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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by marburg on 07-27-2003

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449
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1,214
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4.39
pDev:
18.22%
 
 
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Photo of rudylaw
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to phly21ca for trading me this after dinner treat.

This is a 2007 6.3 oz bottling.

It pours a nice bloody/grapey red. Extremely short-lived off-white head that fizzles away immediately.

I smell tart raspberries right away. I also get a decent amount of caramel and chocolate upon deeper sniffs.

First taste is all of the above with a considerable boozy twinge. Very smooth mouthfeel. There will be no pounding this one... this is a sipper if ever there was one.

This is really great. I think I still prefer New Glarus' Raspberry Tart, but the complexity in this beer will have me seeking it out again. Outstanding!

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage, drank from a snifter. A vigorous pour left a thin head atop a cloudy brownish red body - it looks almost like a glass of purpley cider.

The aroma was intense. Liquor-soaked mashed up raspberries, sweet malts, dark chocolate cake. The taste was fantastic and intense. It reminded me of eating a liquor imbibed raspberry dark chocolate. For being 3+ years old the raspberry is still very upfront and tart. Beneath the fruity richness there were elements of sweet caramel and vanilla.

Mouthfeel was medium, with a light and well balanced carbonation.

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Photo of baiser
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Montreal beer fest. It was poured from a 2004 bottle. Pours dark brown with red hues. Smallish head, not much retention. Aroma was very tart, with loads of raspberry, caramel and brandy. Very smooth and full bodied. Very low carbonation. So complex - toasty, malty yet tart with a nice raspberry flavour and fruity sweetness. Very strong at almost 14%, this one's definitely a sipper.

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Photo of jamescain
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lucky enough to be in Detroit for work and they still had this on tap. Poured into a small wine glass.

It pours a clear deep red with brown hues and a thin tan head that quickly fades. The smell is amazing. Cocoa nibs and and fresh raspberries. I couldn't stop smelling it. The taste is even more impressive then the nose. It taste like fresh chocolate covered raspberries. I'm not sure how the keep the raspberries from tasting like a syrup and being overly sweet. The body is medium thick with medium carbonation and a sweet but not cloying finish. This is with out a doubt one of the most incredible beers I have ever tried. I'm really happy I was able to try some and really glad I made the choice to spend the money to try it. Easily one of the most unique beers I have ever tasted.

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Photo of readbaron
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 from the 2010 winter solstice bottling.

Pours a reddish amber with three lonely bubbles clinging to the tulip. No head whatsoever.

Raspberry jam and alcohol on the nose. Some sweet malts as well. I keep going back to smell it. Vibrant raspberries after all this time. Crazy!

Taste is delicious - The 13.5% abv is well hidden. Raspberries dominate - tart and sweet as you'd expect, then some rich maltiness and a bit of booze on the finish.

Mouthfeel is decent - could use some carbination. Medium bodied and a bit sticky.

Overall - delicious beer. Thanks to turdfergison for sending this my way in the light whale bif.

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Photo of justinp444
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look is raspberry red with a thin off white head. Smell of raspberries, thin malt, and sweet fruit. Taste of raspberries and sweet malt. 2014 vintage.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
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 xgrigorix
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green 187 ml wax dipped bottle, vintage 2004.

Deep tawny coloured brown. Thin off white head barely forms and imediately sinks into nothing.

Smells like some sort of crazy tart raspberry brandy.

Flavours cocoa, and sweet toffee candy. Big raspberries (you'd swear there were berries in the glass). Enough malty flavours to hold it together. Incredibly balanced, viscous, with gentle carbonation. Sweet finish, but not cloying. Nothing is subtle, but the whole thing holds itself together nicely, and has a great deal of character.

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Photo of Brian700
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
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 WeymouthMike
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark molasses like color which thins near the edges like a cognac with a minimal head which disappears quickly. Strawberry is the dominant smell and first thing I detect as I taste. Its not syrupy but thick and this is seen as small amounts cover the edge of the glass rather than run back after the initial sips. Very similar taste to a Trois Pistoles minus the carbonation. This is a wonderful after dinner/dessert drink and I thank BA for given me the oppurtunity to access this beer.

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Photo of ricke
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage. Thanks to brewdan for this one.

A: A very cloudy reddish brown color. A minimal pale beige head develops, but dissipates instantly into a fine ring of lacings. After a while even these tiny bubbles fade away. Honestly, the qualities of this beer surly doesn't lie in its appearance.

S: The smell is very powerful. Huge amounts of sweet malts makes the smell really heavy. Plenty of genuine aromas of raspberries, but the fruits are not as prominent as I had expected. A hint of chocolate, some leather and tobacco, and quite a lot of oak-barrel. Alcoholic fumes hit the noose, but are well integrated with the sophisticated character of the smell. All in all, it's quite reminiscent of fine spirits.

T: The taste is dominated by a dense and heavy malty character with lots of sweetness to it. The raspberries are present in the mouth, but again they are more subtle than I had expected. The raspberry flavors are of a really genuine quality, no raspberry candy in sight. Caramel, notes of tobacco and leather, and quite a lot of oak. I get a hint of chocolate, but it's very faint. Perhaps I pick up the slightest hint of coffee. The finish is almost ridiculously long and has a great warming feeling to it due to the alcohol. The raspberries delivers a nice acidity that goes really great with sweetness from the malts and alcohol. All in all, the raspberries get more prominent towards the finish. Some residual notes of oak barrels and raspberry pits in the finish as well.

M: Very full-bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. It actually has a surprisingly high level of carbonation (which is still rather gentle) which seems to suit the beer nice since it lightens up the otherwise dense feeling and helps to spread all of the wonderful aromas around the mouth.

D: This is a great beer. Surly one of a kind that delivers an explosion of flavors and a great beer experience. Drinks like fine spirits, but still with that great character you can't get from any other type of beverage.

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Photo of bbothen
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 oz bottle.

A - Reddish brown color with just enough of a head to know it's beer. The head goes away quickly.

S - Desert! Chocolate, toffee, raspberry, & booze. Sign me up.

T - A massive rich chocolate & toffee sweetness with the slight tartness of raspberry.

M - Thick, smooth & creamy.

D - This is a rich beer. 6 oz is good serving size. This could even be split with 2 people

I enjoyed this beer way more than I thought I would. Major props to Kuhnhenn for their "out of the box" approach here.

This is a desert beer perfect for after a meal along side some ice cream or chocolate desert of some sort.

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Photo of fiver29
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage courtesy of jvmiller. Bottle pours dark brown with very little head. The aroma on this brew is amazing. Chocolate leads to caramel sweetness, raspberry, and then more chocolate to finish the smell. Mouthfeel is very silky with some carbonation. It has a nice medium base to it. The base malts in this remind me somewhat of a lighter base version of the darklord. Taste is what I expected. Flavors of chocolate raspberries, caramel, and dark chocolate come together perfectly. Overall this is what a fruit beer should be. Next time I'm in Michigan I am going to have to stop by the brewery to check out what else they have.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock (2012)

For beer review 300, I pulled out a cellar treasure. Kuhnhenn’s Raspberry Eisbock is a lager beer brewed with red raspberry juice and then frozen to condense the flavors and alcohol before bottling. Poured into a tulip glass, the head here is minimal. A thin tan head of fat bubbles crackles away within a minute or two, leaving nothing behind but a deep crimson hued body that looks almost black when not back lit.

The aroma shows off a beautiful, sweet dessert of chocolate, baked bread, raspberry, cherry cordial. The cordial aroma gives a good indication that this is going to be a strong beer. The chocolate and raspberry work really well together, and seem well-balanced. Picture a brownie with red raspberries baked into the center of the brownie itself.

It begins with a lightly sweet raspberry flavor up front. The exhale shows off the strength of this beer, with highly alcoholic breath. It’s a full-bodied beer with very minimal carbonation, which shows off the smooth texture of this silky dessert beer. Mid-palate brings out the tangy raspberry notes, while the aftertaste has more of the earthy chocolate notes from the malt. The beer has a coating quality, leaving the mouth with pockets of rich raspberry liquid scattered throughout. There is a good amount of residual sweetness here, which contributes to this full body.

This is absolutely a beer to pair with dessert, or to serve as an after-dinner drink. The richness and intensity of the flavor would pair wonderfully with a flourless chocolate torte and some red raspberry jam. This would also go well with a toasted marshmallow. It is a strong, potent, and delicious beer. It holds true to the eisbock style, while bringing something different to the table with the underlying raspberry juice.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap for one night only 5/7/2005 @ the Kuhnhenn pub, aren't I the lucky one?

This is by far and away, one of the most masterfully crafted beers I've ever consumed. Quite an artistic masterpiece if you were to ask me, and you're reading this, so in a way, you kind of are, aren't you? :) Just a quick note before I begin, I had very hard time giving this brew all 5's, it really should be a true rarity, and maybe along subjective lines I thought the mouthfeel was a little too sticky or what not, but on the other hand, Eisbocks are supposed to be that way, so this beer truly deserves these scores, no two ways about it, so my ratings are tempered both subjectively and objectively.

Served in a small snifter the brew appears a cloudy brown in color with dark ruby tones swirling about. There was a small and creamy crown of a head around the edges with thin streams of it circling toward the middle of the glass. The nose is impressive, I could defiantly detect the raspberries right away, accompanied by a mixture of dark fruits and just the slightest tinge of alcohol, just enough to give the brew a very strong character, but not enough to throw off the balance. A deep note of dark baker's chocolate was also present. All of these combined for one interesting glass to keep smelling, and that I did! I couldn't keep from wanting to smell it over and over, beautiful!

Now to the taste, this brew was simply stunning, this is one incredibly sexy and vivacious beverage. I would take this beer over all comers when it comes to something you save for special occasions. In fact, while I'm not even seeing anyone seriously, I bought a large bottle to open the day I get married. Sentimental? Sure. But believe me, this one is like the girl (or guy, whatever you're into) of your dreams, like falling in love for just a second. Maybe I'm over-romanticizing here, but to hell with it, a brew like this deserves to be waxed poetically about.

The taste is a bit tart a first, even a little sour, in a good way. This is followed by an undercurrent of figs, raisins and other dark fruits, also a certain intoxicating flavor underpins all of it, that almost dry and bittersweet chocolate, then the raspberries really make an appearance. The chocolate and the raspberry flavors continue nearly indefinitely, there doesn't even seem to be any real finish. The sticky nature of the brew I'm sure helps with that, but each sip lasted an eternity, and believe me, that is certainly a good thing. There are so many layers going on here that you forget about the base almost completely, but if you concentrate you notice a very well orchestrated dance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness and it really serves as the foundation of this beer. While the ABV is fairly high, you would NEVER guess it, there is nothing denoting it in the flavor profile, how those Kuhnhenn boys do this is beyond me, pure magic.

Mouthfeel was of course thick and sticky, very full and robust which lends itself well to the qualities in the flavor. Just about perfect.

I'm fairly certain this beer is an aphrodisiac, I'm not kidding when I say this brew is sexy, it really and truly just IS. I've never had a beer get me starting to think about big beds, fireplaces, poetry, hot tubs and that certain look in another person's eyes. Truly a great beer experience that I'll be hard pressed to top. Go ahead and find it if you can and share it with someone special, this beer is an event. Luckily I bought a few bottles for those future special occasions. I'd recommend everyone do the same.

Slàinte mhath! To you and yours!

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6.3 oz nip bottle, 2004 vintage, courtesy of Gaisgeil...thanks so much for the opportunity.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a little bit of a slightly off-white head. Since the head is not really well formed, it's not that impressive, and retention is kind of a moot point (especially with the alcohol in this one)

Smell is cherry cordials, chocolate, raspberries, some caramel. Fruitiness is present, obviously, but falls well behind the chocolate and caramel characters of this beer. Somewhat vinious, but surprisingly the alcohol is not very prevalent in the aroma.

Very fruity and vinious up front (grapes, cherries, raspberries, figs?). As this reaches the middle of the palate there is a slight acidicness to it which is kind of refreshing. The as this one works it's way to the back of the palate, it's all chocolate (rich, dark chocolate). Surprisingly, there is not much if any really, alcohol heat, although as this one warms, the alcohol does come out a bit more. It's quite impressive that this flavor can be had in a beer. Very sweet, and almost nutty aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel is perfect, it is not too slick and in fact there is much more carbonation to this one than I would have thought.

Honestly, I could drink this beer every day, well until I got cavities anyways. An amazing acomplishment that flavors like this can be had in a beer. Wow.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(bottle courtesy of alexsdad06! 2007 vintage) Pours into a rochefort chalice. Pours cloudy dark brown-red color with no real head. Smells like a raspberry truffle with a bit of alcohol. Mmmmm. Taste is sweet and tart. The raspberry is quite tart with sweetness also coming from the fruit and seemingly from chocolate and caramel. Full bodied with a slick texture. Finish is very smooth and has some noticeable alcohol, but its not distracting. This is a very unique beer and I’m very happy to have tried this. Many, many thanks Brad!

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Photo of glazeman
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage served from a bottle at Ashley's in Ann Arbor into a small glass.

A: I was expecting this to be a little bit more red, but the color was a murky dark brown, with only a faint hint of red when held up to the light. Almost no head (tiny bit of off-white when first poured) with little to no retention.

S: Simply wonderful and complex. The raspberries defiantly come through on top, as they should. There are also notes of caramel, malt, vanilla, and chocolate.

T: I took my first sip and was blown away. A very unique tasting beer. Chocolate, candies, caramel, with some raspberry glaze on top. Still, somehow not overly sweet, probably due to the low amount of alcohol heat on the back end...delicious.

M: Low carbonation, but this makes for one smooth, gratifying drink. The smoothness does not come across like the "chewiness" of some big stouts, but rather like a cordial.

D: Perhaps my only complaint (aside from minor downgrades in the appearance) is that as this beer warmed it felt as if more alcohol booziness was coming through than at the start of the glass. This may limit its drinkability somewhat. While I know that it may be meant more as an after dinner or dessert beer, the 6.3 ounce bottle also limits its drinkability as I would have loved a 12 ounce serving instead! Definitely a must try.

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Photo of dbalsock
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Very portlike, dark red(brown) with no head whatsoever and no lacing. It just sat there and looked like dessert.

Smell: Toffee, caramel and definitely tootsie-rolls. There was also some raisin and maybe a little fig that made it seem much more like a port than a beer.

Taste: Very similar to the nose, but the tootsie-roll took awhile to come out, and the raisin was there the whole time. There was a lot of dried fruit essence in this one, and brown sugar. By the end of the glass I was also picking up on a good deal of chocolate toffee.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and alcoholic, just like I like my desserts.

Drinkability: I could easily age this and try it every couple of months. I found it very interesting and could go through 6oz in a visit, but I don't suggest trying more. Definitely a sipper, but can be sipped for a long time.

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Photo of roger617
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
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 DrDogbeer
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Warriorsoul for splitting this gem last night!! 2007 bottle. Poured into a tasting glass. Pours a murky brown with purple tinged highlights. No head to speak of. Smell is luscious. I hate that word, but it totally describes the aroma. Lots of rich raspberry juice or concentrated juice with some dark sugar and cinnamon. I could definitely just smell this one all nite. Taste is divine, as well. Truly a dessert in a glass. Like a rich raspberry truffle. I have no idea how they can get this to liquid form. Lots of raspberry puree, chocolate, some vanilla to boot. Very creamy, full bodied mouthfeel. I was told you could share this small bottle with a few people because of the richness. I think I would want one all by myself.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sprinkle for the trade. Bottled in 2004. Uneventful pour. Body is a deep, wine red with a few flakes of sediment. Aroma has a caramel and toffee undertone, vinous raspberries, and chocolate as it warms.

Taste is incredibly rich. Chocolate covered raspberries, luscious caramel, this is like a cordial. Warms the throat. Mouthfeel is incredibly heavy, and silky smooth. Plenty carbonated, and insanely drinkable. I would love to make a day of this beer.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this courtesy of a trade with Triptens. Thanks man! 2007 vintage with red wax cap, white label, and black lettering.

Appearance- Pours a crimson-tinged transparent brown with actually more head than I was expecting. A thin, but present, cap of brown head coats the beer, though it dies down to almost nothing as I drink and leaves zero lacing. Looks very much like a liqueur after it settles. Interesting.

Smell- My favorite part of this beer as it turns out. Jam packed with incredibly fresh smelling raspberry preserves. Very sweet smelling and a touch medicinal but amazingly fresh and abundant raspberry. Also, background notes of chocolate are fairly prominent.

Taste- More raspberry preserves; however, in the taste they take on much more of a cough syrup medicinal quality that I picked up on in the nose. Some caramel, chocolate, and other dark fruits (perhaps a mild touch of figs) as well. Alcohol is present and warming, though leaning just a bit towards a solvent-type character.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I found the mouthfeel to be slick and syrupy, helped a little bit by the carbonation. However, despite the syrupy nature, it was thinner than I was expecting. Drinkability is good for an after dinner, liqueur-type beer, but the medicinal qualities cut back on the score a touch for me.

Overall, very interesting after dinner drink. I liked it quite a bit but in the end was not completely blown away. Give it a try if for nothing other than the unique experience.

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Photo of iadler
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes on Saturdays tasting. 2012 vintage.

A- Pours a translucent amber with virtually no head or lacing.

S- Raspberry liquor, bready malt, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. Very simple, but inviting

T- Raspberry flavored candy that is a bit medicinal, raspberry syrup, burnt caramel, bready malt and dark chocolate. Very little presence of alcohol.

M- Practically no carbonation with a syrupy body that finishes with just a bit of heat.

O- A very interesting beer to say the least. Lot's of raspberry, but not that fresh raspberry flavor that you find in beers such as Blushing Monk or Raspberry Tart. Quite a big and syrupy beer that should be sipped with friends. A couple ounces is more than enough.

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Photo of mhewes
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : Pours a hazy murky with a thin tan head that doesn't last long

S : Strong raspberry smell with nice chocolate notes.

T : Just like the nose with a really strong raspberry flavor. It's almost what I would imagine chocolate covered raspberries would taste like. There's also some wood characteristics to it

M : Syrupy, good carbonation

D : I'd love to have more. I'm not sure if I could have more than one in a setting but it begs for repeat tastings

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