Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,310 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 164
Gots: 496 | FT: 48
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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: 1,310 | Reviews: 696
Photo of MrMonotone69
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

this was like drinking liquor not beer.

Photo of mchegash
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into DFH signature glass

Appearance - 4/5
Pours a medium-dark red-brown, with about 1 finger of medium tan head upon initial pour. Dissipates down to a thin layer of head.

Smell - 4/5
Deep sweet fruit smell, moderately alcoholic. Smell is not extremely complex, but fairly delicious and enticing.

Taste - 4.25/5
Deep and deliciously sweet dark fruit taste. After contemplating for a moment, can definitely identify the fruit flavor as raisons. The taste is sweet, moderately alcoholic. Fruity, slightly metallic aftertaste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Full bodied, medium-high carbonation level. Crisp yet smooth.

Overall - 4.25/5
This was a good beer. Definitely not worth the price at $11/12oz bottle. But judged on the quality of the beer itself, a great brew. With its dark fruit flavors it is very wine-like, and would make a great wine substitute.

Taste - 4.25/5
Deep and deliciously sweet dark fruit taste. After contemplating for a moment, can definitely identify the fruit flavor as raisons. The taste is sweet, moderately alcoholic. Fruity, slightly metallic aftertaste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Full bodied, medium-high carbonation level. Crisp yet smooth.

Overall - 4.25/5
This was a good beer. Definitely not worth the price at $11/12oz bottle. But judged on the quality of the beer itself, a great brew. With its dark fruit flavors it is very wine-like, and would make a great wine substitute.

Photo of papat444
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov. 21, 2014. Good raisin aroma, nice mix of Belgian and raisins.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is excellent beer, cant believe i have never had it until now, its so good. color is lighter than expected, deep caramel with some red hues, but not brown, or not as brown as i thought it might be, and it holds a pretty good head, not looking thick at all for a beer thats almost 20% abv. it smells great too, the booze is there for sure, but there is more to it than that for certain. it has dark fruit, dates or figs dried, that has to be the raisin, although i cant place it exactly. the raw sugar unrefined sweetness is there too. the flavor is great, folds and wrinkles of grain and sugar, less chocolate and roast than expected, almost none at all, and the sugar here is more like honey than anything else, really nice as well. the booze is warming, but not caustic like it is in some other huge dogfish brews, its almost complimentary to the sugar, mellowing it, and to the raisins, making it feel more like a rum based desert than a beer, which is cool. nice winter beer, i would be curious to see how it ages. the base beer still stands as one of my favorites, and this one is a nice amplification of all that is good in the original. worth trying, absolutely. i had no problem with a bottle to myself. i was also surprised how well carbonated it was, usually these get pretty still at a certain strength, nice touch.

Photo of JebBeerFish
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I did not know what to expect when I drank this, but the taste is very enjoyable and not as wild and pronounced as I expected. Raisins, apples, dark fruit in the background, sherry flavors? I don't think I can compare this to anything I've ever had. I can tell you that I intend to buy some more and age them. You would never suspect that this was 18%.

Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yikes an 18%abv beer. Thanks larryi86. Much appreciated.
Sweet malt, slight spice, not as potent as I expected. Definitely malt forward. A little brown sugar.
Nice tan head that is kinda' loose looking but hangs in there pretty good. Reddish amber and somewhat cloudy.
Whoa, that's a big beer packing a lot of ....flavor, alcohol and finish. Perfumey alcohol, raisin and brown sugar. Really rich and rather sweet. Yet still holds some yeasty spiciness. Well done with the alcohol in that it's not hot or solventy, but it is warm, both in the gut and the mouth. Nice fruit flavors and again, rich.
Moderate feel but sticky on the teeth.
This is the slow sipper I need for the 2nd half of Super Bowl XLIX.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super pumped they released this again since 2007 I haven't seen a single bottle since my journey in Craft. Into a pint glass

A- A hard pour resulted in well over 2 inches of tan head way more than I expected but more surprising is it didn't fade out like acid it took some time to dissipate. Beer color is a hazy amber brown.
S - Smell is sweet much sweeter than I expected for the ABV! Sweet caramel soaked raisins, a touch of brown malts, and some semi bitter raisin skins.
T - Actually the best beer I have ever had for the ABV! Smooth sweet caramel mixed with bitter raisin skins and a touch of brown malt twang that keeps it in check.
M - My Opinion? This is one smooth brew for the high octane! It's like the 120 IPA I had on tap but much sweeter like I enjoy!

Overall not that it was meant to chug but I took some hefty swigs of this and got little to no ethanol burn which is surprising since the Olde School barley wine had Ethanol burn and it was only 13%.

Incredible brew that drinks like a DIPA yet my bottle was only aged just a few months. GET SOME! It's the best high octane beer I ever tasted!

Photo of VashonGuy
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very sweet and raisiny. High ABV hits you fairly hard. It's been a while since I've had Raison d'Etre, but my memory tells me that beer is a little better for me, maybe because it's got just a bit of subtlety to it, which this beer does not.

For over-the-top fans.

Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy crap, this punches you in the face I wasn't expecting... Probably the strongest beer I've ever had!!! Nice smooth start, but gets you in the end with a strong alcohol punch. Limited release beer so worth the effort to try and say you've had it!

Photo of nelsonracite
2.25/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I was not crazy for this beer.

Photo of ZebraCakez
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours dark brown, slightly murky, with a faint head of tan bubbles that disappear quickly to leave a glassy smooth surface. Basically what you would expect at this kind of ABV.

S: This is Sunday morning right here, banana bread and raisin oatmeal. The alcohol is already making its presence known as well.

T: Strong alcohol warmth, but very fruity and sweet. The raisins (and a nice plum/fig note) come on hard, and a smokey, burnt malt finishes it up. The alcohol is always looming in the back.

F: Medium body with basically no carbonation, but definitely not easy. It's one to sip slowly. 

O: Well, what is to be expected of a caution cap beer, anyway? It's crazy bold and tells no lies. Heavy alcohol is the name of the game here. I have a few more bottles that I will let sit for a while, if it cools down a little it will be much better.

 

Photo of antman27
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding ..hands down my Fav High ABV beer It did NOT drink like a -18 ABV
SMOOTH and so flavorful wish it was not $12 a bottle this would be my Go to at home beer !

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -3.2%
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 +12.6%
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 -10.4%
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 beertunes
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
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 tkdchampxi
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Breakerboy215
4.74/5  rDev +17%
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 Stinkypuss
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When held up to the light it presents a strong ruby red. Pours with very little head, and what there is dissipates quickly to a ring.

Smells a sweet fruits with a hint of spice and alcohol.

Tastes of raisins, other fruits, and hints of brandy. Slides across the pallet with light carbonation. Warm alcohol flavors with out the bite. Lingers sweet and warm on the tongue.

Photo of natecota
1.35/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

This is my first review and I'm not going to dress it up with a bunch of fancy talk. This beer is bad. It tasted like butt. I did finish the bottle because it cost $11 at Specs in San Antonio. The good things I can say about it are it looked good in the glass and it got me effed up pretty good. I would compare it to prison toilet wine mixed with beer. If drunk in a hurry is what you're looking for, then this is the beer for you.

Photo of cubs943
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought this was pretty good.

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a 12 oz bottle from November 2014
Pours hazy Deep mahogany purple with a light tan head and a good amount of carbonation. Leaves plenty of lacing and a light layer of foam floating on top. The carbonation exits pretty quickly.
The aroma is dark fruit, prune and plum, that was soaked in rum or sherry.
Flavor is similar to the smells with a combo of dark fruit (plum ,raisin, prune) with plenty of sweetness. It is a fruity sweetness. the alcohol burn is there as it should be in an 18% brew but in a good way. Definitely needs to warm to cellar temperature before it starts to shine. This sips like a sherry or a port.
Mouthfeel is dense, sweet and syrupy. There is an alcohol burn with each sip. The raisin flavor hangs around.
I really enjoyed this as a nice change of pace. It drinks like a port or a sherry. It is a 12 oz bottle but it would be perfect for 2 or even 3 portions.
I am glad I have a few bottles. I plan on opening 1 up every 6 months or so.

Photo of Pav5069
3.04/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It needs to be aged for around a year or two.

Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.