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RATINGS: 1992   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Bottle... Miami Beach Spring Beer Fling í08 ... 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 worldís most dense and, subsequently, least porous woods. Thanks to mgumby10 for providing the sample!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4881) - 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. itís actually very smooth and drinkable honestly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (517) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2008
(bottle) Opaque brown body with a thin chocolate head. Moderately sweet, dark chocolate aroma, coffee, vanilla, and underlying woody notes. The taste has moderate sweetness, but quickly followed by bitterness and alcohol. Chocolate flavor dominates (along with alcohol), also wood and slight smokiness. Feels great when letting it role over the tongue and around the mouth some - soft, bubbly, full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aquilo (555) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
This seems like they started to make a porter, and they took it in a different direction. It is black with a small brown head. Smell is very roasty and malty, with some chocolate, but also with grapes and figs, and perhaps a few other layers of fruit as well. The flavor has just as many layers of complexity. Roasty malt, then grapes. Winey aftertaste. (In a good way.) Medium bodied. I still say this is a porter. Just a very complex and wonderful porter. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
My bottle shared with tupalev. Pours inky black with an average size frothy light-brown head. Decent lacing. Nice aroma of dark malt, chocolate, dark fruit, wood and alcohol. Flavourís malty, a bit toasty along with some nuttiness, fruit, light hops and a hint of alcohol. 12% must be a mistake!? That alcohol is very well hidden if thatís truly the case. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel. Very good stuff that exceeded my expectations.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 22, 2008
This is 12%? Seriously? Where is it? Iím sure iíll feel it in a few minutes after iím done, but man... Dogfish does it again with this brew. Super thick and dense. Pours a black color with very little carbonation (almost none at all!). Thereís a little ring in the glass now, but thatís it. This is made with a ton of dark malt from the aroma. Smells oaky (or palo santo-y i guess?!) there also hints of maybe some dark fruit also. The flavor lends itself well to the aroma. Iím not sure what it is about this beer but I REALLY love it. Iíll head back to the store to pick up all the 4 packs i can get! This stuff is nearly perfect, i frankly cant believe it doesnít have a higher score. Right now at a 3.8? This is a hidden gem!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2008
super yummy beer, very sweet and malty, woody and fruity, high alcohol is invisible

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours practically jet black with ruby-red streaks on the edge of the glass and a very small tan head that disappeared pretty quickly. The aroma was absolutely beautiful, a mix of gorgeous wood, vanilla notes, cocoa, and heavy malt. Taste is a wonderfully complex blend of chocolate, toffee, coffee notes, and malt with a wonderful wood/vanilla/chocolate finish. There is maybe a little dark fruit thrown in as well, reminding me of a Belgian quad. The alcohol is very well hidden, especially since itís a whopping 12%. I absolutely loved this beer - Dogfish Head completely knocked it out of the park.

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