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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

891 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 1,229
Gots: 127 | 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 Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What are they trying to accomplish? I have had chocolate and either raspberry or strawberry filling..in fruit wine and liquors naturally or more than naturally sweet. That's dessert. Yes in this beer there is distinct flavours from the eisbock, the chocolate, the tart raspberry. Yes, very much like an American filled chocolate. To me, this is a fruit beer. I have had good beers with chocolate. I have had Unibroue and other fruit beers. This one had the memory of tart raspberry on my palate hours later. Thanks Jay.
Had an unusual low carbonation at the brewery 6 months later. It was fruit wine/wine tasting, tart but not mouth puckering.

Sammy, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

t0rin0, Oct 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

djrn2, Jan 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

zestar, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with bmanning at a tasting in November 2009.

187mL bottle poured in champagne flutes.

A: Pours a dark ruby with a tiny tan head that shines brightly in the flute.

S: Lots of raspberries--nay, raspberry tootsie rolls--sit atop a sweet malt base with a little bit of extra chocolate, and hits of earthiness.

T: Again, this 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 anise.

M: Medium body with only a bit of carbonation.

D: Very rich in flavor, but without the perfect balance, this one was great to try and sip for a while, but didn't live up to the hype for me. A very interesting brew that is well worth trying, I wasn't completely sad to see my glass completely emptied.

Thorpe429, Dec 21, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

acurtis, May 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Texasfan549, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle

Appearance: After exploding from the bottle, pours a hazy black cherry soda color with a head that quickly disappears to a ringlet

Smell: Intense chocolate covered cherry aroma

Taste: The raspberry liquid filled chocolate candy literally coats the tongue and builds in a subtly sour direction by mid-palate; the sour complexity lingers after the swallow as the rich chocolate flavors build in intensity to the finish, which lasts forever

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with modest carbonation

Drinkability: A fantastic sipper that I could enjoy for hours in small doses

brentk56, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crepuscular raspberry fudge slurry. I heard the usual 'pffft' on popping the cap, but there was almost no head formation despite my usual high altitude pour. There was a fleeting one finger disk of light brown fizz that is now but a memory. I'm left with a thin ring where beer, glass and air meet, nothing more. I know that high ABV beer is a classic head killer, but this one is a deadly efficient, cold-hearted assassin.

The aroma is fantastic and is unlike any other in the beer world; at least those that I've come in contact with. Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock smells like crushed, ripe raspberries macerated in Chambord and melted bittersweet chocolate. That is not an approximation, that is *exactly* what it smells like. Mind blowing...

... as is the flavor. I can't believe how much this beer tastes like raspberry eau de vie. The fact that it's beer, though, gives it a broader, deeper flavor profile. The flavor profile consists of absolutely perfect proportions of sweet, sticky, chocolate syrup-drizzled toffee pudding, black licorice and concentrated, bursting berry. Each sip (and make no mistake, this is sipper) is pure, rich, sweet pleasure.

The finish is so long that there really isn't a finish. The flavor never leaves the palate, it just lies low until it's permitted to come rushing back with a vengeance with each subsequent sample. The mouthfeel is stickythick and fits the rest of the beer like a velvet glove.

I'm not sure if the exceedingly low level of carbonation was intentional, but I, for one, don't mind a bit. The beer seems almost completely flat when it first enters the mouth, but there's a bubble or two working behind the scenes to keep things moving along. Hard to believe the 13.5% ABV; it drinks at least half that.

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock is everything that it's been purported to be and more. It is, without question, the best fruit beer that I've ever had and one of the best beers of any style. I am completely gobsmacked by the flawless interdigitation of intense, concentrated, palate crushing flavors of chocolate-dipped caramel, black licorice and black raspberry. Kuhnhenn has a lot to be proud of.

It is my understanding that the brewery will soon be releasing larger, beautifully decked-out, numbered, wax-dipped bottles of this nectar that are rumored to be priced at $30. If so, then it was my pleasure to consume the last of the humble, label-less bottles from '04. Thank you TikkiGodxxx for a remarkable experience.

BuckeyeNation, May 04, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

The pour brings a lightly carbonated, heavier viscosity beer that has the murky russet appearance of prune juice. Modest head formation that halts at a slight lace. Legging is evident and indicative of the higher alcohols and sugars present in the beer.

Strong aromas of heavy and dried fruits, varying alcohols, and strong scents of port wine, brandy, and sherry. Obviously, raspberries lead the way, but also grapes, plumbs, raisons, dates, figs, and other berries. Backup notes of chocolate, cashews, and almonds gain praise as the beer warms and begins to temper the alcohols.

Flavors are equally as strong and really start to target the chocolate covered fruits of raspberries and cherries. Strong fruitcake and brandy-soaked fruits add a well melded but varying complexity. Lightly vinous and woodsy with tart berries and wood aged wines. Intense alcohol flavors blend the brandy, port, rum, bourbon character and is a bit boozy at first but seem to mellow out as the beer breathes and releases carbonation.

Light carbonation allows me to feel the weight of the sugars and malts- no lift from the surfaces of the mouth. This keeps the beer from becoming as creamy as it could be. Like port wines, this beer is intended as an after dinner delicacy. However, the beer is not as sugary as you'd think, with a hefty malty, woodsy, lightly tart feel. Finishes with a long linger of chocolate covered raspberries and port.

The beer is an interesting and welcomed variety of English Barleywines like Hardy's and Lees. The papery-cardboard oxidation upfront, I can do without but the sherry notes add a lot- much in the same way that Sam Adams Triple Bock does. At first, I wasn't too terribly impressed with the beer but as it warmed and breathed, the raspberry, chocolate and softer alcohols prevailed and improved a lot for me.

Thanks BigMcLargeHuge!

BEERchitect, Jul 03, 2009
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

kjkinsey, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(6.3 oz bottle, 2004 vintage – drank in January 2006) – Poured a hazy deep red/brown beer with a rather large dark foamy head with great retention. Aroma of raspberry chocolate cake is quite evident with some port-like alcohol sensation. Taste is less sweet then expected as well as raspberry, which I had expected to be more dominant. Instead there is strong chocolate and caramel malt with a semi-sweet ending. Did not fit my expectation but is still very good nonetheless. I would now be very curious to try the raspberry-free eisbock.

Phyl21ca, Jan 16, 2006
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

GRG1313, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, the infamous Raspberry Eisbock, the quintessential dessert beer. Not much more can be said about the hype surrounding this one, been a long time coming for me to try this. First off, I was thrilled to be able to finally try this one. So much hype surrounding it and I have been trying to get a hold of it for what seemed like forever now, and I was finally able to get a bottle a few weeks ago and have been waiting to try it anxiously. Last night I decided was the night, I was going to be giving this one a try. Went to the cellar and pulled out the 2007 vintage bottle, perfectly chilled to 50.2 degrees, and proceeded to pour this tiny little bottle, 175ml into a Rodenbach Grand Cru Chalice.

A - Poured into my glass with little to know fan fare associated with it. No head at all, no lace, no bubbles, no nothing. Really quite strange, as I expected this behemoth of a beer, in a little tiny bottle mind you, but this was just not there. There was nothing there at all, which to be honest seemed a bit strange to me. The color on it was fantastic, a very deep rusty brown with loads of ruby tinted hints riddled throughout the glass. Really took on a wonderful color and a I was really most impressed by this factor. Though it looked rather lifeless in the glass, the color spoke for itself, just a very nice caramel, hazy and ruddy color, with hints of red, really looked like a dessert filling.

S - The aroma came at you straight out of a Valentine's Day box of chocolate. I really have never had a beer smell like this before. I have had many a dessert beer, Fruit beer, RIS, but nothing that comes close to this. The first thing that came across was a rich blend of toffee and chocolate. Very smooth and rich, even in the aroma, it was like walking into a candy store what came next. Rich tones of raspberry mixing and melting in with everything that came before and after. Hints of oak perhaps, vanilla definitely though. Truly, unlike anything I had been around before. Very sweet, but at the same time, kind of tart. There was a slight touch of alcohol, but barely discernable from the wonderful candy like smells that preceded it.

T - The flavor was like something out of this world. There is really just no other way to describe it. I have truly never had anything like this before, but one thing I can say for sure, this was no beer. This was one of the most decadent desserts I have ever had the pleasure of trying. From the first wave of oak filled caramel that rolled over my tongue, I knew I was in for a treat. Loads of chocolate following this, but weird chocolate, not your normal thick chocolate stout like flavor, rather it was a baking chocolate that was laced, well not really, more like infused with raspberries. The flavor was just wonderful hints of everything but the kitchen sink in this one. Some nice touches of caramel and toffee riddled throughout this thing. I am not even really sure what to call it; it was just a wonderful mixture of so many different flavors. If there was ever a beer that embodied a candied desert it was this. Ok, enough of that, to sum it up in a single sentence, have you ever seen one of those liquor-filled chocolates? If you have, this is what you would WANT it to taste like!

M - The feel was a little odd at first, but then you got used to it. There was literally no carbonation to it at all, which would normally be an automatic downer, but for some reason actually worked quite well on this one. The flavors were enough to stand on their own, and did not need anything in the way of bubbles to bring them to the surface. A really nice finish on this one as well, forgot to mention that. The taste just dragged on and I could literally still taste this one a good five minutes after I had my last sip. Long drawn out sweet caramel and toffee just dominating the finish, with a slightly dry bitter quality.

D - The smoothness of this was insane. I mean this is a classic dessert, and the alcohol is huge in this but I never got a taste of it. Very strange that it would never show up in the flavor, I would have thought it would have been harsher, especially for a recent release, but smooth as silk. I could have kept sipping on this all night long without an issue, but alas, the little six-ounce bottle only stayed around for thirty minutes and was gone.

Overall, this was outstanding. A bit weird at first I will admit that, but once you realize what it is there is truly nothing else like it. I would have to say this was worth all the hype it gets and is really quite good. I would recommend this to anyone.

mikesgroove, Feb 15, 2008
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

ygtbsm94, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kevin for opening one of these last night. This review is from a 2007 bottle.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with plenty of red highlights to it. The beer has a very low amount of visible carbonation and almost no head.

S: Great notes of rich chocolate and raspberries fill the nose with some mild alcohol and vanilla aromas coming in on the finish.

T: The raspberries give a wonderfully sweet and tart flavor combination that works nicely with the chocolate (oxidation?) flavors of the beer. The mild tartness of the fruit gives a nice balance to an otherwise sweet beer.

M: Although the beer appears to be quite flat, there are some small, tingly carbonation bubbles. Their presence is much appreciated as they prevent the beer from turning to syrup.

D: The alcohol is somewhat noticeable in this, but the flavors are rather impressive and bold, so they hold up well to the heat. I will have to open one of my bottles of this soon as I love this beer.

womencantsail, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#3000 for me, been waiting a long time to try this one. Finally gettin my chance.

This poured out from a 2007 vintage bottle, reddish brown in color with virtually no head on top. The lacing and retention basically don't exist. The smell is of straight raspberry jam and subtle malt, boozy and sweet. The taste is of tart raspberry with hints of chocolate in there also. The mouthfeel is thick, gently carbonated and smooth. Overall it's an impressive brew, would love to try a fresh bottle someday. Very glad I got to try it!

Sampled the new batch, ultra fresh Sweet Raspberry on the nose, reminds me of Chambord. Subtle chocolate, just overall very sweet and boozy, excellent beer.

Knapp85, May 05, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a brackish, blackish-purple body with no head beyond a few, large bubbles.

Smell: Finely expressive nose of macerated, tart-scented black raspberry pulp and supporting earthy notes of cherry pipe tobacco, unsweetened chocolate, tree bark, molasses, and maple. An inkling of oxidation, too.

Taste: Beyond the berry, there are tastes of baking chocolate, blackstrap molasses, maple syrup, and a few choice hunks of gnarled licorice root. You even get a pinch of aromatic tobacco. There's a fair share of oxidation evident. Also, I detect a tiny, tiny touch of roast. There's a profusion of vinous raspberry flavor that is, at times, a bit tart and medicinal. The alcohol presence, while noticeable, isn't ever obtrusive. A bit of warmth in the slow, leisurely finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. No carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasing, pleasant brew, though I would like to try a different, more recent vintage sometime. In summation, it reminds me of that Chambord Liqueur you get in the "Holy Hand Grenade" bottle. I hear up in Michigan it's regarded as a local celebrity of sorts.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 28, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

oberon, May 10, 2006
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 bottle.

Appearance - Comes in a tiny 6.3 oz wax-dipped bottle - nice presentation. Thick and nearly opaque ruddy brown. No head whatsoever, though a touch of carbonation is visible.

Smell - The scent of chocolate-covered raspberries wafts out of the bottle as soon as the cap comes off. Closer inspection reveals notes of caramel and vanilla. I'm not sure if this is oak-aged, but it has a very woody aroma that I find common in oaked beers.

Taste - Sweet-sour raspberries, chocolate and caramel. Pretty decadent stuff. Not as sweet as I was expecting, which may or may not be the result of extended aging; I haven't tried this fresh, so I have nothing to compare it to. Alcohol is felt more than tasted - the beer has a pleasant warming quality in the throat, much like a nice port. The aftertaste is surprisingly dry and gentle, making it easy to reach for another sip.

Mouthfeel - Velvety-smooth and very full on the tongue. Carbonation is gentle but still felt.

Drinkability - Ridiculously drinkable considering the alcohol and sheer weight of the brew. The slightly sour, drying finish really amplifies the drinkability.

Notes - A huge thanks to london1o1 for the chance to try this elusive beer.

largadeer, Feb 09, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

SocalKicks, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tumbler.

It's taken a while, but I;m finally getting a crack at this beast. It pours a mostly clear ruby topped by a half-finger at most of off-white foam. The nose comprises deep raspberry jam, a twinge of what seems like vanilla bean in the background, and a slight sense of vinyl. The taste brings in more of the same, with the raspberries shining, some mild booze creeping in, and the vinyl coming through as a stronger pall of plastic. This plastic-ness doesn't fade. The body is a light hefty, with a relatively light carbonation and a thickly fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough fruited eisbock, but that plastic character is in no way endearing and kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth (in both manners).

TMoney2591, Sep 28, 2013
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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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