maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Clear brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and a light cherry accent. Flavor of very sweet chocolate and a strong cherry hint. Very much like a chocolate covered cherry. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Thanks to the random RBer who sent me this 2004 vintage, was it you walleye? Very nice dark brown body with a slight reddish tint. Aroma is of chocolate cherry and raspberry with some caramel, almost like a chocolate covered fruit cordial. Amazing taste, chocolate, earthy fruited malts. Sweet and smooth ending. blankboy (7865) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2006
1200th rating! Bottle. Vintage 2004. I’ve been holding on to a few bottles of this for quite a while now, waiting for a milestone, and they kept passing me by -- well this much anticipated day has finally arrived. Here goes. Pours a murky brown with red hues and no head. Wonderful aroma of caramel malt, raspberries, chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar, spices and alcohol -- just an amazing aroma. Flavour of fresh, slightly tart raspberries, Belgian chocolate, caramel malt, dark fruit and just the right amount of alcohol -- quite complex and delicious, I’m wishing the bottle wasn’t so small. For 10.6% this is incredibly easy to drink. Nice medium to full body. Well it was definitely worth the wait, it’s up there with the New Glarus Raspberry Tart as one of my favourite Fruit beers and thankfully, I have several more stashed away. Fantastic. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2006
I’ve been hanging on to a few of these bottles for special occasions. Decided to pop one with the recent birth of my new baby daughter.
Appears a dark, turbid brown with a ruby hue when held up to the light. The tiny, off white head quickly fizzles out into a collar that also fades out into this special brew.
Smell is better than anticipated. Rich, malty, chocolaty fudge with brown sugar, caramel notes, vanilla, and a heavy drizzling of a thick, raspberry reduction infused with cocoa powder.
Taste is of the same outstanding aromatics, making this a winner among many winners. Flavors are of a confectioner’s heaven that combines the sugary notes of cocoa, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and raspberries that have been flambed with an alcohol blend highlighted with Rum. This is like an after dinner brandy, or cognac.
Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, balanced with the sugars, and non-cloyingly delicious.
Jesus God...if this is what heaven is, I’ll make a concerted effort to get my ass to church more often. This is heavenly and addictive. Kuhnhenn is set to take over the world 6.3 oz’s at a time! F’in great stuff.
Thanks to walleye for supplying this. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 Bottle from Styles. Thank you! Pours a deep crimson with almost brown hues when taken out of direct light. This has no head, no lace, but it scores for appearance with the colour colplexity. This aroma kicks ass. Almost too good to be true. Raspberry chocolate covered cheesecake, confectioner’s sugar, caramel,artificial fruit and vodka coolers. Tastes are the same, with bountiful fruit and chocolate, so much so, that I am having a hard time detecting anything else. It’s a nice milk chocolatey, raspberry-ey flavour. FInishes smooth as a baby’s bottom. Length is phenomenal, as flavours linger for over 2 minutes! Served colder than a witch’s tit, and allowed to warm up. Wow, thanks Chris!
aracauna (3707) - Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Deep, slightly hazed red. The aroma is pound cake with raspberry filling and a bit of vanilla. Fairly tart, which blends nicely with the other flavors. Sweet. davvey (6) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2006 does not count
Wonderful flavor, perfect fruitiness mixed with perfect chocolatey goodness. Kuhnhenn produces some outstanding beers. jcr (2784) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2006 Is this beer or a liqueur? 2004 bottle. Dark brown pour and no head. The nose is huge and filled with raspberry, raisin, brown sugar and chocolate, especially chocolate. The eisbock drinks like a liquid flourless chocolate cake topped with raspberry granache. Fruity and sweet with a tart finish. Hints of raisin and alcohol. The body is full and sticky — just like a liquere. An excellent after dinner apertif. So interesting in its uniqueness, it has to be rated highly. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2006
2004 Bottle: Absolutely no head on this brown/ruby beer. The top of the beer looks oily and viscous. The nose is literally out of this (beer) world. This is fudge cake drizzled with raspberry glaze. Deep, rich cake with chunks of warm fudge with a balanced raspberry tartness and a nice peppering of alcohol beneath. Wow is all I can say, and I haven’t even tried it yet. The body reveals a slight carbonation, but remains mostly velvetty and slick. The tartness of the raspberry hits me first, spreading the deep, chocolate malts across the tongue. The tartness of the fruit softens with the sweet chocolate and evolves more into a strawberry realm. Even deeper notes of caramel and toffee emerge as the alcohol begins to warm in my stomach. What a refreshing beer, it’s great to see brewers continuing to push the limits of hops, malts, yeast and water (OK and fruit). Fabulous stuff. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2006
2004 Bottle. Deep ruby red, no head. Wow, oh my goodness that aroma is nice - deep rich raspberries, soothing warming alcohol, spice, rich dark fruit - wow, this is an aroma I could smell all night. Even some fine dark chocolate notes to it - quite simply one of the nicest smelling beers I have tried. Rich silky mouthfeel. No really, silk best describes it. Taste: tons of rich chocolate surprisingly stands out at first, followed by fresh raspberries, and only some of the alcohol I was expecting. Dense dense beer - complex stuff that I mulled over for a good hour. Less raspberry, tons more chocolate, surprisingly balanced than I was expecting. Lovely after dinner / end of the night stuff - lives up to the hype and more...