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RATINGS: 2009   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonsHead (140) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 Big oaky aroma from start. Didnít care to much for the alcohol burn on the first taste, then grew fond of it. Huge robust roasted flavor. You couldnít pay me enough to drink this too fast. Really nice sipper though. Overall, itís has a serious earthy, wood flavor, that I canít get over. Very avante garde.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, dark brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark brown to black, unfiltered. Aroma is moderately malty (molasses, caramel, roasted grain), with notes of alcohol/whisky, bubble gum, brown sugar, light notes of wood, vanilla, cardboard. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Very surprised at the high score. A punishingly sweet and syrupy brew thatís hard to drink (or even sip), and offers little to entice in the nose. Even after warming all the way to room temp the nose remained very simple and portentous of its sugar-bomb flavor balance. The opposite of elegant. Other big Dogfish beers have been following this syrupy-sweet-simple trend in the last few years and sadly this one is no different.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Dark fruit, sweet aroma. Slight vanilla and brown sugar in second whiff. Dark brown, medium head. Sweet up front, very light wood and moderate dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2507) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle. Didnít know what to expect, but this goes far beyond simple "marron." A dark, dark pour with minimal head and heavy banana/clove aromas. Sweet brown sugar malt and a touch of prunes or something dark and fruity like that. Alright, so following the first sip, Iím thinking that this probably was aged in some sort of "holy tree." Dark and sweet flavors swirl and surround a wonderful alcoholic warmth. I wish that this came out in the dead of winter. I wish I had a couple of cases of this stuff. Or at least a second bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Tap at Capital Ale House (I zink). Moderate off-white head. Big roasty/fruity aroma. Roast and caramel malts with raisin and plum flavors. Some alchohol up front with a bit of woodiness. Finish is sweet but drys out quickly. Definately finished my night.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2008
12-oz. Thanks, Skoi! Pours dark brown with a thick and creamy tan head. Smells sugary--mostly brown sugar. Some roast and caramel in there as well. Creamy medium body. Caramel, toast, and lots and lots of brown sugary tang on the mid-palate. This is not a particularly interesting beer at all, despite what the dvd that comes with it might lead you to believe.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Jay23: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of vanilla and oak is pretty pleasant with some light roasted malt notes. Taste is a mix between some roasted malt notes with a mix of vanilla and oak and some creamy lactose notes. Full creamy body is really enjoyable with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done and probably one of the best new seasonal from Dogfish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3516) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Pours an almost opaque black with a cocoa colored head that stays around the rim of the glass. Aroma is chocolate and vanilla, some fruit, some wood. Flavor is roasted malt, roasted wood, some dark fruit, with warming alcohol. The Palo Santo wood is on display here, and it does not disappoint. This tastes like the cousin of a porter. Very interesting and delicious beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Looks gorgeous, dark brown (opaque) with a creamy dark tan head. The aroma is very sweet and yummy: chocolate, raisins, vanilla, and a vague woodiness. The flavor does not disappoint: loaded with roast and a good balancing of wood and sweetness. Full creamy palate. A winner.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2008
bottle. small fizzy light brown fully dissapating head into black body. good lacing. aromas of heavy sweet cocoa, light vanilla, wood, and alcohol. flavor is sweet and bitter (actually heavy in flavor and aromas). velvety mouthfeel and long finish duration. good but something different was there (probably the wood).


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