Raison D'Extra | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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

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#5,932
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713
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1,532
pDev:
13.09%
 
 
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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkblr
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 11/21/14 (4 years ago today) poured into a DFH branded teku glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours slightly murky medium brown in color with light khaki colored head. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring. No lacing. The aroma is raisin, rich malt, brown sugar and sweet booze. The flavor is sweet rum soaked raisins, burnt sugar caramel with a barely tart berry-like medium bitterness to finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation and a semi dry finish. Sweet, but not cloying. The carbonation or the alcohol tingles the tongue for a minute after each drink. The alcohol is evident in the aroma and taste at any temperature, but isn't overpowering. Overall, excellent just based on the sheer audacity of the product. I can't speak for fresh or aged 10 years, but I wish I could. This beer was aged in a 55 degree refrigerator from time of purchase (close to bottling) and is really not showing any sign of going downhill.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cris4545
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Budlum
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Cellared since 2008. Held up nicely. Flavors of sweet raisins, pipe tobacco, maple syrup, faint cinnamon, and sticky buns. There isn't even a hint of the high ABV. Time to get another.

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Photo of JonB25
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petrusek23
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of JeannieVolpe
1.29/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Walleybeer
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sisterofba
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blaze698
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of campfirebrew
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duncian
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2017-12-24 from a 12oz bottle, which is about 3 years old.

A - Hazy reddish-brown with a short tan head and almost no lace

S - Raisins, light-medium toasted fruit cake, prune, caramel.

T - Fruit cake theme. Cherry, raisins, raisin bread, figs, plums, candied orange peel, brown sugar and some alcohol sweetness. There's some roasted and hop bitterness to bring some balance. I quite like the flavor. In a blind taste test, I never would have guessed the ABV is this high.

M - Thick body and light carbonation. Smooth, creamy and sticky.

O - I really enjoyed this brew. At this high ABV (15-18%), I wouldn't have it very often, which is why it has sat in my fridge all this time. On this Christmas Eve, it finally seemed time to indulge and I'm glad I did. It is reminiscent of an English Barleywine with some fruit cake flavors that aren't over-the-top. I'll have this again and won't wait as long after my purchase!

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4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | 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
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,532 ratings