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RATINGS: 1046   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


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1842) - 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!


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoucrew102 (732) - - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle. Rich dark fruit aroma with light notes of caramel and booze. Pours dark brown with a ruby hue, an extremely thin white head and no lacing. Starts with a lot of dark fruit flavor, raisin-like with maybe a small amount of caramel. Finishes fairly smooth at first with the fruit still there, but ends with a lot of booze that lingers on the palate like some liquors. Good, but the alcohol burn at the end is not enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (694) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Aroma of malt,raisin and fig. Belgian yeast, sweet finish but not overly sweet. Quite nice and balanced for how strong it is. Lots of flavor and complex. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2589) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2015
3/16/2015. 12 oz. bottle. Red brown with a thin tan head. Sweet aromas of dried fruit. A significant alcohol burn, raisins, molasses, honey and malt. A little too hot for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomTron (416) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Pours a murky brown with not much head. Sooo much raisin in the nose. This beer is a definite sipper. Heavy dark fruit presence and the alcohol is there, and at 18%, that’s not surprising. Solid offering, and definitely what I would call a "meal beer".

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3568) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
(12 onces. Vintage 2014.) Quelle belle robe et que dire de cette tête qui accompagne chaque gorgée de la dégustation. De la classe! Au nez, porto, noix caramélisées, liqueur d’agrumes, mélasse et miel se manifestent avec allégresse. Quelle profondeur! Ça sent très bon et cela est tout simplement appétissant. Le goût est très intense en raisins liquoreux et en alcool mielleux. Serait-ce le croisement entre un porto, un hydromel et un doppelbock? C’est tout à fait bien mais les saveurs ne sont définitivement pas touchées par cette magie qui opère le nez. En bouche, un corps totalement rond avec une texture liquoreuse et un pétillement bien nerveux. Une finale de raisins chauds qui se conjuguent avec une longue amertume boisée. Grande complexité. Bière de fin de soirée qui peut faire tomber toute inhibition.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2479) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Toffee colored pour. Slight tan bubbles. No lacing. Caramel and date aroma. Boozy caramel taste with dark stone fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (971) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Solid dark opaque color. Thick aroma of figs, raisins, yeast, bread, spice and booze. Flavor is a god balance of booze and dark fruits. Tastes a little like a fire, roasted and warm. Good earthy presence as well. Alcohol does NOT feel like 18.5.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (2544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Sweet and delicious, slightly syrupy. Dates, raisins and prunes. Tasty, sipper, enjoy

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (732) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Pours a dark ruby red, with a thin off-white head that stays long. Sparse lacing. Nose is intense boozy dried fruits and taffy. Taste is boozy and sweet, but there’s a nice bitter undercurrent that carries through to the aftertaste. Very nice, nuanced brew! I’m a fan.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcon25 (156) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Bottle pour at home, thanks Andrew for shearing. dark red wine pour, smells of brandy, surprisingly smooth beer for how it smells, sharp taste of raison right off the bat with a little plum, taste barrel aged but its not, and probably would be even better if it was. but still solid.


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