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Raison D'Extra - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 151
Gots: 392 | 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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Photo of Crittervision
2.74/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance is dense and cloudy, orangey-brown, a nice half-inch head that turns into a ring of bubbles.

Smell is what I imagine a glass of warmed fruit punch flavored juicy juice to be. I remember that flavor to be pretty odd, primarily dark fruits and cherries, and seemingly not very fresh. Underneath this I get just the slightest bit of steamed cabbage.

The fruit punch juicy juice develops into a more natural(?) taste of prune juice, whole fig, and (perhaps I'm obligated to mention this because the bottle leads me to believe) alcohol-soaked raisins. The beer is cloying in a hugely detracting way.

The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, warm, and somewhere between syrupy and thin. I was expecting very syrupy, but I guess the carbonation combats that and provides a density that I'd describe as much more like a quality juice than, say, honey or syrup.

Edit: forgot to describe drinkability. I cringe at nearly every sip. It's unpleasant, huge amount of alcohol in an unpleasant way. The taste/mouthfeel combination really hurts the drinkability.

Overall, glad to try this beer. With the plethora of more affordable, more drinkable beers out there, I'd hesitate to get this again unless the purpose was explicitly to drink an incredibly boozy beer.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. It appears to be a 2007 vintage, from a trade with MiguelMandingo. Thanks Mike!

A: Pours a hazy maroon body with a finger of big-bubbled tan head. Retention is basically non-existent, as you would expect from an 18%er, but there are a few bubbles on top of the brew that pop and crackle with the aid of some effervescence up the glass. No collar on the brew.

S: Raisins and brown sugar. Caramel, chocolate. Plums. There's a well-worn, polished leather aroma to it. Very rich and deep, and surprisingly not boozy.

T: Raisins up front, as you might expect, with a sudden rush of brown sugar, caramel, and chocolate. Plums and dates are here as well. I taste that leather pretty strongly when I swirl it around the mouth, and it has an herbal quality to it. A presence of spice in the finish that is accentuated by a light booze kick, but again, this is pretty restrained for an 18%er (and moreso, for DFH, which generally produces pretty boozy-tasting big beers, IMO).

M: Full-bodied with low carbonation. Lightly syrupy, and it can get to be sticky after a while. I alternate this with sips of water to prevent myself from getting sick of it (I'm working on the whole thing alone).

D: I'd drink this again, conditionally. I assume it is pretty boozy fresh. I would seek out another aged bottle, but I don't think I'd drink a fresh one. This definitely exceeded my expectations, I have to admit.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby brown with a good head that died quickly that left some lace. A herbal, spicy smell along with hints of fruit of yeast layered with a sturdy malt base. A great tasting, medium-bodied beer that is real smooth and the ABV is mostly hidden, just adding some crispness to the finish which complements the beer. A little spicy, sticky, with sweetness and a fruit taste like grape and orange along with a little biscuity vibe. A quality sipper that I will gladly have again.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 9/29/06

Was fortunate enough to share a bottle of this at the Frisco Grill courtesy of Oliver the amazing bartender there. Good place, good guy.

As shown above the bottle was over three years old and it was simply amazing.

There was little to no head that topped the dark brown leather colored beer.

There was a huge glorious aroma. It just went on and on. Raisins, dark fruit, malty goodness, vanilla, maple and molasses.

The flavor was just totally awesome. Vanilla, raisins, dates. Layers and layers. Sweet yet not too sweet.

Smooth as velvet, thick and bold body.

I'd lose a million on a bet about the abv. From scanning other reviews, I am assuming this was due to the age. Time to cellar a couple of these bottles. Wow, this was great. Quite a treat.

Photo of zebulon
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very pleasant honey color with a bit of red to it; almpost translucent with a very slight hint of fog. Practically no head and no lacing (if that is important to you)

A strong dried fruit, maple,honey sweet aroma very pleasant foretaste of what is to come.

Taste mirrors aroma more honey than fruit with slight maple and an under tone of bitter (very slight in the background). Some alcohol impact like in a liqueur.

Sweet without being heavy,liqueur like alcohol hit, light carbonation. This is a great dessert drink, after a meal

Smooth drinkability, but the 18% alcohol can get you.

Photo of Riccymon
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

3/15/07 vintage

Pours from the bottle a purple-red color with a quarter inch of head; nothing out of the ordinary. Smell is intense! It actually smells almost exactly like Flanders red ales I've had with strong sour apple, grape, and some vinegar notes. Dark rye bread and booze also present in the nose.

Taste is where the raisin comes in a bit: boozy, vodka- and whiskey-soaked raisins with fusel alcohol that stings the tongue and finishes a little sour while the beer is still a little on the cool side. Flavors of soy sauce and a hint of chocolate also show up. Mouthfeel isn't as full-bodied as I expected, but as the beer warms, it gets silkier. Finish also improves as the beer warms, ending up a little salty and a little sweet.

For an 18% "ale brewed with raisins," I'd say D'Extra is a sipper, but reasonably drinkable, as I had no trouble finishing it in a couple hours. This bad boy was 2 1/2 years old, and I'd advise aging it even longer.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber to chestnut with the thinnest tan head that quickly dissolves leaving no lacing behind.

As advertised, there is HUGE raisin aroma as well as sweet molasses like malt, and other dark fruit, and possibly just a hint of sweet nuts.

The palate consists of more, deep raisin sweetness, a hint of dark woody notes, vinous, and other dark fruits mirroring the nose.

Medium, yet semi syrupy in the body with fairly light carbonation, boozy, and a slight burn that is part booze, part woody.

Nice brew, great character, a bit on the aggressive side, but not so much to discourage consumption. Considering the abv of this brew, the character is perfect for just one very slow drinking beer.

Photo of natasharai
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage consumed october 2009

Appearance: poured with a small tan creamy bubbly head that dissipated leaving a few speckles of lacing. The head is aroused with a gentle swirl of the glass and quickly fades. The beer is slightly cloudy reddish/orange brown.

Smell: Sweet prunes and raisin, toasted malt, a bit nutty, then more sweet fruity smell like sweet berries, a small amount of alcohol which is surprisingly small for the ABV.

Taste: Really sweet, fruity berries, raisins and prunes, sweet oaky like flavor, some sweet roasted nuts, small amount of pleasant alcohol flavor, and leaves mouth a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, very sweet and sticky, small alcohol burn, interesting bitter dryness, leaves mouth pretty sweet.

Overall: Amazing drinkability considering the ABV and style. Very sweet though which for some people can become overwhelming. The sweetness carries such great character, very tasty berries, raisins and prunes. The oaky wood/nut flavor and aroma is really delicious!!

Photo of ShadesOfGray
2.39/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A seriously potent beer! Just like everyone else says though...way too sweet. Definately worth trying...but a little overkill. A lot of expectations on it, which didn't let me down as far as booze. But WOW! the taste and drinkability is a little over the top.
Poured into my Chimay chalice...maroon-ish color with small head that dissapears rather quickly. The booze smell fills the room!

The bottle says brewed with boatloads of raisons...uh...yea. You can say that again. Has a decent first taste but doesn't last long as soon as it hits the back of your tongue. Hard to finish the bottle by yourself...so recommended to share with a friend for the experience.

With that said, I still respect and love DFH beers.

Photo of drabmuh
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter. Beer is brown and hazy with minimal head and carbonation.

Aroma of this beer is AMAZING. This is one of the best smelling beers I have ever had. Carmel, malt, even the alcohol helps to bring the smell of this beer to the next level.

Unfortunately, the smell does not live up to the taste. Don't get me wrong, this beer is flavorful and enjoyable, i was just expecting something else from the aroma to the taste. Let's get the standards out of the way, by the way, I'm loaded right now. There is no hop character at all. No bitterness, no aftertaste nothing. The first thing to notice is the sweetness. Some caramel, a little, slight roast on the back end. A good tasting beer. I really recommend it.

Drinkability good, mouthfeel is fine. Not thin like you'd expect but average. Overall, a great beer.

Photo of cvfish
2.87/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - This beer poured a wooden brown color with deep red highlights that produced a huge light tan fluffy head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were brown sugar, raisins, dark cherries, caramel malts, this thing is loaded on the nose

T - Ok, this beer was way too sweet for me to distinguish any flavors, this beer had no depth that I thought was coming from the nose, but was unimpressed

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was horrible on the taste, I can't the taste of this beer through the ungodly amount of sweetness, the first fail in a long line of good Dogfish Head brews

Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: cloudy ruby color with almost no head at all. Looks a lot like an old ale.

Smell: very sweet and, appropriately, raisiney. The raisins are accompanied by apple and pear aromas as well. Hops are nonexistent.

Taste: raisins, sweet malt and alcohol. It is rather cloying and intense. This bursts the needles of the both the sweetometer and the alcolimeter. It's good but ... just too much.

Mouthfeel: body is medium but the liquid is rather syrupy and does a good job at coating the mouth. Well, it's a good job if you like alcohol and raisins.

Drinkability: good, in its way, but it will be hard to finish.

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

07 Vintage

Yet another seriously intense beer from DFH. This beer still tastes strongly of raisons, and probably is bit more malty than it was when fresh. Despite the two years on this beer, it impressively still burns like a shot going down. Nonetheless a really interesting brew from DFH

Photo of tzieser
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/15/07 (hard to read the exact day, but the number 07 is clearly), grabbed this without knowing its been aging. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a thick, hazy, dark brown with trace amounts of carbonation that forms a thin lacing around the sides. A little bit of yeast made its way into the glass, but the brew still looks solid nonetheless.

The aroma of this beer is truly amazing. Malts dominate the nose throughout. No hops here that I can smell. The malts are fully bodied and extremely rich. Over-ripened (perhaps dried) fruit is present up front...smells of prone prune, but it's probably raisin, since that's what this was brewed with. Some coca in the back. The yeast is also very recognizable. The complexity of the smells alone is remarkale. Now onto the taste....

Tastes excellent. Wow. Over-the-top maltiness up front with a slight bite at the end, but the bite is probably from the 18% abv-- not hops. If they were hops that I tasted, the 2.5 years of aging certainly mellowed them out quite a bit. Well rounded character overall, as the slight bitter flavor keep things nice and balanced. The over-ripened fruits are back, and are very noticeable. Very smooth for a beer this strong. Some may find this beer to sweet (if your a hophead especially), but I think it's perfect for it's style.

Mouthfeel is good. Well carbonated, especially considering it's

Drinkability is surprisingly good. I wish I had at least one more of these.

Overall- Be sure to try this. Even if you didn't like Raison D'ete, you should still give this beer a shot. Especially if you find an aged one.

Photo of HopHead84
2.97/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received as an extra some time ago. Thanks. Consumed on 9/16/2009 and poured into a snifter. After a little online research, I've deduced that the ABV of this beer is somewhere between 18-20%. Interesting. The beer appears dark amber with a one finger beige head.

The aroma is of bready malt with a lot of sugar. Alcohol suffuses the aroma. Some honey is apparent, as well as a hint of raisins. I also get dried fruits such as figs, plums, and dates. As the beer warms the nose becomes increasingly complex.

The flavor is very, very sweet. I understand a high ABV beer like this might be sweet, but this is very sweet. There's a lot of sugary honey and the malt is bready. Alcohol is very powerful, and makes the sweetness a bit hard for me to deal with. It's borderline cloying. Fuck that, it's cloying. Figs, dates, raisons, and plums are present. The finish is sugary sweet honey with a long alcohol burn.

I really love the aroma, but the combination of sweetness and alcohol in the flavor was too much for me.

Photo of jnn4v
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

3-year aged bottle. Was aged at around 70 degrees in a light-free environment, so hopefully will turn out OK.

A: Looks THICK as it pours. No head at all, and the tiny bubbles inside took nearly 30 seconds to rise through. Wow. Hazy orange/brown color.

S: Raisins. Grapes. Honey. Balsamic vinegar. Hints of burning/melted plastic (yeah, weird and unpleasant, but it's definitely there).

T: Honey, raisins, toffee, and caramel are the four flavors I notice most. Sweetness that starts from the beginning of the taste and lasts through the aftertaste. Malt bomb for sure.

M: Very thick. Very smooth. Perfect for what it's intended to be.

D: Definitely a sipping beer. As long as your intent is to split a 12oz bottle with one or more friends, it's very drinkable. But it'd be challenging to finish even a single bottle.

Photo of bbeane
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my DFH snifter... Small brown head that recedes to nothing. Beer is dark reddish amber with little activity and some sediment... very murky looking. Very little activity and no lacing

S- High alcohol smell mixed with a sweet malty plum aroma

T- Very sweet tasting the whole way through. Taste lots of plum flavor with some raison flavor as well. Can also pick up some alcohol in the taste

M- Surprisingly lighter body with little carbonation. Sweetness lingers in your mouth after swallowing... high alcohol warms your throat on the first few sips

D- Very tasty. Definately a sipping beer, but could definately enjoy a few over a couple hours

CHEERS!!

Photo of beerwolf77
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend picked this up while at our local store and thought it might be interesting. Got to give her points for that. We shared the experiance and this is how it went. Poured onto a pint glass the beer is reddish brown purple. No head at all. After a good five minutes of warming I give her the honors. Let's just say the face she made was priceless. She passes the glass my way and I get a nose full of sweet raisons and a bourbon like aroma. It's sugary sweet to say the least. The flavor is similar to the nose. Sweet with a deep raison flavor that's almost overbearing. The high ABV can be tasted in the bourbon like flavor that resounds with every sip. The warming sensation is much so much like whiskey it's rediculous. Full body with almost no carbonation. This is a sipper for sure. If you drink this one make sure it's a nightcapper.

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

A: Reddish amber with a very small head that leaves minimal lacings.

S: A very powerful smell of sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, alcoholic fumes and most of all raisins in abundance. The smell is quite reminiscent of fine spirits.

T: The taste is very sweet with malts, caramel and raisins everywhere. Notes of cocoa, leather and wood. The finish is mildly bitter with more sweetness and more raisins to it. The alcohol is present already in the mouth and becomes really strong in the finish - like a warming sweet liqueur or a cognac.

M: Full-bodied with a gentle carbonation.

D: A strange, yet intriguing beer. The amount of sweetness and raisin flavors in this one are off the chart. I didn't think it was overly complex since the character is so reliant on sweet boozy raisins, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. Stating that it's a sipper is probably superfluous - this one drinks as a fine cognac. My sample consisted of about a third of a bottle, and that was almost more than enough. I don't think I would want to drink a whole bottle of it on my own.

Photo of erz316
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled on 09.29.06, this guy has some age on him, and I picked him up to day at the store without knowing it! this will be a nightcap beer, and is poured into augustijn chalice.

A - as I opened this bottle i got some on a cut on my finger, it stings: there is that much alcohol in this! a paler colour than normal, the body is a dark burnt orange that gets obscured by the yeast floating down, making it much more opaque and normal. the head comes and goes quite readily, leaving a thin layer; the head drops away in less than 30 seconds.

S - this smells quite like the westvleteren 8 I had today. raisins and cocoa poweder, with a slight alcohol presence. the cocoa powder is the most obvious and it shifts into this caramel covered raisin nose. not much spice or herbals, but malts are at the way bottom of this nose, adding to the slight sweetness of the cocoa. this is a phenomenal nose, and is quite pungent even when right out of the fridge. the yeast is definitly manifesting itself in the form of this cocoa nose, im pretty sure. however, I would have liked to see an expansion on the fruity side of things, the sweet fruit aspect is quite one sided, and this is why i go to belgian dark strongs.

T - cocoa indeed, but wheres all that booze gone to? the intial taste is juicy raisins dusted in cocoa. juicy: this is the best way to describe how this beer feels and tastes. as the beer sits in my mouth the alcohol begins to manifest itself in a nice warming way. there is a strong sweet aspect to the beer as well, like taking a big bite out of some brown sugar, but not like molasses. again, the whole thing is just incredbily juicy, like biting into a big piece of fruit. christ, belching tastes just like i had a hot cocoa! back to the review. there is also some fruit besides raisins, like a pineapple prune mash up. the finish is chocolaty and has the alcohol creep out. the raisins come out at the back of the throat with the intense alcohol. the after taste is very sweet, no bitterness really. chocolate and something like candied prunes: really sweet, and not that appealing. everything is pretty good except for how sweet this brew gets, maybe because it is old? not properly aged? it was on a beer store shelf for three years, so maybe that had something to do with it. either way, there are so many things that go right with this beer, but the cloying sweetness is a bit too much, as is the presence of cocoa. still it is an good beer, and masks that 18% abv incredibly well.

MF&D - a very slick beer, maybe diacetyl has a bit to do with this? there is a good balance between carbonation and body, but this slickness is a bit off putting, i dont want my beer to feel oily (though it is not that slippery). body is good and heavy, but the combination of the excessive sweetness along with the incredibly furtive alcohol kills the drinkability. I would not want to have another one of these in a row, though it is by no means a drain pour. not at this price!

Photo of beermanbrian
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in the cellar for a couple of years. Not sure what vintage it is.

Pours a nice clear color until I go just a touch too far and get a ton of sediment. My bad. Decent foamy cap that hangs around surprising long considering the high ABV. Enough lace to leave rings as you drink.

Smell is very sweet with some dark fruits. Not sure if it's the appearance or what but i get a definate apple cider feel to this one.

Taste is high on the sweet side, tons of sugar. ABV shows itself with some mild burn but actually is surprisingly well hidden.

I can appreciate this one for being a cutting edge brew but frankly wouldn't seek it out. It's a little over the top and isn't quite doing it for me. Above average just for the creativity but dosn't know my socks off.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2007. Got some age on it. Bought this one on re reccomendation of fellow BAers.

A- 12oz bottle pours into wide snifter nicely. A murky hazy copper. Looks good, minimal tan head... but good considering the ABV.

S- Spiced, sugary plums and red grapeskin. The booze is there, for sure, but is not overpowering. A malty sweetness rich with caramel is also noted. I could sniff this beer all night, great great aroma.

T- Mind-bogglingly good. Rich candied plums and caramel sugars, white grape-like tartness and drying of the mouth, incredibly powerful, and has a complexity that I can't put into words. Does a backflip in your mouth. Rasins, molasses dominate. Outstanding.

M- I've had several high ABV DFH offerings, and while I loved most of them... this one takes the cake for mouthfeel, edging out the World Wide Stout. Super sweet, tart, powerful, refined. Fantastic. Cannot be improved on... at 18% they've pulled the rabbit from out of the hat.

D- Moderate, but oh-so-good. I will be trying to buy a case of this if it ever gets put back into production, and you can bet I'm going to clear out the remaining 07 stock at my local store. I hate to sound like a DFH groupie, but f' it.... I love Dogfish Head!

Photo of tsreynolds
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cracked a bottle dated Sept. 2006 that I've been holding for a while. Didn't realize this is discontinued, should probably see if my shop has any more.

This is one to let sit. The 2006 tasted like a 5% ABV. It was so smooth and easy to drink. Not too much alcohol heat at all. The flavor was very complex and delicious. The other reviews say enough to the flavor. Just wanted to note that it certainly mellows out very well with time. Wish I hadn't opened this one but I am sure there are more to be had. Very very good beer.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its usually a good thing when you can smell a beer the second its opened, and that is what happened. This beer poured a hazy reddish-purple color. The head is an inch and a half of aggressive, fizzy foam, and recedes within seconds to almost no lacing. The aroma is of soft caramel malt, raisins, dates, port, and a hint of spice. This is a very interesting aroma. The taste is more port-like than the aroma. It isn't an identical twin, but it has a lot of similarities. There is a lot of molasses, some spice, raisins, and some alcohol heat. Again, this is very interesting taste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a velvety texture, and lively carbonation (a lot livelier than I would expect from a beer with strong, and aged for two years). Overall, I like this beer. The taste and aroma aren't what I usually like in a strong Belgian ale, or a port, or an extreme beer. But the intricacy and complexity of them make each sip something new, and that is the sign of a truly well crafted beer.

Photo of Shumista
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I decided to crack this one open for my 100th review, it had been calling my name waiting in my beer cellar (the back of closet) for a while. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Maudite snifter.

A- Raison D'extra pours a thick, syrupy, murky brown with a small light brown head.

S- No surprise at the huge aroma here. Raisins of course, other dark fruits, cherries, figs. Smells boozy, which is also no surprise.

T- Wow, lots of flavor. Tastes like raisins and dark fruits like the smell. There is a woody flavor here as well. The alcohol is noticeable in the taste, but I would probably guess 11-13% abv, definitely not as high 18%.

M- Thick, heavy, and syrupy. Lots of warmth from the alcohol that reminds me of sipping straight liquor.

D- I struggled a little bit in the middle getting through this one, but I did make it through it in the end. Not great drinkability, I feel like a lot of people would have trouble making it through a 12 oz bottle on their own. No surprise there though I guess.

Very interesting beer, definitely worth checking out.

Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.