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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2098) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Big but short lived creamy head. Pours like the label says: deep mahogany, much like the wood on my Gibson SG. Aroma is sweet and fruity. It is surprisingly light bodied and even crisp for its heavy alcohol. Still, it has a malty, sweet flavor that dries towards the end. You can definitely taste the raisins. Reminds me a lot of rum and raisins ice cream. The warming alcohol presence adds to the rum vibe. Beautiful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Spicy and fruity. Full-bodied and quite nice for a winter warmer. Definetly tastes of herbs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Reddish brown pour. Malty sweet nose, maybe some alcohol on the nose. Taste is very complex - sweet, then bitter, slight alcohol in there, too. Too many different flavors to pick them all out. Maybe more like a wine or brandy than beer, in terms of complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5339) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2002
Definately can taste raisins, although that may be the power of suggestion. Tart, not as heavy as one might think. I think I could taste a little oak in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5158) - 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 isnít 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. Iím 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 didnít taste like anything Iíve 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.

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