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Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock
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Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by marburg on 07-27-2003

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4.39
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Photo of billab914
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage poured from a 6.3oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep red, slightly brown color with some faint traces of lacing scattered across the top. Not much carbonation is visible at all after the pour. The low carbonation feels very fitting for the style though.

The aroma has a lot of fresh raspberry to it. Chocolate and caramel add to the sweetness and desert like flavor it has. Decent amount of alcohol present but it doesn't seem out of place for what it is. It's almost like a liqueur type aroma to it.

The taste has a fantastic fresh raspberry flavor to it. Chocolate, caramel and toffee come out as well and really compliment the raspberry flavors. I get a bit of tartness to it as well, which helps it from becoming too sweet. The finish lingers very nicely with some more raspberry and chocolate flavors to it. The alcohol is pretty well hidden for how big the abv is.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and moderately syrupy with very low carbonation. Drinkability was very good as an after dinner desert beer. Perfect serving size as well, it's quite nice that this didn't come in a 750ml bottle. It's not something you want to drink a lot but a pretty perfect beer for after dinner this evening. I wish I had some vanilla ice cream to go with it.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes, 2007 vintage. Thanks to Jay for opening this as a night cap.

A: Pours a very dark purple-red color that had no head or lacing whatsoever. Poured rather thick that had legs similar to wine when swirled.

S: Lots of raspberry and fruity aromas, slightly jammy with some cherry mixed in as well. I bit of faint chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol.

T: More raspberry and more plum than cherry mixed in. Definitely thick and vibrant fruit, but mixed with some light chocolatey/caramel flavors.

M: Full bodied, very thick with low carbonation. The alcohol shows itself, but doesn't detract from the beer.

O: Very impressive beer, would love to try the blueberry.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/06/11 notes. Enjoyed this one right before the Superbowl. Poured from a 187ml bottle into a small tulip. Got in a trade with wunderbeer; thanks Ron, big want! 2007 vintage.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with an inch of off white head and moderate to high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raspberries, chocolate, caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, and roasted malts. Not tart at all, but sweet smelling. Smells absolutely amazing.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, chocolate, raspberries, dark fruits, sweet sugar. Really enjoyable.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. Scary drinnkable considering the high ABV.

d - I thought this was an amazing beer. I loved the smell and thought this was insanely drinkable considering the high ABV. I loved the raspberry/caramel/chocolate combo in the smell and taste. Would love to get another bottle of this one.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I can understand why this comes in 6.5 ounce bottles. Second off, wow.

Pours a ruby tint with absolutely no head. Nose is total raspberry funk with what seems like almost a plastic type of character to it. Flavor is strong raspberry with thick malts. I never really felt that alcohol was present flavor wise. Feel is a bit thicker on liquid and low on carbonation. I also get a slight gritty kind of edge. Not so much that it ruins the experience, but enough to notice. I kind of take it like it is one step below being too much. If it was pushed any further, it wouldn't work. But overall, it does work since it is so damn unique. I have to say that two ounces of this would probably be good enough for me unless I had a long while to really dwell on the bottle or in this case what was served to me off the tap.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 & 2007 vintages side by side. Thanks Brad!

A: virtually flat and almost no lace. I must take into account the age and the style.

S: Chocolate, cherries (though I'm sure it must be raspberries I'm actually smelling), alcohol

T: Chocolate. I must admit, I wasn't expecting that. The chocolate was more pronounced in the 2004. There was little raspberry to speak of. Chocolate and alcohol dominate the majority of the taste profile.

M: smooth as is possible, given the huge ABV.

D: Great for sipping. A few ounces as a nightcap was a treat.

Notes: I'll seek this out again. Recommended.

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tiny 187ml green bottle. Sticker on the cap states this was bottled in December 2007. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a hazed brown color with some ruby highlights. When held to the light, it shows a better clarity and deep ruby red coloration with some lighter orange around the edge. This brew looks still until it is swirled and a few bubbles come out of solution and sit around the top before collecting around the outside of the glass. A swirl provides faint spotty lacework and legs of alcohol slowly creep back down to the brew.

The smell is a huge blast of raspberry puree. Very strong with a raspberry sweetness that smells somewhat medicinal. The nose is a bit fusel with minor notes of chocolate malt hiding underneath the bold raspberry. As the brew warms up, the raspberry goes back and forth between characteristics that are almost candy-like with its sweet smell to more earthy and herbal with a more natural character. Once the brew hits room temperature, the chocolate comes out in full force and seemingly overtakes the once dominating raspberry character. What a fantastic experience to be able to let this brew evolve in my glass. Across the back is a faint sweetness somewhat like vanilla and spiced yeast indication but I am stretching. While this brew smells great, it is almost not even beer-like except for some chocolate malt notes.

The taste is tart, natural raspberry flavoring with a bold solvent kick of alcohol. There is a backing of chocolate malt present which adds a nice unexpected depth to this brew's flavor. Think alcoholic chocolate covered raspberry... that is exactly what this brew is. There is an herbal to earthy flavoring to this brew that seems like a combination of the raspberry addition mixed with herbal hops. There is a bit of a bitterness which is welcomed that counters the sweetness and bold alcohol nature of this brew. Only once this brew exceeds ideal temperatures do the first indications of this offering come out that this is in fact an eisbock. The expected spicy yeast flavors were completely hidden by the raspberry but they faintly come out once warm and provide an interesting accent to the raspberry flavor. Well done. This brew has a lasting flavor of chocolate residing in the mouth.

This is a full bodied brew with a light, enjoyable level of carbonation. It is a very good after dinner sipper that I fully enjoyed. Let's not kid ourselves, this is a 13+% brew and it hits hard as expected. The alcohol is not hidden but it is incorporated in a way that is every enjoyable and not distracting at all. I have been wanting to try this brew for awhile and I was expecting this to be a sweet mess. Color me impressed, this was not at all what I thought it would be, it was better. I actually enjoyed this brew even more than my review score would let you believe. I fault this brew for being so bold with fruit that I have a hard time accepting this as an eisbock.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

6 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2007 bottle.

Appearance - Thick sludgy pond water. No carbonation. Slight red tinge to the brown.

Smell - Milk chocolate and raspberry. Strong alcohol. Smells like a raspberry chocolate candy.

Taste - Much stronger raspberry flavor. Really chocolatey. Straight forward but excellent. Oxidation is present. Slightly bitter earthy flavor. Could be cardboard but it isn't offensive.

Mouthfeel - Very boozy. Still hot. No carbonation. Heavy.

Overall - This is incredibly good. Looking forward to the new one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely 500 ml bottle shared with mentor, who provided, bless his heart.

Beautiful cocoa head, deep magenta hue, edging on brown...looks like a bockish brown, but shows crimson aspects, as well.

Vast aromatics...cream & cognac....angelic...sweetness, light and lively, matched with the power of booze. Raspberry flavor is shy at first, but peeks out eventually (in aroma and taste)...
...which is where we're going next...tastes like brandy at first, until raspberry slips through, under the coat of çognac...and the result is utterly unheard of ...a graceful, powerful thing, some nuts, chocolate charge the palate elegantly...a sublime sipper and a rich elixir, all at once.
After further examination, "absolutely gorgeous" is good as I can get, for now...uncanny, this balance, this magnificent marriage, and this perfect play of flavors, that harmonizes to create a gentle blend that delivers a rare, unheard-of experience in the flavor, and all throught the experience.
Fantastic balance: never too strong, too dark, too rich, just right...slick, yet graceful, not sickly, not treacly, somehow just the perfect match of a strong dark lager and the raspberry flavor, with enchanting yeast...a magical match of cookie + fruit + liquor.
There's a slight bite, a bit of hops, then all is mellow, you never really feel the 13%, it's a sly, subtle sophisticated combination.
Full-bodied, yet not fulsome, and wholly memorable. Unique among beers, this has a flavor and a transcendent effect not felt in many other beers.
They did their work well at Kuhnhenn, and crafted a masterpiece...a $30 bottle masterpiece, though? Ehhh???
Definitely a special occasion beer, and after-dinner dessert brew, only for revelling and toasting, something to mellow the mood and usher in an unheard of feeling among all in company...not an any-old-day beer, by any means.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Bottling 6.7oz

Pours a slightly cloudy dark purple with a minimal head that disappears almost instantly. The nose is very fruity as would be expected, lots of raspberry's, dark caramelized malts, alcohol. Smell is very sweet almost like raspberry liqueur. Taste is fruity, malty with an alcohol bit that lingers on in the finish. Very tasty, like a port but sweeter. This one is definitely a sipper. The body is thick, the mouthfeel is sticky, carbonation is low. Great sipping beer or nightcap. I need to try more from this brewery!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #200. Figured I'd dip into the cellar and pull out a 2004 vintage of KRE. Served in a flute.

A - Wow - I actually got some foam; maybe a eight of an inch of tan head that stuck around for about thirty seconds and left no lacing. Lots of visible carbonation on the sides of the glass, with little bubbles making their way to the top. Murky raisin brown color with some obvious suspended solids - it doesn't scream raspberry in the same way that Raspberry Tart does. All things aside though, it looks pretty good for a 13.5% brew - I wasn't expecting a lot.

S - Raspberry purée and cheesecake, dark chocolate, caramel, candied fruit, port, vanilla, a slight oakiness, and a hint of the high ABV. The smell is huge, even when chilled. It's incredibly delicious!

T - The taste has more tartness and is a little more restrained compared to the overwhelming sweetness in the nose. As you'd expect, tons of raspberry, substantial amounts of molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, and maybe a hint of tobacco as well. Again, the alcohol is ridiculously well hidden.

M - This bottle I opened had surprising carbonation to it - especially compared to how I remember it on-tap. I actually like the tingle though, as it complements the tangy flavor raspberries. The body is medium, but incredibly sticky. I shudder to think how much sugar is in this, and how ridiculous the caloric content per oz is - it's probably up there with the most decadent desserts. It's maybe a little lighter than I'd like for such a high ABV beer, but otherwise it's quite appropriate. Nice warming sensation after a while as well.

D - Kudos to the brewery for selling this in 6.3oz bottles - the sweetness and high ABV would defeat me if the serving size was significantly larger. Tremendously ideal for a dessert replacement/complement, or for a celebration, but not so much for sessions.

I'm really glad my 2004 bottle was still good, especially considering the hit & miss nature of Kuhnhenn bottling (and some of the other reviews of the '04 vintage posted here).
I didn't sense a huge difference between this and the '07 (although I didn't directly A-B them).

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Photo of drabmuh
3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had both the 2004 and 2007 vintages at a recent tasting. Thanks everyone, this was a long time curiosity for me. I feel as thought I had built it up in my mind a bit too much and was slightly let down. Eisbocks (bocks in general) are one of the styles I study a lot. This was an interesting example.

2004 - Beer was brown and clear with no carbonation, no head, no lacing. The aroma was strong full of malt and caramel. Definitely smell the raspberries and some chocolate? Wasn't expecting the chocolate smell. Lots of sweetness up front, raspberries come in late in the palate and are generally weak. Mostly a tart flavor from the raspberries. There is a lot of chocolate flavors in the midpalate regions. I find this flavor to be distracting and unnecessary. I find myself wishing that it was the malt and the berries without the chocolate. I know that the chocolate and the raspberry flavors pair well with food, but to stand the tart raspberry flavor next to the malt sweetness would have been great in my opinion.

2007 - Looks the same as the 2004, no head, no carbonation. The aroma is considerably stronger. Much more raspberries and the chocolate is still there. The flavor pops with a lot more raspberries. This is definitely my favorite out of the two. The sweetness from the malt is still there, the chocolate is less the star in this one. This beer is also thicker (it seems) than the 2004.

Overall, I'm glad I got to try them both. I'm not sure if I would seek it out again though.

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Photo of Billolick
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap baby at the Daze of the Devil fest at the HDG in NYC...I enjoyed 2 four ounce tasters of the sweet, intense, flavorful, viscous nectar, and this review is from my copious notes, this arrives cloudy dark plum, minor head and lacing. The nose is intensely and thrillingly of raspberries and powdered sugar. Sweet, intense, dense, complex, thick, rich and full on raspberries and malty goodness all the way through, Yumm. World class dessert beer. A treat on tap.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

03/14/09- Received via a trade with former BA member Jetsbeer.

Presentation- Vintage 2004, smaller 6oz nip sized bottle with a wax coating over the cap and part of the neck. Poured into my JW Lees glass.

Appearance- Cherry-brown colored pour. A wee bit of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass. Seems pretty flat until a late surge of carbonation fizzes into a very small and slight head. Doesn't leave any lace to speak of behind. Not expecting visual miracles of a 5 year old beer of this style and abv.

Smell- At first the scent is a sweet nose of fresh suagred raspberries and cherries. After that, the dark chocolate and roasted malt comes into play. Combined with a slight barrel flavored woodsy taste and a bit of alcohol.

Taste- What a dessert beer this would be. Just like the nose, the raspberries and cherries come in first...very sugary, very smooth and very fresh tasting...no artificial flavors here. Then the large and I mean large dark chocolte flavor comes in and melds perfectly with the berries. Alcohol is present and swirls around with all the flavors. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is here and is a slight prickly in the first part of the sip and then turns to a lovely silky and smooth mouthfeel with a lasting dark chocolate covered rasperry flavor.

Drinkability- This is a classic beer. One of the most flavorful beers of any kind that I have had. Wish I had some kind of chocolate dessert to go along with this. Wish they would make this in a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Kuhnhenn

A - Deep ruby with an amber glow around edges and a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Raspberry jam, bready malts and a noticeable alcohol presence.

T - Rasp puree dominates with just enough bready malt character to add complexity and prevent this from being completely one dimensional. Warming alcohol throughout but is very well hidden considering the ABV.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, syrup looking deep ruby/brown. Head tried to stand up, but failed to make it past a 1/2 finger. Off red color, no retention.
Chocolate and raspberries permiate the nose and leave nothing else to come through. Very rich, smells like a chocolate cheesecake with raspberries on top.
Tastes like it too. Baked dark chocolate and smushed raspberries. Hints of burnt caramel and wet grass.
Feels like syrup. Thick and gooey. Best for after dinner. Shared a small bottle. And that was enough. Very rich

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Photo of Mora2000
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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 BARFLYB
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ThomasHardy for this brew.

Small 6.3 oz. green bottle/Cranberry Waxed 2004 Vintage

Poured into a Unibroue chalice a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, fizzy little head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is raspberry, malty, and chocolate. The taste is malty, plenty of raspberry and chocolate, slightly bitter/tangy. Medium body. Very drinkable, this sucker is awesome, too bad you don't get much, highly recommended, thanks Brady.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6.3oz 2004 bottle, Sampled September 2005
Pours with the faintest trace of carbonation that creates a very small ring of fine bubbles that bubble up from the etched marking at the bottom of my Duvel tulip. The beer is a hazy amber-red color that shows a thin wispy tan head when roused. The aroma is thick with raspberries, but there is a rich malty note to it that stops it from becoming pure raspberry. As I go in for a deeper smell of the aroma the rich maltiness of this beer becomes much more apparent. My nose has become used to the raspberry note and I now get rich concentrated notes of caramel, toffee, and a toasty maltiness underneath the dominant raspberry note. Actually the more I think about it the more it seems to smell like a raspberry flavored chocolate malt ball.

The beer is quite thick on the palate, yet it is not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. There is some sweetness here but it is malty sweet as opposed to the typical sugary sweetness that I was expecting. The thing that really lingers on the palate after the beer has been swallowed is the rich concentrated maltiness; notes of toffee and toasted biscuits. Because of the relative dryness of this beer, the raspberry flavor is not allowed to dominate as much as it could. The raspberry is certainly noticeable, but it is not too overwhelming. Actually after my first sip of this I was sorely disappointed the flavors just seemed to clash, and were quite jarring. It got better with subsequent sips though. The maltiness, as in the aroma, really reminds me of chocolate malt balls, definitely interesting.

Despite my first impression, I am definitely enjoying this beer. It is not cloying, like the New Glarus beers, and the raspberry notes are not overwhelming. In fact they are in a good balance with the rest of the beer. All of the flavors are concentrated and over-the-top, but none of them are out of whack with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of aasher
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This 2007 vintage is courtesy of weirdbeer, thank you immensely Joe! This one puts a medium bodied and syrupy amber to red in color. The aromas are like concentrated Raspberry jam. It smells delicious! It's also very malty. It tastes of sweet and tart raspberry jam. Oh my god its delicious and ultimately spectacular. What a masterpiece! This beer is almost unfathomable. It is hands down one of the best beers I've ever had, and that means a lot.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed back on 888, reviewed from fairly meticulous notes. Shared with SAS, Inflatablechair, and theotherbeerguy.

My share poured into a Chimay goblet... 2007 vintage I scored from Mully back early this year.

Looks thick.. viscous.. very very little carbonation is revealed only when held to a light...

smells exactly like a raspberry cordial... tawny port and chocolate blended with fresh raspberries.

Flavor is exactly like a raspberry coridal.. chocolate.. caramel and berry with touches of a local raspberry brandy... dessert in a bottle.. but a very special dessert that will make you wonder.. "How the hell did they do this?" Savor this one because the bottle goes too quickly.. body is thick and syrupy but in a good way... If I didn't know it was a beer, I would drizzle this over rich vanilla ice cream... Ooooh That sounds good.

I am very happy Matt hooked me up with these... class act trader.

4/4.5/5/4.5/4

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Photo of yourefragile
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

6.3 oz 2007 bottle generously sent by mbrasi. Green bottle with an upside down label and no wax. Poured into a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A vigorous pour produces a short lived and spotty cream/light mocha colored head that quickly fades to a ring of bubbles with quickly fading lacing. Liquid is a murky thick, turbid ruby brown. Not exceptional, but about what you'd expect for this style. Aroma is amazingly rich, complex and... decadent (I guess that works here). Smells unlike any other beer I've tried, alternating abundant malty chocolate, toffee and caramel notes, with earthy and seedy, slightly tart raspberry. Silky smooth thick bodied with a perfect amount of light carbonation and a ridiculously long lasting, balanced tart and sweet aftertaste. Flavor is an overwhelming menagerie of chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, tart raspberry, earthy raspberry seeds, lemon, rum like alcohol, figs, raisins, sour fruits, etc. There is a slight medicinal quality to the flavor that keeps me from giving the flavor a perfect 5 (but that's a result of my own issues with Robitussin growing up, haha). Lives up to the hype for me, with nothing I can compare this to; the small bottle was the perfect size for me to enjoy.

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Photo of biegaman
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My most gratious thanks to Frozensoul 327! Erik, I am in your debt!

6.3oz bottle, 2004 vintage. A thick coating of deep red wax seals the cap. The wax itself smells like raspberries! I saved this, my first time trying the KRE, for a beautiful, warm, sunny Sunday afternoon - March 11, 2007. Earlier this morning the clocks went ahead and we gained an hour of sunlight. The spring is almost here and I've waited very patiently for it. What better way to both usher it in (with raspberries) and usher out the winter (with eisbock)...

Pours rather flat but with miniscule bubbles that line the top parts of the outside of the glass. A deep shaded colour, offers no real highlights even directly to the light. A swirl can generate some mocha coloured trim. No lacing of course but does leave legs (understandable for the high graivty). At some angles you might catch a glimpse of tawny chestnut, but nothing overly pretty.
The aroma is more so that of an eisbock with the fruit very diminished behind a huge malt base. Sticky notes with large presence (but no alcohol) in the smell. Notes of dried fruits like raisons or plums, distant hops, a rich caramel and dark chocolate, a slight (wood) spruce like note, and an incredible amount of malts!
The flavours hit with the malt at first and the raspberry subtely coating the mouth in a long, lasting finish. Very unaggresive (obscenely so considering the alcohol percentage) which goes all but undetectable. Very silky smooth. Flavours are highly subjective, I could see picking out about anything from such a deep, complex profile. What I find most predominant is a strong chocolate caramel flavour. The raspberry compliments the caramel malts so well but always stays secondary. A little more medicinal as it warmed, but this lovely taste just floats around the mouth for a very long time after...
A perfect after dinner, along side desert sipper. This bottle, at 2+ years is holding up fantastic but I would love to try this fresh. Certainly worth the high price for this experience. I may have to lower my marks of other eisbocks.
Why does this bottle have to be so small? This truly is something unique and world class.

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Photo of plaid75
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell mimmiced perfectly a raspberry linzer tart.

The taste featured a sweet fruity raspberry, some doughy malts and a light medicinal element toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was full and relatively smooth considering the ABV.

Overall a superior and unique drinking experience. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Zorro
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6.3 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of SS 05 BIF and Meathookjones.

2004 vintage.

Pours a hazy thick reddish brown beer.

Smell is very sweet chocolate and caramel and raspberries. Spicy scents of vanilla, black pepper, truffles and cherry on the alcohol fumes. Smells like expensive chocolates.

Taste is lots of raspberries and chocolate with a little tartness from the berries. Super richness here I almost feel like I could eat this as a pudding. I am forced into small sips to savor the flavor of this. Long lasting raspberry flavor that takes a good 5 minutes to die off. The flavor is all chocolate and raspberries here.

Mouthfeel is pudding thick.

Crazy drinkable beer that was the PERFECT beer for Christmas!

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.
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