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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
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Nice orangish brown color. Small head with sweet aroma of raisins and roasted malts. Taste is sweet with a nice hoppiness. Finish is spicey and fairly long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2003
i have to say that i really like the Dogfish Head logo. it's wicked cool. anyways... it has a beautiful deep brownish maroon color to it. the aroma is abundant with a plumb-y, raisin-y, spicyness. the flavor is amazingly smooth...the lightest touchy of fizziness to it in the firstmoment it enters your mouth, and it just bursts over with flavor (yeasty raisiny spicy) as it goes down. amazing stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Looks good in a glass - deep orange with a large wite head and nice lacing. Mild aroma, roasted malts, yeasty with light floral hops and fruitiness. Sweet, rich flavor, like dark aged honey, fruits, a sprucey hoppiness and lingering spicey finish. Thick rich body and light carbonation. A unique beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
Pours a deet brown colour with a small head. Nice, sweet aroma of raisins and some grain. Alcohol noticable in the nose. Initial taste is OK but then very earthy and un-beer like. Not my style I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Wow this is complex. On the level with Aventus and 1554 for complexity. Raisin, malts and yeasty. Sweet and floral.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2003
A beer which has to be tried. Wasn't sure what I was drinking at first. Better then the others I have had in this style as far a palatibility but perhaps not as interesting in other ways. Seemed kinda malty to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Different than anything I've ever had. Nice initial taste, of fruit and some spices. Notably raisin, finishes very dry with an alcoholic bite. Not bad, but not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2003
Medium deep amber brown clear under a medium small yellow white head. Medium malty floral honeycomb and lighter sourdough yeasty aroma. Medium very smooth low carb body. Luscious fruity (yeah raisins) and malty like sweet flavours. Exceptionally well balanced sweet malt and bitter floral something (are you sure there are no hops in this thing?) all the way through. Definitely one of my top Spice/Herb/Vegetable brews. Really nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
SgtRock (1) - USA - AUG 2, 2003 does not count
Interesting. I was first afraid of teh raison flavor. But in the end it tempered the smoky flavor, leavinga mello aftertase. Color nice, not a good summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Nice aroama:sweet, citusy. Nice copper color and good carbonation. Head fades a little fast. Nice malty sweetness with crispness imparted by the raisins. Finishes well. I like this brewery, they take chances!

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