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Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Starts with an amazing raspberry flavor. Like a perfect raspberry and not artificial at all. Some dark chocolate slips in there as well. Great balance, a wonderful beer.

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Photo of eseids
2.41/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

KBE and 2014 KRE are so different it's ridiculous. Loved KBE (too bad I'll likely never get to have it again), did not like KRE one bit. This beer tasted like thin cough syrup to me.

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

375ml bottle of the 2014 release. Served in a brandy snifter 2/24/2015.

A- Dark ruby body. Shades of brown as well. Minimal half finger white head that dies down very quickly. No lacing. It eventually ends up looking like a reddish brandy in this glass.

S- Rich aromas of raspberry... wait for it... Twizzlers! But not in an artificial or plastic manner, it's more authentic. It's very raspberry jam-forward with a malty chocolate background. The raspberry is very strong here, it makes me think raspberry pancake syrup.

F- Tastes just as raspberry forward as it smells. As in the nose, there are no plastic or artificial flavours here, just a ton of raspberry jam and chocolate malt. A little bit of mineral yeast flavours as well. Not superbly complex and a very sweet beer, but it is a very unique flavour profile that I am honestly enjoying quite a bit. I want to pour this beer on my pancakes.

M- Thick bodied, slightly syrupy but not in an off-putting way. I expected this beer to be reasonably thick, and it is indeed so. Low carbonation, a very nice sipper as it is very, very flavourful but without any kind of heat at all.

O- Excellent beer, one of the first eisbocks I've tried. It's very balanced yet extremely flavourful and enjoyable to sip on. A bit of a novelty in concept, but in execution it's a very nice beer, and if you're a cellar-obsessive, I am sure it could age for decades. I am definitely more interested in trying Blueberry Eisbock now.

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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 M_J_Z
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with a few friends at the Hourglass Brewery on 1/23 after acquiring a few bottles earlier that same evening.

I really enjoyed this. It was about what I was expecting, though perhaps more boozy. Eisbocks aren't really my "thing," and I mostly sought this out per request from one friend that participated in the share, but it was worth seeking out. He actually wanted the blueberry-flavored one, but we've pretty much given up on that one so this was the next-best thing.

I highly recommend this one, if you can get it. I have one more bottle but am going to age it for a while and perhaps trade it for something interesting in the future. We'll see.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Maroon wax capped 12.7oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (many thanks!). 2014 vintage, I believe fourt quarter release. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours bright red hued tea with a finger and a half ecrue froth. The cap of head fades to a tiny collar that leaves no lace.

Rather simple but inviting aromas of raspberries, sugar, grains and a hint of apple. Not much there but those berries smell delicious.

Taste follows the nose. Raspberry, simple syrup, grain alcohol, caramel, vague shortbread and plenty of booze. What it perhaps lacks in depth, it makes up for in pure boozey raspberry candy goodness.

Thick, syrupy, heavy feel with very subtle carbonation. Vodka soaked raspberries, natural sugar and a little bit grain in the finish.

Kuhnhenn's Raspberry Eisbock is delicious in its simple elegance. This is my first real eisbock and if this is whay can be expected I'm interested in trying more. Worth a try for sure if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of jlindros
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of those special beers that somehow eluded me for years. Big thanks to rudzud for finally getting one and sharing it with me. 2012 vintage.

No real head, thick syrupy pour, long legs, semi clear for how dark it is, mahogany chestnut dark thick color faint dark ruby light.

Nose brings tons of syrupy bock, and syrupy raspberry, toffee, caramel, candy syrup, sweet raspberry marmalade, so much raspberry puree, super dark choc too, heavy truffle like dark choc with raspberry filling, no booze, raspberry rock candy crystals,

Taste is amazing, full of jammy raspberry, flesh and raspberry jam, etc, with great powdered cocoa and dark choc dust. Very sweet, syrupy candy, raspberry truffle filling and dark choc outside. Little tannic seed stem but the real raspberry seed in there. Rich velvety raspberry and choc, like a black forest cake with raspberry, bakers choc cake. Finish is sticky syrupy but not messy, very little warming booze, sticky finish.

Mouth is thick and velvety, very little carb but very little booze too.

Overall, I had very high expectations for this, and it even surpassed them. Amazing beer. Only qualm is the lack of the bock and malts on the flavor.

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Photo of rudzud
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shared with JLindros. 2012 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear, if it wasn't so dark, brown hue with no head, though wisps are kicked up when swirled. Awesome legs too.

S - Aromas of raspberry dark chocolate truffle. Toffee caramel, Raspberry puree, glorious chocolate dark and rich, with no heat whatsoever. Uhhh...oh my gosh. Like a raspberry tootsie too...only not awful!

T - Taste is sweet raspberry jam, sticky, chocolate truffle massiveness, caramel, toffee, no alcohol at all really. Holy moly. This is absurd. So much chocolate and raspberry. I can't stress how much raspberry jam and chocolate. A touch on the sweet side.

M - Mouthfeel is silky velvet, no booze. Wow.

O - Overall this beer was even better than my expectations. Mindblowingly incredible with loads of raspberry and chocolate. Never Had anything like this, I'm floored.

Serving type: Bottle

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

2014 bottle.

A: Pours a dark, dark red with some brown in there. Small, dense tan head, though it does stick around quite well. Minimal lacing.

S: Strong chocolate aroma, I was not expecting that. Lots of raspberries behind it - sweet raspberries. Decadent and rich.

T: Strong mix of chocolate and raspberries immediately. Chocolate is a nice smooth milk chocolate and the raspberries are syrupy and sweet. Nice blend, both are equal and complimentary to each other. Heavy breadiness in the finish with some raspberries in the background. Finish is pretty quick, mostly chocolate. Fairly sharp alcohol in the finish as well.

M: Heavy but surprisingly smooth. Not cloying or syrupy like I was expect. Remarkably drinkable for the ABV.

O: Really interesting eisbock. Reminiscent of chocolate-covered raspberries. Big rich flavors in this one, though it's fairly one-note (chocolate covered rasperries from start to finish). Does not taste as boozy as you'd expect for 15.5% but it still lets you know that it's a bruiser. Balance is superb and the drinkability is top-notch for the ABV.

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Photo of sawwsea
2.81/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Really disappointed by this after all the hype. Tastes like carbonated raspberry syrup. Would be a nice pancake topper if reduced down to about 1/3 its volume, but at 30 bucks a bottle you're better off going to IHOP.

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Photo of roger617
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark maroon/purple cool with a little over a finger of off white head that reduces slowly and leaves a nice collar. Aside from the carbonation/head, this looks like a wine.
S: Huge wafting aroma of raspberry with a fair amount of alcohol burn to go along with it. On the back end is a nice chocolate sweetness that pulls it all together.
T: Near identical to the aroma. The raspberry steals the show on the front, giving way to a chocolate compliment. Aftertaste lingers with pleasant heat that I would usually detest, but with this flavor profile I welcome it.
M: Very smooth, feels almost thin for the higher ABV.
O: I enjoyed this beer a lot for it being well outside of my comfort zone. I have equally as much respect for how well it is crafted. The balance of sweet, heat and chocolate is perfect.

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Photo of MalibuKenny
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

S: amazing raspberry sweetness. nothing pretentious about it.

T: damn! mouthful of that raspberry; it's just sweet enough without being too syrupy, unlike the blueberry counterpart

M: the fruit syrup coat the tongue; the aroma lingers in the cheek, long after you down that last sip from your glass

O: Unless I'm mistaken, KRE is actually better than KBE

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Photo of buschbeer
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6.3 oz bottle
Served in a snifter
13.8% ABV

L - It is a murky brown color with chunks of yeast in the glass due to a careless pour. There was no head. I got a few tan bubbles along the edges.

S - The first thing I notice is raspberries. It smells like raspberry purée. I also get some milk chocolate. It has some vinous notes. I smell some alcohol, too.

T - The raspberry does not dominate the flavor like it does the smell. The chocolate plays a bigger role. There is a nice balance between the two flavors that are complimentary. The alcohol is warming and barely noticeable.

F - Slick, syrupy, sticky. Low carbonation.

O - This is a nice beer. It is the most I have paid per ounce of beer, but it was three years old when I bought it. It is good. I wish I had twelve ounces to enjoy, but I feel fortunate to have gotten to try it. Good beer to celebrate turning 40.

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Photo of cbutova
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An all-time want delivered by my cousin Sonny. I think I remember checking this out back in 2010 and now it is reality. 2012 bottle.

A- 375ml bottle pops with a small hiss and pours with a dark crimson with some brown body. A head immediately seems out of the question and only a tiny ring remains after time. Lacing is not an option here.

S- Raspberry truffles immediately come to mind once I started pouring this brew. Sweet raspberry jam and chocolate make up most of the aroma. Raspberry jam and jelly big time.

T- Raspberry truffles once again with a rich mix of tart berries and dark semi-bitter chocolate. A backing, or base opens up here with spiced raisins, alcohol, caramel and dusty leather coming into play for me. More like juice than tart for me if that makes sense.

MF- Thick and oily slick body with a slightly creamy texture. The carbonation is surprisingly at a medium level providing some relief from the high ABV. Finishes warm but not hot.

Raspberry juice with the feel of a nice berry cocktail atop of semi-bitter chocolate. For 15+% it really doesn't come close to feeling that way. Raspberry truffle beer. Oh my.

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Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Close in hue to grape juice with a slight white cap that quickly dissipates.

The aroma is quite inviting, with the raspberry up front and a dose of chocolate in the mix. Okay, childhood memories of a raspberry tootsie pop are unavoidable.

Flavor delivers the goods that the nose promises: big,full raspberry taste with some definite tartness that never reaches the level of puckering, and chocolate flavors compliment this elixir with a hint of booze poking through.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, some interesting and lasting tartness on the palate.

A great drinking experience all around and an excellent beer. Highly recommend this one!

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Photo of Resuin
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into an enlarged wine glass. This is the 2012 version

Appearance: Pours a dark raspberry red and gives a half finger of reddish-tan head which fade almost immediately to nothing.

Smell: Huge aroma - when I poured it, the aroma filled up the room: BIG raspberry, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate dipped raspberries, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee. Big and complex.

Taste: Holy cow, huge flavor (I think my eyes are watering): Big delicious raspberry, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon. Quite sweet, but really delicious flavors. Jammy and syrupy raspberry take the lead with some bourbon-like qualities playing wonderfully beside.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a thick, sticky, syrupy body. Finishes a bit sweet. The alcohol is masked masterfully.

Overall: This is an awesome, huge raspberry beer. The raspberry is amazingly pronounced but wonderful. Other players include chocolate, vanilla, toffee, molasses. This is surprisingly drinkable. I'm definitely glad I drank the whole 375 mL bottle!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam for getting this to me in trade. 2012 bottle with red wax poured in a Firestone Walker Teku on February 13, 2014. Pours bright and dark red with no head at all even with a vigorous pour. Huge sweet raspberry and booze aroma, some caramel or toffee, lots of sweet syrupy sugar smell. So much sweet berry. Flavor is sweet straight raspberry jam/preserves, and then some toffee like malts tingling the tongue with plenty of booze in the background. This is very sweet with a thick nearly syrupy mouthfeel but balanced with some light carbonation as to make it more drinkable. Huge flavors in this brew for sure. Made for the raspberry lover. Very nice and a bit hot. An awesome treat as an after dinner drink, just make sure to pour yourself a small glass around 4 oz. Tough to drink much more than that.

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Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a lovely reddish amber color.

The aroma hits exactly with lots of fresh raspberry, a caramel sweetness, a bit of booze in there.

The flavor follows with a burst of juicy raspberry and then it moves onto a caramel malt sweetness and sweet syrup character. There’s a hint of booze at the end, but the alcohol is extremely well hidden. There’s a bit of carbonation in there as well to help the mouthfeel.

A dangerously drinkable beer and extremely tasty.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.39/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tumbler.

It's taken a while, but I;m finally getting a crack at this beast. It pours a mostly clear ruby topped by a half-finger at most of off-white foam. The nose comprises deep raspberry jam, a twinge of what seems like vanilla bean in the background, and a slight sense of vinyl. The taste brings in more of the same, with the raspberries shining, some mild booze creeping in, and the vinyl coming through as a stronger pall of plastic. This plastic-ness doesn't fade. The body is a light hefty, with a relatively light carbonation and a thickly fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough fruited eisbock, but that plastic character is in no way endearing and kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth (in both manners).

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


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 CuriousMonk
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark red burgundy that leaves behind no head nor lacing throughout. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, chocolate and raspberries. The flavor gave off a heavy sweet and light bitter with a long fruity, raspberry (lots of them), and caramel finish. Full mouthfeel along with an oily/sticky texture, and the carbonation was flat throughout. Overall, quite tasty beer with some underlying raspberry-like booze to finish off. Glad to have tried this one and I probably will not seek this one out as it is reported to be $30 a bottle.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.34/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage

Thanks to Chris for sharing this bottle, I was really looking forward to giving it a try.

Pours a dark translucent red, little to no head.

Smell is of raspberries (duh) and plastic. Not very appealing.

The raspberries definitely prevail in the taste, and a slight chocolatey flavor comes through as well. A bit sweet, and very hot. The flavors are really very muddled, I was expecting a much purer raspberry taste.

This feels very thick on the tongue, but is also extremely hot and tingles the tongue as you savor. Never felt such a hot beer on the tongue before.

Overall, this beer was a miss for me. I'm very glad I was able to try it, as I now know that it is absolutely not worth the hunt or the price tag.

2007 Vintage

Thanks again to Chris for sharing the 2007 bottle.

Similar characteristics to the 2012, except the heat was gone. Less raspberry and more chocolate flavor. I prefered this to the 2012, but it is still not a beer I particularly enjoy.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a ruby red color with light carbonation that sticks to the side of the snifter before quicky dying down.

S - Raspberry candy aroma that's almost more of a liquor.

T - Compared to the nose, the flavor really opens up. Raspberry and light chocolate with styrupy booziness. Nothing overly complex, but straight forward cordial-like tastiness.

M - Heavy medium body,juicy, and lip smacking sticky.

O - Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a bunch to Zack for sharing this one! I've been wanting to try this, but just never (until now)had the opportunity.

2012 vintage (I think?)

Thick, dark pour, black cherry color, minimal head (though a slight ringlet briefly retained), alcohol legs on the glass as opposed to lacing. Aroma was thick with raspberry and chocolaty malts, molasses, raw cake batter, some brandy-like booze heat, distant and non-offensive phenols. Nice lush flavor, raspberry jam with traces of tartness, Tootsie Rolls, caramel, dark malts, but little to no roast in there--it's just too sweet for that--somewhat earthy with a very subtle bitterness coming out as the beer warmed, brandy/cordial/[minor solventy] booziness not held back, although for only being a year old, I didn't find this hot at all. Felt in the head more than on the palate, I guess would be one way of describing it. Mouthfeel was smooth, body was full, sweet, but I wouldn't call it cloying at all. Very nice melding of flavors between the raspberry and thick/distilled malts.

I don't think I'd pay top dollar or trade away whalezbro to obtain this beer, but it was definitely a nice experience, and I hope to come across it again sometime.

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Photo of zac16125
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375mL bottle into a Teku glass
2012 Vintage

350th Beer Advocate Review

A big thanks to Tee2grn for sending this one over in a trade. One of my very top wants for a couple years now.

A: Pours a deep, dark, ruby red with 1 fingers width of tan colored head which quickly dissipates down to nothing. Leaves zero lacing and just a hint of alcohol legs.

S: Just an incredibly luscious sweet raspberry aroma. Like raspberry cheesecake, or raspberry truffles, or red velvet cake. There is a rich, dark chocolate syrup character as well. The faintest hint of booze comes in to remind you that you aren't smelling a gourmet dessert. There is a touch of tart raspberry notes as well. This thing is perfection. I think this is one of the best smelling things I have ever smelled.

T: Sweet raspberry, tart raspberry, rich chocolate, and a hint of mocha coffee bitterness. Some roasted and black malts come out. Faint hints of booze add to the depth and complexity. As it warms I also get caramel/toffee and licorice. An absolutely incredible combination of flavors, with just the right balance of tart and bitter to keep the huge sweetness in check. The aftertaste is incredible with semi-sweet bakers chocolate and dark fruit sweetness, and it lingers forever after each sip. Amazing.

M/D: Very full bodied, thick, a bit chewy, and almost (but not quite) syrupy. Surprising smoothness, likely from the perfect lower carbonation. No burn going down, but gives a whole body warming sensation. ABV is very well restrained and drinkability is just absurd.

O: Near perfect. One of the top handful of beers Ive had all time. World class.

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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