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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
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Draught. A nice clear, dark brown body with a light, persistent head. Aroma was crisp and clean with subtle raisins and apples. The flavor also included some sugary sweetness, a touch of chocolate and the spiciness of the yeast. Just a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Pours a rich dark brown with little head, kinda looks like cola. Aroma is very sweet and raisiny and the Belgian yeast is very noticable. The body is not as sweet as the aroma suggests, but is just as complex. Has a pleasant roasted malty finish. Tastes like a brown ale mixed with a Belgian Double, but in a good way. If only the FDA recommended a certain amount of Spice/Herb/Vegetable beers daily, I’d be in much better shape.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Reddish copper color, not much head. Sweet and dry. Reminds me of good Belgian beers, with complex flavors throughout. I had been looking forward to trying a Dogfish for some time. Now I see what people are talking about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Hmm. Trying to be Hair of the Dog Greg, but not coming through quite as well. For what it is, it’s good. Spicy and somewhat dry, I think the raisin character comes through well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 28, 2002
deep copper, beautiful but the head hopped town quickly. red, herbal, aroma. a complex sweetness, a juicy semi-sweetness i’d call it. so complex, an excellent alcohol bite. sooo good. My first dogfish head beer and I love it. sugary sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2003 This beer is very good. The nice amber color and the easy drinkablitity make this Belgian attempt a top pick for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Dark brownish red, creamy head. Flavors were thick, sweet, chocolate, spicy, vinous. There’s hops in there too, but with soo much going on, they are a minor consideration. Finish was thick and sweet and only the slightest hint of alcohol. This demands at least a second try to attempt to fathom the complexities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Caramel colored, small thin head. Grapes, raisins, plums. A nice brew from Dogfish Head. I will buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Brown ale with a sweet plum taste. Super dark fruit throughout. Tastes of prunes and grapes with a healthy dose of malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2002
A fine beverage. Reminded me of a Belgian w/ its reddish hue and semi-sweet aroma and taste. Thick raisin taste was noticeable. A+ for the folks at Dogfish.

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