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RATINGS: 2098   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 On tap at the Toronado. Great Stuff. Pours black with a constant dark brown ring. Aroma of wood, sherry, oxidation, soy, cinnamon, crab apples, molasas, and tobbaco. Taste is chocolate, wood, banana, cinnamon, and lots of beautiful alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Reminds me of an oak Old Vis.
From a bottle it is very nutty and earthy, with a decent amount of chocolate and old growth forest notes. Tons of tobacco as well backed with frankensense.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillieV (197) - Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle: Pours a very dark brown color with a very small dark brown head. Color alone had me thinking it was a stout. Light coffee caramel and ALCOHOL scent. Very sweet but not as overly sweet like their raisins..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 20, 2008
12oz. bottle. Poured a very dark brown. Very nice malty woody aroma with slight alcohol in the backround. Very good flavor, dark candy, but not too sweet. Very good, going to put a couple bottles away and see what happens.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours opaque blackened brown with a fading tan head. The aroma is a sort of sweet vanilla/plum/chocolate mix. Full body and moderate carbonation. The taste is mostly brown sugar, but picks up all the elements of the aroma. Dry, woody finish with bits of coffee, wood alcohol, smoke and chocolate. I think this would be better if aged a year or so... it seems kinda rough and raw right now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Very glad this has finally shown up in the area and I didn’t miss it this time around. Very deep, slightly murky brown, creamy rich head that lasted an amazingly long time, highly attractive. Big aroma, a blend of rich chocolate with a vinous character, a hint of dark fruits, and some alcohol. Enticing, I sniffed at this for a long time before even taking the first sip. Flavor is initially vinous, followed by a solid note of vanilla that moves into chocolate flavors. Hint of dried plum on the finish. Warming alcohol, but not at all hot. Exceptionally well done, probably my favorite brew from DFH in some time. Thoroughly enjoyed this experiment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (19023) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 20, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2014 Bottle at home ... Thanks to Goldwtins for this ... Very dark brown (wasnt expecting this colour, but had no reason to expect anything) ... an inviting deep roastmalt with cherry, plums and alcohol in nose ... solid rich deep flavours ... chocolate , toffee and Rich absorbing vine fruits ... some grenn raisins ... some valinilla and even whisky like tones ... very tasty but in the end for me just a bit too much .. Its very overpowering and in your face ... an open assault on the Palate3.5

dep black ... thin thin tan head ... dark salty chocolte ma;ts ... deep roat .. dark roast ... dark roast malts .. soft hcocolat .. soft toffe maalt ..juicy malts... dark roast .. deep mallst... mellow seet roast /. 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Rich malt with vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, coffee, light smoke and brown sugar. Perfect body; doesn’t come across and too thick and carries the 12% quite well. Pretty darn good...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (447) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2008
The aroma is a sweet malty, toasty with hints of raisin, caramel, molasses and other flavors I can’t define. It pours almost black with a nice brown head that is mostly diminishing. I hold the glass to the light and you can not see through the glass. The initial flavor is bitter, sweet, finishes with a smokey taste and is wonderful. The body is medium to full, the texture dry and creamy, the carbonation soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenleaf (90) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Bottle 12 oz. Pours a very dark brown with a miniscule brown head, no doubt from the high ABV. Nose is a sweet malt with some toasty biscuit and chocolate notes. The taste is very powerful and up front with malt, caramel, and chocolate. The beer slides over the tounge and almost has a coating feel to it on the palate. A very good imperial brown ale, but not for the faint of heart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (540) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Pours and looks like chocolate syrup. Milk chocolate head. Aroma is malty with high alcohol content. Very chewy, molasses and roasted espresso. Unique cherry cola taste.

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