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RATINGS: 1056   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2004
This bad boy has been in my basement for about a year know and I could not wait any longer. Also I was out of other beer. I pours a deep ruby / mahogany red. Little to no head. Aroma has a definate raisen and date aroma. Whoa baby. The flavor is like getting hit in the face with a shovel! More like a port wine or a brandy than a beer. Bit I do like it indeed. It does not have the grape like flavor tha some DF big beers have. I guess they do not use the champagne yeast in this one. It lacks the complex flavo of DF WWS but this is still a BIG beer to tell the grandchildren about. I think I will be heading to bed after a 750ml bottle of this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Great after dinner beer. Wow. REally good. Malty. Dark color. Taste of raisins all throughout it. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2004
This is an excellent after dinner drink. Big raisin vanilla alcohol aroma. Reminds me of scotch or whisky. Malty raisin flavor with a nice alcohol sweetness. Very drinkable, especially in front of a hot fire on a cold winters day, or while watching a Superbowl.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Extremely rich and fiery beer. If that makes sense right off the bat. Very hazy ruby colored ale. Extremely malty, sweet, rich and buttery. Many notes of dark fruits, caramel and toffee, and lesser notes of brown sugar and tawny port. The fiery aspect of cognac blended with belgium candy sugar is a treat, and certainly makes for one hell of a warming on the way down. Full bodied and a bit syrupy. I love it and want more. Special thanks again go out to John at DFH. Are you sure you're not going to make this again?? :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2005 Original rating, 750ml bottle 1/11/2004. Alocohol / dark fruit/berry nose with some brandy in it. Small fizzy head is gone immediately. Body is a nice amber/red color. Tastes sweet with fruit, and can’t really find any hops. I just don’t like the alcohol. Perhaps the sweetness and the alcohol balance nicely, but still not too keen on the ABV. 7 / 2 / 7 / 3 / 12

Rating 9/20/2005, fresh 12oz bottle. Clear copper color, nice soapy head. Nice full sweet aroma of raisins, lots of odd malts, orange hops, vanilla, grass, but little alcohol. Sweet alcohol, fruit. Sweet raisin fruit balances the alcohol nicely. Very nice overall. Blended complexity in the aroma, and a nice flavor. Though, the flavor doesn’t seem quite as complex. Its great, but not as complex. 9 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Rotten bananna brown color to it with no head. powerful strong caramel and dark fruit and alcohol aroma to it. Has a really sweet and deep body to it. Strong yet very smooth, too smooth maybe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Pours deep dark amber with small, thin head. Caramel, and dried fruit throughout. Very nicely masked 20%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2604) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Brown with thin head. Oxidized sherry aroma. Nutty and alcoholic aroma. Somewhat fuselly. Very strong near cloying plummy and raisiny flavors. Warming alcoholic finish. Surely sweet but balanced enough for an extra strong ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerGod (5466) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 Finally decided to open this. Why I waited until now is beyond me? Bottled is dated Dec 19 2002(I've never heard of any other date). Dirty copperish red body with a small tan head. Nose is rich and thick. Alcohol, malt, sugar, raisins and other fruit along with light spice. Oh man!!! This is powerful! The tongue is met with a alcohol laden attack. Fueled by ripened fruit and sugar. Definitely tastes like an suped up version of the Raison D'Etre. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and this is a little one-sided but man, this is awesome! I like this kind of big, bold beer. Very smooth finish to this only some alcoholic and sugary notes to speak of. I need to get way more of this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Quickly disapating head atop a clear amber color...sweet raisin & rum aroma with a soothing alcohol kick...big green raisin flavors with a peppery alcohol burn..mouthfeel a tad syrupy yet bitter...smooth for 20.5%, yes..but...lacks complexity for such a big brew...astringent at times..either..its 1 dimensional or needs a few years.

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