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RATINGS: 1958   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle: Pours a beautiful looking mahogany color with a nice, tan head. Wow, this thing is nicely done...cherries and dark malts come through immediately with notes of chocolate, hazelnuts and a woodsy tone complimenting. Medium-full bodied....flavors of dry, bitter chocolate start and end up rounding the corner like helio in turn 4 to finish on a malty, cherry, woodsy note. The checkered flag is waved and DFH is the winner on this bad boy. Well done!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - MAY 25, 2008
Very dark brown - almost porter-ish black with thin almost non-existent head. Aroma: Toffee, brown sugar,, light vanilla (wood maybe?) some figs and finally the alcohol (not over the top) Flavor: While finishing dry and a touch medicinal - nice complement of dark fruits and some vanillin notes. Hop notes are restrained and restrain the sweetness. Overall: A very interesting take on wood aged brown ale with toast, vanilla and other characters - some of the sticky sweetness and medicinal finish detracts.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TonyDiUlio (643) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Interesting beer for a strong ale. you couldn’t taste the oaked flavor as much as u would think, but there is a distinguishable taste that comes from the specially grown trees. It is a very heavy bodied beer, with a lot of head. It was very potent in its flavor but I couldnt taste the alcohol like some of the others said. It was a nice beer, esp if you enjoy american strong ales

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2008
Very dark brown. Toffee, alcohol and wood in the fairly rich, demerara-accented nose. Firm alcohol, sweet and with lots of brown sugar character, fig and raisin, wood and alcohol. The finish is a bit boozy.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
notalush (4765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2008
The pour is nearly black, with a small tan ring of lace - oak is fairly strong in the aroma, along with strong grape fruitiness, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, sticky sweet boozy character - up front, the flavor is quite disappointing, reminding me of cherry-flavored cough syrup - however, this character fades, being replaced by strong roasted malt character, some tobacco, plum, chocolate, grape and fig - alcohol flavors manifest in the finish, and the sweetness becomes sticky, once again reminding me of children’s cough syrup - it even belches up like robatussin a little bit - good in the middle, but damn near awful on both ends - equal parts great and terrible, which is damn hard to do, so I guess I have to give DFH props for pulling it off - if anyone would like to trade for this, I’ve got three more bottles of this crap.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4574) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, grapes, and roasted malt. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a minimal off-white head. The flavor starts with chocolate and grapes. There is some faint roastiness in the finish and a hint of bitter woodiness. Minimal alcohol flavor for the abv. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and slick mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2008
bottle @ redlight redlight. Huge choclate nose, dark malts, slightly roasty. Pours chocolate brown with a thin tan head. Malty, roasty, chocolate, spicy flavors, hoppy with hints of citrus, woody flavors like vanilla with hints of cinnamon, as it warms i get hints of anise. Awesome!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Bottle... Miami Beach Spring Beer Fling ’08 ... Pitch black with a burnt orange hue when held up to the South Beach sun. Small, creamy, well-tanned head. The vinous, earthy aroma is of charcoal, wood, mineral notes and caramel. Full-bodied with a 2%-milk mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Sweet, chocolaty and nutty. Finishes sweet and chocolaty. Any woodsy essence is understated, as it should be when a beer is aging on one of the world’s most dense and, subsequently, least porous woods. Thanks to mgumby10 for providing the sample!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Almost looks to pour a dark ruby out of the bottle but once in the glass is solid black with a very thin tan head. Nice fruit in the aroma, mainly banana, chocolate, and a like bit of wood aroma. Very nice texture. The bottle describes it as a malt beverage so I was a little worried, but it is actually quite tasty. I thought the 12% was decently hidden. Well worth a try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 bottle thanks to rollinhard. surprisingly dark brown almost black pour with a thin ring of froth. sweet malts and chocolate with a hint of almost banana. very chocolaty, woody flavor that really takes over the palate. not bad on the palate at all. it’s actually very smooth and drinkable honestly.


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