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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock

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442 Reviews

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Reviews: 442
Hads: 1,145
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 1,290
Gots: 215 | FT: 31
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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Photo of kaimcm
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

187ml bottle 2004, poured into a La Fin goblet and sampled 8/2006. Bottle was the extreme courtesy of BA ThomasHardy. So so nice.

A: Deep, almost black body with undertones of garnet/crimson. Edges have a strong garnet hue. No head on careful pour, little coating brought by agitation.

S: Tart and seemingly dry raspberries abound. Dense malt, rich sugar. Has that unmistakeable yet hard to define smell of eisbock. Alcohol is present in the nose. Almost woody as well, with dark chocolate sweetness and bitterness. Sugar laden pastries creep up after the tartness. Even a touch vinous, red wine or possibly a cognac.

T/M: Prickly carbonation that lightens up the body hits first followed closely by the tart acidity of the berries. Slowly malt and a touch of sugar, though not as much the nose suggested, pull through. Powdery candy quality next that gives way to a long and pretty dry finish. The impression never really leaves, the finish just keeps on until the next sip. Some teeth licking is in order after every sip.

D: A slow sipper for sure, and I really appreciate the 187ml size.

Overall an excellent beer that Im thrilled to have finally had the pleasure of trying. However, for me the raspberry is a little too obvious and the eisbock a little too obscured. That being said its still the best non-lambic fruit beer Ive ever had. So thankful for this chance.

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Photo of trumick
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red-brown with no head and no lacing.

Scent is ok with raspberry initially coverd with brown sugar carmelized raisins and bread pudding. It all comes together to form a scent alongside the alcohol.

Taste is huge and bready with a red raspberry center then alcohol then raspberry again to finish it all off, but the alcohol is hidden in there somewhere. The carmel flavor holds on for quite a while. At 13.5 the alcohol really doesn't stand out all that much.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would expect from the taste and the smell, smooth but still on the medium side. The carbination seemed just about right.

Drinkability is easy to define, good. I am somewhat impressed with the hiding of the alcohol.

Note: This beer was 12.59 for 6.3 oz. I liked it ok, but at that price sadly, I won't be having another.

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Photo of kfsv034
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007

A - Pours brown and looks thick and dull in color.

S - My initial thought is mead when i smell this beer. Raspberry, malt and some chocolate with some mild alcohol presence nothing to astringent

T - Strong Raspberry and chocolate immediately followed by a nice sweet alcohol. Strong malty presence.

M - Thick and full bodied

D - This beer is very tasty. Split a 7oz bottle with one other would love more to sip on. Basically the only complaint about this beer is that the bottle is to small.

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Photo of kylelenk
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice amber color with a great head.

S-Lots of raspberry in here, alcohol is surprisingly absent.

T-Cannot describe how delightful this beer is. It's like a cherry cordial. Lots of truffled chocolates, hardly any alcohol burn.

F-For the ABV, found this incredibly easy to drink. Sure, a few pours will put you off your feet, but KRE is an astonishingly great effort.

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Photo of hrking
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow this is one awesome treat..This is without a doubt a desert beer that comes at you with caramel flavors and even chocolate..almost remind me of those little chocolate covered cherries except with a raspberry flavor in it's place. This is one of those " you've gotta try this beers" highly recommend seeking this out and sampling it for yourself. A real treat!

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Photo of goethean
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A gift to my wife from my good friend Jay23.

2007 vintage poured chilled into a wine glass. Fragrant. A deep, rich, full raspberry flavor, the most authentic and genuine fruit flavor I've encountered in beer, its so real that you can practically feel the delicate texture of the skin of the berry. The chocolate is less assertive than the fruit, but it is clearly evident. Mild dark malt flavor. The caramel is less assertive still. Not very big bodied. Wine-like. The high alcohol content is hidden completely.

This is superior in several respects to the New Glarus fruit beers, which are very good. This is more balanced, more restrained, less sacchariney, and perhaps more complex. Plus its bottle conditioned and not pasteurized.

My main complaint is the small 187 ml serving size, which my wife and I split.

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Photo of icetraxx
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brownish red with little to no head retention.

S: Very aromatic. Aromas of raspberries, caramel, apple, plum, apple and cherry pie, cheesecake, and sour candy.

T: Same as aroma. Finishes a bit sweet with an overall sour tang. Doesn't taste like beer at all, tastes like liquid raspberry cobbler.

M: Not quite syrupy, but very thick in general. This beer is thicker than it is creamy, and has low carbonation.

D: An after-dinner slow sipper with low heat. Easy to drink.

O: Redefines an after-dinner beer. Exquisite in every category.

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Photo of mrkrispy
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a wee lil green bottle from a good trader. 2007 vintage. Looks like the brewer printed up the labels on his Amiga dot matrix printer haha.

This is my first eisbock, been wanting to try it for quite a while.

Pours an opaque brown-red, thick looking, not something I've seen from a beer before. No head at all.

Big fruit juice aroma, not a sickly or artificial sweetness. I can't place the fruit nose though, reminds me of those Minute Maid Fruit Punch blends. Odd. Interesting.

Thick, but not syrupy. Think liqueur. Subtle carbonation, not low just not noticeable right away. Then a big kick in the face by a bundle of fruit. Jammy almost. Slightly sour, slightly acidic. Complex, unique. Sweet, but not lasting.

Effect on the palate is odd....seemed a bit rough at first, maybe from the alcohol? Quickly calms down and you can pick apart the complexity. Serving size is appropriate for one person. Don't think I would want a big bottle.

Wonderfully interesting and unique, I hope I can get more of this in the future.

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Photo of bigman147
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up 4 bottles last Christmas (2005 release) and had one while at the brewery

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish brown. Syrupy and with as it is swilled in the glass it has minimal carbonation. Legs of alcohol form on the glass as it settles (indicating the high alcohol).

Aroma: Smells of chocolate cake with a warm raspberry sauce. Complex malt and dark fruit aromas.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Heavy dark malt sweetness with a slight tart raspberry character. Somewhat syrupy and cloying with caramel and cake. Alcohol is hidden well but is definitely there in the finish with a slight throat burning. Carbonation is very light and only slight helps refresh the tongue from the syrupy sweetness.

Drinkability: This is definitely not an everyday beer. Even if you could get it. Its very complex and I still can't get past the chocolate and raspberry aroma. This would be an occasional sipper possibly for desert or with a dark chocolate sampler. $10 per bottle is a little steep but it is worth the occasional expense. If it was less or I could afford it, this would definitely be used in a raspberry reduction.

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Photo of SQNfan
3.67/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dirty red to brown in color. The nose showed off lots of chocolate dipped raspberries. This is simillar in the medium-bodied palate that had nice richness. While this was an enjoyable beer, I do not quite get all the fuss. It was well-balanced yet fairly simple.

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Photo of baconsausage
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Koopa again! 2004!

Dark reddish i color with no head. Nose is mostly chocolate, a little booze and a hint of the raspberries. Taste is like a raspberry covered tart raspberry that you put in your mouth with some chocolate on your finger. Great creamy mouthfeel. Great beer!

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Photo of nflmvp
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage. Thanks to Amatuerbeerguy for this sample.

Poured a dark cherry red with a one finger head that lasted, less than a minute.

Smell is outstanding. The only beer I can recall having so much more in the way of smell than it did in the area of taste. Smelled strongly of sweet red licorice.

Taste wasn't so much of red licorice as it was of muted raspberry (as you would expect).

Mouthfeel was thick but spotty. Not as coating as you would expect, but consistant.

Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is very well masked in this high alcohol brew.

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Photo of drowland
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
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!!!

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Photo of PattyMelt
4.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of pmoore311
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 poured from a bottle into a snifter at Roast in Detroit on 4/15/10 and reviewed from my brief notes.

A = Beautiful clear red with no head present.

S = Smelled like a fine brandy with Belgian chocolate and raspberries.

T = Sweet Belgian chocolate and raspberries, and some alcohol warming with each sip. This beer is absolutely spectacular and I can see why it receives so many accolades.

M = Perfect smooth and velvety w/ no carbonation.

D = for almost 14% you would never tell from the taste, I am not sure if that is good or bad thing, but this is definitely a dessert beer and the 7oz bottles are the absolute perfect size. This is easily one of my favorites. Would go great with a nice cigar.

Wow, Kuhnhenn really did a brilliant job here. I will certainly be seeking this out again. Now if I can only get a hold of some of their BBBW as it has been quite a white whale for me trying to find some.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to a very generous BA for this treat!

'07. Raspberry Eisbock pours a reddish-brown, red garnet. Cloudy. No head to speak of which detracts from an otherwise nice appearance.

Initial sweet fruit aroma; raspberries, cherries. Vanilla and alcohol complement. Seems the oxidation balances out the sweet fruit. "Bag of Halloween candy" smell comes to mind, haha.

Wow, taste is nothing like the aroma. The smell points to a sweet, sugar bomb, but this is not the case one bit. It is certainly sweet, but time (I'm assuming) has leveled it out bringing a balance of bread and earthiness to the sweet, tart raspberry. Rich. Alcohol melds well into the mix. 4.5 just for sheer originality.

This beer is slick, sticky, and resiny, yet the carbonation is lively and pushes through this big beer with ease. Smooth. Lingering aftertaste.

This was a great beer experience. Speaks to what beer can be and pushes the boundaries.

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Photo of sawwsea
2.81/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Really disappointed by this after all the hype. Tastes like carbonated raspberry syrup. Would be a nice pancake topper if reduced down to about 1/3 its volume, but at 30 bucks a bottle you're better off going to IHOP.

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Photo of adapt313
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby color with no head or lacing to speak of. It just looks syrupy. The smell is concentrated raspberry puree with a hint of chocolate. Almost port like. The taste is pretty incredible for a 15.5% beer fresh. Just bursting with fresh raspberry flavor with a bit more chocolate on the finish. Not much alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is rather syrupy but to be expected. Overall this beer is a pretty amazing achievement. The bottle was split between four people and the 3-4 oz taster was all I needed as it was quite sweet and almost became slightly medicinal the more I sipped on it but it is some pretty incredible liquid and I am excited to see what a few years of age does to one of these.

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Photo of RodneyX
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A great reddish brownish blackish color with pretty much no head. Smells of candy, chocolate, chocolate covered raspberries. Tastes about the same, although there is a little bit of a cough syrup quality to it that detracts. There is a little alcohol but it is pretty undectectable considering how high it is. Very smooth, and pretty nice to drink. This beer makes for a great dessert.

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Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6.3 oz bottle (unfortunately shared) poured into our snifters:

A: Grade "A" maple syrup with crushed red raspberries, crowned with a light glowing honey. This beer almost has a layered effect to it. Absolute no head or lacing, just delicate bubbles grazing the edge of the surface.

S: Warm raspberries and cherries drizzled with chocolate and caramelized brown sugar. All sitting atop a Belgian waffle drenched in maple syrup. Yummmm....

T: Ripe and unripened raspberries up front with a caramel backbone. The ABV goes undetected all the way through. Leaving you with a consistent flow of sweet chocolate, and maple goodness. The aftertaste is of burnt toffee and more raspberries.

M: Thick, syrupy, smooth with no carbonation.

D: For having such a high ABV of 13.5% it goes unnoticed throughout the entire consumption of this beer. Splitting this 6.3oz bottle was the biggest tease ever, it was gone before we could say goodbye....

Recommended pairing: Homemade fudge


The Kings Of Hop

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

Shared this with a few friends at the Hourglass Brewery on 1/23 after acquiring a few bottles earlier that same evening.

I really enjoyed this. It was about what I was expecting, though perhaps more boozy. Eisbocks aren't really my "thing," and I mostly sought this out per request from one friend that participated in the share, but it was worth seeking out. He actually wanted the blueberry-flavored one, but we've pretty much given up on that one so this was the next-best thing.

I highly recommend this one, if you can get it. I have one more bottle but am going to age it for a while and perhaps trade it for something interesting in the future. We'll see.

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Photo of Schwab
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a sample of this fine brew during the last meeting of the local brew club. Someone brought in 2-3 bottles for some tasting. The bottles we had were very small (10oz?). Pour was nice, taste was a hint of raspberry and chocolate without bitterness of any sort. No hop and malt flavor that dominated due to the well balanced fruitiness. Easy drink and great mouthfeel. Wouldn't mind getting my hands on this one again, but I think that is not going to happen anytime soon.

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Photo of HopHobo
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a tulip out of a 6.7 oz bottle from the 2007 stash. Pours a dark brown almost burgandy color with no head or carbonation present.

S-has a very rich smell, of chocolate, alcohol and malt.

T-a truely one of a kind beer, almost like a cognac with less alcohol. The alcohol does come through, but overall its a chocolate flavor that prevails with hints of raspberries.

M-a thick smooth beer. The mouthfeel can really be appreciated as it warms, almost syrup like.

D-A great beer, nothing that I would drink a large amount of, but very good none the less. Hard to believe that this beer is considered to be a relative of the common lager.

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Photo of denjen
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dennis: Sent as part of a trade with a fellow beer lover in MI, this is one of the highest rated beers in MI, but also apparently one of the hardest to get. High in price and small in stature (6.3oz bottle) the saving grace for this beer is the unique craftsmanship. The name pretty much says what you'd expect, but unlike other disappointments, this brew delivers. The aroma is ripe with deep chocolate raspberry alcohol, but the taste is all that and so much more. Amazingly light in body for a brew so rich in aroma, deep liqueur dark chocolate raspberry is all you will enjoy, with an amazingly subtle alcohol bite for a 13.5% beverage.

Jen: I feel like I am drinking dessert. It starts off with the scents of a Lindt Raspberry Truffle; almost like I walked into the room where they are being made. I also get a faint scent of nuts. With a lighter body than I was expecting, the taste is quite unique. I feel like I just bit into a slice of chocolate cake topped with raspberry ganache. The body is filled with very small bubbles enhance the flavors. The taste (and ABV) makes this a sipper, but I would eat with a spoon for dessert any day. A definite must try at least once in your lifetime.

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Photo of DackAchan
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 187ml bottle.

A- Great appearance, pours very dark brown with a strong overtone of ruby added to it. Little to no head, only deduction.

S- Cornocopia of smells. Raspberry and chocolate dominate with some hints of cherry. Smells sweet.

T- Taste is even more diverse than the smell. Tart with strong raspberry flavor. As it goes down, chocolate becomes more dominate. Finishes off with a bite of alcohol. Well rounded. Not to sweet, not too bitter, lives up to the reputation.

M- Light mouthfeel, with some heavy alcohol bite to it.

D- This is a great beer to sit down with and enjoy. It takes some time to truely enjoy this beer.

It is worth the hype and the price. Gotta get some 2007 and see what that is like.

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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