Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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97
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1,267 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
Ratings:
1,267
Reviews:
458
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
10.96%
 
 
Wants:
1,306
Gots:
211
For Trade:
36
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Photo of DerekMorgan
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Houser
3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

looked great, smelled good, but tasted extremely boozy.

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Photo of LakerLeith
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Arbitrator
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Received in a generous trade from semibaked. Thanks!

This is a 2007 vintage, though it says "released during the 2010 Winter Solstice" on the label.

A: Pours a glowing, ruby color with golden highlights against the light. It's pretty still, though it does have some agitation bubbles from the pour.

S: This is like a raspberry cordial. Rich fruit notes, seeming to exude 'red' notes of cherry and strawberry as well. It's lightly chocolatey. Despite not being a fan of fruit-chocolate blends, I find that the richness of this one is supple and inviting.

T: The pure fruit flavor of raspberry jam, blended with a mild flavor of chocolate, graham crackers, licorice, and (again) cherry. I find that it's incredibly sweet, with a strong sugar component, but I have to resurrect the cordial comparison. It's a great dessert sipper, and it capped off a little two-person tasting quite nicely. It reminds me a little of Utopias in a way: its rich, sweet flavors are definitely reminiscent of a mutant strong ale.

M: Very full-bodied and smooth, owing to light carbonation. Absolutely no trace of the nearly 14% ABV. I've had beers under 10% that were hotter than this.

D: Good, good stuff. The bottle goes two ways with ease. Perfectly sized. I'm sure it's pricey, though I don't know the exact cost of the bottle. I'm quite happy I had this.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 6.3oz bottle (2007 vintage), courtesy of nonstick. Split and poured into 2, 15cl Heineken tasting glasses.

A - Pours a reddish tinged brown with orangey highlights when held up to light. No head whatsoever, which isn't unexpected given the 13.5% alcohol. Light stream of bubbles comes up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Very fruity and complex. Notes of raspberry, prunes and raisins. I think I'm getting some vanilla and caramel aromas too. Maybe some dark chocolate too. Hard to pinpoint the individual smells in here. Definitely some alcohol in the nose too.

T - Syrupy, sweet and malty. Raspberry up front the fades to caramelly, vanilla, and dark fruit flavors. Good amount of alcohol, some dark chocolate flavors too. Almost port like in flavor.

M - Thick and syrupy. Alcohol makes it's presence known, but I wouldn't say this is at all hot. Carbonation is there, but just barely, but it is exactly what this beer needs. Feels more like a cordial than a beer. Interesting, fitting for the flavors and just works...

D - This is a seriously flavorful beer, almost like some sort of fruit based sauce reduction. Syrupy, fruity, complex, lots of dark, deep flavors. Very intense...not especially drinkable. Shared a 6.3oz bottle for this tasting and we both agree that half a bottle is just about right.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.47/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 nip bottle courtesy of Matt. I have been saving this for the right moment and opening night of the NFL and the eve of my first full solo day as a SAHD seem to be just that moment. Thanks Matt for the opportunity!

Into a champagne flute pours a deep and slightly murky ruby red with shades of dark purple. Nary a bubble is seen when backlit and no indication of head shows upon the surface.

Huge seedy jammy raspberries on the nose. Hints of blueberries and blackberries as well. Medley of sticky fruits melds with rich melted milk chocolate and brown sugar. The immediate whiff of alchol that erupted from the bottle upon opening seems to have abated after sitting a few minutes. In fact, there's little indication of the immensity of this beer.

Raspberry is sweet and tart up front and syrupy. As soon as it hits the middle of the tongue, the massive tootsie roll wall wraps around the fruit and carries it like a wave to the finish. Chocolate and an odd, slightly rotten food taste show on the finish.

Carbonation is, eh, low. Body is very syrupy.

I enjoyed this less as I got deeper into the bottle. Not so much for the sweetness, but for the fairly gross off flavor that pops out at the finish. While unique and interesting, I'm not sure I would go out of my way for this given what it might take to land it. I'd recommend splitting your bottle and hoping that this beer hasn't somehow taken a downturn after five years. An interesting try, but likely not worth the effort.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 (tiny) bottle. I wish it was a Methuselah! Better yet, how about a Melchizedek...

A - It has a hallowed, sanctified, consecrated appearance, projecting a velvety royal oxblood-crimson hue with visibly plasma-like viscosity. There is a smattering of wispy tan froth, though it is very scant.

S - This is indescribably delicious. I have never experienced a better fruit- anything. No beer, wine, jelly, juice, candy, confection or fruit itself has ever hit me with this level of deliciousness. And I haven't even taken a sip yet. There is an unbelievably rich malt sensibility that is reminiscent of the best English Barleywines I have had, evoking memories of J.W. Lees 1997 and some of the better Thomas Hardy vintages, except decadently raspberry-laden. As I drink away this (perhaps-never-to-be-seen-again) treat, the EBW comparison is solidified.

T - Off the hook. This beer is paradoxical; it is simultaneously intense and sensational, whilst also being sublimely refined. This is the definitely the best fruit flavor I have ever had. I think this is probably the most delicious beer I have ever had! Yeah, I said it. Now what? Beautifully lustrous and luxurious malt-driven notes of caramelized brown sugar, toffee and hazelnut, dried dark fruits macerated in raspberry liquor as well as oaken vanilla provide myriad pleasure and complexity. I really can't do this justice with words. The ABV is unthinkable, you would never know that this had 6%, much less 13.5%. I am not tremendously familiar with this brew as a fresh(er) product, so I can not accurately say what changes time has wrought; I can say that time has been very good to it.

M - Crimson velvet. Silky smooth. Slightly sparkling (ever-so). I could ask for nothing more.

D - Too much of my enjoyment of this gem has been squandered ticking! Perfect 5s!

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Photo of IpeeA
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TastyTaste
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 bottle, served in a red wine glass at Spuyten Duyvil.
Appearance: Poured a murky purple brown color with no head.

Smell: Definitely raspberry in the nose, also a good amount of cocoa, alcohol also evident.

Taste: A chocolate and raspberry dessert, sweet and luxurious. I took about 45 minutes savoring every sip of this bottle. Just great, if dessert beer was a style, this would define it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, adds to how enjoyable this beer is.

Drinkability: It will be far too long before I get my hands on another one of these.

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Photo of rye726
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage '07.

Pours a deep mahogany with a thin tan head.

Nose has fresh raspberries, chocolate, caramel, toffee, cognac and port wine.

Taste has more wild raspberries up front and through the finish along with bready malts, caramelized candies, cocoa, sherry and cabernet grapes.

Silky smooth body is full and lush, but a tart raspberry presence keeps it crisp. A delicate carbonation compliments this beer perfectly. Nice finish.

Simply outstanding. Another near perfect brew from Kuhnhenn.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 nip bottle.

A: clear, deep copper color
S: a bit sweet but also hints of tannins, oak, vanilla, very good, not overly cloying
T: I would never have expected this beer to be this good, sweet but well-balanced and good hop bitterness, more vanilla and caramel than raspberry, well done!
M: again, smooth, easy drinking
D: ditto

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jegross2
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company. HUGE thanks to Mike for sharing this rare bottle with me!
Score: 97

2007 vintage bottle served in a Cantillon tulip glass and enjoyed on 08/23/12.

Appearance: Pours the color of maple syrup with a slight chocolate tint. Virtually no carbonation or head is apparent off the pour. No lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Raspberry, milk chocolate and fruity malt. As it opened up, an aroma of fresh pureed raspberries takes over. There is also a very faint oxidation present in the nose, but it is only apparent off deep whiffs. 4.5/5

Taste: Fresh raspberry jam goodness! The raspberry flavor is absolutely out of this world -- smooth, moderately viscous and perfectly sweet. Zero booziness is present here, which is shocking given that this is a a 13.5% ABV eisbock! Fudge-y chocolate towards the finish with a hint of fruitiness in the finish/linger. So smooth and "light" without being light bodied. Hint of caramel in the background too. As it warms up, there's a little alcohol tingle in the finish. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied. No carbonation, but it works here unlike the Bourbon Barrel Barleywine I had from Kuhnhenns earlier this month. Sweet, but not too sweet. Oily, slick mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall: Every bit as good as I could imagined it! The raspberry flavor here is truly out of this world good. It's a good thing this beer comes in 6.3 oz bottles because this beer is entirely too drinkable for the ABV!

Recommendation: Unless you hate raspberries, make sure to seek this bottle out.

Pairings: Fluffy chocolate cake.

Cost: $10 for a 6.3 oz bottle.

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of hardy008
3.89/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage

Pours dark reddish brown with no head. I can tell it has some carbonation, just doesn't look like it. Smells like raspberries, chocolate, and toffee. Not complex, but nice.

This tastes almost like a chocolate and caramel Turtle candy with raspberries. Very strange, but nice. Tastes like something that would be great to pout over vanilla ice cream. There is no bitterness for balance, but I honestly didn't expect that there would be.

Medium bodied with only a small amount of carbonation. I think the amount of carbonation is right for this beer. The alcohol is well hidden for 13.50%, and a 187 ml bottle is the proper serving size for this beer. An interesting beer, which I am glad I had the chance to try.

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Photo of sourdog
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of clvand0
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours a dark red color with no head and no carbonation. The aroma is wonderful. Sweet smell. Actually, it smells exactly like sweet candy. Incredible. The flavor is much the same, but it's alcoholic fruity candy. It has a slight sting from the alcohol, but this stuff is damn tasty - strickly candy-like. The mouthfeel is pretty thick, actually and the drinkability is wonderful for the level of alcohol. Just candy.

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Photo of CSO
3.64/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of uturn
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of robgage
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joe1510
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

187ml

2007 Bottling

This is yet another great brew sent to me courtesy of hoppymeal, thanks Derek! Kuhnhenn's Raspberry Eisbock pours like syrup into my flute which creates a problem conjuring up a head. The body is dark and murky, the color of raspberry juice that while dark manages to glow around the edges of the glass when backlit. I did manage to get a thin skimming of head that quickly fizzled to nothing but a thin ecru collar. The thin collar that's there leaves behind sheet lacing that slowly slides back into the body.

The smell of this eisbock is out of this world good. Fresh ripe raspberry puree jumps from the glass right off the bat and is quickly followed by rich dark chocolate. There's a faint booziness in the back that only adds to the incredibly rich aroma. This beer is like dessert in a bottle, I can't get over how perfectly sweet the raspberry is and how perfectly rich the dark chocolate is. How do you get this aroma into a bottle?

The flavor is exactly what the aroma suggested. I thought it would be tough to keep up with the aroma on this beer but the flavor does just that. Freshly pureed raspberries are drizzled with molten dark chocolate. There's a quick flash of bread pudding but the chocolate and raspberries take center stage. This is one amazing beer!

This is a sipper/nightcap sort of beer but it fits this beer perfectly. The body is rich and thick with a coating quality that keeps the tongue busy for awhile. Mellow carbonation keeps this beer slowly moving while the raspberry and chocolate sweetness hangs out on the tongue for awhile.

Even though this is a sipper it's a beer I would be happy sipping all night long. The 13% isn't even noticeable and this beer just keeps on flowing.

This is one of the best beers I've had in awhile. I can't figure out how Kuhnhenn packed that flavor into this beer. I would love to get my hands on a case of this stuff. Thanks for the bottle Derek!

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Thanks to scoot1969 for this long time want! Tulip glass.

A: Pours a garnet color, slight browning on the edges, with very good clarity. Only a few bubbles distinguish it from red wine. No head or lacing. A second, more vigorous pour yields a ring of tan head.

S: Loads of rich, sweet raspberry and dark chocolate. Slight booziness.

T: Mild chocolate mixed with rich, sweet raspberry, very mild tartness. The chocolate is kind of an undertone to the raspberry. A lengthy finish. At the recommended serving temperature (45-55), an alcohol taste is only slightly noticeable, though there isn't a boozy burn or sharpness or anything. No way this tastes like a 15.5% beer.

M: Medium-full body, mouthcoating, and light carbonation which provides some structure. Slight syrupy-ness.

O: Like a raspberry-filled chocolate truffle. Nice digestif. Manages to be sweet but not cloying. If I had any complaints, it would be that the beer leans towards one-dimensional. But it succeeds at what it attempts.

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Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap (!) at the brewpub.

A-Pours a murky brown with purple notes and a thin tan head.

S-Dark fruit with brown sugar, vanilla and a bit of milk chocolate.

T-Some tart raspberry in the front, followed by rich chocolate and some well hidden alcohol in the finish. A great raspberry chocolate combo.

M-Remarkably light on the tongue but still a bit rich. Very nice.

D-Yes, thank you, I would love another any time.

HV

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Photo of mctizzz
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
4.38 out of 5 based on 1,267 ratings.
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