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RATINGS: 1105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 555   ABV: 18.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Raison DExtra is our amped up version of the Raison DEtre. 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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Its been a while since I had the raison detre, so Ill need to give that one a go again for a frame of reference. The alcohol definitely gave a bite on the back of the throat. Figs and clove were apparent. Medium brown color. Not much haziness. Pretty good, would go well with pork.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Nice medium brown pour with bubbles as a head. Very very sweet and syrupy. Great flavors all over this brew, raisin, sugar, lots of alcohol, dark fruits. Very nice, and again...thanks to footbalm for this one.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7477) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 2005 12oz bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), with notes of vanilla, raisin, isopropyl alcohol, brown sugar, sherry, hint of sweat socks. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, heavily alcoholic. Well, I got my wish to try a fresher sample and put it under the microscope in a controlled setting, and I can honestly say Avery Samael is far superior (and no, not just because Avery is local). Their aromas are somewhat similar on the surface, but Averys is much richer and more succulent, and certainly cleaner (this one has some dirty feet and rubbing alcohol)...DFHs is simpler, watery, and more alcohol-heavy. Not impressed, and not worth its price. Not awful, but still couldnt drink it.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Fruity aroma (with a whiff of medicinal alcohol), with a browny kind of color. It was impossible to drink this 20.5% beer without a shudder. But it was a warm, memorable shudder. If I wasnt such a sissy-pants, I probably would have rated this beer higher.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Vinous and liquor-like in aroma and flavor. Intense alcohol presence, making me shudder at each sip. This beer is way big. I could definitely see myself enjoying this in a brandy snifter and smoking a fine cigar, but which one would I be able to finish first? League of Strange Beer Drinkers approved!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 12/19/2002 Bottle. This poured out slowly and thickly, a brownish-amber color with a temporary whisp of a head. The aroma was darkly sweet, malty, alcoholic, with a very slight trace of the green raisins. Its a burning, sweet drink, the 20.5% abv making itself known on every sip. Its got a sticky sweet, alcohol finish and warms one up quickly. I managed to latch onto two of these. Itll be interesting to see how the second is in a year or two.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1161) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2005
12.19.2002 bottle. huge aroma of white wine and green grapes, and not much else. the flavor belies the aroma though; brown sugar, molasses, some alcohol tinges, but still fairly sweet. 20.5%? holy crap.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kane (111) - USA - JAN 16, 2005
12/19/02 Bottle. I was surprized to find a bottle of this as I thought they stopped making it, esp in the big bottles. A clear med ruby color that pours with a very small non-lasting off-white head. A strong alcohol taste and aroma. Caramel sweet, med dark molasses, raisins come out but this is dominated by the alcohol. Slightly slick mouthfeel with a sweet caramel aftertaste. A powerful beer that is a very nice experiment and one that I hope they continue to make, along with their others.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Dec 2002 bottle. Pours a dark, brownish amber color with very little head. Aroma is of fruits (figs, raisins, stuff like that) and lotsa malts. Malts are very sweet....boy this ale is incredibly smooth. This has many qualities of a fine liquor...maybe a nice port too. Nice smooth mouthfeel with oranges, touches of wood, raisins and figs in the flavor. Yes you can sense the massive alcohol presence, but its not quite so "in the face" like Averys The Beast. Finish is clean and smooth. Nice bitterness in the finish. Thanks John for sending this one. Ill need to get more of this!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Malty w/ dark fermented fruit and an alcohol sweetness on the nose... the same in the mouth... the mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, well rounded, and full bodied. it poured a brown color w/ orange hues, slight head and thin lacing.


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