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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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89
very good

817 Ratings
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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 96
Gots: 152 | FT: 8
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A bigger, bolder version of our Raison Raison D'Être.

This is a bulbous, brown ale brewed with a bunch of malt, brown sugar and raisins.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002)
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Dantes

New Jersey

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 couldn’t become enthused by this beer. I respect Dogfish for exploring the brewing frontier and understand that this does represent an achievement, but it didn’t work for me.

Bottom Line: “To be or to be extra?" That is the question. The reason for being extra? I’m 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
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I cracked this baby open to celebrate the birth of my first child, Maelyn! :)

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.