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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


3.6
   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.

4.1
   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.

4.2
   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.

4
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Caramel colored, small thin head. Grapes, raisins, plums. A nice brew from Dogfish Head. I will buy it again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1646) - 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.

3.7
   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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2002
Sweet, than spicy. This brew was very good. Complex and hits nice on the palate. Another great brew from Dogfish Head.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
GABF 2002: Mild aroma. A Belgian yeastiness dominates the flavour. A bit fruity/sticky. Not bad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2002
Pours a deep, reddish copper with a small white head that rapidly dissipates, has a fruity alcoholic aroma that is nice. Minimal head with little lacing. Malty sweet with a slightly alcoholic finish, this is a damn fine beer. I wish I had more.


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