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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

857 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 1,220
Gots: 129 | FT: 16
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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5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-30-2014 21:14:20 | More by brother_kenneth
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.9%

Bottled in 2004, this tiny jewel of beer goodness pours a woody, copperish, orange/amber with a very thin pearl head that recedes but leaves some nice walls when rolled in a short taster. Pour this bit of perfection in to a glass suited for sipping.

I have no idea how many beers I've tried, maybe 1,500 to 2,000 or so, and I have never had anything that comes close to this beer as far as aroma is concerned. Sublime, pure and simple. Sweet malty caramel covering warm ripe raspberries. Malty bread-like toffee and molasses; raspberry streusel. Heavily fermented fruit and milk chocolate. The berries never dull and I notice something new with every smell and/or sip. Absurdly complex and decadent. I could barely bring myself to finish the beer for fear I would miss the aroma too much.

The flavor does manage to do the aroma justice some how. Syrupy and sweet with an insanely complex mix of slightly roasted malt, caramel, molasses, crushed raspberries, citrus, a tannin like quality, alcohol, and a bready gluttonous thickness. Decadent and impressively complex. Almost unbelievable. Absolutely ideal; there may be some odd, small characteristic that could be tweaked to make this beer even better; but for now I have no idea what that is. Maybe a larger bottle?

Syrupy, thick, warm decadence. The flavor and body of the beer linger on the tongue, teasing me long after I've finished. I'm fairly sure that they've found a way to bottle Christmas. I'm already jonesing here. It’s difficult to say but I'm fairly sure this is the best beer I've ever had.

11-28-2007 00:09:16 | More by letsgopens
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Missouri

5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-15-2012 14:10:55 | More by ajs4bd
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JulianC

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.9%

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Samichlaus82

Germany

5/5  rDev +13.9%

It pours a muddy, reddish brown with no head. Seems rather viscous and the small bubbles of carbonation can’t escape this swirling brew. The nose has a bit of dark chocolate, raspberry liqueur, dates, dried cherries, and very dark caramel. The flavor has bold, tart raspberry and cherry notes, leather, and cocoa powder. The sweetness up front is replaced with a dry tartness on the back end. Very rich and full bodied with a lasting finish. This one definitely expanded my thoughts about what beer can do. Pretty damn outstanding.

10-24-2012 09:23:34 | More by Samichlaus82
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TriGuy20

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-24-2011 01:28:38 | More by TriGuy20
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Arizona

5/5  rDev +13.9%

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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.9%

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zac16125

South Carolina

4.98/5  rDev +13.4%

375mL bottle into a Teku glass
2012 Vintage

350th Beer Advocate Review

A big thanks to Tee2grn for sending this one over in a trade. One of my very top wants for a couple years now.

A: Pours a deep, dark, ruby red with 1 fingers width of tan colored head which quickly dissipates down to nothing. Leaves zero lacing and just a hint of alcohol legs.

S: Just an incredibly luscious sweet raspberry aroma. Like raspberry cheesecake, or raspberry truffles, or red velvet cake. There is a rich, dark chocolate syrup character as well. The faintest hint of booze comes in to remind you that you aren't smelling a gourmet dessert. There is a touch of tart raspberry notes as well. This thing is perfection. I think this is one of the best smelling things I have ever smelled.

T: Sweet raspberry, tart raspberry, rich chocolate, and a hint of mocha coffee bitterness. Some roasted and black malts come out. Faint hints of booze add to the depth and complexity. As it warms I also get caramel/toffee and licorice. An absolutely incredible combination of flavors, with just the right balance of tart and bitter to keep the huge sweetness in check. The aftertaste is incredible with semi-sweet bakers chocolate and dark fruit sweetness, and it lingers forever after each sip. Amazing.

M/D: Very full bodied, thick, a bit chewy, and almost (but not quite) syrupy. Surprising smoothness, likely from the perfect lower carbonation. No burn going down, but gives a whole body warming sensation. ABV is very well restrained and drinkability is just absurd.

O: Near perfect. One of the top handful of beers Ive had all time. World class.

07-01-2013 18:47:36 | More by zac16125
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +13.2%

2004 bottle, served in a red wine glass at Spuyten Duyvil.
Appearance: Poured a murky purple brown color with no head.

Smell: Definitely raspberry in the nose, also a good amount of cocoa, alcohol also evident.

Taste: A chocolate and raspberry dessert, sweet and luxurious. I took about 45 minutes savoring every sip of this bottle. Just great, if dessert beer was a style, this would define it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, adds to how enjoyable this beer is.

Drinkability: It will be far too long before I get my hands on another one of these.

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DackAchan

Michigan

4.97/5  rDev +13.2%

2004 187ml bottle.

A- Great appearance, pours very dark brown with a strong overtone of ruby added to it. Little to no head, only deduction.

S- Cornocopia of smells. Raspberry and chocolate dominate with some hints of cherry. Smells sweet.

T- Taste is even more diverse than the smell. Tart with strong raspberry flavor. As it goes down, chocolate becomes more dominate. Finishes off with a bite of alcohol. Well rounded. Not to sweet, not too bitter, lives up to the reputation.

M- Light mouthfeel, with some heavy alcohol bite to it.

D- This is a great beer to sit down with and enjoy. It takes some time to truely enjoy this beer.

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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.97/5  rDev +13.2%

6.3 oz nip bottle, 2004 vintage, courtesy of Gaisgeil...thanks so much for the opportunity.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a little bit of a slightly off-white head. Since the head is not really well formed, it's not that impressive, and retention is kind of a moot point (especially with the alcohol in this one)

Smell is cherry cordials, chocolate, raspberries, some caramel. Fruitiness is present, obviously, but falls well behind the chocolate and caramel characters of this beer. Somewhat vinious, but surprisingly the alcohol is not very prevalent in the aroma.

Very fruity and vinious up front (grapes, cherries, raspberries, figs?). As this reaches the middle of the palate there is a slight acidicness to it which is kind of refreshing. The as this one works it's way to the back of the palate, it's all chocolate (rich, dark chocolate). Surprisingly, there is not much if any really, alcohol heat, although as this one warms, the alcohol does come out a bit more. It's quite impressive that this flavor can be had in a beer. Very sweet, and almost nutty aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel is perfect, it is not too slick and in fact there is much more carbonation to this one than I would have thought.

Honestly, I could drink this beer every day, well until I got cavities anyways. An amazing acomplishment that flavors like this can be had in a beer. Wow.

05-27-2005 01:05:12 | More by LuckySevens82
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walleye

Michigan

4.97/5  rDev +13.2%

RE-RATE 5/7/07 ON TAP FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY BUT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN 6.3 OZ BOTTLES THIS ONE WAS DIFFERANT THAN THE 1ST ABV IS NOW 18%. POURED A MUDDY BROWN WITH LITLE TO NO HEAD. AROMA RASPBERRIES AND WHERE DID THAT CHOCOLATE COME FROM MALTS, WITH HINTS OF ALCOHOL AND DARK FRUITS . FLAVOR SAME AS AROMA . THIS WAS NOT AS SYRUPY AS THE 1ST OR AS SWEET. I WASN'T GOING TO CHANGE MY RATING BUT AFTER SOME DEP THINKING I DECIDED TO CHANGE MY RATING THE PREV. RATING WAS ALL 4.5S THE BROTHERS PUT A LOT OF TIME AND EFFERT INTO MAKING THIS A QUAILTY BREW AND IT SHOWED THAT WHEN BRET CAME TO THE TABLE EXPLAIND THE PROCESS OF MAKING THIS GREAT BREW WITH THE RBS THAT WHERE AT THE TABLE WOW.Had this in may Poured dark brown with hints of ruby around the edges, no head with some lacing.aroma ,nice balance of raspberry,raisin molasses.flavor was like the best homemade raspberry preserves I have had got hints of molasses and citrus almost like a tangerine mouth feel was smooth and dry in a good way.This was a very good beer,it would be very good for a after dinner drink or even dessert. Did I say WOW

10-24-2004 02:13:17 | More by walleye
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amkpublishing

Michigan

4.95/5  rDev +12.8%

Was bestowed an advanced taste of this magnificent beer at the November meeting of the Kuhnhenn Guild of Brewers (KGB) Homebrew Club.

Smooth, creamy and delicious are just some of the adjectives that describe this beer. the only knock is it is still a tiny bit cloudy but I can overlook that as this was an advanced taste of the December 21st scheduled release.

The Kuhnhenn Brothers have outdone themselves yet again. It is great to see this award winning brew back in the available column.

11-14-2007 17:52:33 | More by amkpublishing
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dirtylou

Washington

4.95/5  rDev +12.8%

6.3oz single, obtained a year or so ago in a trade, 2004 version. opened in celebration of the 2006-2007 NFC CHAMPION CHICAGO BEARS!!!!

appearance: green bottle, maroon wax dripping down off the cap...pours into a snifter a dark maroon-mahogany color, tan cream head with decent lacing

smell: one whiff and its an automatic 5...huge raspberr-cherry burst hits you square in the nose, boozy cognac, super complex blend of fruit/booze/chocolate/caramel. very aromatic and very sweet....the joys of the imminent first sip become a little overwhelming

taste: wonderful complexion...chocolate covered raspberry, chocolate covered cherry, chocolate covered caramel, cognac-booze, sweet malt structure, syrupy and coating with a light tartness...fig/raisin and light brown sugar. This beer is an absolute treat, SEND ME MORE

mouthfeel: syrupy and coating, big and boozy, sweet and tart. Almost too good to swallow (thats what she said???)

drinkability: phenomenal

01-22-2007 00:51:52 | More by dirtylou
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.95/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured from a 6.3oz. bottle with dark red wax around the cap. As I pour this beer I am shocked by the amount of head this beer has, about one finger of even tan head that quickly disapates to just a skim. Body is a blackish red that has hints of brown on the edges when held to light. The nose on this beer is an experience in itself. Tones of chocolate raspberry bon bons, fresh soft toffee and maple poured over Belgian waffles, wow this is amazing. Now to taste. Enters the mouth rich and warming with bold balance of raspberry and coco. An even toffee like richness carries the body of this beer throughout the palate. This beer is like eating the well made masterpiece of a skilled chocolatier. The alchol is listed at 13.5% but it is hard to believe based on how well it is hidden. Mouthfeel is rich and desert like satisfying. This is pure beer drinking heaven even if it is a little sweet for sum, I love it. Easily a top ten favorite of mine.

03-02-2008 18:07:52 | More by SPLITGRIN
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.95/5  rDev +12.8%

Wow, this is definately a beer that lives up to hype. Attractively packaged in a 6.3 oz bottle, 2004 Vintage, I like the wax. Pours a thick brown/red, orange edges, medium off white head forms, goes pretty fast but leaves a ring around the glass, some spots of lace. Smell is raspberries, toasted bread, chocolate, tons of caramel/toffee, amazing smell. Taste is sweet/then tart raspberries up front, toast, chocolate roast/chocolate cake middle and finish, smooth caramel and toffee aftertaste, with some dates and figs, little bit of vinous character. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, some nice alcohol warmth, although the 13.5% is no where to be found, alcohol is disguised as well as any other beer I've had. Superb beer, definately seek out. Thanks for the find DrJay!!

01-12-2006 20:52:45 | More by Viggo
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Goliath

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +12.8%

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!

01-09-2009 02:04:00 | More by Goliath
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UnionMade

New York

4.95/5  rDev +12.8%

2004 edition, in a teeny green glass bottle complete with red wax over the cap, provided very generously by Mikeys01. What a treat!!!

Pours a deep, deep garnet, capped with a modest, off-white head that quickly dies away. It doesn't want to come back, either. The aroma is all decadence. Heaps of raspberry syrup, drizzled over fudge, with a good deal of caramel thrown in for good measure. Absolutely stunning. It smells like a dessert, and tastes like one, too. The flavor is more akin to a decadent raspberry chocolate cake than a beer. Gooey raspberry syrup everywhere, with a luscious chocolatey maltiness. Sweet all the way through, liqueur like, but not cloying. The raspberry adds a bit of tartness to the finish, masterfully balancing the molten caramel and fudge sweetness. I'm having a hard time grasping this as a beer. I'd take this instead of dessert at any restaurant. Not a lick of alcohol, it's entirely hidden. Massive body, with modest carbonation. This is so rich, and yet easy going. Some nuances of dark, ripe fruit, kinda prune-ish, some toffee and molasses, a touch of grass, with a vague cookie yeast quality. It all just adds to the enjoyment. The best fruit beer ever.
Easily the most dessert-like beer I've ever had. I have to believe they put chocolate in this, as well as raspberry, because the flavor is too much like chocolate syrup to just be the malt. Absolutely stunning. Very substantial, but I could easily drink another bottle and love every sip.

04-15-2006 10:08:54 | More by UnionMade
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rye726

Colorado

4.95/5  rDev +12.8%

Vintage '07.

Pours a deep mahogany with a thin tan head.

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

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

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

Simply outstanding. Another near perfect brew from Kuhnhenn.

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

Delaware

4.95/5  rDev +12.8%

What a huge thanks to Northertimber for the opportunity to try this one. This is my RedRider BB gun if you know what I mean...
Gorgeous caramel color and an apparent fullness to the body in this. Initially there is a burst of brownish head that flashes then falls away like fireworks. Even before pouring there is this chocolate/vanilla/raspberry all macerated in brandy aroma that involuntarily lifts the corners of your mouth in anticipation. The flavor starts very alcohol with huge chocolate covered cherry sweetness. There's raspberry cordials dripping in sweet brandy, what a treat. The body is superb... not syrupy like the rest of the beers composition would lead you to believe, it's actually full and lush and goes down velvety but finishes so clean.
I initially felt like the size of the bottle was a bit of a marketing rip-off but I realize that, for me anyways, this was perfect to thoroughly enjoy without biting off more than I could chew. I will truly be seeking this out for the holidays every year from here out.

12-26-2005 23:13:55 | More by Chadbrew
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