Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 11.39%
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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 zac16125
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"2012 Vintage" 12.7 oz green capped and waxed bottle.

Pours out a nice deep brown, ruby red color with a nice tight one finger tan colored head that quickly receded to a thin ring. Nice legs and a bit of lacing from a swirl. Shows a nice ruby red glow in the light.

Initially a big fresh raspberry juice aroma is at the forefront. Behind that some ripe darker fruits add complexity. Just a bit of booze.

Very nice taste, fresh raspberry blends so nicely with sweet malt. Ripe dark fruits, prunes, thick caramels, with a bit of a German chocolate cake flavor. The taste just gets better and better as it warms. Warming, it booze is really not a factor.

Very smooth and full bodied. Lots of sweetness and a bit syrupy as well.

Such a nice beer. Nowhere near as boozey as you would think a 15% beer would be. Kuhnehenn continues to amaze.

Photo of SerialTicker
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewery as part of a paddle.

Appearance: I was shocked to see a little, tiny ring of pink/purple head on this beer. I had seen a few reviews of this beer, and it looked just like a dark black/purple/red color and nothing else. The lowpoint of this beer, but it's also the part of the beer that matters least.

Smell: Flawless. This really smells like a urinal cake... in the BEST way possible. Maybe that won't do it for you. Alright. It smells like the raspberry that you whiff out of raspberry filled chocolates. This is just full of raspberries with maybe a hint of chocolate... whatever it is, this smells outstanding. Candle, please?

Taste: I noticed that some people called this syrupy thick. Overly sweet. Too much to handle. Really, I thought it was nearly perfect. This beer is most definitely a dessert beer (almost something you'd pour over a vanilla ice cream... actually, that sounds fantastic), but whatever you wanna call it, it's outstanding. Massive raspberry, but it's not so tart/sweet that it becomes cloying.. easy for me to say, considering I had about a 3oz sample of it. Honestly, I didn't find this to be medicinal at all... There's also slight chocolate note that gives this a needed extra dimension of flavor... yum. I also have to commend Kuhnhenn for the feel of this beer, as it's not super carbonated (so it doesn't drink like a pop... though I wouldn't expect that given the ABV), and it's not syrupy sweet (which I was afraid of after seeing reviews and the ABV). As for the alcohol in the flavor, I don't get it. All I get is a slight burn in my nasal cavity after I take a sip.

This is a damn expensive beer (About $15 for 6oz at the brewery), but you should include this as part of your sample paddle. This is something that any beer/wine/mead drinker would enjoy, I think.

Photo of dbc5
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into DFH glass.

A: Pours brown with ruby accents. Looks good coming out of the bottle. Not much of a head to speak of, although I am left with a frothy white foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing but some definite alcohol legs.

S: Huge raspberry jam hits the nose while pouring and is definitely the dominate aromatic element in this beer. Chocolate and caramel malt notes play a background role.

T: The raspberry notes are still very apparent on the palate, but don't dominate quite as much as on the nose. Raspberry is nicely backed by chocolate and sweet caramel or toffee. Sweet, followed up with some nice alcohol warmth in the throat.

M: Full bodied and syrupy with minimal carbonation. Coats the palette and lingers. Again, the alcohol warmth is apparent.

O: Extremely interesting beer. I've never had anything like this before. I'm sure this will develop significantly with some time, but I didn't feel the alcohol warmth was sufficient to detract from the experience.

Photo of TheCrowsNest
2.98/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First chance at tasting one of Kuhnhenn's beverages. No head at all, clear reddish/purple color; pretty uninteresting to look at it. Smells like a concentrated version of Hershey's Raspberry Syrup, in a good way; there's a hint of booze. Mouthfeel is very thick. Rasperries dominate the flavor but with more of a medicinal quality, a heavy cough syrup flavor lingers for several minutes.

This wasn't underwhelming, it was unpleasant. Would not be interested in revisiting.

Photo of Etan
3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml from the recent release into a snifter.

A. Clearish ruby-mahogany body, no head.

S. Perfumy raspberry, mostly sweet but with an acidic edge. Some caramel and molasses notes behind, alcohol.

T. Sweetish raspberry flesh, concentrated caramel, bready malt, sharp booze, some mildly medicinal syrupy notes.

M. Medium-bodied, sticky, no carbonation.

O. This is a bit thinner and boozier than I would have liked. Interesting beer, but not quite up to the hype.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a 8 oz glass. Split 4 ways.

A- pours a pinkish, dark amber with very little head and no lacing.

S- raspberries are there but not as overpowering as would of thought. Alcohol, bread, dark fruits, chocolate.

T- light raspberries, booze, spices, some chocolate with medicinal characteristics. Again, the raspberries do not overpower like you would expect.

M- full body and low carbonation. Syrupy and boozy.

O- this is a light raspberry boozy beer with some light chocolate. The medicinal notes reminded of jaeger.

Photo of iadler
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes on Saturdays tasting. 2012 vintage.

A- Pours a translucent amber with virtually no head or lacing.

S- Raspberry liquor, bready malt, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. Very simple, but inviting

T- Raspberry flavored candy that is a bit medicinal, raspberry syrup, burnt caramel, bready malt and dark chocolate. Very little presence of alcohol.

M- Practically no carbonation with a syrupy body that finishes with just a bit of heat.

O- A very interesting beer to say the least. Lot's of raspberry, but not that fresh raspberry flavor that you find in beers such as Blushing Monk or Raspberry Tart. Quite a big and syrupy beer that should be sipped with friends. A couple ounces is more than enough.

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This review is from notes taken in the wee morning hours of Sunday 5-19-13, when I was able to get into Kuhnhenn's a little after midnight for my bachelor party. I had a couple things there, but this was the one I had to rate.

It had a reddish brown body with a finger of head. This dissipated into a frothy ring and left light lacing.

I wish I could have smelled it a little better, but I was a little stuffed up from allergies. What I did get was raspberry cream, or some kind of raspberry dessert smell.

The taste was all raspberry. Raspberry cream, raspberry cough syrup, a little bit of booze helping out on that call.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. It coated the tongue. It was perfect. Refreshing (yes, I said it) while still a tad syrupy.

Overall I wish the allergies hadn't been acting up so I can be sure what I smelled and tasted was accurate. I had to rate it as I perceived it as a rare chance for any Ohioan to do so very often. I was very happy to be there in Kuhnhenn's where so much magic goes down.

Photo of Treebs
3.76/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared this bad boy at DLD. 2012 vintage served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a brownish, reddish color with a pretty still body. No real head forms on the pour.

S: Lots of sweet booze and malt with blast of smashed raspberries. Bready malts make up most of the flavor profile in the nose.

T: Tons of sweet raspberry. Much more than nose conveyed. Very jammy in nature with a little boozy heat. A mild burn is there with a heavy, bready malt profile to back it up.

M: Low carbonation with a chewy texture and mouthfeel. Sweet and hot on the finish.

O: This was good, but it definitely needs some time. The boozy notes are right up front and need some time to settle in.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Thanks to scoot1969 for this long time want! Tulip glass.

A: Pours a garnet color, slight browning on the edges, with very good clarity. Only a few bubbles distinguish it from red wine. No head or lacing. A second, more vigorous pour yields a ring of tan head.

S: Loads of rich, sweet raspberry and dark chocolate. Slight booziness.

T: Mild chocolate mixed with rich, sweet raspberry, very mild tartness. The chocolate is kind of an undertone to the raspberry. A lengthy finish. At the recommended serving temperature (45-55), an alcohol taste is only slightly noticeable, though there isn't a boozy burn or sharpness or anything. No way this tastes like a 15.5% beer.

M: Medium-full body, mouthcoating, and light carbonation which provides some structure. Slight syrupy-ness.

O: Like a raspberry-filled chocolate truffle. Nice digestif. Manages to be sweet but not cloying. If I had any complaints, it would be that the beer leans towards one-dimensional. But it succeeds at what it attempts.

Photo of jamescain
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lucky enough to be in Detroit for work and they still had this on tap. Poured into a small wine glass.

It pours a clear deep red with brown hues and a thin tan head that quickly fades. The smell is amazing. Cocoa nibs and and fresh raspberries. I couldn't stop smelling it. The taste is even more impressive then the nose. It taste like fresh chocolate covered raspberries. I'm not sure how the keep the raspberries from tasting like a syrup and being overly sweet. The body is medium thick with medium carbonation and a sweet but not cloying finish. This is with out a doubt one of the most incredible beers I have ever tried. I'm really happy I was able to try some and really glad I made the choice to spend the money to try it. Easily one of the most unique beers I have ever tasted.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a really one of a kind bottle of beer here. all the thanks in the world to thebrewo for hooking this one up for me via trade. the pour is the least impressive feature, with brown and red meeting in the middle in terms of color, and only paltry carbonation resulting in almost no head. it looks more like a glass of wine, which is okay in this context. the nose hits like a freight train, super fresh raspberries abound. not like, genetically modified grocery store berries, but fresh picked off the pricker bush, middle of august berry. there is also some bitter cocoa in there too, giving the scent of chocolate covered fruit. the alcohol does have an aroma, but it isn't nearly as biting as one would expect in a beer over 15% abv. the flavor is a glorious combination of raspberries and chocolate and wood. I get so much organic fruit, not syrups or extracts, but straight up farmers market. the chocolate creeps in slowly, and is more like bakers chocolate than anything else. there is some sweetness from the berries as well as from the middle of the road malt profile. the alcohol isn't tasted until the very finish, but then becomes quite hot. as the beer warms, the alcohol becomes even more potent, but the beer still finishes with a drying feeling. carbonation is underwhelming, but that's indicative of the style more than anything, and the body is plenty big. its certainly a bottle to share, but one of the more enjoyable fruit beers I can ever remember drinking. thanks again to thebrewo for making this experience possible. its a trip in a glass.

Photo of Knapp85
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#3000 for me, been waiting a long time to try this one. Finally gettin my chance.

This poured out from a 2007 vintage bottle, reddish brown in color with virtually no head on top. The lacing and retention basically don't exist. The smell is of straight raspberry jam and subtle malt, boozy and sweet. The taste is of tart raspberry with hints of chocolate in there also. The mouthfeel is thick, gently carbonated and smooth. Overall it's an impressive brew, would love to try a fresh bottle someday. Very glad I got to try it!

Sampled the new batch, ultra fresh Sweet Raspberry on the nose, reminds me of Chambord. Subtle chocolate, just overall very sweet and boozy, excellent beer.

Photo of Howler89
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tonight will forever be the night I had my first Eisbock. THe labor that goes into a beer like this alone makes it one of the most special beers I have ever had the privilege of experiencing. It pours a beautiful syrupy ruby red- rusted gold color. It smells like chocolate- covered raspberry explosion. The taste is a fruit bomb like no other I have ever experienced. Extreme thickness and depth here. THe fruit is layered in a way that is so precious. An elite bottle of beer, and more of an experience than a beverage. Wow. So good its silly. Cherish every sip. Thank you StonedTrippin for putting this beer in my world. You are both a gentleman and a scholar.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes, 2007 vintage. Thanks to Jay for opening this as a night cap.

A: Pours a very dark purple-red color that had no head or lacing whatsoever. Poured rather thick that had legs similar to wine when swirled.

S: Lots of raspberry and fruity aromas, slightly jammy with some cherry mixed in as well. I bit of faint chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol.

T: More raspberry and more plum than cherry mixed in. Definitely thick and vibrant fruit, but mixed with some light chocolatey/caramel flavors.

M: Full bodied, very thick with low carbonation. The alcohol shows itself, but doesn't detract from the beer.

O: Very impressive beer, would love to try the blueberry.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A big thanks to mjmadsen21 to trading this for me in person. We cracked open the bottle right away! Poured into a wine-goblet glass from a 12oz bottle. No bottling or freshness date, but does this need one??

Pours a beautiful, jewel ruby-red appearance that immediately brought me back to my glory days of finding Cantillon krieks everywhere in Europe. There was surprisingly some head (as well as any carbonation AT ALL) that cascaded into the glass, that produced a little bit of light soda carbonation that quickly dissipated as it sat around. Eventually all of the bubbles disappeared, but the ruby color stuck around to give this the look of either a lightly tinged dessert wine or fruit based liqueur. Very viscous. Alcohol legs are enormous. Transcends the eisbock style here - this is a world-class looking fruit infused beer!

The aroma is definitely chock-filled with raspberries, but there's definitely all kinds of wild nuances going on here. First, on the subject of raspberries, this smells like a cross between a fresh batch of raspberries that you open up right out of the box, with a semi-tarty yet candied feel. Otherwise, this ranges to the candied, sweetened raspberry flavor, filled with lots of powdered sugar, as well as traces of milk chocolate, grassy hoppy notes, near brandy-based booziness... Not really a sour or a sweetened fruit beer, but rather something that folds the envelope. There's a lightly tinged, near rustic graininess, but otherwise the candied raspberries and grassy texture are the ones winning here. Slightly stinging, but otherwise really unlike anything I've caught thus far.

The flavor is definitely sweet and candied, but it's still very bearable and fascinating, especially considering what's going on in this beer. First off, the fact that this is a lager immediately reveals itself in the flavor, with its crisp body, cracked grainy feel found in pilsners, as well as lack of heaviness on the subject of malts. Secondly, the raspberries continue to be pervasive in a candied yet juicy manner to the point of adding character to otherwise doomed style that eisbocks tend to be. Finally, the ABV is dangerously well hidden, yet eventually creeps its way around to add an extra character similar to fortified wines that accentuates the fruity notes in a rather satisfying way. There's a toasted malty flavor here, believe it or not. I also am a sucker for sweet, syrupy, fruit-focused stuff, as it seems, as this ranges to being a raspberry liqueur despite it having the crisp, highly drinkable qualities of any great lager. Unbelievable that this is above 15% in alcohol. I can barely taste it - although I do get a little bit of heat as it warms.

Really unique and refreshing, although I'm glad I split this with someone else, in the end. Don't go in thinking this is a sour or anything - this is a combination of a strong lager with a raspberry liqueur first and foremost. And yet, there's a candied flavor and grassy, rustic nature that makes this really interesting in the long run. It's definitely sweet, but it has these funky aromas and juicy character found in doppelbocks and sweetened Lambics that makes it unlike anything I've had. Definitely an alcoholic monster, though, so watch how you handle it. Absolutely worth a try.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Drewone for sharing this 2012 bottle last weekend.

A: Pours a clear crimson. Still with no notable carbonation.

N: Pure raspberry syrup. I love that there is a "p" in raspberry. Very perfumy with concentrated fruity essence.

T: Juicy raspberry fruit, sweetish malts, boozy in a liquor way. A true dessert sipper if there ever was one.

M: Full body with zero carbonation. Sweet and fruity with that big time ABV finish.

O: This was certainly a special treat. Glad to have tried it. Glad I didn't have to trade for it.

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks for the hookup MichiganderHB...after trying this at a tasting last week, I needed moar.

A - KRE pours ruby brown in color with a bit of a cognac-looking rim; the head is minimal and the carbonation scant. Visually, this one is nice but not overly impressive. In fact, in a visual lineup only, I'd probably skip it.

S - this beer smells like toasted and caramelized sugar drizzled over warmed raspberries with a touch of maple syrup; if you bury your shnozzwanger in the glass, you might get a hint or two of alcohol and sexual warmth

T - Jesus H. tapdancing...I was sauced when we got to this bottle last week...and had destroyed the palate with stouts, ba stouts, and DIPAs...and this fucker still stood up righteously. That sentiment hasn't changed this evening. KRE tastes like a stack of raspberry jam french toast with heated maple syrup and powdered sugar drizzled all over it. Throw in a bit of tanic herb flavors and just a subtle hint of booze and we're off to the races.

M - there's one thing anyone drinking this beer should know: the 15.5 is one of the sneakiest high-abv beers I've ever encountered. Seriously, is that a misprint? This beer is warm, thick, and just the slightest bit of syrupy. Maybe I have bigger balls than most, but I don't get the "big booze" flavors. Sure it's warm and it'll redden your cheeks, but you don't get that in the mouth...you get it long after your sip has permeated your gut.

O - just wow...this is really an amazing beer. I may be a wordsmith, but it was best described to me by someone else: KRE is raspberry french toast in a glass. It's kind of an unreal beer and it really makes you wonder how on earth the managed this flavor. Maybe I need to get a hold of KBE too...as far as fruit-forward goes, this mofo takes the pancake.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack the wax on a bottle of 2012 stock, pouring a syrupy looking brew of dark ruby red. It puts up a one finger head of big, latte colored bubbles on a hard pour, showing nice retention. Spots of lacing are left all around the glass. A chill haze permeates the clarity, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears minimal, and the few bubbles seen are near microscopic. The aroma gives sugary sweet raspberry preserves, tinny metallics, and milky, chocolatey malts with a hearty roast. With warmth comes massive booziness, sweaty saltiness, fusel nail polish remover, cloven phenols, vanilla cake icing, and toasted raspberry seeds. Our first impression is that this beer is exactly what is advertised, with huge smoothing sweetness and vanilla coolness to cut the massive boozy top. As we sip, vanilla wafers, raspberry jam, milk chocolaty malts, burnt caramel sugars, and stinging booze start things off. The peak shows hugely enhanced sweetness and earthen depth to the raspberry component, which is juicy and authentic. Peppery, fusel alcohol burns its way in, flash boiling chunky raspberry preserves, brown and amber malts, chalked yeast, and soy sauce saltiness into blended oblivion. Washing through the finish is continued berry sweetness of raspberry and strawberry, GERD-inducing tequila-like burn, clover honey sweetness, cloying sugars, and light residual milk chocolates. The aftertastes breathes of more of the same, with clean honey sweetness, big berry fruitiness, fusel ethanol, amber and chocolatey malts, faint roast, mild metallics, and cold, brown breadiness. The body is full, and the carbonation is low. The mouth and lips are coated with immense stickiness, while the tongue streaks down with final burning booze dryness, following this slick, oily, impenetrably thick coating. The booze and sugars also give pucker. Each sip gives stark slurp, pop, and smack, but lesser cream and froth. The abv is massive but well hidden, and the beer sips surprisingly well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the strong flavoring, with hugely inclusive raspberry authenticity, cooling vanilla cut, and expertly hidden booziness. This all blends to make a highly drinkable brew given that abv. Honestly, through and through this is not very complex swill, but it remains true to what is advertised, just on a bigger scale than you might have prepared for. With warmth the booze certainly blossoms, but otherwise is well hidden through the nose and the palate. This beer is undeniably huge, and takes courage to tackle, but if you’ve got the patience, and the friends to share with, it is a rare, true treat.

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 + oz bottle poured into my snifter, 2012 vintage according to the bottle, not sure how much they age it at the brewery. Half now, half tomorrow after I shave the hair off my chest that grew as a result of this beer. Thanks again to Urbancaver for this bottle, been wanting to try it for some time.

A - beautiful beer. Coppery, bloody, and orange. Looks like someone dropped a raspberry into a glass of cognac; nice, light tones accented with reds. No head whatsoever on the forced pour.

S - too intense. I can get hints of good stuff at the beginning of each sniff, but I have to stop short because of the alcohol. It burns the nose something wicked. Otherwise, big grape tones, lots of sweet, medicinal notes, but not unpleasant. Syrupy.

T - yeah, still intense, but some of the flavors come through the alcohol more successfully than they do in the smell. Big, fruity syrup dominates. The alcohol packs a punch, I can't imagine what it would taste like without age, but, somehow, the fresh aspect of "fresh fruit" still has a presence here.

M - good, syrupy, but good. The sweetness sticks to the sides of the mouth, as does the alcohol, but given how strong the smells and tastes are, I'm surprised it's so ephemeral.

O - I'm not sure if it's worth the money, but it's definitely a crazy brew. I'd love to put a bottle away for a few years longer. It's been a while since I've had a high ABV offering that made me say "WOW," but KRE accomplishes that task.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks mike for the hook-up

The beer pours a dark, healed-scab looking crimson red that flashes garnet in the light and yields no head. The nose is a potent mix of raspberries and booze which sweetens up with warmth. The taste is initially rough and hard-handed raspberries upfront, but the fruitiness blends much better with added degrees towards room temp. It drinks like a port, but obviously distinct, ripe raspberries instead of grapes and brandy, full bodied, boozy, and syrupy sweet. This beer is a let down considering the price, but I'm definitely glad I was able to try it.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Kuhnhenn

A - Deep ruby with an amber glow around edges and a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Raspberry jam, bready malts and a noticeable alcohol presence.

T - Rasp puree dominates with just enough bready malt character to add complexity and prevent this from being completely one dimensional. Warming alcohol throughout but is very well hidden considering the ABV.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

Photo of nrs207
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Really gorgeous. It's basically the color of raspberries. Bright red, minimal head.

S - Smells like raspberries. Quite sweet smelling, but with no booze to speak of. 15.5%, pretty impressive.

T - A little medicinal. A minimal alcohol presence. Big raspberry flavor. It's impressive how low the alcohol presence is, but it's not super complex.

M - Lower carbonation, quite smooth. Low alcohol presence.

O - I wish it seemed a little less medicinal in the taste, but it was quite a beer. In my opinion, it's not worth the price or trade bait, but it's an interesting beer to try and it was still very good. It would just have to be utterly incredible to justify what it takes to land one for me. Big thanks to Phil for bringing it to the bottle share.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

huge thanks to BigBadBarrel for this bottle! Thanks Jon and an honorable mention goes out to Tony! A pair of great guys advocating beer in Michigan!

Vintage 2012; 12.7fl oz bottle with dark red waxed pressure cap.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium red bodied beer with a thick cap almost 1 finger of head off white head. The head drops down quickly to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: This beer smells just like raspberry Koolaid. Not a hint of booze in the nose. Fairly one dementional, you really gotta put your nose into this beer just to get a really faint note of chocolate. This beers nose is just dominated by raspberry. As the beer warms up, the chocolate starts to become a little more prominent, but it still does get anywhere close to overpowering the raspberries.

Taste: Similiar to the nose. Really big raspberry flavors start things off; its tastes kind of jammy and syrupy. Its a bit hot and boozey right away...it doesnt wait till the end of the beer its right there almost immediately. The beer is sweet and rich. This beer is also tannic and woody. Hint of tootsie rolls as the beer gets warms. The beer finishes sweet, boozy, and tannic. Also just a little bit medicinal finish like cherry cough syrup.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with a carbonation level that is sitting at the higher end of low. Its got a pretty decent booze kick to it. This beer has a mouthfeel that is almost a clone of a big boozy red wine with a dry finish. Never had a beer that feels like this. Noteworthy of this beer is that the carbonation level is much more lively in the Raspberry Eisbock than the Blueberry Eisbock.

Overall: Have been wanting to try this beer for years now. The hunt is finally over! There is no question which is the best Eisbock that Kuhnhenn brews. Its the Blueberry Eisbock that wins by a mile! No contest...just not even close. I really cant complain because I got the chance to try Raspberry Eisbock, but its just not near as good as the Blueberry Eisbock. I would like to try an older vintage of Raspberry Eisbock for a second perspective, but I was left a little dissapointed in comparison to Blueberry Eisbock. Raspberry Eisbock was a little one demensional in aroma and flavor profile compared to Blueberry. Raspberry Eisbock looked better and had better carbonation level than the Blueberry Eisbock, but the Blueberry Eisbock was wayyy smoother...not even close really. I think that age will benefit Raspberry Eisbock, but I dont have another bottle, so I probably wont get to test this theory. Age will help to even out the rough spots in the Raspberry Eisbock. Kuhnhenn Blueberry Eisbock is a much more elegant brew and sophisticated beer.

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.