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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2245) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Immediately engaing with honey and smoke aromas, round dark fruity sugars anchor the bottom of this aromatic and volatile brew, light on the tongue, a perfect picnic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2002
A lot going on with this one. Wonder if it gets tweeked periodically as it seems like it was different from sampling to sampling. Enjoyed it every time. Wish I had another to try right now and then another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
12/06/02: Had on tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival
A nicely colored beer, this amber-red brew has a sweet, malty flavor about it. While the raisin flavor does not overwhelm, you can taste it if you know what you’re looking for. A finely flavored beer with a smooth aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
This was the first Raison i have tried, and my first Dogfish as well, so of course i thought it would be great to try it around friends at the Strong Ale Fest. It pours a good amber color with a nice head that left a nice lingering appearance. A menacingly fruity-like aroma, but extremely hard to distinguish..it almost smells like a huge malty beer. The taste does have good amounts of raisin in it, but i cant get over that malty taste which i just cant place my finger on. Anyhow, it was a smooth drink and left a happy palate which is amazing for a Spice/Herb/Vegetable category beer..not horribly dry at all..a good drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
One of the best colored beers I’ve seen. Deep copper color. Disappointing though, the head was small and short lived. There was not an overwhelming sweetness. I did not notice too much raison flavor; it was difficult to distinguish any specific flavors. The alcohol is noticeable on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 7/7/02: tinted ruby extravaganza...head layed circular against the glass and settled in the center like a lonely tropical island...coca cola, alcohol, candied cherries, burnt sugar, and plum skins were only some of the attributes of the extremely complex aroma...burnt sugar glowing green with sun torched raisins just fermented enough to give it a special kick...puckery plum skins lightly torched on the grill..I was cooking up some picadillo and took a sip and a taste and BoomBam..i was taken to a new world of swirling flavorific euphoria..the flavors blended harmoniously insane...Re-Rate 11/6/02: erased-bad bottle Re-Rate 12/6/02 Draught: creamy brandied honeydew bitterly confused and sitting under the alcoholic showers

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Fruity in aroma and flavor. raisins actually come out in the flavor. dark red to brown in color. the dark fruit flavors and aroma are dominant with a hint of alcohol coming out in the nose. very impressive beer. this is my first dogfish head beer and now i need to find more of them.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2085) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002
This is definitely a unique brew, dark brown in color, very sweet aroma, complex flavoring, could definitely taste the raisins in the brew, rich malty flavors & in the aftertaste, wonderful brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
A serious beer. Not so sure I get spice/herb/vegetable out of this. Pours with mild carbonation and small foam. Smell is sweet and of ethanol. Berry aroma also present. Flavor is hard to describe but distinct and lingering, until the next sip cuts into it. Refreshing for such a high ABV beer. Maybe a spicy hoppiness present as well. Watch out for this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2002
A smooth mahogany color with a qucikly disapaiting foam, Smell sweet and fruity, witha slight alcohol smell. The taste is of dark er fruits plum, raisins, apples and along with the warm alcohol feeling it leaves is a good brew for the colder weather.

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