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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,500
Reviews:
704
Avg:
4
pDev:
13.25%
 
 
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169
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Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good. Boozy, but a good strong dark ale

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DenverBigRed
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of guitarcec
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tregan_20
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigMike
3.24/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 5EKF
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mrsourbrown
4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Be careful

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ac-dx
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Been holding on to a single old bottle from 2007 and meaning to drink it ever since the new batch came out in 2014. So, here are notes from the side by side comparison of a 3/15/07 bottle verse the 2014.

The old one is hazy brown in color with no head formarion. The freshy is a polished clear amber color with a khaki head that appears and fades quick to a thin film.

The nose on the old one basically smells sugary with booze and a touch of minerals. The new one smells of brown sugar and cider.

The taste is quite alcohol centric on both. Surprisingly, 9 years in the bottle did little to temper how hot tasting the old bottle was. Plenty of fusel alcohol, brown sugar and slight herbal bitterness. The fresher bottle maintains that brown sugary quality but with a strong focus on cider that I really didnt care for.

Both of these brews are full bodied and boozy. Ive been waiting years to drink this and I honestly feel that if you have old bottles, they are still good to hold on to as far as not being oxidized. However, the flavor profile on both the old and new left a lot to be desired. A bit of a let down in my opinion, I dont feel like I need to drink this ever again.

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Photo of gregcordle
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sampling '07 and '14 vertical.
look: very clear tawny. not much of a head or lacing.
smell: The '07 smells like a nice sherry, a raisin sherry. Rich as all hell. '14 doesn't rate nearly as high.
taste: Not quite up to the nose but pretty damn good. Rich, dark sugared fruit. Rich and some sweetness.
Quite a creation.

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Photo of RAFH
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldBrewer
4.9/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopley
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 11/21/14 poured into a DFH chalice L: ice tea appearance with a minimum head with zero retention. alcohol legs on the glass A: raisin and dark fruits with brown sugar overtones T: taste follows the nose M: heavy and syrupy, which is to be expected considering the alcohol content O: just an incredible experience. I paid $20 for this bottle because Sam Calagione was at the beer shop I bought the bottle at and he signed the label. I'm glad I bought it, and I will buy more of these when/if I see them.

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Photo of SMH_NWI
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ardeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 1,500 ratings.
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