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RATINGS: 1093   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 555   ABV: 18.5%
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gripweed57 (1273) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Pours a tawny deep reddish brown color with a brief beige head. Boozy toasted malt nose has notes of cognac and burnt sugar. First sip yields rich burnt toffee notes and warming alcohol. Bittersweet and intense with a slight earthy component. Noticeable dark dried currant notes as well. Finishes dry and complex with a long bitter aftertaste. Remarkably smooth for such a high gravity brew. Drinks like a dry sherry or fortified wine. Definitely a sipping ale. Another classic from Dogfish Head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (993) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours is dark brown with white head that fades quickly. Aroma is raisins and molasses. Taste follows with some brown sugar and a strong malt sweetness. Booze is there, but what I would expect from something so huge. Nice beer for being so big.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zebra (1547) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2015
12-oz bottle @ community-bar during chibeerweek. didn’t care for this before, but do now. the 120-minute of barley wine, opaque black, sweet, somehow not boozy, malty, sweet, intense, ok maybe boozy after all, dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (1174) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Pours a brown color, no head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, raisin, and booze. Flavor is sweet raisin and caramel. This is quite good, though I find it hard to believe it’s over 18%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (9172) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2015
12 oz bottle - finally found this som’bitch, and had to go all the way to Rhode Island to do so. Murky amber/cola colored pour with minimal head. Big aroma and taste of raisin / dark fruit, malt, toffee, plenty of sweetness, and although the insanely high ABV is well hidden for its level, you can’t truly hide 18%+ - so you get some sweetness and late dryness from that as well. Very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (1808) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2015
From notes. Finally found the long-lost notebook from the 4 Elf Party at Dark Horse on December 13! So, that’s where this was found. Shared by someone who offered a pour to hang around the fire. Circa 2006. Thanks Ryan! The pour is a dark mahogany with garnet shining through and a thin tan head, not much. The aroma is pretty great. Lots of dark fruits. Raisins, cranberry, roasted malt, and a little brown sugar. The booze is incredibly hidden. The flavor is much of the same. Just really solid. Love the maltiness and the fruitiness happening. The mouth feel is really thick, but there isn’t a lot of carbonation. It hangs around, offering the lovely fruits and caramel long after it’s gone. Damn. Really, really good with this kind of age on it!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Recent vintage. Pours rusty brown with a sheet of light tans. Smells of booze, raisins, fusels, artificial cherry. Flavor of alcohol, prunes, burnt raisins, more alcohol, some solvent. Thin bodied with low carb and a semi dry finish. Well, not the worst of the DFH high ABV series, but not good either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2472) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2015
bottle for my hotel room purchased in Fort Wayne, Indiana or as the bar tender at the bar at which I was previously a patron... the arm pit of America. I thought that was NJ but whom am I to disagree. anyway, this one pours dark plum purple brown. gives a quick flash of a head. Nose is full or raisins and molasses. taste is pretty much the same with some brown sugar and a massive booze burn. In other items, it is so much easier typing ratings in on computer as opposed to ipad/iphone. no auto correct errors necessary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2682) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2015
Dark Lord words words words words words boozy it’s cold words words words words words it’s raining

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
odinstyr (689) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2015
Pours a clear brown with a small but creamy tan head. Smells of raisins and sweet bread. Taste is sweet and moderately bitter - raisin and sweet dark malts.

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