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

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Ranking:
#306
Reviews:
461
Ratings:
1,276
pDev:
10.96%
Bros Score:
4.62
 
 
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Photo of PeterOSU
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of magictacosinus
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of UcDru
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MWolverines66
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Magery
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BNarc
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leitmotif
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a few bottles of the 2007 vintage in different trades with Viggo, TheBlackMallard and goryshkewych. Thanks, guys! The stream by the gym I go to is frozen over and I figured now's as good a time as any to drink this.

A: Deep raspberry red with a thin tan head that recedes rather quickly. Exceptional clarity with some visible carbonation

S: Ridiculously intoxicating with raspberries and milk chocolate. This really smells like some exquisite, high-end candy. Despite being served at cellar temp, I'm not getting any alcohol, it's beautifully hidden. Mildly vinous, caramel and vanilla are noticeable.

T: Big in body with rich raspberry flavor and creamy caramel milk chocolate. There's notes of vanilla and almost a little bit of spice ( a combination of the alcohol and the fruit?) Alcohol does appear on the finish, lending a very graceful warmth, this also does contribute to a mild drying effect.

M: The soft carbonation works with the biggish body, lending to a pretty enjoyable feel. Long, sweet finish with some caramel and vanilla being noticeable

D: This is the very definition of a sipper. The serving size is perfect too.

Notes: This is almost liqueur-like and pretty much redefines what a beer can be.

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Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage

Poured into Ommegang Chalice.

Pours hardly any tan head. No retention obviously or lace for that matter. Color is very interesting. it is a ruby hued caramel brown.

Aroma: Wow, this is unlike anything I have smelt before. It has a big chocolate raspberry flavor going on, with some caramel mixed in. After is warms up just a little bit, the alcohol begins to appear. A very sweet beer with a big malt backbone. Unique.

Taste: Wow, this is the after dinner beer of after dinner beers. Huge chocolate raspberry flavor. Very fresh raspberries. I can definitely taste the bock portion of this beer as it is quick malty. Nice caramel texture to it. The aging produces a nice oak and vanilla taste in the background.

Mouthfeel: This beer is somewhat smooth, a little crisp, and a tad hot. Full boded with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer ends with a really clean aftertaste. This beer is an incredible sipper. Very thick and full.

Overall, this is a really unique beer. I like the combination of a bock and fresh raspberries. Very filling. At first I was a little disappointed with the mini bottle, but I soon realized that this bottle will be a perfect size. An amazing bock, or eisbock for that matter.

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Photo of Lothore
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep scarlet, very similar to fourth dimensia only without a head.

S- Second brew i've tried from kuhnhenn, second absolutely intoxicating aroma. Deep raspberries much like New Glarus raspberry tart but there's something behind it, namely a well hidden alcohol aroma that lingers in the nostrils.

T- Much more interesting of a brew than the aroma let on. Nice, however truncated, raspberry flavor followed by quite a bit of alcohol warming. This beer is very hot right now and I think it would round out a little more with some age under its belt.

M- Thick with ample carbonation.

D- It's hard to comment on the drinkability of this beer. On one hand, I love it's complexity but on the other the booziness needs to cool off a bit. An amazing brew that i'm sure i'll try again.

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Photo of baggio
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

[email protected] shared with my father to celebrate his 60th birthday.

Appearance: Dark red with almost no head. Quite beautiful.

Smell: Raspberries, Malt, Grain, Fudge, Vanilla.

Taste: Malt, Chocolate, Raspberries, Caramel, Vanilla.

Mouthfeel: A solid malt base with a bit of tartness from the berries. Smooth, complex and supertasty.

A truly interesting take on a eisbock and one of the better beers i’ve had lately.

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Photo of tewaris
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Ale/Barleywine/Eisbock
6.3 oz bottle from 2007 poured into a snifter. Thanks jrallen34 for this huge Want!

Pours clear rust brown with pink highlights with some bubbles, but hardly a head. A solid oz of dark dregs at the bottom. Great malty notes in the aroma, akin to a fine barleywine with some oxidation. Dark fruit, toasted coconut, dessert wine. And raspberry.

The raspberries, initially mute really open up with time and warmth. Still, the fruit has died down quite a bit, assuming it was strong to begin with. Tastes very fruity: figs, dates, prunes and raspberries. The taste is sharp and tannic, with a slightly bittering and amazingly dry finish. The alcohol warmth and raspberry dessert linger.

Medium body and very low carbonation. The 13.50% ABV is hardly felt. Haters might call it cough syrup like but this is right up my alley. A tremendous beer! I have no doubt that Kuhnhenn has it down when it comes to strong ales and lagers (?).

3, 4, 4.5, 4, 4.5

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @czarcasm for this gem.
Pours a deep purple meets burgundy. Raspberry notes leap forth from the glass. Taste is raspberry tartness coupled with a slightly sweet alcohol heat. Then the sweetness grows a bit, but finishes more on the fruity tart side. Slickness to the finish brings an earthy note to the raspberry. Damn Good!

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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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