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RATINGS: 2108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (774) - Vail, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2008
a deep brown all the way around. aroma of wood and alcohol. flavor is slightly sweet and woody. very mellow but intriguing wood flavor. nice finish as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a thick black color with a large very dark brown head that lingered. It looked alot like an imperial stout rather than a brown ale. The aroma was port wine, tangy cherry and a touch of wood. The flavor was rich, roasty and sweet with noted cherry, wood, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. The body was wonderfully thick and creamy and hid the 12% alcohol very well. The finish was dryish port wine. Marvelous!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (32942) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
GABF 2007. Vintage 2006. A pitch black beer with a orange-brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of both chocolate and coffee. The flavor is sweet with notes of coffee, cocoa beans, oil, alcohol, wood, and caramel, leading to a alcoholic and woody finish. The body is strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackzodiac (12) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Thick, foamy, caramely-brown head that dissolves within minutes and leaves some thin lacing. Very dark in color, almost black. Sweet, malty aroma with some vanilla notes and minor hints of fruits. Smooth yet heavy mouthfeel with a rich, caramely-sweet flavor and hints of everything from coffee and chocolate to brown sugar and bananas. And a very prominent, lingering aftertaste. One of Dogfish Head’s boldest, most flavorful brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2008
12oz bottle: Pours to a dark brown, near black body with a small, quickly fading light brown head. The aroma is very mild licorice, raisins, figs, chicory, molasses, vanilla, banana, and light hints of a smoky, earthy wood. Taste is sweet up front, with notes of sweet figs, prunes, dark chocolate, dark molasses, rum, vanilla, a bit of an alcohol burn midway through, then hitting some toasted wood, bourbon, and pepper. Medium-heavy body, medium carbonation (very small, crisp bubbles), finishes with extended sharp alcohol, bourbon, and wood notes. It’s surprising to me how much the alcohol comes through in this one when it doesn’t claim to be bourbon-barrel aged, yet sure tastes like one with plenty of sharp & burning alcohol notes coming through. A bit hot now, but this one should do very well with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2008
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours out in a dark brown colour with a small dissapearing pale brown head. Rich and full aroma of wood, sweet cherries, molasses and alcohol. Full-bodied with notes of wood, vanilla, raisins, figs, resin, brown sugar, anise and alcohol. Long warming finish of wood, molasses, pepper, chocolate sauce and salmiak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Watch out. This one will put you down. Super robust, with a pleasant, appropriately warm finish. Rich, rich, rich. They should have called it a black ale. Boozy but more drinkable than you might think. I think that this brew will improve dramatically with a few years in the cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4567) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2008
Cask@GBBF 2008. Black beer with a rum like aroma and a rich and rum like flavour. Overall an average strong beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 8, 2008
Thanks to Juancho. Drank it in Panajachel, Guatemala. Really liked this one, Dogfish is a great brewery. Pours a amber/brown color with a small head. Light bodied, nice aroma and flavor of bananas, vanilla and spices. Really nice. Alcohol goes unnoticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (16592) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2008
Cask at GBBF 08. Black, no head. Intense alcohol aroma. Herby, hot alcohol. It’s very brandyish. Yes, some vanilla. It does remind me of cognac. Not unpleasant. Warming, good for a winter’s night nip, but for 12.30 lunchtime? Just a bit too much.

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