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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 iadler
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +7.1%
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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Photo of Sixpack595
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first fruit beer that really wowed me. It is worth every bit of the hype that led up to my tasting it. On an evening full of great new beers this one stole the show. Dark and opaque with minimal head and a slightly red glow at the edges the beer looks quite imposing. The aroma is incredible. Dark chocolate and fresh rasberries smell so real if you closed your eyes you you would swear the dessert cart was rolled out as your coffee was being poured. The taste is every bit the equal of the aroma. Sweet without becoming cloying, a perfect balance of the chocolate and coffee bitterness and the sweetness of the rasberry and malt. Thick mouthfeel, but it is perfect for this beer. Very drinkable considering that everything about this beer is so rich. I was a bit surprised when I learned just how strong this beer is. Alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007, poured into a snifter at cellar temp

A - Dark ruby/near black with a slight 1 finger head that dissapears almost immediately.

S - I can smell this puppy from a few feet away. Obviously raspberry, but raspberry jam, raspberry juice, raspberry-ness. Wine. Tootsie roll. RASPBERRY TOOTSIE POP! Maybe a slight underlying malt and a fruity yeast playing second fiddle.

T - Another of Kuhnhenn's brews that really almost transcends the beer category. Major raspberry and dark berry juice, like a dessert. Impressive. Hot on the pipes, and will get better with age.

M - Syrupy, thick, slightly carbonated. Almost sticky.

D - It's good for after dinner, as a dessert. It's high abv and utterly overwhelming flavors limit what could potentially be a world-class drinker. The definition of sipper.

Notes: I've never brought a bottle home for myself to try but have had it in the brewery a couple times. This time is no different... it's great for what it is, which is a special occasion brew, or pairing brew. Regardless, the 6.3 oz bottle is plenty.

After having some of Kuhnhenn's wine, this is almost more reminescent of some of their sweeter reds. Frankly, it's worth a try because there's nothing else like it, but I prefer Tenacious Cassis to this.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage, poured from a 6oz bottle. It pours a dark brown with reddish highlights, and a light layer of foam on top that fades to the center. Smell is of chocolate covered raspberries. Rich and sweet. Taste follows suit, with an intense raspberry flavor dominating, mixed with some chocolate, caramel, and sugary sweetness. This is definitely a dessert drink. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, almost no carbonation whatsoever. As I'm not a huge fan of raspberry, this brew doesn't do a lot for me, but I do have to say it's incredibly well done for a raspberry brew. It's definitely a sipper, and would be a fitting dessert. It's almost drinks like a port would. Quite enjoyable overall.

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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 tjthresh
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Jesus, what a huge nose on this bear. Pounds and pounds of chocolate and raspberries. Tawny, chocolaty brown with a short lived lighter brown head. The flavor is a nice blend of Carmel, chocolate, raspberry, and alcohol. I’m a bit surprised how restrained the flavor is. I was expecting something even more than this. Rich and chewy palate makes for a sipping beer. This beer is certainly one to be sought out, but be sure to be coming into this experience with a level head. You may be let down.

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Photo of mikecharley
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to Emerge077 for this as a part of an in-person trade @ DLD 09. Consumed on 7/15 with the wife, on our first night at our new house.

07 vintage. Poured almost still. Dark caramel color, with some red-ish hues around the edges. There is no head.

Smell is of caramel, raspberries, chocolate, sweet malts. Kinda reminds me a little of an english style bwine, with a twist.

Taste is wonderful. Really unexpected Caramel domination. The raspberry really plays second fiddle in this one. The eisbock has taken over in this one. Im guessing that this a product of the two years in the bottle. It is a very warming drink. Would love to have again.

The feel is really perfect for the style. Some thickness to it, but a touch (and just a touch) of carb. brings it back to even keel. Great beer.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gladly split this bottle from 2004 with Irishagain.

This is one phenomonal beer. Even calling this concoction beer seems odd to me, it seemed like so much more than a beer.

The smell was out of this world, raspberries and chocolate as was the taste. I can not come close to doing justice to this beer. I'll just say it was well worth the hype and end it with that.

If you can get your hands on a bottle do whatever you have to get it.

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

Kuhnhenn Rasberry Eisbock poured deep brown in color with a hint of mahogany on the edges. There was just a hint of a head and it had a constant, slow stream of tiny carbonation bubbles. The powerful aroma contained rich chocolate, caramel, cherry cough syrup, grape blow pops, and rasberries. Flavors contained notes of cocoa, berries, a little cough medicine, and a bitter undertone. Mouthfeel had a syrup-like consistancy and just a little carbonation.

This is a desert beer. It's sweet, but has enough bitterness to keep it in balance. It has an appearance like undercarbonated cola. I can still taste the rasberries as I type this. I've never had another beer like this.

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

2004 vintage.

Pours a thin tan head over a deep mahogany body. Head recedes without lace. Strong aromas of caramel backed by vinous fruit, chocolate and brandy. More caramel malt up front in the flavor accompanied by rapberries and more subtle vinous fruit and chocolate. Quite sweet. A berry-induced tartness rears its head toward the finish. Full-bodied, medium to low carbonation and very smooth and creamy. The raspberry flavor lingers.

A interesting brew worthy of sipping and contemplation. Several waves of complex flavors that blend well in the overall picture, but each have their moment in the sun. Still, I would definitely ay the caramel is the major player, and its not any run of the mill caramel flavor—it has a musty almost burnt character to it that lends a distinctive character to the lager. A unique brew, worthy of special occasions or a pensive winter night.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy reddish-pink, color with a thin, light tan / pinkish head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee malts, honey, nuts, light chocolate, raspberry, and light tart cherry as well. Taste of dominant chocolate, caramel malt, some earthiness, lots of tart raspberries, and roasted java, with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to moshea for this 2007 187mL bottle in a recent trade!

A: Pours a hazy, murky brownish, caramel, reddish color with barely any bubbles popping up. Not really the best looking beer to me!

S: Smells like lots of tart, aged raspberries and even sour apples, lots of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, raisins and maple

T: Very similar to the smell, but quite a large amount of sourness that I wasn't expecting - still has tart raspberries, sour apples, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and raisins. The flavors are really nice and complex, but I probably would have preferred that the sourness not be there. I'm even wondering if this bottle might be

M: Mouthfeel is really good on this one. It's full bodied and the carbonation sticks out enough as it's rolling across the palate without being too bubbly.

D: You definitely can't tell that this is 13.5%, assuming that this batch really is. The flavor is interesting and complex, but like I said, the sourness does not help this beer for me so I'm not yearning for sip after sip.

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Photo of BillyB
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage in a cute 187 ml bottle with red waxing over cap.

Pours a thick reddish brown, with no carbonation and no head at all. Dark ruby/black berry highlights when held up to the light.

Aromas of Raspberries, alcohol, dark fruit, other berries, wood, chocolate, caramel. Overwhelming aroma is alcohol.

Tastes are similar to aromas with some subtle raspberry tartness. Dark malt sweetness. Very strong alcohol warmth in the throat. This is a boozebomb!

Drinkability (taken into context as an after dinner dessert beer) is good. I could have one with a nice chocolate/raspberry cake after a big meal and then I'd be done.

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Photo of fear025
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage.

Aroma:Sweet Raspberry, and chocolate, a little slightly oxidized malt. A little boozy.

Appearance:Deep reddish brown. Very little head. Very good lacing.

Taste:Tons and tons of raspberry flavor on the foretaste. Caramel, chocolate, sweet malt flavors. Fruit punch on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. A little alcohol heat.

Drinkability:This makes a fantastic after-dinner beer. Amazingly drinkable, very sweet, great fruity flavors, and ages really well.

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

tiny 6.3 oz. wax-topped bottle into a thin lindemans pilsner.

reddish ruby amber with an inch of tan head. fairly clear with some rising bubbles.

sweet, strong aroma. tons of sweet chocolate and raspberries; i think this is what a raspberry tootsie pop might smell like. some caramel and toffee, but mainly sugary, syrupy raspberries.

thick, rich mouthfeel with a light carbonation. powerful raspberry syrup flavors with some chocolate malt. a hint of the alcohol in the aftertaste, and a hint of bitterness. powerful flavor, but somehow not cloying. if i had more bottles i'd pour it over ice cream. great beer.

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Photo of bultrey
3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Split a bottle of this with slander and schoolteacher at Spuyten Duyvil. Yes, we each had a serving the size of a brandy pour, which is appropriate for this beer. Didn't take notes, but didn't need to. Taste it once, and you remember it forever. Glowing deep red, no head... OK maybe a little head. Smells like a fresh raspberry harvest, as if you were stomping around in a vat of raspberries and the aroma were permeating your senses. Tastes like a red velvet raspberry cake with chocolate truffles, or perhaps like one of those Jacques Torres chocolates filled with raspberry puree. In fact, put this inside of chocolates, and they'd sell like hotcakes, I bet. I found the taste to be a bit too much like a raspberry cordial, and not enough like a beer, but unique nonetheless. The mouthfeel is quite remarkable -- "pillowy" is the first word that came to mind. Just so soft in the mouth, almost makes you think you're eating a piece of cake. An after-dinner sipper to be sure, not drinkable by any means. If you had any more than the small bottle of this at a sitting, I predict a big headache for you. I would love to be able to revisit this one in, say, about 10 years.

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

2007 mahogany waxed vintage split two ways and poured into an Ithaca Beer Company tulip.

A: Pours a deep ruby-brown color with almost no head at all.  A ring appears briefly and then disappears leaving a calm, deep body resting gently in the glass.  No lacing, but considerable legs. 

S: Tons of raspberries up front with a good bit of chocolate and caramel.  Absolutely incredible aroma.  A bit of booze on the back end as well, but mostly a decadent raspberry treat. 

T: Raspberries come out immediately and linger through the entire sip, with some chocolate, toffee, and a touch of caramel.  The raspberries provide a really nice tartness that complements the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel.  There is a bit of a booziness, which is surprising, considering this is a 2007 bottle, but it's not overly hot or boozy.  Just incredible.

M: Fuller side of medium-bodied with very little carbonation, with adds a little to the viscosity.  Thicker, still, and coating.  Really nice feel on the tongue with a very slight drying effect after each sip. 

D: This beer is killer.  Fairly complex, tasty, odd, and just delicious.  There's not a ton there, but what is there is outstanding.  It's like drinking a raspberry chocolate cake without all the sweetness.  Wonderful, wonderful beer!

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased for $8.33 for 2004 vintage in a 6.3 oz bottle. Pours out caramel in color and consistency almost like a thin syrup. Aroma is of cocoa and raspberry reminding me of a raspberry tootsie pop. Head dissipates rather quickly. Elements of chocolate and a sweet with slight tartiness of raspberry. Reminds me of a candy. Aftertaste remains on tongue for a long time afterwards. A slight bitterness and warming alcohol presence on the tongue. Many interesting flavors going back and forth. Not too thick in mouthfeel, light on the tongue. This has stood up fairly well after sitting on a store shelf for a while. I think a little bit is just right. As I drink more the fruitness and raspberry flavors come out a little more than the chocolate.

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Photo of Shumista
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 6.3 oz bottle split three ways, just enough for a tasting portion for each of us.

KRE pours murky brownish red, no head, but I didn't really expect one on a two finger pour. I have to be honest it doesn't look terribly appetizing. The aroma is musty with an underlying damp mold quality. Also raspberries, of course, caramel, and some alcohol. The age shows in the aroma and makes me worry 3 years has not been kind to this little guy. Tastes much more tart than the smell suggested. Raspberries, caramel, chocolate, and bitter citrus rind. It's like raspberry cheesecake with caramel drizzle and maybe some chocolate in the form of an oreo cookie crust. Like one of my buddies said, not a dessert beer but dessert itself. This would be hugely satisfying just by itself after a great meal, forget about pairing it. It's real syrupy and lightly carbonated. The 2.1 oz pour makes it tough to judge drinkability all I know is I want a lot more.

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Photo of lou91
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought that this was not going to look or smell like beer but I was wrong. The smell was that of a very well aged barley wine – sweet maple and malty. The pour left a thin layer of small foam like a table cloth that just sat there without dissipating. I had it cold and let it warm up in my hand and I could smell this all day long. The taste is rich, thick, chewy with cherry not raspberry and chocolate maltiness. There is no doubt about the alcohol. I'll have it again in 2006 to see how aging impacts this truly unique beer. Thanks to mjohn27603.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock 2007

Thanks to kdub87 who sent this to me as his first trade.

A: When I poured this beer it looked almost flat. I say that because there was hardly any head and my pour was very aggressive. There are a few traces of bubbles and a single clump of about six bubbles in the middle. I can see the carbonation rise up around the edges of my glass. This beer has a nice deep brown color. Nothing can be seen from one side of the glass through the body to the other.

S: Tons of sweet raspberry on the nose. There are some hints of caramel and toffee blended in as well.

T: Wow, the sweetness of the raspberry that I smelled tastes tart on my tongue. The raspberry is strong but I pick up hints of dark fruit, sweet toffee and a little tobacco on the back end.

M: Full mouth feel, syrupy but with a touch of crisp carbonation on the finish.

D: Awesome beer, I would drink it certainly drink it again. However I would always treat it as an after dinner sipper as opposed to a sessionable beer shared with friends all night.

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