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RATINGS: 2043   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2008
In short: A very woody and roasted sipper with a personality of its own.
How: Bottle. Sample at Mondial de la Bière 2008
The look: Black body topped by small tan ring of foam
In long: Strong nose of alcohol, raisin pie and wood. Taste is wood/barrel upfront. Thankfully this is not yet another bourbon barrel character, this one has a pleasant old wooden chest feeling (if that makes any sense to you). Opening the drawers of my old wooden chest I found flavours of highly roasted nuts, fudge, raisins, grapes and molasses. Sweet but not overly so, the medium-high roastiness level helps to hide the sweetness and create a dryness sensation. I was surprisingly surprised by this one. 12% is as well hidden as a my good education after I have a six-pack of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3395) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy of bvc. Bottled on date of 04/16/08. Pour is black with some faint ruby highlights, with a three inch tan head which settles nicely. A bunc of big carbonation bubbles lead to a very fluffy head that leaves behind gorgeous lacing. Aroma is roasty maltiness, wood, and slightly sweet almost vanilla cherry element to it. Interesting nose, all nicely blended together. Taste reveals quite a bit more of the woodiness from the nose. The vanilla and roastiness are present as well, though the wood is really the dominant flavor. As the beer warms, the vanilla sweetness again shows some cherry. Alcohol is present with its warmth, though it very much tastes a part of the overall flavor, rather than apart from the overall flavor. For a 12% beer, the alcohol is actually remarkably subdued, particularly for how young this bottle is. Some licorice is evident in the after taste. Palate is medium to full. Decently mouth coating. Very drying finish. Overall, a very interesting, well constructed beer. Thanks for sending this one my way, Brandon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2008
If you get the chance to try this beer you need to jump on it. full flavored brown ale with the perfect amount of woody flavor. definitly get the hint of vanilla to make it a little sweet. Good Beer. Thank you Dogfish Head again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3187) - Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2008
This is one of the few beers from Dogfish Head that I was truly impressed with. This is an incredibly drinkable beer for something of its size. 12 percent shouldn’t be hidden this well. I wouldn’t have pegged it at over 7 had I not known ahead of time. there’s this great maple syrup in the aroma and flavor that melds nicely with the wood, which comes off as a cross between cedar and oak. Vanilla is definitely there, but there’s a bit more spiciness than straight oak aged beers take on from the wood. Now I wish I had bought the four pack instead of just the single.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Gorgeous and interesting beer. Pours a deep brown hue with appropriately foamy tan head. Aroma is wine-like - you can certainly tell that this was aged on wood. Very nice. Not as heavy on the palate as I would have thought, but delicious. Very unique and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2008
4pack. Pours black with a red hue. Decent tan/red head. Light malt aroma with vanilla. Lightly carbonated...creamy and sweet, but not too sweet. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10496) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2008
12-oz bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours dark brown with a small, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, nutty, caramel), light hops (flowers), average yeast (dough, earth) with notes of wood, dates, and apple. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1367) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malts, plum, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Thick on the palate with the caramel malt, plums, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, and chocolate up front. Finishes slightly bitter and warm. Not as warm as I would expect from a 12% beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2008
12oz bottle, Bottled on 04/15/08, courtesy of heemer77, thanks a lot Eric! At least, I think that’s the date--the print was a bit smudged. It took me looking through 65 ratings before I found another RBian that had the same dated bottle. Be more specific, you lazies! Pours a thick deep ruby with a one finger brown head, pretty good retention. Lots of sweet toasted malts, brown sugar, vanilla notes, and some cola. Fig, earth, wood, and some roast and chocolate are also present. Complex! Flavor still has some chocolate and toasted malts, and adds some smoke and dry peppery wood in the finish with some alcohol--though I wouldn’t put this at 12%. Burps cola. Full body with low carbonation. This turned out pretty damn good. To hell with all of the naysayers for DFH--they’re still making new quality brews!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Bottle from Total Wine in Roseville, CA. Don’t ask me why I thought this one might be a Pale Ale when I first came upon it because it poured black! Talk about a surprise! Anyway, this one had licorice, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit flavors. The brew also had an extremely controlled palate and held on tight until the smooth finish. An instant classic for me!

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