Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock
BA SCORE
93.4%
Liked This Beer
4.38 w/ 1,272 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
Ranking:
#306
Reviews:
461
Ratings:
1,272
Liked:
1,188
Avg:
4.38/5
pDev:
10.96%
Alströms:
4.62
 
 
Wants:
1,307
Gots:
212
Trade:
37
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,272 |  Reviews: 461
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at rattle and hum nyc. A big glass of the 07 vintage. Nice!

A- comes to me with a small fizz on top that instantly disappears leaving a mirror finish. Dark murky brown red in color.

S- chocolate covered raspberries with a deep malty sweetness that brings a lot of dark bread with it. Smell like a chocolate raspberry tart.

T- opens up with masserated raspberry and roasty chocolate malts. Bready sweetness with a touch of spice that creeps in. Tart at times and its works nicely to cut the bigger malt profile. Hints of raspberry liquor in the back. Surprisingly clean roasty and tart finish.

M- on the fuller side of body but not thick. Medium carb that works just right with this big beer. Very little heat in the back of the mouth after a bit but for a brew as big as this what does one expect. The time down has done some amazing things to this I bet.

O- I've been hunting this for years and it took a trip to nyc to get it done but it was well worth the wait and journey. Great stuff and so drinkable I can't believe it.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Edition

A- Red, slightly murky with a very sporadic white head that forms a ring at the edges.

S- Raspberries, caramel, chocolate, cotton candy, a little bit of alcohol. Very complex and sweet smelling. Astounding.

T- Same as the aroma with more bang. Maybe a bit of citrus in there? The alcohol is pretty warm, but it is just a sipper.

M- Slightly warm, but it subsides the more you drink. It is pretty sticky sweet. Actually, for 13.5% this is pretty nice.

D- This is actually a really easy drinking beer, for the ABV. The aromas and flavors blend really well together. Very enjoyable.

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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 lackenhauser
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2004-from a 6 ounce nip bottle. Pours a chestnut colored amber. Low carbonation

Big aroma of caramel and rasberries. Almost cake like. Somewhat bready. The rasberries are there but theres a great underlying malt sweetness to it. Reminds me of a cordial.

Rasberry and caramel are rolled into one for a truely perfect balance. Theres just a hint of chocolate that makes you wonder is it caramel or chocolate that balances the rasberries. Somewhat vinuous. A pleasant mix of sweet/tart that cant be beat.

Excellent moutfeel. Not syrupy sweet and certainly not thin by any means.

Absolutely an amazing beer. I really had my doubts about this one. The name itself almost sounds like something that would be hard to deliver. Really quite the stellar effort. Get some,horde some-and SEND ME MORE!!! Thanks to eyedrinkale for the sample.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Poured from a 6.3oz. bottle with dark red wax around the cap. As I pour this beer I am shocked by the amount of head this beer has, about one finger of even tan head that quickly disapates to just a skim. Body is a blackish red that has hints of brown on the edges when held to light. The nose on this beer is an experience in itself. Tones of chocolate raspberry bon bons, fresh soft toffee and maple poured over Belgian waffles, wow this is amazing. Now to taste. Enters the mouth rich and warming with bold balance of raspberry and coco. An even toffee like richness carries the body of this beer throughout the palate. This beer is like eating the well made masterpiece of a skilled chocolatier. The alchol is listed at 13.5% but it is hard to believe based on how well it is hidden. Mouthfeel is rich and desert like satisfying. This is pure beer drinking heaven even if it is a little sweet for sum, I love it. Easily a top ten favorite of mine.

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Photo of DerekMorgan
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of LakerLeith
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Arbitrator
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Received in a generous trade from semibaked. Thanks!

This is a 2007 vintage, though it says "released during the 2010 Winter Solstice" on the label.

A: Pours a glowing, ruby color with golden highlights against the light. It's pretty still, though it does have some agitation bubbles from the pour.

S: This is like a raspberry cordial. Rich fruit notes, seeming to exude 'red' notes of cherry and strawberry as well. It's lightly chocolatey. Despite not being a fan of fruit-chocolate blends, I find that the richness of this one is supple and inviting.

T: The pure fruit flavor of raspberry jam, blended with a mild flavor of chocolate, graham crackers, licorice, and (again) cherry. I find that it's incredibly sweet, with a strong sugar component, but I have to resurrect the cordial comparison. It's a great dessert sipper, and it capped off a little two-person tasting quite nicely. It reminds me a little of Utopias in a way: its rich, sweet flavors are definitely reminiscent of a mutant strong ale.

M: Very full-bodied and smooth, owing to light carbonation. Absolutely no trace of the nearly 14% ABV. I've had beers under 10% that were hotter than this.

D: Good, good stuff. The bottle goes two ways with ease. Perfectly sized. I'm sure it's pricey, though I don't know the exact cost of the bottle. I'm quite happy I had this.

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Photo of robgage
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CSO
3.64/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of knicks19947
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 6.3oz bottle (2007 vintage), courtesy of nonstick. Split and poured into 2, 15cl Heineken tasting glasses.

A - Pours a reddish tinged brown with orangey highlights when held up to light. No head whatsoever, which isn't unexpected given the 13.5% alcohol. Light stream of bubbles comes up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Very fruity and complex. Notes of raspberry, prunes and raisins. I think I'm getting some vanilla and caramel aromas too. Maybe some dark chocolate too. Hard to pinpoint the individual smells in here. Definitely some alcohol in the nose too.

T - Syrupy, sweet and malty. Raspberry up front the fades to caramelly, vanilla, and dark fruit flavors. Good amount of alcohol, some dark chocolate flavors too. Almost port like in flavor.

M - Thick and syrupy. Alcohol makes it's presence known, but I wouldn't say this is at all hot. Carbonation is there, but just barely, but it is exactly what this beer needs. Feels more like a cordial than a beer. Interesting, fitting for the flavors and just works...

D - This is a seriously flavorful beer, almost like some sort of fruit based sauce reduction. Syrupy, fruity, complex, lots of dark, deep flavors. Very intense...not especially drinkable. Shared a 6.3oz bottle for this tasting and we both agree that half a bottle is just about right.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.47/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 nip bottle courtesy of Matt. I have been saving this for the right moment and opening night of the NFL and the eve of my first full solo day as a SAHD seem to be just that moment. Thanks Matt for the opportunity!

Into a champagne flute pours a deep and slightly murky ruby red with shades of dark purple. Nary a bubble is seen when backlit and no indication of head shows upon the surface.

Huge seedy jammy raspberries on the nose. Hints of blueberries and blackberries as well. Medley of sticky fruits melds with rich melted milk chocolate and brown sugar. The immediate whiff of alchol that erupted from the bottle upon opening seems to have abated after sitting a few minutes. In fact, there's little indication of the immensity of this beer.

Raspberry is sweet and tart up front and syrupy. As soon as it hits the middle of the tongue, the massive tootsie roll wall wraps around the fruit and carries it like a wave to the finish. Chocolate and an odd, slightly rotten food taste show on the finish.

Carbonation is, eh, low. Body is very syrupy.

I enjoyed this less as I got deeper into the bottle. Not so much for the sweetness, but for the fairly gross off flavor that pops out at the finish. While unique and interesting, I'm not sure I would go out of my way for this given what it might take to land it. I'd recommend splitting your bottle and hoping that this beer hasn't somehow taken a downturn after five years. An interesting try, but likely not worth the effort.

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Photo of sourdog
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

2007 nip bottle.

A: clear, deep copper color
S: a bit sweet but also hints of tannins, oak, vanilla, very good, not overly cloying
T: I would never have expected this beer to be this good, sweet but well-balanced and good hop bitterness, more vanilla and caramel than raspberry, well done!
M: again, smooth, easy drinking
D: ditto

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev -3%

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

2004 (tiny) bottle. I wish it was a Methuselah! Better yet, how about a Melchizedek...

A - It has a hallowed, sanctified, consecrated appearance, projecting a velvety royal oxblood-crimson hue with visibly plasma-like viscosity. There is a smattering of wispy tan froth, though it is very scant.

S - This is indescribably delicious. I have never experienced a better fruit- anything. No beer, wine, jelly, juice, candy, confection or fruit itself has ever hit me with this level of deliciousness. And I haven't even taken a sip yet. There is an unbelievably rich malt sensibility that is reminiscent of the best English Barleywines I have had, evoking memories of J.W. Lees 1997 and some of the better Thomas Hardy vintages, except decadently raspberry-laden. As I drink away this (perhaps-never-to-be-seen-again) treat, the EBW comparison is solidified.

T - Off the hook. This beer is paradoxical; it is simultaneously intense and sensational, whilst also being sublimely refined. This is the definitely the best fruit flavor I have ever had. I think this is probably the most delicious beer I have ever had! Yeah, I said it. Now what? Beautifully lustrous and luxurious malt-driven notes of caramelized brown sugar, toffee and hazelnut, dried dark fruits macerated in raspberry liquor as well as oaken vanilla provide myriad pleasure and complexity. I really can't do this justice with words. The ABV is unthinkable, you would never know that this had 6%, much less 13.5%. I am not tremendously familiar with this brew as a fresh(er) product, so I can not accurately say what changes time has wrought; I can say that time has been very good to it.

M - Crimson velvet. Silky smooth. Slightly sparkling (ever-so). I could ask for nothing more.

D - Too much of my enjoyment of this gem has been squandered ticking! Perfect 5s!

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

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

2004 bottle, served in a red wine glass at Spuyten Duyvil.
Appearance: Poured a murky purple brown color with no head.

Smell: Definitely raspberry in the nose, also a good amount of cocoa, alcohol also evident.

Taste: A chocolate and raspberry dessert, sweet and luxurious. I took about 45 minutes savoring every sip of this bottle. Just great, if dessert beer was a style, this would define it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, adds to how enjoyable this beer is.

Drinkability: It will be far too long before I get my hands on another one of these.

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Photo of rye726
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage '07.

Pours a deep mahogany with a thin tan head.

Nose has fresh raspberries, chocolate, caramel, toffee, cognac and port wine.

Taste has more wild raspberries up front and through the finish along with bready malts, caramelized candies, cocoa, sherry and cabernet grapes.

Silky smooth body is full and lush, but a tart raspberry presence keeps it crisp. A delicate carbonation compliments this beer perfectly. Nice finish.

Simply outstanding. Another near perfect brew from Kuhnhenn.

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Photo of jegross2
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company. HUGE thanks to Mike for sharing this rare bottle with me!
Score: 97

2007 vintage bottle served in a Cantillon tulip glass and enjoyed on 08/23/12.

Appearance: Pours the color of maple syrup with a slight chocolate tint. Virtually no carbonation or head is apparent off the pour. No lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Raspberry, milk chocolate and fruity malt. As it opened up, an aroma of fresh pureed raspberries takes over. There is also a very faint oxidation present in the nose, but it is only apparent off deep whiffs. 4.5/5

Taste: Fresh raspberry jam goodness! The raspberry flavor is absolutely out of this world -- smooth, moderately viscous and perfectly sweet. Zero booziness is present here, which is shocking given that this is a a 13.5% ABV eisbock! Fudge-y chocolate towards the finish with a hint of fruitiness in the finish/linger. So smooth and "light" without being light bodied. Hint of caramel in the background too. As it warms up, there's a little alcohol tingle in the finish. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied. No carbonation, but it works here unlike the Bourbon Barrel Barleywine I had from Kuhnhenns earlier this month. Sweet, but not too sweet. Oily, slick mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall: Every bit as good as I could imagined it! The raspberry flavor here is truly out of this world good. It's a good thing this beer comes in 6.3 oz bottles because this beer is entirely too drinkable for the ABV!

Recommendation: Unless you hate raspberries, make sure to seek this bottle out.

Pairings: Fluffy chocolate cake.

Cost: $10 for a 6.3 oz bottle.

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of hardy008
3.89/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage

Pours dark reddish brown with no head. I can tell it has some carbonation, just doesn't look like it. Smells like raspberries, chocolate, and toffee. Not complex, but nice.

This tastes almost like a chocolate and caramel Turtle candy with raspberries. Very strange, but nice. Tastes like something that would be great to pout over vanilla ice cream. There is no bitterness for balance, but I honestly didn't expect that there would be.

Medium bodied with only a small amount of carbonation. I think the amount of carbonation is right for this beer. The alcohol is well hidden for 13.50%, and a 187 ml bottle is the proper serving size for this beer. An interesting beer, which I am glad I had the chance to try.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Thanks to scoot1969 for this long time want! Tulip glass.

A: Pours a garnet color, slight browning on the edges, with very good clarity. Only a few bubbles distinguish it from red wine. No head or lacing. A second, more vigorous pour yields a ring of tan head.

S: Loads of rich, sweet raspberry and dark chocolate. Slight booziness.

T: Mild chocolate mixed with rich, sweet raspberry, very mild tartness. The chocolate is kind of an undertone to the raspberry. A lengthy finish. At the recommended serving temperature (45-55), an alcohol taste is only slightly noticeable, though there isn't a boozy burn or sharpness or anything. No way this tastes like a 15.5% beer.

M: Medium-full body, mouthcoating, and light carbonation which provides some structure. Slight syrupy-ness.

O: Like a raspberry-filled chocolate truffle. Nice digestif. Manages to be sweet but not cloying. If I had any complaints, it would be that the beer leans towards one-dimensional. But it succeeds at what it attempts.

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.4% out of 100 with 1,272 ratings
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