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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock

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Formerly brewed at Kuhnhenn Brewing
Style: Fruit Beer
Warren, Michigan USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 936   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Real raspberries abound in this chocolate caramel after dinner treat. Aged for a smooth texture and drinkability. This lager beer will handle additional age very well.
Batch 1 - brewed 2002, bottled same year 10.6%
Batch 2 - brewed late 2004, released 2005
Batch 3 - Brewed 2007, released very end of 2007
Batch 4 - Brewed 2012, released 2013 15.5%
Batch 5 - Brewed 2014, released late 2014


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Atom (1972) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle 2012 pours a clear ruby with a thin khaki head. Aroma of raspberry juice and tootsie rolls. Taste similar to aroma a raspberry tootsie roll with a punch of alcohol on the finish. This is delicious!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (7502) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2013
(Draught at Beer Temple, Amsterdam, 26 July 2013) Dark red colour with brief head. Fruity, malty nose with notes of raspberries, vanilla and treacle. Fruity, malty taste with raspberries, caramel, vanilla, candy sugar and a sweet finish with a slight raspberry tartness. Full body, quite thick and oily. Very sweet and slightly sticky. Itís thick, sweet and dominated by raspberries. So itís not the most complex or subtly balanced. But itís still quite lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2014
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, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 Poured by Eric Kuhnhenn (who didnít seem too happy at the moment) at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. One of the finest aromas Iíve ever had from a beer. All the goodness of scotch and raspberries envelops oneís nostrils. The nose had me excited, perhaps too much so. (I had a similar experience with the Creme Brulee Stout. Incredible nose, but not as impressive on the palate.) It reminded me of Chambord on the palate a bit, combined with more oak and butter toffee. This was good stuff, but not the #2 beer in the world. Luckily, I was able to procure two bottles to store away for a few years. I think this will improve with cellaring. ReRating after sampling from bottle. Iím upping the palate 2 points, but sticking with my overall 16/20 and 7/10 for flavor. I realized last night that Iím just not a big fan of raspberry and white chocolate, and it was the white chocolate note that bugged me last night. If youíre a fan of raspberry white chocolate cheesecake, I know of no better beer for you. ANOTHER RERATE: 2004 bottle. Aging puts on more notes of chocolate, and Iím finding Iím liking this less and less.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Thanks to Walleye for this hard to get brew. Had this brew at the end of a very small tasting with....myself. I know its kinda sad. Anyways pour was raspberry brownish with no head. Nose was huge on the berry, with some caramel and chocolate mixing in quite well. Very tasty, just a little too.... desserty rich for me. Not bad, just not exactly what I was looking for in a beer. Overall a very enjoyable experience, would love to have another bottle of this to let sit for some time..

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Bottle (thanks to MrFacto): Burgundy caramel in color, small pink tinted film for a head, quite viscous, cloudy in opacity, with sparce lacing.   Raspberry and marshmallow aroma, also hints of cherry and chocolate.   Similar flavor, yet it is seemingly artificial in nature.   It seems to be very much like a raspberry and cherry tootsie roll pop, tttthhhrreeeee bites and you are at the center.   ABV is very well hidden, very smooth on the tongue, goes down very easy.   Slight warming finish.   I almost wished this one to taste more alcoholic.   Its unreal how easy this one was to drink for being 18%, yet it did seem a bit artificial to me.   I personally didnít think this was top 50 material, but I did enjoy it.   Perhaps a re-rate in the future is in order.   Thanks again to Matt for providing the bottle at the tasting.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2005
UPDATED: APR 1, 2007 Dark burgundy color with a small, light pink head, which quickly disappears. Rich caramel, toffee and chocolate aromas, with a mild hint of tobacco leaf , dough and raspberry puree. Flavor is big and bold, luscious and refined in every way. I thought the raspberry flavor was fairly tame, whereas the malt flavor was monstrous and complex, with a chocolate, cocoa and caramel flavor. Light hints of vinous fruits, mainly raspberries were present as well. A delightful beer, from the very versatile brewers at Kuhnhenn.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
2004: Pour is pinkish brown with an almost nonexistant head...smelled sweet and syrupy and exactly like CANDY CORN? Some chocolate as it warmed, but definately just candy corn...maybe caramel too...taste was sweet with some bittersweet cocoa...some tartness toward the fniish, but I didnít get a whole lot of raspberry...alcohol sort of came out more in the finish...very good, but overrated indeed...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2006
7-oz of the í04. Split it, courtesy of BitBucket. Raspberry patch and yeast on the nose. The berry essence comes through clean on the nose. Raspberries lead the attack, along with some prunes. As it warms, chocolate and some dark nut notes emerge. Very velvety, satisfying mouthfeel. Absolutely a dessert beer, though it is alarmingly quaffable (in my case).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3940) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2006
2004 bottle. Not easy getting all that wax off the top, but built some anticipation anyway. From the first phhhssst of the cap I could smell the beer. It poured out a dark brown with really quite lively carbonation (thin streams of tiny bubbles) and a surprisingly rich caramel-cream foam for its abv. The aroma is very accomplished--it has a vintage quality but not like a 1986 Lees which is just oxidized caramel. Rather, itís like caramel melting in a wood pot, with some raspberry toffee, partially dessicated oranges, vanilla, and tootsie rolls (cheap chocolate candy) thrown into the mix. The palate is rich enough, coating my lips with stickiness, but thereís a lot of carbonation, too. The flavor is fine, though I can see how it doesnít turn everyone on. I had a chocolate raspberry cake today actually (for my 35th birthday, happy birthday to me!), and that may have reached a little bit better balance of the two; the raspberries here are very subtle, amid a dense caramel-chocolate, rum-raisin (you said it Tad), and a slightly toasty toffee, like a creme brulee. Extremely drinkable, not tasting anywhere near 10.6%, though by 2/3rds through my bottle Iíve had enough for one sitting and would prefer to go on to something else, like a port perhaps. Very nice beer, though in the sweet, fruity, high alcohol category I think there are a lot of other beers and drinks (fine ports and meads) that clearly surpass this in my enjoyment category. Thanks the_lutheran for passing a bottle my way (in exchange for my being a research subject for him!)


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