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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock

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BA SCORE
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world-class

807 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 10.91%


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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ColdPoncho

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 04:16:53 | More by ColdPoncho
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter solstice 2010 bottle

Pours a dark brown with reddish purplish hues. A tiny bit of carbonation. Smells very strongly of raspberry with some extra sweetness. Tastes of rspberries... Lots and lots of raspberries. Some caramel underneath that gives it quite a sweetness. You would never know it was >13%. very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:27:36 | More by Urbancaver
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SiepJones

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock 2007

Thanks to kdub87 who sent this to me as his first trade.

A: When I poured this beer it looked almost flat. I say that because there was hardly any head and my pour was very aggressive. There are a few traces of bubbles and a single clump of about six bubbles in the middle. I can see the carbonation rise up around the edges of my glass. This beer has a nice deep brown color. Nothing can be seen from one side of the glass through the body to the other.

S: Tons of sweet raspberry on the nose. There are some hints of caramel and toffee blended in as well.

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: Full mouth feel, syrupy but with a touch of crisp carbonation on the finish.

D: Awesome beer, I would drink it certainly drink it again. However I would always treat it as an after dinner sipper as opposed to a sessionable beer shared with friends all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 03:02:37 | More by SiepJones
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kfsv034

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 00:43:54 | More by kfsv034
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beerhan

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 Raspberry Eisbock poured on draft into a 6oz snifter. Dark amber color with a white lacing and small head that leaves very quickly. Smells like raspberries with a bit of cocoa. Very unique smell that is unlike anything I've had but I do find a lot of Kuhnhenn beers to give that impression. Tastes like creamy milk chocolate bathed in raspberries and frothed up. Very delicious but a little too chocolaty and not fruity enough. The fact is that this beer is 13.5 % and I could not even taste the alcohol. I sipped on it because I knew the alcohol was there but it is hidden so well you do not want to stop drinking it.

Update: 2012 release.

The fresh batch is definitely a bit boozier. Granted I have never had this fresh before I do think this one needs some time to settle down. The raspberry is up there but I do believe that the chocolate notes develop more over time once the fruit is less forward. A real one of a kind beer and with the increase in abv, this one is just ridiculously good still.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2010 23:40:56 | More by beerhan
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle into the bottom of a pint glass. Thanks, Matt, for sharing!

A: Murky orange-brown body with some sediment. No head, but good legs. Underwhelming, but not entirely unexpected.

S: Raspberry cheesecake with chocolate sauce. Crazy. Big, sweet, and malty, with lots of caramel, chocolate, grain, and, of course, raspberries. Lovely.

T: Raspberries pop out at first, followed closely by a hugely intense wave of malty sweetness that carries with it dark candied fruity, caramel, and a peculiar (and delicious) creaminess that persists through the finish, staving off the alcohol almost miraculously. So clean for such a big, sweet beer. Absolutely amazing.

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

D: God I wish these bottles were bigger. It's amazingly drinkable for being so big and sweet. Drinking a growler might kill me, but I'd take the chance if I had the opportunity.

Notes: I've been curious about this one for a while, and it a pleasant surprise when a friend of mine offered to share his last bottle with me. My biggest surprise with KRE was how precisely it met my (high) expectations: I dreamt that it would be a sweet, sticky, creamy, fruity, chocolatey concoction, and it was precisely that. I don't know why they insist on putting it into such tiny bottles, but even a third of one was more than enough to discover that this beer is every bit as good as its reputation. Thanks again, Matt!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 06:33:27 | More by woosterbill
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davod23

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 20:18:08 | More by davod23
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kenito799

New York

3.15/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Rare tasting.

Dark muddy brown with reddish highlights.
Delicious raspberry aroma with woodsy notes.
Lovely raspberry fruit up front, tart and complex. The bitterness that follows, I am sorry, is just not pleasant to me. Too much like extract of raspberry seeds. The alcohol is quite apparent and detracts from the drinkability further. Despite the vaunted status of this beer, there are other fruit beers, other raspberry beers, that I prefer. This would probably be good with chocolate cake.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 14:23:54 | More by kenito799
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rnorgart for this one by way of White Whale BIF 4. 2007 vintage. 6.3oz red waxed bottle poured into a small snifter.

A: Standard pour reveals how viscous and heavy this one is. No head or lacing. Beer is a cloudy reddish-silt color.

S: Nose is outstanding. Dense crushed, pureed, and aged raspberries. Milk chocolate and slightly sweet, roasted malt. Booze is apparent but covered nicely by the sweet aromas. Almost fruit lambic-y but with a stouty background.

T: Chocolate covered raspberries, maple syrup, and brown sugar throughout. There's no real deviation in flavor throughout the whole experience except for a fading in and out of the slight boozy sweetness. No real finish either. This one's so oily and sticky that the flavor just stays on the palate until the next sip.

M: Full bodied and even a bit mucous-y. Very lightly carbonated and oily, sticky, and slimy in the mouth. Goes down surprising easy and not hot at all considering the high ABV. No real finish but a very long, lingering aftertaste.

D: Sweet and simply but very very good. 8oz. of this one is more than enough but I'd definitely seek it out again. A real sipper for sure but one I don't mind nursing all night long.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 23:23:24 | More by SpeedwayJim
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Bendurgin for sharing this one. Bottle says 2007. Poured into a chalice. Nice dark amber, color. The edges of the beer are kind of pomegranate colored. Very little head eventually disappears completely.

Nice sweet raspberry smell. I'm thinking raspberry jam on this one.

Raspberries dominate the flavor. A dry raspberry flavor starts. There is a bit of sweetness on the middle, and a hint of berry tartness in the finish, accompanied by the distinct presence of graham cracker. Like a cheesecake.

Nice mouthfeel with very soft carbonation. This is a sipper for certain. Very glad to have tried this.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 04:38:26 | More by andrewinski1
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this one is a recent trade with 6DaysBottomOcean. Thanks again! This one is the 2007 vintage and poured into an chalice. The body is a really deep reddish brown color with just a thin fizzy head that vanishes almost instantly. The color on this is absolutely gorgeous. I have never smelled a beer lit this before. Certainly unique. Raspberry jam soaked in sherry with a honey cookie kind of aroma. Lots of sweetness in this one. The taste is a bit less sweet than the aroma. Tart raspberries to begin with the sweetness in the finish. Mostly tart fruit in this one and just bit of caramel flavor in the finish with the raspberry sweetness. The mouthfeel is silky with low carbonation that is just about perfect. It's tough to say this is very drinkable because of the high avb (even though it is well hidden) and the rich nature of the beer but sharing such a tiny bottle is perfect for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 04:24:38 | More by Bendurgin
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute. Big thanks to OHLRangers for this treat. 2007 vintage.

3.5 A: Opaque deep reddish purple color. No head, but signs of carbonation exist. A bit of particulate junk falls to the bottom.

4.5 S: Strong raspberry as in a reduced raspberry puree. Almost like some sort of liquour, but without the super high alcohol. Surprisingly chocolatey as well. I guess maybe like a highly fruited raspberry chocolate cake. Really nice.

3.5 T: Taste isn't nearly as good as the nose. Tartness from the raspberry is there, but there isn't a ton of raspberry taste (unlike NG RT). Still pretty chocolatety, but not really that sweet, which is disappointing. I was hoping for something really sweet and fruity. A bit too much roasty bitterness as well. Alcohol is well hidden like in most Kuhnhenn brews. While this isn't bad, it doesn't live up to expectations.

3.5 M: Only a thickish medium body. I was hoping for more. Just a touch of carbonation, this would be better with more. Not as creamy of smooth as I'd like either.

3.5 D: Again, this isn't bad, but I was hoping for something really sweet and fruity, like a port or something. The way it is (this vintage anyway) isn't the way I would have envisioned a beer of this nature coming out. I'd love the try the 2004, but I doubt I ever will.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 01:03:23 | More by DavoleBomb
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ktrillionaire

Florida

5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 (tiny) bottle. I wish it was a Methuselah! Better yet, how about a Melchizedek...

A - It has a hallowed, sanctified, consecrated appearance, projecting a velvety royal oxblood-crimson hue with visibly plasma-like viscosity. There is a smattering of wispy tan froth, though it is very scant.

S - This is indescribably delicious. I have never experienced a better fruit- anything. No beer, wine, jelly, juice, candy, confection or fruit itself has ever hit me with this level of deliciousness. And I haven't even taken a sip yet. There is an unbelievably rich malt sensibility that is reminiscent of the best English Barleywines I have had, evoking memories of J.W. Lees 1997 and some of the better Thomas Hardy vintages, except decadently raspberry-laden. As I drink away this (perhaps-never-to-be-seen-again) treat, the EBW comparison is solidified.

T - Off the hook. This beer is paradoxical; it is simultaneously intense and sensational, whilst also being sublimely refined. This is the definitely the best fruit flavor I have ever had. I think this is probably the most delicious beer I have ever had! Yeah, I said it. Now what? Beautifully lustrous and luxurious malt-driven notes of caramelized brown sugar, toffee and hazelnut, dried dark fruits macerated in raspberry liquor as well as oaken vanilla provide myriad pleasure and complexity. I really can't do this justice with words. The ABV is unthinkable, you would never know that this had 6%, much less 13.5%. I am not tremendously familiar with this brew as a fresh(er) product, so I can not accurately say what changes time has wrought; I can say that time has been very good to it.

M - Crimson velvet. Silky smooth. Slightly sparkling (ever-so). I could ask for nothing more.

D - Too much of my enjoyment of this gem has been squandered ticking! Perfect 5s!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 22:49:43 | More by ktrillionaire
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a murky opaque mahogany color with very little head. What head there is is a slight tan color that collars around the glass. The aroma is pretty unassuming with notes of raspberry and malt. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Raspberry undertones carry throughout the beer wih other notes of vanilla and caramel. A sipper for sure. Slight alcohol showing. Not the most appetizing looking but a tasty beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 17:24:45 | More by kbutler1
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark maroon color. Not really any carbonation. The aroma is packed with vanilla and raspberries. Strong alcohol. It's like a Nature Valley fruit and nut granola bar. The taste is like drinking cherry vanilla coke. Sweet but not as cloying as other their other beers. The raspberries don't quite come out as raspberries. It's more of a cherry flavor. Maybe there's too much vanilla getting in the way.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 18:02:08 | More by BearsOnAcid
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Body is a very hazy red/brown hue-pours with absolutely no head- but fogginess is thick and dynamic.

S-Rich red raspberries, dark chocolate, caramel, and some boozy undertones. The raspberries really mix with the chocolate bock tones well.

T- Mild to moderate sour raspberries, creamy, cocoa upfront. Cocoa comes through more for the finish as an alcohol burn intensifies. A moderate sting of alcohol and a hint of cocoa come through for the finish-what lingers is a hint of raspberry and a big alcohol warmth.

M-Mild to moderate carbonation and fairly smooth light body with very little alcohol consistency.

D- For a nontraditional example of a hard to find style that it crammed with alcohol-this is really really good-happy to finally have the opportunity to enjoy this one!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 02:52:02 | More by PittBeerGirl
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fear025

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage.

Aroma:Sweet Raspberry, and chocolate, a little slightly oxidized malt. A little boozy.

Appearance:Deep reddish brown. Very little head. Very good lacing.

Taste:Tons and tons of raspberry flavor on the foretaste. Caramel, chocolate, sweet malt flavors. Fruit punch on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. A little alcohol heat.

Drinkability:This makes a fantastic after-dinner beer. Amazingly drinkable, very sweet, great fruity flavors, and ages really well.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 01:06:12 | More by fear025
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BeerZack

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(2007 vintage)
Pours a fairly opaque brownish with tawny edges. Not much head to speak of.
Nose offers up chocolate, caramel, raisin, blackberry, prune, cherry juice, dried strawberry, tamarind and Tootsie Pop! Delicious.

Tastes of sweet berry juice, raspberry and tart cherry leads into slightly bitter chocolate and caramelly mid that hints at Tootsie Pop again. Tingly alcoholic grip right before the fruity fade on finish with more raisin, cherry and strawberry.

Super juicy and rich feel to this one. Full and flavorful yet still ultimately drinkable. No real indication of the 13.5% for me, would have guessed 8 or maybe 9%abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 18:28:19 | More by BeerZack
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Combo of two rates.

2007 bottle, pours a hazy, sticky plum red with a ring of beige head and thick lacing. Nose is rich raspberry pulp, heavy malt, caramel, maybe a bit of white chocolate. Tart and very bitter, boozy in the mouth. Kind of acrid bitterness that just lingers. Some heavy malt underneath. Tough to get into the subtleties of this with that huge boozy bitterness. Could be an infected bottle. (C)

2004 bottle. Pours a muddy sort if brown with a small soapy head. Nose is really nice, and a welcome change from the myriad of framboise we endured on this day. More barley wine or old ale than anything in the nose. Malt is big and round, maple sugars, chocolate liqueur. perfect Storm-esque nose. Figgy chocolate, bitter mid palate, smooth rich finish. much better than the more recent bottle release, not cloying or astringent at all, just big, rich, and good. (A)

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:31:26 | More by JAXSON
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

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

6.3oz bottle served in Darkness snifter. 2007 vintage.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown...much darker than expected. Huge glob of sediment plops into my glass! Guess I should have been a little bit more careful. No head to speak of.

S: Rich and sweet. Dark chocolate bar with rasberry filling. Carmel. Slightly boozy. Decadent.

T: Sweet rasberry sauce. Chocolate, carmel, vanilla, and some butterscotch. Quite complex. Flavors of plum and red grape. Dessert in a glass.

M: Viscous and slick. Carbonation is minimal. Coats the palate wonderfully.

D: This tiny bottle is plenty. The alcohol is actually fairly well hidden. Malt lovers rejoice. This is a sipper for sure. I do wish I had more bottles of this to set aside for certain occasions. Too rich to drink more than one serving, which is obviously the intention of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 07:18:00 | More by AdamGarcia
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farrago

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 20:08:01 | More by farrago
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6.3 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel Green tulip. 2007 Vintage.

Unlimited thanks to sweemzander for sharing this with me! It's one of my favorite beers of all time and by far, one of the best ways to start a day! Must. Get. More.

A - The slow trickle into the glass is completely quiet creating no foam to speak of. Legs run down the glass from the strong alcohol and tiny bubbles cling to the sides. The beer is a beautifully caramel-tinted ruby brown color.

S- Milk chocolate and dusty cocoa blend exotically with loads of chocolate draped raspberries. Warm alcohol has a lot of fruity esters going on. It smells warm/hot, like it'll be really strong but it's not boozy in the least bit. Caramel notes fill the background. This aroma is simply orgasmic.

T - Chocolate-covered raspberries abound in this phenomenally brewed beer. Caramel malt adds another layer of sweetness and dimension behind the heat. Pretty alcohol-rich but it's very fruit-flavored lending itself well to the profile. No boozy flavor in the least.

M - Underneath the alcohol heat is a very sweet beer that's incredibly smooth and forgiving. Surprisingly, it has a little carbonation tickle to it. I was expecting a flat beer with how it poured. The full-bodied profile is robust and delish.

D - One bottle of 6.3 oz in a snifter, sipped like a fine port (to which it has many similarities) would be a great after dinner desert beer, night cap, or warmer on a winter day! This climbed effortlessly to the top ranks of my favorite beers of all time. Thanks again Sweem!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 12:20:02 | More by BeerFMAndy
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CaseyK

New York

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage. Thanks goes out to glazeman for trading me this.

A: No head at all on this beer. The color of it is somewhere between purple and a reddish-brown. Nice and dark.

S: Smells of berries, caramel and a hint of cocoa.

T: Wow, this taste is great. The taste of raspberries is very upfront, nice sweet and flavorful. The sweetness makes me think of a raspberry flavored bonbon. The taste of cocoa comes next, definitely a dark chocolate taste. At 13.5 percent this stuff isn't too hot.

M: A bit of a syrupy quality to it, thick but not too thick considering how high the ABV. Very pleasant.

D: Has an alcoholic taste to it but I wouldn't have guessed that it's 13.5 percent. It is very smooth for the ABV.

O: Wow this stuff was great. I'm going to have to try to find another bottle of this now! What an interesting and complex flavor, one of the best that I've had all summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 04:23:07 | More by CaseyK
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6.3oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2007 vintage. Huge thanks to steebo777 for trading with me for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy combo of a burnt caramel-like color with ruby red and orange highlights. Not much head formation, but I was not expecting that due to the style and ABV.

(S)- A rich tart raspberry fruit aroma with even a light woody spicy cherry at the end. Bits of creamy vanilla in there too. Almost has a sherry/port-like quality to it in smell and appearance. Mountains of great decadent raspberries. I could smell this all day.

(T)- Very similar to the smell, only in the middle has a sweet caramel and cocoa thing. Overall, its very much like a decadent chocolate covered tart raspberry and or cherry. Finishes very dry with a bit of warmth going down and a woody spice.

(M)- A rather good carbonation level despite its flat appearance. A good balance too of serious malts and serious fruit. Definitely has some heat going down, but it does not feel like a 13.5% heat. Gets smoother the more I have of it.

(D)- Despite its rich sweet core and warmth, this guy is a smooth criminal. Great taste, aroma, and feel to it for the style. I can see why it comes in such small bottles, but not totally sure on price point. This is a sipper for sure; savor every sip since there is very little of it. A fantastic eisbock, yet unique at the same time. I would love to try this fresh someday to compare how it is versus aged.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 21:04:10 | More by sweemzander
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

6.3 oz 2007 bottle generously sent by mbrasi. Green bottle with an upside down label and no wax. Poured into a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A vigorous pour produces a short lived and spotty cream/light mocha colored head that quickly fades to a ring of bubbles with quickly fading lacing. Liquid is a murky thick, turbid ruby brown. Not exceptional, but about what you'd expect for this style. Aroma is amazingly rich, complex and... decadent (I guess that works here). Smells unlike any other beer I've tried, alternating abundant malty chocolate, toffee and caramel notes, with earthy and seedy, slightly tart raspberry. Silky smooth thick bodied with a perfect amount of light carbonation and a ridiculously long lasting, balanced tart and sweet aftertaste. Flavor is an overwhelming menagerie of chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, tart raspberry, earthy raspberry seeds, lemon, rum like alcohol, figs, raisins, sour fruits, etc. There is a slight medicinal quality to the flavor that keeps me from giving the flavor a perfect 5 (but that's a result of my own issues with Robitussin growing up, haha). Lives up to the hype for me, with nothing I can compare this to; the small bottle was the perfect size for me to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 00:06:22 | More by yourefragile
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