Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle purchased from the cellar of a local store yesterday, nice surprise to come across this. Dated 3/15/07 (6.5 years old), poured into Treehouse snifter.
A- Cap pops off with a nice hiss, pours a dark brown with just a slight purplish hue to it, faint off-white head that fizzles almost instantly to a perfectly flat top with just a faint ring along the edges, some carbonation but fairly minimal.
S- Strong aromas of dark fruits including figs, prunes, raisins, grapes, rounded out with a nice hint of oxidation that plays nicely with the dark fruits. Almost no booze presence and aged like a fine port, never had this fresh but I'm sure the nose has improved significantly. Being a big fan of aged beers I love dark fruit aromas and hints of oxidation and I'm really digging this.
T- Dark fruits of raisins, plums, prunes, figs, grapes, and cherries balanced with caramel, smooth port, and a pinch of brown sugar. Still slightly on the boozy side, but not bad at all for 18%. Overall complex, flavorful, aged nicely without much oxidation present at all.
M- A little bit of heat, but very smooth for the abv, very little carbonation but doesn't detract anything from the beer.
O- This was a nice treat to find at a local liquor store, and despite the fairly steep price tag of $17/bottle this was definitely worth the try. It was aged nicely (although can't compare it fresh) and was significantly better then Raison D'etre which I'm not a huge fan of. I'm not overly a huge fan of Dogfish Head overall but their high abv beers are awesome for aging and this beer definitely can hold up for a long time. I'm sure it would still be good with 10-15 years on it.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2013 23:32:47 | More by jaasen64
Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.