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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: 942   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2006
This beer isnt really a dark red, and its not really a dark brown. I mean..its brown, but look slike squished raspberrys mixed in brown with a bit of red. There was no head on it, but it seemed pretty lively. Im always bad at aromas, but this one let the raspberries through very well. There was a chocolate note, and some caramel in there as well. I decided to have this for desert and a desert it truly is. Its pretty thick and is reminiscent of chocolate raspberry cake, but the chocolate doesnt come through that well and the raspberries, while promenant, arent quite the same - more subdued I think.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (4091) - 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, its 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 theres a lot of carbonation, too. The flavor is fine, though I can see how it doesnt 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 Ive 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!)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Beer pours dark red color with a tan color at the fringes. Aroma is raspberries, very alchol popish, like Big Red with vodka, some rum and raisins. Flavor is that of a base brown ale with lots of raspberry flavor; hot alcohol finish. Some raisin flavor too. Quite delicous, but not up to the hype for me.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 In short: A big chocolaty and fruity (NOT tart raspberries) beer. Uniquely decadent.
How: Bottle 180ml. Many times. Waxed and unwaxed bottes from the original 2004 and a few bottles from the 2007 release.
The look: Dark ruby body with almost no head
In long: The decadent nose is bakery chocolate and blackberries. Just smelling it is 200 calories right there. Taste is a slice of extra rich chocolate cake, blackberries, fresh artisanal truffles, raspberries, blueberry pie. Based on the name one would expect tart raspberries but fruity character of the beer is wider than that and certainly not tart. Alcohol remains mostly well hidden body. Carbonation is minimal. This is a beer that can age. Especially the waxed-top 2004 vintages. If anything, the best bottles I ever had were the 2004 vintages drank in 2010. When Kuhnhenn doesnt brew this flagship beer more often I cannot explain. Nor can I explain why a camera round lens take rectangular pictures.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2006
2004 bottle. well, i loved it. wish there was more. dark burgundy color, looks like a wine, basically no head. the smell changed a bunch as it warmed up. at first mostly raspberries, later on pure raspberry dark chocolate. perhaps because theres only 6 ounces, i spent a ton of time smelling it, and what a great aroma. there was alcohol in the flavor, but not too much. raspberry wasnt too pronounced there. i agree it wasnt top 50 worthy, but it was still awesome.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1688) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2006
2004 bottle. Pours out dark purple with no head. Looks brown when you wipe it off a wood floor becuase your friends bitch-ass cat jumped on your arm while holding it. Aroma is mild raspberries, chocolate, and alcohol. Flavor is much of the same. A lot more chocolate than I was expecting and a lot less raspberry. Id like to try this fresh but I would suspect the alcohol being even more pronounced. Not even deserving of top 200. Though good for an Eisbock.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2006
I have never rated before...nor do I think I will rate much more. But I just had to get this out in words. This is just an outstanding beer. Thanks Jim! HUGE tootsie roll and rasberry fruit aromas and the best part is that the flavor is the exact same...tootsie rolls rasberries and alcohol. This beer is exceptional and outstanding. I never thought a fruit beer could be produced that was this breathtaking. An absolute must try!!!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (9380) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 2, 2006
2004 bottle from Rastacouere - thanks, buddy. After removing the unique wax seal, I filled a framboise flute with the dark reddish brown lager. There was a small light brown head that dissipated rather quickly, and a strong scent of raspberry and chocolate. This is truly a dessert drink, as the flavor is candy-like -- somewhat sweet with a port-like body, very rich and warming. Next time Im in Motown, Im going to stock up on this.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quevillon (2947) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
Bu au Mondial de la Bire 06. Brunne fonce, zro collet. Dlicieux arome de petit fruit et de caramel. Got de franboise fortifi. Elle valait bien ses 10 coupons!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2006
6.3oz 04 Bottle. Took a bit of effort to get the raspberry-colored sealing wax off the top so a bottle opener would fit. Aroma of raspberries and yeast. Almost no head but still slightly lacy. Full body and light carbonation with a nicely warming contribution from the alcohol. The taste is a creamy sweet port-like pruniness with raspberry, chocolate and caramel. A smooth and well-rounded desert wine of beers.


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