Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 1,243
Gots: 158 | FT: 27
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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 Arbitrator
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Received in a generous trade from semibaked. Thanks!

This is a 2007 vintage, though it says "released during the 2010 Winter Solstice" on the label.

A: Pours a glowing, ruby color with golden highlights against the light. It's pretty still, though it does have some agitation bubbles from the pour.

S: This is like a raspberry cordial. Rich fruit notes, seeming to exude 'red' notes of cherry and strawberry as well. It's lightly chocolatey. Despite not being a fan of fruit-chocolate blends, I find that the richness of this one is supple and inviting.

T: The pure fruit flavor of raspberry jam, blended with a mild flavor of chocolate, graham crackers, licorice, and (again) cherry. I find that it's incredibly sweet, with a strong sugar component, but I have to resurrect the cordial comparison. It's a great dessert sipper, and it capped off a little two-person tasting quite nicely. It reminds me a little of Utopias in a way: its rich, sweet flavors are definitely reminiscent of a mutant strong ale.

M: Very full-bodied and smooth, owing to light carbonation. Absolutely no trace of the nearly 14% ABV. I've had beers under 10% that were hotter than this.

D: Good, good stuff. The bottle goes two ways with ease. Perfectly sized. I'm sure it's pricey, though I don't know the exact cost of the bottle. I'm quite happy I had this.

Photo of Beerisheaven
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 2007 vintage bottle into a flute.

I tried this two different times, one week apart. I must say that my first tasting left me somewhat disappointed vs. the incredible hype that this beer receives. I thought that it was very good but not exceptional.

As I had a # of beers the first time I tasted it, I tried another bottle one week later without having a # of beers behind me already when tasting. I also allowed it to warm a bit before tasting.

Rich brown color with minimal head and lacing. The taste is a rich caramel flavor without an overpowering taste of rasberry. Some rich ripe fruits come through with a warming finish at the end.

On the second time through, I really, REALLY enjoyed this beer. You want more of it but unless you are willing to shell out $30 for 2 bottles, you have to make due with just one.

I am already looking forward to pulling these out of the cellar for X-mas Eve and NY Eve this year. A really fine beer that is worth trying. Enjoy.

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vintage 2004. 6.3 ounce bottles. Thanks to beerhandy for this treat. In so many ways does this beer remind me of being in Porto, Portugal.

Pours a tawny red. Essentially flat. Yeast at first floats around the glass before mixing in with the beer.

Aroma simply knocked me off the couch. Chocolate dipped raspberries. Choclate fondue. Strawberries. Short cake. Fantastic.

Flavor is more subdued than the aroma. Raspberies and chocolate predominate. Alcohol is perfectly concealed. Also picking out other fruits such as raspberries and cherries. Vinuous port wine qualities.

Lighter body than I imagined. The beer sticks to the tongue and slowly dissolves leaving some slight alcohol heat.

I only have one bottle of this? Who wants to send me more?

Photo of farrago
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No real hard, more like lacing across the surface, even a big swirl hardly gets anything going, no true lacing along glass sides. Orange-brown muddy river inside the glass, fully opaque yellowed rims, curiously you can see the carbonation steadily rises to the surface where it breaks into nothing. The nose is heady stuff, a dessert of raspberry preserves, melted dark chocolate, caramel, orange infusion, coconut flakes, texturally full and expansive while actually nowhere sweet enough to annoy, mild whiskey notes but no burn. Medium-bodied, the carbonation works hard to lift the flavors off the tongue while here adds an underlying sourness which restrains more of the sugary side. The raspberry fresh and natural with supplementary sour cherry accents. The German chocolate cake element marches on, caramel and coconut with a cream cheese brush as well. A touch grainy as it warms. The orange, lemon citrus brings bite to the finish, helps refresh palate for the next sip. More muscular than many Belgian framboise lambics, which boosts drinkability. A beer worth seeking out.

Photo of jaymo18
4.4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mikecharley
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to Emerge077 for this as a part of an in-person trade @ DLD 09. Consumed on 7/15 with the wife, on our first night at our new house.

07 vintage. Poured almost still. Dark caramel color, with some red-ish hues around the edges. There is no head.

Smell is of caramel, raspberries, chocolate, sweet malts. Kinda reminds me a little of an english style bwine, with a twist.

Taste is wonderful. Really unexpected Caramel domination. The raspberry really plays second fiddle in this one. The eisbock has taken over in this one. Im guessing that this a product of the two years in the bottle. It is a very warming drink. Would love to have again.

The feel is really perfect for the style. Some thickness to it, but a touch (and just a touch) of carb. brings it back to even keel. Great beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Beaver13
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!).

Photo of dogfishandi
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
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 prototypic
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to hoppymeal for the bottle. Very much appreciated.

Bottle labeled 2007-11.9% abv

Appearance: It pours a dark, chocolate brown color with a hint red shining through. Pretty impressive color. That's the high point here. There was little to no head formation on this one. There's some brown bubbles that appear, but not enough for a head. Very light to no lacing as well.

Smell: The nose is damn impressive. It starts of chocolaty and sweet. There's a wealth of rasberrry blended in that adds more sweetness. I'm generally not a huge fan of fruity beer, but this one smells nice and it's very unique. It has a faint smell that's somewhat reminiscent of a sour. It's light and clearly secondary to the berry and chocolate aromas, but it's very intriguing. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: The flavor really mirrors the nose very well. Sweet, rich chocolate infused with a wealth of rasberry. It's sweet and very satisfying. This is easily the finest beer I've had with some sort of berry blended in. It really a dessert beer. There is an odd liqueur-esque flavor that I presume was reminiscent of a sour on the nose. It's another fine complement to flavor and overall experience of this beer. Alcohol is slightly noticeable and has a bit of a warming effect. It finishes sweet and just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's full bodied and incredibly smooth. There's very little carbonation giving it a silky feel. Drinkability is good though not spectacular. I've got a 6.9 oz. bottle and that's about all I would do in a sitting. This is a sipping beer that's quite the experience. Definitely not something for heavy or mass consumption.

Rasberry Eisbock's truly a unique and excellent experience. There's really no beer I've to which it can be compared. It's by far the best fruity beer I've ever tried. There's a wealth of flavor and complexity crammed into this 6.9 oz. bottle. I enjoyed every last drop. Highly recommended and certainly a "must" to seek out. Thanks, Derek.

Photo of davod23
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade a long while ago. Poured from the bottle into a HOTD tasting glass. 2004 vintage.

First off, I love the bottle. 6.3oz, wax-dipped. Nice presentation. It would be even better if the label wasn't coming off. Pour is a very dark, yet clear, plum color. A few bubbles, maybe, but this is pretty flat. That's expected.

Smell is wonderful. Huge, rich milk chocolate with a strong backbone of raspberries. This really smells exactly like a chocolate covered raspberry.

Taste follows the nose. This is quite sweet, as expected. An explosion of rich chocolate and dark, overripe raspberries. Very, very nice. Alcohol is basically completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Great length on the taste.

Drinkability - it's a good thing that this is a 6.3oz bottle. It's just not something that you can drink a lot of due to the sweetness, but in small quantities it doesn't get much better as a dessert beer. The excellent masking of the alcohol content is a plus as well.

Highly recommended, very nice beer.

Photo of CortexBomb
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours syrupy reddish-brown into a snifter. A modest head quickly dissipates away, frankly, I'm surprised it even appeared at all on a beer this big. Smell is huge on the berries with a strong malty base. Very strong.

The flavour is like drinking malt-infused raspberry mash...sticky sweet with a huge berry presence. Baker's chocolate lingers, and the malts occasionally segue into caramel as well. The highlight is the huge berry presence though. Great stuff.

The mouthfeel, absolutely perfect...extremely sticky and full. Drinkability, in terms of the actual consumption of, fine. I like big beers, I like fruit beers, and I like sweet beers, this delivers on all fronts. It has to be dinged a skosh here because of the price factor though, I won't be rebuying this very often because it is such an expensive brew.

The bottom line: If you like sweet malty beers, and you like raspberries, then Kuhnhenn's Raspberry Eisbock is a must try.

Photo of Bung
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007. A real dark ruby pour, I don't see too much sediment. No head to speak of. What an interesting smell almost like port, without the alcohol. Lots of raspberry, coated with chocolate. Flavors are similar, layers of chocolate covered fruits with some candied fruits and malt added in. Minimal hops, small bubbly activity carbonation wise. Full bodied and sticky. Very drinkable, though I don't think I would want more than just this little bottle at a time. The finish is just a little bit fading sour fruit. This is probably the only drawback on this one. Dessert in a bottle. A must try.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brownish prune, limited off-white head still impresses for 18%. Huge rooty nose, explosive green character, like the branches of a raspberry in its woodiness. Funky yeast notes emanate in the form of an hairspray concentrate. Welcoming chocolate and vegetal tones wouldn’t fit together in any other beer, but the acid character, the woody nature and the truffle richness appear like they all came from the same tree. Plenty of raspberries underlying flavors, but the alcohol is the big loser, nowhere to be seen which is most impressive. Slight oiliness on the palate, medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Strong presence in mouth, less fruity, possibly less acid than expected, a nice acetic backbone remains subtle, woody, though you have the impression that the tartness grows from sip to sip. If a dessert beer exists, you have one here, full on truffles and not too sweet at that. Worth seeking big time.

Photo of kfsv034
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007

A - Pours brown and looks thick and dull in color.

S - My initial thought is mead when i smell this beer. Raspberry, malt and some chocolate with some mild alcohol presence nothing to astringent

T - Strong Raspberry and chocolate immediately followed by a nice sweet alcohol. Strong malty presence.

M - Thick and full bodied

D - This beer is very tasty. Split a 7oz bottle with one other would love more to sip on. Basically the only complaint about this beer is that the bottle is to small.

Photo of crossovert
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to snag a 2007 vintage of this, actually 2, the other one will cellar for a bit longer.

It pours into my snifter like syrup and it is a brownish/reddish/goldish color with a surprising head after the higher gravity pour.

The smell is pretty outrageous, it is thick with caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and most dominant, raspberry. It smells like liquid dessert.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied as expected but not as good as Aventinus Eisbock, which remains the king of all Eisbocks, but it is semi-syrupy and lightly carbonated.

The flavor follows the nose, with Raspberry liquer, hints of caramel, brandy, and other dark fruits. It isn't the taste explosion I was expecting after smelling it, but it is good nonetheless. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden and there really isn't enough here (although I split a bottle, but still) to really get your throat burning.

This is probably my second favorite Eisbock, I can't wait for my next bottle.

Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kevin for opening one of these last night. This review is from a 2007 bottle.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with plenty of red highlights to it. The beer has a very low amount of visible carbonation and almost no head.

S: Great notes of rich chocolate and raspberries fill the nose with some mild alcohol and vanilla aromas coming in on the finish.

T: The raspberries give a wonderfully sweet and tart flavor combination that works nicely with the chocolate (oxidation?) flavors of the beer. The mild tartness of the fruit gives a nice balance to an otherwise sweet beer.

M: Although the beer appears to be quite flat, there are some small, tingly carbonation bubbles. Their presence is much appreciated as they prevent the beer from turning to syrup.

D: The alcohol is somewhat noticeable in this, but the flavors are rather impressive and bold, so they hold up well to the heat. I will have to open one of my bottles of this soon as I love this beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
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 BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

The pour brings a lightly carbonated, heavier viscosity beer that has the murky russet appearance of prune juice. Modest head formation that halts at a slight lace. Legging is evident and indicative of the higher alcohols and sugars present in the beer.

Strong aromas of heavy and dried fruits, varying alcohols, and strong scents of port wine, brandy, and sherry. Obviously, raspberries lead the way, but also grapes, plumbs, raisons, dates, figs, and other berries. Backup notes of chocolate, cashews, and almonds gain praise as the beer warms and begins to temper the alcohols.

Flavors are equally as strong and really start to target the chocolate covered fruits of raspberries and cherries. Strong fruitcake and brandy-soaked fruits add a well melded but varying complexity. Lightly vinous and woodsy with tart berries and wood aged wines. Intense alcohol flavors blend the brandy, port, rum, bourbon character and is a bit boozy at first but seem to mellow out as the beer breathes and releases carbonation.

Light carbonation allows me to feel the weight of the sugars and malts- no lift from the surfaces of the mouth. This keeps the beer from becoming as creamy as it could be. Like port wines, this beer is intended as an after dinner delicacy. However, the beer is not as sugary as you'd think, with a hefty malty, woodsy, lightly tart feel. Finishes with a long linger of chocolate covered raspberries and port.

The beer is an interesting and welcomed variety of English Barleywines like Hardy's and Lees. The papery-cardboard oxidation upfront, I can do without but the sherry notes add a lot- much in the same way that Sam Adams Triple Bock does. At first, I wasn't too terribly impressed with the beer but as it warmed and breathed, the raspberry, chocolate and softer alcohols prevailed and improved a lot for me.

Thanks BigMcLargeHuge!

Photo of WeedKing4
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7oz Bottle from 2007 bought at the brewery pours a dark red/brown with little to no foam using a duvel glass. The taste is of raspberry with a little dark malt to it. Incredibly smooth for a 13.5% beer. Wow, so damn easy to drink. Too bad this was such a small bottle. Would have loved to have another bottle of this. Fantastic beer.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a beautiful deep red/mahogany with minimal carbonation and low head.

S - it's a fantastic tart raspberry smell with sweet chocolate in the background.

T - Matches perfectly with nose. A mildly tart delicious raspberry with some very clear chocolate sweetness to balance it.

M - robust and full, a bit drying.

D - a delightful warming sensation. strong and tart. but you want to keep drinking it.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2004

Pours absolutely still, with a mahogany body and crimson hues. Perfectly clear, as I managed to catch the dregs.

Aromatics are pungent, fruity, and earthy.
Loads of Port essense, vanilla, and raspberries. A hint of oak pulls through the boozy character. Tannic and concentrated in nature, with a balsamic nod. The vanilla is really a nice touch.
Intense and reminiscent of Earthmonk and Cuvee de Tomme.

Medium bodied, but chewy and tacky. Slicky from the lack of carbonation and high gravity.

Booze-laden raspberry juice starts the pallet, along with Madiera wine and cherry pits.
A tartness steps forward, and intense red fruits follow. Hints of cranberry, red Zinfindel, and earthy cedar linger.

Finishes with concentrated red fruits, port, bourbony fusels, and a light tartness.

Quite different from what I was expecting.
The brew is very dry, not sweet, and certainly not overwhelmed with Raspberries.
Plenty of intense red fruits, vineosity, and tartness.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

After wrestling with the wax, revealed was a deep clear russet containing a few small bubbles rising to meet the fluffy dense dark tan settled 1/4" headcap which is like a good thief leaving no traces of presence at the scene. High ABV leaves the glass clean and spotless!

OK, let's tawk aroma. This eisbock has an aroma that just won't quit. Big malty kick translates with a tootsie roll, cocoa and raspberry layer cake dessert. Even some jelly bean sugary whiffs. Interesting.

First swigs: Thick viscous malty almost doppelbock. Cocoa. Dry raspberry fruit dark fruit middle. Raisins, and a hint of port vinious. Remember those Tootsie pops with the tootsie roll in the middle? Well that is this! ON!

Feel is thick yet subtle soft and a fairly easy clean finish. Wow! Some cherry syrup linger, but clean. This is a beer that needs to be had again. That's good drinkability.

Last swigs: Chocolate covered raisins. This beer is a politician: Drinkability talks an easy talk but once this gets going, the ABV will lie and before you know it.... whoah! Thanks to our fellow BA resident Calvinist GeoffFromSJ who astutely taught me today that "Jesus saves, Moses invests." 73/4.29 Tettnang! Boo-yah!

Beer is good. Happy Eis-Eis baby beering.

Photo of Overlord
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to sample this fabled beer. And I do not mean sample, as it comes in this teensy tinsy bottle that must contain five or six oz., at most.

Pours a hazy reddish brown. No real head to speak of. Smell is overwhelmingly chocolate and raspberry. Taste is more of the same, with some caramel and a nice smooth semi-bitter after-taste. Absolutely overpoweringly flavorful, and a perfect dessert beer. The raspberry flavor is truly amazing. Rich and explosive. The carbonation was light, but did just enough to offset the heavy character and flavor of this beer.

Delightful.

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.