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Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock
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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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4.39
pDev:
11.16%
 
 
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Photo of maximum12
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sent as an extra, yes, an extra, by fiver29, an apparently infrequent trader who has a big reputation in this household. Usually I let beers settle when they arrive, but I'm in the mood for another six ounces of beer, so out it comes.

My first eisbock ever, so not really sure what to expect. The bottle is adorable, & I'm a fan of the Commodore 64 style of label slapped on Kuhnhenn's bottles. Pours like raspberry puree' only darker, pretty flat. Smell is borderline indescribable. Thick raspberry & chocolate are accurate but don't do it justice.

Raspberry Eisbock tastes like nothing I've ever sampled before. The raspberries almost morph into a slightly tarter strawberry taste, & the chocolate is melded almost perfectly onto the fruit layers. Alcohol is alive & kicking, the 13.5% is blazing it's fiery way through my innards & making the fireplace redundant. Vanilla makes a rather odd visit at the end.

Consistency is thick, sludgy, flat, thick, & thick in the mouth. "After-dinner treat" is noted on the label & they ain't kiddin', this would make a good one. But you'd need at least a half-dozen bottles for a good dinner party. Drinkability? How do you judge such a thing that comes in 6.3 ounces, carries the wallop of Mike Tyson, & goes down like fine Wisconsin maple syrup?

Well, whatever the heck this creature is, it's excellent, top-notch. I wish my wife would get home, I'd like her to have a sip, but I don't think the remaining ounces are going to make it. Terrifically unique.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 1/24/2011

A: a mix of sweetness and a punch of sourness, and tons of raspberry scent

Ap: red/purple/brown, absolutely zero head, zero lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, slight thickness to it

Af: fruity, sweet, a hint of booziness

O: very intriguing, unique, never had anything else quite like this one

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of dirtylou
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6.3 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel Green tulip. 2007 Vintage.

Unlimited thanks to sweemzander for sharing this with me! It's one of my favorite beers of all time and by far, one of the best ways to start a day! Must. Get. More.

A - The slow trickle into the glass is completely quiet creating no foam to speak of. Legs run down the glass from the strong alcohol and tiny bubbles cling to the sides. The beer is a beautifully caramel-tinted ruby brown color.

S- Milk chocolate and dusty cocoa blend exotically with loads of chocolate draped raspberries. Warm alcohol has a lot of fruity esters going on. It smells warm/hot, like it'll be really strong but it's not boozy in the least bit. Caramel notes fill the background. This aroma is simply orgasmic.

T - Chocolate-covered raspberries abound in this phenomenally brewed beer. Caramel malt adds another layer of sweetness and dimension behind the heat. Pretty alcohol-rich but it's very fruit-flavored lending itself well to the profile. No boozy flavor in the least.

M - Underneath the alcohol heat is a very sweet beer that's incredibly smooth and forgiving. Surprisingly, it has a little carbonation tickle to it. I was expecting a flat beer with how it poured. The full-bodied profile is robust and delish.

D - One bottle of 6.3 oz in a snifter, sipped like a fine port (to which it has many similarities) would be a great after dinner desert beer, night cap, or warmer on a winter day! This climbed effortlessly to the top ranks of my favorite beers of all time. Thanks again Sweem!

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Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle Cheers for one that I've wanted to try forever, Kalvarez! Pours a viscous (rooby) red with some amber-orange at the edges, thin beige head that fades fast.

Holy crap, just a huge nose of caramel and raspberry candy, some sweet malt and a little milk chocolate. Taste is surprisingly very much the same. Sweet candy-like flavours. Like a raspberry tootsie-roll.

Thick and syrupy feel, low carbonation. A REAL SIPPER (word to my slack homies).

Very interesting. Surprised this isn't a more polarizing brew. I happen to like interesting so looks like everything's coming up Milhouse.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 batch drank 12/5/10

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

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

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

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

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

***

2007 batch drank early 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Resuin
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into an enlarged wine glass. This is the 2012 version

Appearance: Pours a dark raspberry red and gives a half finger of reddish-tan head which fade almost immediately to nothing.

Smell: Huge aroma - when I poured it, the aroma filled up the room: BIG raspberry, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate dipped raspberries, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee. Big and complex.

Taste: Holy cow, huge flavor (I think my eyes are watering): Big delicious raspberry, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon. Quite sweet, but really delicious flavors. Jammy and syrupy raspberry take the lead with some bourbon-like qualities playing wonderfully beside.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a thick, sticky, syrupy body. Finishes a bit sweet. The alcohol is masked masterfully.

Overall: This is an awesome, huge raspberry beer. The raspberry is amazingly pronounced but wonderful. Other players include chocolate, vanilla, toffee, molasses. This is surprisingly drinkable. I'm definitely glad I drank the whole 375 mL bottle!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap a Kuhnhenn's brewery in Warren. Pours a magnificent ruby red color with some brown hints thrown about. A thick and creamy, fine-bubbled beige head sits atop the eisbock and settles to a skin on the beer for the remainder of the glass. Excited to finally try this stuff, on tap at the brewery, no less. Put down 15$ for a 6 oz pour, so this stuff better be pretty damn good. I have high hopes for Kuhnhenn, though, so I don't think they'd let me down.

The aroma is.... magnificent. Rasp - fuckin' - berries, ALL. DAMN. DAY. A perfectly light, yet-full bodied aroma that bursts with sweet, juicy raspberries, raspberry jam, and raspberry candy. The malt imparts a nice cocoa and chocolate aroma as well - chocolate covered raspberries, anyone? The aroma is so ripe, pure, and authentic, and that's one of the best things about it. It's like stuffing your nose into a raspberry patch with chocolate rain. Sweet, fruity, and simply orgasmic. No bullshit, here.

KRE is creamier on the palate than it appeared in the glass - it slides softly across my tongue as the onslaught of raspberry goodness devours my entire mouth. A smooth, delicate raspberry jam flavor explodes as waves of light cocoa nips and some mellow chocolate float in and out. Think of dipping raspberries in a chocolate fountain. There's no doubt, the raspberry flavor wins out over the chocolate, but the inclusion of cocoa is nevertheless a huge component to the full flavor profile.

Though there isn't a necessarily complex or demanding group of different flavors, the raspberry element is so authentic and "real", to an almost unbelievable degree even. This batch apparently contains 15.5% ABV (rather than the original 13.5%, due to a higher efficiency during brewing), but it hardly tastes like it contains alcohol at all. Upon warming, some warmth comes out, but it is still insanely tame and drinkable. Low carbonation, which works well for this beer.

I couldn't think of a more perfect desert beer. I've got to say - this is probably the best fruit-centric beer I've ever had. The raspberries are so raw and pure that it's borderline ridiculous. Perfect addition of cocoa flavors makes this beer even better. Probably the winner of the "highest ABV to highest drinkability" award, too. It went down so smooth.

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Photo of mynie
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I first heard about KRE, what, a decade ago? Back when it came in what looked like a perfume bottle. This little fella used to always hover around the top 20 beers on this site, and for some reason it always seemed to me the most elusive even though I lived nearly all my life within a drive of the brewery.

The bottle is pretty. I opened the beer and then maybe 10 seconds later it started to foam up a bit, over the top. Yet the pour glugs out thick and still with not so much as a wisp of a head. It's a nice, very dark red color, though.

Smells like an incredibly dense and chocolately eisbock with some muted raspberries preventing the booze and malt from getting out of hand. Very old school, and done to a T. The effect is undeniably beery and bocky, similar in quality to the big boys like Schneider and Kulmbacher, only with juuuuust enough raspberry aroma to make it super interesting without upsetting purists.

Tastes like it smells. It starts sweet and alcoholic, with thick nodes of barley and chocolate. This gets sweeter still, only more organically so, with fruity raspberry taking center stage. Ends like a good eisbock, with pleasant nodes of burn and chocolate, only the zippy bock malt is enhanced incredibly with lingering traces of raspberry juice.

I--I can understand if newer beer people aren't too horribly impressed with this. Or even anybody whose pallet has been shaped by recent trends. If this were attempted now, well first of all it would never been been an eisbock, and secondly it would taste more directly like a rapsberry cordial candy. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, but we still need to respect that manner in which this beer was incredibly bold and innovative and yet still fit perfectly within the established bounds of its style.

Back in the day, this was how you had to make your beer, as you simply couldn't get away with the intense risks and wild innovations that are now so weirdly commonplace. All y'all who are fans of extreme styles need to bow before this one.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Starts with an amazing raspberry flavor. Like a perfect raspberry and not artificial at all. Some dark chocolate slips in there as well. Great balance, a wonderful beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam for getting this to me in trade. 2012 bottle with red wax poured in a Firestone Walker Teku on February 13, 2014. Pours bright and dark red with no head at all even with a vigorous pour. Huge sweet raspberry and booze aroma, some caramel or toffee, lots of sweet syrupy sugar smell. So much sweet berry. Flavor is sweet straight raspberry jam/preserves, and then some toffee like malts tingling the tongue with plenty of booze in the background. This is very sweet with a thick nearly syrupy mouthfeel but balanced with some light carbonation as to make it more drinkable. Huge flavors in this brew for sure. Made for the raspberry lover. Very nice and a bit hot. An awesome treat as an after dinner drink, just make sure to pour yourself a small glass around 4 oz. Tough to drink much more than that.

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007-

Syrup-like thickness with a garnet brown color. Minimal trace of tiny bubbles.

Robust smell of ripe raspberry, milk chocolate and caramel.

Dark chocolate with tart raspberries. Light caramel presence. Not as sweet as I thought and quite tart like fresh raspberries. Some burnt sugar to go along with the bittersweet chocolate in the aftertaste. Quite a bit of hot alcohol at the back.

Feels a bit more than medium bodied. Pretty smooth with some tingling carbonation.

Drinks decently at 13%. I was a bit let down by this one. Still a good beer, but at the price, I wouldn't go after this one again.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red color with some tanish/brown in the mix. No head at all, not great looking, but the ruby color adds a lot to what would otherwise be a normal looking pour.

S - Raspberries and chocolate dominate the nose. A lot of maple maltiness in this seems to come through, smells like a nice dessert.

T - Tastes a lot like a chocolate covered raspberry and cherry. There is a hint of sour in this that keeps it from tasting perfect, maybe my bottle sat somewhere for too long. Minimal alcohol burn.

M - Dry and syrupy. Not much carbonation, pretty nice match for the taste.

D - Easy enough to drink, though the overall swetness would keep me from doing tons of it, probably good because of the high alcohol content.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

REVIEW #1000! This has been a want of mine since the beginning. Many thanks to Exiled for a patient trade.

2007 vintage, 6.3oz bottle.

A: Pours a very deep mahogany color with a faint light brown head that quickly fizzed away into a thin collar. No lace.
S: I get huge notes of sweet raspberry preserves that remind me of doughnut filling. Light chocolate, glazed dough (i.e. pastry), and sweet caramel come through in the background.
T: Raspberries are still very prominent and actually fairly tart but not mouth puckering. Chocolate flavors are similar to cake or a tootsie rolls. The fruit is rather fresh and “real” tasting as opposed to a syrup or concentrate. I get complex notes of caramel, molasses and tannic red berry seeds in the finish, with hint of brown sugar and tobacco in the aftertaste. This beer is sweet all around, but not cloying, and the tartness of the fruit mixed with the drying tannins balance it out very well. Flavors of sweet raspberry jam linger long after the swallow, and my lips taste like caramel and tootsie rolls. Flavors open up and more nuisances come through as the beer reaches room temp, and I get some spicy woody and leathery notes. This beer is just phenomenal.
M: This beer is thick bodied with a syrupy and heavy mouthfeel. The double digit alcohol is hidden extremely well beneath the sweetness, but there is a slight warming sensation with each swallow. Carbonation is low but tingly and almost prickly, but never sharp. This is a sipper of a beer, and drinks well.
O: Masterfully done. For such a sweet dessert beer I could actually drink this quite often. It’s too bad this little guy is so hard to come by, or that the bottle format is so small. Well worth seeking out if you are a fan of fruit or eisbocks. Thanks again for the awesome trade, Exiled!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purply blackened brown cola color. Light brownish spongy cap of thin proportions creeps and keeps to the edges. Some oily spotty lacing glazes the glass.

Aroma is of a raspberry tootsie pop. A nice sweet display of sugared candy raspberry and tootsie rolls. Keeps a highly sweetened dough of fresh white bread among the crystalized sugary topping.

Taste is more blackberry-like then raspberry, fruity and berry loaded, the raspberry is there with its souring tart along with a sugared candy tartness and sweetness mixing and melding together with some interesting Rolo-like chocolate and caramel. Perhaps some strawberry, kiwi, and nectarine juices have been squeezed in. Quite sweet and candyish with a calmer tone of soda pop-like sugar and character. Succulent fresh bread dough keeps an extra thick backing into the chocolate tones which are blended in with a really sophisticated placement and slick texture.

Feel is pretty lively and thickly set with smoothened sweet tart tones and no sticky stuff. Swift, dank, and stuffy yet holds a uniquely refreshing cool briskness. Big time sugared candy impressions are left after each sip. Subtle dryness in the finish with feathery chocolate richness. Its the liquid version of a Tootsi pop. The 13.5% is never evident in any of the character, but definately hits with an after effect of sleepyness.

At $30 a 500ml bottle this is one spendy, trendy treat to save for special occasions or for a dessert drink after fancy dinners.
Bottle #34 acquired through the tr/U.P. connection.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage

A big thank you to plucier for trading me this legendary beer. I just hope it lives up to the hype! Served this at cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a 187ml green bottle. This is another beer I'm excited about trying.

Appearance: Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock pours out a deep, almost murky, reddish brown color. A somewhat hard pour resulted in a fine layer of bubble on top of the beer that quickly vanished. No head and no lace to speak of.

Smell: Almost reminds me of an old ale. Minor notes of chocolate and caramel. Nice thick blast of booze with some raspberry and a touch of raisin in the background. Mild vanilla undertones. Smells slightly oxidized.

Taste: Wow! Tastes much better than it smells. Nice strong, almost tart raspberry flavor. Definitely a chocolate presence in there. Also some caramel. Slightly sweet, very smooth. Finishes with a quite warm hit of alcohol. Flavor lingers in the mouth awhile.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, palate coating mouthfeel. Feels thick and velvety. No carbonation that I could feel.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable for such huge flavors and ABV. Sip this one like a good brandy. This is my first Kuhnhenn beer and I was pleasantly surprised. A truly big beer from a little bottle.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @czarcasm for this gem.
Pours a deep purple meets burgundy. Raspberry notes leap forth from the glass. Taste is raspberry tartness coupled with a slightly sweet alcohol heat. Then the sweetness grows a bit, but finishes more on the fruity tart side. Slickness to the finish brings an earthy note to the raspberry. Damn Good!

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Photo of gford217
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #300! Bottle courtesy of brdc poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown in the glass which has orange tints when held up to the light. There is almost no head at all, leaving no lacing or head retention.

S: The smell is pretty intense, with the obvious raspberry aroma, but with a huge sweetness featuring caramel and chocolate. Alcohol burn increased as it warmed.

T: The taste is like a raspberry tootsie pop. Lots of raspberry sweetness up front with chocolate mixed in as well. The alcohol makes its presence felt with a burn in the throat through the finish and lingering between sips.

M: Mouthfeel is like a liquid dessert, syrupy sweet and sticky.

D: This is definitely a dessert beer and very much a sipper. The sweetness is pretty intense and the alcohol is evident in the taste, especially as it warms. Still, an extremely unique beer. Big thanks to Daniel for the opportunity to try this gem.

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Photo of Dope
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle.

A: Pours a dark, dark red with some brown in there. Small, dense tan head, though it does stick around quite well. Minimal lacing.

S: Strong chocolate aroma, I was not expecting that. Lots of raspberries behind it - sweet raspberries. Decadent and rich.

T: Strong mix of chocolate and raspberries immediately. Chocolate is a nice smooth milk chocolate and the raspberries are syrupy and sweet. Nice blend, both are equal and complimentary to each other. Heavy breadiness in the finish with some raspberries in the background. Finish is pretty quick, mostly chocolate. Fairly sharp alcohol in the finish as well.

M: Heavy but surprisingly smooth. Not cloying or syrupy like I was expect. Remarkably drinkable for the ABV.

O: Really interesting eisbock. Reminiscent of chocolate-covered raspberries. Big rich flavors in this one, though it's fairly one-note (chocolate covered rasperries from start to finish). Does not taste as boozy as you'd expect for 15.5% but it still lets you know that it's a bruiser. Balance is superb and the drinkability is top-notch for the ABV.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute. Big thanks to OHLRangers for this treat. 2007 vintage.

3.5 A: Opaque deep reddish purple color. No head, but signs of carbonation exist. A bit of particulate junk falls to the bottom.

4.5 S: Strong raspberry as in a reduced raspberry puree. Almost like some sort of liquour, but without the super high alcohol. Surprisingly chocolatey as well. I guess maybe like a highly fruited raspberry chocolate cake. Really nice.

3.5 T: Taste isn't nearly as good as the nose. Tartness from the raspberry is there, but there isn't a ton of raspberry taste (unlike NG RT). Still pretty chocolatety, but not really that sweet, which is disappointing. I was hoping for something really sweet and fruity. A bit too much roasty bitterness as well. Alcohol is well hidden like in most Kuhnhenn brews. While this isn't bad, it doesn't live up to expectations.

3.5 M: Only a thickish medium body. I was hoping for more. Just a touch of carbonation, this would be better with more. Not as creamy of smooth as I'd like either.

3.5 D: Again, this isn't bad, but I was hoping for something really sweet and fruity, like a port or something. The way it is (this vintage anyway) isn't the way I would have envisioned a beer of this nature coming out. I'd love the try the 2004, but I doubt I ever will.

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Photo of illidurit
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Pours the color of black cherry skin, no head. Aroma is heavenly and port-like, with raspberry puree, vanilla, sherry, and fudge. Flavor is dead-on raspberry hard candy, with chocolate and vanilla accent. Basically like drinking a raspberry cordial milkshake. Long lingering finish demands the next sip. Amazing dessert/nightcap/sweet-tooth beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this pours out like used motor oil (seriously), it settles to be a dark brown/black liquid with dark bloody edges and a deep, yet small, head of tan-brown foam. The aromas are simply out of this world, as they assault your senses right when the crown is popped off of the bottle. The aromas I get are: Raspberry syrup, chocolate (syrup?), espresso, deep roasted malts, doughy/bready malts, light light medicinal/herbal hops, and more! The taste is absolutely amazing. This stuff tastes like fresh raspberries were thrown into a vat of Cote D'or chocolate, and than blended into some weird sort of starbucks frappicino drink. Simply phenomenal, perhaps the best use of fruit that I have seen in a beer (traditional lambics aside). The mouthfeel is thick and syrup like, but this stuff goes down with ease. This would probably soothe a sore throat quite well. Perhaps they should be prescribing this stuff for the flu? Wow, definately a sipper and one to savor. An excellent winter brew, or nightcap for sure. I bet this would pair well with some cheesecake (or another rich dessert) and a cigar. Wow, this is truly some amazing stuff! 13.5%ABV but you would never reall know it!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle into the bottom of a pint glass. Thanks, Matt, for sharing!

A: Murky orange-brown body with some sediment. No head, but good legs. Underwhelming, but not entirely unexpected.

S: Raspberry cheesecake with chocolate sauce. Crazy. Big, sweet, and malty, with lots of caramel, chocolate, grain, and, of course, raspberries. Lovely.

T: Raspberries pop out at first, followed closely by a hugely intense wave of malty sweetness that carries with it dark candied fruity, caramel, and a peculiar (and delicious) creaminess that persists through the finish, staving off the alcohol almost miraculously. So clean for such a big, sweet beer. Absolutely amazing.

M: Creamy medium body with very low, but present, carbonation.

D: God I wish these bottles were bigger. It's amazingly drinkable for being so big and sweet. Drinking a growler might kill me, but I'd take the chance if I had the opportunity.

Notes: I've been curious about this one for a while, and it a pleasant surprise when a friend of mine offered to share his last bottle with me. My biggest surprise with KRE was how precisely it met my (high) expectations: I dreamt that it would be a sweet, sticky, creamy, fruity, chocolatey concoction, and it was precisely that. I don't know why they insist on putting it into such tiny bottles, but even a third of one was more than enough to discover that this beer is every bit as good as its reputation. Thanks again, Matt!

Cheers!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

** Update 9/10** Received a bottle from Masterski.

There is a lot more chocolate flavors up front, then a sense of vanilla in the finish, than I remember. Just as awesome as I remember.

Special thanks to Fiver29 for providing this as an extra in a recent trade. Awesome Treat and big thanks!! Much appreciated..

Well, I really enjoyed this little treat. 2007 bottle.

No head, no lacing just straight business. Deep amber color with reddish tints.

Aroma was wonderful.... Deep intense malt aromas a touch of alcohol and the raspberries.. Just a hint, but definitely there.

Awesome flavor. Deep layered sweet malts with just the right sweetness and then the raspberries come thought. Really like a deep barleywine with the raspberry flavor. Caramel doesn't begin to describe the malt flavors..

Just an excellent beer.

Syrup like and a sipping drink.... A treat for sure.

I want more!!

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

Vintage 2004, 187 ml bottle, labeled and capped without wax.This was slated for my "finally got a job" beer, but Firestone 10 now fills that role and I don't wanna let this one go too long.

a: Opens with a weak release of pressure. Into my Piraat snifter. Zero head, and the beer is a deep amber-brown with strong ruby hues. Can't expect much head from a beer like this, so I won't take off more than 0.5...and the color is gorgeous.

s: Ridiculous. Sweet, complex caramel and brown-sugary toasted malts support rich milk and bittersweet chocolates, cherry-chocolate, raspberry-chocolate-booze, malted raisin and date, all types of chocolate-raspberry dessert concoctions topped with a sugar-cognac reduction. A touch of sour gives balance to the rich malt and chocolate sweetness.

m: Ultra-light, practically nonexistent carbonation with a fuller body. The near complete lack of carbonation is just fine with me. Cleans up exceptionally well. A touch more thickness would make it perfect.

t: The first sip took me a bit by surprise. Great progression of flavor from start to finish. Big, caramel malt and candied raspberry flavors at first with notes of bittersweet chocolate. The chocolate gradually takes the center as the malt slickness fades, and the sip finishes long and slow with raspberry and dry dark chocolate. I swear there's even woody coffee bean in the flavor, I just can't pin it down.

d: The abv is present in just the right amount, and this is a very enjoyable sipper. Lives up to the high regard.

from zrrbrrt in No BS Beta

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.
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