This is yet another great brew sent to me courtesy of hoppymeal, thanks Derek! Kuhnhenn's Raspberry Eisbock pours like syrup into my flute which creates a problem conjuring up a head. The body is dark and murky, the color of raspberry juice that while dark manages to glow around the edges of the glass when backlit. I did manage to get a thin skimming of head that quickly fizzled to nothing but a thin ecru collar. The thin collar that's there leaves behind sheet lacing that slowly slides back into the body.
The smell of this eisbock is out of this world good. Fresh ripe raspberry puree jumps from the glass right off the bat and is quickly followed by rich dark chocolate. There's a faint booziness in the back that only adds to the incredibly rich aroma. This beer is like dessert in a bottle, I can't get over how perfectly sweet the raspberry is and how perfectly rich the dark chocolate is. How do you get this aroma into a bottle?
The flavor is exactly what the aroma suggested. I thought it would be tough to keep up with the aroma on this beer but the flavor does just that. Freshly pureed raspberries are drizzled with molten dark chocolate. There's a quick flash of bread pudding but the chocolate and raspberries take center stage. This is one amazing beer!
This is a sipper/nightcap sort of beer but it fits this beer perfectly. The body is rich and thick with a coating quality that keeps the tongue busy for awhile. Mellow carbonation keeps this beer slowly moving while the raspberry and chocolate sweetness hangs out on the tongue for awhile.
Even though this is a sipper it's a beer I would be happy sipping all night long. The 13% isn't even noticeable and this beer just keeps on flowing. It's too bad it's not sold in 750mls.
This is one of the best beers I've had in awhile. I can't figure out how Kuhnhenn packed that flavor into this beer. I would love to get my hands on a case of this stuff. Thanks for the bottle Derek!
Served In: Flute Glass
Poured from a 187ml bottle...so cute...
A- Flat pour, looks like wine. Brownish, redish ttint to it.
S- sour, alcohol, sweetness. All blended really well together. Sweetness from chocolate? Soemthing is there for sure, great smell.
T- There is the chocolate. Up front and makes itself known, followed by a light tartness and finished SUPER CLEAN. Slight alcohol burn as it goes down. Very well hidden for 11.9%. Simply greatly blended flavors here.
M- Solid. For the flat pour it has very good carbonation on the mouth.
O- Simply a great brew. Easy to drink, boatloads of flavors going on. Really glad I got to try this.
Served In: Stange
Thanks to Jw347 for this tiny treat!
This is a 2007 vintage 187ml bottle. I put this one in the fridge for about 15-20min before opening it, it was in my closet/cellar prior to that.
Poured into my small 6oz or so snifter. The beer pours a beautiful sanguine color, dark violet with ruby edges. A very minimal amount of bubbles formed as I poured, then all was still.
The aroma is very fruity and bread-y. Immediately I detect some raspberry juice and other berries, fruity alcohol, and a hefty, doughy, bread like aroma. It literally smells like a berry flavored hard candy. All I can say is wow! There’s also a subtle, very soft, aroma of chocolate, like a raspberry truffle. After a sip or two I can detect caramel in both the flavor and aroma.
The flavor! Oh my! I think I just wet my pants. Sweet raspberries upfront, the berry flavored hard candy is there as well, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, and a warming alcohol sensation as it passes through the palate. One of the best dessert beers I have ever had. Maybe a tad medicinal at one point but this is really good stuff.
At first it seems like it will be a bit syrupy, and it is a tad on the thick side, but the low level of carbonation makes it quite smooth. Drinks pretty easy but this is definitely a sipper and a dessert beer.
Served In: Snifter
2004 bottle sent by Wingnut, finally got around to opening it for NYE 2007.
Dark reddish color. Smell was fantastic, with raspberry, dark chocolate, a hint of brandy maybe, and a very slight coffee smell. The taste was slightly different than the smell, to be honest. A lot less raspberry in the taste than I expected. But a whole lot of other things going on. This really tasted like an unsweetened dark chocolate raspeberry tart. It had a slight doughy/yeast taste maybe. Could taste the alcohol too, but interestingly it gave it something extra. Normally the taste of alcohol is a knock on the bottle for me. But in this case, it just gave it something extra. Like I said, maybe it was a slight Brandy taste. Not sure. TT used the term "cake" to describe this, and I completely agree. I also agree with his take on the feel of the drink --- "Goes down super smooth and creamy".
Overall, this seems like a great beer to hang out with and have over a little while. Can't slam it for sure, because you'd miss out on all the complexity. I split this with a friend last night, and he agreed that it was a great bottle and that we'd love to get more.
Either Furley did have a bad bottle, or he's a big dope. The choice is yours to decide.
Served In: Wine Glass
Review from 10/20/06
Bottle, dated 2004. Looks nothing like the one in the picture, not that I care.
A - Small pressure release when I popped the cap. Pours with no head at all, which is to be expected with a brew weighing in at 13.5%. Hazy reddish brown color. Not a whole lot of light getting through it.
S - Raspberry, dark chocolate, vanilla, hint of expresso. Smells rich and decadent.
T - Not sure I will do this justice here. Tons of layered flavors. Chocolate and raspberry are at the forefront. They work together beautifully and compliment each other nicely. Expresso flavor works it's way in. Vanilla, molasses, and cake are also present. Raspberry aftertaste.
M - Liquid velvet, I shit you not. Goes does super smooth and creamy. Perfect.
D - Don't know that I could have a lot of this, but would like to try. Now the real question...do I let my wife have a sip?
Thanks to Wingnut for the bottle!
Served In: Other
i can't recall who sent this to me.. probably Wingnut. it's a 2004 that i have had for about a year.
the first whiff is incredible. great toffee, chocolate, cocoa smell. belies the flat and blah flavor to follow. it pours very still. no carbonation. no pop. just sorta there.
the taste isn't dynamic at all. maybe the beer has gone past its prime. not sure. it surely isn't what i figured. there's some fruit flavor but it's thin. tastes like a weak barleywine more than anything.
for all the hype and hope i had for this one it's a pretty big letdown.
Served In: Other
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