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Dogfish Head Raison D Extra

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RATINGS: 990   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 555   ABV: 18.5%
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Raison D’Extra is our amped up version of the Raison D’Etre. It is brewed from a similar grist (raisins included) to a massive 42P, giving it 20.5%ABV, along with 20 IBU and a color of 20L.
18.5% ABV in 11/2005 12 oz. release


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imaena (1858) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Botttle. Sweet sticky deliciousness. Wroth the price and then some. Very unique,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"i think this one was around 18% but i’m not sure of that or the vintage. when i think of wordwide stout, i think of the raisiny sweetness, but no more. this beer redefines that term in the flavor and aroma. holy cow! surprisingly one dimensional in that regard but very tasty sipper. i’m guessing it had at least a little age on because for how strong it is, it wasn’t hot. very smooth, a little thick and sticky, but in a nice throat coating way. for around $10, probably can check this one off and move on, thanks to Pfoxyjohn, but I am glad to have tried it."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
benpickens (405) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 26, 2014
15 SEP 2007 vintage. Pours with scarce head; deep amber; strong fruitcake dunked in port aroma; strong alcohol burn it tastes as though its IBUs are higher than 20... it is much like a desert wine. Not sure I would classify this as a beer... more of a desert wine.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cory (334) - , California, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle 2007. Aroma is 90% raisin, brown sugar, caramel, malt sugars. Body is thick with a long lingering sweet dates or raisin finish. To me it seems the sugars took over and went a little into over ripe dates and vinegar. I couldn’t even finish my 4 onces maybe it shouldn’t have been aged or something. Weird.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsnicholas (175) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle (12oz $12.50): dated 9/2006,8years old. Pour cloudy brown. There was quite a bit of sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Big arisen, Big sweetness. Big warming in both aroma and taste. Bottle makes 19%ABV. Great sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmerz (712) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2014
2007. Brown hazy dense no head. Aroma is big boozy raisin, thick grain. Flavor is the same with big hot sweetness and a dense contained bitterness. Feels is thick and oily. Not love but a hot and heavy lust.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dfroms (290) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle, 2006. Pours tawny amber, no head. Aroma is impressive: caramel, raisin, prune, sweet bourbon, maple. Unreal. Taste is syrupy maple, sugar syrup, bourbon, brandied raisin, caramel apple. No heat. Delicious, like something Hair of the Dog might make. Easily the best I’ve had from DFH.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1054) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
On draught at Abbot’s Cellar for a beer dinner with Sam. Excellent complexity and a beautiful pour. Layers of aroma and flavor of raisin, dark fruit and slightly cloying sweet grain. This was a 2006 version served in early 2014.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeuroPliny (159) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
Tasted from a bottle with ML at DFH (both the 2005 and 2007). Pours mahogany. Aroma is sweet malts, molasses, raisins, figs, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate. The 07 has slightly more raisin and the 05 slightly more vanilla. The flavour delivers what the nose promises. The bottle aging has mellowed the flavour. The 05 is more subtle, and more sweet than the 07. Full body. Wow what an amazing beer. I hope they bring it back.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3300) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2014
12 oz. bottle, 2007 vintage. Dark mahogany color with no head. Aroma is like a raisin infused barley wine. Toffee, burnt sugar, prunes and raisins. Damn, you could go into a diabetic shock just smelling this brew!

Flavor is over the top sweet raisin, residential sugar, vinous wine notes, dates with sprinkled sugar and thick caramel candy. The alcohol is not nearly as pronounced as I would have guessed. Unexpected smoothness. Port wine finish. Lots of dark fruit and port wine, unreal flavor. Glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks to Adam Jackson for sharing.



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