Why yes, they did brew it with raisins, green raisins, whatever they are. They also used a Belgian yeast and beet sugar. It comes off almost as much like a wine as beer. The 8% alcohol level doesn’t hurt either.
It pours a clear mahogany color with a thin head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose is sweet and slightly malty, the hops do not come through at all. The mouth feel is somewhat thin, although it goes down heavy, if that makes sense. I don’t think I could drink more than one of these in a sitting.
It starts malty with no hint of hops. The Belgian aspect comes through more in the finish. I think I detected the raisins in the finish, but that could just be the power of suggestion.
Dogfish is Delaware brewery known for its unique style, and this certainly upholds the tradition. It’s good, but I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to buy it again.