Raison D'Extra | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Raison D'ExtraRaison D'Extra

Brewed by:
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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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

To the amazement of the tasting group we actually opened this five years to the day after it was bottled, but didn't even realize it until the tasting was over and we checked out the bottle date. Talk about coincidence.

A: Pours a deep mahogany red color, really beautiful; no head, no lacing

S: Deep, sweet malts, booze-soaked raisins, lots of dark fruits

T: Booze-soaked raisins, toffee, caramel, sweet bready malts, oaky/woodiness, finishes with a slight boozy warmth

M: Medium viscosity, oily texture, no carbonation, only slightly boozy

O: This beer far exceeded my expectations. The booze is amazingly well hidden and the flavor profile is fantastic. Five years has allowed this beer to mellow out and the flavors to really come through and shine. Will DEFINITELY seek out more of these.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The color of a barleywine (actually maybe a little darker--like coffee strained with too few beans so a tan color shows around the sides) with almost the tepidity of a bourbon. Poured with a light ring of khaki head that went away quickly. Now there is literally no head even with an aggressive swirl of the glass (tulip). A few bubbles rising.

S: Licorice and bigtime raisin up front. Barley, malts, and vanilla in there. Mostly raisin.

T: Mouth full of raisin and booze. It almost tastes like a raisin wine aged in a bourbon barrel. Interesting. Doesn't taste like a beer, but it's good. Unique. Off-centered as the DFH people say :)

M: Full, few bubbles, actually less boozey than it should feel for 18%. Watch out for this one!

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

This beer has been aged for several years - I poured it into a DFH bulb glass. Beautiful color - a deep velvet brown with slight amber hues. Decent head at pour that dissipated very quickly to almost non-existent. The aroma is heavy raison and alcohol - smells like a fine port wine. Taste is luscious - again heavy raison, prune, brown sugar sweetness, and alcohol heat on the back end. Despite the lack of head/lacing left, there is still a fizzy carbonation tingle in the mouth. A perfect brew for a fall day.

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4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Has a soft brown tone to it, almost opaque with a slight haze to it. Head rises to maybe half a finger's...after not having this in many year's, it looks a lot clearer than its older versions.

Smell: Has a honey tone to it...

Taste: A complex beast, still tastes the same way I've had it. Sweet like grapes, and honey. Let it warm up and you feel the cinnamon and sugars throughout. Seriously dessert in a glass.

Mouth: very sticky, after the glass is placed against my end table I can feel the raisins and honey. A slight dry sweetness.

Overall: Absolute classic, why did dogfish head ever get rid of this brew is beyond me. I fell in love all over again. Not the same as I remember but then again when I first had the beer it was aged at least two years. Minor tweaking can be done with the patience of time. Salud!

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Raison D'Extra from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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