring. It got better with subsequent sips though. The maltiness, as in the aroma, really reminds me of chocolate malt balls, definitely interesting.

Despite my first impression, I am definitely enjoying this beer. It is not cloying, like the New Glarus beers, and the raspberry notes are not overwhelming. In fact they are in a good balance with the rest of the beer. All of the flavors are concentrated and over-the-top, but none of them are out of whack with the rest of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 05:53:29 | More by Gueuzedude
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ypsifly

Michigan

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

Red waxed 6.3 oz from an '04 vintage, poured into a snifter.

DEEP reddish brown with a small head that doesn't last long and leaves a thinly veiled ring. Thins rings of lace are left as it goes down.

Tons of real raspberries and chocolate make up the nose. Perfect balance between the sweet berries and an almost roasty dark chocolate.

Tastes a lot like the nose promises, raspberry and chocolate abound. Slight vinous character creeps in after the berry and chocolate notes, then its back to the raspberry filled chocolate candy. Not the cheap kind you find in a Whitman's Sampler, but the kind that are hand made at an independant chocolate shop that uses an old family recipe.

I'm suprised this lacks any syrup in the mouth. The best description I can give is a really good Old Ale, like Fourth Dimentia, but a bit more concentrated. I can taste the sugars without feeling them stick to my tongue. Very drinkable as the abv doesn't register, and the flavors are flawless.

While it pushes the definition of beer, its damn tasty and makes for an excellent after dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 04:27:00 | More by ypsifly
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proc

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What in interesting beer.

This one pours out to a dark, ruby color in the glass with an average-sized head. The aroma is that of fruit, obviously, with the insane amount of raspberries used to make it. At first smell, the aroma is light but builds and builds until you really can take it in. This is one highly concentrated beer. The taste is very good and incorporates plums, raisins, caramel, and obviously fruit. There is a tartness to it that isn't overwhelming, nor is too light. It matches up with a residual sweetness that balances rather than being cloying. I felt like I was drinking a barleywine, lambic, red wine, bourbon and port all at the same time and enjoying it. Ridiculously overpiced, but a very, fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 15:08:34 | More by proc
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A damned expensive beer. I never thought i'd pay nearly 10 bucks for a 6.3 oz bottle of beer. Poured out to an amber red / raspberry color with very low carbonation. No lace noted around the glass. About a 1/5 of an inch head was present for most of the glass, but got smaller toward the end, leaving only a thin layer behind. Odors of raspberries and caramel are very strong, with notes of cocoa and chocolate. Taste was very wine like. Very strong flavors of berry and a very powerful sweetness on the palate. The 13.00 ABV hides well behind the complex flavors that this brew displays. Finished a bit on the sour/alcohol side, but still very berry. Very much a sipper, like a bourbon or scotch. A unique experience, but not one I think i'll seek out again on a regular basis. I'm sure many will give me hell over the review, but quite simply, I wasn't amazed. Didn't do all that much for me. I've tried it, now what's next... Nonetheless, a well crafted brew. Worth a try.

UPDATE:

Had another tonight (09/27/2005)... This stuff is way overpriced. I cannot believe I just drank 9 dollars. It's decent, but more like a wine or liquor than a beer. I did note that the flavor improves at a temprature closer to 50 degrees or so. Still, not a bad beer, but I must say I think it's possibly overrated, and definitly overpriced. Good thing "Value" isn't a category for scoring, as this beer would not earn high scores at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 01:48:23 | More by Frozensoul327
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amicar

Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Took a special trip to get this little guy- 187 mL poured into a Reidel wine glass. Dark red with a touch of brown. Scant but present carbonation but no real head. Smells of deep fruits and roasty things. There's a real depth of smell here; you can sense the syrupy- ness and muskiness of this guy; little sherry and leather under that. Taste is really phenomenal. I mean, really. I've never had something change this many times in the mouth. Wonderful concentrated raspberry without a sickly sweetness. A touch of roast malts sneaks in under this and caramel and creme brule finish it off with hints of butterscotch. All this while feeling a little pinprick of carbonation and a smooth fullness in the mouth. The heat from the alcohol is perfectly balanced.
As for drinkability- no, you can't make this a session beer. It's not the point. (too expensive anyway). But this goes down the way such a concentrated sipper should.


Overall, almost perfect. This beer should get hyped. It deserves it.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 04:05:06 | More by amicar
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy reddish-pink, color with a thin, light tan / pinkish head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee malts, honey, nuts, light chocolate, raspberry, and light tart cherry as well. Taste of dominant chocolate, caramel malt, some earthiness, lots of tart raspberries, and roasted java, with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Thanks Mike!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 17:59:53 | More by egajdzis
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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

Purply blackened brown cola color. Light brownish spongy cap of thin proportions creeps and keeps to the edges. Some oily spotty lacing glazes the glass.

Aroma is of a raspberry tootsie pop. A nice sweet display of sugared candy raspberry and tootsie rolls. Keeps a highly sweetened dough of fresh white bread among the crystalized sugary topping.

Taste is more blackberry-like then raspberry, fruity and berry loaded, the raspberry is there with its souring tart along with a sugared candy tartness and sweetness mixing and melding together with some interesting Rolo-like chocolate and caramel. Perhaps some strawberry, kiwi, and nectarine juices have been squeezed in. Quite sweet and candyish with a calmer tone of soda pop-like sugar and character. Succulent fresh bread dough keeps an extra thick backing into the chocolate tones which are blended in with a really sophisticated placement and slick texture.

Feel is pretty lively and thickly set with smoothened sweet tart tones and no sticky stuff. Swift, dank, and stuffy yet holds a uniquely refreshing cool briskness. Big time sugared candy impressions are left after each sip. Subtle dryness in the finish with feathery chocolate richness. Its the liquid version of a Tootsi pop. The 13.5% is never evident in any of the character, but definately hits with an after effect of sleepyness.

At $30 a 500ml bottle this is one spendy, trendy treat to save for special occasions or for a dessert drink after fancy dinners.
Bottle #34 acquired through the tr/U.P. connection.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 17:01:19 | More by tavernjef
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottel number 41. This review will put over the top and officially make an Aficionado. Can't think of a more fitting beer to do that.

Pours a red-stained chocloate brown color with some streaks of black. Large tan head forms on the pours and evenly dissipates leaving just a fw remnants of scattered lace.
Aroma is a head spinning mix of dark fruit flavors. Raspberry, cherry, plums, currants and raisins all make an appearance with some sticky toffee and chocolate also in the background.
Flavors literally explode in your mouth as the strong raspberry and cassis flavors really grab at your palate. Just strong enough undertone of chocolate and some bitterings to provide a complimentary taste and keeping it from overthe top sweet. It still makes your teeth hurt with the sweetness but just an incredibly well made and delicious beer.
Mouthfeel has a fresh fruit tartness and sweetness about with just enough depth of darker malts to make you know your are drinking a beer. Carbonation level is subtle but appropraite especailly in light of the ABV figure. Just a taste of the alcohol present reminiscent of their Fourth Dementia.
Drinkability is sublime. Believe the hype, this beer is as good a specialty and unique beer style can get. Really awesome job from the K Bros.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 23:46:50 | More by CRJMellor
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Pegasus

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear garnet read in color, with perhaps a slight haze, nonetheless, quite clear for a raspberry beer. On pouring, it sported a massive tan head, which slowly collapsed to a thick collar and scattered patches of foam. There was an abundance of slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Profound aroma of raspberries and chocolate, rich vanilla, slight wood, old pipe tobacco, leather. The aroma rivals the complexity of a fine old Port.

Taste: Extraordinary deep and rich aroma, with raspberries and dark chocolate throughout. It finished with a profound warming alcohol note and mild herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and rich, perhaps a touch thin, the finish is a bit dry.

Drinkability/notes: This beer challenges my powers of description, it is certainly one of the best beers that I have ever had. If you have the opportunity to obtain this beer, by all means do so. If trading for it, do not hesitate to be generous, it is well worth it. The six ounce nip bottle seems small, but it is sufficient to enjoy and appreciate this beer - and be left wanting more.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this most excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 14:50:48 | More by Pegasus
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HardTarget

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: A Lilliputian bottle of 6.3 oz. with a red wax sealed cap. 2004 vintage with a note that the beer could handle additional age well. Such as small bottle is sure to disappoint, especially since I am sharing it with fellow BA Pegasus AND our women want a taste.

Aroma: OMG. It has some maple syrup, perfumed alcohol, cherry pie filling, vanilla, chocolate, musty leather, extremely complex. Bottom line: chocolate covered cherries are pretty much on target.

Appearance: Murky chocolate amber with a surprising amount of carbonation for an eisbock, but the dark tan head only flashed briefly before dying.

Flavor: Massively rich malt with a very sweet, very sudden fruit assault. The fruit is mostly raspberry, but some of the alcoholic chocolate covered cherry (complete with the gooey filling) and dark rich malt playing a serious role. The flavor profile morphed gracefully as it warmed bringing out some more of the alcoholic zing and even more chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little thin, which is surprising given the massiveness of the beer. It is also drying and slightly puckering.

Overall Impression: I wish to bath in this. I kept thinking how much better all other beers would be if I could only pour some of this in them. The deep malt taste is balanced by the massive raspberry tartness. This beer is complex yet soothing. My feeble words don’t begin to convey the true nature of this beer. I can only say: seek. Personally, I’m gassing up the car and driving up to the brewery. It’s only 1,429 miles. Takes exactly a day according to Google.
I’ll be there soon.
Undying gratitude to Eyedrinkale for the experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 03:13:01 | More by HardTarget
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely 500 ml bottle shared with mentor, who provided, bless his heart.

Beautiful cocoa head, deep magenta hue, edging on brown...looks like a bockish brown, but shows crimson aspects, as well.

Vast aromatics...cream & cognac....angelic...sweetness, light and lively, matched with the power of booze. Raspberry flavor is shy at first, but peeks out eventually (in aroma and taste)...
...which is where we're going next...tastes like brandy at first, until raspberry slips through, under the coat of çognac...and the result is utterly unheard of ...a graceful, powerful thing, some nuts, chocolate charge the palate elegantly...a sublime sipper and a rich elixir, all at once.
After further examination, "absolutely gorgeous" is good as I can get, for now...uncanny, this balance, this magnificent marriage, and this perfect play of flavors, that harmonizes to create a gentle blend that delivers a rare, unheard-of experience in the flavor, and all throught the experience.
Fantastic balance: never too strong, too dark, too rich, just right...slick, yet graceful, not sickly, not treacly, somehow just the perfect match of a strong dark lager and the raspberry flavor, with enchanting yeast...a magical match of cookie + fruit + liquor.
There's a slight bite, a bit of hops, then all is mellow, you never really feel the 13%, it's a sly, subtle sophisticated combination.
Full-bodied, yet not fulsome, and wholly memorable. Unique among beers, this has a flavor and a transcendent effect not felt in many other beers.
They did their work well at Kuhnhenn, and crafted a masterpiece...a $30 bottle masterpiece, though? Ehhh???
Definitely a special occasion beer, and after-dinner dessert brew, only for revelling and toasting, something to mellow the mood and usher in an unheard of feeling among all in company...not an any-old-day beer, by any means.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 09:39:05 | More by feloniousmonk
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mentor

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle shared with feloniousmonk on 6/4/05. Thanks to a different BA (who has asked to remain anonymous) for picking this one up for me. Pours a thin light-tan head that quickly fades, like a carbonation released from a soda. The beer itself is copper orange and is nearly clear. Smells like raspberry sorbet or ice-cream. Smells alot like a raspberry Lifesavers Creamsaver. There's a metallic hint in the berry and a mild refined alcohol. In short, this smells like a fine liquor...brandy. The taste starts wet sweet with some gentle cream flavor. The middle rises to a tart fruity, not a clear raspberry, definitely berry and fruity. Fruit flavors I get are tangerine, raspberry, white grapes, cherry, pumpkin, and strawberry. These flavors persist a long time, just slowly fading away as the aftertaste. A mild alcohol burn comes in with the fruits is disapates with almost a flat grassy blah characteristic. Although the alcohol is not strong in the flavor, this beer definitely has belly warming qualities. Add to this a super-thick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. This is unique beer...I've never had anything like this before, but not one I'll ever seek out again. I was disappointed at the lack of that caramelly bock malty character. I would recommend serving this beer with an vanilla-based ice cream deseert.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 21:51:46 | More by mentor
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BrewMaster

California

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

2004, 6.3 oz bottle with red wax seal on top. Thanks to Eyedrinkale for this trade.

Appearance: Dark brownish red fluid. A thin, light tan colored head develops with a bit of swirling. It's not a particularly exciting looking beer but it does sport a nice color.

Smell: Very sweet, raspberry jam nose with a slight roasty scent.

Taste: Very sweet as expected but not too sweet or uncomfortable. Some roasty notes but they are very light and somewhat chocolate like. A bit of alcohol warmth at the end, but that is also very light. Mostly raspberries and a nice natural sweetness. A very very slight tangy aftertaste lingers for a moment.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very thick and syrupy. Comfortable on my palate.

Drinkability: This is a good after dinner drink. It's very sweet making it very much like port. I have to say that the flavor does seem to be one-dimensional. It's not complex. It's good, but not complex. It tastes like raspberries and is just what you would expect.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 22:25:02 | More by BrewMaster
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lackenhauser

Maryland

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

Vintage 2004-from a 6 ounce nip bottle. Pours a chestnut colored amber. Low carbonation

Big aroma of caramel and rasberries. Almost cake like. Somewhat bready. The rasberries are there but theres a great underlying malt sweetness to it. Reminds me of a cordial.

Rasberry and caramel are rolled into one for a truely perfect balance. Theres just a hint of chocolate that makes you wonder is it caramel or chocolate that balances the rasberries. Somewhat vinuous. A pleasant mix of sweet/tart that cant be beat.

Excellent moutfeel. Not syrupy sweet and certainly not thin by any means.

Absolutely an amazing beer. I really had my doubts about this one. The name itself almost sounds like something that would be hard to deliver. Really quite the stellar effort. Get some,horde some-and SEND ME MORE!!! Thanks to eyedrinkale for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 01:49:00 | More by lackenhauser
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meathookjones

Virginia

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

I have wanted to try this for as long as I can remember. Having a small sample when I was at the brewery a few months ago really made me anticipate its release with super high expectations. After finally getting some 6.3 oz bottles and opening them, I knew at first sniff this would exceed my expectations. Opaque reddish brown with an inch of light tan head that left scatterings of lace around the glass. Aroma packs quite a punch with sweet molasses and tons of raspberry goodness that is definitely the real deal not artificial. Alcohol is there but is not noticeable over the huge fruit scents. Light sweetness and burnt sugar notes were there as well. The taste was even more impressive than the aroma, with a huge raspberry flavor that blended well with the sweet caramel and light chocolate notes. The alcohol is there and is warming as hell but never interferes with the flavor. Some other light fruit notes I think were peaking through as well other subtleties that I couldn’t recognize. Simply amazing stuff. Mouthfeel was insanely thick and syrupy that just coated your tongue with even the most minute sip. Drinkability? I could sip a on a growler of this all day if I ever got the chance. Well worth the price of admission here, though I wish it was cheaper so I could get more. 750s next time please.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 19:22:20 | More by meathookjones
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LuckySevens82

Florida

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

6.3 oz nip bottle, 2004 vintage, courtesy of Gaisgeil...thanks so much for the opportunity.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a little bit of a slightly off-white head. Since the head is not really well formed, it's not that impressive, and retention is kind of a moot point (especially with the alcohol in this one)

Smell is cherry cordials, chocolate, raspberries, some caramel. Fruitiness is present, obviously, but falls well behind the chocolate and caramel characters of this beer. Somewhat vinious, but surprisingly the alcohol is not very prevalent in the aroma.

Very fruity and vinious up front (grapes, cherries, raspberries, figs?). As this reaches the middle of the palate there is a slight acidicness to it which is kind of refreshing. The as this one works it's way to the back of the palate, it's all chocolate (rich, dark chocolate). Surprisingly, there is not much if any really, alcohol heat, although as this one warms, the alcohol does come out a bit more. It's quite impressive that this flavor can be had in a beer. Very sweet, and almost nutty aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel is perfect, it is not too slick and in fact there is much more carbonation to this one than I would have thought.

Honestly, I could drink this beer every day, well until I got cavities anyways. An amazing acomplishment that flavors like this can be had in a beer. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2005 01:05:12 | More by LuckySevens82
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 21:19:27 | More by goodbyeohio
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

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

On tap for one night only 5/7/2005 @ the Kuhnhenn pub, aren't I the lucky one?

This is by far and away, one of the most masterfully crafted beers I've ever consumed. Quite an artistic masterpiece if you were to ask me, and you're reading this, so in a way, you kind of are, aren't you? :) Just a quick note before I begin, I had very hard time giving this brew all 5's, it really should be a true rarity, and maybe along subjective lines I thought the mouthfeel was a little too sticky or what not, but on the other hand, Eisbocks are supposed to be that way, so this beer truly deserves these scores, no two ways about it, so my ratings are tempered both subjectively and objectively.

Served in a small snifter the brew appears a cloudy brown in color with dark ruby tones swirling about. There was a small and creamy crown of a head around the edges with thin streams of it circling toward the middle of the glass. The nose is impressive, I could defiantly detect the raspberries right away, accompanied by a mixture of dark fruits and just the slightest tinge of alcohol, just enough to give the brew a very strong character, but not enough to throw off the balance. A deep note of dark baker's chocolate was also present. All of these combined for one interesting glass to keep smelling, and that I did! I couldn't keep from wanting to smell it over and over, beautiful!

Now to the taste, this brew was simply stunning, this is one incredibly sexy and vivacious beverage. I would take this beer over all comers when it comes to something you save for special occasions. In fact, while I'm not even seeing anyone seriously, I bought a large bottle to open the day I get married. Sentimental? Sure. But believe me, this one is like the girl (or guy, whatever you're into) of your dreams, like falling in love for just a second. Maybe I'm over-romanticizing here, but to hell with it, a brew like this deserves to be waxed poetically about.

The taste is a bit tart a first, even a little sour, in a good way. This is followed by an undercurrent of figs, raisins and other dark fruits, also a certain intoxicating flavor underpins all of it, that almost dry and bittersweet chocolate, then the raspberries really make an appearance. The chocolate and the raspberry flavors continue nearly indefinitely, there doesn't even seem to be any real finish. The sticky nature of the brew I'm sure helps with that, but each sip lasted an eternity, and believe me, that is certainly a good thing. There are so many layers going on here that you forget about the base almost completely, but if you concentrate you notice a very well orchestrated dance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness and it really serves as the foundation of this beer. While the ABV is fairly high, you would NEVER guess it, there is nothing denoting it in the flavor profile, how those Kuhnhenn boys do this is beyond me, pure magic.

Mouthfeel was of course thick and sticky, very full and robust which lends itself well to the qualities in the flavor. Just about perfect.

I'm fairly certain this beer is an aphrodisiac, I'm not kidding when I say this brew is sexy, it really and truly just IS. I've never had a beer get me starting to think about big beds, fireplaces, poetry, hot tubs and that certain look in another person's eyes. Truly a great beer experience that I'll be hard pressed to top. Go ahead and find it if you can and share it with someone special, this beer is an event. Luckily I bought a few bottles for those future special occasions. I'd recommend everyone do the same.

Slàinte mhath! To you and yours!

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2005 14:03:27 | More by Gaisgeil
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crepuscular raspberry fudge slurry. I heard the usual 'pffft' on popping the cap, but there was almost no head formation despite my usual high altitude pour. There was a fleeting one finger disk of light brown fizz that is now but a memory. I'm left with a thin ring where beer, glass and air meet, nothing more. I know that high ABV beer is a classic head killer, but this one is a deadly efficient, cold-hearted assassin.

The aroma is fantastic and is unlike any other in the beer world; at least those that I've come in contact with. Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock smells like crushed, ripe raspberries macerated in Chambord and melted bittersweet chocolate. That is not an approximation, that is *exactly* what it smells like. Mind blowing...

... as is the flavor. I can't believe how much this beer tastes like raspberry eau de vie. The fact that it's beer, though, gives it a broader, deeper flavor profile. The flavor profile consists of absolutely perfect proportions of sweet, sticky, chocolate syrup-drizzled toffee pudding, black licorice and concentrated, bursting berry. Each sip (and make no mistake, this is sipper) is pure, rich, sweet pleasure.

The finish is so long that there really isn't a finish. The flavor never leaves the palate, it just lies low until it's permitted to come rushing back with a vengeance with each subsequent sample. The mouthfeel is stickythick and fits the rest of the beer like a velvet glove.

I'm not sure if the exceedingly low level of carbonation was intentional, but I, for one, don't mind a bit. The beer seems almost completely flat when it first enters the mouth, but there's a bubble or two working behind the scenes to keep things moving along. Hard to believe the 13.5% ABV; it drinks at least half that.

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock is everything that it's been purported to be and more. It is, without question, the best fruit beer that I've ever had and one of the best beers of any style. I am completely gobsmacked by the flawless interdigitation of intense, concentrated, palate crushing flavors of chocolate-dipped caramel, black licorice and black raspberry. Kuhnhenn has a lot to be proud of.

It is my understanding that the brewery will soon be releasing larger, beautifully decked-out, numbered, wax-dipped bottles of this nectar that are rumored to be priced at $30. If so, then it was my pleasure to consume the last of the humble, label-less bottles from '04. Thank you TikkiGodxxx for a remarkable experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 20:50:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.