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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 1,251
Gots: 180 | FT: 28
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: marburg on 07-27-2003

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

** Update 9/10** Received a bottle from Masterski.

There is a lot more chocolate flavors up front, then a sense of vanilla in the finish, than I remember. Just as awesome as I remember.

Special thanks to Fiver29 for providing this as an extra in a recent trade. Awesome Treat and big thanks!! Much appreciated..

Well, I really enjoyed this little treat. 2007 bottle.

No head, no lacing just straight business. Deep amber color with reddish tints.

Aroma was wonderful.... Deep intense malt aromas a touch of alcohol and the raspberries.. Just a hint, but definitely there.

Awesome flavor. Deep layered sweet malts with just the right sweetness and then the raspberries come thought. Really like a deep barleywine with the raspberry flavor. Caramel doesn't begin to describe the malt flavors..

Just an excellent beer.

Syrup like and a sipping drink.... A treat for sure.

I want more!!

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

Thanks to goryshkewych for this one.
07 vintage 11.9% but only 6.3 oz

A. Hazy ruby when held up to light with very small tan head.

S. First raspberries, strawberry icecream, cocoa powder, and raisins.

T. Sweet raspberry sauce, dark chocolate,raisins.

M. Mouth coating sweet goodness, alochol in the finish.

D. I'm enjoying this one, a bigger bottle would be nice but the flavors are intense. Well balanced for a Eisbock.

Photo of waltonc
3.57/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a trade thanks to MasterSki.

A: Blah looking brownish red color with virtually no head.
S: I guess this is raspberries that I'm smelling, but it's a little off, and off-putting. Sweet toffee-like tones in here too. Very pungent.
T: Raspberry, caramel, toffee. Very sweet.
M: Pretty thick body, very little carbonation.
D: Low. As the bottle notes, this is a dessert beer.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle in a trade a while ago. Forgot who from but thanks...
Poured into a tulip. Very viscous. Inky like. Nice red color. No head though. The 2007 vintage might be the reason for the lack of head.

Smell is of a huge malt character. Lots of raspberry and caramel/chocolate. Very sweet smell.

Taste is very sweet. Lots of raspberry and chocolate with a caramel sweetness. Very good.

Mouthfeel is very viscous. Almost RIS thick. A little more carbonation would be nice but it could have dissapated in my 2007 bottle so I won't ding it for that.

Drinkability is not very high because this is a sipper and I would not drink alot of these. I don't think I will seek it out in a trade again either because once was enough for me.

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

I've had this bottle from a great trade a while back. No better night than tonight after I was done clearing the snow from the driveway. Thanks go to Derek, aka Hoppymeal for sending this East.

Petite 6.3oz bottle poured into snifter.
Bottle Graphics: 9/10. Cool as shiznit.

A: Goopy brown syrup color with a tiny head

S: Pow zoom batman. A huge amount of fresh soaked raspberries right to the brain. I have never smelled a beer this robust. It is sweet but not overly sweet somehow. There is a sense of smoke that juxtaposes the scents and aligns the senses.

T: Raspberries and fresh fruit right in the midddle of the season. Marmalade like that almost carried to the texture. If you could take the best qualities of a fruit beer and make it into a marmalade, this is what the taste would resemble.

It is smoothly bitter that leads you in the direction of bitterness, but not really catching any chocolate as I had expected. More like a vanilla flavored tootsie roll than chocolate.

M: Terrific body that served as a delivery vehicle of the flavors. A little drying after all the sweetness and tartness in the front.

D: World class quality, and I give them points for putting such a potent elixir in a small package. The booze is felt but boy do I want to have another bottle.

Thanks Derek.

Photo of jim102864
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Scored this 2007 vintage in a trade this past fall and kept it for a special occassion. Certainly, a great way to ring out 2008 on New Year's Eve.

Poured from the miniscule, 6.3 oz, burgundy-red wax capped bottle into my Leffe stemmed goblet. It poured very viscous and cloudy, almost pulpy it's so thick. Upon swirling, it's as if the raspberry pits cling to the glass.

On to the nose. An explosion of ripened raspberries, like jam in a glass. I feel like making a PB & J sandwich it's so bountiful. I like a brew that clearly states it's case even before I sip it.

I let the bottle rest on the kitchen counter for 15 minutes and then another five or so in the glass before the first magical sip. Like a chocolate candy with raspberry filling! Chewy and fruity with a mild alcohol burn in the finsih. Thick and full bodied. Fruity esters abound like raspberry preserves and caramel sandwiched as one. Then caramel notes become more dominant as it warms further.

This is a tongue-coater. The raspberry goodness pricks the sides of your tongue then fades with a flourish of mild alcohol bite.

Obviously a special, world-class treat, meant to be savored as I did in front of a fire on New Year's Eve. I hope they make it to the Extreme Beer Fest again like they did last year.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review 600! Thanks to goryshkewych for this in a trade over a year ago. 2007 bottle.

A: Poured a syrupy brown with zero head. Not so much lacing but the liquid runs down the glass very slowly.

S: Damn that is a nose. Raspberry chocolate cake. Some darker fruits as well. Perhaps a touch of tobacco. If you do not put the smell of this as a 5 you probably have suffered brain damage. Incredible.

T: Just an assault on your tongue. Chocolate and raspberries right up front. Almost has a cigar like tobacco taste as well. Lots of sweetness. The booze is there and it is warming on the way down.

M: Thick like...well it's thick. No carbonation at all.

D: I split the nip bottle and I want more. Just a really well crafted beer. Tons of complexity without being overwhelming. I have never been disappointed with anything this brewery has produced.

Photo of rhinos00
4.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 Vintage -- poured from a waxed top 6.3 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a murky, brown with blends of dark crimson. Little to no head formed on this one.

S- WOW!!! Absolutely fantastic. The aroma so was pungent, so rich, a whole experience within itself. Strong scents of raspberries and chocolates just float in the glass waiting to be picked up by each smell.

T- You really can't appreciate the the freezing process in creating an eisbock until you try it for yourself. The raspberry was so concentrated and the chocolate so rich and velvety, completely ridiculous. What I really enjoyed the most about this beer was the delicate, tart finish of every sip.

M- Medium bodied with little carbonation. The mouth feel was just perfect as it hung on the palate, allowing all the flavors to be reached throughout.

D- At nearly 14% ABV this is hilariously drinkable. The only hint of it's strength is the slight, subtle burn as you're reaching the end. The 6.3 oz bottle is the perfect serving size.

First and foremost, I have to thanks to Seth (yankeeheel) for his extreme generosity in sending this beer my way. It was definitely an experience which I can only hope to relive if I'm lucky enough. At nearly 5 years old, this beer was nearly perfect in every facet. The thing that blew my mind was the richness and bold flavors that were produced. Highly recommended!

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks TBC for the great beer!

2007 6.3oz green bottle - Poured an unattractive cloudy root beer color with a quickly dissipating 1 finger tan head. An intense aroma of raspberries with slight hint of alcohol make up the nose. First sip is all raspberries with some raisins and plum notes contributing to the flavor. Starts sweet, quickly bitter, then sweet again. The 11.9% ABV is well hidden. World Class.

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

2007 edition. Got in a trade with phyl21ca - many thanks! Poured from a 187ml (6.3oz) small green bottle in to a snifter. It was a deep reddish brown color. Very cloudy. No carbonation and no lacing. It didn't have a head when poured and no foam or collar afterward.

The aroma was really excellent. It's like liquid candy. Heavy on raspberries of course. Also strong chocolate and caramel. Very enticing. The taste follwed the aroma. Like a liquid raspberry, caramel cordial. Not cloying in the least just very candy-like. Even the wife liked it. Very smooth. The ABV on the 2007 is 11.9% but you didn't really notice it. It was barely there in aroma and taste. You do feel the warming effects in the throat and stomach but other than that it is well hidden. The mouthfeel is very good. It's thick and has a nice tart finish.

Overall, an excellent beer that I highly recommend.Worthy of the praise and high rating. I've got to get more of this and others from KBC.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a few bottles of the 2007 vintage in different trades with Viggo, TheBlackMallard and goryshkewych. Thanks, guys! The stream by the gym I go to is frozen over and I figured now's as good a time as any to drink this.

A: Deep raspberry red with a thin tan head that recedes rather quickly. Exceptional clarity with some visible carbonation

S: Ridiculously intoxicating with raspberries and milk chocolate. This really smells like some exquisite, high-end candy. Despite being served at cellar temp, I'm not getting any alcohol, it's beautifully hidden. Mildly vinous, caramel and vanilla are noticeable.

T: Big in body with rich raspberry flavor and creamy caramel milk chocolate. There's notes of vanilla and almost a little bit of spice ( a combination of the alcohol and the fruit?) Alcohol does appear on the finish, lending a very graceful warmth, this also does contribute to a mild drying effect.

M: The soft carbonation works with the biggish body, lending to a pretty enjoyable feel. Long, sweet finish with some caramel and vanilla being noticeable

D: This is the very definition of a sipper. The serving size is perfect too.

Notes: This is almost liqueur-like and pretty much redefines what a beer can be.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 Bottle sampled with JCW and Brodie.

Poured a raspbeery color with a small head that diminished quickly with fair lacing.

Pure enjoyable raspberry aroma that lasted even after the liquid was gone.

Medium body with a smooth texture.

Strong raspberry and chocolate flavor with a long finish with no alcohol bite.

A road trip to Warren is being planned.

Photo of Goliath
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky brown color with nearly no head on the pour.

The aroma is nice. Big doses of caramel and chocolate on the nose with some fruity and flowery esters running around. A decent shot of alcohol also comes through.

The taste is phenomenal! The raspberry flavor is ridiculously good. A good bit of chocolate and caramel come through as well. It's like a Raspberry truffle. There is a bit of alcohol in there, but it's tamed. I don't konw what else to say, except that I'm nearly speechless.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied and very lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is suprisingly high. The high alcohol content is not noticeable, and the flavors are incredible making for an awesome drinking experience. A 6.3 oz sipper, that's for sure!

Photo of jaxon53
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage

A big thank you to plucier for trading me this legendary beer. I just hope it lives up to the hype! Served this at cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a 187ml green bottle. This is another beer I'm excited about trying.

Appearance: Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock pours out a deep, almost murky, reddish brown color. A somewhat hard pour resulted in a fine layer of bubble on top of the beer that quickly vanished. No head and no lace to speak of.

Smell: Almost reminds me of an old ale. Minor notes of chocolate and caramel. Nice thick blast of booze with some raspberry and a touch of raisin in the background. Mild vanilla undertones. Smells slightly oxidized.

Taste: Wow! Tastes much better than it smells. Nice strong, almost tart raspberry flavor. Definitely a chocolate presence in there. Also some caramel. Slightly sweet, very smooth. Finishes with a quite warm hit of alcohol. Flavor lingers in the mouth awhile.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, palate coating mouthfeel. Feels thick and velvety. No carbonation that I could feel.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable for such huge flavors and ABV. Sip this one like a good brandy. This is my first Kuhnhenn beer and I was pleasantly surprised. A truly big beer from a little bottle.

Photo of SQNfan
3.67/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dirty red to brown in color. The nose showed off lots of chocolate dipped raspberries. This is simillar in the medium-bodied palate that had nice richness. While this was an enjoyable beer, I do not quite get all the fuss. It was well-balanced yet fairly simple.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.32/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A beer I have been trying to get for some time. 07 vintage. A very small bottle, pours a mostly cloudy brown-red color. A limited head and not much retention or lacing through the tasting. Some minimum sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

The nose has more of the eisbock notes with some underlining of the raspberry notes. To start there is a strong alcohol and fusel notes that come out strong. Granted it is a eisbock, it is still pretty strong. Some nice kettle caramel notes brings a rich malty note. A touch of roast that is a bit odd. Some yeasty note but minimum. The raspberry is limited with some hints of fruit but non-distinct.

The taste is similar to the nose. More of a malty presence and limited rasp notes. More of a fusel flavor with some alcohol notes as well. Some yeast notes, my guess is that it was fermented to high. The kettle caramel is there but limited by the harsh alcohol. The raspberry comes out more versus the nose, but brings out more of an astringent kick more than a sweeter note. Would have liked more of a sweetness versus the harsher tart notes. Some phenolics, figs and a hint of astringency, though not as strong on what the nose indicated. Some bready notes as well.

The body is big with some stickiness, but the fusels are a deterrent for this beer. I think this would age nicely but overall there are some off notes that at this time are too much of a distraction.

A big thanks to goryshkewyc for the trade.

Photo of rudylaw
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to phly21ca for trading me this after dinner treat.

This is a 2007 6.3 oz bottling.

It pours a nice bloody/grapey red. Extremely short-lived off-white head that fizzles away immediately.

I smell tart raspberries right away. I also get a decent amount of caramel and chocolate upon deeper sniffs.

First taste is all of the above with a considerable boozy twinge. Very smooth mouthfeel. There will be no pounding this one... this is a sipper if ever there was one.

This is really great. I think I still prefer New Glarus' Raspberry Tart, but the complexity in this beer will have me seeking it out again. Outstanding!

Photo of johnnnniee
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Bottling 6.7oz

Pours a slightly cloudy dark purple with a minimal head that disappears almost instantly. The nose is very fruity as would be expected, lots of raspberry's, dark caramelized malts, alcohol. Smell is very sweet almost like raspberry liqueur. Taste is fruity, malty with an alcohol bit that lingers on in the finish. Very tasty, like a port but sweeter. This one is definitely a sipper. The body is thick, the mouthfeel is sticky, carbonation is low. Great sipping beer or nightcap. I need to try more from this brewery!

Photo of david131
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Edition

A- Red, slightly murky with a very sporadic white head that forms a ring at the edges.

S- Raspberries, caramel, chocolate, cotton candy, a little bit of alcohol. Very complex and sweet smelling. Astounding.

T- Same as the aroma with more bang. Maybe a bit of citrus in there? The alcohol is pretty warm, but it is just a sipper.

M- Slightly warm, but it subsides the more you drink. It is pretty sticky sweet. Actually, for 13.5% this is pretty nice.

D- This is actually a really easy drinking beer, for the ABV. The aromas and flavors blend really well together. Very enjoyable.

Photo of TasteTester
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle back in May while in Detroit for my sister's wedding. Been holding it for a special occassion, though I wanted to get some dessert tonight and instead had this. Bottled 2007.

A-Deep brownish purplish red. No lacing and no head. Should have poured in to a snifter.

S-Sweet fruits, though raspberries aren't exactly dominant. Semi-sweet chocolate and bitter alcohol.

T-Raspberries are here! Also the chocolate and alcohol undertones. I would compare the complexity to something like DFH 120.

M-Creamy and smooth. No resiny tackiness. Flavor does linger a little.

D-I wish it came in a bigger bottle. Perfect size for an after dinner treat.

Photo of mattcrill
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kris for the chance to sample this offering that is so rare in our area.

Aroma: Big, dark fruit esters and warming alcohohl notes up front. Syrupy and carmel-like sweetness dominate the nose.

Appearance: Dirty brown pour with red hues. A low off white foam stand that fades quickly. Tan lacing clings to the sides.

Flavor: Raspberry pie with carmel drizzle. Wonderful blend of deep dark fruits and estery alcohol flavors. A slight raspberry puckering sensation that is well knit with the carmel and fruit base.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with low carbonation. Slightly slick and chewy with warming alcohol on the back of the palate.

Overall impression: A big, malty, fruit beer. I'm not sure I could drink this all the time but what a splendid, well-made treat! Three cheers for Kris for the opportunity to try this rare beer.

Photo of gford217
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #300! Bottle courtesy of brdc poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown in the glass which has orange tints when held up to the light. There is almost no head at all, leaving no lacing or head retention.

S: The smell is pretty intense, with the obvious raspberry aroma, but with a huge sweetness featuring caramel and chocolate. Alcohol burn increased as it warmed.

T: The taste is like a raspberry tootsie pop. Lots of raspberry sweetness up front with chocolate mixed in as well. The alcohol makes its presence felt with a burn in the throat through the finish and lingering between sips.

M: Mouthfeel is like a liquid dessert, syrupy sweet and sticky.

D: This is definitely a dessert beer and very much a sipper. The sweetness is pretty intense and the alcohol is evident in the taste, especially as it warms. Still, an extremely unique beer. Big thanks to Daniel for the opportunity to try this gem.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to tprokop7 for trading this rare gem to me. Poured in to my Dogfish Head snifter a mildly opaque raspberry brown, with no heading. Look is also very viscous looking, almost syrupy looking based on a swirl around the glass. Aroma is bursting with sweet raspberries, bit of vodka, and chocolate. Taste is lovely, with chocolate, raspberries, maple syrup, pleasant warming alcohol, and many other flavors I can't even begin to decipher. Body is just about perfect in that it is silky smooth, heavy, and complex as all hell. The alcohol is certainly there, and detectable not in taste, but instead in the overall feel. Drinkability is fantastic, although this is one to sip. This is a tremendous beer from a brewery that I am fascinated to try more from. By far one of the best beers I have had this year, if not ever. If I have the chance to get this one again, I will be very happy. Cheers

Photo of younger35
2.21/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I received this brew from DrJay many moons ago in a trade. This will officially be my first brew from Kuhnhenn. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip. 2004 vintage.

*NOTE: My score is temporary until I get a newer bottle of this to compare. I either A) Got a bad bottle B) Got a bottle past its prime or C) Just don't care much for this beer.

Appearance- Pours a murky dark brown with zero head, zero cap and collar and no lacing.
Smell- Holy intense! Plenty of raspberries to start things off but something tells me that they've faded a bit over the years. The intense caramel is really what seems to jump out of the glass and is definitely the star of the show. Chocolate is semi noticeable but not to the extent of the caramel. Interesting nose to say the least.
Taste- Starts with a super sweet burnt caramel like taste that is somewhat chocolaty. There is a strange bitterness that is rather intense at first and lingers into the aftertaste. Since I get little, if any, raspberries I'm assuming that the weird bitterness is what's left of them. Very astringent as well with a semi chocolate aftertaste and super hot finish.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin with zero carbonation and a bit of warming on the way down.
Drinkability- Well, needless to say the drinkability is lacking since I couldn't finish the bottle. I know this beer is way better than what I got to try and I'm guessing it's just past it's prime. New score to come with a newer bottle. Big thanks again to Jay though for his generocity!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Weissguy for giving me a chance to try this through a trade. Pours a brilliant ruby and is syrupy and without a head. smells like raspberry chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. Delicious! The taste adds a big caramel finish in addition to the raspberry and chocolate. There is a nice bitter finish to balance the sweetness and the raspberries taste fresh and wonderful. A little hot, but in a nice eau-de-vie way. Very smooth and even somewhat delicate in its mouthfeel. Surprisingly drinkable given the sweetness and high abv. This one I'm drinking is the 2007 and the bottle says it is 11.9%. Very nice!

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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