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RATINGS: 2010   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
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
A dark brown pour, thin head, very roasty and woody nose with alcohol wafting. Dark roasty malt, some coffee notes with caramel and fruit. Bitterness balances well. Wood is background but noticeable. Full bodied, roasty astringent finish. A distinctive, interesting and complex beer with a lot to explore. I like it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Very dark, opaque brown with a thin ring of a head. Aroma of caramel, black cherries, wood and vanilla. Toffee, some light roasted barley,vanilla and toasted wood flavors. Some vinous flavors are accompanied by plums and cherries leading into a woody finish.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
topher40409 (38) - gainesville, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2008
bottle; black to brown with an off white film on top that quickly fades. aroma is of chocolate coffee in a curious toasted wood with slight alcohol notes. wow! very very complex flavor. sweet toffee in malt up front. with slight alcohol warmth followed by a chocolate coffee and a toasted wood flavor that is like nothing else i have tried. finish is a chewy woodsy malt with slight english hop flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Draft @ GOBF 08. This came out black, I imagined hints of maroon, but yeah black. Finger sized dark brown head, with dense tiny bubbles. Chocolate, roasty, vanilla, spicy, wood/oakiness, some indistinguishable bright fruits buried in there. Much the same in flavor, with a little sweetness and roast/chocolate big flavor components. A touch of alcohol, which blends in well with the rest doesn’t stand out as a bad thing. Well carbed, with a nice medium body. Drying wood/tannic finish. Gives the impression of a little acidity. Great. Looking forward to having this in bottles.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2550) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
Bière #5 au Mondial 08 (28/5/08), bouteille. Brune cola, très peu de collet. Arome de fruits très mures, bien malté avec une touche d’épice. Goût de fruits mures malté, légèrement alcoolisé et un peu boisé. Bien mais je m’attandais à quelque chose plus intéressant selon les opinions donné!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
psycho11 (22) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Pours black with no head. Chocolate and bread flavor with fruity aftertaste. Not too much alcohol flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ilovedarkbeer (2340) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Pours a pitch black murky color with some brown highlights. Looks like syrup. Head is medium sized and a honey brown color and looks like little caviar bubbles. Quickly shrinks to a ring. Nose is booze, dark fruit, chocolate, some coffee, and some bread. A really great aroma. Taste is dark fruits up front and then there is a finish of roasted malt and chocolate. Sweet but not overdone. What a well crafted beer that is very different from most ASAs.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (1232) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle. Black and thick with a dark brown, thick creamy head. Roasted chocolate malts in the nose. Thick caramel and bitter chocolate milk flavors. Yummmmmy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2008
bottle: pours a very dark chaocolate brown witha small brown head, looks like a big shot of espresso. aroma is wonderful some wood, cherry, spice, vanilla, brown sugar, and a great floral character. this aroma is very inticing. flavour has a small aomount of alchol burn,but it is not to bad. flavours of earty green wood, roasted grains, brown sugar, some good cherry and vanilla from the wood i am guessing. very good beer

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
12oz bottle. Nearly opaque dark brown with a small light brown head. Dark alefruit, alcohol, hints of chocolate in the aroma. Ruddy, figgy flavors up front. Heavy toastiness, slight roasty hint with vestiges of coffee. Earthy, keening character I assume is the wood permeates throughout. Toast, alefruit, and alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, somewhat hot.


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