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RATINGS: 1066   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 555   ABV: 18.5%
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Raison DíExtra is our amped up version of the Raison DíEtre. 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


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1971) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2015 Bottle at Monks many times. July 2012. Pours a dark ruby brown. No head just a playful foam. Deep, thick and wonderful. Liquid raisins. Molasses. Bourbon barrel flavors. Melts on the tongue and slides down the throat. Despite the rich thickness it finishes perfectly smooth. Perfection. Warm caramel apple. Vanilla bourbon. Smooth like a well aged whisky. My favorite brew out of Dogfish Head. Not scared to give it one of my highest ratings. Tremendous! UPDATE: Now finding on draft for the first time. Feels fresher, fruitier, and less complex than the bottle version I prefer. Interestingly the high ABV reads to me as a peppery hop bite, not high alcohol. It still packs a punch though after sipping this for 20 minutes. I like it a lot but would probably rate it around a 3.9 - though I will leave my higher rating up for my previous bottle experiences!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demannu (176) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Definitely a sipping beer. Dark reddish brown pour with a quickly fading fizzy head. Aroma is sweet and boozy. Feel is kinda syrupy, like a pourly mixed fountain soda. Taste is sweet dark fruits and booze. Not as much alcohol as you might expect from the abv. Bold and assertive sipper. Maybe a bit too much.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2920) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Pours a clear copper from the bottle with minimal ring of bubbly off-white head that leaves light lace. Aroma is big liquor sweetness with hint of dark fruit and soy. Taste follows with big sweetness, huge house, dark fruit finish. Too much for me, but not horrible.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BMMillsy (1750) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2015
The booze is this is just unnecessary and off putting. Really bad. Not a fan.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gripweed57 (949) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (911) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rhsiung (1107) - USA - MAY 20, 2015
12-oz bottle @ community-bar during chibeerweek. didnít 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (740) - Pontiac, 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 itís over 18%.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (7891) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2015
12 oz bottle - finally found this somíbitch, 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 canít truly hide 18%+ - so you get some sweetness and late dryness from that as well. Very, very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (983) - 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, thatís 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 isnít a lot of carbonation. It hangs around, offering the lovely fruits and caramel long after itís gone. Damn. Really, really good with this kind of age on it!

1.7
   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.


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