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RATINGS: 2060   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20916) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2008 Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Very dark brown, minimal brown head. Spicy aroma of cinnamon and ginger, without really giving the impression of being spiced. Sweet and syrupy, full sized with lots of caramel, gingersnaps, molasses, wood and herbs. On top of that there’s white chocolate, honey, cardamom and café au lait. A powerful, complex and unusual sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
Very dark brown-black beer with a thick sticky brown head and a thick motor oil pour. Aroma is quite rich and chocolatey with a sweet cocoa note over a light dried plum/date sweetness. Raisin and demerara sugar over a soft dried cherry sweetness. Flavour is really intense... chewy and sweet with lots of cocoa and toasted malt backed by light vanilla and fruitcake. Rich toasty finish with a lingering warming spiced rum finish. Warming it up brings up cinnamon and toast over all of the other notes. Really unique and quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Dark mahogany brown pour with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate and dried fruits - cherries and other tart berries. Round, full mouthfeel - slightly bitter - maybe from the wood - but not hoppy. Some flavors of dry, powdered unsweetened chocolate. A very interesting beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2008
12oz bottle from a trade with not sure who. Pours a dark brown-black with a brown head and great lacing. Nose is of chocolate and wood. Taste is of chocolate, fruit and malt. Yum! Mouthfeel is medium-to-thick with a slight alcohol warmth. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1375) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle pours almost totally black, thin and disappearing brown head. Looks thick and viscous. Smells woody, vinous, with a touch of sweet vanilla, brown sugar. Tastes initially sweet, caramelized like burnt sugar, backed by a woody and roasty depth, and only mild bitterness. Thick but lively. Gets sweeter as it warms. Begs for some creme brulee or a cigar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Black with a dissapating tan head. Dark fruits, vanilla, woody and roasty notes. Medium to full bodied. Totally awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2008
[bottle] Arome=coffee, mocha, pine, bubblegum, scotch tape, and notes of tobacco and raison. Opaque black with a light brown, bubbly, velvet on top. Usually I put taste before body on these ratings, but the full thick body of this beer is extreme. Velvety sweet molasses coffee chocolate dates raison. Vanilla and butterscotch woody notes. Medium carbonation, slightly salty, beautifully balance between chewy sweet and hops/black malt bitterness, but without the burnt/toasty characteristics of black malts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Holy Cow. This is my new favorite beer. Bought a 4-pack for $10 at the brewery. The beer is so complex, but nothing about it is overwhelming. I would expect it to be too sweet, it’s not. I would also expect it to have a little sourness at the end, it doesn’t. The Palo Santo aroma is interwoven through the taste and aroma. The taste also has chocolatey and coffee tones throughout. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Dense dark brown/black hue, thin layer of tan foam sustains, moderate lacing. Smell is delicious, big roast malts, hints of nuttiness, coffee, chocolate as well, dark fruits, cedar-like wood, slight tinge of sugary bubblegum, light booze. Taste is mostly roast malts with backbone of nut flavors, dark chocolate and light coffee tones, opens to toffee, dark fruits (raisins, figs), and grassy hops, the wood flavors are subtle in the background, finishes sweet with slight alcohol burn that lingers. Palate is full-bodied, dense and chewy malt texture, moderate carbonation. Overall, this is one tough brown ale at 12%, the specialty wood does a good job of accenting and not dominating the flavor profile, the stiff alcohol presence puts this in the range between traditional strong ale and "sipping" dessert beers, a nice treat for brown ale fans.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle courtesy of rustychiles. Pours an inky blackness with a small tan head. Definitely a unique aroma. I am guessing that it as attributed to the Palo Santo wood. Heavy wood and malt smell. Tastes of strong dark malts; slightly roasty, raisins, and sweet. Aftertaste very reminiscent of eating cashews. Well balanced and tasty. Very smooth for 12%.

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