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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
18% ABV, Bottled on (hard to make out- '06 some time)
[Reviewed on 06-08-11 - from notes]

A - Brilliant clarity and color, Raison D'Extra has a sexy Merlot-hued dark mahogany color. Almost no head forms and the loose, effervescent tan bubbles that do are driven off by alcohol almost immediately. Legs-city!

S - Heavy boozy, solvent alcohol does a good job of burning the nostrils right off the bat. Belgian yeast undertones flourish timidly white fruity raisin and prune billow fourth. Subtle nuances are largely overrun by burning alcohol heat.

T - Surprisingly, shocking even, Raison D'Extra is much more mellow in flavor than aroma. Sweet raisin and bold caramel malt step it up and keep the hops and alcohol flavors at bay. Subtle Belgian nuances play with earth hints and light clay in the background.

M - Smooth and soft, almost all traces of carbonation have been fended off by the incredibly warm alcohol. Warm and solventy in feel but not burning at all, it's warm in the stomach and retronasally.

O - Holy crap is this a huge brew. Thankfully the extremely boozy aroma didn't make it through the to the flavor allowing tons of nuances hidden behind layers of malt to arise. This is quite and enjoyable beer but it'll take a while to finish.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I rated the old batch a 3.75.

The new batch is way better than the 2007 I had before. The hops add a lot of character and flavor to this beer. It is significantly better. Like 120 I prefer this fresh.

There is a significant amount of carbonation to this beer at 18%. I'm very impressed with the hop flavor as well.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle which reads "Bottled on 9/29/06". Purchased circa late 2011, consumed and reviewed on 12/29/12. Six years and three months old.

Poured into a small Samiclaus glass tulip of sorts.

A- Dark amber brownish in color. Thin almost non existent head.

S- Raisins soaked in alcohol, maple syrup and molasses.

T- Wow this stuff is sweet. Candied sugar, raisins, molasses, maple sugar and a little alcohol. Slight bitter after taste.

M- Super thin with virtually no carbonation. Numbs the lips a little, lingering bitterness throughout. Touch of booze burn lingers a bit as well.

O- Wasn't great, probably aged a bit too long. Very easy to drink though, be careful.

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Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,518 ratings