Up to 20.5% you say my good fellow? Bring it on. ABC Family Night with Harry Potter might not be the Seattle International Beer festival but What The Hell? At least after half a snifter Hermoine is looking a bit more shapely.
Nearing the peak of Dogfish Head’s alcohol summit, Raison d’Extra packs a nosy punch and palate sting. The tumult of % scorches down your throat before most of the flavor has time to snugly tongue-settle. Obviously, this drink is all about the raisins: the taste and subsequently pleasing afterburp.
The last item of note: the weight of the booze melts those shriveled grape testes into a ragged terry cloth of chocolate flavor that wipes your mouth clean. The tongue that wobbles on this beer is like a diving board vibrating with numbness, equally soulless and enjoyable.
It’s not magic but something solid that’s worth a taste—probably not the whole fourpack. That is, unless, female wizards are your raison d’sextra. I mean d’Extra.