Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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97
world-class
1,269 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:
1,269
Reviews:
459
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
10.96%
 
 
Wants:
1,307
Gots:
211
For Trade:
36
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Photo of KevinmusPrime
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Hoptologist
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of HoppyLuckyGoGo
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Jah_Json
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Treebs
3.76/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared this bad boy at DLD. 2012 vintage served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a brownish, reddish color with a pretty still body. No real head forms on the pour.

S: Lots of sweet booze and malt with blast of smashed raspberries. Bready malts make up most of the flavor profile in the nose.

T: Tons of sweet raspberry. Much more than nose conveyed. Very jammy in nature with a little boozy heat. A mild burn is there with a heavy, bready malt profile to back it up.

M: Low carbonation with a chewy texture and mouthfeel. Sweet and hot on the finish.

O: This was good, but it definitely needs some time. The boozy notes are right up front and need some time to settle in.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.76/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chinabeergeek
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks to flandersned for helping me score these '04 vintage bottles. there were apparently three batches released that year. tasted side-by-side in late may/early june 2009.

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2004 vintage, 187ml bottle w/darker red wax-dipped cap and solid-white-background bottle label.

dark brownish red. sediment in the bottle. foamy, sudsy, light tan head soon fades to wisps and ring. no lace.

aroma: raspberries (both fresh and preserved), cherries, dark caramel, with notes of dark chocolate, esp. in the back w retro-olfaction. faint earthy and woody tones (hops?)

taste: jammy raspberries, caramel, toffee, hint of chocolate, with sharper acidity than hoped, but still mild and fruity. trace euro hops w mild bitterness. touch of alcohol and phenols.

medium body, slightly syrupy, light acidity and astringency. mild carbonation helps with flavor lift.

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2004 vintage, 187ml, but with brighter red wax, and a black-background (white print) label, similar to the 2007.

finer foam, almost creamy. forms better lacing, though most of it still doesn't stick.

aroma of raspberries is fresher and less "spoiled", along with the aroma overall. still some chocolate tones. slightly less booziness or alcohol presence.

taste is less acidic, with more malt and fruit coming forward.

slightly more active carbonation than the other '04.
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COMMENT

seems like this beer is best on draught or fresh. i feel i must either be missing out on that original (1st batch?) bulbous bottle of 2004, or perhaps it's simply that the other reviews here (of the bottled versions) are buying into top-100 hype.
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OLD REVIEW 4-6-09

thanks to vwcraig for the trade.

2007 release. small, 187ml green bottle, nothing like the picture above. simple aluminum grey bottle cap. vwcraig says it came with the black electrical tape wrapped around the cap, and might have been a precaution taken by the previous trader, and not done by kuhnhenn themselves.

poured into small tulip.

dark brown with red tint. almost opaque. some sediment in the bottle, giving a slight haze. fizzy tan head makes a 1-finger head that quickly fades to just a few wisps and a thing ring. the wisps eventually disappear too, and the ring shrinks to just a half ring. lacing never sticks.

aroma of raspberry jam, caramel, hints of dark chocolate and more fruit liqueur (cherry, raspberry), lightly boozy and some faint phenols.

flavor is much more tart than anticipated. not totally sour, but quite different than expected and worlds apart from what i remember at EBF '08. this mild acidity gives way to a strongly medicinal flavor, with raspberry and hint of cocoa again underneath. medicinal character continues into the moderately bitter finish with more notes of cocoa and hints of raspberry.

smooth at first and overall, but punctuated by tart acidity and then almost astringent phenols that in turn also accentuate the bitterness. mild to moderate carb that brings out the nicer fruit, caramel and cocoa, but also the less pleasant acidity, bitterness and medicinal phenols.

the aftertaste even has hints of skunkiness, which thankfully didn't show up in the fruity, malty aroma. but anyway, this was a big disappointment. maybe the green bottles did them in. again, this is totally the opposite from my experience tasting multiple samples at EBF '08.

will now be seeking the 2004 vintage, in hopes of rehabilitating my impression...

A - 3.5, S - 3.5, T - 2.5, M - 3.5, D - 3.0

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Photo of A_Rad
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sleepingbear
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired a 187ml wax dipped 2004 bottle from a friend. (Thanks Michael!)

I had seen this beer's high ratings and had some very high expectations for it. It was almost impossible for it to have lived up to it’s legend.

Then I smelled it.
The scent was magnificent with a rich malty aroma with a lingering red fruit nose.
The first sip is like a warm, frothy dark chocolate bitters and raspberry crème.
Damn!

This is raspberry chocolate cake in a bottle. I imagine drinking these little 187ml bottles on a hard xcountry ski run. On a stop at a Lake Michigan plateau, cold clean air- and a bottle of raspberry chocolate cake. I'm going to buy as much of this as I can find.
I am hooked.

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Photo of dannyfayy
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Darkness snifter.

Pours a purple velvety shade, from a vintage 2007 bottle. Looks just like grape juice. No head whatsoever. Smells incredibly sweet. Like cotton candy with some dark fruit. Taste was a shocker for me. Not what I was expecting. I thought it would be sweet like in the smell. Instead it was overripe berry with a lot of salt. The saving grace was the noticeable raspberry taste that was left in the back of your throat. Very pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden in this brew. The beer went down very fast in all. Good thing there wasn't more to drink, because I would have drank them all and probably ended up face down on the floor.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

187ml bottle, 2007 vintage, shared by CaptainCougar. Hazy red-brown with a small head. Sweet raspberry and malt aromas with a lightly aged quality. tastes like a rich, alcoholic, chocolate-raspberry truffle. Thick, with low carbonation. Tasty stuff and a nice treat, but I've never been wild about the dessert category on the whole.

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Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle, review from notes.

Pours a murky burgundy color, hues of brown, garnet and raspberry when struck by the light, no visible head and no visible lacing. The aroma is pungent fleshy raspberry, very fresh fruit, but a very harsh alcohol sweetness with some rich dark grain, caramel and toffee sugar notes, it's already too sweet for me, but the fresh berry is fantastic. The flavors are similar, massive fresh raspberry, which is delicious, is instantly overpowered by intense alcohol sweetness, caramel, brown sugar and a bit of vanilla. The body is super thick and syrupy, very sticky, finishes rather smoothly but with some harsh alcohol behind it.

Verdict: Can't say I am super impressed given the hype and ratings behind this beer, the fruit is wonderfully done, but the harsh alcohol and cloying qualities ruined it for me. Not sure what age will do to this beer, but I have a hard time believing that it will improve.

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Photo of johnd513
3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was delighted to find this 2007 vintage on the shelf at a inconvenience store with an extensive beer collection along with Tenacious Cassis on a trip to downstate MI. Pours a murky brown color with a tan head. The smell is the most interesting part of this beer with dark fruits, chocolate and liqueur. The taste is not as interesting with a thick syrupy sweet taste of rasberries. The mouthfeel is thick and coats the tongue. Overall, I am glad I tried this beer but I expected much more. However, if you have a chance Tenacious Cassis is a must.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.82/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a murky opaque mahogany color with very little head. What head there is is a slight tan color that collars around the glass. The aroma is pretty unassuming with notes of raspberry and malt. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Raspberry undertones carry throughout the beer wih other notes of vanilla and caramel. A sipper for sure. Slight alcohol showing. Not the most appetizing looking but a tasty beer for sure.

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Photo of craytonic
3.82/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 Vintage

Appearance: A bit syrupy, very faint carbonation. Pour is a purple-amber.

Smell: Thick and sweet with sugar and raspberries, perhaps some oak and leather also, along with toffee and caramel; port and sherry

Taste: I find it too sweet, full of raspberries though, with overtones of port, brandy and sherry. A bit like port.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick and sticky

Drinkability: It comes in a small bottle for a reason

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Photo of HopSavant
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

375ml from the recent release into a snifter.

A. Clearish ruby-mahogany body, no head.

S. Perfumy raspberry, mostly sweet but with an acidic edge. Some caramel and molasses notes behind, alcohol.

T. Sweetish raspberry flesh, concentrated caramel, bready malt, sharp booze, some mildly medicinal syrupy notes.

M. Medium-bodied, sticky, no carbonation.

O. This is a bit thinner and boozier than I would have liked. Interesting beer, but not quite up to the hype.

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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 Wowcoolman
3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled thanks toRoyMunson. Pours a cloudy/murky brown with a maroon tint to it. Plenty of sediment floating in the beer. Smell is raspberry(of course) with some chocolate(tootsie roll) as well. Taste is pure raspberry puree with a hit of tootsie roll in the finish. Not being a big fan of tootsie rolls, I love good chocolate, but don’t classify tootsie roll as such. This beer would be "all world" with either a different chocolate used or with simply no chocolate at all. The mouthfeel and beginning taste is absolutely delightful. Maybe with aging the chocolate will subside some.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 batch drank 12/5/10

A-pours a dark copper color, almost muddy brown with a thin tan colored head.

S-this has a huge malt component to it, notes of alcohol and heat. there is tons of dark milk chocolate and toffee notes in this, notes of fusel alcohol and maple in the nose. chocolate cake and maple syrup towards the finish.

T-this again is extremely malt, somewhat sweet and a little boozy in the back. chocoalte cake, cookie, sweet sticky toffee, notes of maple syrup, some thinner flavors in the back and slightly minerally in the finish.

M-this is heavy and chewy, thick and syrupy, the feel is velvety and the carbonation is low but holds. the finish is robust in feel and sticky on the back of the throat.

D-this has a huge malt component to it and the fruits are almost non existent. the malts are sweet and the back adds very cake/fudge like flavors. interesting malt body, nose is pretty solid, flavor gets a little minerally and bitter in the finish.

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2007 batch drank early 2010

A-dark copper in color with deep reddish colored edges. The head is thin and hard to produce with a tan color.

S-the rasberry hits the nose first starting sweet. Dark chocolate comes in next and is quite strong with notes of caramel underneath. Hints of toffee and a touch alcohol in the back.

T-the taste is darn good and has some nice flavors that play off of each other. Rasberry and alcohol hit you first, slightly warm. Darker malts take over in the back with dark chocolate, caramel and toffee. More rasberry sweetness and slightly tart at the finish.

M-the body is quite full, very smooth and slightly creamy. This is soft and chewy. The carbonation is a little low but the finish still has a slight crispness.

D-this is extremely tasty and has some great complexity to it. The rich dark maltiness acompanied by the sweet fruitiness and light tartness play together extremely well.

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Photo of ottodyer
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dag48
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Herky21
3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
4.38 out of 5 based on 1,269 ratings.
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