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RATINGS: 2056   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bilking (2) - , Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2008 does not count
An interesting beer. The flavor of the wood comes through but doesnít overpower. A bit sweet and the hops are subtle for a DFH beer. I have one bottle left that Iíll hold until it is released again. A definite special occasion brew.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 12 oz. Dark brown pour, opaque, tan colored head. Dark fruit, wood, toasty, buttery toffee, earthy aroma. Boozy too. Rich flavor. Drinks easily for ABV. Reminds me of HotD Adam but less interesting. Chalky and dry finish thatís bitter. Apricot in there somewhere. Not bad, but I donít love it. The last thing I ate was some cake, maybe 20 minutes ago, Iím pretty sure if I didnít have something sweet before drinking this, Iíd like it even less.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10162) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Yeah this is good. Dark brown pour with a small brown head. Aroma is malty and malty and did I mention malty? Flavor is sweet, earthy, malty, caramel, syrup, sweet dried fruit. Yum. Awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Courtesy of Gillard. Pours dark dark brown with brown head. The aroma is big and loud with rich sweet malts running along with a load of caramel, molasses and wood. I also get cherries and booze. Wow. Nice malty flavor thatís thick and nearly punishing. I get some booziness that is not distracting followed by wood notes, cherry, dates, some chocolate malts and a moderate level of wow. Tons of flavor and tons of fun. One of the best DFH products Iíve had to date.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a tan head. Flavor: Espresso, brown sugar, and roasted malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2008
12oz bottle. The aroma was of nuts, tree bark, light chocolate, and a dash of brown sugar. There was also a hint of anise. Poured an opaque black color. The head was light brown and retained its height well. Full bodied with carbonation on the low end of the spectrum. Smooth, velvety mouth feel. Delicately sweet with some roasty bitterness at the end. Earthy, but without any overt wood flavor. Tasted of dark fruits, chocolate, and a bit of roasty malt. There was also some alcohol flavor, but it was fairly well disguised at 12%. All in all a good brown ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biznizness (1124) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2008
OH YEAH. Iíll tell you what, when Dogfish hits it on the head, they really nail it. Pours pretty much black with a licorice, slightly sweet touch to it... just outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJJereme (375) - Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Bottle. Pours like a stout and has the appeareance thereof which is primarily a coffee/mocha color with a light brown head. Slight coffee bitterness and taste offset by the taste of brandy and subtle fruit flavors that would exist in a red wine. Heavy-bodied. Certainly an interesting and tasty brew. Very powerful on the alcohol content. Another unique concoction by the boys at Dogfish Head.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nearbeer (4070) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 12 oz, bottled 04/15/08. Nearly opaque chocolate, with a small head that settles to a spit. Aroma of burnt dark chocolate, licorice, and alcohol. Flavor is strong alcohol, sweet coffee, wood, licorice, slight caramel. Some char and woody aftertastes, with a big alcohol burn. Tastes like a stout blended with red wine and whiskey, and would be really nice but for the nearly overpowering alcohol/wood combination. Medium-heavy body is almost smooth, alcohol dry, and sorta chalky.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalekliz (891) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD! Pours black with a thin light brown head that dissipates quickly. Sweet aroma, of malt, dark fruits, brandy, and a bit of molasses. Taste starts sweet and brandy-like before a lot of toasted malt kicks in. The wood adds a really nice, different flavor here. Lingering sweet toastyness. Very very tasty.


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