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RATINGS: 2044   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Big Brown Ale aged on palo santo wood from Paraguay. This beer is a 12% abv, highly roasty, and malty brown ale aged on the wood of the Palo Santo tree from Paraguay. Palo Santo means "holy tree" and it's wood has been used in South American wine-making communities. We were lucky enough to get our hands on 20 blocks of the super-dense wood and the wood was added to the ageing tank after fermentation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Deep dark brown mocha color with a thin dark-brown head. Aroma is lightly sweet, a touch vineous, with lots of figs/raising/prunes. Flavor is large with bits of toffee and dark caramel, dark cherries, raisins and prunes. Almost a bit of leather, maybe from the wood - which is very mild, especially compared to some fresh oak barrel aged beers. Finish is long and lingering (in a good way).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shotgun1431 (128) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Very dark brew with a very strong burnt yet sweet flavor. This is a little too strong a flavor for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3645) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
Cask, GBBF 08. Jet black, thin white head and fine condition. Full sweet maltiness in the nose, pleasant sweet chocolate powder in the mouth with noticable alcohol, soft sweet coffee and spirits lingering in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
A Mes rate: Gravicask at GBBF.
Very dark brown with a slight tan head. Fruity as hell, very vinous and generally wine like plus loads of pepper and alcohol. Thick and chewy. Superb bitter finish with some late malty notes. Amazing length. Really, really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 14, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Poured an ultra dark brown with bits of lighter ruby that was semi-viscous. The head was tan, creamy and didn’t last long. The aroma was superb. A malty backbone underneath smoke, fruit, wine, chocolate and earth. The flavor followed suit with the sweet maple woody flavor leading the way cut by a vinous, earthy, chocolaty blend. Thick, almost chewy mouthfeel. Top notch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
can8ianben (1385) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Mmmmm... beer like this is the reason that DFH has so much credibility. So rich and thick. Aroma of sweet maple syrup, molasses, cherries, and subtle smokiness. Mouthfeel is overwhelming with dried fruit, alcohol, rich malt, and once again - a subtle smokiness. Dark color with a thick tan head. We got to tour the brewery and see the tanks made with this incredibly hard Paraguayan wood and then tasted the beer on tap at DFH Brewpub. Awesome experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Wow, this was impressive. The Palo Santo wood gave both the aroma and flavor an incredible vinous quality that was very similar to oak yet had an earthier edge to it. A thick palate as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Surprisingly dark brown hue with a tan head that had good retention and lacing. Aroma was a mix of wood notes, smokiness and a nice malty presence. Flavor was mildly sweet a nice smoke note and a nice hop profile. Alcohol was present but was well hidden for 12%. Finish was dry. Nice,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobaidan (523) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Pour is similar to 10-W40 with a small head. Aroma is lots of sweet malt, molasses vanilla and port. Mouthfeel is thick with not much carbonation. Flavor is sweet with a quite strong alcohol presence. Wood, vanilla andlots of raosted flavors are present making for a nice complex beer. This is an in your face beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - GBBF 2008. A dark dark brown coloured beer with a very malty and vinuous nose. Extremely thick and alcoholic in the mouth with a finish that goes on forever. Sweet and woody with very real but very strong brown ale characteristics (albeit US rather than UK). Very scrummy.

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