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Raison D'Etre Voted 'American Beer Of The Year' in January 2000 by Malt Advocate Magazine. A deep mahogany ale brewed with beet sugar, green raisins, and Belgian yeast. As complex as a fine red wine. 36 IBU - available year round, 12 ounce bottles & draft - Descriptors: Notes of pit fruit, decadent, winey, raisiney, malty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
A rich copper color that poured very clear and had a decent sized head. Not much aroma, and well balanced with the falvor, malt, and hops. Like alanC said, quite complex!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemdawg (540) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Wow, that was the first words that came from my mouth after the first sip. Interesting to say the least. Red color, and slightly brown. A bit of a sweet-spice-fruit aroma. Complex flavor that consited of raisons, other fruits, a bit of spice, and some sugary sweetness. This will only be consumed once in a while to keep it tasting good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2003
deep reddish brown with a nice light brown head. Sweet aroma of plums, roasted malt, and some spice. Taste is fruity with hints of plums,raisins, some spice, and caramel malt sweetness. comples, a sipping beer to be enjoyed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2003
olfactory cues like a fine canadian whiskey, garnet red not much head good lace. tastes - prune juice, figs, smoke, dates, damn this is good sipping beer. This is the best and most adventurous brewery in the US.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Nice deep red color. Wow, what an aroma. This is a good beer. Flavor is mellow, fruity and just down right tasty. Belgian yeast is extremely subtle, yet balancing. Very well excuted beer. Long live Dogfish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2003
For sheer flavor complexity, this beer has to rank high. As others have noted, it is not an everyday libation, but it is truly a memorable one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1050) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2003
What do I taste? What Don't I taste here - raisins, molasses, clove, banana, smoke - I'll probably taste more next time. Has an alcohol kick in the aftertaste as well. They managed to mix all the flavors together for a very palatable taste. Not a beer that you'd wanna have more than one at a time, but an extremely well made beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
One of my favorite beers of all time. Caramel color, a nice complex malt sweetness up front due to the beet sugar. The Hops perfectly balance this sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Thick and sweet is the overall impression of this one. Raisins and extra spices are used in moderation so it is balanced. Balanced toward malt and sweetness, that is. No head. Low carbonation. Well made but not my chalice of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Ruby auburn color with almost no head. Alcohol, raisins, fig, dates, light hops and caramel malt aromas. Sounds like rice crisys, carbonation bubbling from the bottom shoots up the bubbles in interesting streams that drawn lines across the top. Detectable alcohol in the flavor and notes of some spiciness and fruit complexities. Slight hop bite, nicely bitter and refreshing, truly a campfire beer.

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