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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

865 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 1,228
Gots: 129 | FT: 15
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.48/5  rDev -20.7%

2007 bottle thanks to my Secret Santa. Pours brown with just a ring of white head. Aroma is like a raspberry filled brownie with some boozy notes too. Flavor of medicinal raspberry with a chocolatey finish. Also some prunes and raisins. Top fruit beer? Not for me.

LilBeerDoctor, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of fiver29
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

2004 Vintage courtesy of jvmiller. Bottle pours dark brown with very little head. The aroma on this brew is amazing. Chocolate leads to caramel sweetness, raspberry, and then more chocolate to finish the smell. Mouthfeel is very silky with some carbonation. It has a nice medium base to it. The base malts in this remind me somewhat of a lighter base version of the darklord. Taste is what I expected. Flavors of chocolate raspberries, caramel, and dark chocolate come together perfectly. Overall this is what a fruit beer should be. Next time I'm in Michigan I am going to have to stop by the brewery to check out what else they have.

fiver29, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of mrkrispy
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%

Got a wee lil green bottle from a good trader. 2007 vintage. Looks like the brewer printed up the labels on his Amiga dot matrix printer haha.

This is my first eisbock, been wanting to try it for quite a while.

Pours an opaque brown-red, thick looking, not something I've seen from a beer before. No head at all.

Big fruit juice aroma, not a sickly or artificial sweetness. I can't place the fruit nose though, reminds me of those Minute Maid Fruit Punch blends. Odd. Interesting.

Thick, but not syrupy. Think liqueur. Subtle carbonation, not low just not noticeable right away. Then a big kick in the face by a bundle of fruit. Jammy almost. Slightly sour, slightly acidic. Complex, unique. Sweet, but not lasting.

Effect on the palate is odd....seemed a bit rough at first, maybe from the alcohol? Quickly calms down and you can pick apart the complexity. Serving size is appropriate for one person. Don't think I would want a big bottle.

Wonderfully interesting and unique, I hope I can get more of this in the future.

mrkrispy, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%

For my 600th BA review, I poured this one from a tiny 6.3oz green bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This beer poured a murky brown with reddish highlights and a thin 1/4" light tan head. The head disappeared in seconds, leaving a thin ring beind. No lace to speak of (but none was expected either).

S= Smelled like fruit pie (raspberry and cherry) complete with a rich and heavy malt sweetness. This was tempered somewhat by a fruity tartness and boozy alcohol heat. This reminded me very much of a fruit brandy.

T= Started off with big malty richness, reminiscent of bread pudding. The fruit came in next combining with big notes of chocolate to make a near perfect chocolate-covered-cherry taste. The raspberry emerged from this making me wonder if I ever tasted cherries at all. Cool trick that. The finish was boozy and full of alcohol.

MF= Closer to heavy than medium bodied, with an active carbonation level and decent crispness. Nice tongue-coating richness.

D= Though the ABV is pretty well masked, the flavors make this a sipper for sure, and a damned interesting one. I would happily sip this on many a cold winter night if I only better access to more!

spointon, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

2007 Vintage

Poured into Ommegang Chalice.

Pours hardly any tan head. No retention obviously or lace for that matter. Color is very interesting. it is a ruby hued caramel brown.

Aroma: Wow, this is unlike anything I have smelt before. It has a big chocolate raspberry flavor going on, with some caramel mixed in. After is warms up just a little bit, the alcohol begins to appear. A very sweet beer with a big malt backbone. Unique.

Taste: Wow, this is the after dinner beer of after dinner beers. Huge chocolate raspberry flavor. Very fresh raspberries. I can definitely taste the bock portion of this beer as it is quick malty. Nice caramel texture to it. The aging produces a nice oak and vanilla taste in the background.

Mouthfeel: This beer is somewhat smooth, a little crisp, and a tad hot. Full boded with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer ends with a really clean aftertaste. This beer is an incredible sipper. Very thick and full.

Overall, this is a really unique beer. I like the combination of a bock and fresh raspberries. Very filling. At first I was a little disappointed with the mini bottle, but I soon realized that this bottle will be a perfect size. An amazing bock, or eisbock for that matter.

mothman, Aug 14, 2009
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4.7/5  rDev +7.1%

Tried this at the Great Taste. Poured red with no head, just a few bubbles from the bottom. The smell was far better than I thought it would be. A nice maltiness with the Raspberries in there adding a tart sweetness that really worked. The taste was fantastic! A smoothness from the thickness of the malt, then your left with a great flavor of raspberries all over your mouth! Very smooth and easy to drink for a 13% beer!

madtowndmb1, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

2007 vintage. Thanks to brewdan for this one.

A: A very cloudy reddish brown color. A minimal pale beige head develops, but dissipates instantly into a fine ring of lacings. After a while even these tiny bubbles fade away. Honestly, the qualities of this beer surly doesn't lie in its appearance.

S: The smell is very powerful. Huge amounts of sweet malts makes the smell really heavy. Plenty of genuine aromas of raspberries, but the fruits are not as prominent as I had expected. A hint of chocolate, some leather and tobacco, and quite a lot of oak-barrel. Alcoholic fumes hit the noose, but are well integrated with the sophisticated character of the smell. All in all, it's quite reminiscent of fine spirits.

T: The taste is dominated by a dense and heavy malty character with lots of sweetness to it. The raspberries are present in the mouth, but again they are more subtle than I had expected. The raspberry flavors are of a really genuine quality, no raspberry candy in sight. Caramel, notes of tobacco and leather, and quite a lot of oak. I get a hint of chocolate, but it's very faint. Perhaps I pick up the slightest hint of coffee. The finish is almost ridiculously long and has a great warming feeling to it due to the alcohol. The raspberries delivers a nice acidity that goes really great with sweetness from the malts and alcohol. All in all, the raspberries get more prominent towards the finish. Some residual notes of oak barrels and raspberry pits in the finish as well.

M: Very full-bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. It actually has a surprisingly high level of carbonation (which is still rather gentle) which seems to suit the beer nice since it lightens up the otherwise dense feeling and helps to spread all of the wonderful aromas around the mouth.

D: This is a great beer. Surly one of a kind that delivers an explosion of flavors and a great beer experience. Drinks like fine spirits, but still with that great character you can't get from any other type of beverage.

ricke, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of xpimptastikx
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

I received this in the recent White Whale BIF and couldn't wait any longer to try it.
6.3oz 2007 bottle served in a small snifter.

A - Pours a rich caramel with reddish hue. I think I see a few small bubbles of carbonation, but didn't expect any given the abv.

S - Fresh tart raspberries dipped in caramel chocolate. I could smell this all night long.

T - Big malty raspberries, chocolate, caramel, and cherries. I thought it would be sweeter in the sugar sense, but it's just massively malty sweet.

M/D - The amount of carbonation is perfect for this beer. It just slightly bubbles over your tongue, but leaves your mouth lingering with the malty syrup. Drinkablity is great, and the bottle size is absolutely perfect.

I need to find at least one more bottle of this to see what its like at 3+ years...

xpimptastikx, Aug 02, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev -3.9%

Big thanks to spacecoyote for that botte from 2007. Looks great, the beer in the glass also. Old-malty aroma, nice raspberry notes. Tastes strong, quite malty and dry. The fruity notes come back in the aftertaste. Nicely fruity-prickly on the tongue, very well balanced. A very enjoyable beer!

kappldav123, Jul 28, 2009
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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.

roadhouse, Jul 27, 2009
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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.

alcstradamus, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of mikecharley
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.

mikecharley, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

2007 vintage

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.

Thanks BigMcLargeHuge!

BEERchitect, Jul 03, 2009
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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.

johnd513, Jun 22, 2009
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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

Appearance: 4.0
Smell: 4.5
Taste: 4.0
Mouthfeel: 4.0
Overall: 4.5

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.

koopa, Jun 13, 2009
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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)!

msubulldog25, May 18, 2009
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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.

Metalmonk, May 16, 2009
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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.

bulletrain76, May 11, 2009
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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.

goethean, May 10, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
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.

Sean9689, May 05, 2009
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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.

HV

sholland119, May 03, 2009
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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.

Schwab, Apr 25, 2009
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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!

HopHead84, Apr 15, 2009
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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!

Deuane, Apr 15, 2009
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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).

MasterSki, Apr 14, 2009
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