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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
kbrewery.com

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by marburg on 07-27-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#306
Reviews:
461
Ratings:
1,276
pDev:
10.96%
Bros Score:
4.62
 
 
Wants:
1,304
Gots:
213
Trade:
39
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Ratings: 1,276 |  Reviews: 461
Photo of Savearth
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CoSMoSYS
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Winter Solstice party.

Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue as it settles. When it came to me it had a small head that didn't stick around for too long. No lacing detected.

Very sweet malt and raspberries. Raspberries all day long.

Just like the smell, it was definitely raspberries but there wasn't any tartness. Very delicious. I picked up on the malt but not so much on the bitterness though I did get a hint of the hops during the aftertaste.

Somewhat carbonated. I was expecting more of a smoother drink from the reviews here but I'm sure that has to do with age. Nice and thick...heavy almost.

This was a damn fine drink from Kuhnhenn's and I can see why it won an award. The beer is excellent fresh and has unlimited potential when aged.

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Photo of edhizdeid
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mhewes
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : Pours a hazy murky with a thin tan head that doesn't last long

S : Strong raspberry smell with nice chocolate notes.

T : Just like the nose with a really strong raspberry flavor. It's almost what I would imagine chocolate covered raspberries would taste like. There's also some wood characteristics to it

M : Syrupy, good carbonation

D : I'd love to have more. I'm not sure if I could have more than one in a setting but it begs for repeat tastings

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shoegueuze
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cannablitz1122
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of bostonbeans
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of merlin48
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage, 6.3 oz bottle sealed with purple wax. Courtesy of trade with hopdog. Poured gingerly into a snifter, the body is a tawny reddish brown, topped by a filmy layer of small tan foam which quickly falls into a collar without lacing.

Aroma is deep and complex. Chocolate dipped fresh raspberries, a hint of brandy, and some roasty dark malt notes.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Coating, silky, velvety. Medium full body with a very mild carbonation.

Taste is unique. Ripe, fresh raspberries pureed into a vat of chocolate. Very silky on the palate and the alcohol notes gently envelop the waves of tastes. Deep and complex. Very pleasing. Hard to believe this is over 13% abv.

Finishes far too quickly, even when slowly sipped. More like a cordial than a beer. A wonderful little gem here.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this little 187 ml bottle.

2007 vintage. The beer pours a hazy brown color with a few bubbles but not real head. The aroma is a mix of brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, maple, alcohol and a little bit of raspberry. The flavor is different, with a ton of fruit and chocolate. This beer tastes like chocolate dipped raspberries. There is also some alcohol in the flavor. The beer is very sweet. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Wow, what a beer. So glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured by it's Brewmaster and it poured out with little to no head, but had a thick syrupy look with a brown color that had a slight purplish tint. The smell was all fruity sweetness with slight coffee roastiness taking a backseat. The taste was a struggle beetween the light roasty coffee flavors and the sweet and slightly tart (in a good way) flavors, they fought each sip trying to gain control and they came to a tie. Served with the Chocolate tort this paired fairly well making the whole epic journey this late night worth it. Now we only had to make the 10 1/2 hour journey back home. The mouthfeel was excellent, smooth and a thick. Overall this could still use some aging, but was excellent to have after a 15 hour drive accross the country.

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Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of scottfrie
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

REVIEW #1000! This has been a want of mine since the beginning. Many thanks to Exiled for a patient trade.

2007 vintage, 6.3oz bottle.

A: Pours a very deep mahogany color with a faint light brown head that quickly fizzed away into a thin collar. No lace.
S: I get huge notes of sweet raspberry preserves that remind me of doughnut filling. Light chocolate, glazed dough (i.e. pastry), and sweet caramel come through in the background.
T: Raspberries are still very prominent and actually fairly tart but not mouth puckering. Chocolate flavors are similar to cake or a tootsie rolls. The fruit is rather fresh and “real” tasting as opposed to a syrup or concentrate. I get complex notes of caramel, molasses and tannic red berry seeds in the finish, with hint of brown sugar and tobacco in the aftertaste. This beer is sweet all around, but not cloying, and the tartness of the fruit mixed with the drying tannins balance it out very well. Flavors of sweet raspberry jam linger long after the swallow, and my lips taste like caramel and tootsie rolls. Flavors open up and more nuisances come through as the beer reaches room temp, and I get some spicy woody and leathery notes. This beer is just phenomenal.
M: This beer is thick bodied with a syrupy and heavy mouthfeel. The double digit alcohol is hidden extremely well beneath the sweetness, but there is a slight warming sensation with each swallow. Carbonation is low but tingly and almost prickly, but never sharp. This is a sipper of a beer, and drinks well.
O: Masterfully done. For such a sweet dessert beer I could actually drink this quite often. It’s too bad this little guy is so hard to come by, or that the bottle format is so small. Well worth seeking out if you are a fan of fruit or eisbocks. Thanks again for the awesome trade, Exiled!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Rattle $ Hum for their K. event. 2007 vintage in a glass.

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock fills the glass with a dark shade of blood stain red with some burgundy colors abound. Not alot of foam on top, just some smallish bubbles, no stick.

Smell takes on two forms. This begins with a fresh raspberry scent that is both rich and potent. It's the main scent for 10 minutes or so. I go to the bathroom and come back, now all I can smell is deep chocolate and Raspberry in the back. A boatload of malts are all around.

Taste starts out with raspberry jam/paste/smuckers/puree whatever you want to call it. The description said raspberry juice was added in, either way I like it. This is indeed an Eisbock, a trifecta of malts make for other darker fruits to play, along with a sweet candy/caramel taste to jump in. Chocolate plays a big roll, more than I thought it would.

Feel is a big medium, approaching full. The liquid is semi coating for a few seconds but does not linger to long. Carb is mild and pleasant and holding this big beast down. Sweet but not cloying and not medicinal in any way.

Overall I enjoyed this one quite a bit and having it on tap is something I thought would never happened. It took about 30 minutes or so to down my 12oz's or so, so you cant drink a shit ton of it, but over a few hours damage can be done.

I mixed in some Bourbon Barrel 4th demensia Old ale to my last 5oz's or so and it worked like a charm.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time experiencing such intense flavors of raspberries and chocolate. Like a tasty desert.

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Photo of fear025
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage.

Aroma:Sweet Raspberry, and chocolate, a little slightly oxidized malt. A little boozy.

Appearance:Deep reddish brown. Very little head. Very good lacing.

Taste:Tons and tons of raspberry flavor on the foretaste. Caramel, chocolate, sweet malt flavors. Fruit punch on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. A little alcohol heat.

Drinkability:This makes a fantastic after-dinner beer. Amazingly drinkable, very sweet, great fruity flavors, and ages really well.

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Photo of Mississipping
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 mahogany waxed vintage split two ways and poured into an Ithaca Beer Company tulip.

A: Pours a deep ruby-brown color with almost no head at all.  A ring appears briefly and then disappears leaving a calm, deep body resting gently in the glass.  No lacing, but considerable legs. 

S: Tons of raspberries up front with a good bit of chocolate and caramel.  Absolutely incredible aroma.  A bit of booze on the back end as well, but mostly a decadent raspberry treat. 

T: Raspberries come out immediately and linger through the entire sip, with some chocolate, toffee, and a touch of caramel.  The raspberries provide a really nice tartness that complements the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel.  There is a bit of a booziness, which is surprising, considering this is a 2007 bottle, but it's not overly hot or boozy.  Just incredible.

M: Fuller side of medium-bodied with very little carbonation, with adds a little to the viscosity.  Thicker, still, and coating.  Really nice feel on the tongue with a very slight drying effect after each sip. 

D: This beer is killer.  Fairly complex, tasty, odd, and just delicious.  There's not a ton there, but what is there is outstanding.  It's like drinking a raspberry chocolate cake without all the sweetness.  Wonderful, wonderful beer!

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the Great Taste. Poured red with no head, just a few bubbles from the bottom. The smell was far better than I thought it would be. A nice maltiness with the Raspberries in there adding a tart sweetness that really worked. The taste was fantastic! A smoothness from the thickness of the malt, then your left with a great flavor of raspberries all over your mouth! Very smooth and easy to drink for a 13% beer!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage. Muchas Gracias wingnutter

A: No carbonation. There was a hint of pressure difference when the cap came off but thats about it. Has a soy like consistency to it. This almost looks like coffee but a bit more amber like.

S: Raspberry licorice, molasses, vanilla bean, faint chocolate cake and brown sugar.

T: Oh wow, this is going to be difficult. Begins with mellow raspberry flavored coffee which pings the tip of the tongue. The raspberry becomes more pronounced then blends together with fine Belgian chocolate. These flavors embrace each other for what seems like an eternity until the coffee persona takes on more of a roasted quality. Nothing over the top, just a gentle nudge in that direction. Finishes with long lingering raspberry/butterscotch/marshmallow. Raspberry cordial stays with the drinker long after the last sip.

M: Full and silky like a nice liqueur

D: Everything I hoped for...really. Its like I imagined yet so different. Fantastically hand crafted and balanced...seriously delicious.

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Photo of tclipse
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doldham
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bradaplast
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of readbaron
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 from the 2010 winter solstice bottling.

Pours a reddish amber with three lonely bubbles clinging to the tulip. No head whatsoever.

Raspberry jam and alcohol on the nose. Some sweet malts as well. I keep going back to smell it. Vibrant raspberries after all this time. Crazy!

Taste is delicious - The 13.5% abv is well hidden. Raspberries dominate - tart and sweet as you'd expect, then some rich maltiness and a bit of booze on the finish.

Mouthfeel is decent - could use some carbination. Medium bodied and a bit sticky.

Overall - delicious beer. Thanks to turdfergison for sending this my way in the light whale bif.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap a Kuhnhenn's brewery in Warren. Pours a magnificent ruby red color with some brown hints thrown about. A thick and creamy, fine-bubbled beige head sits atop the eisbock and settles to a skin on the beer for the remainder of the glass. Excited to finally try this stuff, on tap at the brewery, no less. Put down 15$ for a 6 oz pour, so this stuff better be pretty damn good. I have high hopes for Kuhnhenn, though, so I don't think they'd let me down.

The aroma is.... magnificent. Rasp - fuckin' - berries, ALL. DAMN. DAY. A perfectly light, yet-full bodied aroma that bursts with sweet, juicy raspberries, raspberry jam, and raspberry candy. The malt imparts a nice cocoa and chocolate aroma as well - chocolate covered raspberries, anyone? The aroma is so ripe, pure, and authentic, and that's one of the best things about it. It's like stuffing your nose into a raspberry patch with chocolate rain. Sweet, fruity, and simply orgasmic. No bullshit, here.

KRE is creamier on the palate than it appeared in the glass - it slides softly across my tongue as the onslaught of raspberry goodness devours my entire mouth. A smooth, delicate raspberry jam flavor explodes as waves of light cocoa nips and some mellow chocolate float in and out. Think of dipping raspberries in a chocolate fountain. There's no doubt, the raspberry flavor wins out over the chocolate, but the inclusion of cocoa is nevertheless a huge component to the full flavor profile.

Though there isn't a necessarily complex or demanding group of different flavors, the raspberry element is so authentic and "real", to an almost unbelievable degree even. This batch apparently contains 15.5% ABV (rather than the original 13.5%, due to a higher efficiency during brewing), but it hardly tastes like it contains alcohol at all. Upon warming, some warmth comes out, but it is still insanely tame and drinkable. Low carbonation, which works well for this beer.

I couldn't think of a more perfect desert beer. I've got to say - this is probably the best fruit-centric beer I've ever had. The raspberries are so raw and pure that it's borderline ridiculous. Perfect addition of cocoa flavors makes this beer even better. Probably the winner of the "highest ABV to highest drinkability" award, too. It went down so smooth.

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Photo of jayneo74
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 1,276 ratings
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