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RATINGS: 2122   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 19/20
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Another great beer from Dogfish Head. Pours out a deep, dark brown, with a big malty aroma. Taste is all malts in the front (with a hint of burn coffee) and a big but well balanced hoppy finish. Definitely one to pick up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gkao007 (28) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2008
This dark brown ale is awesome! Huge dark chocolate start, mid vanilla and finishes with burnt caramel and brown sugar. Also finishes with heavy bitters. I got a bit of Cream Cola as well. Head - Very light head, thin dark brown head. Very little carbonation. Body - Pitch black

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3840) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2008
Black, thick lasting tan head.Sweet malt, mocha and alcohol in nose.Carmel start, then the distasteful alcohol bite overpowers all else. Not a good offering

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2008 Truly exquisite aroma, similar to the Midas Touch in a lot of ways. Very strong espresso smell, not coffee per se, but the sweet foamy espresso with cream aroma. Also touches of vanilla, oak, banana (odd), wood, nuttiness, and chocolate. I wasn’t expecting the beer to pour this dark; it has the look and consistency of motor oil. The head is also not thick at all, and not very stable either, something unique for a beer this dark. Extremely alcoholic, acrid first sip, with a dominating sour woodiness. Roasty and meaty are probably accurate descriptives, but I think it’s a bit over the top. The Palo Santo wood barrels add a lot to the aroma, but the flavor is overkill and extremely astringent. Other flavors present in the brew are a mild pepperiness, likely from the wood aging; banana; a hint of orange or sweet lemon; and abundant dark roast coffee. A little grapey and winey at the bottom, with an interesting sandalwood-like flavor profile. A valiant attempt at originality, Dogfish, but you went a little too far this time, IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3454) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Dark color. I wouldn’t call it black but it comes pretty close. Tan head, no lacing. Aroma features some wood, raisin, and roasted malt characters. Flavor is incredibly smooth with some raisin at first that fades into some roasted malt. There is that alcoholic bit mid palate. The finish is nice and long and where you get your oak aging character in the form of some vanilla and a bit of a chalky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Very dark, thick looking pour. Roasted, malty, oak aroma. Oak very strong in flavor(I’m guessing this is the santo wood), alcohol hidden well, but I can definitely feel the tingle on my tongue. Roasted malt is the strongest flavor here, but not too overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - JUL 15, 2008
As the description suggests, this one is very roasty and malty. Loads of vanilla/oak, figs, dark fruits. Alcohol is very strong and present throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2008
I was pretty impressed with this beer- very drinkable with a distinct flavor- very woody and chocolatey- really it’s like a poor man’s Rochefort 10- and more drinkable I think... I had NO idea it was 12%. Wow. Bottle from Whole Foods Bowery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (4318) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
App is opaque black with no head. aroma is pleasant, very malty and sweet. slight smell of dark fruits. flavor is sweet and smooth, very thick. slightly warming from alcohol, can feel it in the ears. A nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle: Very deep brown/near opaque pour with a light brown film for head. Pungently sweet nose of vanilla, maple, fig, and diacetyl. Rich, hot and overwhelming. Slick texture with apparent alcohol burn. Buttery notes upfront. Boozy and sweet everywhere. Lots of raisins and vanilla. The sweetness upfront is "saved" by just a touch of later roasted character with notes of dark cocoa and toffee, along with a woody earthiness. I gave this time to warm up and breathe, hoping it would gain complexity, but it didn’t. I got tired of sticky, in-cohesive alcohol monsters a long time ago. Overrated, in my humble opinion.

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