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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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Perfect points all around on this one. One of its key ingredients is green raisins, and they certainly sweeten the mix. But not too sweet, mind you. Easy to get into and enjoy from start to finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 Beautiful mohagany color and with some nice bubbles. Taste is sweet, but bold. I love this beer and to me it’s the best marriage of wine and beer that I have ever tasted. Truly in a league all it’s own. Goes great with raisin bran.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheJoseph (5) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 19, 2007 does not count
Complex and delicious. Coffee, fruity, a little oak, lots of molasseses, very heavy. Heavy alcohol content means watch how many you have, and they’re certainly filling to the point where they make a wonderful snack. Very recommended, one of my favorite beers.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerBill1 (16) - Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Outstanding beer! Very smooth taste with a little kick. A must try. Will be trying again & again & again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BeerBill

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JohnPatti90 (1) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 13, 2013 does not count
A fantastic tasting beer, it gets a 5.0 in my book. Its perfect on tap and in a bottle. its a wicked good beer!

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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2003
whew this is a good one. A nice little buzz is present after I drink this. I like rasion taste and it is filling. I really like the sweet and tart complexity and how it offsets the two ends of the flavor spectrum. In plain english buy this beer! It was a little bit of a shock on first taste as it is strong but as it warms it gets easier to drink. Definitly sip this one though, the flavor is too good not to.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gmcase (115) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle. This is it. Original. Complex. Balanced. Art. I was scared of trying any beer that said it was brewed with raisins. Boy I was surprised. This is a complex mohogany ale. Want something different? This is a masterpeice!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2496) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2000
I think this might qualify for a barleywine. An amazing concoction. Sweet and complex, with hints of chocolate in the aroma and flavor (but none in the ingredient list, as far as I know). High alcohol content doesn’t show until the very last sip. Very drinkable. As the bottle says, it is mahogany colored - very nice looking. Its time to make a trip to Lewes, DE.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, 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


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