Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev -9.3%
6.3 oz. bottle into a tulip
Pours a cloudy deep mahogany color with a slight head which quickly dissipates to nothing but a ring. No lacing left behind as a result.
Aroma is a full on sensory explosion with lots of raspberry of course, some chocolate, caramel, cherry, raisin, and a bit of alcohol.
Taste is not quite as enjoyable as the aroma, it's got all of the same flavors pretty much but the raspberry seems strange and slightly artificial. It comes out quickly and mixes with some chocolaty and caramel flavors which was nice but after the swallow the aftertaste is kind of strange to me. My benchmark for fruit beers, New Glarus Raspberry Tart, has undoubtedly spoiled me, for I don't think anything can capture the essence of raspberry like that beer.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, pretty creamy overall, nice soft carbonation. Drinkability isn't really that high, just for the fact that I don't like the raspberry flavor all that much.
Like the Tenacious Cassis, I was also disappointed with this Kuhnhenn beer. Again, a slightly artificial fruit flavor. As I said about Raspberry Tart, that beer is too good I guess. I would drink this again, but considering the small amount and high cost I wouldn't want to pay for it when I could get a bottle of RT for $8 and get quadruple the amount of beer.
07-27-2009 13:29:30 | More by roadhouse
3.43/5 rDev -21.9%
Acquired in a trade with hoppymeal, arrived earlier today and chilled for a few hours before consumption.
Poured dark with a red hue, only a sliver of head even using an extremely hard pour. Definitely a product of the high ABV. Smell was booze dominated, with faint (real) raspberries in the background. Taste was similar, very booze dominated with some raspberry, caramel, and chocolate. Thick and sweet, this would probably benefit with a few more years under its belt to calm down the alcohol some more. It was a vintage 2007, but based on my small bottle I would probably let the next one have at least 4 years under its belt before I cracked it open. I did enjoy this beer, but not nearly as much as others seem to.
07-25-2009 03:54:24 | More by alcstradamus
4.4/5 rDev +0.2%
Big thanks go out to Emerge077 for this as a part of an in-person trade @ DLD 09. Consumed on 7/15 with the wife, on our first night at our new house.
07 vintage. Poured almost still. Dark caramel color, with some red-ish hues around the edges. There is no head.
Smell is of caramel, raspberries, chocolate, sweet malts. Kinda reminds me a little of an english style bwine, with a twist.
Taste is wonderful. Really unexpected Caramel domination. The raspberry really plays second fiddle in this one. The eisbock has taken over in this one. Im guessing that this a product of the two years in the bottle. It is a very warming drink. Would love to have again.
The feel is really perfect for the style. Some thickness to it, but a touch (and just a touch) of carb. brings it back to even keel. Great beer.
07-21-2009 20:41:13 | More by mikecharley
4.43/5 rDev +0.9%
The pour brings a lightly carbonated, heavier viscosity beer that has the murky russet appearance of prune juice. Modest head formation that halts at a slight lace. Legging is evident and indicative of the higher alcohols and sugars present in the beer.
Strong aromas of heavy and dried fruits, varying alcohols, and strong scents of port wine, brandy, and sherry. Obviously, raspberries lead the way, but also grapes, plumbs, raisons, dates, figs, and other berries. Backup notes of chocolate, cashews, and almonds gain praise as the beer warms and begins to temper the alcohols.
Flavors are equally as strong and really start to target the chocolate covered fruits of raspberries and cherries. Strong fruitcake and brandy-soaked fruits add a well melded but varying complexity. Lightly vinous and woodsy with tart berries and wood aged wines. Intense alcohol flavors blend the brandy, port, rum, bourbon character and is a bit boozy at first but seem to mellow out as the beer breathes and releases carbonation.
Light carbonation allows me to feel the weight of the sugars and malts- no lift from the surfaces of the mouth. This keeps the beer from becoming as creamy as it could be. Like port wines, this beer is intended as an after dinner delicacy. However, the beer is not as sugary as you'd think, with a hefty malty, woodsy, lightly tart feel. Finishes with a long linger of chocolate covered raspberries and port.
The beer is an interesting and welcomed variety of English Barleywines like Hardy's and Lees. The papery-cardboard oxidation upfront, I can do without but the sherry notes add a lot- much in the same way that Sam Adams Triple Bock does. At first, I wasn't too terribly impressed with the beer but as it warmed and breathed, the raspberry, chocolate and softer alcohols prevailed and improved a lot for me.
07-03-2009 20:57:34 | More by BEERchitect
3.8/5 rDev -13.4%
I was delighted to find this 2007 vintage on the shelf at a inconvenience store with an extensive beer collection along with Tenacious Cassis on a trip to downstate MI. Pours a murky brown color with a tan head. The smell is the most interesting part of this beer with dark fruits, chocolate and liqueur. The taste is not as interesting with a thick syrupy sweet taste of rasberries. The mouthfeel is thick and coats the tongue. Overall, I am glad I tried this beer but I expected much more. However, if you have a chance Tenacious Cassis is a must.
06-22-2009 23:12:32 | More by johnd513
4.55/5 rDev +3.6%
UPDATE: 2004 VINTAGE CONSUMED 8.12.11
This particular bottle was much better (and came from a different trader than my previous 04' review) Shared this one with baconsausage and soccerman7
2007 VINTAGE CONSUMED 6.13.09
6.3oz Bottle received in an in person trade with iceicebaby at the Bullfrog Brewery release party for Frambozen. $12.99 sticker on it. Sean you are an awesome Beer Advocate!
Appearance: Murky brown with red corners. Minimal head, retention, or lacing. 4.0
Smell: Loads of raspberry, chocolate, and some liquor type presence. Very nice when it opens up. 4.0
Taste: Wow this is a total chocolate covered fruit / booze dessert type beer. It is absolutely unique, refined, and delicious! 5.0
mouthfeel: Thick but a medium body! Amazing! 5.0
Drinkability: Extremely drinkable for 13.50% abv 4.0
This was an amazing experience...
2004 VINTAGE CONSUMED 11.19.10
6.3oz Bottle received in a trade.
Appearance: 4.0 Murky brown to plum. Minimal head, retention, or lacing.
Smell: 4.0 Faint raspberry and a beautifully softened Hershey's syrup chocolate note. The faintest whisper of a vinous quality is intermittently apparent.
Taste: 4.0 Raspberry flavored chocolate water.
Mouthfeel: 3.5 Thinning out and losing carbonation.
Drinkability: 4.5 Goes down even easier than the 2007 because it lacks in flavor and body comparatively.
Drink em now if ya got em before they fade completely.
06-13-2009 03:09:05 | More by koopa
4.38/5 rDev -0.2%
An adorable li'l green bottle, just 6.3 oz. and sealed with maroon-colored wax; 2007 edition, 11.9% abv listed on the label. Split 3 ways with Metalmonk and guldengirl to celebrate the conclusion of a grand and unforgettable day/a couple upcoming birthdays. Thanks to SaucyA for this one.
A: Underwhelming appearance; a murky garnet-orange. No head. No lace. An oily sheen. A little unfair to judge appearance on such an odd beer, but I feel a '3' is justified, perhaps even generous.
S: Whoa! 'Liquified chocolate/raspberry truffle' vs. 'Chocolate cake with a ribbon of raspberry filling'. Which description wins? Dunno - but *I* win for having smelled this. Faint (rubbing) alcohol fumes or this gets a '5'; absolutely alluring...
T: If one's ever tasted Chambord, you get the idea: a fudgy, rich chocolate curled around earthy, over-ripened berries. Some candied orange and a splash of coffee. Loaded with dark chocolate, a slight toffee and ending with fleeting fruit and a surprising dryness.
M: Velvety sensuousness. Virtually no carbonation, just the lasting tang of raspberries. Feel is medium, approaching full; coating in the mouth melts away gradually.
D: A dessert beer if there ever was one - seriously tasty (approaching divine on the smell/feel aspects), but also seriously difficult to accept in more than tiny sips. The 2 oz. or so I tried were just fine. The beer equivalent of sherry or port wine - great in a cordial glass, but not much more. Again, tough to grade: would love to have this again, but it's good in only small doses.
Happy 39 + 361, Jeff (and 37 + 360, me)!
05-18-2009 03:32:16 | More by msubulldog25
4.13/5 rDev -5.9%
2007 vintage, 11.9% listed on bottle, shared by the ever-generous msubulldog25 after a long and great day of beer and hiking (and more beer).
Pours with no head. Kind of dead-looking, but a nice hazy blood-meets-apple cider color. No lace.
Alcohol up front in the aroma, at first, but then lots of cinnamon, raspberry, black cherry, twizzlers, and another waft of alcohol. Kind of boozy in nose, and some chocolate cake and apple-bread sneak up in the finish. Enticing. Kept going back to the smell again and again.
Flavor offers flashes of hot cinnamon candies (the flavor, not the heat), raspberry, sour cherry, stale tobacco, and some sour/tart in the finish.
Although the lack of head makes it look dead, it's a clean, smooth, soft, silky texture. Slightly syrupy, but in a very good, dessert-y way.
A bit unusual and pretty high alcohol, so certainly not one for everyday drinking. A special occasion beer. This occasion was perfect, though, and there's no other beer like it on the planet that I know of. A delight.
05-16-2009 16:42:24 | More by Metalmonk
3.78/5 rDev -13.9%
187ml bottle, 2007 vintage, shared by CaptainCougar. Hazy red-brown with a small head. Sweet raspberry and malt aromas with a lightly aged quality. tastes like a rich, alcoholic, chocolate-raspberry truffle. Thick, with low carbonation. Tasty stuff and a nice treat, but I've never been wild about the dessert category on the whole.
05-11-2009 19:27:08 | More by bulletrain76
5/5 rDev +13.9%
A gift to my wife from my good friend Jay23.
2007 vintage poured chilled into a wine glass. Fragrant. A deep, rich, full raspberry flavor, the most authentic and genuine fruit flavor I've encountered in beer, its so real that you can practically feel the delicate texture of the skin of the berry. The chocolate is less assertive than the fruit, but it is clearly evident. Mild dark malt flavor. The caramel is less assertive still. Not very big bodied. Wine-like. The high alcohol content is hidden completely.
This is superior in several respects to the New Glarus fruit beers, which are very good. This is more balanced, more restrained, less sacchariney, and perhaps more complex. Plus its bottle conditioned and not pasteurized.
My main complaint is the small 187 ml serving size, which my wife and I split.
05-10-2009 18:11:51 | More by goethean
4.47/5 rDev +1.8%
2007 bottle into a flute.
Pours a brown/dirty color with a very small light brown head which quickly vanishes. Notes of raspberry (duh), cinnamon, dark fruits. On the palate, notes chocolate with zero hoppy or bitter notes on the finish, just like dessert. Mouthfeel is just what I was expecting for this type of beer, medium and smooth with a small amount of carbonation, like sorbet with less body. If I had another bottle available to drink, I'd open it up. Alas, this was the only one in the cellar, so one will have to do for now.
05-05-2009 00:10:25 | More by Sean9689
4.47/5 rDev +1.8%
On tap (!) at the brewpub.
A-Pours a murky brown with purple notes and a thin tan head.
S-Dark fruit with brown sugar, vanilla and a bit of milk chocolate.
T-Some tart raspberry in the front, followed by rich chocolate and some well hidden alcohol in the finish. A great raspberry chocolate combo.
M-Remarkably light on the tongue but still a bit rich. Very nice.
D-Yes, thank you, I would love another any time.
05-03-2009 22:39:39 | More by sholland119
4.18/5 rDev -4.8%
I had a sample of this fine brew during the last meeting of the local brew club. Someone brought in 2-3 bottles for some tasting. The bottles we had were very small (10oz?). Pour was nice, taste was a hint of raspberry and chocolate without bitterness of any sort. No hop and malt flavor that dominated due to the well balanced fruitiness. Easy drink and great mouthfeel. Wouldn't mind getting my hands on this one again, but I think that is not going to happen anytime soon.
04-25-2009 22:03:01 | More by Schwab
4.8/5 rDev +9.3%
From an old review note:
Poured into a snifter, the beer is light brown with a ruby tint. It's almost still, with just a very small head. No retention or lacing.
The aroma is very rich. Sweet raspberries and chocolate. It's hard to find any malt or hops under the rich fruit aroma. A hint of alcohol is present in the nose. The flavor is of sweet, ripe raspberries and bittersweet dark and white chocolate. Toffee and caramel are both present. The finish is long, sweet, and complex. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden.
Medium bodied with low carbonation. What a desert beer!
04-15-2009 19:43:26 | More by HopHead84
4.85/5 rDev +10.5%
A 187ml/6.3 oz red wax topped green bottle with a vintage date of 2007. This batch clocks in at 11.9%
A-Hazy, brownish ruby copper with a thin light tan ring that develops with a swirl. At almost 12% ABV I am not surprised at the lack of head.
S-Big fruity raspberry tartness with a deep and complex chocolate maltiness underneath. Kind of like a raspberry port.
T- Bold, assertive, raspberry tartness with the underlying complexity from the rich chocolate malt. Not too tart nor too sweet. A masterful balance that ends with a flurry of alcohol burn.
M-Medium-light body with a smooth, supple feel that is very nice. A touch of biting tartness and dark chocolate bitterness in the finish.
D-James, where is my smoking jacket and Monte Cristo? This is decadent stuff that makes you feel rich! I understand why they deliver it in such tiny bottles. I think if you drank too much your palate would explode!
04-15-2009 02:49:06 | More by Deuane
4.47/5 rDev +1.8%
Review #200. Figured I'd dip into the cellar and pull out a 2004 vintage of KRE. Served in a flute.
A - Wow - I actually got some foam; maybe a eight of an inch of tan head that stuck around for about thirty seconds and left no lacing. Lots of visible carbonation on the sides of the glass, with little bubbles making their way to the top. Murky raisin brown color with some obvious suspended solids - it doesn't scream raspberry in the same way that Raspberry Tart does. All things aside though, it looks pretty good for a 13.5% brew - I wasn't expecting a lot.
S - Raspberry purée and cheesecake, dark chocolate, caramel, candied fruit, port, vanilla, a slight oakiness, and a hint of the high ABV. The smell is huge, even when chilled. It's incredibly delicious!
T - The taste has more tartness and is a little more restrained compared to the overwhelming sweetness in the nose. As you'd expect, tons of raspberry, substantial amounts of molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, and maybe a hint of tobacco as well. Again, the alcohol is ridiculously well hidden.
M - This bottle I opened had surprising carbonation to it - especially compared to how I remember it on-tap. I actually like the tingle though, as it complements the tangy flavor raspberries. The body is medium, but incredibly sticky. I shudder to think how much sugar is in this, and how ridiculous the caloric content per oz is - it's probably up there with the most decadent desserts. It's maybe a little lighter than I'd like for such a high ABV beer, but otherwise it's quite appropriate. Nice warming sensation after a while as well.
D - Kudos to the brewery for selling this in 6.3oz bottles - the sweetness and high ABV would defeat me if the serving size was significantly larger. Tremendously ideal for a dessert replacement/complement, or for a celebration, but not so much for sessions.
I'm really glad my 2004 bottle was still good, especially considering the hit & miss nature of Kuhnhenn bottling (and some of the other reviews of the '04 vintage posted here).
I didn't sense a huge difference between this and the '07 (although I didn't directly A-B them).
04-14-2009 23:17:26 | More by MasterSki
4.35/5 rDev -0.9%
Just getting to try this beer is another great example of the goodness of beer people. The owner/brewer at the Brew Kettle up in Strongsville, OH literally just gave us one after a good conversation about beer and beer travels. Amazing. This review is on the bottle split between pwoods and me this past weekend.
Appearance: Lovely reddish, golden brown, slightly viscous and syrupy looking with a skim of white foam that immediately disappears leaving only a slight ring behind.
Smell: Huge alcohol complemented by sticky caramelized sugar and raspberry syrup. Smell is so delicious, I don't even want to drink i away.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Supersticky and sweet caramel malt with raspberry syrup, creme brulee, burnt sugars and alcohol vapor. The mouth is sticky and thick, with very high alcohol in the taste and the feel.
Drinkability: Moderate - the stickiness and the alcohol are so high, but the deliciousness of the raspberry and sugars is too good to resist.
Sooo glad I got to try this one.
04-14-2009 21:59:01 | More by kels
4.43/5 rDev +0.9%
2007. A real dark ruby pour, I don't see too much sediment. No head to speak of. What an interesting smell almost like port, without the alcohol. Lots of raspberry, coated with chocolate. Flavors are similar, layers of chocolate covered fruits with some candied fruits and malt added in. Minimal hops, small bubbly activity carbonation wise. Full bodied and sticky. Very drinkable, though I don't think I would want more than just this little bottle at a time. The finish is just a little bit fading sour fruit. This is probably the only drawback on this one. Dessert in a bottle. A must try.
04-04-2009 23:08:02 | More by Bung
4.65/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a cloudy dark reddish-cola color with negligible collar and lacing...but true to style. The smell is fruity and springs from the bottle as the cap is removed. Closer to the beverage the aromas are more complex..dark fruit, maple syrup and bread dough. A real sipper, the 13.5% ABV is integrated well into the mouth, followed by a warming sensation on the way down. The mouth is interesting also...like plowing through an unfiltered fruit drink with tiny bits of berries throughout. Lightly carbonated and tangy the mouth feel is medium-full bodied. The experience lingers lightly for a good long while. The taste is wonderful, as fruity raspberry and fig... and as bready as the nose. Really enjoying this one.
04-02-2009 22:22:33 | More by jjayjaye
4.33/5 rDev -1.4%
Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Poured into a small brandy snifter. 2007 vintage.
Appearance: Pours a hazy orange, purple amber - what color IS this example? - with absolutely no head, only the faintest sheen of snow, and a thin, offwhite, but persistent collar of lace. There actually are a few flourishes of streaky lacing that fade, glittery and slowly, down the sides of the glass. This one looks bottle conditioned, given the haze, and at 13.5%, I can't really knock the lack of retention on the head.
Aroma: Incredibly aromatic. Pungent raspberry, sweet and slightly tart, with a ton of side notes - maple syrup, doughy bread, honey, brown sugar, milk chocolate.
Taste: Fantastic. Chocolate and berry liqueur, again both tart and sweet, with hints of other fruits - blueberry, green apple, cherry note, maybe apricot or peach. The fruit notes are incredibly authentic - you can almost taste the (what was certainly) tons of raspberries tossed into the fermentor w/ this one. More pungently sweet, sticky malts - chocolate, toffee, caramel, honey, all over the top. A definite but wonderfully smooth boozy note. Absolutely decadent.
Mouthfeel: Fantastic, again. Incredibly smooth and sticky, but so smooth. There's still, somehow, a fair measure of carbonation here, cutting through the sticky thickness and rendering a slightly crisp (which helps augment the fruit notes) but still amazingly even and smooth (which helps augment the malt notes). Just great.
Drinkability: About as drinkable as they come for a 13.5% brew. Just an absolutely over-the-top yet still balanced, decadent, tasty brew, tart and sweet, sticky and crisp, fruity and malty, and fantastically quaffable. The presentation is great - bottle's just so damn cute - and the contents even better. The price may have been a little steep ($10.99 for this one), but it's damn straight tasty. Recommended.
03-24-2009 23:05:48 | More by CrellMoset
4.47/5 rDev +1.8%
On tap at the brewpub, served in a small snifter. Dark brownish/red color with no head. A thick syrupy look to it. Smell is of sweet raspberries and cheesecake. A similar taste overloaded with raspberries, cheesecake, chocolate, toffee, and sugar. Very slight alcoholic bite but overall not too powerful. A slow sipping beer that pretty much represents the definition of a "dessert beer". This lives up to its reputation if you are expecting the right thing.
03-21-2009 03:42:01 | More by webmanspidey
4.65/5 rDev +5.9%
A. Deep rust color-milky looking. No head. Very syrupy and thick looking. Looks unique for sure.
S. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel, booze! Rich as hell.
T. Super rich milk chocolate and the raspberries make themselves known with a slight tangy fruitiness. Tobacco is another taste that comes to mind. Somewhat wine-like and warm from the alcohol. Great dessert drink. Unreal.
M. Thick and chewy. Not much carbonation. Very warming.
D. The complexities keep you coming back but the warmth keeps you away. An amazing beverage!
Thanks thomashardy for this one!
03-16-2009 19:12:25 | More by MMAJYK
4.85/5 rDev +10.5%
03/14/09- Received via a trade with former BA member Jetsbeer.
Presentation- Vintage 2004, smaller 6oz nip sized bottle with a wax coating over the cap and part of the neck. Poured into my JW Lees glass.
Appearance- Cherry-brown colored pour. A wee bit of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass. Seems pretty flat until a late surge of carbonation fizzes into a very small and slight head. Doesn't leave any lace to speak of behind. Not expecting visual miracles of a 5 year old beer of this style and abv.
Smell- At first the scent is a sweet nose of fresh suagred raspberries and cherries. After that, the dark chocolate and roasted malt comes into play. Combined with a slight barrel flavored woodsy taste and a bit of alcohol.
Taste- What a dessert beer this would be. Just like the nose, the raspberries and cherries come in first...very sugary, very smooth and very fresh tasting...no artificial flavors here. Then the large and I mean large dark chocolte flavor comes in and melds perfectly with the berries. Alcohol is present and swirls around with all the flavors. Wonderful.
Mouthfeel- Carbonation is here and is a slight prickly in the first part of the sip and then turns to a lovely silky and smooth mouthfeel with a lasting dark chocolate covered rasperry flavor.
Drinkability- This is a classic beer. One of the most flavorful beers of any kind that I have had. Wish I had some kind of chocolate dessert to go along with this. Wish they would make this in a 12oz bottle.
03-15-2009 15:10:34 | More by GClarkage
4.38/5 rDev -0.2%
I got this in a trade about a year ago or so, the 04 version.
A= poured very dark ruby red almost brown
S= you can tell this beer is packing some ABV, also very sweet(dark chocolate and raspberry)
T= WOW, I got a bit of chocolate up front, then a rush of raspberry, follow bot a little more chocolate
M- low carb, warms me up like drinking a BCS. The taste stays in your mouth for a little bit, I can tell this is going to be a slow drinker
D= this is good, i realize that the small bottle was for a reason, its like a very fatty desert ( you should only have one even though you want more)
will be looking for me if anyone can hook me up!
03-06-2009 23:58:34 | More by masterchiefMD
4.58/5 rDev +4.3%
Huge thanks to Warriorsoul for splitting this gem last night!! 2007 bottle. Poured into a tasting glass. Pours a murky brown with purple tinged highlights. No head to speak of. Smell is luscious. I hate that word, but it totally describes the aroma. Lots of rich raspberry juice or concentrated juice with some dark sugar and cinnamon. I could definitely just smell this one all nite. Taste is divine, as well. Truly a dessert in a glass. Like a rich raspberry truffle. I have no idea how they can get this to liquid form. Lots of raspberry puree, chocolate, some vanilla to boot. Very creamy, full bodied mouthfeel. I was told you could share this small bottle with a few people because of the richness. I think I would want one all by myself.
03-03-2009 14:48:30 | More by DrDogbeer
Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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