Kuhnhenn Blueberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev -0.7%
Enjoyed on tap at Kuhnhenn for the eisbock release. Same price as the Raspberry Eisbock - 15$ for a 6 oz pour, so hopefully it'll be worth it. The pour was thick and completely opaque, deemed a grey-ish, purple tinted color with a slightly lighter purple head. Full of sediment and trudge, this looked similar to purple Go-Gurt (you know, the yogurt in a tube), only slightly less thick. Swirling the glass left huge footprints and legging on all sides. It is to my understanding that this isn't necessarily how the beer is supposed to look - many people have had it and it looks very similar to the raspberry eisbock. My thought is that maybe this was near the bottom of the barrel, where all the sediment and leftover blueberry trub had collected? Either way, it looked like a monster. Thick and muddy, no light passing through.
The aroma was fantastic, just like the Raspberry Eisbock, except now with blueberries instead. It also doesn't have the chocolate-like aroma that the Raspberry Eisbock had, but I'm certain that's a good thing - blueberries n' chocolate don't mingle too well. The nose is extremely powerful and absolutely pure - fresh, juicy, ripe blueberries bombard the nostrils and put you in a patch of blueberries for just a moment. A nice layering of aromas takes place; pungency, sweetness, juiciness, even a mild tartness, though very small. As the beer warms up, a little touch of alcohol can be detected on the nose, but the amount is very small considering this baby is 15.5% ABV. Overall, such a fantastic and pure blueberry aroma, like fresh blueberry puree.
Holy sheeeeyat. As I take a swig of this, it feels like thick Vitamin D milk on my palate, or a semi-melted milkshake. This is probably the thickest beer I've ever tasted! But again, I don't think this is really how it's supposed to be. This is "bottom of the keg" type thickness right here. But hey, I'm not complaining. The taste is a full-force explosion of blueberries. Sweet, savory, juicy - it was like a mouthful of smashed bluberries. The thickness, though probably not intended, actually fit the profile quite nicely. Alcohol becomes apparent and warming about halfway through - the alcohol presence is slightly more dominant in the BE than the RE, but is still incredibly mild given the high level of it. Some very light chocolates come out from the malt on the palate, too, but are still relatively oppressed compared to the blueberry flavors - again, much more subdued than in the raspberry eisbock. A touch of sweetness and syrupy, blueberry goodness to finish it off, with a mild alcohol warmth.
Hot damn, I think I may have gotten the bottom of the barrel, because this was absolutely the thickest and most full-bodied beer I've ever had. Thicker than FIS. And I don't think it's supposed to be like that. But regardless, it was damn good, and the thick mouthfeel only added to the experience of blueberry massacre. Overall, I prefer the raspberry eisbock, mainly because I'm more of a raspberry fan. But blueberries are tasty, too, and this beer was no slouch. I'm glad I had a chance to try this one.
02-17-2013 17:51:17 | More by tectactoe
4.24/5 rDev -4.3%
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - No head on a dark body. Hints of green in the light. Weird.
Smell - Blueberry, but not jammy. Lots of blueberry. Dark caramel and a hint of chocolate. Very boozy.
Taste - Blueberry and chocolate. Some cola flavors and a bit of bitterness in the back end. Boozy again. Very small bit if greeny vegetal flavor.
Mouthfeel - Nearly flat. Very boozy. Heavy.
Overall - This has the depth that the new KRE lacks. The blueberry isn't necessarily better than the raspberry flavor, but the chocolate reminds me of the vintage KREs.
07-30-2013 01:58:37 | More by Alieniloquium
4.46/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter only 4 oz. allowed. Vintage 2012.
A big served soapy collar, with maybe a light tan colored appearance. Deep red garnet body color, with some nice clarity. Bit of a slick top and kind of watery, beer looks a little lifeless but has some great colors.
Woah. Holy fruity pebbles bouquet there! Literally slamming boo berry cereal in my face. Ripping blueberry fruit off of this, in fact I even smelled it when it was served before I picked it up. Huge and deep, lots of candy and chewy chewy taffy like senses. A bit overkill and enormous, nothing else to say or going on, incredibly dominant, and while sweet not horrifically.
Much continues through the palate as hinted on the nose. Much blueberry and rich iced vanilla and cream. Thick toffee malt backbone, but doesn't provide much malt based flavors that are dominated by this crushing fruit. Palate is slick and thick, with an interesting fizzy front. Hardly boozy until it's too late.
Overall it's just killer, but the beer is just too darn rich, and disappears into some obscure arena of taste that makes you forget what beer style this is really. Completely makes me forget this is an eisbock, but impressive as hell.
05-09-2014 23:13:43 | More by smakawhat
Kuhnhenn Blueberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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