Raisin Hell | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 07-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dubbel with white raisins aged on rum. Served from a cask at IH Lancaster.

A: A very light dubbel - a deeper reddish brown color that is translucent, not a turbid mess like most dubbels. The cask pull lends a thin off-white head.

S: Dark fruits, candi sugar and raisins are strong. The booziness is present but not overpowering. The dark fruity aromas are very reminiscent of a quad.

T: The cask serving, warmer, brings the rum aspect to the forefront, a solid bite and burn. The darker candi sugar dubbel flavors, sweet and strong, are still present, but the raisins do most of the heavy lifting. They add a darker, sweeter body that continues to push the dubbel into quad territory. Mid-sip, the rum becomes apparent, more dark sugars but a side of booziness too.

M: The mouthfeel, warm as it is, has a bit too much of a rum emphasis. The intense dubbel flavors are nice though, dark and mysterious and teeming with strength.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of DIM
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Raisins in a dubbel sounds good, but rum? I was skeptical until I tried it. I wonder what aged "on" rum means?

a: Light for the style, this was a slightly cloudy ruddy brown color. It was served to me with a small frothy cap.

s: I found the sweet candi-sugar and raisins consistent with the style plus a healthy dose of floral heat from the rum. These elements came together surprisingly well.

t: As Akorsak noted below, the warmer cask serving temperature really helps bring the rum to the forefront. I can't say I was able to discern any more of a raisin flavor than in a typical dubbel. I did find lots of candi-sugar and some raisin sweetness. The finish was a healthy and well-incorporated floral rum burn.

m: This was a good choice for the hand-pump. Creamy and full bodied overall.

o: This was a very pleasant surprise. For my second beer I sampled this and the a rye Belgian IPA before deciding. I love rye, Belgian, yeast, and hops; but they just didn't come together for me. Dubbels aren't my favorite style and I don't care for rum, yet I really liked this combination. Beer is a funny world.

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Raisin Hell from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 3 ratings