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RATINGS: 2092   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2008
Dark brown with tiny beige head. Sweet aroma that holds overripe fruits, caramel and roasted malt. Sweet vinious flavor with caramel, roasted malt, alcohol and dark fruits. Warwing alcohol towards the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2008
12 oz bottle from Binnys. This beer is like their normal brown ale on alcoholic steroids. It pours a deep and dark brown with a very small, dark, and bubbly chocolate tan head that dissipates very quickly probably due to the high alcohol content. No real lacing left over. Relatively strong aroma, brown ale/caramel maltiness, with a kick of alcohol and roasty vanilla as well as roasted chocolate. I donít know what palo santo wood smells like, but this sure smells like it was aged in some kind of wood barrell. Iím not too big on wine, but Iím getting some sort of wine smell to this too. I really like this intense brown ale flavor. It has a hint of alcohol, but the roasted chocolate and vanilla is great. A very warm flavor and finish. Rich and woody with a very full and creamy mouthful. It does have that imperial stout style to the finish. Overall, this beer is awesome. Another great beer from dogfish head. The wine quality mixed with brown ale/imperial stout taste is amazing. This thick and complex brown ale is a winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 Pours a DARK brown into the glass with a nice brown head. Aroma is very rich and full of chocolate, wine, and plum or some other dark fruit. Flavor is huge and smooth across the palate. First you get the obvious dose of chocolate and roasted barley followed by a slight tartness that helps it go down warm and smooth. Very little alcoholic burn, but just enough of a warmth to let you know its there. This is a truly impressive brew with a lot of similar characteristics to an imperial stout. After letting it warm a little bit Iím starting to pick up some vanilla and rum like flavors. The only bad thing I can say about this beer is that its summer time and my apartment has no air conditioner, but can I really fault the beer for that? I think not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2008
12 oz bottle from WLV Liquors. Pours a nice dark brown with red edges. Aroma is beautiful is Roasted malts, molassess, wood, pinot noir and candied suger. Floavor is rich and complex with roasted malt, molasses, deep red wine flavors and nice woody undertones. Mouthfeel is still rich and creamy. This may have been my wifes favorite craft beer she has tried so far due to red wine qualities. I was unsure whether or not to purchase this brew at first but will make sure I stock up to see how it ages. Well done DFH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Baumgartner (122) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle poured to glass. Pours an oily black with rich brown head atop the brew. Smells of toasted malts, molasses, and a mild yeasty aroma because of the bottle conditioning. Very smooth for the high ABV. A very full bodied brew that envelops the mouth adn tounge in its complex goodness. Excellent thick brown ale for those that love the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2008
black with minimal beige head..aroma of a roasted brown ale, nuts, vanilla, scotch and wood...immediate alcohol in the flavor, but doesnt detract from its complexity..caramel, roasted chocolate, wood...very rich and somewhat similar to an imperial stout...a fine beer from a fine brewer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2008
How sweet it is, the beauty of a gifted beer. Even sweeter, is the beauty of a Good gifted beer, one which I cannot wait to pop open, pour, and savor. Such was the case with the late-arriving but always good birthday gift from my sister.
I had heard much rumblings and murmurs about new wood barrels at the Dogfish Head brewery and new beers that were being berthed in their depths. It is with great anticipation and salivation that I pop open my Palo Santo Marron bottle and pour her deep brown-black liquid bread into my glass.
Wow. Deep brown-black she is, and with a nice tight cappuccino hued head on top which fades into a similarly colored ring around my glass. I get rich earthy, woody, aromas in the nose. a delicate array of vanilla, a hint of sweet caramel, and a bit of a crisp citrus zing hiding in the background. Overall, a woody aroma, almost reminiscent of a finely aged single-malt scotch or sipping rum. I take a quaff. Thick, viscous, lusciously earthy with tons of vanilla, wood, and caramel. A clean body for being such a heavy beer, leaving a light hoppy citrus zing in my mouth while the alcohol warms my throat and body. creamy. Sweet. Woody. Even more hints of vanilla and caramel, maybe a wee bit of licorice peeking through. Such a complex beer and yet so easy to drink. As Palo Santo warms, opening up more of herself to me, even more alcohol sweetness rises in the nose, almost reminding me of a finely aged scotch. A smooth blend in the body, she coats my palate more as the initial lingering hop zing fades and more wood-aged dark malty brown ale character shows.
Itís amazing what a little bit of wood aging can do for a beer. Luscious. Complex. Woody vanilla notes. Palo Santo Marron will age well, and I am definitely looking forward to how she will taste a year or two from now. I am extremely thrilled that Dogfish Head has decided to make this a year-long permanent brew. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a black with brown edging and a thin tan head that laces. Sweet aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, smokeyness, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is similar with no real evidence of the wood besides the smoked taste, reminds me of a sweet imperial stout. Big body, soft carb, light syrupy texture, and warm sweet feel. A great end of the evening beer. Nice complex big beer with depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Deep brown body, thin/medium tan head. Nose of cocoa puffs, dry chocolate, and toast, with vinous characteristics and prickly alcohol heat. Rich, vinous body with characteristics of red grape, toast, licorice, bitter chocolate, and toffee, with just the right alcohol presence to make this a slow, enjoyable sipper. Any flavors associated with the wood this beer aged on were subtle. Crisp, firm mouthfeel carries the complex body perfectly. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thill25 (232) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Poured from draft at GOBF ’08 (rating notes)...Deep, opaque, cola color w/ a frothy, tan head that left a considerable amount of lacing. The nose was golden! A terrific mix of vanilla, coffee, and toffee and some vinous fruits. The flavor was a ridiculous mix of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, oak, and maybe some earthiness. The palate is thick, creamy, a little sweet, but not overpowering and leaved a mild, lingering bitter-sweet finish. This beer is complex, strong, and and excellent sipper!

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