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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4991) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2002
This is a very odd and complex beer. The aroma is heavy with sugar, fruit and alcohol. The flavor has a lot going on, most of which my tongue isn’t experienced enough to pin down. Most of what I taste is raisins, caramel, and sugar coated fruit of all kinds with a generous amount of maltiness. It tastes kind of like a cross between a double bock and a belgian strong ale. I’m impressed with this one. [re-rate] Upon second tasting, this tastes nothing like a belgian strong, but very much like a double bock. I had to raise the rating from a 3.9 because my tongue seems to be picking up a lot more of the complexity. The perfect balance of sweetness, hopiness and maltiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - NOV 29, 2002
This didn’t taste like anything I’ve ever had before. Strange aftertaste and not a guzzling type of brew. Very good mixture of the raisins and smoke flavoring. Another fine brew from Dogfish. ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2002
Reminde me of Harringtons Big john Reserve from NZ, only much better, very raisiny, malty nose, a touch of port and smoke in their aswell. Very malty palate. Very porty with some sweet raisin toast (as ecz says), and a touch of bitter hop flavour, spicy and a touch roasty and even a bit peppery, a touch oily and acidic. Round palate, with a very looooooong finish, palate covering stuff, complex, tasty. My mate Caton reckoned it would be a nice session ale, which i thought was kind of funny considering the 8%ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Deep cherry looking in the glass. Decent head, with very fruity aroma. Carmalized pruns is the first thing that comes to mind when drinking this. Very nice finish also. Was a nice treat for an after thanksgiving meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2003 Beautiful reddish gold and clear, with an off white head that does not last long. Great big full soft mouth feel. Sweet fruit balanced by just a touch of hops. Each of the parts works well, and the total package is very good but not quite as outstanding as the individual parts. Maybe just too sweet for a dinner beer and just not quite sweet enough for an after dinner beer. That said, this was the beer that turned me into a beer hunting, beer collecting, beer studying geek. Not a guzzling geek ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 ReRate-Nov 2004 bottle-pours a ruby amber hue with a nice slightly off-white head. sweet rasion, dates, dark fruit aroma-plums and figs-slight maple note as well. flavors of maple malts, rasion, grapes and figs. A pretty cool beer that is not overly complex, but still keeps your interest. a damn fine spice holiday warmer-my vintage was unknown-the label said 1999, but im shure it wasn’t that old-very strong alcohol presence, but subdued by tastes of apple, plum and cherry. hop bite at the finish makes this a very complex and fine brew. one of the best of the style

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2002
this is one fine brew! mind-blowing floral appeal,very complex and fruity!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2003 2000 Edition. This was the first beer I tried at a microbrewery festival - it was to be followed by 51 more beers. This beer ruined me! Nothing lived up to it the rest of the day! Absolutely wonderful! Banana aroma, brown sugar sweet. Excellent aftertaste, it leaves you wanting more and more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Fruity sweet aroma. short lived head. As the bottle says a "mahogany" color. Complex flavor which unfortunately my palate is not refined to place all the tastes. I like this one quite a bit with the exception of a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8650) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. This was really not a good beer to start with because it was truly one of the better beers at the event. Dark gold with a fruity (primarily cherry) aroma. Truly unique and interesting flavor. One of the better beers I have tried lately.

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