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RATINGS: 2113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
keepersj12 (3050) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Great aroma, great flavor, looks great too. A kick ass beer. Hard to find but worth it. Get 2.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Pours deep dark brown with a small dark tan head. Strong herbal aroma along with some hops, caramel, vanilla, and wood. Flavor follows the aroma quite well. Palate is full, a bit hot, but a nice long finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2008
12 z bottle - pours a deep, deep black, nearly opaque, with a thin mocha head. Very stout-like in appearance. Aromas of molasses, black licorice, a slight white pepper note, and some booze. Very complex flavour profile, with roasted malt, a distinct wood-smokiness, some faint hopping in the finish, and a some booze. Long, dry, roasty finish. Fantastic beer. Thanks to my bro for sharing the bottle.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2191) - Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Heard some Honkeybra refer to this as like a cousin of a porter. Right on. At least he got one right. This brewery seems to do no wrong. I bet they could pee in a bottle and somehow make it awesome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Pours a thick sludge; no head. Aromas of vanilla, roasted barley, bitter chocolate, and some smoke. Very sweet, but surprisingly not cloying at the front, very thick body, some coffee and a bit of dark fruit, bitter roasted finish, and a classic dry DFH theme lingers for a while. Better cold than warm; enough flavors are there without too much thickness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2008
poured a rich back color with a small khaki head that laced a ring nicely.The nose was of wood and darkfruits, not really sweet though. Flavor was woodsy,dark fruits and slight vanilla.he alcohol was balanced well and wared going down.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 5, 2008
THOUGHTS: Had a small sample of this at a Michael Jackson’s tutored beer tasting during Philadelphia’s beer week, but there wasn’t enough to rate. I’ve been looking for it ever since, so I’m glad I finally found it. Hid alcohol incredibly well. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was nearly opaque black in the glass with a small, light brown head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma was light to moderate, chocolate and strong coffee malt, candy and fruit. It was also woody as it warmed. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter with and average to long duration. There was chocolate malt, maybe some vanilla, some dark fruit, slight wood and some coffee. The full body was syrupy with tingly carbonation and a light alcoholic finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
amc3000 (47) - alhambra, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
12oz. bottle. aroma has asligt bublegum scent on top of vanilla and wood.taste is full and heavy. a little more of the bitter than malty. great wood-sweet aftertaste. this is a special beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 Black, Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, nutty, caramel, dark fruit, wood, molasses, little alcohol, dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1177) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 3, 2008
Hugely impressive beer. To be perfectly honest, my expectations were not terribly high given DFH’s recent penchant for odd yet not terribly drinkable beers. This is an anomaly and one that should probably get added to DFH’s regular lineup. Stronger and more interesting than their Immort and definitely comparable to almost any imperial stout, this beer has nice wood overtones yet good balance hop scaffolding. Great barelywine alternative to those looking for a nightcap when it’s over 70 degrees.


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