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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

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452
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1,225
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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Photo of PatYoda
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, the elusive Raspberry Eisbock. Thanks to BigDaddyWil for this bottle!

Appearance was nice - copper color with cherry highlights throughout. There was a small head upon pouring but this faded pretty quickly, which is to be expected for a 13.5% brew.

The smell is very pleasant. It's a nice mellow warm raspberry and cherry fruitiness, with a hint of caramel. The smell really intensifies as this warms, but it didn't surprise me as much as the spectacular taste.

The taste is like no other beer you've had. It tastes like chocolate covered raspberries without the tartness as first. Then the depth of the caramel malt hits you and really brings the complexity to another level. There is also some mysterious sparkly spiciness underneath everything that confounds me as I cannot put a name on it. This is one of the most decadent and rich beers I have ever tried, and it was a perfect dessert after a nice steak dinner and a Thirsty Dog Siberian Night Imperial Stout. There is never any hint of the alcohol content, which is amazing.

The mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. It's thick, that's for sure, but not so thick that it becomes chewy or heavy at any point. It's basically just perfect. I had to fight myself from chugging my tiny sample because I split the ridiculously small bottle with my girlfriend. This is such a good example of the diversity of beer. Just amazing.

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

Bottle 2007 Nice waxed cap. Pours a murky brown with bubbles but no real head. he bubbles settle quickly. No real lacing but a ring from the edge of the beer. Aroma is pleasing. I get alcohol, raspberries, and chocolate. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is awesome. Taste like a chocolate raspberry tart. A good burn. Not too sweet. Has a syrupy texture. The body is medium. The finish is great. And the sweet aftertaste lingers well. This may be the beer drinkers desert drink. No more scotch I would rather have this

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Photo of davod23
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade a long while ago. Poured from the bottle into a HOTD tasting glass. 2004 vintage.

First off, I love the bottle. 6.3oz, wax-dipped. Nice presentation. It would be even better if the label wasn't coming off. Pour is a very dark, yet clear, plum color. A few bubbles, maybe, but this is pretty flat. That's expected.

Smell is wonderful. Huge, rich milk chocolate with a strong backbone of raspberries. This really smells exactly like a chocolate covered raspberry.

Taste follows the nose. This is quite sweet, as expected. An explosion of rich chocolate and dark, overripe raspberries. Very, very nice. Alcohol is basically completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Great length on the taste.

Drinkability - it's a good thing that this is a 6.3oz bottle. It's just not something that you can drink a lot of due to the sweetness, but in small quantities it doesn't get much better as a dessert beer. The excellent masking of the alcohol content is a plus as well.

Highly recommended, very nice beer.

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

2007 vintage

A-Full ruby. Really looks like a fruit beer. No head to speak of but that seems to be par for the course for the eisbeers I've had in the past

S-Rich over the top malt. Chocolate ice cream. Some tart raspberry. Caramel. Slight menthol and a low level tingle from the alcohol vapors. This smells like great chocolate raspberry ice cream.

T-Wow! Raspberry is upfront but blends well with chocolate and melanoidins. No hops to speak of but I'm sure they're in there. This would be too sickly sweet otherwise.

M-Very thick. I can feel the alcohol but no burn, a bit of warmth but no burn. Very light carbonation. Spot on. It would dry out too much if there was carbed up more.

D-I'm not sure drinkability is the right way to describe something like this. at 13.5% and really malty, you really can't have more than one...if even that. Is it really tasty? Hell yes! I'll probably be sipping on this one all night.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
2.87/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Green bottle dipped in red wax. Label states vintage 2004
Served into a flute glass.

Much anticipated brew after reading the many high praises this eisbock has received. Fortunately, its readily available living here in Michigan.

Appearance: Awesome deep maroon color, reminds me of a red wine. Not much carbonation, with no head or lacing. A slight oily texture, most likely due to the high alcohol content.

Smell: WOW!!! Very different, very strong combination of rasberries,cherries, and dark chocolate. Alcohol is completely hidden in the smell.

Taste: O.K., this is not my type of brew. Strong taste of dark chocolate, combined with fruits and berries. It reminded me of bad tasting chocolate covered cherries.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth feel, no alcohol burn, very easy too drink.

Drinkability:Alcohol is completety hidden and is easy too drink. Very smooth. A great sipper!!!

I must admit I was disappointed with this eisbock, its just not my thing. I will try again at a later date, maybe it will hit me different. But at $8.33 for 6.3oz. its hard for me to purchase this again.

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Photo of airohead2001
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to glazeman for hooking me up with this one - one of my big wants that I never thought I would have an opportunity to try. Poured into a snifter from the cutest little 6.3 oz. bottle.

A - This beer looks gross - just what I was expecting for the elusive Raspberry Eisbock! Looks like a cross between melted caramel and dirty sewer water. No lacing, no head, no legs.

S - One of the best smelling beers I have ever experienced. raspberries, marshmallow, caramel, booze.

T - Truly delightful. Raspberries, chocolate, marshmallows, bubble gum, after dinner candies, and alcohol. Sweet up top and very sour at the end. Perfect.

M - Sticky for sure, but not necessarily thick. Just the right amount of carbonation that allows the tart raspberries and caramelized sugars to touch the roof of the mouth.

D - I could drink this one all day. The alcohol is barely noticeable, the taste is crisp and sweet at the same time, and the aroma is just heavenly.

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Photo of amicar
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Took a special trip to get this little guy- 187 mL poured into a Reidel wine glass. Dark red with a touch of brown. Scant but present carbonation but no real head. Smells of deep fruits and roasty things. There's a real depth of smell here; you can sense the syrupy- ness and muskiness of this guy; little sherry and leather under that. Taste is really phenomenal. I mean, really. I've never had something change this many times in the mouth. Wonderful concentrated raspberry without a sickly sweetness. A touch of roast malts sneaks in under this and caramel and creme brule finish it off with hints of butterscotch. All this while feeling a little pinprick of carbonation and a smooth fullness in the mouth. The heat from the alcohol is perfectly balanced.
As for drinkability- no, you can't make this a session beer. It's not the point. (too expensive anyway). But this goes down the way such a concentrated sipper should.


Overall, almost perfect. This beer should get hyped. It deserves it.

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Photo of hippityhops85
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage. Poured from 187 ml bottle into a tulip. Poured at cellar temperature.

Holy crap, when I opened the bottle an immediate rush of raspberry and chocolate goodness assailed me.

Poured it delicately into my tulip glass. Pours a deep mahogany with deep red verging on purple highlights. Does have some carbonation which is exciting and unexpected. No head to speak of but a ring of tight tan bubbles forms around the glass.

The smell of the beer is unbelievable. It's a tart and tangy raspberry chocolate punch to the senses. The alcohol is also present on the nose but not in an uncomfortable way.

The taste is initially like chocolate covered cherries and other red fruits. The mid palate experiences more of the chocolate notes and it finishes with a nice raspberry zing at the end. Really a work of art.

The mouthfeel is medium to medium heavy which is to be expected. No real carbonation to speak of that I can taste, again, to be expected.

Overall this little big beer is a true gem. Definitely to be savored with a big cigar or some good chocolate. Best "fruit" beer I have ever had.

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
2.98/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First chance at tasting one of Kuhnhenn's beverages. No head at all, clear reddish/purple color; pretty uninteresting to look at it. Smells like a concentrated version of Hershey's Raspberry Syrup, in a good way; there's a hint of booze. Mouthfeel is very thick. Rasperries dominate the flavor but with more of a medicinal quality, a heavy cough syrup flavor lingers for several minutes.

This wasn't underwhelming, it was unpleasant. Would not be interested in revisiting.

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Photo of kaimcm
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

187ml bottle 2004, poured into a La Fin goblet and sampled 8/2006. Bottle was the extreme courtesy of BA ThomasHardy. So so nice.

A: Deep, almost black body with undertones of garnet/crimson. Edges have a strong garnet hue. No head on careful pour, little coating brought by agitation.

S: Tart and seemingly dry raspberries abound. Dense malt, rich sugar. Has that unmistakeable yet hard to define smell of eisbock. Alcohol is present in the nose. Almost woody as well, with dark chocolate sweetness and bitterness. Sugar laden pastries creep up after the tartness. Even a touch vinous, red wine or possibly a cognac.

T/M: Prickly carbonation that lightens up the body hits first followed closely by the tart acidity of the berries. Slowly malt and a touch of sugar, though not as much the nose suggested, pull through. Powdery candy quality next that gives way to a long and pretty dry finish. The impression never really leaves, the finish just keeps on until the next sip. Some teeth licking is in order after every sip.

D: A slow sipper for sure, and I really appreciate the 187ml size.

Overall an excellent beer that Im thrilled to have finally had the pleasure of trying. However, for me the raspberry is a little too obvious and the eisbock a little too obscured. That being said its still the best non-lambic fruit beer Ive ever had. So thankful for this chance.

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Photo of trumick
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red-brown with no head and no lacing.

Scent is ok with raspberry initially coverd with brown sugar carmelized raisins and bread pudding. It all comes together to form a scent alongside the alcohol.

Taste is huge and bready with a red raspberry center then alcohol then raspberry again to finish it all off, but the alcohol is hidden in there somewhere. The carmel flavor holds on for quite a while. At 13.5 the alcohol really doesn't stand out all that much.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would expect from the taste and the smell, smooth but still on the medium side. The carbination seemed just about right.

Drinkability is easy to define, good. I am somewhat impressed with the hiding of the alcohol.

Note: This beer was 12.59 for 6.3 oz. I liked it ok, but at that price sadly, I won't be having another.

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Photo of kfsv034
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007

A - Pours brown and looks thick and dull in color.

S - My initial thought is mead when i smell this beer. Raspberry, malt and some chocolate with some mild alcohol presence nothing to astringent

T - Strong Raspberry and chocolate immediately followed by a nice sweet alcohol. Strong malty presence.

M - Thick and full bodied

D - This beer is very tasty. Split a 7oz bottle with one other would love more to sip on. Basically the only complaint about this beer is that the bottle is to small.

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Photo of kylelenk
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice amber color with a great head.

S-Lots of raspberry in here, alcohol is surprisingly absent.

T-Cannot describe how delightful this beer is. It's like a cherry cordial. Lots of truffled chocolates, hardly any alcohol burn.

F-For the ABV, found this incredibly easy to drink. Sure, a few pours will put you off your feet, but KRE is an astonishingly great effort.

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Photo of hrking
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow this is one awesome treat..This is without a doubt a desert beer that comes at you with caramel flavors and even chocolate..almost remind me of those little chocolate covered cherries except with a raspberry flavor in it's place. This is one of those " you've gotta try this beers" highly recommend seeking this out and sampling it for yourself. A real treat!

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

A gift to my wife from my good friend Jay23.

2007 vintage poured chilled into a wine glass. Fragrant. A deep, rich, full raspberry flavor, the most authentic and genuine fruit flavor I've encountered in beer, its so real that you can practically feel the delicate texture of the skin of the berry. The chocolate is less assertive than the fruit, but it is clearly evident. Mild dark malt flavor. The caramel is less assertive still. Not very big bodied. Wine-like. The high alcohol content is hidden completely.

This is superior in several respects to the New Glarus fruit beers, which are very good. This is more balanced, more restrained, less sacchariney, and perhaps more complex. Plus its bottle conditioned and not pasteurized.

My main complaint is the small 187 ml serving size, which my wife and I split.

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Photo of icetraxx
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brownish red with little to no head retention.

S: Very aromatic. Aromas of raspberries, caramel, apple, plum, apple and cherry pie, cheesecake, and sour candy.

T: Same as aroma. Finishes a bit sweet with an overall sour tang. Doesn't taste like beer at all, tastes like liquid raspberry cobbler.

M: Not quite syrupy, but very thick in general. This beer is thicker than it is creamy, and has low carbonation.

D: An after-dinner slow sipper with low heat. Easy to drink.

O: Redefines an after-dinner beer. Exquisite in every category.

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Photo of mrkrispy
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a wee lil green bottle from a good trader. 2007 vintage. Looks like the brewer printed up the labels on his Amiga dot matrix printer haha.

This is my first eisbock, been wanting to try it for quite a while.

Pours an opaque brown-red, thick looking, not something I've seen from a beer before. No head at all.

Big fruit juice aroma, not a sickly or artificial sweetness. I can't place the fruit nose though, reminds me of those Minute Maid Fruit Punch blends. Odd. Interesting.

Thick, but not syrupy. Think liqueur. Subtle carbonation, not low just not noticeable right away. Then a big kick in the face by a bundle of fruit. Jammy almost. Slightly sour, slightly acidic. Complex, unique. Sweet, but not lasting.

Effect on the palate is odd....seemed a bit rough at first, maybe from the alcohol? Quickly calms down and you can pick apart the complexity. Serving size is appropriate for one person. Don't think I would want a big bottle.

Wonderfully interesting and unique, I hope I can get more of this in the future.

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Photo of bigman147
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up 4 bottles last Christmas (2005 release) and had one while at the brewery

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish brown. Syrupy and with as it is swilled in the glass it has minimal carbonation. Legs of alcohol form on the glass as it settles (indicating the high alcohol).

Aroma: Smells of chocolate cake with a warm raspberry sauce. Complex malt and dark fruit aromas.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Heavy dark malt sweetness with a slight tart raspberry character. Somewhat syrupy and cloying with caramel and cake. Alcohol is hidden well but is definitely there in the finish with a slight throat burning. Carbonation is very light and only slight helps refresh the tongue from the syrupy sweetness.

Drinkability: This is definitely not an everyday beer. Even if you could get it. Its very complex and I still can't get past the chocolate and raspberry aroma. This would be an occasional sipper possibly for desert or with a dark chocolate sampler. $10 per bottle is a little steep but it is worth the occasional expense. If it was less or I could afford it, this would definitely be used in a raspberry reduction.

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Photo of SQNfan
3.67/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dirty red to brown in color. The nose showed off lots of chocolate dipped raspberries. This is simillar in the medium-bodied palate that had nice richness. While this was an enjoyable beer, I do not quite get all the fuss. It was well-balanced yet fairly simple.

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Photo of baconsausage
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Koopa again! 2004!

Dark reddish i color with no head. Nose is mostly chocolate, a little booze and a hint of the raspberries. Taste is like a raspberry covered tart raspberry that you put in your mouth with some chocolate on your finger. Great creamy mouthfeel. Great beer!

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Photo of nflmvp
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage. Thanks to Amatuerbeerguy for this sample.

Poured a dark cherry red with a one finger head that lasted, less than a minute.

Smell is outstanding. The only beer I can recall having so much more in the way of smell than it did in the area of taste. Smelled strongly of sweet red licorice.

Taste wasn't so much of red licorice as it was of muted raspberry (as you would expect).

Mouthfeel was thick but spotty. Not as coating as you would expect, but consistant.

Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is very well masked in this high alcohol brew.

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Photo of drowland
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to StFun for this one! Small bottle. Wow! Nice reddish/brown pour with a very small khaki head that fades. There are a million things going on here! Amazing real sweet and sour raspberry going on with sweet malts, pie spices, crisp crust, and more. Amazing! Wonderful!!!

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Photo of PattyMelt
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Kuhnhenn's, as well as at WBF.

A- Pretty much the way I want all beers to look- deep red/pinkish, with minimal head.

S- Raspberry (obviously), pretty tart smell. I personally couldn't pick up on any of the chocolate or malt tones in the smell.

T- Amazing. As I was trying to explain it to friends, I described it as a raspberry soaked in liquor. (Please mind that I was slightly inebriated when stating this, but you get the idea). Strong raspberry flavor, that tastes like real fresh raspberry, not syrup or candy or anything of that sort. Hints of cocoa and maltiness. But, the alcohol does pack a punch. You can definitely taste it, and from what I hear you either love it or hate it. I clearly love it, but I can definitely see how some may feel it is too abrasive.

O- A very good beer. Pretty much perfect for me, but I curved my grades a bit seeing as this is not a beer that appeals to everyone. I have a bottle that I plan on aging for awhile to see how that pans out.

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Photo of pmoore311
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 poured from a bottle into a snifter at Roast in Detroit on 4/15/10 and reviewed from my brief notes.

A = Beautiful clear red with no head present.

S = Smelled like a fine brandy with Belgian chocolate and raspberries.

T = Sweet Belgian chocolate and raspberries, and some alcohol warming with each sip. This beer is absolutely spectacular and I can see why it receives so many accolades.

M = Perfect smooth and velvety w/ no carbonation.

D = for almost 14% you would never tell from the taste, I am not sure if that is good or bad thing, but this is definitely a dessert beer and the 7oz bottles are the absolute perfect size. This is easily one of my favorites. Would go great with a nice cigar.

Wow, Kuhnhenn really did a brilliant job here. I will certainly be seeking this out again. Now if I can only get a hold of some of their BBBW as it has been quite a white whale for me trying to find some.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to a very generous BA for this treat!

'07. Raspberry Eisbock pours a reddish-brown, red garnet. Cloudy. No head to speak of which detracts from an otherwise nice appearance.

Initial sweet fruit aroma; raspberries, cherries. Vanilla and alcohol complement. Seems the oxidation balances out the sweet fruit. "Bag of Halloween candy" smell comes to mind, haha.

Wow, taste is nothing like the aroma. The smell points to a sweet, sugar bomb, but this is not the case one bit. It is certainly sweet, but time (I'm assuming) has leveled it out bringing a balance of bread and earthiness to the sweet, tart raspberry. Rich. Alcohol melds well into the mix. 4.5 just for sheer originality.

This beer is slick, sticky, and resiny, yet the carbonation is lively and pushes through this big beer with ease. Smooth. Lingering aftertaste.

This was a great beer experience. Speaks to what beer can be and pushes the boundaries.

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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