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RATINGS: 2043   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle: Very deep brown/near opaque pour with a light brown film for head. Pungently sweet nose of vanilla, maple, fig, and diacetyl. Rich, hot and overwhelming. Slick texture with apparent alcohol burn. Buttery notes upfront. Boozy and sweet everywhere. Lots of raisins and vanilla. The sweetness upfront is "saved" by just a touch of later roasted character with notes of dark cocoa and toffee, along with a woody earthiness. I gave this time to warm up and breathe, hoping it would gain complexity, but it didn’t. I got tired of sticky, in-cohesive alcohol monsters a long time ago. Overrated, in my humble opinion.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle. Really dark brown body, small head, chocolate in the nose. Quite sweet, woody notes, caramel, chocolate, not much hop presence, drinkable, especially for 12%.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6273) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2008
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Julio’s Liquors (Westborough, ME). Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe de chocolat et de boisé. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de mélasse fruitée avec une pointe de vanille et de rôti.Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #1771)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2008
6-17-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to hoppymeal
Nice deep brown color with a decent beige tan creamy head. Smell is roasted chocolate and caramel - mild but good. Flavor is decent - malty and sweet with a hint of something chalky to it - earthy, woodsy. It is creamy yet has a semi high carbonation. Pretty good and very drinkable. Decent overall, it almost has a tartness to it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle, Aroma is spice, burnt malt, with an odd woody tinge. Pours a yummy lasting head, darkest brown ale I’ve seen. Malty and sweet, lots of burnt flavor. Nice on palate, plenty of body, chewy with a woody burnt caramel finish. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Solid brown pour, just a tiny bit of brown head rose up. Not much in the nose of this one, after it warmed a little, slight roasted caramel/nut/whisky barrel. Pretty malty, but not too much so. Roasted, slightly sweet nuttiness going down. Warmed me up, but the alcohol was not apparent at all. Pretty darn good. I’m cellaring 2 of the bottles, curious to see what happens.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2596) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Poured a very dark brown/black, small head. Aroma is roasty, chocolatey, a touch of coffee and some vague woodiness that is pine like. Flavors are caramelly with a touch of vanilla and molasses, finish mixes a touch of wood with mild acrid roast. Pretty sweet on the whole.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3213) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Pours murky dark mahogany with light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, vanilla and alcohol. Roasted malt flavor with sweet vanilla and caramel. The Palo Santo blocks really add a nice woody flavor. Full body with average carbonation and a thick, chewy mouthfeel. Another well done brew from the DFH brewers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Chalice. Pours dark brown, almost black with small dark beige head. Aroma is somewhat suprising, I was expecting much different considering the style. Nose of dark fruit- most notably plum and raisin with some sweet chocolate coming through as well. Flavor was malt heavy- lost of roasted barley, toasted oatmeal, with caramel and some earthy, woody aspects to it as well. Though difficult to place, this must be the special wood in which this ale was stored in. Palate is sticky and sweet in the middle, subsiding into a prickly, and finally dry lasting finish. Alcohol evident but not overly so. Another unique offering from Dogfish Head- definitely try some if you can get your hands on it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2008
1st bottled batch. Appears very dark in the glass, a super opaque cloudy brown with a well developed light tan head, that fades into a collar in the glass. Nose isn’t super vibrant and doesn’t have a lot complexity. Mainly dominated by roast, it also has hints of caramel, raisin and a touch of palo santo wood. Flavor has much complexity than the nose. Roast, brown sugar and burnt toffee, with light hints of apple and plum, alcohol and palo santo wood. I like this ale pretty well.


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