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Uncapped: Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock is a must-try, highly rated treat that’s only been bottled a few times. Luckily for us, we were able to snag a bottle of the last release, which was available at the brewery earlier this year in February.

Occasionally here at DRAFT HQ, we have trouble being patient with bottles in our cellar. The silver lining is that our lack of willpower often results in lessons learned, which we can then pass on to you. Here’s our lesson of the day: Continue aging this beer in your cellar.

When we popped open Raspberry Eisbock, we weren’t disappointed. The thing is incredibly thick on the tongue: Rich toasted bread crust, bold dark chocolate and pronounced raspberry jam notes swelled; the combination caused an almost savory umami sensation. But, the alcohol (which clocks in at a whopping 15.5% ABV) is intense. Not exactly distracting, but with each sip, you’re acutely aware that this is a boozy beer.

The solution? Age.

After a year or two in the cellar—to smooth out the alcohol bite—this eisbock will be stunning. The downside of aging, perhaps, is a less pronounced raspberry flavor. But, after time, the red fruit would pair perfectly with a developed sherrylike malt base. And with a smoother mouthfeel, each sip would be an absolute pleasure.

So, those of you with a bottle in the cellar, continue to resist temptation. Although we indulged in the pleasure that is 9-month-old Raspberry Eisbock, we imagine the 2-year-old version will be something really spectacular.

 

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Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at chris.staten@draftmag.com.

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  • Minister of Beerformation says:

    This is DEFINITELY a beer for aging. While delicious when fresh, we encourage our fans to cellar Raspberry Eisbock for a few years.
    And don’t worry about the raspberry notes dissipating; we recently cracked open a bottle of 2004 vintage for “QA,” and it was as vibrant as ever, with a more subdued alcohol character and pronounced malt backbone that perfectly complemented the fruit notes. Thanks for the love!
    -Jon Piepenbrok
    Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.

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