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RATINGS: 2009   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
The one is alright but not good tasting. The aroma is like oak, chocolate, coffee, malt, earth, and fruit. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is think. I like the texture!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2008
12oz bottle shared with The_Captain. Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a big foamy brown head. Smells of berries, red grape, banana, and smoke. Tastes much like an oak aged imperial stout, roasted, anise, bitter, with earthy notes and a big warming boozy finish. A very nice slow sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Black body with a light brown head. The aroma is strong and oaky with some sweet vinous notes. There is also some stone fruit and figs. The taste has some chocolate with some toast and prune. There is also a woody dry note. A pretty strong alcohol burn in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle: Pours much darker than what I expected. Has little to no head. Extremely strong ale although has a well balanced alcohol. Flavor is of roasted malts but has an underlying tart finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUN 15, 2008
A very dark American Strong Ale. This was stronger than some stouts I’ve had. Sweet with chocolate and a little coffee. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle - Poured a very black and syrupy with a very small tan head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is wine-like with plenty of green apple, sweet malt, chocolate, espresso and not a small amount of alcohol. Flavor is slightly sweet with a background of green apple, sweet malt, dark fruit, vanilla, wood/oak, bourbon and plenty of alcohol. Very complex... palate is thick and chewy. If you want to feel the full effect, drink it warm (60F), when the full effect of the fruity esters is apparent and full flavored. Would do very well aged for a couple of years... A really excellent brew....

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
soyorganic (291) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2008
<Recommended by staff at the Foodery.> Good call by them. Bottle: poured dark black syrup-like with a tan head. Nice looking beer. Aroma of sour apple, chocolate, coffee and a little bit of alcohol. Nice tasting beer with sweet malt, coffe and sour apple notes that make for a sweet flavor. The beer has a slight bitterness for a little bit of balance. Although the alcohol was slightly noticeable, I am not completely fond of big beers with high alcohol content. Good beer nevertheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (1853) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2013 Pours almost opaque black into the glass, with the deepest of mahogany hues. A tan cap closes to a thin ring that diminishes to nothing down the bottle. Deep, dark nose with Candi Sugar, very malty, (baking-) flavor extracts, and a touch of vinous notes. This is very malty, beginning quite sweet, almost airy, with drying dark fruits and roasted malts. There develops a hint of sours/dough in the mid-palate. The finish brings forth earthy roasted-wood remnants, a shade drier, with hints of the ABV, although extremely well "held-in-check" (enhancing the drinkability). All of these aspects come together during a long-lasting effervescence at the end of the pull. The mouthfeel offers more complex contrasts, with a light syrup/oily palate meeting both a nice livening zest of carbonation levels and integrated ABV warmth. Overall, a heavier brew that succeeds as good quaff, and only gets better as it approaches room temperature. I can’t wait for a year or two to age my other bottle and see the nice changes I encounter. Very well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2008
bottle. Aroma has notes of vanilla, caramel, toast, wood, and dark rum. Pours a deep brown and looks black in the glass. Small brown head that fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor is sweet vanilla wood with a sweet and slightly burnt oak bourbon tone in the finish. Palate is full bodied and oily flat. Quite an interesting brew. Complex nose and flavor with a pleasant ABV that is well masked. Nice and different.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Bottled. Poured clear, deep iced tea brown with a short, dense cap of tan head. The aroma picked up a rich, very complex array of dark sugars with brown sugar, molasses, and caramel highlighted.. vanilla, coffee, and a pinch of vegemite come through secondarily. The flavor focused on molasses, tar, and vanilla for sweetness with toasted wood accenting.. sweet finish with dark, syrupy sugars masking the alcohol completely. Heavier-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate (prickled the tongue a bit).. dry, scratchy feel on the back-end that left a trail of earth on the finish.. very good brew but if anything, a little too malty.


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