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 (3606) - 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 (2705) - 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... DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Big thanks to Ross for a 6 ounce bottle of the 2004 vintage. This one has eluded me for a long time. The pour was hazy deep ruby brownish, with a nice 1-finger, creamy tan head. The aroma was big raspberries, plus some figs, blackberries, chocolate, and caramel malt. The palate was dense and complex, with flavors of big raspberry, plus cacao, caramel malt, dark chocolate, and some yeasty notes. Very complex and dense palate that acquired some heat as it warmed. IS this one a top 50 beer?? I say yes with a lot of conviction. In fact, I think you could remove the raspberries altogether from this one, and it would still be a top 50 beer. This bottle is going on my mantel piece. black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2006
This beer is absolutely one of my all time favorites. Pours a murky dark brown (it’s only flaw in IMO), with little to no head. The aroma is stunning. So many things going on, yet not one over powers the other. Raspberries, chocolate roast, dark fruits, molasses, and candied malts. If that isn’t tantalizing enough, the flavor is even better. Your mouth is greeted with a raspberry nose that is very refreshing and then followed up with a deep chocolatey roast flavor that melds perfectly with the raspberry. While all this is going on you can also taste dark candied fruits, brandy, some dark sugars. Alcohol is very well hidden. To me, this beer was best when served fresh from the cellar; it’s an absolute treat. Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2006
This rasberry, toffee, chocolate bomb pours a murky dark brown with almost no head. After i spend a long time smelling the chocolate caramel aromas, i finally tasted it. Like a fine, but less sweet, rasberry filled chocolate. Long aftertaste