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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.39%
Wants: 135
Gots: 341 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002

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
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Ratings: 1,067 | Reviews: 635 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StevenH
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SithPagan
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeenTired
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alostplot
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Greasy
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alamode
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish brown color. a finger or so of a tannish head with good retention and a semi-strong lacing left behind. serious alcohol legs as it swirls around. nearly opaque but shows some signs of clarity and brightness.

Smell: raisins, plums, brown sugar and pure ethanol. some hints at belgian aspects but not too much.

Taste: opens with raisins and other dark fruits such as plums, dates and prunes. a strong brown sugar sweetness comes through along with some belgian like dark candi sugar. the back has a burning, intense alcohol.

Mouthfeel: not overly heavy or thick but certainly there. sweet and with huge amounts of alcohol burn and warmth. lingering burning.

Overall: of the big dogfish head beers this is easily the hottest on the alcohol. serious burning. this one has ageable written all over it. with great flavors but so unrounded. can be tasty at times and deadly at others.

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a rich mahogany body with a one finger white head that fades fast.
It is sweet to the nose; Aroma of dark fruit, raisons.
Taste is alcohol and sweet raisons with a lingering sugary malt juice going down.
Mouthfeel is harsh, it burns. Carbonation doesn’t help here.
Reminds me of a less refined Quad for four times the money. Overall sweet alcoholic raisons Not a bad one but not great either.

Photo of weinermyers
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to let it sit to get the full flavor of this beer. Very bold on flavor and sipping is demanded! Not for the faint of heart.

Photo of JRed
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red in body with off-white head. Aroma of raisins, herbal, medicinal, burnt sugar. Tastes of syrupy alcohol, raisins, herbal, medicinal, sweetness, brown sugar. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Photo of rsquared59
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beertunes
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Shroud0fdoom for this one out of the NBS BIF#1 box. Bottled on 11/21/14. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy reddish-mahogany color with just a thin ring of tan head that had OK retention and no lacing.

The aroma was big, with a lot of sweetness, a discernible alcohol scent, and just a bit of sharp hops floating around. On the tongue, all those aspects were bigger. More hot alcohol, more sweet malts, more tangy hops, and a bit of fruitiness.

The body was noticeable thinner than expected for the style, and had a harsh finish that I suspect would soften over time. Drinkability was decent, although the high, hot alcohol aspect hurt it to a degree. Overall, a solid and enjoyable example of the style. Grab a few and sample them over a period of time.

Photo of craft4mike
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of misternebbie
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 is fantastic and drinking really well right now. No need to cellar

Pour it and let it open up a bit, and it will thank you with a wonderful, thick, dark fruit, raisin, port wine presence and amazing smoothness. Light notes of chocolate with some roasted malt

It's strong, but it doesn't taste anything near 18%.

Loving this beer

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of benjamincarter
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Breakerboy215
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very full and sweet. The sugars from the raisons ramp this to warp speed and you're floating by the end.

Photo of tlema1
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mgroothuis
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Gorgeous ruby red with pretty good clarity. Head recedes to a ring. No sediment, small ring of head lasting through.

SMELL: Deeply aromatic malt, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, loads of caramel. Even some cocoa and raisin going against a wall of caramel sugars. Alcohol and yeast stank make me just intoxicated by aroma alone.

TASTE: Big dry malt, full malt flavor actually, brown sugar and caramel, some hops are kicking around also. Faint cedar, almost like this beer was "randalled" through a cigar box in a small portion. Toffee, cacao, minty hops, black forest cherry, and caramel creme. Alcohol is there but not as intense as would be expected from roughly 18% abv.

FEEL: Just sits there on the palate permeating and then after the swallow, just disappears off the tongue. Full bodied, smooth for the strength, but definitely a bruiser.

OVERALL: A very tasty, extra special beer from Dogfish Head, and a "Classic Extreme Beer". Very enjoyablle.

Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.