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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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838 Ratings
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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 1,198
Gots: 131 | FT: 14
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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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sweemzander

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 21:04:10 | More by sweemzander
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

6.3 oz 2007 bottle generously sent by mbrasi. Green bottle with an upside down label and no wax. Poured into a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A vigorous pour produces a short lived and spotty cream/light mocha colored head that quickly fades to a ring of bubbles with quickly fading lacing. Liquid is a murky thick, turbid ruby brown. Not exceptional, but about what you'd expect for this style. Aroma is amazingly rich, complex and... decadent (I guess that works here). Smells unlike any other beer I've tried, alternating abundant malty chocolate, toffee and caramel notes, with earthy and seedy, slightly tart raspberry. Silky smooth thick bodied with a perfect amount of light carbonation and a ridiculously long lasting, balanced tart and sweet aftertaste. Flavor is an overwhelming menagerie of chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, tart raspberry, earthy raspberry seeds, lemon, rum like alcohol, figs, raisins, sour fruits, etc. There is a slight medicinal quality to the flavor that keeps me from giving the flavor a perfect 5 (but that's a result of my own issues with Robitussin growing up, haha). Lives up to the hype for me, with nothing I can compare this to; the small bottle was the perfect size for me to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 00:06:22 | More by yourefragile
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, thanks to Probstk. Muddy brown appearance with no head whatsoever. The chocolate-raspberry aroma mixed with a bit of alcohol is enchanting. Taste, what to say, this is a raspberry chocolate bomb, strong syrupy and sweet with a long (medicine) finale. Very dessert. Minimal carbonation with a strong port mouthfeel. Excellent sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 17:57:12 | More by Luk13
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airohead2001

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to glazeman for hooking me up with this one - one of my big wants that I never thought I would have an opportunity to try. Poured into a snifter from the cutest little 6.3 oz. bottle.

A - This beer looks gross - just what I was expecting for the elusive Raspberry Eisbock! Looks like a cross between melted caramel and dirty sewer water. No lacing, no head, no legs.

S - One of the best smelling beers I have ever experienced. raspberries, marshmallow, caramel, booze.

T - Truly delightful. Raspberries, chocolate, marshmallows, bubble gum, after dinner candies, and alcohol. Sweet up top and very sour at the end. Perfect.

M - Sticky for sure, but not necessarily thick. Just the right amount of carbonation that allows the tart raspberries and caramelized sugars to touch the roof of the mouth.

D - I could drink this one all day. The alcohol is barely noticeable, the taste is crisp and sweet at the same time, and the aroma is just heavenly.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 00:51:49 | More by airohead2001
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Mora2000

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this little 187 ml bottle.

2007 vintage. The beer pours a hazy brown color with a few bubbles but not real head. The aroma is a mix of brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, maple, alcohol and a little bit of raspberry. The flavor is different, with a ton of fruit and chocolate. This beer tastes like chocolate dipped raspberries. There is also some alcohol in the flavor. The beer is very sweet. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Wow, what a beer. So glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 02:16:59 | More by Mora2000
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Shumista

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 6.3 oz bottle split three ways, just enough for a tasting portion for each of us.

KRE pours murky brownish red, no head, but I didn't really expect one on a two finger pour. I have to be honest it doesn't look terribly appetizing. The aroma is musty with an underlying damp mold quality. Also raspberries, of course, caramel, and some alcohol. The age shows in the aroma and makes me worry 3 years has not been kind to this little guy. Tastes much more tart than the smell suggested. Raspberries, caramel, chocolate, and bitter citrus rind. It's like raspberry cheesecake with caramel drizzle and maybe some chocolate in the form of an oreo cookie crust. Like one of my buddies said, not a dessert beer but dessert itself. This would be hugely satisfying just by itself after a great meal, forget about pairing it. It's real syrupy and lightly carbonated. The 2.1 oz pour makes it tough to judge drinkability all I know is I want a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 20:54:52 | More by Shumista
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage served from a bottle at Ashley's in Ann Arbor into a small glass.

A: I was expecting this to be a little bit more red, but the color was a murky dark brown, with only a faint hint of red when held up to the light. Almost no head (tiny bit of off-white when first poured) with little to no retention.

S: Simply wonderful and complex. The raspberries defiantly come through on top, as they should. There are also notes of caramel, malt, vanilla, and chocolate.

T: I took my first sip and was blown away. A very unique tasting beer. Chocolate, candies, caramel, with some raspberry glaze on top. Still, somehow not overly sweet, probably due to the low amount of alcohol heat on the back end...delicious.

M: Low carbonation, but this makes for one smooth, gratifying drink. The smoothness does not come across like the "chewiness" of some big stouts, but rather like a cordial.

D: Perhaps my only complaint (aside from minor downgrades in the appearance) is that as this beer warmed it felt as if more alcohol booziness was coming through than at the start of the glass. This may limit its drinkability somewhat. While I know that it may be meant more as an after dinner or dessert beer, the 6.3 ounce bottle also limits its drinkability as I would have loved a 12 ounce serving instead! Definitely a must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 15:32:06 | More by glazeman
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jobcrackerbah

California

4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

07 vintage thanks richard

The visual appeal of raspberry eisbock is nothing short of unappealing. There is 0 head and pours a murky reddish brown with sediment floating around. The appearance is lower but I feel it doesn't truly portray how great of a beer it is. The aroma is rich butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, and strong raspberries. A vapor of alcohol intertwines with the astounding fragrance which dashes the score slightly. The taste has minute booze with an explosion of decadent flavors that are experieced in the nose. They mix and match and jump and fizzle and compel me to take another drink. Mouthfeel is thick/sticky and it has slight carbonation which is perfectly fine given the abv.

Kuhnhenn needs to start making more batches asap. I truly wish I could have sampled this beer fresh. The flavors may not have synchronized as well but the raspberry blast might have shot me through the roof.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 01:21:30 | More by jobcrackerbah
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pmoore311

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 poured from a bottle into a snifter at Roast in Detroit on 4/15/10 and reviewed from my brief notes.

A = Beautiful clear red with no head present.

S = Smelled like a fine brandy with Belgian chocolate and raspberries.

T = Sweet Belgian chocolate and raspberries, and some alcohol warming with each sip. This beer is absolutely spectacular and I can see why it receives so many accolades.

M = Perfect smooth and velvety w/ no carbonation.

D = for almost 14% you would never tell from the taste, I am not sure if that is good or bad thing, but this is definitely a dessert beer and the 7oz bottles are the absolute perfect size. This is easily one of my favorites. Would go great with a nice cigar.

Wow, Kuhnhenn really did a brilliant job here. I will certainly be seeking this out again. Now if I can only get a hold of some of their BBBW as it has been quite a white whale for me trying to find some.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 18:52:24 | More by pmoore311
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icetraxx

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brownish red with little to no head retention.

S: Very aromatic. Aromas of raspberries, caramel, apple, plum, apple and cherry pie, cheesecake, and sour candy.

T: Same as aroma. Finishes a bit sweet with an overall sour tang. Doesn't taste like beer at all, tastes like liquid raspberry cobbler.

M: Not quite syrupy, but very thick in general. This beer is thicker than it is creamy, and has low carbonation.

D: An after-dinner slow sipper with low heat. Easy to drink.

O: Redefines an after-dinner beer. Exquisite in every category.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 04:06:52 | More by icetraxx
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semibaked

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip Glass, bottle is from 2007.

A - Pours a murky dark brown with some faint reddish highlights. A very very thin ring of foam around the glass. Pours as it has 0 carbonation.

S - Unbelievably great smelling, Wonderful combination of bright raspberries, milk chocolate, and caramel. Man they should make a cologne that smells like this.

T - Wow just terrific, raspberries, chocolate, and boozy, but not complaining about that.

M - Good medium bodied, silky smooth, and very little carbonation.

D - Man this is just pure luxury! Definitely try to get a hold of this gem if you can, don't worry about the price, it is totally worth it!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 23:15:57 | More by semibaked
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rye726

Colorado

4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage '07.

Pours a deep mahogany with a thin tan head.

Nose has fresh raspberries, chocolate, caramel, toffee, cognac and port wine.

Taste has more wild raspberries up front and through the finish along with bready malts, caramelized candies, cocoa, sherry and cabernet grapes.

Silky smooth body is full and lush, but a tart raspberry presence keeps it crisp. A delicate carbonation compliments this beer perfectly. Nice finish.

Simply outstanding. Another near perfect brew from Kuhnhenn.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 00:16:25 | More by rye726
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 6.3oz bottle into my small Koningshoeven snifter. I'm guessing semi-recent vintage...since the abv is at 11.9%. Pours a dark brown with red tinge...TONS of tiny setiment particles throughout. Even with a last of the bottle swirl and agressive pour at that...no head at all(not surprised though).

Aroma is very strong of overripe fruits. A huge caramel smell...which surprises me, but very much enjoyable. For the high abv, not that noticable.

Wow...thats a big time taste! At first sip, it's very sweet of raisins. I then proceeded to take a few minutes to let the aftertaste come through. Wonderful flavors in the aftertaste: raspberry, chocolate, caramel, molasses...very malty and complex. A full body/mouthfeel. Low carbonation...noticable booze. The booze really warms the throat and lips. This is surprisingly very smooth and creamy though! Great beer...just wish it was bigger than a 6.3oz bottle!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:53:06 | More by ShadesOfGray
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage. Poured from the champagne split into 3 wine glasses. Deep garnet color. Mostly still, with a huge, almost overpowering caramel/butterscotch aroma, with just a hint of raspberry poking through. Although the smell was overpowering (and not in a good way), when I tasted it I was amazed at the intensity of the raspberry flavor. A bit of sweet malt,and alcohol as well, but mostly delicious fresh raspberry. A sipper for sure, but one I could sip on for a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 19:41:33 | More by emmasdad
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007-

Syrup-like thickness with a garnet brown color. Minimal trace of tiny bubbles.

Robust smell of ripe raspberry, milk chocolate and caramel.

Dark chocolate with tart raspberries. Light caramel presence. Not as sweet as I thought and quite tart like fresh raspberries. Some burnt sugar to go along with the bittersweet chocolate in the aftertaste. Quite a bit of hot alcohol at the back.

Feels a bit more than medium bodied. Pretty smooth with some tingling carbonation.

Drinks decently at 13%. I was a bit let down by this one. Still a good beer, but at the price, I wouldn't go after this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 22:44:40 | More by jera1350
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organicbrewer

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

A-Full ruby. Really looks like a fruit beer. No head to speak of but that seems to be par for the course for the eisbeers I've had in the past

S-Rich over the top malt. Chocolate ice cream. Some tart raspberry. Caramel. Slight menthol and a low level tingle from the alcohol vapors. This smells like great chocolate raspberry ice cream.

T-Wow! Raspberry is upfront but blends well with chocolate and melanoidins. No hops to speak of but I'm sure they're in there. This would be too sickly sweet otherwise.

M-Very thick. I can feel the alcohol but no burn, a bit of warmth but no burn. Very light carbonation. Spot on. It would dry out too much if there was carbed up more.

D-I'm not sure drinkability is the right way to describe something like this. at 13.5% and really malty, you really can't have more than one...if even that. Is it really tasty? Hell yes! I'll probably be sipping on this one all night.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 01:13:30 | More by organicbrewer
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blakesell

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 seven oz bottle bought at the brewery. Opened as an after Gravity head 2010 'victory lap' beer. Poured into a New Holland beveled (english?) pint style glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark amber with some reddish hues. Cloudy, with very slow moving tiny carbonation bubbles that look as if they are rising out of syrup or something thicker than beer. Lacing is unseen but there are some hard alcohol 'legs' going on when the glass is swirled.

Smell- Raspberry, chocolate, booze, and slight maple notes hiding out in the background. I'm trying for the malt/hops but I'm just not getting past all that booziness and raspberry. There's nothing wrong with the aroma, but the nose is covering up other valuable scents that should also be there.

Taste- Strong raspberry, strong esters, this shows very little of it actually being a beer. It is however excellent and delicious. It's if cough syrup tasted good, this would be what it would taste like. There is that same hint of chocolate on the flavor as there is in the smell and that bit of maple syrup. I hate to mirror the smell, but that's the way it goes.

Mouthfeel- Thick and sticky, warming and mouth coating, full bodied and ever so lightly carbonated. Gluey, creamy, still a bit of fantastic.

Drinkability- I've had this on tap and now today in the bottle, I have not been disappointed by a single Kuhnhenn beer, and I would love to go back to the brewery for more of anything they have to offer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 00:11:05 | More by blakesell
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

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

7oz Bottle from 2007 bought at the brewery pours a dark red/brown with little to no foam using a duvel glass. The taste is of raspberry with a little dark malt to it. Incredibly smooth for a 13.5% beer. Wow, so damn easy to drink. Too bad this was such a small bottle. Would have loved to have another bottle of this. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 03:16:50 | More by WeedKing4
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womencantsail

California

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

Thanks to Kevin for opening one of these last night. This review is from a 2007 bottle.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with plenty of red highlights to it. The beer has a very low amount of visible carbonation and almost no head.

S: Great notes of rich chocolate and raspberries fill the nose with some mild alcohol and vanilla aromas coming in on the finish.

T: The raspberries give a wonderfully sweet and tart flavor combination that works nicely with the chocolate (oxidation?) flavors of the beer. The mild tartness of the fruit gives a nice balance to an otherwise sweet beer.

M: Although the beer appears to be quite flat, there are some small, tingly carbonation bubbles. Their presence is much appreciated as they prevent the beer from turning to syrup.

D: The alcohol is somewhat noticeable in this, but the flavors are rather impressive and bold, so they hold up well to the heat. I will have to open one of my bottles of this soon as I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 17:21:22 | More by womencantsail
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

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

2007 nip bottle.

A: clear, deep copper color
S: a bit sweet but also hints of tannins, oak, vanilla, very good, not overly cloying
T: I would never have expected this beer to be this good, sweet but well-balanced and good hop bitterness, more vanilla and caramel than raspberry, well done!
M: again, smooth, easy drinking
D: ditto

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 20:22:51 | More by wisrarebeer
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 & 2007 vintages side by side. Thanks Brad!

A: virtually flat and almost no lace. I must take into account the age and the style.

S: Chocolate, cherries (though I'm sure it must be raspberries I'm actually smelling), alcohol

T: Chocolate. I must admit, I wasn't expecting that. The chocolate was more pronounced in the 2004. There was little raspberry to speak of. Chocolate and alcohol dominate the majority of the taste profile.

M: smooth as is possible, given the huge ABV.

D: Great for sipping. A few ounces as a nightcap was a treat.

Notes: I'll seek this out again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 03:50:00 | More by Huhzubendah
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had both the 2004 and 2007 vintages at a recent tasting. Thanks everyone, this was a long time curiosity for me. I feel as thought I had built it up in my mind a bit too much and was slightly let down. Eisbocks (bocks in general) are one of the styles I study a lot. This was an interesting example.

2004 - Beer was brown and clear with no carbonation, no head, no lacing. The aroma was strong full of malt and caramel. Definitely smell the raspberries and some chocolate? Wasn't expecting the chocolate smell. Lots of sweetness up front, raspberries come in late in the palate and are generally weak. Mostly a tart flavor from the raspberries. There is a lot of chocolate flavors in the midpalate regions. I find this flavor to be distracting and unnecessary. I find myself wishing that it was the malt and the berries without the chocolate. I know that the chocolate and the raspberry flavors pair well with food, but to stand the tart raspberry flavor next to the malt sweetness would have been great in my opinion.

2007 - Looks the same as the 2004, no head, no carbonation. The aroma is considerably stronger. Much more raspberries and the chocolate is still there. The flavor pops with a lot more raspberries. This is definitely my favorite out of the two. The sweetness from the malt is still there, the chocolate is less the star in this one. This beer is also thicker (it seems) than the 2004.

Overall, I'm glad I got to try them both. I'm not sure if I would seek it out again though.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 19:12:17 | More by drabmuh
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sent as an extra, yes, an extra, by fiver29, an apparently infrequent trader who has a big reputation in this household. Usually I let beers settle when they arrive, but I'm in the mood for another six ounces of beer, so out it comes.

My first eisbock ever, so not really sure what to expect. The bottle is adorable, & I'm a fan of the Commodore 64 style of label slapped on Kuhnhenn's bottles. Pours like raspberry puree' only darker, pretty flat. Smell is borderline indescribable. Thick raspberry & chocolate are accurate but don't do it justice.

Raspberry Eisbock tastes like nothing I've ever sampled before. The raspberries almost morph into a slightly tarter strawberry taste, & the chocolate is melded almost perfectly onto the fruit layers. Alcohol is alive & kicking, the 13.5% is blazing it's fiery way through my innards & making the fireplace redundant. Vanilla makes a rather odd visit at the end.

Consistency is thick, sludgy, flat, thick, & thick in the mouth. "After-dinner treat" is noted on the label & they ain't kiddin', this would make a good one. But you'd need at least a half-dozen bottles for a good dinner party. Drinkability? How do you judge such a thing that comes in 6.3 ounces, carries the wallop of Mike Tyson, & goes down like fine Wisconsin maple syrup?

Well, whatever the heck this creature is, it's excellent, top-notch. I wish my wife would get home, I'd like her to have a sip, but I don't think the remaining ounces are going to make it. Terrifically unique.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:17:49 | More by maximum12
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wolffman17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to a very generous BA for this treat!

'07. Raspberry Eisbock pours a reddish-brown, red garnet. Cloudy. No head to speak of which detracts from an otherwise nice appearance.

Initial sweet fruit aroma; raspberries, cherries. Vanilla and alcohol complement. Seems the oxidation balances out the sweet fruit. "Bag of Halloween candy" smell comes to mind, haha.

Wow, taste is nothing like the aroma. The smell points to a sweet, sugar bomb, but this is not the case one bit. It is certainly sweet, but time (I'm assuming) has leveled it out bringing a balance of bread and earthiness to the sweet, tart raspberry. Rich. Alcohol melds well into the mix. 4.5 just for sheer originality.

This beer is slick, sticky, and resiny, yet the carbonation is lively and pushes through this big beer with ease. Smooth. Lingering aftertaste.

This was a great beer experience. Speaks to what beer can be and pushes the boundaries.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 02:58:12 | More by wolffman17
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage. Split with my fiancee with an iced chocolate brownie each.

A: Murky, brackish red-brown... the pour into the first glass has a minuscule fizzy head that quickly died, the second glass had nothing. No lacing.

S: Bright tart raspberries, chocolate, caramel and sweet sugars. Dessert wine-like. Incredibly inviting with layers of all things sweet and desserty.

T: Muted raspberries, chocolate and caramel abound. Surprisingly sour. Very rich, too rich in fact even for the pairing with the chocolate brownie. A bit too concentrated flavor and booze-wise.

M: Smooth, slick, slightly acidic, with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. Port-like in weight and feel.

D: This is an interesting beer, and one I am glad I tried... its a bit too profound for me. If it showed a bit more restraint it would move up in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 13:41:59 | More by callmemickey
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