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RATINGS: 2074   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4726) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Pours dark brown with a small dense tan head. The aroma is milky with vanilla, wood, clean toasty malt, milk chocolate and dark caramel - rich and delicious. Medium / full body with an aggressive feel and some subdued carbonation. The flavor starts with heavily toasted malt that bordered on roasted, heavy wood, warming abv, dark caramel, figs, dates and some sweetness that is offset by the wood. The finish has full richness with some hops and coffee-like bitterness. Molasses starts coming out a lot as the beer warms. A very fine offering from DFH.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (3019) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2012 Rerate on 09/22/2012. Aroma is very sweet, roasty, very hoppy, and the gorgeous smell of wood. Also, plums, raisins, chocolate. It’s reminiscent of the Indian Brown Ale. Appearance is more like an Imp. Stout. It is more black than brown, and has a thin tan head. Very attractive. The flavor is fruity and sweet, piney hops, chocolate, with the flavor of the wood coming through. Licorice, molasses as well. As it heads to the finish, I notice real piney hop bittering, some candy sweetness and alcohol. The alcohol provides a warming and pleasant finish. Beuatiful beer all the way around. Great effort by Dogfish Head to create something truly unique. Also, at $15.99 for 4 beers, this was an expensive beer adventure. Definitely worth it though. I wish I could buy this in bulk.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Shared with afire- Dark brown pour, nice foamy brown head. Big grape-banana, rich smoke aroma. Wood aged roast texture and a very grape, rich berry wine flavor with a hint of bananas. A nice one to sip and enjoy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (2084) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3/17/08 Bottle. Really thick and syrupy texture. Darker than I expected for a brown ale. Deep and complex wood and malt flavours. Warm finish with soft alcohol notes in the throat. Well crafted and unusual.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3075) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
the beer is nice and strong, its got rich malts with strong caramel flavor. its got some nice fruit. this has some flaws but it works overall.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
The one is alright but not good tasting. The aroma is like oak, chocolate, coffee, malt, earth, and fruit. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is think. I like the texture!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2008
12oz bottle shared with The_Captain. Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a big foamy brown head. Smells of berries, red grape, banana, and smoke. Tastes much like an oak aged imperial stout, roasted, anise, bitter, with earthy notes and a big warming boozy finish. A very nice slow sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5186) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Black body with a light brown head. The aroma is strong and oaky with some sweet vinous notes. There is also some stone fruit and figs. The taste has some chocolate with some toast and prune. There is also a woody dry note. A pretty strong alcohol burn in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle: Pours much darker than what I expected. Has little to no head. Extremely strong ale although has a well balanced alcohol. Flavor is of roasted malts but has an underlying tart finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUN 15, 2008
A very dark American Strong Ale. This was stronger than some stouts I’ve had. Sweet with chocolate and a little coffee. Very good.


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