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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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97
world-class

979 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 1,250
Gots: 180 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter (Small)
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
VINTAGE: 2007 6.3oz/187ml bottle
Extreme thanks to mjd83goblue for this one!

Pours a dark amber color, with the slightest ruby tinting. A mildly aggressive pour produces a minimal head which disipates quickly. It leaves a tiny bubble ring around the edge of the surface. I'm impressed that there is any lacing at all. It's in strands of medium thickness which slide down the wall in the oily residue that the liquid leaves on the side of the glass.
It's going well, so far.

Man, that's like fresh, chocolate-dipped, raspberries. It smells delicious!
Huge nose full of raspberries mixed with dark chocolates and a swirl of milk chocolate. Light traces of milk caramels. A wonderful booziness, which is almost bourbon-like. Notes of brownie batter. A light presence of sweet malts and a mild yeastiness.

The raspberries definitely hit my palate first. A nice sweet presence with a touch of sour. It's followed by bittersweet chocolate notes. A very light kiss of caramel follows. This all happens over a mildly sweet malt base.
It's like a really good raspberry brownie. It's also very nicely balanced and not nearly as sweet as you might expect.

This has a nice, full, body with a wonderful oiliness. The minimal carbonation level helps give this one a smooth and silky mouthfeel.

While you can smell the 13.50%abv easily enough and you get the warmth of alcohol when you drink it, you really don't taste it. This helps it's drinkability remain high. These tiny bottles help it also. I'd love to drink this on a regular basis.

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

Out of two bottles one was very off with no fruit at all.
This review is in reference to the good sample.
Black/brown with purple highlights.
Heady aromas of raspberries and cassis liqueur. Jammy and intense.
On the palate it was thick with delicate fizz and syrupy, chewy, melting bitter chocolate and berry preserves. Well-balanced with just enough sugar to support the weight of the flavors. Secondary images of glazed ham, charred molasses and sweet spice appear as well. Most comparable to Rodenbach's Alexander, only blackberry/raspberry flavored. One might also credibly draw comparisons between this and a Dashe Late Harvest Zin, a Turley, Ridge or Rosenblum field blend, or one of the ancient-vines Grenache/Shirazes from Aussie wineries such as Torbreck or Clarendon Hills. Quite an accomplishment!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to vwcraig.

Pours a dark ruby brown color with no head, just a thin layer of foam and a fine ring of lacing.

Scent of raspberries, maraschino cherries, molasses, chocolate, earth, and a hint of alcohol. A monster of a scent, while not overpowering, there is a massive amount of strength to this beer.

Taste of rich raspberries, a hint of chocolate, and some alcohol. Excellent stuff, a huge full flavor, though not very complex. A beast of a beer with well hidden alcohol and a lot of flavor, definitely worth a shot.

Mouthfeel if medium heavy bodied with some good carbonation, more so than the pour let on.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of NooseJustice
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like raspberry jam with an injection of booze. Decent but highly letdown by this one.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 6.3 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2007 vintage. Thanks to readbaron for sharing this.

Appearance: This has a medium brown color with a raspberry tint. Slightly transparent edges. No head, this is pretty flat, just a few stray bubbles.

Smell: A definite blast of raspberries in the nose. This is so much better than what I had heard from other people at this point. For a 2007, this smells like raspberries just picked off the bush. Some malt sweetness behind the tart raspberry aroma.

Taste: The flavor is full of raspberriess, both sweet and sour and everywhere in between. Some toffee and malt flavors give it a kick of sweetness and a little bit more depth, but the focus is on the raspberries. Just fantastic.

Mouthfeel: The bottle is pretty much flat, and the body is fuller than medium. A light tart acidity is there, as is a light booziness.

Overall: Wow, this beer impresses. Unfortunately the bottles are so tiny and they have not made it in four years, so finding more seems to be

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3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6.3 oz. bottle into a tulip

Pours a cloudy deep mahogany color with a slight head which quickly dissipates to nothing but a ring. No lacing left behind as a result.

Aroma is a full on sensory explosion with lots of raspberry of course, some chocolate, caramel, cherry, raisin, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is not quite as enjoyable as the aroma, it's got all of the same flavors pretty much but the raspberry seems strange and slightly artificial. It comes out quickly and mixes with some chocolaty and caramel flavors which was nice but after the swallow the aftertaste is kind of strange to me. My benchmark for fruit beers, New Glarus Raspberry Tart, has undoubtedly spoiled me, for I don't think anything can capture the essence of raspberry like that beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, pretty creamy overall, nice soft carbonation. Drinkability isn't really that high, just for the fact that I don't like the raspberry flavor all that much.

Like the Tenacious Cassis, I was also disappointed with this Kuhnhenn beer. Again, a slightly artificial fruit flavor. As I said about Raspberry Tart, that beer is too good I guess. I would drink this again, but considering the small amount and high cost I wouldn't want to pay for it when I could get a bottle of RT for $8 and get quadruple the amount of beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a cross between a red wine and cough syrup. No head, no lace. Just a thick syrupy burgandy liquid in the glass.
Smells like chocolate covered raspberries. Mmmmm and yummy.
Very interesting flavor profile. Chocolate covered raspberries. Alcohol kick in the finish. The raspberries add a delightful bitterness and the alcohol add some sharpness and spiciness to the flavor profile.
Mouthfill is thick and syrupy like. Very low carbonated. This beer also has a fullness to it so that the 7oz bottle is enough.
I really like this beer but I think I could only drink one bottle and as a desert beer at that. The serving size is perfect for this beer.

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3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 Vintage

Appearance: A bit syrupy, very faint carbonation. Pour is a purple-amber.

Smell: Thick and sweet with sugar and raspberries, perhaps some oak and leather also, along with toffee and caramel; port and sherry

Taste: I find it too sweet, full of raspberries though, with overtones of port, brandy and sherry. A bit like port.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick and sticky

Drinkability: It comes in a small bottle for a reason

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4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark reddish-cola color with negligible collar and lacing...but true to style. The smell is fruity and springs from the bottle as the cap is removed. Closer to the beverage the aromas are more complex..dark fruit, maple syrup and bread dough. A real sipper, the 13.5% ABV is integrated well into the mouth, followed by a warming sensation on the way down. The mouth is interesting also...like plowing through an unfiltered fruit drink with tiny bits of berries throughout. Lightly carbonated and tangy the mouth feel is medium-full bodied. The experience lingers lightly for a good long while. The taste is wonderful, as fruity raspberry and fig... and as bready as the nose. Really enjoying this one.

Photo of pwoods
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6.3oz. little bitty green bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours an opaque brandy color with deep ruby in the light, awesome color. Not overly carbonated, short head with wisps of lacing.

S: Raspberries and other syrupy fruits. Deep and hugely rich malts. Somewhat port-like.

T/M: Tart raspberries. Sweet, syrupy malts. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, all the good stuff. Alcohol is big ang beautiful... superbly complex. Great flavor and warmth from the alcohol. Body is full and sticky. Carbonation is somewhat low but still supports the brew.

D: Very intrigueing beer that definitely lives up to the hype. Unbelievable sipper and after dinner drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of mattcrill
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kris for the chance to sample this offering that is so rare in our area.

Aroma: Big, dark fruit esters and warming alcohohl notes up front. Syrupy and carmel-like sweetness dominate the nose.

Appearance: Dirty brown pour with red hues. A low off white foam stand that fades quickly. Tan lacing clings to the sides.

Flavor: Raspberry pie with carmel drizzle. Wonderful blend of deep dark fruits and estery alcohol flavors. A slight raspberry puckering sensation that is well knit with the carmel and fruit base.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with low carbonation. Slightly slick and chewy with warming alcohol on the back of the palate.

Overall impression: A big, malty, fruit beer. I'm not sure I could drink this all the time but what a splendid, well-made treat! Three cheers for Kris for the opportunity to try this rare beer.

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

Thanks to mcallister and kryptic (got some from both) for the trades.

This one pours dark brown with some red cloudy tint and a small head. The nose is slightly raspberry and some chocolate and alcohol. The taste is quite divine with mostly chocolate taste, raspberries are there but not as much as I expected. Very smooth finish with good chocolate and raspberry flavors on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is golden on this one with an awesome thickness and sweet sugary residue. Drinkability is second to none as 13% beers go. An awesome desert treat beer from kuhnhenn. Great beer, excited to see how these cellar.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Tom-Peters
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.