Dogbrick (7145) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Darkover for picking one of these up for me. I could feel it after only half a glass. This stuff is the real deal! Pours a dark amber color with a very thin light beige head. No real lacing to speak of. Flavor is huge and promising up front, but something seems to be missing in the end. It's like reading a really good book only to find out the last couple of pages have been torn out. Flavors of malt, raisins, alcohol (rum) and caramel peter out as the alcohol overshadows the flavor by the end of the glass. Finish seems to be lacking the hops necessary to reign in all the brash flavors that are roaming around. A good dessert beer, but I don't see how it is related to Raison D'Etre.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 31, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another giant of the night. Only that this one was lucking the class of the others. Big, but it appeared to me that was made with haste. I begin to wonder if is possible to make 20 % brew that could be balanced, refined and classy.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Immediately dying smallish head on this deep red sparkly gem; sweet alcoholic nose; very liqueur-like, reminds me of rum-raisin ice-cream and a nutty-syrupy aperetif. I wouldn't drink this very often, and 4oz was the perfect amount, but this must be tried.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2005 Hugging port wine arms give you immunity to the outside world as reclining sweet fieldberries soothe and alacrity vanishes...Stuffed with fluffy caramel and incessant alcohol warmth, a leathery cassis skin envelops, restraining you to whispers...Even a few peaches appear from under the burning cushions...Just try to get up from this sleepy sofa...
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark. Not a whole lot of head. Aroma: Alcohol, wood, peaches. Flavor: pretty sweet, malty, drinkable for its high abv. Not overly complex but not bad.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice heavy brew which carries th alcohol quite well. A good brew, but not quite sure why it would be so limited.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very thick, rich, dark and heavy...spiced to perfection. Alcohol is really well hidden for the ABV. So much better than the WWS 23%. I liked drinking this slightly warm, as there was much more dark, dry raisin/current flavor. Slight lacy edging. Thanks again to TAR. :)
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This mega brew pours with very little head and lace. Suprisingly light in color. This beer seemed to imporve as it breathted and becam room temperature. Fairly sweet without being cloying. Many flavors present inluding raisons or dates with slight caramel overtones. The body is fairly thin considering the alcohol content and residual sweetness. Overall a very interesting and complex brown ale that will most definately improve with age.
hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Bottle (2002)... Co-rated with scraff...
Slightly hazy, ruby ale with a small, khaki-colored head that’s gone in a flash.
The nose is rich, vinous and buttery with notes of dates, raisins, caramel apple and port wine. The flavor is very, very malty and sweet. The hops and alcohol almost balance it out, but not quite. Lots of brown sugar, brandy and candy sugar. This stuff is booze... and I like it!
Full-bodied and chewy with a syrupy mouthfeel. Leaves the lips sticky. Feels like liquid, hot, magma flowing down the throat. Bittersweet and astringent finish which leaves the mouth feeling parched. Perfect beer for a bitter cold day... which pretty much describes today!
jaymobrown (1609) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprised difficulty in removing the cork from the bottle. A couple days of work the cork smelled like something from a bottle of white wine. Not much of a head, but a hugely strong smell of strong apple alcohol coming down from the bottle on high. Dense brown color - like some type of melted brown sugar. Whoa! This is "D'Extra" indeed. Strong warming alcohol taste. Reminds me of cold nights with a glass of apricot brandy. Some subtle hints of a cherry chocolate cake. Mellows out very nicely in the end. Underrated and worth checking out. Not typical malt heavy barelywine, but easy drinking subtle flavors and great overall feel. Put away as aged would probably be amazing.