Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 1,268
Gots: 203 | FT: 33
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 07-27-2003

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Shared at peg's.
dark cherry red in color. Forms a minimal fizzy head. No retention, no lacing. Aroma is very raspberry, like raspberry syrup. Sweet, marshmallowy, like something out of a breakfast cereal. Taste is sweet, raspberry, medicinal, herbal, and cherry cough syrup. It's a bit odd, simultaneously sweet and inviting while also being medicinal and tannic. Full bodied. Lower carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Interesting.

Photo of DaSolomon
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'12 bottle poured into flute.

Smell is of deep raspberry and only that. Exactly like the Raspberry Tart desert that bakery/pastry shops sell.

Pours a deep, deep red and mahogany color with very little to no head

Flavor mostly one note, Raspberry, Raspberry Raspberry. Alcohol mixed in but it settles well. It's not a complex beer but it has a powerful, full bodied flavor of Raspberries. It would make a very nice desert beer most definitely.

Solid brew, would like to see how it ages. Maybe with age the Raspberry will become less dominate and more of the subtle notes it covers will blossom.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: on tap ~5 oz
Glass: flute
From: kuhnhenn's
Price: 15

Appearance: dark dark red almost black but pretty clear

Smell: extra sweet raspberry. Strong alcohol

Taste: along the same lines of the nose. The raspberry sweetness and alcohol play very well together for a well balanced but not complex beer

Mouthfeel: heavy, warm, thick, smooth, but I wish it was a more chewy

Overall: greet beer. Wonderfully strong and warming but at the price I could find much better. Probably will not have again due to the price

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

6 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2007 bottle.

Appearance - Thick sludgy pond water. No carbonation. Slight red tinge to the brown.

Smell - Milk chocolate and raspberry. Strong alcohol. Smells like a raspberry chocolate candy.

Taste - Much stronger raspberry flavor. Really chocolatey. Straight forward but excellent. Oxidation is present. Slightly bitter earthy flavor. Could be cardboard but it isn't offensive.

Mouthfeel - Very boozy. Still hot. No carbonation. Heavy.

Overall - This is incredibly good. Looking forward to the new one.

Photo of baggio
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle@Home shared with my father to celebrate his 60th birthday.

Appearance: Dark red with almost no head. Quite beautiful.

Smell: Raspberries, Malt, Grain, Fudge, Vanilla.

Taste: Malt, Chocolate, Raspberries, Caramel, Vanilla.

Mouthfeel: A solid malt base with a bit of tartness from the berries. Smooth, complex and supertasty.

A truly interesting take on a eisbock and one of the better beers i’ve had lately.

Photo of PattyMelt
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Kuhnhenn's, as well as at WBF.

A- Pretty much the way I want all beers to look- deep red/pinkish, with minimal head.

S- Raspberry (obviously), pretty tart smell. I personally couldn't pick up on any of the chocolate or malt tones in the smell.

T- Amazing. As I was trying to explain it to friends, I described it as a raspberry soaked in liquor. (Please mind that I was slightly inebriated when stating this, but you get the idea). Strong raspberry flavor, that tastes like real fresh raspberry, not syrup or candy or anything of that sort. Hints of cocoa and maltiness. But, the alcohol does pack a punch. You can definitely taste it, and from what I hear you either love it or hate it. I clearly love it, but I can definitely see how some may feel it is too abrasive.

O- A very good beer. Pretty much perfect for me, but I curved my grades a bit seeing as this is not a beer that appeals to everyone. I have a bottle that I plan on aging for awhile to see how that pans out.

Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle, review from notes.

Pours a murky burgundy color, hues of brown, garnet and raspberry when struck by the light, no visible head and no visible lacing. The aroma is pungent fleshy raspberry, very fresh fruit, but a very harsh alcohol sweetness with some rich dark grain, caramel and toffee sugar notes, it's already too sweet for me, but the fresh berry is fantastic. The flavors are similar, massive fresh raspberry, which is delicious, is instantly overpowered by intense alcohol sweetness, caramel, brown sugar and a bit of vanilla. The body is super thick and syrupy, very sticky, finishes rather smoothly but with some harsh alcohol behind it.

Verdict: Can't say I am super impressed given the hype and ratings behind this beer, the fruit is wonderfully done, but the harsh alcohol and cloying qualities ruined it for me. Not sure what age will do to this beer, but I have a hard time believing that it will improve.

Photo of smalenberg
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

At tap at the brewery the day after release. 6 oz wine glass pour. Beautiful claret when held to the light, slightly mahogany look in lower light. Minimal head as you'd expect with this much alcohol, but the light tan ring persists through the glass and clings after each sip.

Nose fills with raspberry followed by chocolate and carmel notes slightly reminiscent of chewing a tootsie roll. Fruit forward without completely obscuring a complex maltiness.

Raspberry to begin with in the sip - fruity sweet followed my a slight hint of sourness (like eating a handful of berries when there are one or two tart ones mixed in). How to describe the malt? Imagine the character from barrel aging without any tannin wood iness to detract from the fruit. That character remains long after you swallow. A pleasant afterglow that stays with you for a long time. Extremely well balanced.

This needs to be approached slowly. There is some alcohol heat in the full bodied mouthfeel that borders on syrupy without becoming cloying, but much less than you'd expect at 15% ABV. The alcohol reveals itself in the warming feeling in the belly after you swallow. Definitely a sipper. Great flavor and complexity to be savored gradually. Glad I have a bottle to cellar because as good as it is now, I expect it to improve with age. If you have the means, get one before it is gone.

Photo of tectactoe
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap a Kuhnhenn's brewery in Warren. Pours a magnificent ruby red color with some brown hints thrown about. A thick and creamy, fine-bubbled beige head sits atop the eisbock and settles to a skin on the beer for the remainder of the glass. Excited to finally try this stuff, on tap at the brewery, no less. Put down 15$ for a 6 oz pour, so this stuff better be pretty damn good. I have high hopes for Kuhnhenn, though, so I don't think they'd let me down.

The aroma is.... magnificent. Rasp - fuckin' - berries, ALL. DAMN. DAY. A perfectly light, yet-full bodied aroma that bursts with sweet, juicy raspberries, raspberry jam, and raspberry candy. The malt imparts a nice cocoa and chocolate aroma as well - chocolate covered raspberries, anyone? The aroma is so ripe, pure, and authentic, and that's one of the best things about it. It's like stuffing your nose into a raspberry patch with chocolate rain. Sweet, fruity, and simply orgasmic. No bullshit, here.

KRE is creamier on the palate than it appeared in the glass - it slides softly across my tongue as the onslaught of raspberry goodness devours my entire mouth. A smooth, delicate raspberry jam flavor explodes as waves of light cocoa nips and some mellow chocolate float in and out. Think of dipping raspberries in a chocolate fountain. There's no doubt, the raspberry flavor wins out over the chocolate, but the inclusion of cocoa is nevertheless a huge component to the full flavor profile.

Though there isn't a necessarily complex or demanding group of different flavors, the raspberry element is so authentic and "real", to an almost unbelievable degree even. This batch apparently contains 15.5% ABV (rather than the original 13.5%, due to a higher efficiency during brewing), but it hardly tastes like it contains alcohol at all. Upon warming, some warmth comes out, but it is still insanely tame and drinkable. Low carbonation, which works well for this beer.

I couldn't think of a more perfect desert beer. I've got to say - this is probably the best fruit-centric beer I've ever had. The raspberries are so raw and pure that it's borderline ridiculous. Perfect addition of cocoa flavors makes this beer even better. Probably the winner of the "highest ABV to highest drinkability" award, too. It went down so smooth.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

187ml bottle 13,% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2007 Vintage.

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock has been right at the top of my wants list almost since I joined BA back in late 2009. I really hope that the contents of this ridiculously small bottle will live up to my expectations!

Appearance: The beer appears a deep red-brown in the glass, with a back light revealing beautiful cherry red highlights that fade into golden-amber edges. Surprisingly, a rough pour yields a small, creamy, light tan coloured head. The head doesn't stick around for very long, nor does it leave any lacing, but a swirl does coat the glass in a sticky film and heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Holy balls, this could well be one of the best smelling beers I have had all year! This has just blown any expectations I had right out of the water.
The nose is absolutely bursting with sweet jammy raspberry goodness and is backed up by a powerful sweetness. The nose is so big and so complex, I think i will just list the notes I managed to detect over the course of the bottle, these include: Sweet raspberry jam, a lightly tart fresh raspberry character, sweet dark fruits (plums and cherries), sweet toffee, dark caramel, some milk chocolate, golden syrup, a touch of molasses, dark treacle and a little vanilla character similar to that of a bourbon barrel aged beer.
The interplay between the sweetness and the raspberry flavours is mind blowing - someone needs to make a dessert that tastes like this smells!

Taste: the flavour offers even more raspberry notes than the nose did, with a little more emphasis on the lightly tart fruit character. There is again a wonderful underlying sweetness with notes of milk chocolate, dark fruit, toffee, treacle and a little molasses. Sadly there is also a distinct oxidized character that grows as the beer warms and certainly detracts quite a bit from the flavour of the beer.
There is absolutely no trace of the 13,5% present in the flavour.

Mouthfeel: Perfect! Full bodied, sticky and almost chewy, with a medium level of phenomenally smooth carbonation.

Overall: Dear Kuhnhenn, please make this beer again and please put it in a standard 355ml bottle!
Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock has certainly lived up to my expectations and had it not been for the oxidization in the flavour, this would easily land in my top 10 beers of all time.

Photo of Samichlaus82
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours a muddy, reddish brown with no head. Seems rather viscous and the small bubbles of carbonation can’t escape this swirling brew. The nose has a bit of dark chocolate, raspberry liqueur, dates, dried cherries, and very dark caramel. The flavor has bold, tart raspberry and cherry notes, leather, and cocoa powder. The sweetness up front is replaced with a dry tartness on the back end. Very rich and full bodied with a lasting finish. This one definitely expanded my thoughts about what beer can do. Pretty damn outstanding.

Photo of tarheels86
3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Miniature bottles courtesy of my boys SpencerDB, CaptainCougar, anyone else? So we tried 2004 and 2007. The pour is murky, muddy brown with low carbonation. Let me just say that this was not impressive whatsoever. Okay- it’s a slightly raspberry tangy super malt forward barleywine. I mean that is what this is. There is a lot of milk chocolate, raspberry chocolate, and it is just full of toffee. I mean it’s good but nothing that blew me out of the water. And that was the ’04. The ’07 literally tasted like broccoli. So- this is one that I’ll have to revisit. For now- meh. 7/4/6/3/12=3.2

Another 2007 bottle. Pours muddy, reddish brown and completely flat. Excellent aroma that is full of toffee, creme brulee, caramel, chocolate covered strawberries. Taste is tart, light, more raspberry character than I remember. Still thin bodied. 9/4/7/3/13=3.6

Photo of jegross2
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company. HUGE thanks to Mike for sharing this rare bottle with me!
Score: 97

2007 vintage bottle served in a Cantillon tulip glass and enjoyed on 08/23/12.

Appearance: Pours the color of maple syrup with a slight chocolate tint. Virtually no carbonation or head is apparent off the pour. No lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Raspberry, milk chocolate and fruity malt. As it opened up, an aroma of fresh pureed raspberries takes over. There is also a very faint oxidation present in the nose, but it is only apparent off deep whiffs. 4.5/5

Taste: Fresh raspberry jam goodness! The raspberry flavor is absolutely out of this world -- smooth, moderately viscous and perfectly sweet. Zero booziness is present here, which is shocking given that this is a a 13.5% ABV eisbock! Fudge-y chocolate towards the finish with a hint of fruitiness in the finish/linger. So smooth and "light" without being light bodied. Hint of caramel in the background too. As it warms up, there's a little alcohol tingle in the finish. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied. No carbonation, but it works here unlike the Bourbon Barrel Barleywine I had from Kuhnhenns earlier this month. Sweet, but not too sweet. Oily, slick mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall: Every bit as good as I could imagined it! The raspberry flavor here is truly out of this world good. It's a good thing this beer comes in 6.3 oz bottles because this beer is entirely too drinkable for the ABV!

Recommendation: Unless you hate raspberries, make sure to seek this bottle out.

Pairings: Fluffy chocolate cake.

Cost: $10 for a 6.3 oz bottle.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.47/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 nip bottle courtesy of Matt. I have been saving this for the right moment and opening night of the NFL and the eve of my first full solo day as a SAHD seem to be just that moment. Thanks Matt for the opportunity!

Into a champagne flute pours a deep and slightly murky ruby red with shades of dark purple. Nary a bubble is seen when backlit and no indication of head shows upon the surface.

Huge seedy jammy raspberries on the nose. Hints of blueberries and blackberries as well. Medley of sticky fruits melds with rich melted milk chocolate and brown sugar. The immediate whiff of alchol that erupted from the bottle upon opening seems to have abated after sitting a few minutes. In fact, there's little indication of the immensity of this beer.

Raspberry is sweet and tart up front and syrupy. As soon as it hits the middle of the tongue, the massive tootsie roll wall wraps around the fruit and carries it like a wave to the finish. Chocolate and an odd, slightly rotten food taste show on the finish.

Carbonation is, eh, low. Body is very syrupy.

I enjoyed this less as I got deeper into the bottle. Not so much for the sweetness, but for the fairly gross off flavor that pops out at the finish. While unique and interesting, I'm not sure I would go out of my way for this given what it might take to land it. I'd recommend splitting your bottle and hoping that this beer hasn't somehow taken a downturn after five years. An interesting try, but likely not worth the effort.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.35/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 nip bottle

Pours murky red/brown with some sediment. No head or lacing.

Smells like dessert. Lots of raspberry puree along with a hefty dose of caramel.

Holy hell this is sweet. Lots of intense raspberry flavor with a strong caramel presence. Not a ton of complexity in this.

Lightly carbonated, but it is present unlike most other Kuhnhenn beers and for this style and sweetness, it's not off. Very thick and syrupy.

Eh perfect serving size for this as it is way too sweet to drink large quantities of. Kind of a weird beer to my palate. Not very complex and just sort of average.

Photo of jeonseh
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage poured into a Mikkeller wine glass

A - Dark, reddish brown with no head and slight carbonation. Reminds me of a darker sherry. Definitely looks more like a dessert wine than a beer

S - Raspberry liqueur, chocolate covered raspberries, and raspberry jam lead in the nose. Has a big, jammy scent of fresh raspberry that takes over. It even smells thick! The raspberries are definitely of the sweeter variety and not tart at all

T - Full of raspberry flavors with a slight hint of chocolate. It actually is a bit tart at first which I don't get in the nose. Definitely reminds me of biting into a juicy, fresh raspberry. It has hints of caramel and raspberry jam that give it a slight sweeter taste near the finish. Definitely one of the best raspberry and fruit beers out there

MF - Thick and viscous body that is nice and sticky. It has very light carbonation; just enough to cut through the beer and prevent it from being too thick.

O - This beer is one of the reasons why Kuhnheen is well loved. It has great raspberry flavor, a nice mouthfeel, and is a unique beer. I'm pleasantly surprised by how well this has held up as I don't notice any signs of oxidation. This is a beer that would go great with a chocolate dessert such as rich truffles or chocolate cake.

Photo of FosterJM
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1325th Review on BA
Bottle to 7oz wine glass
6.3oz

2007 Vintage
Thanks HUGELY to Schmoopsbeer

App- The color of blood mixed with caramel and some reds and gold. No bubbles at all. No head, no cling. Very cordial like.

Smell- A sweet after dinner drink. Chocolate and Raspberries with creamy caramel and a bit of boozy sweetness. Just again cordial like.

Taste- Such an explosion of what a beer can be. Sweet with boozy fruits and liquid chocolate. Booze is hidden but still shows itself nicely. For an older bottle holding nicely.

Mouth- A lighter medium with a low carbed beer with a ton of Raspberry & Chocolate flavors. A littlw sweet with some booze.

Drink- Brian and I may talk a ton of shit but I cant thank him enough. Great beer. Can see why so hard to find.

Photo of scottfrie
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

REVIEW #1000! This has been a want of mine since the beginning. Many thanks to Exiled for a patient trade.

2007 vintage, 6.3oz bottle.

A: Pours a very deep mahogany color with a faint light brown head that quickly fizzed away into a thin collar. No lace.
S: I get huge notes of sweet raspberry preserves that remind me of doughnut filling. Light chocolate, glazed dough (i.e. pastry), and sweet caramel come through in the background.
T: Raspberries are still very prominent and actually fairly tart but not mouth puckering. Chocolate flavors are similar to cake or a tootsie rolls. The fruit is rather fresh and “real” tasting as opposed to a syrup or concentrate. I get complex notes of caramel, molasses and tannic red berry seeds in the finish, with hint of brown sugar and tobacco in the aftertaste. This beer is sweet all around, but not cloying, and the tartness of the fruit mixed with the drying tannins balance it out very well. Flavors of sweet raspberry jam linger long after the swallow, and my lips taste like caramel and tootsie rolls. Flavors open up and more nuisances come through as the beer reaches room temp, and I get some spicy woody and leathery notes. This beer is just phenomenal.
M: This beer is thick bodied with a syrupy and heavy mouthfeel. The double digit alcohol is hidden extremely well beneath the sweetness, but there is a slight warming sensation with each swallow. Carbonation is low but tingly and almost prickly, but never sharp. This is a sipper of a beer, and drinks well.
O: Masterfully done. For such a sweet dessert beer I could actually drink this quite often. It’s too bad this little guy is so hard to come by, or that the bottle format is so small. Well worth seeking out if you are a fan of fruit or eisbocks. Thanks again for the awesome trade, Exiled!

Photo of brystmar
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle shared with friends the night before DLD!

Deep, dark red color in my glass. Strong raspberry aroma also smells bready & malty. Reminds me of those Whoppers malted milk balls. Yeah, definitely Whoppers. Awesome.

Aged bramble taste with mild fruity sweetness before chocolate and boozy caramel flavors interject. Tons of malt; full-bodied. Alcohol is more prevalent than in other Kuhnhenn brews but still balances nicely.

Been looking forward to cracking this for awhile, and KRE didn't disappoint. Very tasty; wish I could drink this more often.

Photo of s1ckboy
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jack for this awesome "extra". 2007 bottle.

A - mostly still but an aggressive swirl produced a few bubbles. Deep red, looks like sangria.

S - raspberries, smells like candy.

T - initially a big blast of tart raspberries. Caramel and chocolate follow.

M - thin to medium. Not terribly smooth. Can taste some alcohol in the finish.

Really good. Very glad to have tried it. Would like to try this fresh.

Photo of claspada
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle.

Pours a dark murky ruby with a really tiny tan head that dissipates immediately. Lots of alcohol lacing on the glass if I quaft then beer. Lots of nice yeast floaties despite a careful pour.

Aromas begin with a lot of raspberries, actually raspberry tootsie rolls, crazy. There is a sweet malt base with a little bit of extra chocolate, maple, vanilla and hints of earthiness. Quite one dimentional, but really intense. Alcohol emerges as it warms.

The tastes begin just like the aroma, it really reminded me of a raspberry tootsie roll filled with a bit of alcohol. The flavors underneath were quite nice, with slight hints of brown sugar/molasses, a bit of maple and maybe some vanilla.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with only a bit of carbonation. Finish is sweet but surprisingly not cloying, despite e lack of carbonation and the big ABV.

Overall this beer was very rich in flavor, but a little one dimentional. It was great to try and sip for a while, but the small amount was enough for me. A very interesting brew that is definitely well worth trying, but I don't NEED to have it again. A must for fans of any raspberry beers and beer geeks in general.

Photo of drowland
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to StFun for this one! Small bottle. Wow! Nice reddish/brown pour with a very small khaki head that fades. There are a million things going on here! Amazing real sweet and sour raspberry going on with sweet malts, pie spices, crisp crust, and more. Amazing! Wonderful!!!

Photo of hardy008
3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage

Pours dark reddish brown with no head. I can tell it has some carbonation, just doesn't look like it. Smells like raspberries, chocolate, and toffee. Not complex, but nice.

This tastes almost like a chocolate and caramel Turtle candy with raspberries. Very strange, but nice. Tastes like something that would be great to pout over vanilla ice cream. There is no bitterness for balance, but I honestly didn't expect that there would be.

Medium bodied with only a small amount of carbonation. I think the amount of carbonation is right for this beer. The alcohol is well hidden for 13.50%, and a 187 ml bottle is the proper serving size for this beer. An interesting beer, which I am glad I had the chance to try.

Photo of Mississipping
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 mahogany waxed vintage split two ways and poured into an Ithaca Beer Company tulip.

A: Pours a deep ruby-brown color with almost no head at all.  A ring appears briefly and then disappears leaving a calm, deep body resting gently in the glass.  No lacing, but considerable legs. 

S: Tons of raspberries up front with a good bit of chocolate and caramel.  Absolutely incredible aroma.  A bit of booze on the back end as well, but mostly a decadent raspberry treat. 

T: Raspberries come out immediately and linger through the entire sip, with some chocolate, toffee, and a touch of caramel.  The raspberries provide a really nice tartness that complements the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel.  There is a bit of a booziness, which is surprising, considering this is a 2007 bottle, but it's not overly hot or boozy.  Just incredible.

M: Fuller side of medium-bodied with very little carbonation, with adds a little to the viscosity.  Thicker, still, and coating.  Really nice feel on the tongue with a very slight drying effect after each sip. 

D: This beer is killer.  Fairly complex, tasty, odd, and just delicious.  There's not a ton there, but what is there is outstanding.  It's like drinking a raspberry chocolate cake without all the sweetness.  Wonderful, wonderful beer!

Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

Pours a very dark ruby red color that's almost brown with plum colored edges and a thin beige ring that slowly fades. Not much in the way of lacing.

Sweet, slightly boozy aroma that surprisingly is still fruit forward after four years. Lots of sweet dark raspberry and other dark fruits along with some dark chocolate cake, caramel and toffee. Subtle medicinal/syrup quality.

Fuller bodied than expected with some soft carbonation and a really nice balance of sweet, syrupy fruit, silky dark malts and subtle boozy heat/sweetness. Similarly to the aroma, there is still a surprising amount of juicy raspberry and other dark fruit notes. Faint tartness with some cranberry before being countered by hits of chocolate cake, caramel and toffee. Slightly syrupy but this doesn't hurt the mouthfeel much. A nice boozy warmth in the finish but the high ABV is excellently masked with only little heat. This beer is dangerously drinkable at this stage so 6.3oz is a perfect serving. Complex with a good amount of raspberry still in there. The perfect drink for after a huge holiday meal.

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.