Kuhnhenn Blueberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.4/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-17-2013 17:51:17 | More by tectactoe
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4.68/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
375ml bottle 15,5% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a snifter and a wine glass.
Thanks to Rfraga for this bottle.
Appearance: Kuhnhenn Blueberry Eisbock isn't the best looking beer I have seen, appearing an opaque brown in the glass, with a back light revealing a very strange green tint along the edges. A rough pour yields no more that a thin layer of tan coloured bubbles that fizz away almost instantly. A swirl coats the glass in some sticky alcohol legs.
Smell: Oh yes, this smells amazing! Massive juicy blueberry, sugar covered blueberry flavoured fruit pastels and some caramel make up the initial nose. As the nose opens up, the blueberry flavour increases to unbelievable levels and dominates everything else!
Once the beer approaches room temperature, brown sugar, sweet caramel, a little almond and preserved berries become apparent. There is no trace of the 15% in the nose.
Taste: The initial flavour is not quite as fruity as the nose suggested, with an odd, almost cough syrup note and some bitterness in the back end. A little warming seems to do the trick however, and allows a massive sweet blueberry flavour to emerge, along side caramel, brown sugar, a jammy note and a hint of chocolate. As with the nose, there is virtually no alcohol noted in the flavour.
Mouthfeel: The body is just shy of full and fantastically sticky, with a very low level of smooth carbonation. I think the carbonation might be a little low for most people, but it is just abut perfect for me.
Overall: Kuhnhenn Blueberry Eisbock isn't the most complex beer that I have had, but the amount of blueberry flavour is just so good that is certainly makes up for that! I certainly hope I'll be able to have this one again in the future!
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2013 16:50:36 | More by Thehuntmaster
Kuhnhenn Blueberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.