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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

891 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 1,227
Gots: 127 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 07-27-2003)
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Photo of Florida9
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Shared at peg's.
dark cherry red in color. Forms a minimal fizzy head. No retention, no lacing. Aroma is very raspberry, like raspberry syrup. Sweet, marshmallowy, like something out of a breakfast cereal. Taste is sweet, raspberry, medicinal, herbal, and cherry cough syrup. It's a bit odd, simultaneously sweet and inviting while also being medicinal and tannic. Full bodied. Lower carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Interesting.

Florida9, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of DaSolomon
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'12 bottle poured into flute.

Smell is of deep raspberry and only that. Exactly like the Raspberry Tart desert that bakery/pastry shops sell.

Pours a deep, deep red and mahogany color with very little to no head

Flavor mostly one note, Raspberry, Raspberry Raspberry. Alcohol mixed in but it settles well. It's not a complex beer but it has a powerful, full bodied flavor of Raspberries. It would make a very nice desert beer most definitely.

Solid brew, would like to see how it ages. Maybe with age the Raspberry will become less dominate and more of the subtle notes it covers will blossom.

DaSolomon, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of RMTWM
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

RMTWM, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: on tap ~5 oz
Glass: flute
From: kuhnhenn's
Price: 15

Appearance: dark dark red almost black but pretty clear

Smell: extra sweet raspberry. Strong alcohol

Taste: along the same lines of the nose. The raspberry sweetness and alcohol play very well together for a well balanced but not complex beer

Mouthfeel: heavy, warm, thick, smooth, but I wish it was a more chewy

Overall: greet beer. Wonderfully strong and warming but at the price I could find much better. Probably will not have again due to the price

SportsandJorts, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

6 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2007 bottle.

Appearance - Thick sludgy pond water. No carbonation. Slight red tinge to the brown.

Smell - Milk chocolate and raspberry. Strong alcohol. Smells like a raspberry chocolate candy.

Taste - Much stronger raspberry flavor. Really chocolatey. Straight forward but excellent. Oxidation is present. Slightly bitter earthy flavor. Could be cardboard but it isn't offensive.

Mouthfeel - Very boozy. Still hot. No carbonation. Heavy.

Overall - This is incredibly good. Looking forward to the new one.

Alieniloquium, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of baggio
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle@Home shared with my father to celebrate his 60th birthday.

Appearance: Dark red with almost no head. Quite beautiful.

Smell: Raspberries, Malt, Grain, Fudge, Vanilla.

Taste: Malt, Chocolate, Raspberries, Caramel, Vanilla.

Mouthfeel: A solid malt base with a bit of tartness from the berries. Smooth, complex and supertasty.

A truly interesting take on a eisbock and one of the better beers i’ve had lately.

baggio, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of adamdarcy
3/5  rDev -31.7%

adamdarcy, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of pmoney
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

pmoney, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of knight84
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

knight84, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of ROBSTARR
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

ROBSTARR, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of huskermike12
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

huskermike12, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of PattyMelt
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Kuhnhenn's, as well as at WBF.

A- Pretty much the way I want all beers to look- deep red/pinkish, with minimal head.

S- Raspberry (obviously), pretty tart smell. I personally couldn't pick up on any of the chocolate or malt tones in the smell.

T- Amazing. As I was trying to explain it to friends, I described it as a raspberry soaked in liquor. (Please mind that I was slightly inebriated when stating this, but you get the idea). Strong raspberry flavor, that tastes like real fresh raspberry, not syrup or candy or anything of that sort. Hints of cocoa and maltiness. But, the alcohol does pack a punch. You can definitely taste it, and from what I hear you either love it or hate it. I clearly love it, but I can definitely see how some may feel it is too abrasive.

O- A very good beer. Pretty much perfect for me, but I curved my grades a bit seeing as this is not a beer that appeals to everyone. I have a bottle that I plan on aging for awhile to see how that pans out.

PattyMelt, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of supa0525
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

supa0525, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of LambClowder
5/5  rDev +13.9%

LambClowder, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of kevanb
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle, review from notes.

Pours a murky burgundy color, hues of brown, garnet and raspberry when struck by the light, no visible head and no visible lacing. The aroma is pungent fleshy raspberry, very fresh fruit, but a very harsh alcohol sweetness with some rich dark grain, caramel and toffee sugar notes, it's already too sweet for me, but the fresh berry is fantastic. The flavors are similar, massive fresh raspberry, which is delicious, is instantly overpowered by intense alcohol sweetness, caramel, brown sugar and a bit of vanilla. The body is super thick and syrupy, very sticky, finishes rather smoothly but with some harsh alcohol behind it.

Verdict: Can't say I am super impressed given the hype and ratings behind this beer, the fruit is wonderfully done, but the harsh alcohol and cloying qualities ruined it for me. Not sure what age will do to this beer, but I have a hard time believing that it will improve.

kevanb, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Steimie
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Steimie, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of avschmitt
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

avschmitt, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Azrael
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Azrael, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

zonker17, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of kdmcguire10
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

kdmcguire10, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of FrankHammer
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

FrankHammer, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of illinikap
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

illinikap, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of bdonley5
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

bdonley5, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of smalenberg
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

At tap at the brewery the day after release. 6 oz wine glass pour. Beautiful claret when held to the light, slightly mahogany look in lower light. Minimal head as you'd expect with this much alcohol, but the light tan ring persists through the glass and clings after each sip.

Nose fills with raspberry followed by chocolate and carmel notes slightly reminiscent of chewing a tootsie roll. Fruit forward without completely obscuring a complex maltiness.

Raspberry to begin with in the sip - fruity sweet followed my a slight hint of sourness (like eating a handful of berries when there are one or two tart ones mixed in). How to describe the malt? Imagine the character from barrel aging without any tannin wood iness to detract from the fruit. That character remains long after you swallow. A pleasant afterglow that stays with you for a long time. Extremely well balanced.

This needs to be approached slowly. There is some alcohol heat in the full bodied mouthfeel that borders on syrupy without becoming cloying, but much less than you'd expect at 15% ABV. The alcohol reveals itself in the warming feeling in the belly after you swallow. Definitely a sipper. Great flavor and complexity to be savored gradually. Glad I have a bottle to cellar because as good as it is now, I expect it to improve with age. If you have the means, get one before it is gone.

smalenberg, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of adamant1912
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

adamant1912, Feb 17, 2013
Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.