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RATINGS: 1985   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.


4.7
   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!

4.1
   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

4.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5285) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 20, 2008
This American Strong Ale pours a deep eclipse black color from a 12 oz bottle. Small sized tan foamy head, with little retention and almost no lacing. The aroma is semi sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla and wood. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are chocolate, coffee, toffee and sweet. The hops are earthy. Interesting flavors, there are lots of chocolate and coffee flavors that intensify and meld as the beer warms. Low carbonation. Smooth taste. Hides the 12%alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is sweet with some raisins.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured dark dark brown with a dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee notes, and a little bit of dark fruit sweetness. Taste of smooth chocolate and coffee yet the wood added some nice character to the flavors. Alcohol is hidden quite well and itís a nice selection from Dogfish Head.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewmighstro (8) - Boone, USA - MAY 19, 2008 does not count
12 oz. bottle. managed to score 2 í08 bottles at a local beer supplier. Pours a black with a brown head. there is virtually no head. Aroma is fantastic. Smells of oak, coffee, syrup, vanilla, and alcohol. Loads of wood aroma. WOW!! Loads of coffee and chocolate flavor. Chocolate lingers on for a few. Roasted flavor makes mouth water for more. Smooth and very delicious. Cheers!!!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle shared with Blankboy and GregClow, courtesy of blankboy. Pitch thick black with very little head. Nice aroma - thick, tar, sweet, dark fruit. Taste follows with the addition of wood. Intense strong complex sipper, this was fantastic.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle: pours black with brown highlights. Thick foamy tan ring around edge of glass. Aroma is very sweet. It sort of smells like sweet, vanilla-laced tree sap. Sort of tickles your nose like sawdust. The wood smell is not at all detracting from this brew, though. Rich flavor of chocolate, burnt nuts, some vanilla-like sweetness, and a pretty warm yet dry and woody finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bootle. Pours dark brown with lighter hues of brown in the light. Sweet malty aroma, some wood, burnt malt, 12% does a disappearing act in this one. A good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Pours deep brown with very thin, dark tan head. Nose is full of sweet malt and a touch of wood. The flavor is very brown ale like in smoothness, with toasted nutty flavors, and a bit of malt. Not a lot of the wood detectable. A touch of licorice also.


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