Raison D'Extra | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Raison D'ExtraRaison D'Extra

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't tell the exact bottle date, as part of the date is smudged. Looking at other reviewers, this one was last brewed in 2007, making this one at least 6 years old! A first grader!

Pours a deep, dense, and murky opaque ruby-brown. Very little carbonation, and no lace at all.

Nose is raisins, prunes, and dried fruit. Already a rich experience.

Taste is big!!! Plenty of fruit -- sour grapes, raisins, leather, tobacco... If I didn't mention again, it's BIG on flavor, but most definitely a sipper. About as heavy a beer experience as I've ever had. Alcohol is definitely detectable, but much less than expected.

Enjoyable, but not for the faint of taste buds.

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

Bottled 09/29/06. Thanks Steve.

A: No head, at all. Murky as could be. Dirty brown body with a bright ruby red/mahogany hue.

S: Tootise roll candy. Soft chocolate, chewey caramel, light toffee. Booze, metallic notes in undertone, really have to look.

T/M: Sherry-like, mouth puckering astringent bite. Really hard going down. Malts flavors are intensely unique and quite enjoyable.

O: May have aged just a bit too long. Booze is too hot to enjoy the evolved malt profile. Impressed for taking the shot. Would def try again and hope for different results.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage acquired in a trade. Surprised to hear a nice carbonated sound when cracking it open. As I was pouring it then aroma was quite prevalent.

Poured into a snifter a dark brown color with a couple cm white head which dissipated quickly.

Aroma is fantastic - brown sugar, figs, dates, oak

Mouthfeel - fairly heavy and still a bit of carb, not as oxided as I would have expected.

Taste is just outstanding - similar to aroma- sweet, brown sugar, raisins, old port, definitely boozy

Finish is strong and hot. Enjoying this very much!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

previsous rating - 4
enjoyed again at Federal Taphouse served chilled in a snifter.

The color is almost black but more burgundy with thin beige head -translucent clarity with fine bead and spots of lace that stick. The smell is full of dried fruit type sweet aromas that invoke fig and some dark sugar with smoky woody vinous and port-like odor with mild alcohol apparent in the nose. The feel is great-very rich with lots of sweet malt textures and medium high carbonation with serious alcohol warmth with dry effect as it finishes warming all the way down.

The taste is good with lots of raisiny(duh)dark fruity fig-like and port-like character with concentrated sugar and alcohol coming through in the taste with woody and dark sugar flavor with a vinous accent and taste of alcohol as it finishes dry. Overall a pretty outstanding beer with wonderful strong ale characte with raisiny goodness.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy dark reddish brown in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a minimal amount of light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruits (raisins, prunes, and plums) and candi sugar.

T: Overall this beer is pretty sweet, with moderate to strong flavors of dark fruit malt sweetness with raisin, prune, and plum all making a strong presence. There is a strong presence of candi sugar as well which contributes to the overall sweetness.

M: Full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Syrupy with light amounts of alcohol warming.

O: It is a shame that DFH stopped making this beer and continues to make the Raison D'Etre (the watered down version of this beer) - I would love to see DFH pull this one out once every 3-5 years as it is so much better. Nice amounts of complexity but it is not the easiest beer to drink as the alcohol is not as well hidden as would appeal to the masses.

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,524 ratings