Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,091
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 1,268
Gots: 204 | FT: 33
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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 granger10
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish color with ruby highlights. Not much head or lacing. A bit of sediment.

Aroma is intense with a tart raspberry sting and belgian chocolate complimenting each perfectly. A little liquer like kick in the end finishes the smell.

Taste doesn't quite live up to aroma. A bit too chocolately and the raspberries seem a bit muddled. I know they use real raspberries but the flavor doesn't come out like I was hoping. Caramel, vanilla, and creamy all provide cover for the raspberries. Alcohol lurks and comes out in the finish but seems nowhere near the 13.5% it claims. A bit of citric chocolate finish is what I'm left with.

Quite smooth and enjoyable. There's a nice malty base and some depth to this offering. Not really a sipper in my book but too damn expensive not to be one. I liked this beer but I can't justify ever buying it again.

Photo of OStrungT
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2004 bottle. Since this is the last day of American Carft Beer Week, I decided to close it out with a bang.

This beer pours a dark brown color with a thin light brown head. The head fades fast, leaving a lot of laces.

This beer has a very pleasent raspberry and chocolate aroma. It smells quite sweet. I am a little surprised at how chocolatey this smells. The alcohol is hidden well in the aroma, but I can detect a hint of it.

This beer has a very chocolate raspberry flavor. It tastes like I am eating candy. It is very sweet. The alcohol is noticable in the flavor. Wow, this beer is incredable. Never have I tasted a beer with a flavor or aroma any where near this.

This beer leaves an aftertaste like raspberrys. It is easy to drink, which is quite a surprise since it is so high in alcohol. This beer is also surprisingly smooth.

This beer would probably not make the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and that would be a problem. Also, the flavor, although wonderful, is a little sewwt. It might be hard to drink too many. I am sure that I could drink more than 6.5 oz though.

Thank you very much thomashardy for hooking me up with this winner.

Photo of Beaver13
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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 OldFrothingSlosh
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle that really reminds of the Sam Adams Utopias bottle...only more plain. 2004 batch. Monstrous, epic thanks to AKSmokedPorter, and, more importantly, a certain BA who will be thanked indirectly for getting this to AKSP.

A: A satisfying "pfft" upon opening the aged bottle. Poured a few fingers into my Samichlaus snifter. Stunning chocolate-infused amber in color. Tight, tight layer of coffee-froth-colored head. Tiny beads of lace slowly glide down the sides of the glass after each sip...to be consumed again by the now wispy-thin layer.

S: Tootsie Roll raspberry sucker. That's what I smell. Dead, spot on. An amazing layer of chocolate-toffee mixed with T-O-N-S of freshly ground berries. Woven into the supporting fabric is a boozy/brandy-like aroma, drizzled with loads of caramlized sugar. "Fresh" is an understatement.

T: Quite sweet up front. This is quickly brushed aside by an avalanche of berry flavor. It's amazing to experience the onslaught of such a fresh-tasting raspberry flavor, almost as if the berries were put in the bottle just before opening. Swift notes of Heath bar rise to the challenge of the boatload of raspberry puree` on your palate. Finishes rather dry, with a kinda "raspberry seeds in your mouth" aftertaste, accompanied (briefly) by a slight warming ABV. Simply amazing.

M/D: 13.5% ABV. No way. Cloaked in the flavor is the alcohol with this one. Dangerously drinkable. This is lasting me all through the Sox-Yankees game, hopefully enough to drown out Chris Berman. My palate is completely covered by this thing. I feel as though I could cut it with a knife. One-of-a-kind. And (more than likely) a once-in-a-lifetime experience (one I'll not soon forget).

Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer to savor when watching the Pistons romp on Cleveland....again.Poured a deep mahogany brown with some real cherry red hue with a somewhat fizzy quick dissapating head,aromas of vanilla,wood,raspberry juice,some iron and a bit of milk chocolate thrown in.Caramel sweetness along with some hefty molasses notes upfront the raspberry flavors are more in the backdrop but always there with some dark chocolate with an odd finish I cant quite put my finger on the flavor its a little unpleasant because there is so much going on otherwise its like a metallic fruit flavor.Bottled in 2004 its a very fine beer except for that odd finish.

Photo of nflmvp
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage. Thanks to Amatuerbeerguy for this sample.

Poured a dark cherry red with a one finger head that lasted, less than a minute.

Smell is outstanding. The only beer I can recall having so much more in the way of smell than it did in the area of taste. Smelled strongly of sweet red licorice.

Taste wasn't so much of red licorice as it was of muted raspberry (as you would expect).

Mouthfeel was thick but spotty. Not as coating as you would expect, but consistant.

Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is very well masked in this high alcohol brew.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6.3 oz. bottle - 2004 edition. Thanks to Frozensoul327 for the bottle.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with some reddish hues. Has a small tan head that recedes to the edge of the glass.

Smell is sweet and malty with a hint of raspberry and a light cocoa scent. A bit of alcohol is present.

The flavor in this beast is like no other. Sweet and malty with a big raspberry taste upfront. This is followed by a rich cocoa taste combined with even more raspberries. Finishes with a lingering sweet fruitiness and just a hint of alcohol.

Big chewy body, low carbonation.

This beer lives up to the billing. It is very drinkable, but you really have to sip and savor it to get the most out of it. It is certainly something special, and I am glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark molasses like color which thins near the edges like a cognac with a minimal head which disappears quickly. Strawberry is the dominant smell and first thing I detect as I taste. Its not syrupy but thick and this is seen as small amounts cover the edge of the glass rather than run back after the initial sips. Very similar taste to a Trois Pistoles minus the carbonation. This is a wonderful after dinner/dessert drink and I thank BA for given me the oppurtunity to access this beer.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage.

Pours a thin tan head over a deep mahogany body. Head recedes without lace. Strong aromas of caramel backed by vinous fruit, chocolate and brandy. More caramel malt up front in the flavor accompanied by rapberries and more subtle vinous fruit and chocolate. Quite sweet. A berry-induced tartness rears its head toward the finish. Full-bodied, medium to low carbonation and very smooth and creamy. The raspberry flavor lingers.

A interesting brew worthy of sipping and contemplation. Several waves of complex flavors that blend well in the overall picture, but each have their moment in the sun. Still, I would definitely ay the caramel is the major player, and its not any run of the mill caramel flavor—it has a musty almost burnt character to it that lends a distinctive character to the lager. A unique brew, worthy of special occasions or a pensive winter night.

Photo of Prufrock
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

tiny 6.3 oz. wax-topped bottle into a thin lindemans pilsner.

reddish ruby amber with an inch of tan head. fairly clear with some rising bubbles.

sweet, strong aroma. tons of sweet chocolate and raspberries; i think this is what a raspberry tootsie pop might smell like. some caramel and toffee, but mainly sugary, syrupy raspberries.

thick, rich mouthfeel with a light carbonation. powerful raspberry syrup flavors with some chocolate malt. a hint of the alcohol in the aftertaste, and a hint of bitterness. powerful flavor, but somehow not cloying. if i had more bottles i'd pour it over ice cream. great beer.

Photo of UnionMade
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of TastyTaste
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Sephiroth
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sprinkle for the trade. Bottled in 2004. Uneventful pour. Body is a deep, wine red with a few flakes of sediment. Aroma has a caramel and toffee undertone, vinous raspberries, and chocolate as it warms.

Taste is incredibly rich. Chocolate covered raspberries, luscious caramel, this is like a cordial. Warms the throat. Mouthfeel is incredibly heavy, and silky smooth. Plenty carbonated, and insanely drinkable. I would love to make a day of this beer.

Photo of numenor1
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 vintage

Pours very thick muddy ruddy reddish brown with the slightest, quickly disappearing head. The appearance is otherwise unimpressive except for the light coming through the beer and glass creates the most amazing red light on my table. Smells of raspberries, cherries, hugely concentrated malts and faint chocolate. The taste is where this stuff really shines. Amazing flavors. Initial stabs of chocolate then sweet raspberries to quite tart cherries, maple syrupy flavors, more chocolate, chocolate coated candy raspberries. Hints of chambord. Wisps of spiciness? Huge interplay and great depth of flavor. Lingers on well too. Alcohol is not present. Unique. Mouthfeel is quite full but has vibrant carbonation as well and all fits together perfectly. Drinkability is staggeringly impressive. Alcohol is imperceptible and apparent only in throatwarming. What an incredible beer. The first eisbock i've actually enjoyed.

Thanks to Northerntimber and No BS BIF for this sample

Photo of TheBungyo
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like a liquified tootsie pop married with chocolate syrup. Very dark, so much so that I cannot decide if its actually red or brown. The smell is like a tootsie roll and chocolate, and the faintest trace of raspberry. It's SO damned complex that you could absolutely spend your day pondering what exactly those familiar smells are! Just when I figure I can't detect anything else, I get boysenberry syrup.
Boom, chocolate in your face, followed by sweet and slightly sour raspberry, which is almost like a jolly rancher for about a second. Maple syrup trails the rest. In all honesty my mind is in overdrive trying to place all of these amazing tastes, that I truly have never even come close to tasting anywhere else. I truly wish I could drink this all the time, each time spending forever figuring out exactly what these fleeting tastes I am experiencing are. This is easily the most complex beer I have ever come into contact with. The rich full mouthfeel doesn't betray a hint of the high acohol content contained in this miniscule bottle. I certainly could spend an eternity drinking this. An absolutely amazing beer that is a legend for a reason. Many thanks to Northertimber for including this in an amazing trade.

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

at room temperature this 2004 vintage pours a deep muddy red with a light tan head. after a vigorous pour the head drops quickly to a ring around the glass. minimal lacing. aroma is huge with cherries, sweet raspberries and a vinous alcohol. after drinking you'll notice a chocolate aroma as well. first sip is incredible. tastes more like cherries than raspberries, but the raspberries are definitely there. tastes like chocolate covered berries with a only hint of well placed alcohol and a nice warming effect at the back of the sip. tingles on the sides and back of the tongue. champagne-like taste and feel. sweetness is counterbalanced by a touch of unripe cherry bitterness. little to no hop character. the mouthfeel is a nice, almost fluffy medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. despite the high abv, the alcohol is well hidden, but rears it's head at the perfect times. easy to drink, but the burn and warming effect keep you slowly sipping. paired absolutely deliciously with some belgian chocolates. (the darker the better) overall, this brew comes with a lot of hype and doesn't disappoint. coming from someone who doesn't generally enjoy fruit in his beer, this is simply delicious and an absolute must try.

Photo of Crosling
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark burgundy color with a small, light pink head, which quickly disappears. Rich caramel, toffee and chocolate aromas, with a mild hint of tobacco leaf , dough and raspberry puree. Flavor is big and bold, luscious and refined in every way. I thought the raspberry flavor was fairly tame, whereas the malt flavor was monstrous and complex, with a chocolate, cocoa and caramel flavor. Light hints of vinous fruits, mainly raspberries were present as well. A delightful beer, from the very versatile brewers at Kuhnhenn.

Photo of rousee
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Whoa--this thing is one pain in thaass to open. It comes coated in wax but I heard a good pop when I opened it so if thats what it takes-I'm all for it.
A special thanks to Frozensoul327 who sent this to me because he is a classy individual.Cheers Erik.

The appearance is nothing special -dark purple-black--some ruby elements at the top part of the glass. Smell is somewhat vinous and also consists of raspberries and malt with some dark chocolate--a bit buttery but in a good way--quite nice.

Taste is just a beautifully smooth balance between the upfront maltiness and raspberry. The carbonation is so fine in this beer. Tiny bubbles just tingle your mouth forever. Willy Wonka woulda liked this one. Obviously at 13.5 %, its not too drinkable--in fact it has kicked my ass and I'm not even done with it. Very good though.

Photo of lou91
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought that this was not going to look or smell like beer but I was wrong. The smell was that of a very well aged barley wine – sweet maple and malty. The pour left a thin layer of small foam like a table cloth that just sat there without dissipating. I had it cold and let it warm up in my hand and I could smell this all day long. The taste is rich, thick, chewy with cherry not raspberry and chocolate maltiness. There is no doubt about the alcohol. I'll have it again in 2006 to see how aging impacts this truly unique beer. Thanks to mjohn27603.

Photo of denjen
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Jredner
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE chocolate malt aroma with ample sweet raspberry notes. Muddies amber in color with no real head. Big blast of chocolate and raspberry. Tastes like a raspberry truffle indeed. Matta mentioned Captain Crunch and I get that too. It’s so damn tasty it’s hard to believe it isn’t just a raspberry chocolate puree. There are mild caramel hints, but this mostly just a chocolate/raspberry party. I can’t detect any alcohol in it just smooth tasty goodness.

Photo of PatYoda
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, the elusive Raspberry Eisbock. Thanks to BigDaddyWil for this bottle!

Appearance was nice - copper color with cherry highlights throughout. There was a small head upon pouring but this faded pretty quickly, which is to be expected for a 13.5% brew.

The smell is very pleasant. It's a nice mellow warm raspberry and cherry fruitiness, with a hint of caramel. The smell really intensifies as this warms, but it didn't surprise me as much as the spectacular taste.

The taste is like no other beer you've had. It tastes like chocolate covered raspberries without the tartness as first. Then the depth of the caramel malt hits you and really brings the complexity to another level. There is also some mysterious sparkly spiciness underneath everything that confounds me as I cannot put a name on it. This is one of the most decadent and rich beers I have ever tried, and it was a perfect dessert after a nice steak dinner and a Thirsty Dog Siberian Night Imperial Stout. There is never any hint of the alcohol content, which is amazing.

The mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. It's thick, that's for sure, but not so thick that it becomes chewy or heavy at any point. It's basically just perfect. I had to fight myself from chugging my tiny sample because I split the ridiculously small bottle with my girlfriend. This is such a good example of the diversity of beer. Just amazing.

Photo of rajendra82
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 2004 release was obtained in a trade with BA CRJMellor, the Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock came in a waxed green bottle in an unusual size of 6.3 oz. Scraping off the wax was rather easy with a knife. The beer came out dark red in color, with very fizzy carbonation head like a soda pop. The smell was a blend of chocolate and raspberry, and reminded me very much of gourmet dark chocolate truffles that I sample around Christmas. Taste was very much like reminiscent of those truffles as well, with melted dark chocolate blended with raspberry syrup. Rum, maple syrup, and vanilla, and coffee were some of the other flavors that came to mind while sipping the beer. Alcohol was medicinal, and hops herbal in nature. Aftertaste was peppery sharp, and prevented the beer from getting too sweet. Smooth and slick mouthfeel also advanced the impression of richness. A very unique beer that has little to do with flavors typically associated with other beers, and is closer in flavor profile to a pudding or a cake. Viva le difference!

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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 GeoffFromSJ
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 6.3 ounce bottle into two BA fest glasses. Split with blitheringidiot.

His pour wasn't as nice in the appearance department. I thought my head would dissipate, but it was dense and wouldn't go away. I'll split the difference.

One of the nicest aromas of any beer I've had. Fruit, probably dried. Tootsie Roll or Tootsie Roll Pop others pointed out. Chocolate covered dried fruit.

Boozy taste. Similar to a quad in that nature. Dark fruit. Chocolate. Raspberry seems like it meshes in here. Raisins. Wonderful. Nice. Rich.

Mouthfeel is perfect.

Drinkable? Very rich. But, yes, drinkable. Smellable too.

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.