Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by Dantes:
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Package: 1 pint, 9.6oz. corked, caged brown bottle. Label stamped, Dec 19 02. Picture of two fellows resembling grave-robbers. Labeled a bulbous brown ale with directions: Open bottle. Pour contents into two snifters. Enjoy. OR: Walk hand-in-neck with bottle into the middle of the woods. Use a shovel to dig 2x2 hole three feet deep. Place in hole and pack with dirt. Memorize location and leave. Return exactly one year later. Dig up bottle, open, and enjoy.
Cost: $15.99 per bottle at Kings.
Served: Snifter at 52º
Appearance: Syrupy pour evinced a small head, which disappeared quickly. Muddy, buckwheat honey colored body.
Smell: Brown sugar, alcohol, and malt aroma, with some hints of currants and damson plums. Lacks the expected complexity found in the World Wide Stout and barley wines like Old Horizontal.
Taste: Began sweetly like the WWS, but did not resolve into the lovely components found there. Instead, this slid right into the alcohol. Where were the woodiness, the dark fruits like plum, currant, raisin? The dark chocolatey notes and the nuts and spice? There were some citrus and estery notes, which had a medicinal quality. To avoid being cloying, it needs a drier, edgier element and more body to balance the alcohol and sweetness. This does exhibit a long warming finish. I bought two bottles and put one away in a dark hole as suggested. Next year will see if this improves.
Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated for a beer of this strength. A full-bodied, warming brew, although it is difficult to ignore the discordant sweetness.
Drinkability: Disappointing. With an eye to similarly strong beers, it's not highly drinkable. Does not seem to warrant the savoring of the WWS, but is too sweet and strong to drink in quantity.
After the WWS grand slam, I expected at least a home run. No such luck. This beer shows that the line between a bold experiment and a brilliant success is fine. I couldnt become enthused by this beer. I respect Dogfish for exploring the brewing frontier and understand that this does represent an achievement, but it didnt work for me.
Bottom Line: To be or to be extra?" That is the question. The reason for being extra? Im not sure. Buy the World Wide Stout instead.
NB: I only drank half of this at the first sitting. The remainder was stored under vacuum in the refrigerator and didn't deteriorate.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2003 15:31:48 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
4.51/5 rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
2007 vintage shared by Mike at Bob's tasting. The oldest beer I've ever had.
Pours a deep dark almond brown, slightly murky but not opaque. No head or lacing.
Smells like raisins, chocolate, caramel, maple, with, somehow, even 7 years later, boozy aromas.
The taste is similar. I've never had this beer fresh, but I can still tell the aging has done this one well. Unbelievably smooth malty flavor, some great raisin flavor, some brown sugar and caramel, some other sweet flavors that remind me of maple. A bit leathery, too. In the taste, the alcohol has abated a lot, making it almost barely noticeable.
Medium bodied, could be slightly thicker. No carbonation, really, only a tiny bit, just enough. Very drinkable, despite the ABV.
What a revelation this one was, possibly the highlight of the tasting.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2014 15:36:45 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.19/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled on 03/15/07 (7 years aged)
I cracked this baby open to celebrate the birth of my first child, Maelyn! :)
Deep mahogany brown with no head. Some light penetration with a good clarity. Glaze-like layer of lacing.
Caramel cubes, sherry, caramelized brown sugar, raisins, rum-raisin, and toffee. Has some solvent aromas due to the elevated abv.
Exceedingly rich flavor profile. Sherry and rum-raisin. Chewy caramel cubes, toffee, molasses, and caramelized brown sugar. Tobacco, leather, and earth. Touches of fig, dates, and cherry juice. Tons of raisin flavor throughout.
Medium-plus bodied, smooth, oily and warming with light carbonation.
A big, huge, sweet punch in the mouth. The 7 years in the bottle has served this beer well. Quite easy drinking for the 18%. Tastes like a sherry barrel aged English Barleywine drenched in sticky raisins.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 15:10:00 | More by justintcoons
Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
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