Dogfish Head Raison D’Extra

Dogfish Head Raison D'Extra
Just finished plowing through 4 days worth of Google Reader content (beer blogs and beer news). The Bears/Packers game is on TV. First weekend of the NFL season. To say I am excited is an understatement. Tomorrow night we head to my friend Kevin’s house to watch the Patriots play on Monday night football. Go Pats!

I’m capping this Sunday night off with a Raison D’Extra from Dogfish head. Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre is one of my favorite beers, but this looks like an entirely different beast.

My first comment is ABV related. 18%. Speechless. Worried.

The aroma is strong. Fermented raisins, that’s for sure. Smell is floating all over the livingroom. I’m surprised the wife hasn’t commented. I can only imagine how much aroma there would be if there had been more than just an average amount of head on the beer.

The flavor is overpowering me. I think I need to let it warm up. Could be a double-edged sword. Hoping the flavor mellows and becomes more dynamic with some warmth, however I’m also sure that the alcohol flavor is going to become rugged at the same time.

*a few minutes pass* Getting impatient. *sip sip* ….

While I wait a few minutes, I’ll make reference to the fact that this beer is “supposed” to be aged. Sure, you can drink it shortly after purchasing like I did, but many people let it age for 2-3 years before cracking it open. I wish I knew when my bottle was brewed, but given that I just recently picked it up, I have to assume the bottling was recent. Anyway, enough with this waiting shit! :)

Assumptions confirmed: warmer = boozier and sweeter. That’s cool though. It certainly doesn’t taste like 36-proof. Don’t get me wrong, it’s obviously got kick.

The taste is quite sweet, with an ample amount of sourness also. Raisins is the easy answer in terms of flavor, but it’s definitely more complex than that. A little licoricey actually. Maybe even cherry or plum. I dunno. Much like other Dogfish Head brews I’ve had, my tongue isn’t intelligent enough to figure the beer out.

I’ve heard awesome things about this beer, which was why I got it. I’m slightly disappointed that I’m not enjoying it as much as others have. It’s still a good beer. Maybe I should buy a bottle, store it, and re-review in 3 or 4 years.

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

3 thoughts on “Dogfish Head Raison D’Extra”

  1. Actually, the bottle that you drank was at least 2 and a half years old. The last batch was brewed in March, 2007. So cheers, you had your aged raison d'extra, :). Try picking up another bottle and throwing another year or so of age on it.

  2. I actually just picked up a bottle of this that I found at a local place. I didn't know a ton about it as far current brewing status, but I did know that it had been "On Hiatus" by Dogfish Head. I too hoped for it to age to mature the flavors a bit. Wondering how long I had to go, I grabbed the bottle and checked the yellow date printed on the neck. "3/15/07" it read, and I was pleasantly surprised.

    I am going to assume that you had a bottle from the same batch. Just for future reference though, it is printed in yellow on the neck.

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