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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
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452
Ratings:
1,225
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vintage 2004. 6.3 ounce bottles. Thanks to beerhandy for this treat. In so many ways does this beer remind me of being in Porto, Portugal.

Pours a tawny red. Essentially flat. Yeast at first floats around the glass before mixing in with the beer.

Aroma simply knocked me off the couch. Chocolate dipped raspberries. Choclate fondue. Strawberries. Short cake. Fantastic.

Flavor is more subdued than the aroma. Raspberies and chocolate predominate. Alcohol is perfectly concealed. Also picking out other fruits such as raspberries and cherries. Vinuous port wine qualities.

Lighter body than I imagined. The beer sticks to the tongue and slowly dissolves leaving some slight alcohol heat.

I only have one bottle of this? Who wants to send me more?

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.69/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2004 Bottle

Nice pretty beer that smells fantastic, but is very much a cordial. Treat is that way and you'll be happy, otherwise, your out of luck.

Impressive beer but not something I would drink when I would go to drink a beer. It's a drink in a small glass share with friends after dinner drink.

I don't know if I would go out of my way to find this again, but it was one of those famous beers that 'everyone' seems to think should be tried. So I did, and while I didn't dislike it, it's not my cup of tea...or beer.

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

6.3oz single, obtained a year or so ago in a trade, 2004 version. opened in celebration of the 2006-2007 NFC CHAMPION CHICAGO BEARS!!!!

appearance: green bottle, maroon wax dripping down off the cap...pours into a snifter a dark maroon-mahogany color, tan cream head with decent lacing

smell: one whiff and its an automatic 5...huge raspberr-cherry burst hits you square in the nose, boozy cognac, super complex blend of fruit/booze/chocolate/caramel. very aromatic and very sweet....the joys of the imminent first sip become a little overwhelming

taste: wonderful complexion...chocolate covered raspberry, chocolate covered cherry, chocolate covered caramel, cognac-booze, sweet malt structure, syrupy and coating with a light tartness...fig/raisin and light brown sugar. This beer is an absolute treat, SEND ME MORE

mouthfeel: syrupy and coating, big and boozy, sweet and tart. Almost too good to swallow (thats what she said???)

drinkability: phenomenal

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A small 6.4 oz. bottle with a big wax cap, 2004 vintage with a vintage look to the label. Into a small tulip glass, pours a much darker than expected deep mahogony maroon, a small darkish head receding to a thin ring, thin bubbly sheets of lacing as the liquid retreats. Aroma is deep and rich, full of rasberry, chocolate slipping under the radar, cognac, malty tones underneath.

Taste is magical, a rasberry beer that should be shortened to rasbeer, so well crafted it is. This is no excersice in making a beer rasberry flavored (bad), or trying to infuse rasberries (better), this is a study in such balance, such perfectly fitting parts, a well-honed whole, its as though there aren't any flavors, just experience. As you start, the rasberry comes out to say hello, slips away as it introduces you to caramels and chocolates, cognacs and brandy, sweet and delicious malt, a smooth and slow and creamy procession through beery nirvana, when the tart rasberry walks you down the stairs and out of existence, leaving one to consider this; most people would actually scoff at the idea of rasberries in beer. Such is the joy and tragedy of such a beer, and how lucky are those who know of it.

Many thanks to hopdog for this masterpiece.

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Photo of Billolick
4.86/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap baby at the Daze of the Devil fest at the HDG in NYC...I enjoyed 2 four ounce tasters of the sweet, intense, flavorful, viscous nectar, and this review is from my copious notes, this arrives cloudy dark plum, minor head and lacing. The nose is intensely and thrillingly of raspberries and powdered sugar. Sweet, intense, dense, complex, thick, rich and full on raspberries and malty goodness all the way through, Yumm. World class dessert beer. A treat on tap.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

6.3 oz waxed bottle.

Pours a dark red tinged brown, with a small tan head that fades very quickly to nothing. Due to lack of any head there's no lacing to speak of. Not much to look at, but it was to be expected with the high abv.

Smell; the raspberries really jump out of the glass, and are mixed with a very rich chocolate aroma. A touch of caramel is present in the nose, along with a nice nutty background.

Taste; as expected the raspberries are very evident in the flavor, and it definitely does not come of as artificial at all, which I'm very thankful for. The chocolate comes out next, and nearly as strongly as the raspberries do. The nutty flavors are very much present as well, and provide just enough of a bittering effect to offset the sweetness of the raspberries and chocolate. There's some hints of vinegar in the background that, surprisingly, seems to fit right in with everything ealse going on in this beer..

Mouthfeel/Drinkabilty; the mouthfeel on this one maybe the fullest, and mostly velvety of any beer that I've ever had. The drinkability is very good.

Between the raspberries, chocolate, nuts and very full mouthfeel, this is like drinking a chocolate raspberry cake with a some walnuts or pecans sprinkled on top. This was my first beer of 2007, and boy was it a good one.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured by it's Brewmaster and it poured out with little to no head, but had a thick syrupy look with a brown color that had a slight purplish tint. The smell was all fruity sweetness with slight coffee roastiness taking a backseat. The taste was a struggle beetween the light roasty coffee flavors and the sweet and slightly tart (in a good way) flavors, they fought each sip trying to gain control and they came to a tie. Served with the Chocolate tort this paired fairly well making the whole epic journey this late night worth it. Now we only had to make the 10 1/2 hour journey back home. The mouthfeel was excellent, smooth and a thick. Overall this could still use some aging, but was excellent to have after a 15 hour drive accross the country.

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Photo of merlin48
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage, 6.3 oz bottle sealed with purple wax. Courtesy of trade with hopdog. Poured gingerly into a snifter, the body is a tawny reddish brown, topped by a filmy layer of small tan foam which quickly falls into a collar without lacing.

Aroma is deep and complex. Chocolate dipped fresh raspberries, a hint of brandy, and some roasty dark malt notes.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Coating, silky, velvety. Medium full body with a very mild carbonation.

Taste is unique. Ripe, fresh raspberries pureed into a vat of chocolate. Very silky on the palate and the alcohol notes gently envelop the waves of tastes. Deep and complex. Very pleasing. Hard to believe this is over 13% abv.

Finishes far too quickly, even when slowly sipped. More like a cordial than a beer. A wonderful little gem here.

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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 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 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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 release, acquired via trade from nothertimber, so a big “thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 6.3oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with almost no head and even less lacing.

S: Strong aroma of raspberry, with a background of dark chocolate & caramel. There’s some alcohol detected as well, that’s to be expected with a beer with this high of an ABV.

T: Sweet raspberry & chocolate flavor coats your mouth as you drink it. Out of habit I started out taking larger sips, but then I realized that taking smaller sips seemed to bring out the flavor much more. There’s a mild alcohol warmth, but not as strong as the smell leads you to believe, nor does it seem like it’s even close to the 13.50% ABV. The raspberry sweetness sticks around in a faint after-taste.

M: Extremely smooth and viscous, very low carbonation, medium-to-heavy body, finish is only slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, not very filling and fact that the ABV is expertly disguised makes this beer dangerously drinkable. It’s a sipper, but I sipped it very quickly.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage. Muchas Gracias wingnutter

A: No carbonation. There was a hint of pressure difference when the cap came off but thats about it. Has a soy like consistency to it. This almost looks like coffee but a bit more amber like.

S: Raspberry licorice, molasses, vanilla bean, faint chocolate cake and brown sugar.

T: Oh wow, this is going to be difficult. Begins with mellow raspberry flavored coffee which pings the tip of the tongue. The raspberry becomes more pronounced then blends together with fine Belgian chocolate. These flavors embrace each other for what seems like an eternity until the coffee persona takes on more of a roasted quality. Nothing over the top, just a gentle nudge in that direction. Finishes with long lingering raspberry/butterscotch/marshmallow. Raspberry cordial stays with the drinker long after the last sip.

M: Full and silky like a nice liqueur

D: Everything I hoped for...really. Its like I imagined yet so different. Fantastically hand crafted and balanced...seriously delicious.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

187mL nip bottle. Label marked 2004. Cap sealed with maroon wax. Served at cellar temp. That is, whatever temp my cellar is currently at...

Body is ruby-red/caramel brown. Light 1/2 finger of reddish-tan head falls off quick. No lacing.

Nose is rich chocolate/caramel. Sharp raspberries too. Raspberries were more noticeable before the pour. Booze is obvious in the nose once poured into my Maudite Tulip. I can't imagine a more intense or interesting smelling beer.

Flavor is sweet and sharp raspberries. Smooth chocolate/caramel present at the finish, but slightly less than I caught in the nose. It is much like an after dinner cordial or liqueur. Very rich and very unique.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly syrupy. It's a mouthfull.

Drinkability is limited, but good. This is a real sipper, that's why it comes in such a small bottle. But every sip is more interesting than the one before.

A unique and complex brew. I recommend it highly!

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It poured a deep ruby red with just a hint of head. The body of this brew is beautiful and candy-apple in color. Unfortunately the head just wasn't there, and I had to dock it a point.
When the beer's cold, the smell isn't that interesting. But when it warms up, WOW! It smells like a chocolate raspberry truffel. The taste? Imagine combining chocolate covered cherries, a tootsie pop and beer. It's really remarkable. Mouthfeel is oily, rather heavy and warming. Drinkability is ok, but it's not 'beer-drinkable.' It's more like a port or a sweet dessert wine.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany and amber hues. Thin ring of carbonation but no head. Aroma of caramel and maple syrup like pancakes for breakfast. Strong and sweet with a hint of dark fruit to the nose also. The taste is quite delectable, a brilliant mix of caramel, raisin and chocolate malt flavors followed by a lingering tangy fruit spice. Nice dryness, and a solid finish which actually doesn't seem that strong in alcohol. Medium body with a slight viscosity. Soft tingly carbonation. Somewhat a sipper, but only for the amazing richness of flavors. It's very enjoyable, especially for a style I am not that fond of. Such a palate mixture of flavors, as rich as it is, no one facet dominates which makes it a great strong beer... Thanks to BigDaddyWil for letting me try this one...

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Photo of weeare138
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been hanging on to a few of these bottles for special occasions. Decided to pop one with the recent birth of my new baby daughter.
Appears a dark, turbid brown with a ruby hue when held up to the light. The tiny, off white head quickly fizzles out into a collar that also fades out into this special brew.
Smell is better than anticipated. Rich, malty, chocolaty fudge with brown sugar, caramel notes, vanilla, and a heavy drizzling of a thick, raspberry reduction infused with cocoa powder.
Taste is of the same outstanding aromatics, making this a winner among many winners. Flavors are of a confectioner's heaven that combines the sugary notes of cocoa, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and raspberries that have been flambed with an alcohol blend highlighted with Rum. This is like an after dinner brandy, or cognac.
Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, balanced with the sugars, and non-cloyingly delicious.
Jesus God...if this is what heaven is, I'll make a concerted effort to get my ass to church more often. This is heavenly and addictive. Kuhnhenn is set to take over the world 6.3 oz's at a time! F'in great stuff.
Thanks to walleye for supplying this.

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

Appearance: Deep burgandy beer with only faint traces of head. I poured rather slowly, so this could have been the culprit. A gentle sloshing of the glass forced up a few bubbles, but not very much.

Aroma: Candied fruit, mixed throughout a bready cake. There are notes of chocolate present as well. Cocoa laced fruitcake perhaps? The raspberry smell comes through fairly well after a few big drafts of the aroma. The beer's aroma seems to show through very well too, which is a good thing in my opinion.

Taste: The raspberry flavor is fairly well present, mixing well with a butterscotch-y caramel backbone. There are notes of chocolate that seem to blend well with the stronger flavors of the fruit and the caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice and the finish lingers slightly with fruity sweetness.

Notes: I've only tasted tiny samples of this before. It was nice to have a decent sized pour to actually sample. The chocolate and raspberry flavors meld well and it is well worth a sample if you can get your hands on it.

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

Ahhh...The elusive Raspberry Eisbock. Brought a case back to Florida with me when I visited in June, since it was there and I could afford it. I have been enjoying this stuff every so often since, and have let a select few in on the experience. Ive had the pelasure of drinking 6 of these in the last month and a half, so Ive got a pretty good feel for it by now. On to the review:

6.3oz 2004 batch. I wish it was in the bottle pictured, but its just a plain old 6.3 oz bottle. No genie looking vessel. :sadbanana:

Pours almost black into a snifter glass. A hint of red, but not much light gets through it. No head at all, but its not expected with this gem. Not spectacular to look at, which is the only thing keeping me from giving it 5's across the board (except for mouthfeel)

Aroma is raspberry and chocolate laced with alcohol...beautiful. Tootsie-rolls come to mind. Ive never smelled anything like it in a beer. In fact, once you taste it, its hard to believe that this can be called a beer.

Taste is almost indescribable....the expected chocolate and raspberry, with a tart/sweetness that blends together perfectly....Like dessert in a bottle. Decadent is the word that comes to mind. Underneath the chocolate and raspberry are raisins, toffee, toasted caramel and maybe molasses. Dark, overly ripe fruits dwell within. Expertly crafted, this is one amazing beverage. Almost has a port wine feel, without the tannic quality. 13+ ABV?? Could have fooled me. The alcohol barely makes an appearance, if at all.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Smooth as can be, with an aftertaste taste that lingers and lingers. .

Drinkability is off the charts. I dont know if Ive ever given a 5 in this category, but Id give ot a 10 if I could. The best fruit beer I have ever tried, and its hard to imagine there is any better.

What an amazing acheivement by the folks at Kuhnhenn. Its a shame they arent making this one anymore. Do whatever it takes to get your hands on this.

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Photo of sopor
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 batch drank 7/23/06

Dark ruby brown and golden tinged beer pours thickly into my chalice with very little head, just a tan ring of foam.

Smooth melted creamy chocolate with tart raspberry, kissed with dark fruits; plums, prunes and blackberries.

Up front, almost cloying sweetness segues into bitter black/dark chocolate, like 60% cocoa, with tart raspberry and sour prune. The slightest hint of coffee and roast malt come out in the end.

Body is the perfect balance of slick & thick! Delicate carbonation makes for an AWESOME body!

Not super quaffable, but extremely complex and tasty. A must have.

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Photo of ken3c
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a tinge of red. Small ring and small islands of foam dwindles to tiny bubbles here and there. A couple sesame seed sized sinkers.

A heady smell of dark chocolate and cooked raspberries are tempting in the extreme.

The aroma is almost an invitation to disappointment but I must say that this was everything I thought it could be. Chocolate malted milk with raspberry. Not as intense as the aroma but quite a bit more complex. There is a berry seed bitterness and a tartness that lasts, literally, for hours. Like a mouthwatering SweetTart under your tongue tartness.

Surprisingly medium in body. With so much aroma and flavor, I expected it to feel thicker. Very creamy. Plenty of carbonation tickle to make it even more interesting.

There is a reason that it comes in a 6.3oz bottle. I could not imagine drinking more in one sitting. Even so, it took me over an hour to fully savor it and I still felt like I was drinking too fast. Very enjoyable. Very interesting.

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Photo of artusory
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown with little head. The aroma is rich and sweet with lots of toffee and chocolate, some raspberries, but they are definitely subdued. The flavor is rum raisin, toffee, raspberries, some chocolate. The mouthfeel is very soft with light carbonation and a warm finish. Very nice sipper.

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Photo of Brian700
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is an incredible beer. It has lived up and surpassed my expectations. The bottle I have is from 2004.

This pours dark brown, almost black, with a deep red hue. It has a small tan head with red hues as well that leave some decent lacing around my glass.

The flavor is mind boggling. I expected this to be over the top raspberries but there is a huge chocolate flavor here. It starts with a dark fruit flavor, real thick and syrupy, and then chocolate creeps in there and the two flavors blend to create a port-like taste. The raspberry is in there, I should say there is some chocolate covered raspberry flavor instead. This is by far one of the best beers I have ever had. I must get my hands on some more.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely and lets the flavor work your mouth long after the swallow.

This is a pretty drinkable beer for being so strong.

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

2004 vintage, 6.3 oz/187ml green bottle, dipped in wax, $9.99 USD!

A: Mahogony/cherry-wood colour. Pours with a hint of tan head, which quickly dissipates. A healthy dose of yeast sediment left in the bottle (which was actually fairly tasty).

S: Raspberry, sherry (winey alcohol, fairly boozy aroma), hint of chocolate and cherries.

T: Sweet/tart balance of raspberry flavour, with a little chocolate & caramel. There's a hint of medicinal flavour similar to cherry caugh-syrup, though surprisingly the alcohol flavour isn't overly assertive. No hop bitterness or flavour.

M: Moderate body is surprisingly dry, though it still leaves a sweet aftertaste. Light to moderate carbonation.

D: It's a sipper.

It's good, but not as great as I expected.

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
4.38 out of 5 based on 1,225 ratings.
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