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RATINGS: 2122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 bottle poured into a trappist glass has a super dark brown color with a thick brown expresso like head. aroma has rich malt, wood, vanilla, molasses sweetness, brown sugar, and tobacco. mouth feel is medium heavy with lighter carbonation. flavor has loads of dark thick malt, lightly toasted wood, vanilla, and barley wine like brown sugar and molasses. very chewy but not bitter or too thick in texture. there is some alcohol but it is not overdone, sweetness blends with the malts nicely. like a malted barleywine aged in wood. very nice with dark fruit comming through and a finish of malted sweetness lingering on the tongue for a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
topherh (1924) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2008
12 oz bottle pours black with a very thin brown head. Aromas of burnt wood, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and ripe fruit. Flavor is rich, bitter, ripe fruits, dark sugar, and vanilla. Very good, VERYCOMPLEX

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kennydiaz (356) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2008

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Bottle at Sune’s (Thanks Bager). Black - brown head. Burned, sweetness, fruity, candy, wood, brown sugar, berries, caramel, spicyness. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
specksnreds (55) - USA - SEP 9, 2008
Poured like an Imperial Stout with a little less body. Lacey, low carbonation, and vanilla in the nose and palate. Lots of molasses in the beginning with only a slight bitterness in the finish. Again these guys kick ass. Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (7254) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 9, 2008
Bottled(355ml). -This beer surprised me a lot. I expected totally different beer than the one I got. Deep black coloured, medium sized brown head, alcohol and licorice in the nose. Roasted malt, chocolate and dried fruits taste with notes of wood, cocoa and vanilla. Also some alcohol traces in the finish. Very smooth for 12% For me this one is better than 90 minute imperial IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Many thanks to McBackus for his generosity!

Pours and looks like an imperial stout black hue with a wonderful brown head. Odd aromas of paint thinner, varnish and a bizarre woody component (the Palo Santo wood I’m guessing). Nice creamy mouthfeel and pleasant on the palate. I think I just have a young bottle here that needs quite a bit of time to age out as this is pretty rough around the edges. Good thing I have a second!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4969) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 8, 2008
Thanks to ogivlado from bringing this here and sharing it with me!
Poured an almost black body. Brown ale? Right... it would be if head mattered.. that’s brown and thick and went away slowly. It looks remarkably good though, with a crown of lazy, small streams of carbonation going around the bottom of the glass. The nose, however, didn’t impress me one bit... strong, sweet and malty as expected, it’s drowned in dust and alcohol, invoking a tiny gag reflex for me. The taste, however, fixed the impression again. A fine woody, very roasty and sweet maltiness. The alcohol is buried in there and not nearly as prominent as it was in the nose. Warming though. Light notes of bubblegum, touch of chocolatey vanilla and coffee. Sticky. Some liight acidic hop. Very complex indeed and a fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (15296) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
Cask, 12.0% at GBBF08. Black colour. Small light brown head. OK liquorice mouthfeel. Very peppery flavour. Quite high alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Wonderful sweet aroma full of raspberries and rich malt. Flavor is quite complex. Lots of fruit and sweetness, sort of like raspberry chocolate. Lots of wood in the flavor but it’s not oak, it’s a very interesting, very curious wood flavor. I don’t know... this one is about as easy to figure out as was Midas Touch. However, tremendously drinkable, despite 12%.

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