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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

867 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 867
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 sleepingbear
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Acquired a 187ml wax dipped 2004 bottle from a friend. (Thanks Michael!)

I had seen this beer's high ratings and had some very high expectations for it. It was almost impossible for it to have lived up to it’s legend.

Then I smelled it.
The scent was magnificent with a rich malty aroma with a lingering red fruit nose.
The first sip is like a warm, frothy dark chocolate bitters and raspberry crème.
Damn!

This is raspberry chocolate cake in a bottle. I imagine drinking these little 187ml bottles on a hard xcountry ski run. On a stop at a Lake Michigan plateau, cold clean air- and a bottle of raspberry chocolate cake. I'm going to buy as much of this as I can find.
I am hooked.

sleepingbear, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of grub
4.83/5  rDev +10%

2004 vintage.

pours a deep red brown with ruby highlights and a thin very fine head. the head drops to a ring, but rises up again with a gentle swirl.

aroma is fantastic. caramel and dried fruit. raspberry. bittersweet chocolate. toffee. light sweetness.

taste is excellent. moderate bitterness. the great caramel and toffee sweetness from the aroma is there. raspberry. bittersweet chocolate. raisin and date. slightly vinous. just a little alcohol warmth.

mouthfeel is excellent. very fine carbonation. nice body, but without being sticky sweet.

drinkability is great. the alcohol is hidden well. really nice as an after dinner drink. i need to find more of this one.

grub, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

2004 release, acquired via trade from nothertimber, so a big “thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 6.3oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with almost no head and even less lacing.

S: Strong aroma of raspberry, with a background of dark chocolate & caramel. There’s some alcohol detected as well, that’s to be expected with a beer with this high of an ABV.

T: Sweet raspberry & chocolate flavor coats your mouth as you drink it. Out of habit I started out taking larger sips, but then I realized that taking smaller sips seemed to bring out the flavor much more. There’s a mild alcohol warmth, but not as strong as the smell leads you to believe, nor does it seem like it’s even close to the 13.50% ABV. The raspberry sweetness sticks around in a faint after-taste.

M: Extremely smooth and viscous, very low carbonation, medium-to-heavy body, finish is only slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, not very filling and fact that the ABV is expertly disguised makes this beer dangerously drinkable. It’s a sipper, but I sipped it very quickly.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%

2004 vintage. Muchas Gracias wingnutter

A: No carbonation. There was a hint of pressure difference when the cap came off but thats about it. Has a soy like consistency to it. This almost looks like coffee but a bit more amber like.

S: Raspberry licorice, molasses, vanilla bean, faint chocolate cake and brown sugar.

T: Oh wow, this is going to be difficult. Begins with mellow raspberry flavored coffee which pings the tip of the tongue. The raspberry becomes more pronounced then blends together with fine Belgian chocolate. These flavors embrace each other for what seems like an eternity until the coffee persona takes on more of a roasted quality. Nothing over the top, just a gentle nudge in that direction. Finishes with long lingering raspberry/butterscotch/marshmallow. Raspberry cordial stays with the drinker long after the last sip.

M: Full and silky like a nice liqueur

D: Everything I hoped for...really. Its like I imagined yet so different. Fantastically hand crafted and balanced...seriously delicious.

Westsidethreat, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of ghostwalker
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

187mL nip bottle. Label marked 2004. Cap sealed with maroon wax. Served at cellar temp. That is, whatever temp my cellar is currently at...

Body is ruby-red/caramel brown. Light 1/2 finger of reddish-tan head falls off quick. No lacing.

Nose is rich chocolate/caramel. Sharp raspberries too. Raspberries were more noticeable before the pour. Booze is obvious in the nose once poured into my Maudite Tulip. I can't imagine a more intense or interesting smelling beer.

Flavor is sweet and sharp raspberries. Smooth chocolate/caramel present at the finish, but slightly less than I caught in the nose. It is much like an after dinner cordial or liqueur. Very rich and very unique.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly syrupy. It's a mouthfull.

Drinkability is limited, but good. This is a real sipper, that's why it comes in such a small bottle. But every sip is more interesting than the one before.

A unique and complex brew. I recommend it highly!

ghostwalker, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%

It poured a deep ruby red with just a hint of head. The body of this brew is beautiful and candy-apple in color. Unfortunately the head just wasn't there, and I had to dock it a point.
When the beer's cold, the smell isn't that interesting. But when it warms up, WOW! It smells like a chocolate raspberry truffel. The taste? Imagine combining chocolate covered cherries, a tootsie pop and beer. It's really remarkable. Mouthfeel is oily, rather heavy and warming. Drinkability is ok, but it's not 'beer-drinkable.' It's more like a port or a sweet dessert wine.

DaveFL1976, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%

Deep mahogany and amber hues. Thin ring of carbonation but no head. Aroma of caramel and maple syrup like pancakes for breakfast. Strong and sweet with a hint of dark fruit to the nose also. The taste is quite delectable, a brilliant mix of caramel, raisin and chocolate malt flavors followed by a lingering tangy fruit spice. Nice dryness, and a solid finish which actually doesn't seem that strong in alcohol. Medium body with a slight viscosity. Soft tingly carbonation. Somewhat a sipper, but only for the amazing richness of flavors. It's very enjoyable, especially for a style I am not that fond of. Such a palate mixture of flavors, as rich as it is, no one facet dominates which makes it a great strong beer... Thanks to BigDaddyWil for letting me try this one...

bennetj17, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%

I've been hanging on to a few of these bottles for special occasions. Decided to pop one with the recent birth of my new baby daughter.
Appears a dark, turbid brown with a ruby hue when held up to the light. The tiny, off white head quickly fizzles out into a collar that also fades out into this special brew.
Smell is better than anticipated. Rich, malty, chocolaty fudge with brown sugar, caramel notes, vanilla, and a heavy drizzling of a thick, raspberry reduction infused with cocoa powder.
Taste is of the same outstanding aromatics, making this a winner among many winners. Flavors are of a confectioner's heaven that combines the sugary notes of cocoa, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and raspberries that have been flambed with an alcohol blend highlighted with Rum. This is like an after dinner brandy, or cognac.
Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, balanced with the sugars, and non-cloyingly delicious.
Jesus God...if this is what heaven is, I'll make a concerted effort to get my ass to church more often. This is heavenly and addictive. Kuhnhenn is set to take over the world 6.3 oz's at a time! F'in great stuff.
Thanks to walleye for supplying this.

weeare138, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of kaimcm
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

187ml bottle 2004, poured into a La Fin goblet and sampled 8/2006. Bottle was the extreme courtesy of BA ThomasHardy. So so nice.

A: Deep, almost black body with undertones of garnet/crimson. Edges have a strong garnet hue. No head on careful pour, little coating brought by agitation.

S: Tart and seemingly dry raspberries abound. Dense malt, rich sugar. Has that unmistakeable yet hard to define smell of eisbock. Alcohol is present in the nose. Almost woody as well, with dark chocolate sweetness and bitterness. Sugar laden pastries creep up after the tartness. Even a touch vinous, red wine or possibly a cognac.

T/M: Prickly carbonation that lightens up the body hits first followed closely by the tart acidity of the berries. Slowly malt and a touch of sugar, though not as much the nose suggested, pull through. Powdery candy quality next that gives way to a long and pretty dry finish. The impression never really leaves, the finish just keeps on until the next sip. Some teeth licking is in order after every sip.

D: A slow sipper for sure, and I really appreciate the 187ml size.

Overall an excellent beer that Im thrilled to have finally had the pleasure of trying. However, for me the raspberry is a little too obvious and the eisbock a little too obscured. That being said its still the best non-lambic fruit beer Ive ever had. So thankful for this chance.

kaimcm, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of beerinator
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance: Deep burgandy beer with only faint traces of head. I poured rather slowly, so this could have been the culprit. A gentle sloshing of the glass forced up a few bubbles, but not very much.

Aroma: Candied fruit, mixed throughout a bready cake. There are notes of chocolate present as well. Cocoa laced fruitcake perhaps? The raspberry smell comes through fairly well after a few big drafts of the aroma. The beer's aroma seems to show through very well too, which is a good thing in my opinion.

Taste: The raspberry flavor is fairly well present, mixing well with a butterscotch-y caramel backbone. There are notes of chocolate that seem to blend well with the stronger flavors of the fruit and the caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice and the finish lingers slightly with fruity sweetness.

Notes: I've only tasted tiny samples of this before. It was nice to have a decent sized pour to actually sample. The chocolate and raspberry flavors meld well and it is well worth a sample if you can get your hands on it.

beerinator, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of wingnutter
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%

Ahhh...The elusive Raspberry Eisbock. Brought a case back to Florida with me when I visited in June, since it was there and I could afford it. I have been enjoying this stuff every so often since, and have let a select few in on the experience. Ive had the pelasure of drinking 6 of these in the last month and a half, so Ive got a pretty good feel for it by now. On to the review:

6.3oz 2004 batch. I wish it was in the bottle pictured, but its just a plain old 6.3 oz bottle. No genie looking vessel. :sadbanana:

Pours almost black into a snifter glass. A hint of red, but not much light gets through it. No head at all, but its not expected with this gem. Not spectacular to look at, which is the only thing keeping me from giving it 5's across the board (except for mouthfeel)

Aroma is raspberry and chocolate laced with alcohol...beautiful. Tootsie-rolls come to mind. Ive never smelled anything like it in a beer. In fact, once you taste it, its hard to believe that this can be called a beer.

Taste is almost indescribable....the expected chocolate and raspberry, with a tart/sweetness that blends together perfectly....Like dessert in a bottle. Decadent is the word that comes to mind. Underneath the chocolate and raspberry are raisins, toffee, toasted caramel and maybe molasses. Dark, overly ripe fruits dwell within. Expertly crafted, this is one amazing beverage. Almost has a port wine feel, without the tannic quality. 13+ ABV?? Could have fooled me. The alcohol barely makes an appearance, if at all.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Smooth as can be, with an aftertaste taste that lingers and lingers. .

Drinkability is off the charts. I dont know if Ive ever given a 5 in this category, but Id give ot a 10 if I could. The best fruit beer I have ever tried, and its hard to imagine there is any better.

What an amazing acheivement by the folks at Kuhnhenn. Its a shame they arent making this one anymore. Do whatever it takes to get your hands on this.

wingnutter, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of sopor
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

2004 batch drank 7/23/06

Dark ruby brown and golden tinged beer pours thickly into my chalice with very little head, just a tan ring of foam.

Smooth melted creamy chocolate with tart raspberry, kissed with dark fruits; plums, prunes and blackberries.

Up front, almost cloying sweetness segues into bitter black/dark chocolate, like 60% cocoa, with tart raspberry and sour prune. The slightest hint of coffee and roast malt come out in the end.

Body is the perfect balance of slick & thick! Delicate carbonation makes for an AWESOME body!

Not super quaffable, but extremely complex and tasty. A must have.

sopor, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of ken3c
4.83/5  rDev +10%

Dark brown with a tinge of red. Small ring and small islands of foam dwindles to tiny bubbles here and there. A couple sesame seed sized sinkers.

A heady smell of dark chocolate and cooked raspberries are tempting in the extreme.

The aroma is almost an invitation to disappointment but I must say that this was everything I thought it could be. Chocolate malted milk with raspberry. Not as intense as the aroma but quite a bit more complex. There is a berry seed bitterness and a tartness that lasts, literally, for hours. Like a mouthwatering SweetTart under your tongue tartness.

Surprisingly medium in body. With so much aroma and flavor, I expected it to feel thicker. Very creamy. Plenty of carbonation tickle to make it even more interesting.

There is a reason that it comes in a 6.3oz bottle. I could not imagine drinking more in one sitting. Even so, it took me over an hour to fully savor it and I still felt like I was drinking too fast. Very enjoyable. Very interesting.

ken3c, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of artusory
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a muddy brown with little head. The aroma is rich and sweet with lots of toffee and chocolate, some raspberries, but they are definitely subdued. The flavor is rum raisin, toffee, raspberries, some chocolate. The mouthfeel is very soft with light carbonation and a warm finish. Very nice sipper.

artusory, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Brian700
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%

Wow, this is an incredible beer. It has lived up and surpassed my expectations. The bottle I have is from 2004.

This pours dark brown, almost black, with a deep red hue. It has a small tan head with red hues as well that leave some decent lacing around my glass.

The flavor is mind boggling. I expected this to be over the top raspberries but there is a huge chocolate flavor here. It starts with a dark fruit flavor, real thick and syrupy, and then chocolate creeps in there and the two flavors blend to create a port-like taste. The raspberry is in there, I should say there is some chocolate covered raspberry flavor instead. This is by far one of the best beers I have ever had. I must get my hands on some more.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely and lets the flavor work your mouth long after the swallow.

This is a pretty drinkable beer for being so strong.

Brian700, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

2004 vintage, 6.3 oz/187ml green bottle, dipped in wax, $9.99 USD!

A: Mahogony/cherry-wood colour. Pours with a hint of tan head, which quickly dissipates. A healthy dose of yeast sediment left in the bottle (which was actually fairly tasty).

S: Raspberry, sherry (winey alcohol, fairly boozy aroma), hint of chocolate and cherries.

T: Sweet/tart balance of raspberry flavour, with a little chocolate & caramel. There's a hint of medicinal flavour similar to cherry caugh-syrup, though surprisingly the alcohol flavour isn't overly assertive. No hop bitterness or flavour.

M: Moderate body is surprisingly dry, though it still leaves a sweet aftertaste. Light to moderate carbonation.

D: It's a sipper.

It's good, but not as great as I expected.

Derek, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a murky brownish color with ruby highlights. Not much head or lacing. A bit of sediment.

Aroma is intense with a tart raspberry sting and belgian chocolate complimenting each perfectly. A little liquer like kick in the end finishes the smell.

Taste doesn't quite live up to aroma. A bit too chocolately and the raspberries seem a bit muddled. I know they use real raspberries but the flavor doesn't come out like I was hoping. Caramel, vanilla, and creamy all provide cover for the raspberries. Alcohol lurks and comes out in the finish but seems nowhere near the 13.5% it claims. A bit of citric chocolate finish is what I'm left with.

Quite smooth and enjoyable. There's a nice malty base and some depth to this offering. Not really a sipper in my book but too damn expensive not to be one. I liked this beer but I can't justify ever buying it again.

granger10, May 27, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%

2004 bottle. Since this is the last day of American Carft Beer Week, I decided to close it out with a bang.

This beer pours a dark brown color with a thin light brown head. The head fades fast, leaving a lot of laces.

This beer has a very pleasent raspberry and chocolate aroma. It smells quite sweet. I am a little surprised at how chocolatey this smells. The alcohol is hidden well in the aroma, but I can detect a hint of it.

This beer has a very chocolate raspberry flavor. It tastes like I am eating candy. It is very sweet. The alcohol is noticable in the flavor. Wow, this beer is incredable. Never have I tasted a beer with a flavor or aroma any where near this.

This beer leaves an aftertaste like raspberrys. It is easy to drink, which is quite a surprise since it is so high in alcohol. This beer is also surprisingly smooth.

This beer would probably not make the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and that would be a problem. Also, the flavor, although wonderful, is a little sewwt. It might be hard to drink too many. I am sure that I could drink more than 6.5 oz though.

Thank you very much thomashardy for hooking me up with this winner.

OStrungT, May 21, 2006
Photo of Beaver13
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

6.3 oz bottle dated 2004. Pours a murky brownish red with a thin fizzy light beige head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma is subdued raspberries, chocolate, caramel, toffee, some wood, and vinous alcohol.

The flavor is sweet chocolate maltiness and tart raspberries, some oak and a crisp vinous slightly bitter alcohol finish. It's very rich and complex. The mouthfeel is medium full and very smooth.

Overall, a very fine brew! It's very well balanced and very drinkable. I'm bummed it's such a small amount (and a bit pricey!).

Beaver13, May 16, 2006
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%

500ml bottle that really reminds of the Sam Adams Utopias bottle...only more plain. 2004 batch. Monstrous, epic thanks to AKSmokedPorter, and, more importantly, a certain BA who will be thanked indirectly for getting this to AKSP.

A: A satisfying "pfft" upon opening the aged bottle. Poured a few fingers into my Samichlaus snifter. Stunning chocolate-infused amber in color. Tight, tight layer of coffee-froth-colored head. Tiny beads of lace slowly glide down the sides of the glass after each sip...to be consumed again by the now wispy-thin layer.

S: Tootsie Roll raspberry sucker. That's what I smell. Dead, spot on. An amazing layer of chocolate-toffee mixed with T-O-N-S of freshly ground berries. Woven into the supporting fabric is a boozy/brandy-like aroma, drizzled with loads of caramlized sugar. "Fresh" is an understatement.

T: Quite sweet up front. This is quickly brushed aside by an avalanche of berry flavor. It's amazing to experience the onslaught of such a fresh-tasting raspberry flavor, almost as if the berries were put in the bottle just before opening. Swift notes of Heath bar rise to the challenge of the boatload of raspberry puree` on your palate. Finishes rather dry, with a kinda "raspberry seeds in your mouth" aftertaste, accompanied (briefly) by a slight warming ABV. Simply amazing.

M/D: 13.5% ABV. No way. Cloaked in the flavor is the alcohol with this one. Dangerously drinkable. This is lasting me all through the Sox-Yankees game, hopefully enough to drown out Chris Berman. My palate is completely covered by this thing. I feel as though I could cut it with a knife. One-of-a-kind. And (more than likely) a once-in-a-lifetime experience (one I'll not soon forget).

OldFrothingSlosh, May 12, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%

A beer to savor when watching the Pistons romp on Cleveland....again.Poured a deep mahogany brown with some real cherry red hue with a somewhat fizzy quick dissapating head,aromas of vanilla,wood,raspberry juice,some iron and a bit of milk chocolate thrown in.Caramel sweetness along with some hefty molasses notes upfront the raspberry flavors are more in the backdrop but always there with some dark chocolate with an odd finish I cant quite put my finger on the flavor its a little unpleasant because there is so much going on otherwise its like a metallic fruit flavor.Bottled in 2004 its a very fine beer except for that odd finish.

oberon, May 10, 2006
Photo of nflmvp
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%

2004 Vintage. Thanks to Amatuerbeerguy for this sample.

Poured a dark cherry red with a one finger head that lasted, less than a minute.

Smell is outstanding. The only beer I can recall having so much more in the way of smell than it did in the area of taste. Smelled strongly of sweet red licorice.

Taste wasn't so much of red licorice as it was of muted raspberry (as you would expect).

Mouthfeel was thick but spotty. Not as coating as you would expect, but consistant.

Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is very well masked in this high alcohol brew.

nflmvp, May 08, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

6.3 oz. bottle - 2004 edition. Thanks to Frozensoul327 for the bottle.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with some reddish hues. Has a small tan head that recedes to the edge of the glass.

Smell is sweet and malty with a hint of raspberry and a light cocoa scent. A bit of alcohol is present.

The flavor in this beast is like no other. Sweet and malty with a big raspberry taste upfront. This is followed by a rich cocoa taste combined with even more raspberries. Finishes with a lingering sweet fruitiness and just a hint of alcohol.

Big chewy body, low carbonation.

This beer lives up to the billing. It is very drinkable, but you really have to sip and savor it to get the most out of it. It is certainly something special, and I am glad I had the opportunity to try it.

MaltyGoodness, May 03, 2006
Photo of WeymouthMike
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a dark molasses like color which thins near the edges like a cognac with a minimal head which disappears quickly. Strawberry is the dominant smell and first thing I detect as I taste. Its not syrupy but thick and this is seen as small amounts cover the edge of the glass rather than run back after the initial sips. Very similar taste to a Trois Pistoles minus the carbonation. This is a wonderful after dinner/dessert drink and I thank BA for given me the oppurtunity to access this beer.

WeymouthMike, May 02, 2006
Photo of Shovelbum
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

2004 vintage.

Pours a thin tan head over a deep mahogany body. Head recedes without lace. Strong aromas of caramel backed by vinous fruit, chocolate and brandy. More caramel malt up front in the flavor accompanied by rapberries and more subtle vinous fruit and chocolate. Quite sweet. A berry-induced tartness rears its head toward the finish. Full-bodied, medium to low carbonation and very smooth and creamy. The raspberry flavor lingers.

A interesting brew worthy of sipping and contemplation. Several waves of complex flavors that blend well in the overall picture, but each have their moment in the sun. Still, I would definitely ay the caramel is the major player, and its not any run of the mill caramel flavor—it has a musty almost burnt character to it that lends a distinctive character to the lager. A unique brew, worthy of special occasions or a pensive winter night.

Shovelbum, Apr 26, 2006
Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.