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RATINGS: 2075   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.


4
   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 thatís 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 wouldnít 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--theyíre still making new quality brews!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timfoolery (1125) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Bottle from Total Wine in Roseville, CA. Donít 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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1934) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2008
Dark brown pour not much head , pours kinda oily, smells like a brown ale, with some booze and vanilla, flavor was brown aleish, with molassis, dried fruits, wood, vanilla. Really interesting, very well done, gave me a good kick at the end

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2250) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2010 May 2009 bottle on 05/29/10... pours a deep brown / light black with a nice 1 finger tan head - which falls down to a thin lacing. lots of wood, some vanilla and dark fruit notes across the nose. big body filled with sweet molasses, sugar, dark fruit and alcohol. after a year this one is still very strong and exhibiting the alcohol notes from the mid to back end of the palate. weíll see how it shapes out in a few years. still awesome.

bottle. delicious. Dogfish delivers again with their newest beer... pours a deep brown with a tan head which quickly dissipates. sweet malty, coffee like aroma. even over the palate with a medium body... somewhat slick in the mouth. presence of molasses, brown sugar, coffee, alcohol and huge malts. the Palo Santo wood comes through a bit, but does not overpower the beer. excellent finish - strong alcohol and a bit of licorice. from the first sip to the last, Palo Santo delivers.... this is one of my new favorites from Dogfish.... Iíll definitely be buying this one again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2008 12oz bottle-Pours thick with a soon to be gone, tan head. This "brown ale" sits in the glass looking like a porter or stout. Aroma brings sweet malty notes, coffee, and molasses. Flavors bring the same but better. Im not sure if your suppost to taste any wood, but I didnt. Finish is fairly long an alcoholic. I imagine this would cellar nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle from Canalís in Lawrence Twp Pours a slightly hazy deep reddish mahogany with a dense light brown head. Very sweet malty aroma with dark fruits and a hint of coffee. Complex flavors with strong woody, earthy presence. Plenty of sweet malt, raisins, hint of smoke, caramel and white pepper. Long contemplative finish with a fairly aggressive alcohol note. Overall a nice and interesting brew but one probably better suited to a cool autumn evening than a hot early summer day.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
poley (3) - Orono, Maine, USA - JUN 27, 2008 does not count
Wonderful flavors, nice and smooth. Alcohol taste is a little too prominent. Definitely a sipping beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Draft at Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats, Rehoboth Beach, DE...funny, Iím looking at DTM who rated right before me and my notes have much of the same...pours deep brown, tan head pretty much gone by the time I got it...aroma of malts, chocolate toffee...taste of malts, molassas, mild coffee and chocolate, alcohol in the aftertaste...brought a 4-Pack home, Iíll keep it around for fall-winter and maybe re-rate. Super Unleaded!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle from Total Wine in Roseville, CA. I was very surprised when this beer poured an almost pitch black. Tan head that almost disappeared instantly. This beer is a malt lovers dream. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, molasses and even a little bit of licorice. This is something I will buy again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5597) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Bottle. Very deep brown to near black opaque pour. Fading tan head. Sweet aroma made up of caramel, chocolate, sweet malts, candy and alcohol. Taste is strong alcohol, rich caramel, light toffee, candy, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts. Strong woody notes throughout. Body is medium to medium-full. Lots of alcohol warmth and a dense, smooth carbonation. Finishes with more alcohol, wood, coffee, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, and candy. Very different but very tasty!


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