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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

867 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 1,227
Gots: 129 | FT: 15
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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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

blitheringidiot, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of Overlord
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

Overlord, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of afksports
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Kristina Yamaguchi is wearing a red velvet dress and ice skating on my tongue. She's got a rocket pack in her back that's shooting out rasberry purée and hot lava. I'm not quite sure what else to say. This beer is exceptional.

Built like an eisbock to carry you through the winter, but with raspberries to cut through a garden fence, it's likedrinking a smoothie with rum. I'm in love and I'm not. It's huge. Huge huge. Thick mouthfeel, viscous and sugary. This 2007 vintage is brilliant out the tap all the way to the bottom. Deep red velvet, hardly any head, bodacious smell, taste that's tart and sweet and finishes with alcohol and malt. Heat for winter, fruit for summer, perfect for spring.

afksports, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of alexgash
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Tiny little, 6.3 oz. green bottle with a low-budget label that says it is from 2004. Served at 55 degrees F.

Pours a dark russet brown with coppery-rose edges. Small, short-lived, dirty sand brown head with patches of darker brown. Some gunk in the bottom of the bottle (is this bottle-conditioned). Nose is ripe with cherry and raspberry sweetness. The sweetness is intense and syrupy. Dark chocolate, caramel, and light raspberry tartness come through. Wow!

Taste starts with sweetish raspberry and cherry. Dark--intensely dark--chocolate comes in as the fruits become tarter. Caramel and rum in there as well. Light wood and sourish raspberry notes in a warming, alcoholic finish. Syrupy sweetness is always there, lurking. Nice. Medium-full body with a slightly syrupy feel. Light carbonation works well. A little sweet and rich for quaffing, but this beer is great for sipping out of a snifter late at night!

alexgash, May 31, 2007
Photo of HopHobo
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

A-Poured into a tulip out of a 6.7 oz bottle from the 2007 stash. Pours a dark brown almost burgandy color with no head or carbonation present.

S-has a very rich smell, of chocolate, alcohol and malt.

T-a truely one of a kind beer, almost like a cognac with less alcohol. The alcohol does come through, but overall its a chocolate flavor that prevails with hints of raspberries.

M-a thick smooth beer. The mouthfeel can really be appreciated as it warms, almost syrup like.

D-A great beer, nothing that I would drink a large amount of, but very good none the less. Hard to believe that this beer is considered to be a relative of the common lager.

HopHobo, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

2004 Bottle sampled with JCW and Brodie.

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

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

Medium body with a smooth texture.

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

A road trip to Warren is being planned.

tmoneyba, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

2004 release, acquired via trade from nothertimber, so a big “thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 6.3oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with almost no head and even less lacing.

S: Strong aroma of raspberry, with a background of dark chocolate & caramel. There’s some alcohol detected as well, that’s to be expected with a beer with this high of an ABV.

T: Sweet raspberry & chocolate flavor coats your mouth as you drink it. Out of habit I started out taking larger sips, but then I realized that taking smaller sips seemed to bring out the flavor much more. There’s a mild alcohol warmth, but not as strong as the smell leads you to believe, nor does it seem like it’s even close to the 13.50% ABV. The raspberry sweetness sticks around in a faint after-taste.

M: Extremely smooth and viscous, very low carbonation, medium-to-heavy body, finish is only slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, not very filling and fact that the ABV is expertly disguised makes this beer dangerously drinkable. It’s a sipper, but I sipped it very quickly.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of marcpal
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

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

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

A: Goopy brown syrup color with a tiny head

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks Derek.

marcpal, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

paco1029384756, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of sopor
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

sopor, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of denjen
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

denjen, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of TexIndy
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

TexIndy, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of ghostwalker
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

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!

ghostwalker, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Wasatch, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

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

wisrarebeer, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

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

sholland119, May 03, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Sean9689, May 05, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

webmanspidey, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

tavernjef, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

ommegangpbr, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

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).

MasterSki, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Birdiebeagle, Nov 11, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

oglmcdgl, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

DanGeo, May 16, 2013
Photo of ricke
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

ricke, Aug 02, 2009
Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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