Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock
BA SCORE
93.4%
Liked This Beer
4.38 w/ 1,272 ratings
Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#308
Reviews:
461
Ratings:
1,272
Liked:
1,188
Avg:
4.38/5
pDev:
10.96%
Alströms:
4.62
 
 
Wants:
1,307
Gots:
212
Trade:
37
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Ratings: 1,272 |  Reviews: 461
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4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Overlord
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to sample this fabled beer. And I do not mean sample, as it comes in this teensy tinsy bottle that must contain five or six oz., at most.

Pours a hazy reddish brown. No real head to speak of. Smell is overwhelmingly chocolate and raspberry. Taste is more of the same, with some caramel and a nice smooth semi-bitter after-taste. Absolutely overpoweringly flavorful, and a perfect dessert beer. The raspberry flavor is truly amazing. Rich and explosive. The carbonation was light, but did just enough to offset the heavy character and flavor of this beer.

Delightful.

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Photo of mcallister
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A reddish brown elixr with a tiny tan head that quickly fades to a ring around my Great Lakes Christmas Ale snifter. Small carbonation bubbles start about halfway up the liquid to the ring residing above.

Nose is lush with a full caramel malt and hints of toffee. Milk chocolate and black fig, and dried berry esters lure you into it's mystique. Sweet and laden with alcohol aromas as well.

3 easy words describe this beer. Balanced, Complex, and Delicious. Layers upon layers of flavors. A burst of caramel malt, intertwined with milk chocolate, leaves a rich sweet mid palate, that finishes long and hot in the chest with dried raspberry, other drid berry, fig, and more toffee and caramel malt.

Rich, lush, long lasting mouthfeel. Not coying in sweetness at all therefore making this beer easily drinkable albeit the high ABV.

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Photo of grub
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage.

pours a deep red brown with ruby highlights and a thin very fine head. the head drops to a ring, but rises up again with a gentle swirl.

aroma is fantastic. caramel and dried fruit. raspberry. bittersweet chocolate. toffee. light sweetness.

taste is excellent. moderate bitterness. the great caramel and toffee sweetness from the aroma is there. raspberry. bittersweet chocolate. raisin and date. slightly vinous. just a little alcohol warmth.

mouthfeel is excellent. very fine carbonation. nice body, but without being sticky sweet.

drinkability is great. the alcohol is hidden well. really nice as an after dinner drink. i need to find more of this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Narthax
3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Damian
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at the Hop Devil Grill & the Belgian Room, New York, NY

I was lucky enough to try a sample of this at the Hop Devil Grill's 2nd Annual Strong Ale Festival.

Poured a dark, translucent mahogany with a tight, one-finger, saddle brown head. The head quickly faded to a lasting ring of lace.

The aroma was amazingly complex and aromatic. Fruity, raspberry jam-like notes stood out against a perplexing backdrop of toffee, brown sugar, bourbon and maple syrup. Sweet to the nose but definitely not overly-so.

The taste was similar to the aroma but deeper, darker and drier. Spicy, woody, toasted malts melded with sweet-ish notes of brown sugar, bourbon and vanilla. The bright, fruity, raspberry flavor was both sweet and tart, and noticeable yet not overwhelming. As the beer warmed, the alcohol finally made its presence known, lending a pleasant warming in the back of the mouth. The finish was slightly hoppy and quite dry, providing the perfect balance to this modestly sweet dessert beer.

Mouthfeel was smooth, creamy and medium bodied with a fine, mild carbonation.

Drinkability was rather impressive. Even as a high alcohol dessert beer, I could definitely sip this stuff all night long.

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Photo of nickd717
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Hop Devil in NYC. Rating transcribed from my earlier RB rating. Been awhile since I had this, but I remember not being incredibly impressed with it. I really have no idea how this beer is rated as high as it is.

A - This was served in a wine glass and looked almost exactly like a red wine. Little to no head.

S - Nice sweet aroma of raspberries, slight chocolate, and a little bit of sweet malt.

T - Sweet raspberry flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel. A little bit of alcohol on the finish, but well-masked for the ABV. Mostly sweet, with just a mild hint of tartness from the raspberries.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation and medium-full body.

D - Pretty high, better than your average red wine, which I am inclined to compare this to.

I do like the raspberry flavor and the alcohol fits in well along with some other interesting flavors. Will need to try this again sometime and reconsider it.

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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Crosling
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark burgundy color with a small, light pink head, which quickly disappears. Rich caramel, toffee and chocolate aromas, with a mild hint of tobacco leaf , dough and raspberry puree. Flavor is big and bold, luscious and refined in every way. I thought the raspberry flavor was fairly tame, whereas the malt flavor was monstrous and complex, with a chocolate, cocoa and caramel flavor. Light hints of vinous fruits, mainly raspberries were present as well. A delightful beer, from the very versatile brewers at Kuhnhenn.

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Photo of Devman171
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Great Eisbock! Red brown opaque clay color pour, zero head likely because of the ABV, and intense raspberry prune caramel molasses notes on the nose and palate. Rich syrupy mouthfeel!

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of HardTarget
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: A Lilliputian bottle of 6.3 oz. with a red wax sealed cap. 2004 vintage with a note that the beer could handle additional age well. Such as small bottle is sure to disappoint, especially since I am sharing it with fellow BA Pegasus AND our women want a taste.

Aroma: OMG. It has some maple syrup, perfumed alcohol, cherry pie filling, vanilla, chocolate, musty leather, extremely complex. Bottom line: chocolate covered cherries are pretty much on target.

Appearance: Murky chocolate amber with a surprising amount of carbonation for an eisbock, but the dark tan head only flashed briefly before dying.

Flavor: Massively rich malt with a very sweet, very sudden fruit assault. The fruit is mostly raspberry, but some of the alcoholic chocolate covered cherry (complete with the gooey filling) and dark rich malt playing a serious role. The flavor profile morphed gracefully as it warmed bringing out some more of the alcoholic zing and even more chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little thin, which is surprising given the massiveness of the beer. It is also drying and slightly puckering.

Overall Impression: I wish to bath in this. I kept thinking how much better all other beers would be if I could only pour some of this in them. The deep malt taste is balanced by the massive raspberry tartness. This beer is complex yet soothing. My feeble words don’t begin to convey the true nature of this beer. I can only say: seek. Personally, I’m gassing up the car and driving up to the brewery. It’s only 1,429 miles. Takes exactly a day according to Google.
I’ll be there soon.
Undying gratitude to Eyedrinkale for the experience.

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4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Raspberry Eisbock seems like a fine beer to celebrate 5 years on BA!

2004 Vintage

187ml bottle

Dark ruby in hue, fairly opaque, but when backlit a bright garnet color emerges; the color is quite lovely. Short-lived off-white head, in seconds all the bubbles faded to a soapy collar, naked in the middle. Not surprisingly there was no lacing. The appearance is unremarkable (but nice to look at nevertheless). I can’t ask for too much out of a high alcohol beer.

Massive nose! Huge, rich malty aromas… caramel, chocolate, malted balls, plus chocolate covered raspberries, dried raspberries. Not to mention a wonderful boozy cognac aroma, raisin bread, and so much more it seems. This is a very complex nose! Wow. I’ve never smelled a beer like this… I love it! Huge potency, chatty, complex, my mouth waters with every sip. This is a hell of a dessert Eisbock. It is rich and powerful but with grace.

Hot palate… rum, brandy, fruity cognac, raspberry wine; whoa, my throat feels the burn. Milk chocolate covered raspberries, hints of espresso, cream, raisin bread, licorice, black currents with a splash of burnt sugar at the finish. I was expecting a fuller malt profile. By no means is the malt lacking, it is quite healthy but I was hoping for something more firm. Sweet throughout, almost cloying but with less than 7 ounces to drink how can I complain? I am forced to sip and savor. It is totally worth it.

Low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel; about full in body which fits this beer perfectly. Relaxing…

Funny, I could drink two or three of these little bottles in one setting. There has to be dozens of desserts to pair this with. Fantastic. Hell, it flies solo very well. I bet a creamy, rich cheese would rock too. Easily the best fruit beer I have ever tasted. My first beer from Kuhnhenn was a stud (as expected really). Bravo! Thank you RedHaze, I am glad I waited to drink this. I don’t know why I did but it was paid off in spades.

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3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.4% out of 100 with 1,272 ratings
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