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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock
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1,038 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,038
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 1,255
Gots: 197 | FT: 29
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 1,038 | Reviews: 442
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4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Drewone for sharing this 2012 bottle last weekend.

A: Pours a clear crimson. Still with no notable carbonation.

N: Pure raspberry syrup. I love that there is a "p" in raspberry. Very perfumy with concentrated fruity essence.

T: Juicy raspberry fruit, sweetish malts, boozy in a liquor way. A true dessert sipper if there ever was one.

M: Full body with zero carbonation. Sweet and fruity with that big time ABV finish.

O: This was certainly a special treat. Glad to have tried it. Glad I didn't have to trade for it.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks for the hookup MichiganderHB...after trying this at a tasting last week, I needed moar.

A - KRE pours ruby brown in color with a bit of a cognac-looking rim; the head is minimal and the carbonation scant. Visually, this one is nice but not overly impressive. In fact, in a visual lineup only, I'd probably skip it.

S - this beer smells like toasted and caramelized sugar drizzled over warmed raspberries with a touch of maple syrup; if you bury your shnozzwanger in the glass, you might get a hint or two of alcohol and sexual warmth

T - Jesus H. tapdancing...I was sauced when we got to this bottle last week...and had destroyed the palate with stouts, ba stouts, and DIPAs...and this fucker still stood up righteously. That sentiment hasn't changed this evening. KRE tastes like a stack of raspberry jam french toast with heated maple syrup and powdered sugar drizzled all over it. Throw in a bit of tanic herb flavors and just a subtle hint of booze and we're off to the races.

M - there's one thing anyone drinking this beer should know: the 15.5 is one of the sneakiest high-abv beers I've ever encountered. Seriously, is that a misprint? This beer is warm, thick, and just the slightest bit of syrupy. Maybe I have bigger balls than most, but I don't get the "big booze" flavors. Sure it's warm and it'll redden your cheeks, but you don't get that in the mouth...you get it long after your sip has permeated your gut.

O - just wow...this is really an amazing beer. I may be a wordsmith, but it was best described to me by someone else: KRE is raspberry french toast in a glass. It's kind of an unreal beer and it really makes you wonder how on earth the managed this flavor. Maybe I need to get a hold of KBE too...as far as fruit-forward goes, this mofo takes the pancake.

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4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack the wax on a bottle of 2012 stock, pouring a syrupy looking brew of dark ruby red. It puts up a one finger head of big, latte colored bubbles on a hard pour, showing nice retention. Spots of lacing are left all around the glass. A chill haze permeates the clarity, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears minimal, and the few bubbles seen are near microscopic. The aroma gives sugary sweet raspberry preserves, tinny metallics, and milky, chocolatey malts with a hearty roast. With warmth comes massive booziness, sweaty saltiness, fusel nail polish remover, cloven phenols, vanilla cake icing, and toasted raspberry seeds. Our first impression is that this beer is exactly what is advertised, with huge smoothing sweetness and vanilla coolness to cut the massive boozy top. As we sip, vanilla wafers, raspberry jam, milk chocolaty malts, burnt caramel sugars, and stinging booze start things off. The peak shows hugely enhanced sweetness and earthen depth to the raspberry component, which is juicy and authentic. Peppery, fusel alcohol burns its way in, flash boiling chunky raspberry preserves, brown and amber malts, chalked yeast, and soy sauce saltiness into blended oblivion. Washing through the finish is continued berry sweetness of raspberry and strawberry, GERD-inducing tequila-like burn, clover honey sweetness, cloying sugars, and light residual milk chocolates. The aftertastes breathes of more of the same, with clean honey sweetness, big berry fruitiness, fusel ethanol, amber and chocolatey malts, faint roast, mild metallics, and cold, brown breadiness. The body is full, and the carbonation is low. The mouth and lips are coated with immense stickiness, while the tongue streaks down with final burning booze dryness, following this slick, oily, impenetrably thick coating. The booze and sugars also give pucker. Each sip gives stark slurp, pop, and smack, but lesser cream and froth. The abv is massive but well hidden, and the beer sips surprisingly well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the strong flavoring, with hugely inclusive raspberry authenticity, cooling vanilla cut, and expertly hidden booziness. This all blends to make a highly drinkable brew given that abv. Honestly, through and through this is not very complex swill, but it remains true to what is advertised, just on a bigger scale than you might have prepared for. With warmth the booze certainly blossoms, but otherwise is well hidden through the nose and the palate. This beer is undeniably huge, and takes courage to tackle, but if you’ve got the patience, and the friends to share with, it is a rare, true treat.

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4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 + oz bottle poured into my snifter, 2012 vintage according to the bottle, not sure how much they age it at the brewery. Half now, half tomorrow after I shave the hair off my chest that grew as a result of this beer. Thanks again to Urbancaver for this bottle, been wanting to try it for some time.

A - beautiful beer. Coppery, bloody, and orange. Looks like someone dropped a raspberry into a glass of cognac; nice, light tones accented with reds. No head whatsoever on the forced pour.

S - too intense. I can get hints of good stuff at the beginning of each sniff, but I have to stop short because of the alcohol. It burns the nose something wicked. Otherwise, big grape tones, lots of sweet, medicinal notes, but not unpleasant. Syrupy.

T - yeah, still intense, but some of the flavors come through the alcohol more successfully than they do in the smell. Big, fruity syrup dominates. The alcohol packs a punch, I can't imagine what it would taste like without age, but, somehow, the fresh aspect of "fresh fruit" still has a presence here.

M - good, syrupy, but good. The sweetness sticks to the sides of the mouth, as does the alcohol, but given how strong the smells and tastes are, I'm surprised it's so ephemeral.

O - I'm not sure if it's worth the money, but it's definitely a crazy brew. I'd love to put a bottle away for a few years longer. It's been a while since I've had a high ABV offering that made me say "WOW," but KRE accomplishes that task.

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3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks mike for the hook-up

The beer pours a dark, healed-scab looking crimson red that flashes garnet in the light and yields no head. The nose is a potent mix of raspberries and booze which sweetens up with warmth. The taste is initially rough and hard-handed raspberries upfront, but the fruitiness blends much better with added degrees towards room temp. It drinks like a port, but obviously distinct, ripe raspberries instead of grapes and brandy, full bodied, boozy, and syrupy sweet. This beer is a let down considering the price, but I'm definitely glad I was able to try it.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Really gorgeous. It's basically the color of raspberries. Bright red, minimal head.

S - Smells like raspberries. Quite sweet smelling, but with no booze to speak of. 15.5%, pretty impressive.

T - A little medicinal. A minimal alcohol presence. Big raspberry flavor. It's impressive how low the alcohol presence is, but it's not super complex.

M - Lower carbonation, quite smooth. Low alcohol presence.

O - I wish it seemed a little less medicinal in the taste, but it was quite a beer. In my opinion, it's not worth the price or trade bait, but it's an interesting beer to try and it was still very good. It would just have to be utterly incredible to justify what it takes to land one for me. Big thanks to Phil for bringing it to the bottle share.

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.