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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,216
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 154
Gots: 430 | FT: 36
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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: 1,216 | Reviews: 675
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber that looks to be flat. No head to speak of. Nose of brown sugar, raisins, plums, red grapes, and cherries. Some caramel malt in there and definitely a fair amount of alcohol. Hints of spice and just a really nice caramelization to it. The taste is certainly a bit cloying. Intense sugar and caramel flavors, overripe dark fruits, tons of raisin, grape, and plum. Moderate alcohol flavor and head. I loved the aroma of this, but it's just too much to drink.

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2.57/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a DFH Signature glass on 7/4/12

Bottled on 03/15/07

Pours a medium-light mahogany and settles with a crimson sheen with a rusty twinge. There is a flash of bubbles while the beer is poured that simply doesn't last. Very thin collar retention disappears, too. No lace.

Toasted sugars weigh heavily the aroma - brown sugar and molasses, raisins, sweet baked bread. Overtones of fig and plum intersect with a noticeable booziness. For an overly sweet aroma, this doesn't smell too bad.

Whew, this is a strong critter. I'd go as far as to call it daunting. Sugars and alcohol mix with a light toastiness and some oxidation tones (which don't seem entirely out of place). Some bread tones drift about, offering a dry notion at times, but this is predominantly sugar, raisin and booze.

The feel isn't the most robust or full, but it sure is heavy and quite slick with all the alcohol. Carbonation is on the lower side, but it does give the beer some movement.

As the beer warms, it starts to show some signs of it's age - slightly thin edges in terms of feel and some more appreciable oxidation.

As far as over the top, sugary DFH beers go, this makes for a fairly decent sipper.

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4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shared this weekend between my brother and I and a complete stranger.

A- Crystal clear dark amber pour, hints of brown and red. Zero head, zero lacing. Looks bourbon like.

S- Huge wallop of raisins and brown sugar and vanilla. Exceptionally sweet. No hint of the alcohol in this one.

T- Sweet candy coated raisins, brown sugar, plums, dates and figs. Vanilla and a touch of maple.

M- Medium bodied, very coating on the tongue, almost syrup like.

O- This was something that I had never expected to try in my life. The guy sharing with us is the true meaning of a BA (even though he's on ratebeer) This was truly magical, for something so good to be over 5 years old is just remarkable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big beer #2 to celebrate the completion of my first year of teaching! Thanks Heatwave33, even my iTunes has cranked the apropriate tunes! I cant read the bottle date, well at least the year has faded.

Super muddy body. Initial head was around a half inch from an aggressive pour into a snifter. Right now a murky brown body with a tiny ring of head clinging to the glass just ominously sits theres, waiting for me to indulge.

It smells like a double Raison d'Etre, honestly, except the yeast comes out to play this time. Theres loads of raisins and dried fruit prominently displayed, but theres a bit of Belgian yeast that wants to come out.

The raisins definitely want to dominat (and their sweetness and body do), but the taste is surprisingly balanced. I get a strong sense of raisins, but also the chewy malt balances things out. its got the super high alcohol flavors from WWS and 120 Min, but I like how the raisins work with it.

Theres definitely a lot going on, but it works. The aftertaste feels boozy and warm. I like this the most out of the big beer series from DFH. too bad its retired....

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on: 03/15/07.

Appearance: Pours out a modestly hazed, deep amber-hued body with a very, very thin, near white head.

Smell: This one smells of liberally spiced, fruity-scented raisin puree, bready malts, dark brown sugar, and some nostril-stinging, eye-watering alcohol.

Taste: Distinctly sweet, sugary upfront with an expected follow-through of the fruity raisiny taste, brown sugar, and bready malts yielding some toastiness. But, very soon, that altogether piercing alcohol creeps in, searing the tongue and throat and warming your innards on the way down. Trivial oxidative notes in the background. Sweet breadiness, raisins, and straight-up moonshine on the flat, hot finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: There's not much going on beyond sugar, raisins, and plenty of alcohol heat. I'm totally fine with this one being put out to pasture.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this little blessing as an extra in a trade. Thanks to cartoonshop!!

Poured a beautiful, rich burnt molasses color, but what hint at a head started quickly dissipated.

Aroma: Wow, molasses, raisin a hint of...maybe caramel. Nice!

At this point the wife sniffed, and sampled, while I got on BA to check the ABV--wasn't on the bottle. How can that be? Anyway, she told me that it wasn't harsh, but she thought it might be on the higher side. Then I found out it comes in at 18%.

Taste: Wow! Smooth, raisin comes through after the initial molasses front. A bit of prune. Finishes smooth, sweet and no burn. However, every once in a while you get a hint of warming, but just a reminder to respect this concoction.

Quite nice. What a great surprise as an extra. Thanks Andrew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very cloudy brown-orange color with a thin layer of frothy off-white head. The head fades down very quickly leaving behind very little lace.

S - Aroma is full of lots of sweet raisin and dark fruit, with some strong cinnamon and Belgian yeast spices, residual sugar, caramel, a bit of vanilla, and a decent amount of booze.

T - Starts off with lots of sweet rich raisins and other dark fruits with some cinnamon and other Belgian yeast spices and some caramel. Through the middle, more brown sugar sweetness comes through with some vanilla and some booze. The finish is a mix of full of sweet raisin, some Belgian yeast spices, vanilla, and a good amount of booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and thick with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Pretty drinkable. Really big beer with lots of sweet flavors and some strong booze. Given its strength, it is still well balanced and fairly drinkable.

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
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