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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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2003
This is different. Slightly cloudy mohogany colour. Sweet malts and raisins and sugar. Alcohol in the taste that made a tingle feeling appear in my upper molars. This is different. It grows on you as it warms up and epresses it's full flavour. Goes great with Nietzsche's Anti-Christ.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrW (3) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2003 does not count
A unique brew, very different from the "hoppy" beers I normally favor, but this is excellent. Fruity and malty, with a hint of alcohol in aroma and taste (hey, what's wrong with that?). I should add that I encountered a "bad" batch a few months ago, very yeasty and lacking the typical sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2003
It has a dark garnet colour, crystal clear with a small toffee head. The aroma is on the mild side, but has a lot of things going on in it - caramel, bubblegum, yeast, dark fruits - really nice. The body is crisp and dry, and the flavour structure is really unique - I'm getting some brown sugar, some whiskey-like notes, some pepper, some plum and raisin, and aromatic hop notes in the finish. A true original.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1745) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Dark garnet colored. Head is small, off-white, and totally diminishing. Malty aroma is rather weak. Hints of cinnamon and alcohol can be detected at the tail end of the "sniff". Sweet flavor more than makes up for the iffy aroma, full of brown sugar, green grape, and musty notes. Good carbonation balance. This warming beer is chewy and delicious, and will become one of my regular purchases.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Reddish Brown color. Small white bubbly head. Raisin flavor very sweet and sugary.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (3917) - Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2003 This particular brew poured a small white head with small bubbles. The body was mahogany in color and there was no lacing on the sides of my glass. I sensed an aroma of raisins and the flavor had a hint of smoke. All in all, not a bad drink.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 13, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 This brew poured a small head of fine to mediumly sized off white bubbles and a transparent brown body. With a very mild malt aroma, the flavors and palate of this brew are definitely its strongest points. The flavor is very complex with notes of spice, roasted caramel, malt, sugar sweetness and a noticeable alcohol content. It has a good mouth feel with a lingering tongue naming sensation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2003
A very complex beer to say the least. Very fruity - raison/date. A dark malty beer with a pretty decent head. I sensed a little smokey earthy flavor in the finish. That made for a nice settling flavor on the palate.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2003
a perfectly fine beer, but not up to the hype. ugly brown color with almost a green undertone, no head, no bubbles..just sits there. Aroma is malt, sugar and alcohol, completely nondescript, almost scotch ale like which makes no sense. Flavor is fine, but again nondescript and average at best, with really nothing jumping out...maybe smokey? I'm bummed. Finally found some dogfish, and this really did nothing for me, 'specially at $12/6. Hopefully the other three I bought have more going on.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Rosewood-colored, scant offwhite head. Fruit, yeast, smoke (peat?), earth. Very little hops. Also little alcohol apparent. As it warms some almost celery-like aromas emerge. Very good indeed!


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