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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

848 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 1,201
Gots: 130 | FT: 14
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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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to vwcraig.

Pours a dark ruby brown color with no head, just a thin layer of foam and a fine ring of lacing.

Scent of raspberries, maraschino cherries, molasses, chocolate, earth, and a hint of alcohol. A monster of a scent, while not overpowering, there is a massive amount of strength to this beer.

Taste of rich raspberries, a hint of chocolate, and some alcohol. Excellent stuff, a huge full flavor, though not very complex. A beast of a beer with well hidden alcohol and a lot of flavor, definitely worth a shot.

Mouthfeel if medium heavy bodied with some good carbonation, more so than the pour let on.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 01:34:01 | More by paco1029384756
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sopor

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 batch drank 7/23/06

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 19:50:15 | More by sopor
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denjen

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dennis: Sent as part of a trade with a fellow beer lover in MI, this is one of the highest rated beers in MI, but also apparently one of the hardest to get. High in price and small in stature (6.3oz bottle) the saving grace for this beer is the unique craftsmanship. The name pretty much says what you'd expect, but unlike other disappointments, this brew delivers. The aroma is ripe with deep chocolate raspberry alcohol, but the taste is all that and so much more. Amazingly light in body for a brew so rich in aroma, deep liqueur dark chocolate raspberry is all you will enjoy, with an amazingly subtle alcohol bite for a 13.5% beverage.

Jen: I feel like I am drinking dessert. It starts off with the scents of a Lindt Raspberry Truffle; almost like I walked into the room where they are being made. I also get a faint scent of nuts. With a lighter body than I was expecting, the taste is quite unique. I feel like I just bit into a slice of chocolate cake topped with raspberry ganache. The body is filled with very small bubbles enhance the flavors. The taste (and ABV) makes this a sipper, but I would eat with a spoon for dessert any day. A definite must try at least once in your lifetime.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 23:25:25 | More by denjen
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TexIndy

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 00:28:40 | More by TexIndy
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

A unique and complex brew. I recommend it highly!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 22:40:04 | More by ghostwalker
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Wasatch

Utah

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ThomasHardy for this brew.

Small 6.3 oz. green bottle/Cranberry Waxed 2004 Vintage

Poured into a Unibroue chalice a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, fizzy little head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is raspberry, malty, and chocolate. The taste is malty, plenty of raspberry and chocolate, slightly bitter/tangy. Medium body. Very drinkable, this sucker is awesome, too bad you don't get much, highly recommended, thanks Brady.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 02:33:44 | More by Wasatch
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 nip bottle.

A: clear, deep copper color
S: a bit sweet but also hints of tannins, oak, vanilla, very good, not overly cloying
T: I would never have expected this beer to be this good, sweet but well-balanced and good hop bitterness, more vanilla and caramel than raspberry, well done!
M: again, smooth, easy drinking
D: ditto

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 20:22:51 | More by wisrarebeer
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap (!) at the brewpub.

A-Pours a murky brown with purple notes and a thin tan head.

S-Dark fruit with brown sugar, vanilla and a bit of milk chocolate.

T-Some tart raspberry in the front, followed by rich chocolate and some well hidden alcohol in the finish. A great raspberry chocolate combo.

M-Remarkably light on the tongue but still a bit rich. Very nice.

D-Yes, thank you, I would love another any time.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 22:39:39 | More by sholland119
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle into a flute.

Pours a brown/dirty color with a very small light brown head which quickly vanishes. Notes of raspberry (duh), cinnamon, dark fruits. On the palate, notes chocolate with zero hoppy or bitter notes on the finish, just like dessert. Mouthfeel is just what I was expecting for this type of beer, medium and smooth with a small amount of carbonation, like sorbet with less body. If I had another bottle available to drink, I'd open it up. Alas, this was the only one in the cellar, so one will have to do for now.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 00:10:25 | More by Sean9689
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, served in a small snifter. Dark brownish/red color with no head. A thick syrupy look to it. Smell is of sweet raspberries and cheesecake. A similar taste overloaded with raspberries, cheesecake, chocolate, toffee, and sugar. Very slight alcoholic bite but overall not too powerful. A slow sipping beer that pretty much represents the definition of a "dessert beer". This lives up to its reputation if you are expecting the right thing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 03:42:01 | More by webmanspidey
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purply blackened brown cola color. Light brownish spongy cap of thin proportions creeps and keeps to the edges. Some oily spotty lacing glazes the glass.

Aroma is of a raspberry tootsie pop. A nice sweet display of sugared candy raspberry and tootsie rolls. Keeps a highly sweetened dough of fresh white bread among the crystalized sugary topping.

Taste is more blackberry-like then raspberry, fruity and berry loaded, the raspberry is there with its souring tart along with a sugared candy tartness and sweetness mixing and melding together with some interesting Rolo-like chocolate and caramel. Perhaps some strawberry, kiwi, and nectarine juices have been squeezed in. Quite sweet and candyish with a calmer tone of soda pop-like sugar and character. Succulent fresh bread dough keeps an extra thick backing into the chocolate tones which are blended in with a really sophisticated placement and slick texture.

Feel is pretty lively and thickly set with smoothened sweet tart tones and no sticky stuff. Swift, dank, and stuffy yet holds a uniquely refreshing cool briskness. Big time sugared candy impressions are left after each sip. Subtle dryness in the finish with feathery chocolate richness. Its the liquid version of a Tootsi pop. The 13.5% is never evident in any of the character, but definately hits with an after effect of sleepyness.

At $30 a 500ml bottle this is one spendy, trendy treat to save for special occasions or for a dessert drink after fancy dinners.
Bottle #34 acquired through the tr/U.P. connection.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 17:01:19 | More by tavernjef
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I, too, tried this one on for size at Rattle N Hum.
I don't have much to add on to what has recently been said by those that had this on tap at that bar.
Chocolate covered raspberries, strong on the booze while still being pretty easy to drink. A sit'n'sip with dense flavor that keeps reeling one in. I wish it hadn't been served so cold to start with because it was difficult to find the patience required to let it warm to a temperature where the fullness of flavor would peak. Even when very cold, lots of depth, interest and happy flavor.
I was excited and happy to try this and I would be excited and happy to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 07:12:33 | More by ommegangpbr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #200. Figured I'd dip into the cellar and pull out a 2004 vintage of KRE. Served in a flute.

A - Wow - I actually got some foam; maybe a eight of an inch of tan head that stuck around for about thirty seconds and left no lacing. Lots of visible carbonation on the sides of the glass, with little bubbles making their way to the top. Murky raisin brown color with some obvious suspended solids - it doesn't scream raspberry in the same way that Raspberry Tart does. All things aside though, it looks pretty good for a 13.5% brew - I wasn't expecting a lot.

S - Raspberry purée and cheesecake, dark chocolate, caramel, candied fruit, port, vanilla, a slight oakiness, and a hint of the high ABV. The smell is huge, even when chilled. It's incredibly delicious!

T - The taste has more tartness and is a little more restrained compared to the overwhelming sweetness in the nose. As you'd expect, tons of raspberry, substantial amounts of molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, and maybe a hint of tobacco as well. Again, the alcohol is ridiculously well hidden.

M - This bottle I opened had surprising carbonation to it - especially compared to how I remember it on-tap. I actually like the tingle though, as it complements the tangy flavor raspberries. The body is medium, but incredibly sticky. I shudder to think how much sugar is in this, and how ridiculous the caloric content per oz is - it's probably up there with the most decadent desserts. It's maybe a little lighter than I'd like for such a high ABV beer, but otherwise it's quite appropriate. Nice warming sensation after a while as well.

D - Kudos to the brewery for selling this in 6.3oz bottles - the sweetness and high ABV would defeat me if the serving size was significantly larger. Tremendously ideal for a dessert replacement/complement, or for a celebration, but not so much for sessions.

I'm really glad my 2004 bottle was still good, especially considering the hit & miss nature of Kuhnhenn bottling (and some of the other reviews of the '04 vintage posted here).
I didn't sense a huge difference between this and the '07 (although I didn't directly A-B them).

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 23:17:26 | More by MasterSki
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Birdiebeagle

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2007 Nice waxed cap. Pours a murky brown with bubbles but no real head. he bubbles settle quickly. No real lacing but a ring from the edge of the beer. Aroma is pleasing. I get alcohol, raspberries, and chocolate. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is awesome. Taste like a chocolate raspberry tart. A good burn. Not too sweet. Has a syrupy texture. The body is medium. The finish is great. And the sweet aftertaste lingers well. This may be the beer drinkers desert drink. No more scotch I would rather have this

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 03:48:12 | More by Birdiebeagle
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at rattle and hum nyc. A big glass of the 07 vintage. Nice!

A- comes to me with a small fizz on top that instantly disappears leaving a mirror finish. Dark murky brown red in color.

S- chocolate covered raspberries with a deep malty sweetness that brings a lot of dark bread with it. Smell like a chocolate raspberry tart.

T- opens up with masserated raspberry and roasty chocolate malts. Bready sweetness with a touch of spice that creeps in. Tart at times and its works nicely to cut the bigger malt profile. Hints of raspberry liquor in the back. Surprisingly clean roasty and tart finish.

M- on the fuller side of body but not thick. Medium carb that works just right with this big beer. Very little heat in the back of the mouth after a bit but for a brew as big as this what does one expect. The time down has done some amazing things to this I bet.

O- I've been hunting this for years and it took a trip to nyc to get it done but it was well worth the wait and journey. Great stuff and so drinkable I can't believe it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 17:15:11 | More by oglmcdgl
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-16-2013 11:32:08 | More by DanGeo
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ricke

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage. Thanks to brewdan for this one.

A: A very cloudy reddish brown color. A minimal pale beige head develops, but dissipates instantly into a fine ring of lacings. After a while even these tiny bubbles fade away. Honestly, the qualities of this beer surly doesn't lie in its appearance.

S: The smell is very powerful. Huge amounts of sweet malts makes the smell really heavy. Plenty of genuine aromas of raspberries, but the fruits are not as prominent as I had expected. A hint of chocolate, some leather and tobacco, and quite a lot of oak-barrel. Alcoholic fumes hit the noose, but are well integrated with the sophisticated character of the smell. All in all, it's quite reminiscent of fine spirits.

T: The taste is dominated by a dense and heavy malty character with lots of sweetness to it. The raspberries are present in the mouth, but again they are more subtle than I had expected. The raspberry flavors are of a really genuine quality, no raspberry candy in sight. Caramel, notes of tobacco and leather, and quite a lot of oak. I get a hint of chocolate, but it's very faint. Perhaps I pick up the slightest hint of coffee. The finish is almost ridiculously long and has a great warming feeling to it due to the alcohol. The raspberries delivers a nice acidity that goes really great with sweetness from the malts and alcohol. All in all, the raspberries get more prominent towards the finish. Some residual notes of oak barrels and raspberry pits in the finish as well.

M: Very full-bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. It actually has a surprisingly high level of carbonation (which is still rather gentle) which seems to suit the beer nice since it lightens up the otherwise dense feeling and helps to spread all of the wonderful aromas around the mouth.

D: This is a great beer. Surly one of a kind that delivers an explosion of flavors and a great beer experience. Drinks like fine spirits, but still with that great character you can't get from any other type of beverage.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 22:20:22 | More by ricke
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark raspberry brown with a thin ring of off-white foam. Minimal lacing.

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

T - Wow, the sweetness of the raspberry that I smelled tastes tart on my tongue. The raspberry is strong but I pick up hints of dark fruit, sweet toffee and a little tobacco on the back end.

M - Creamy medium body with very low, but present, carbonation.

O - An amazing beer that hides the high abv. well. I could drink a lot of these very easily.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 18:26:34 | More by SkiBum22
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blitz134

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-08-2013 05:32:24 | More by blitz134
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-18-2013 04:58:26 | More by Callmecoon
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-11-2013 01:44:13 | More by stereosforgeeks
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freehafe

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-09-2013 02:06:58 | More by freehafe
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weonfire

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-23-2013 04:04:01 | More by weonfire
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blabaer

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-15-2013 19:44:37 | More by blabaer
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fthegiants

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-21-2014 23:12:39 | More by fthegiants
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