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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 96
Gots: 154 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Another archetypical 12 ounce brown glass bottle, but like the earlier Olde School Barleywine that I just tried, the radioactive lime green crown cap with a dogfish exclamation mark hints at something special here. No neck label on this one, but the high quality cartridge paper main label lends a quality high end presentation. The main label on my 12 ouncer looks completely different to the one shown here, the bottle I have has a brown paper background with a picture of a Cowboy Country Music looking Dude on the front. Described as a ‘Bulbous Brown Ale flavored with a boatload of Raisins’. No strength listed, curiously. The label text to the right hand side states that “this ages with the best of em’.

Appearance: Dark coppery Brandy body with some ruby highlights thanks to back lighting. Mildly hazed but turns clear after a short passage of time. Only a splurge of foam rings the glass, a thin white halo lasts throughout. Almost zero carbonation but there is a low key twinkle of lazy bubbles with a firm but gentle swirl. No lacing whatsoever.

Nose: Raucous virulent raw pungent alcohol laden aromas build to an intense bold dark fruity middle with a light sting in the tail if inhaled too deeply. Sweet molasses and a dark fruity finish. The 20% is definitely noticeable.

Taste: Sweet but not cloying, warming malts with a molasses sugar middle. I’m no fan of sweetness but I can easily tolerate this because its low key and I suspect that the alcohol heat dilutes the potential for stickiness. The dark fruity phantoms glide in towards the finish and mix well with the caramel and molasses. A fantastic exothermic finish scorches the tongue with a rum and raisin flood. Slight tip of the hat to a vinous ending right at the death.

Mouthfeel: Hot entrance, scorching middle and heated finish, long after the swallow I have trace heating in my epiglottis free of charge too……

Drinkability: A sipper, lay back in that high backed red leather chair in the Gentlemen’s Club with a large Cigar and enjoy this fine aperitif, then enjoy it again after your meal.

Overall: The 15% in the earlier DFH Olde School Barleywine was neatly dressed, understated and well hidden, but the Raison D’Extra has a high profile 20%, and it delivers it with a hand held RPG. It’s out there, big, bold and brash, with large chunky gold jewelry and a hairy chest poking out atop a gaudy Hawaiian shirt with the top 3 buttons undone. Extra alright...extra fucking everything. This one has no shame, a Chav Piekie of a brew.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank from a snifter.

A - Pretty brown color, but alas, no head and no lacing. At such an abv, no wonder. It looks quite viscous. Sure, there is no lacing, but the beer itself clings to the sides a bit.

S - Smells strongly of figs and alcohol. A bit of oak, dates and grapes underneath. But the alcohol overpowers all, especially as it warms.

T - Delicious! It is sweet - very, very sweet. Somehow, it does not offend though. The strongest flavor is maple syrup. A bit of caramel, honey and very faint molasses amplify the sweetness. There is a potent date presence, as well as raisins and a little figs, slight vanilla and chicory as well. Great flavor! Abv stays masked until right near room temp. Impressive!

M - Best part of the beer. It is so viscous. It warms you as it goes down even though the alcohol is hidden. The smoothness is superfluidity in action. Amazing, simply amazing.

D - For such a sweet dessert beer, this is amazing. More than one of these in one sitting would be a terrible idea. Here's why: it would make you poor very quickly; it would make you sick very quickly; and, after one, could you truly appreciate the second? Considering the monsterous price tag and my frugal natute, it says a lot that I will gladly buy this again. Another winner from DFH.

mrasskicktastic, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to this one for awhile. 2005 vintage with bright yellow cap. Pours from the 12oz bottle a deep garnet read with only a small ring of bubbles around the the glass. At this ABV I wasn't expecting any lasting head. Aromas of sweet burnt brown sugar colliding with a wall of raisins. Notes of caramel and some spice, slightly vinous. Quite nice overall.

First sip brings a quite sweet caramel/brown sugar maltiness accentuated by a upfront distinct raisin flavor. Slightly syrupy with vanilla, cherry and more dark fruity notes. Maybe a hint of molasses as well. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden, however the warming on the throat reminds me it is there in force. A huge, sweet, rasiny ale that is a tasty sipper and most definetly a unqiue creation.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy slick. Goes down smooth with very mellow carbonation. A very nice late night sipper for me. The 12oz bottle should do perfectly. I have a few more of these that I plan to sit on for awhile and see where they go. Give it a shot. Thanks to goodbyeohio for tossing this my way.

orbitalr0x, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of hopsaplenty
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at the Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth Beach. A 10oz. draft served in a snifter which is appropriate given its immense alcohol.

It appears a deep amber, with ruby highlights at the edges. No head to speak of and minimal carbonation. No lacing. It smells of rich fruit, raisins, and whiffs of the alcohol float around as well. It tastes a bit sweet, malty and raisiny with hints of vanilla and maybe clove. The alcohol is surprisingly masked and there is nothing harsh about it. Luscious mouthfeel, full of malt and warming on the tongue. Highly, almost dangerously drinkable and everything is wonderfully balanced. A second one would taste oh so good, but would pack quite a hit. One at a time is enough, but this is a fantastic beer and I'll be back for more.

Another hit from DFH.

hopsaplenty, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a caramel color with a short-lived head that settles into a film without leaving much of a trace - not unexpected at this ABV level

Smell: Very sweet, rum-soaked raisin bouquet; just a ton of fusel alcohol on the nose

Taste: Sweet rum-roaked raisins, brown sugar and figs assault the tongue only to be supplanted by the tremendous blast of fusel alcohol; a bit of medicinal bitterness complements the sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied; not much carbonation, but plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Sipability is more like it; this one will blast you away before you finish your 12 oz. To think they used to sell it in 750ML bottles - unconscionable! I have tasted it young and with a few years of age and it definitely needs time

Thanks to mdaschaf, my Secret Bunny 2012, I had the pleasure of tasting the 3/15/07 bottling with five years of cellaring and it is extraordinary; the fusel alcohol has dissipated and, while the beer still leaves some warmth in the gullet, it explodes with malty dark fruit flavors like a fine brandy - bumping up the smell and taste scores by .5 and the overall by 1.0

brentk56, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of surfadelic23
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this is a serious mofo. It's sure looks pretty in the glass, almost a ruby color. Mine had very little to no carbonation. It is REALLY a sweet flavor and it almost reminds me of a port or fortified wine less so than an ale... At 22% this is for sure a sipper. I did not really taste any hops as they were over powered by this big tasting beverage

surfadelic23, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having tried this at the brewpub on draft I have been dying to get some in a bottle for a more thorough tasting.

Very nice amber color. Some reddish hues. Tends to float between an orange to red color. No head to speak of. Decent carbonation.

Good aroma-somewhat vinuous. Slight sherry character. Trace of vanilla. Hint of alcohol but its definately there.

Extremely complex flavor. Obviously very malty-great blend of raisons, sherry and an oak-like vanilla. The alcohol gives it a definate spiciness but I wouldnt call it a "burn". The lingering of sweet and spicy is quite pleasant.

Very good body. Overall a very enjoyable beer. A true sipper for sure. I had visions of "The Beast" 2 considering the abv. This is a fine effort from DFH.

lackenhauser, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of waldowin
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale amber, which thickens to a ruby when it's gathered in the glass. White head that fades almost instantly (no big surprise with the ABV), and is a very thin ring around the edge.

This smells very much like a merlot. There's some oak and malt in there as well, but a very strong wine smell.

Taste is very much like a strong wine. Raisins and malts hit, very sweet, and then just an explosion of warming alcohol. Melts the back of your head. Almost a rum-like finish. Definitely makes me curious to try some raisins in my next homebrew.

The up-front is extremely sweet and syrupy, and then the body just disappears as the alcohol and raisins rinse it all away. Extremely tasty, but unlike any other beer I've had.

The ABV makes this *very* much a sipping beer, but it's so tasty and such an unusual experience, it's hard to resist.

With a few years on it, this beer will be outstanding.
Many thanks to lackenhauser for hooking me up!

waldowin, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a deep mahogany with a reddish hint. The body is crystal clear with no real carbonation visible. The head is a thin film around the rim that is light tan.

S- this beer has a warm sweet malty nose with some hints of oak and wine. There is a faint cherry blossom sweetness in the finish.

T- This beer has a bold caramel and toasted malt with a slight dark red wine hint. The finish has an alcohol warmth mixed with some hop bitterness and a slight sweetness that gives it a hint of cough medicine flavor but in a good way if that is possible.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel with some alcohol warmth that runs down the throat. There is no astringency but did I mention the alcohol warmth?

D- This beer is better and bigger than its younger sibling. It has good complexity and depth along with an alcohol strength that dominates the finish. It might be more smooth and blended after a long rest.

rhoadsrage, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of Bumpon10s
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear and thin red color. No lace, no head at all. An odd color for a Strong Dark Ale, but then again, does Dogfish abide by any rules?

S - Lots of fruits, namely light raisins and grapes, cherry perhaps as well as malt. Made to be a very sweet smell.

T - Similar, lots of light fruits, with cherries also perhaps. The alcohol plays a huge role also.

M - Very syrupy, it was called cough syrup, and in the mouth it feels like it. A bit uncomfortable to drink.

D - At 20%, the odd mouthfeel, and taste unlike others, it keeps it down a bit. I would still reccomend you try.

Bumpon10s, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is a rich, clear ruby red color. It pours with a pale, almost non-existent head despite being pretty well carbonated. The aroma smells quite a bit like brandy; intense, concentrated fruit (fig, prune, dried cranberries, raisins), and alcohol. The taste is quite sweet, yet still fairly light on the palate, though it is certainly a bit syrup like. The beer has quite a fruity taste to it, with lots of notes of concentrated grape (almost has notes of a desert wine), a bit of candied orange peel. This beer is still fairly drinkable, despite the high alcohol; it is definitely a sipper, but it does not become too much beer after a couple of ounces like the 120 min. This is pretty simplistic in its straight forward sweet fruit character, which drowns out pretty much everything except perhaps the alcohol.

Gueuzedude, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an amber color with a tiny head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass, as expected with this high of alcohol. The aroma has some fruit with a touch of raisin and has a lot of sugary sweetness, but not too much. The flavor doesn't have near the raisin intensity that I expected. Very intense flavor. Molasses sweetness and lots of crystal malt with a very well hidden sting of alcohol. The mouthfeel is very thick and the drinkability is deadly smooth for the alcohol level.

clvand0, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber color, crystal cleer, with just a light hint of head that leaves just a small ring around the top. Nose is not nearly as strong as I expected. I get deep raison and fig soaked in rum, deep brown-sugary sweetness. I really expected this to kick my ass more. Flavor is really smooth. Lots of sweetness, brown sugar and caramel, with raison and just a touch of alcohol. Wow. Very nice. Feel is syrupy and thick with minimal carbonation. I get a nice warming in my stomach. I'm very very surprised at the drinkability of this one. I was expecting something that would be hard to finish, but I'm finding myself having to slow down a little. I'm definately sipping, but going back sooner than other beers of this magnitude. This is a really nice beer. I will enjoy a few more of these before too long.

kmpitz2, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of sacfly
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Given out at the DFH bocce tournament 2005.

Pours a clear, brown. Little to no head, very light carbonation. Smells of grapes and plums.

First taste is syrupy sweet. The raisons are evident. Overripe fruit sweetness. Long, lingering sweetness in the aftertaste. Very light alcohol apparent for being 20%ABV.

Very nice and easy to drink now. I can see this being phenomenal in a year or two. Even now it is very enjoyable.

sacfly, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm and rich crystal malt and molasses scent with a mild raisin aroma to boot. It is sweet with an alcohol bang. The taste is intense. It has a rich crystal malt and raisin flavor with the residual sweetness of the molasses. It goes down slow and warm. It's flavor is quite complex and so flavorful. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn tastey brew, but to be honest, I'll probably never buy this again. It's one of those, I had to try it; I liked it, but it's too damned over the top to drink too often.

WesWes, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Compliments of the fine folks at DFH for playing bocce...what a deal.
Pours a bright amber color w/ almost no head...almost impossible to tell the color it disappears so rapidly.
The aroma is delightful...huge scents of figs, raisins, cherries, citrus with a slight alcohol twinge if you linger the nose.
Flavor is great...grapes, raisins and a hefty dose of malt sweetness. Alcohol is apparent, but not distracting if your are respecting (sipping) this one...carbonation is high and assists in making this offering thick, yet not too cloying.
Slightly bitter and dry in the finish and so wonderfully kind on the pallet...could think of no better way to finish off an evening.
Drinkability's score is based on me polishing off the 12oz. w/ very little effort...not that I could drink any more of this beyond the one serving. Most beer bars where I've see it on tap were offering just 4oz. glasses or so...not a bad idea.
Thanks to Dogfish for this one...great job!

warriorsoul, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of EStreet20
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown glass bottle poured into a DFH oversized wine glass.

A - Poured a gorgeous dark amber color that has a tiny reddish hue. Extremely thin layer of off white head that thinned out to nearly nothing immediately. Minimal, if any, lacing.

S - Fruit and alcohol to say the least. A wine like aroma with the way the alcohol blends with the fruit. I see that in all the high alc DFH's I've tried. Mainly the raisins with some backing by cherries. A little spice in there as well. Very nice on the nose.

T - Hhmmm, very nice and very sweet. I'm getting some cinamon raisin bread in there and the cherry flavor comes through, almost a marashino cherry type sweetness. A nice alcohol tinge toward the end kicks it up a notch, a very nice sipper.

M - Very smooth, although a little syrupy. One of those beers where more carbonation (which it lacks for the most part) just might not work. I'm not crazy about the syrupy nature but that nice alcohol warming makes it worthwhile.

D - As always with such a high alcohol content the "obviously a sipper" disclaimer applies, but in all honesty I found this very drinkable. Not crisp and refreshing, but warm and soothing. A beer that goes down smooth and gives a little burn down to the belly, but in a good way. All in all very drinkable for its high volume.

Notes: Pleasantly surprising. I actually wasn't too big a fan of Raison d'etre so I wasn't sure if I'd like its amped up version. However, despite the high ABV I found it both a more balanced flavor and an easier drinking beer. Go figure. Good thing I can't buy a 6 pack of these or I might be in trouble.

EStreet20, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz'er with the Western guy sitting with an acoustic guitar on the label similar to Burton Baton.

Sneaks out of the browner with an innocuous pellucid amber brown hued pour topped with a scant skim thin khaki collar ring around the glass.

Wafting scents of brown sugar, waffles and cotton candy. Fruity aroma of melon and some spicy nutmeg. Beleive it or not, there are not a lot of awl-kee-hawl esters in the nose, amazingly.

First swigs: Intriguing toasted rye bread. Sticky sweet sugary rum with a gullet warming feel. I keep sipping this looking for more flavors but this revolves around 7-Up and rum. After giving this a 4 for flavoer, I am tempted to give it a 5 for clean smoothness.

Feel is medium bodied with muted "phoned it in" carbonation. Sugary aspects are pronounced but not cloying. Sweet sipper.

Last swigs: Rummy turbinado cola tea ease. Avery Beast can give this a run for the money, but DFH is just smooth. What is amazing is how smooth, delicate and crafty this big beer is. Never does a boozy warmth overcome the sweet rasin sugary characteristic. Incredible! Quite honestly, a masterpiece in that it is a hooch-beer that is delicate. I was in awe (insert: drunken awe) when I visited the brewpub this past summer and drank La Forte. Amazing! D'Extra just isnt overly drinkable for obvious reasons. While I am in beer confession mode, forgive a 3.5 DR since this is a bottle battle. This was a $10 a 12 oz'er 2005 edition treat snaggletoothed at the Beverage Castle in Tampa Bay, FL.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
2.53/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Started reading about this brew a week or so ago. On a sojourn to Town and Country in West Springfield I was very surprised to see it on their shelves. I was even more surprised at the price tag 8.95 for a 12 oz. bottle! This was one beer I couldn’t pass up.

Poured a pale cinnamon hue. I know that term is commonly used, but it applies here. Very little head retention a no lacing. A mildly odorous offering, chocolate and clove dominate here.

“Brewed with raisins”, yeah, they’re there, but they are not its most defining characteristic. Remember those cinnamon toothpicks the some dude used to make when you were in sixth grade!?!?!!?! Tastes just like that.

Within two sips I could feel the alcohol. It’s a hot beer, spicy and warm. An interesting beer that I appreciate for its uniqueness, but not very good.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Available now on tap at Max's On Broadway in Fells Point, Baltimore, which is where I tried it.

This beer arrived in a small flute glass - probably only 6 ounces. Possibly less. But then, as this beer was listed on the menu at 21%, 6oz is all you need.

As you already know, everything about this beer is strong, dark, and handsome. The only other beer i've had as strong as this is Samuel Adams Triple Bock. Unlike that beer, though, the Raison D'Extra is palatable. For being so strong in alcohol content, it is really quite smooth in the finish. The alcohol is very present, of course, but it blends well with all the spices in the beer.

The mouthfeel? Its as if you could chew this beer. Very thick and complex.

Unfortunately, or maybe just obviously, this beer has a low drinkability level. I'm surprised it comes in 12oz bottles. That seems like too much at once. 6oz was enough for me, and i split it with 2 friends!

chOAKbarrell, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of kaimcm
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Publik House 9/24/05. Right on for having it guys!

A: Beautiful tawny copper color. No head at all, none, but not a surprise with ABV 20%. Nice and clear.

S: The nose was interesting and complex, but not overwhelming. Notes of raisons and caramel, not really any alcohol.

T: Just delicious. Strong rasin quality, very vinous. Very reminiscent of an Oloross sherry. Sweet but not too much. Big malt profile, the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. A touch of honey. Really a brilliant balance in this beer, everything works together.

M: Quite syrupy, with just a hint of carbonation. Just enough to keep it lively. Great wieght.

D: Very high alcohol, but its balanced very well. Could get you in trouble real fast if you werent careful. As Ive mentioned before, I dont know how to handle this category. It was "exceptionally drinkable" so it gets a 5.

Just awesome. DFH has done it again. I feel like their real genious is evident in the balance of most of their beers, espicially the huge ones like this. Cheers!

kaimcm, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of oldcrustacean
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was quite surprised to find a row of 12oz at Sam's in Chicago. $8.99/bottle. No bottling date or ABV on the label. 2005.

An almost overwhelming scent dissipated from the vessle upon uncapping a perfectly carbonated bottle. Poured into my favorite "Piraat" snifter (a gift from PaleAleHater on one of his less bitter days).

Smell: Intimidating... alllmost fusel, but not quite.

Taste: Delicious. I don't know how they do it, but this is one of the first > 15% beers that I've had where there isnt the slighest hint of fusel alcohol (maybe I was tainted by The Beast). Malty with raisins. Very minimal hop profile. A treat, indeed.

Split the 12oz with the girlfriend...and I'm already feeling this. Be careful with this brew. It'll catch up to you quickly.

oldcrustacean, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated 12oz poured into a tulip. The label has a guy decked out like Hank Williams Sr holding a guitar. I'm assuming its from this year's release.

Deep, almost ruby amber with no head. Not surprising given the abv which is listed on the website as 21%!!!!

The nose is raisins soaked in port or sherry. Sugary with a hint of malt and solvent alcohol. Intimidating, but I like it.

The taste follows along the same lines as the nose. Lots of raisins with sugar and alcohol, but the booze is not excessive. No heinous burning, but I can feel it in my belly after the second sip, and I can feel my booze breath. The mouth is a bit syrupy, but not sticky. Its hard to give this one high marks in light of the abv and price tag of $8.99+ a bottle, but it is a pleasure to sip slowly.

ypsifly, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of nriech
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in Richmond. Great aroma as with the normal Raison but you can definately detect the alcohol being at 20 percent. I woudnt say this is a Belgian Strong, more like a barley wine. Think sherry. Oranges and raisins but not as much as the regular stuff. The hops were present but not overpowering. Cant go wrong with Dogfish.

nriech, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of Rastacouere
2.45/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

2002 750mL. Orangey copper. No head. Sambucca and various herbs hit the nose with an oily alcohol punch. Soaked grapes, sherry and figs, plus an earthy vegetal oil bring on coniferous flavours and a rather complex perfumey profile. Plenty of residual sugar still, makes you wonder how much cane sugar, corn syrup, molasses etc they had to throw into every bottle. Long aggressive palate. It really does remind me or vegetal oil alcohol soaked. Interesting green olives complexities, apples, grapes, apricot lingering sweetness. Overwhelming ethanol finish. Long long aftertaste, hoppy and somehow yeasty. Softly carbonated, rather thin-bodied.

Rastacouere, Sep 13, 2005
Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.