Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap: hazy/murky brown with nice beige head that fades to a ring of bubbles. Aroma is chocolate covered raspberries. Flavor much the same with the perfect balance between sweet and sour raspberries. The more it warms the more the chocolate starts to take over. Maybe even a little caramel in the flavor. Body and mouthfeel is like pure syrup, perfect. Just can’t say enough about this, you have to try it to believe it.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 Raspberry, chocolate, cookie dough, dates and figs with an undertone of fresh, leafy, wet tobacco in the complex and inviting aroma. Clear amber brown with a decent cover of tan, fine-bubbled head that recedes to cover. Raspberry flavour is huge up front but allows room for chocolate, caramel, vanilla, tobacco, oak flavours and cake-like yeast to emerge in the long journey across the taste buds. Medium body with light, soft, fluffy carbonation. Mild alcohol warming but you’d never guess at the true strength of this one. Dangerously drinkable. Where can I find more? Sampled at Mondial de la Bière 2005.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sample at the Mondial de la Biere.
I was drinkin’ part time at a five-a-shot dive/The bartender was Mr. Pete Coors/He told me several times he thought beers weren’t alive/and he made more from those Coors boors/
seems I was busy sniffing from a pinkish-brown glass/of something quite different than I’d had before/that’s when I smelled it oh yeah I smelled it/it wafted into my nose with a so-fruity blast/
it was a Raspberry Eisbock/the kind only Kuhnhenn makes to delight your tongue/Raspberry Eisbock/with cream, caramel and graham crackers among/the taste of Raspberry Eisbock/I know I love it.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 Rouge-brune aux reflets rubis formant une mousse beige foncé et persistante. Intenses, éloquents et irrésistibles arômes de confitures de framboises, chocolat, toffee, liquoreux, biscuits sucrés à la gelée de framboise, vanille, dattes et tabac à pipe frais. Texture fondant carrément dans la bouche, crémeuse, soyeuse et veloutée. Légèrement sucré, pratiquement aucune trace d’alcool détectable durant tout l’étalement mis à part le léger réchauffement qui arrive à la toute fin. Longue finale jouant sur l’alternance entre le sucre et les fruits tels framboises et bleuets. Faible niveau de carbonatation ne s’en résume qu’à nous présenter quelques petites bulles très fines et bien disciplinés. Un parfait exemple de la réussite potentielle des bières extrêmes en alcool. Échantillon, Mondial de la bière, Juin 2005.
egajdzis (5370) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
DYCSoccer17 (3334) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Mondial 2005. Very sweet raspberry fruity aroma. Smells gorgeous. Mild chocolately malts in the nose. Almost like a raspberry pie with chocolate covering. Amazing. Transparent dark amber color with tan head and bright red raspberry seeds present. Very pungent sour raspberries to start turning slightly boozy with lots of earthiness and chocolate roasty notes to finish. A great apertif to be consumed in small amounts for dessert. A great beer worthy of its high regards.
kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. I don’t know what I did to deserve trying this beer, but thanks to Don and Evan for the pleasure of trying it. The beer pours a dark murkey ever-so slightly rubied brown color with a complete lack of head. The nose is incredible. Dark fruity and chocolate tones ride below a very intense, but not fake raspberry. Wow. Intense. DAMN. The flavors are huge. Syrupy raspberry sweetness and tartness hit upfront, assaulting my tastebuds. This moves to a slight chocolate and fig, but the raspberry is so big, its harder to find the subtleties. The brew is huge and thick and syrupy. Wow. Overall, this beer is in a league of its own. For one, the alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor or the aroma. Its not even overly warming after drinking it. The flavors are big and lingering, leaving me craving the next sip. I have to pause between sips, but it keeps me craving more. This is an experience I will not forget. Everything about this beer is intense, minus the alcohol presence. Very, very good.
Suttree (5195) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2005 Big thanks to Springslicker for sharing - he could’ve very easily not told me about having this one and kept it all for himself. The aroma is amazing - Fresh raspberry, of course, but, well, imagine it like this - Raspberry pie with a homemade crust. Or raspberry jam on a graham cracker. Maybe its raspberry compote and butter on toasted homemade bread. Just amazing. Smooth raspberry flavors meld with milky, red wine notes. Hints of honey, maple, molasses, and bread are in there, too. Lasting aftertaste. Really well made, obviously, with much more depth and complexity than I would have imagined. Thanks again, Jay!
SpringsLicker (3158) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 Thank you, thank you, thank you Wohlfs! The enormity of recieving this beer is overwhelming!
The aroma is as good coming from this as any I’ve tried. I’m still smelling it in my mind the next day. Really heady stuff here!
Deep dark brown color, with a diminished head expected of an Eisbock. Almost laces.
Complex flavor is perfectly balanced between the raspberry and the maltiness of the Eisbock. The raspberry strikes me for it’s naturalness. So many fruit beers taste artificial and not at all like the fruit from which they supposedly come, not this one. Buttered toast with raspberry jam! The raspberry is not too tart, not too sweet, just perfect! No medicinal notes at all as high alcohol beers utilizing fruits can have. The overall sweetness of the brew is also near perfect, playing back and forth between the malt and the fruit as it works towards an incredibly long and satisfying finish. Not cloying, not sour, just perfect! The alcohol content is completely masked in this. This easily jumps into my top ten list as one of those beers that make you say WOW! You only taste beers like this every once in a long while and it makes tasting all of those regular beers in between worth it when you get one like this! Thanks again Steve!
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours prown with a thin tan lacing. Smells of chambord, with some woodiness and butterscotch there. Taste is very rich and chocolatey with some rasberry notes on the finish. You can really feel the buttery notes of the rasberries in the mouthfeel. Neither sweet nor tart.