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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2002

BEER STATS
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#2,819
Reviews:
709
Ratings:
1,514
pDev:
13.09%
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Photo of Bajdog
4.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bottle with approximately 3 years on it. Based on my experience, this is a nice time to drink this one.

A - It pours a nearly opaque brown with reddish highlights, a minimal head, and a bit of tight bubble lacing around the edge.

S - Booze and raisins, of course. The sweet dark fruit is front, but the warmth on the nose is unmistakable and what lingers.

T - Follows that nose, but with a strong over-steeped tea bitterness that mingles with the sweet flesh of raisins and wood notes. The malts are quiet, but bready and rich.

M - Surprisingly light on the tongue for the ABV. A huge beer that is superbly warm, but lands clean and no sign of the stickiness you might expect.

O - By no means my thing, but so well done it delivers a lovely and drinkable, if boozy woozy experience.

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Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 11/21/14; drank 10/15/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque purple/red appearance. A violent pour yielded a nice khaki head; decent lace. Raisin, cognac & merlot notes in the nose; fragrant but fairly boozy. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Raisin & fresh leather flavors up front; astringent booze heat on the finish. Nearly 3 years & this is still an undrinkable, boozy mess still. Boo.

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CPAles
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Pours a very hazy to murky brown, but with lots of visible carbonation. Forms only a thin off-white head that fades quickly to a ring of foam.

S: You can smell the raisins and booze from four feet away from the glass. Digging in closer though…there’s still raisins and booze. There are more subtle notes of brown sugar, but this is rather like rum-soaked raisins crusted in brown sugar and set on fire with the blue flame and Greek festivities. As it opens up, there’s rich vanilla, butterscotch, and caramelized malts. Ethanol sweetness and warmth. Sweet dark fruits, and oak (though I don’t see any mention of a barrel on the label). Some licorice and dark candy, rum raisin cake and dense malts.

T: Sweet malts and raisins, brown sugar and caramel. Definite ethanol sweetness and associated burn. Toffee, vanilla and a touch of cinnamon and allspice. More raisins with some licorice on the exhale with ethanol heat. Sweet brown sugar and raisins/dark fruit on the hang.

M: While far from watery, this was a lighter or thinner body than I expect - and would have preferred a little more heft. A good amount of carbonation sensation. Honestly, despite the smell the VERY hefty ABV is fairly well-hidden, or at least integrated. Not that it seems a lick under 12%, but so many of the higher-teens ABV beers are beating you with a hammer – this stays more in the background than I expected.

O: I don't get a lot of Belgian yeast flavor, which is a surprise - maybe just hints of candied apple and pear. But I suspect a lot of that is hidden under the massive raisins and brown sugar. And this goes down frighteningly easily for 18%. Tasty, but the rich flavor profile is available in beers without the ABV or the high cost. Still, absolutely worth a drink if you haven't.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I bought in November 2014. The smell was overly boozy and metallic at times. Alcohol was too strong on the taste as well. Beautiful cloudy orangish red. Viscous. Overall I liked it but the booze was too much. I expected more. DFH usually executes well and cellars well so I was a bit surprised. Maybe I had a bad bottle. I would like to give it another shot though, if I can find it.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of animal69
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of unclekeith
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Whoa, had no idea this was high ABV until I started the review. Alcohol is well hidden. Kinda meh on the appearance, but nice dark sweet fruits on the nose. Taste follows the nice. Full bodied. Very nice.

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Photo of jagada
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Raison d extra pours brown with almost no head. Big sweet sugary sugar aroma. Taste is sweet, lots of dry raisins. Warm and full flavor. Overall, very big very sweet, not sure it's worth more than the regular version.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of x.21.14

L - Dark orange, little clarity, no head. Very thick looking

S - Huge sugar rush, brown sugar. Subtle boozy aroma

T - Sugar, and head from the booze! Its a slow sipper, but tasty nonetheless

F - Full body and creamy, low carbonation

O - A great Belgian strong. Enjoy..slowly!

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Photo of philbe311
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Christieaok
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reading of my tasting notes from the 2004 BA Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. 1 ounce pour.
Dark brown with reddish overtones.
Little to no head.
Dark dried fruit aroma with tangy hints in background.
Tastes warm, fruity. High heat from alcohol. Going to have to get food after this one.

Unfortunately... there wasn't much space to write on the tasting card. This is all I have. I do have fond memories of trying this one.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nate139
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,514 ratings
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