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RATINGS: 2061   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nmouncey (7) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2008 does not count
Strong coffee colored, tan head. Aroma is pine, date, burnt raisin, a hint of liquorice. Taste is treacle toffee, quince, figs. Would be a great beer to accompany a good cheese, maybe an extra mature cheddar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Bottle into chalice. Pours opaque black with a thin tan head. Aroma is coffee, cocoa and vanilla, hints of brown sugar and raisin, alcohol. Taste is vanilla and oak, toffee, cocoa, nuts, raisin, with definite spicy alcohol presence. Finishes with coffee, oak, alcohol, sweet and syrupy. Mouthfeel is smooth, heavy body, low carbonation, sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2008
12oz. Bottle. Pours out a viscous deep chocolate color with a minimal tan head. Aroma of woodshop, slightly musty with some roasted notes. The wood shows up in the flavor and is reminiscent of Frankincense. Notes of toffee, chocolate, roasted grain and caramel. The mouthfeel is substantial, but not syrupy, carbonation is minimal. Slight roasty bitterness and alcohol burn in the finish. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. This is an incredible beer and sets a new standard for American Browns. Great choice for a beer to showcase the palo santo. Looking forward to future brews that come out of the palo santo barrel they are currently building.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 4, 2008
Dark brown, completly opaque, with a small head, no lacing. Wooden bench and coffee aroma. Taste is White wine, fresh cut wood, coffee and toffee. Palate is med. bodied, fresh, powdery. Finishes with an aspirin, toffee bitterness, and leaves a dry tongue aftertaste. Very intresting.. new flavors, new complexities. Should pair well with very specific foods.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Black body, thinnish tan head. Nose is green malt - I know that sounds odd - but if malt & pine sap were combined you would get this. Some raisin/grape, astringent alcohol. Flavor is caramel, toffee, chocolate, wood resin. Grapes/raisin come back in the finish. Its a tingly imperial stout with a well balanced wood resin. Huge mouthfeel. I’m intrigued by the woodiness but I can’t help but wonder if it would have better expressed itself in a lighter base beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2008
on draft @ Coles Buffalo NY. Pours a deep dark brown with khaki head. Huge roasty, woody slight sweet nose. Big roasty taste with slight alcohol burn. Creamy body with coffee notes. Very enjoyable beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle. Pours a murky dark brown color, with a big foamy caramel colored head. Lots of lacing. Plum aromas, dark candy, clove, cinnamon, and some banana. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, plum, and a lot of spices. I like the banana aftertaste. The texture is smoky and cool. Alcoholic finish, which is expected. Very interesting beer overall. The alcohol limits drinkability a bit. Spicy medium-mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Black pour with a creamy brown head. Aroma of plum wine, wood, fruitcake, and slight hints of coffee. Flavor of burnt wood, roasted nuts, raisin, and earthiness. Substantial body, but not syrupy. Light, smooth carbonation. Very unique, complex, and enjoyable. This would go great with a cigar. All the DFH haters out there can bite me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deliciosity (12) - USA - JUN 1, 2008
Very dark brown pour. Flat head but nice lacing. Initial aroma of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and strong alcohol. The wood ads a very unique/pronounced smoky and bitterness. Flavor is of dark chocolate, dark fruits, darkly roasted malts, and alcohol. The bitterness lingers after the taste dissapates. Definitely a unique brew that grows more complex as it warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
getalife2k5 (7) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2008 does not count
dark brown, almost black out of the bottle, not unlike coffee. looked thick when pouring, but wasn’t really thick to drink. had a cream colored head about 1 cm high. smelled like coffee and cedar chips. tastes of coffee (again), molasses, prune juice and cognac were detected. i also thought i tasted a hint of soy sauce (the light kind). very creamy texture and smooth going down. the carbonation seemed to be just right and lasted the whole glass. not much in terms of a wood taste, but it seemed to have a woody dryness to it. the alcohol was detectable but just right. I shared a sip with some Japanese friends who described it as tasting like boiled konbu, which is a thick, dark-green seaweed used for making soup bases and sauces. this is definitely a sipping beer that i think would be nice on a chilly night beside an open fire.

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