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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 438
Hads: 1,111
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 1,276
Gots: 210 | FT: 32
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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 egajdzis
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy reddish-pink, color with a thin, light tan / pinkish head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee malts, honey, nuts, light chocolate, raspberry, and light tart cherry as well. Taste of dominant chocolate, caramel malt, some earthiness, lots of tart raspberries, and roasted java, with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Thanks Mike! (377 characters)

Photo of dukedevil0
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to moshea for this 2007 187mL bottle in a recent trade!

A: Pours a hazy, murky brownish, caramel, reddish color with barely any bubbles popping up. Not really the best looking beer to me!

S: Smells like lots of tart, aged raspberries and even sour apples, lots of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, raisins and maple

T: Very similar to the smell, but quite a large amount of sourness that I wasn't expecting - still has tart raspberries, sour apples, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and raisins. The flavors are really nice and complex, but I probably would have preferred that the sourness not be there. I'm even wondering if this bottle might be

M: Mouthfeel is really good on this one. It's full bodied and the carbonation sticks out enough as it's rolling across the palate without being too bubbly.

D: You definitely can't tell that this is 13.5%, assuming that this batch really is. The flavor is interesting and complex, but like I said, the sourness does not help this beer for me so I'm not yearning for sip after sip. (1,042 characters)

Photo of BillyB
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage in a cute 187 ml bottle with red waxing over cap.

Pours a thick reddish brown, with no carbonation and no head at all. Dark ruby/black berry highlights when held up to the light.

Aromas of Raspberries, alcohol, dark fruit, other berries, wood, chocolate, caramel. Overwhelming aroma is alcohol.

Tastes are similar to aromas with some subtle raspberry tartness. Dark malt sweetness. Very strong alcohol warmth in the throat. This is a boozebomb!

Drinkability (taken into context as an after dinner dessert beer) is good. I could have one with a nice chocolate/raspberry cake after a big meal and then I'd be done. (637 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (497 characters)

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

Appearance: Deep burgandy beer with only faint traces of head. I poured rather slowly, so this could have been the culprit. A gentle sloshing of the glass forced up a few bubbles, but not very much.

Aroma: Candied fruit, mixed throughout a bready cake. There are notes of chocolate present as well. Cocoa laced fruitcake perhaps? The raspberry smell comes through fairly well after a few big drafts of the aroma. The beer's aroma seems to show through very well too, which is a good thing in my opinion.

Taste: The raspberry flavor is fairly well present, mixing well with a butterscotch-y caramel backbone. There are notes of chocolate that seem to blend well with the stronger flavors of the fruit and the caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice and the finish lingers slightly with fruity sweetness.

Notes: I've only tasted tiny samples of this before. It was nice to have a decent sized pour to actually sample. The chocolate and raspberry flavors meld well and it is well worth a sample if you can get your hands on it. (1,034 characters)

Photo of MalibuKenny
4.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

S: amazing raspberry sweetness. nothing pretentious about it.

T: damn! mouthful of that raspberry; it's just sweet enough without being too syrupy, unlike the blueberry counterpart

M: the fruit syrup coat the tongue; the aroma lingers in the cheek, long after you down that last sip from your glass

O: Unless I'm mistaken, KRE is actually better than KBE (357 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of justinp444
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look is raspberry red with a thin off white head. Smell of raspberries, thin malt, and sweet fruit. Taste of raspberries and sweet malt. 2014 vintage. (150 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
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! (1,309 characters)

Photo of bultrey
3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Split a bottle of this with slander and schoolteacher at Spuyten Duyvil. Yes, we each had a serving the size of a brandy pour, which is appropriate for this beer. Didn't take notes, but didn't need to. Taste it once, and you remember it forever. Glowing deep red, no head... OK maybe a little head. Smells like a fresh raspberry harvest, as if you were stomping around in a vat of raspberries and the aroma were permeating your senses. Tastes like a red velvet raspberry cake with chocolate truffles, or perhaps like one of those Jacques Torres chocolates filled with raspberry puree. In fact, put this inside of chocolates, and they'd sell like hotcakes, I bet. I found the taste to be a bit too much like a raspberry cordial, and not enough like a beer, but unique nonetheless. The mouthfeel is quite remarkable -- "pillowy" is the first word that came to mind. Just so soft in the mouth, almost makes you think you're eating a piece of cake. An after-dinner sipper to be sure, not drinkable by any means. If you had any more than the small bottle of this at a sitting, I predict a big headache for you. I would love to be able to revisit this one in, say, about 10 years. (1,174 characters)

Photo of mjohn27603
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased for $8.33 for 2004 vintage in a 6.3 oz bottle. Pours out caramel in color and consistency almost like a thin syrup. Aroma is of cocoa and raspberry reminding me of a raspberry tootsie pop. Head dissipates rather quickly. Elements of chocolate and a sweet with slight tartiness of raspberry. Reminds me of a candy. Aftertaste remains on tongue for a long time afterwards. A slight bitterness and warming alcohol presence on the tongue. Many interesting flavors going back and forth. Not too thick in mouthfeel, light on the tongue. This has stood up fairly well after sitting on a store shelf for a while. I think a little bit is just right. As I drink more the fruitness and raspberry flavors come out a little more than the chocolate. (745 characters)

Photo of Shumista
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 6.3 oz bottle split three ways, just enough for a tasting portion for each of us.

KRE pours murky brownish red, no head, but I didn't really expect one on a two finger pour. I have to be honest it doesn't look terribly appetizing. The aroma is musty with an underlying damp mold quality. Also raspberries, of course, caramel, and some alcohol. The age shows in the aroma and makes me worry 3 years has not been kind to this little guy. Tastes much more tart than the smell suggested. Raspberries, caramel, chocolate, and bitter citrus rind. It's like raspberry cheesecake with caramel drizzle and maybe some chocolate in the form of an oreo cookie crust. Like one of my buddies said, not a dessert beer but dessert itself. This would be hugely satisfying just by itself after a great meal, forget about pairing it. It's real syrupy and lightly carbonated. The 2.1 oz pour makes it tough to judge drinkability all I know is I want a lot more. (947 characters)

Photo of lou91
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of sopor
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 batch drank 7/23/06

Dark ruby brown and golden tinged beer pours thickly into my chalice with very little head, just a tan ring of foam.

Smooth melted creamy chocolate with tart raspberry, kissed with dark fruits; plums, prunes and blackberries.

Up front, almost cloying sweetness segues into bitter black/dark chocolate, like 60% cocoa, with tart raspberry and sour prune. The slightest hint of coffee and roast malt come out in the end.

Body is the perfect balance of slick & thick! Delicate carbonation makes for an AWESOME body!

Not super quaffable, but extremely complex and tasty. A must have. (619 characters)

Photo of westweasel
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received this bottle in a trade about four months ago. I was saving it for a good day, and since this is the last day of my summer vacation - it seemed appropriate.

Aroma - strong caramel, toffee, and raspberry scents abound. I was expecting more of an alcohol smell with a beer of this strength, but it is very subdued.

Appearance - The beer pours out a cloudy, medium leathery brown color with a reddish tint. There is a very thin ring of beige bubbles around the surface of the beer.

Taste - Some great layers of flavor are present. Caramel and toffee are the first things present followed by some tart raspberries and then a bitter alcohol flavor. The raspberries are obviously present but not overpowering. There is a lot of balance in the flavors.

MF - Very full and lush with low carbonation.

Drinkability - Wow this is one great tasting beer! A very pleasing combination of flavors that play very well together. This is like a caramel-raspberry dessert. (969 characters)

Photo of Verecund
2.05/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was shared by a generous BA on 02.12.2011. After tasting a few beers, I went home and jotted down notes for this one beer, because it was so memorable. 2007 nip bottle, I believe, split three ways.

Pours a dirty, mud brown with just the smallest wisps of head.

Raspberry puree, but not as straightforwardly so as I expected. Instead it's buried beneath a layer of caramel maltiness. A sweet tootsie roll chocolate. Okay - now imagine that all of this is rotting in your garbage disposal. Divide by two. There. That's the smell.

Raspberry cough syrup, rotting dark fruit, molasses, caramel malts, and lots of cocoa. Sweet, as expected, but certainly not cloying because of a certain earthy bitterness. It's a little oxidized, which does terrible things to the raspberry character (adding, e.g., soy sauce). Not what I expected.

Medium-low carbonation, with a medium to medium-light body. Unpleasant finish. Hides its alcohol well enough after 3-4 years.

Well, the 6.3 ounces were split three ways, so I think I'm officially a ticker. I finished my sample, but this was not a sweet, syrupy raspberry dessert beer, as expected, but tasted of spoiled fruit and spent grains. Bizarre, I have to wonder if this is an off bottle (which wouldn't surprise me given Kuhnhenn's track record). (1,294 characters)

Photo of bret27
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage bottle into tulip

S: Raspberry explosion, with currants, port, chocolate, little alcohol (reminds me a little of a strong New Glarus Rasp. Tart)

A; Dark brown/red. Extremely little carbonation.

T: Basically the same as smell for me, but with the alcohol burn taking the front seat.

M: A little thin. Little dry. Kind of like sherry or wine actually.

D: Pretty darn good, considering it's supposed to be a fruit dessert beer, and the abv is huge.

Overall: More of a mutant hybrid drink than a classic beer. The strength and booze is definitely present suggesting they took the "Eis" style seriously. The only thing this reminds me of in the beer world is some of the New Glarus stuff and some of Kuhnhenn's other strong offerings. (748 characters)

Photo of punkrkr27
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle. Absolutely delicious raspberries, molasses, chocolate, and coffee! Beautiful mahogany color. Nice rich mouth feel with just a touch of carbonation to clean the finish. This is simply wonderful. This is the epitome of dessert beer. I highly reccomend serving it with a really nice, moist piece of chocolate cake. (324 characters)

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this in the recent White Whale BIF and couldn't wait any longer to try it.
6.3oz 2007 bottle served in a small snifter.

A - Pours a rich caramel with reddish hue. I think I see a few small bubbles of carbonation, but didn't expect any given the abv.

S - Fresh tart raspberries dipped in caramel chocolate. I could smell this all night long.

T - Big malty raspberries, chocolate, caramel, and cherries. I thought it would be sweeter in the sugar sense, but it's just massively malty sweet.

M/D - The amount of carbonation is perfect for this beer. It just slightly bubbles over your tongue, but leaves your mouth lingering with the malty syrup. Drinkablity is great, and the bottle size is absolutely perfect.

I need to find at least one more bottle of this to see what its like at 3+ years... (810 characters)

Photo of birderbeerer
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle, drinking in 4/2011.

Looks like maple syrup. Very little head but some remains on the edges throughout.

Super malty, boozy smell, like a barleywine that's turned over but hasn't gone bad.

Ah, beautiful taste. Like chocolate covered raspberries. Very tart finish. Toffee malts in there too. A great swirl of flavors. Right combination of sweet and tart and well-blended too. Oak and cherry flavors too. The booze is definitely present, but the booze is needed to put an edge on the sweetness/tartness. (515 characters)

Photo of smalenberg
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,365 characters)

Photo of radshoesbro
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this one for quite some time, many thanks to Matt for opening this one!

Poured from a plain 187ml bottle, 2007 vintage into my Rapscallion snifter.

Pours a beautiful raspberry red. No head or lace, but that's to be expected for something with such a high ABV. The edges, where the beer touches the glass are considerably lighter than the rest of the beer. Much more so than usual I think.

Smells of raspberry and dark chocolates. Has a very sweet smell, and not at all hot. There is a sweetness from the faded alcohol, but it does seem obvious that it's not going to be hot.

Tastes of sweet raspberry chocolate. It's pretty delicious! There's a slight bitterness that seems more like bitter chocolate than hops. The caramel isn't really noticeable, but I think it's what's adding this nice creaminess. The creaminess seems reminiscent of a nitro tap. I would say more like a cask, except it's definitely got a nice amount of carbonation in the body of the beer. There's a small chocolate bit at the end, which grows as it warms. It's not overpowering at all, and it really adds to the enjoyment of this brew.

Feels excellent in the mouth, but it could use a little bit more to it. I don't know if I want more carbonation, but it just doesn't seem perfect.

This is a very drinkable desert beer, and I really wish that there was more of it to go around! (1,379 characters)

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of jim102864
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Scored this 2007 vintage in a trade this past fall and kept it for a special occassion. Certainly, a great way to ring out 2008 on New Year's Eve.

Poured from the miniscule, 6.3 oz, burgundy-red wax capped bottle into my Leffe stemmed goblet. It poured very viscous and cloudy, almost pulpy it's so thick. Upon swirling, it's as if the raspberry pits cling to the glass.

On to the nose. An explosion of ripened raspberries, like jam in a glass. I feel like making a PB & J sandwich it's so bountiful. I like a brew that clearly states it's case even before I sip it.

I let the bottle rest on the kitchen counter for 15 minutes and then another five or so in the glass before the first magical sip. Like a chocolate candy with raspberry filling! Chewy and fruity with a mild alcohol burn in the finsih. Thick and full bodied. Fruity esters abound like raspberry preserves and caramel sandwiched as one. Then caramel notes become more dominant as it warms further.

This is a tongue-coater. The raspberry goodness pricks the sides of your tongue then fades with a flourish of mild alcohol bite.

Obviously a special, world-class treat, meant to be savored as I did in front of a fire on New Year's Eve. I hope they make it to the Extreme Beer Fest again like they did last year. (1,280 characters)

Photo of Chadbrew
4.94/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a huge thanks to Northertimber for the opportunity to try this one. This is my RedRider BB gun if you know what I mean...
Gorgeous caramel color and an apparent fullness to the body in this. Initially there is a burst of brownish head that flashes then falls away like fireworks. Even before pouring there is this chocolate/vanilla/raspberry all macerated in brandy aroma that involuntarily lifts the corners of your mouth in anticipation. The flavor starts very alcohol with huge chocolate covered cherry sweetness. There's raspberry cordials dripping in sweet brandy, what a treat. The body is superb... not syrupy like the rest of the beers composition would lead you to believe, it's actually full and lush and goes down velvety but finishes so clean.
I initially felt like the size of the bottle was a bit of a marketing rip-off but I realize that, for me anyways, this was perfect to thoroughly enjoy without biting off more than I could chew. I will truly be seeking this out for the holidays every year from here out. (1,033 characters)

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