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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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97
world-class

1,007 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,007
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 1,260
Gots: 191 | FT: 29
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
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 CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of mattcrill
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of POTABLE83
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of BUNZILLA
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Docrock
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Maroon wax capped 12.7oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (many thanks!). 2014 vintage, I believe fourt quarter release. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours bright red hued tea with a finger and a half ecrue froth. The cap of head fades to a tiny collar that leaves no lace.

Rather simple but inviting aromas of raspberries, sugar, grains and a hint of apple. Not much there but those berries smell delicious.

Taste follows the nose. Raspberry, simple syrup, grain alcohol, caramel, vague shortbread and plenty of booze. What it perhaps lacks in depth, it makes up for in pure boozey raspberry candy goodness.

Thick, syrupy, heavy feel with very subtle carbonation. Vodka soaked raspberries, natural sugar and a little bit grain in the finish.

Kuhnhenn's Raspberry Eisbock is delicious in its simple elegance. This is my first real eisbock and if this is whay can be expected I'm interested in trying more. Worth a try for sure if you have the opportunity.

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

Thanks to Ericwo for sharing a bottle of his 2004 vintage. Poured a cloudy deep candy red with no noticeable head. Smell had flavors of chocolate and raspberry, that combined reminded me of bbq sauce. The taste was very rich, chocolate covered raspberries and a little bit of bbq sauce. Smooth, complex, medium bodied and very drinkable, this was a very interesting beer. I really enjoyed it as an after dinner beer but not for drinking everyday. I would definitely drink this on again.

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

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A big thanks to mjmadsen21 to trading this for me in person. We cracked open the bottle right away! Poured into a wine-goblet glass from a 12oz bottle. No bottling or freshness date, but does this need one??

Pours a beautiful, jewel ruby-red appearance that immediately brought me back to my glory days of finding Cantillon krieks everywhere in Europe. There was surprisingly some head (as well as any carbonation AT ALL) that cascaded into the glass, that produced a little bit of light soda carbonation that quickly dissipated as it sat around. Eventually all of the bubbles disappeared, but the ruby color stuck around to give this the look of either a lightly tinged dessert wine or fruit based liqueur. Very viscous. Alcohol legs are enormous. Transcends the eisbock style here - this is a world-class looking fruit infused beer!

The aroma is definitely chock-filled with raspberries, but there's definitely all kinds of wild nuances going on here. First, on the subject of raspberries, this smells like a cross between a fresh batch of raspberries that you open up right out of the box, with a semi-tarty yet candied feel. Otherwise, this ranges to the candied, sweetened raspberry flavor, filled with lots of powdered sugar, as well as traces of milk chocolate, grassy hoppy notes, near brandy-based booziness... Not really a sour or a sweetened fruit beer, but rather something that folds the envelope. There's a lightly tinged, near rustic graininess, but otherwise the candied raspberries and grassy texture are the ones winning here. Slightly stinging, but otherwise really unlike anything I've caught thus far.

The flavor is definitely sweet and candied, but it's still very bearable and fascinating, especially considering what's going on in this beer. First off, the fact that this is a lager immediately reveals itself in the flavor, with its crisp body, cracked grainy feel found in pilsners, as well as lack of heaviness on the subject of malts. Secondly, the raspberries continue to be pervasive in a candied yet juicy manner to the point of adding character to otherwise doomed style that eisbocks tend to be. Finally, the ABV is dangerously well hidden, yet eventually creeps its way around to add an extra character similar to fortified wines that accentuates the fruity notes in a rather satisfying way. There's a toasted malty flavor here, believe it or not. I also am a sucker for sweet, syrupy, fruit-focused stuff, as it seems, as this ranges to being a raspberry liqueur despite it having the crisp, highly drinkable qualities of any great lager. Unbelievable that this is above 15% in alcohol. I can barely taste it - although I do get a little bit of heat as it warms.

Really unique and refreshing, although I'm glad I split this with someone else, in the end. Don't go in thinking this is a sour or anything - this is a combination of a strong lager with a raspberry liqueur first and foremost. And yet, there's a candied flavor and grassy, rustic nature that makes this really interesting in the long run. It's definitely sweet, but it has these funky aromas and juicy character found in doppelbocks and sweetened Lambics that makes it unlike anything I've had. Definitely an alcoholic monster, though, so watch how you handle it. Absolutely worth a try.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first heard about this beer I knew I had to have it. I was fortunate enough to sample it at the 2008 BA EBF and it didn't let me down. I want to thank tayner and mikesgroove for this special treat.

187 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2007 Vintage.

Pours a dark ruby with a thin layer of brown head that quickly disappears. Tiny bubbles remain here and there with bits of legging when you swirl the glass. Smell is one of a kind. Dark chocolate, ripe raspberries, fresh strawberries, and caramel covered apples. Smooth whip cream and a hint of booze in the nose as well. I could sit here and smell this beauty forever, but that's not what beer is for ;) Flavor is raspberries and creamy caramel, go figure. A very nice blueberry sweetness compliments perfectly. Maple and chocolate syrup combine for even more amazing tastes. The alcohol stings slightly as it flows down the throat, but it's 11.9% people, what did you expect? Mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a higher than expected carbonation. Perfect after dinner treat. What a wonderful beer experience. I urge all BA's to get your hands on this Kuhnhenn gem.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of doughanson78
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6.3oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2007 vintage. Huge thanks to thabigmp for sharing this amazing beer. My first Eisbock and Kuhnhenn.

A: Dark brown with deep red highlights. Very hazy. Very small head that fades quick and leaves hardly any lace. But I wasn't expecting much with 13.5%ABV.

S: Amazing. Chocolate covered raspberries. Very creamy smell. A touch of alcohol. A surprising cheesecake aroma.

T: Just like a chocolate raspberry cheesecake, and boy do I love cheesecake. Very sweet without being to sweet. No alcohol is perceptible at all.

M: Full bodied. Light carbonation. Very creamy and chewy. Rich.

O: An amazing beer! Not a whole lot to say except if you get a chance to try it don't pass it up.

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

6.3 oz. bottle - 2004 edition. Thanks to Frozensoul327 for the bottle.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with some reddish hues. Has a small tan head that recedes to the edge of the glass.

Smell is sweet and malty with a hint of raspberry and a light cocoa scent. A bit of alcohol is present.

The flavor in this beast is like no other. Sweet and malty with a big raspberry taste upfront. This is followed by a rich cocoa taste combined with even more raspberries. Finishes with a lingering sweet fruitiness and just a hint of alcohol.

Big chewy body, low carbonation.

This beer lives up to the billing. It is very drinkable, but you really have to sip and savor it to get the most out of it. It is certainly something special, and I am glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Photo of aforbes10
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cracked this baby open to celebrate the birth of our first child. Poured a dark crimson red, with a short tan head. some big chunks floating in my glass. Head stays put for the duration and becomes creamier, which is nice. Smells of thick raspberries, notes of chocolate, alcohol obvious but not off-putting. Huge sour raspberry taste, but offset by an equally huge chocolate malt presence that balances it perfectly. Alcohol lends a touch of bitterness to the raspberry. Finish is a nice bitter chocolate with hints of fruit. Thick and sticky, full bodied and decadent. Drinks great, though becomes slightly cloying towards the end of it. I think the bottle size is appropriate, even for splitting between two people.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark raspberry brown with a thin ring of off-white foam. Minimal lacing.

S - It's a fantastic tart raspberry smell with sweet chocolate in the background.

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 - Creamy medium body with very low, but present, carbonation.

O - An amazing beer that hides the high abv. well. I could drink a lot of these very easily.

Photo of browniewithnuts
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of lunarbrew
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlissJunkie
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 6.3oz. bottle with dark red wax around the cap. As I pour this beer I am shocked by the amount of head this beer has, about one finger of even tan head that quickly disapates to just a skim. Body is a blackish red that has hints of brown on the edges when held to light. The nose on this beer is an experience in itself. Tones of chocolate raspberry bon bons, fresh soft toffee and maple poured over Belgian waffles, wow this is amazing. Now to taste. Enters the mouth rich and warming with bold balance of raspberry and coco. An even toffee like richness carries the body of this beer throughout the palate. This beer is like eating the well made masterpiece of a skilled chocolatier. The alchol is listed at 13.5% but it is hard to believe based on how well it is hidden. Mouthfeel is rich and desert like satisfying. This is pure beer drinking heaven even if it is a little sweet for sum, I love it. Easily a top ten favorite of mine.

Photo of midlifec
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mgr78704
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jarrgal
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,007 ratings.