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RATINGS: 1962   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
EithCubes (4724) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle. Huge, room-filling aroma, syrupy sticky molasses and campfire smoke with a huge, huge cash of wood (not oak or cedar or anything recognizable, but very pungent and attractive). A little cream, vanilla, and chocolate. Some firm Scotch ale accents and a ton of alcohol. Currants and dark cherries. Dark brown pour is essentially pitch with a dark brown, creamy head tinged with red. Very dry, lightly bitter taste that gains a bit of sweetness in the mid-body; not at all cloying (like most of the big DFH releases)! Molasses and brown sugar, chocolate with touches of vanilla and alcohol fumes (though I wouldnít have guessed 12%). Creamy full body and a dry, woody aftertaste, very malty with faint whisps of peat and smoke. Touch of earth, touch of grape, and even more plum. Also has some Dubbel character.

Pros: Complex and rewarding with subtle spiciness. A dark, alluring pleasure! Decadent!
Cons: Plastic, fusils, booze. Why not just distill?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Pours black with thin tan head. Lokks like a imp stout. Aroma of burnt wood, coffee, chocolate, and mild notes of dark fruit. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts and raisins. Medium body. Was planning on being underwhlemed due to it being DFH, but I really enjoyed it. Looks like THIS experiment worked.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Black fluid with a weakish dark tan head. Looks like a Russian Imperial Stout! The aroma is of coffee, black cherries, plum, a little bit of burnt wood, and brown sugar. It may look like an Imperial Stout but the taste wouldnít match up. The mouthfeel is thinner than a stout would be. The flavor is big and hearty with a malty impact. Some traces of black licorice and dried fruit are present. The carbonation is generally low while the alcohol content is present in the finish. Another great addition to the Dogfish Head lineup!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bp (785) - Queens, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Bottle: pours a dark black with a fairly thick head with lots of little bubbles in it, aroma of vanilla, dark fruits, malts, taste is very malty, it feels as if it leaves a bit of a malty residue in your mouth, nice thicker mouthfeel with a warming feeling in the throat. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Pours a thick dark brown with almost no head. What head is there does stick around a while. Aroma of banana, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla. Taste is woody and bitter. Alcoholic, tannic and malty. It works well. A little too heavy a beer, texture wise, and finishing even a 12 oz becomes a bit of a chore.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Draught at the WBF in Raleigh. Pours brown, opaque, medium brown head, nice lacing. Aroma is dark fruits--raisin,plum, nuts, chocolate and caramel. Flavor is delicious. A veritable malt assault, sweet, with a warming finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
garcia2a (6) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2008 does not count
Once again Sam has painted a masterpiece! This beer pours a deep brown, clear, very light carbonation and a light off white head. (Pardon me while I have another) The bouquet is of roasted chocolate malts, slight hops and I am getting a currant and black cherry tobacco finish. (Gotta run to the fridge and get another, Iíll be right back) The taste is spectacular and quite complex. Warming chocolate, malt, hops, deep fruits and a touch of hazelnuts. A slight alcohol bite. Everything I want in a dark beer. These tastes linger on the taste buds and slowly dissipate. (Crap, Iím out, gotta run to see Capone) The body is a bit bold, but I believe that only enhances that wonderful, warming mouthfeel. This is a great sipping beer, a great steak beer, a great fire place beer, aw hell, just a great beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Funknmilla (677) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2008
12 oz bottle..Dark brown--dirty orange highlights topped with a brown sugar colored head...First sniff--dark easter...Iím taken somewhere---blacking out---I awake in an easter basket, with the easter bunny? He doesnít look as I remember...heís swinging an axe and going for the Palo Santo tree that seems to be growing out of the base of the basket....malted milk balls are falling out of the chocolate birdís nest...I catch them , eat a few, then toss them at the crazed rabbit.....he drops his axe, I cut off his ears and drink my beer...whew!......I notice the alcohol in the finish of this fabulous creation, but no where else.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Poured from the bottle gave us a deep dark brownish black color with a chocolate tan head. The aroma is very nice with sweet malty fumes along with chocolate complexity. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and oh so smooth. The flavors are rich and long lasting. Woody vanilla and raisins. Second tasting of this beer and better for sure second time around.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2008
12oz from Samís, Durham. Nice design and coloring on the label, I must say. A very thick black pour with a few traces of carbonation and a very minimal (and quickly dissipating) head. The aroma is rich with lots of vanilla notes in there for sure, sweet malts everywhere. To me thereís not a terrific amount of the wood in the nose; and whatís there isnít especially distinct. I must confess that I was disappointed by the flavor too. Enjoyable blend of sweet cream, malts, and a slightly ashy smoke, but nothing I would say is either distinct or especially memorable. Certainly not bad, but kinda meh. Got the 4-pack, so will rerate if my opinion changes.


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