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RATINGS: 2098   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2008
4pack. Pours black with a red hue. Decent tan/red head. Light malt aroma with vanilla. Lightly carbonated...creamy and sweet, but not too sweet. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11472) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 30, 2008
12-oz bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours dark brown with a small, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, nutty, caramel), light hops (flowers), average yeast (dough, earth) with notes of wood, dates, and apple. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1413) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malts, plum, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Thick on the palate with the caramel malt, plums, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, and chocolate up front. Finishes slightly bitter and warm. Not as warm as I would expect from a 12% beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2008
12oz bottle, Bottled on 04/15/08, courtesy of heemer77, thanks a lot Eric! At least, I think that’s the date--the print was a bit smudged. It took me looking through 65 ratings before I found another RBian that had the same dated bottle. Be more specific, you lazies! Pours a thick deep ruby with a one finger brown head, pretty good retention. Lots of sweet toasted malts, brown sugar, vanilla notes, and some cola. Fig, earth, wood, and some roast and chocolate are also present. Complex! Flavor still has some chocolate and toasted malts, and adds some smoke and dry peppery wood in the finish with some alcohol--though I wouldn’t put this at 12%. Burps cola. Full body with low carbonation. This turned out pretty damn good. To hell with all of the naysayers for DFH--they’re still making new quality brews!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Bottle from Total Wine in Roseville, CA. Don’t ask me why I thought this one might be a Pale Ale when I first came upon it because it poured black! Talk about a surprise! Anyway, this one had licorice, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit flavors. The brew also had an extremely controlled palate and held on tight until the smooth finish. An instant classic for me!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1968) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2008
Dark brown pour not much head , pours kinda oily, smells like a brown ale, with some booze and vanilla, flavor was brown aleish, with molassis, dried fruits, wood, vanilla. Really interesting, very well done, gave me a good kick at the end

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2010 May 2009 bottle on 05/29/10... pours a deep brown / light black with a nice 1 finger tan head - which falls down to a thin lacing. lots of wood, some vanilla and dark fruit notes across the nose. big body filled with sweet molasses, sugar, dark fruit and alcohol. after a year this one is still very strong and exhibiting the alcohol notes from the mid to back end of the palate. we’ll see how it shapes out in a few years. still awesome.

bottle. delicious. Dogfish delivers again with their newest beer... pours a deep brown with a tan head which quickly dissipates. sweet malty, coffee like aroma. even over the palate with a medium body... somewhat slick in the mouth. presence of molasses, brown sugar, coffee, alcohol and huge malts. the Palo Santo wood comes through a bit, but does not overpower the beer. excellent finish - strong alcohol and a bit of licorice. from the first sip to the last, Palo Santo delivers.... this is one of my new favorites from Dogfish.... I’ll definitely be buying this one again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2008 12oz bottle-Pours thick with a soon to be gone, tan head. This "brown ale" sits in the glass looking like a porter or stout. Aroma brings sweet malty notes, coffee, and molasses. Flavors bring the same but better. Im not sure if your suppost to taste any wood, but I didnt. Finish is fairly long an alcoholic. I imagine this would cellar nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle from Canal’s in Lawrence Twp Pours a slightly hazy deep reddish mahogany with a dense light brown head. Very sweet malty aroma with dark fruits and a hint of coffee. Complex flavors with strong woody, earthy presence. Plenty of sweet malt, raisins, hint of smoke, caramel and white pepper. Long contemplative finish with a fairly aggressive alcohol note. Overall a nice and interesting brew but one probably better suited to a cool autumn evening than a hot early summer day.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
poley (3) - Orono, Maine, USA - JUN 27, 2008 does not count
Wonderful flavors, nice and smooth. Alcohol taste is a little too prominent. Definitely a sipping beer.


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