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RATINGS: 1971   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4066) - Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Bottle. Small fizzy light brown head that mostly diminished, splotchy lacing, opaque, some carbonation on the sides of the glass, and a dark brown hue. The nose was vanilla, caramel, wood, some chocolate, some roastiness, and hint of raisins. The flavor was roasty, caramel, sweet, malt, wood, hint of vanlla, chocolate, and finishes dry. Smooth, dry mouthfeel and medium in body. A nicely done ASA, the ABV was well masked, a delight to drink, a beer to drink slowly and enjoy the wonderful nose and flavor. Worthy of a try if it comes your way and one that I will have again should it come my way. Hats off to the folks at DFH and thanks for brewing this one!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1088) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Pours a thick black/mahogany color with tan head that recedes quickly. Very aromatic beer - you can smell the tannins, the wood, a sugary sweet smell and a little yeast. Flavor is very fruity - you can taste prunes, raisins and apricots. Excellent beer! Can’t taste any of the 12%

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2631) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours thick and black with a thick dark tan head. Aroma is vanilla, roasted grain and fresh cut wood. Taste is thick and smooth with lots of vanilla, roasted grain and chocolate malt. As it warms I started to get a hint of cherry and more alcohol coming through. Very complex. Thick smooth and chocolate finish. Really interesting, but what is it? It says on the bottle its a brown ale, here they list it as a strong ale and it pours like an imperial stout. Must be DFH.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of molasses, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit. Taste is the same as aroma with hints of wood. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
12 oz bottle from the Oldsmar Tap House (Florida). Pours a deep dark chocolate brown (almost black) with a thick tan head. Aroma is strongly of coffee and chocolate, caramel, hints of ripe fruit and molasses. Flavor is coffee, toffee, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is that of a good porter with a stout-like finish even though it is labeled as an aged brown ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Impossibly dark with a tan head. Mouthfeel was very nice -- heavy, rich and soft. Complex malt flavors contained notes of toffee, toast and caramel. Pleasant elements of wood and vanilla followed, along with some alcohol warmth for the throat. Balanced bitterness. Surprisingly enjoyable beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5623) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Originally tried this at GABF ’07 and loved it. Finally found a bottle to now rate. Pitch black with a decently firm tan top. The aroma is woodsy and gritty. It drinks with a definitive alcohol burn, full of interesting complex flavors, particularly dark ripe fruits, baking chocolate, molasses, maybe even some grape. Definitely a beer for brooding. (#3450, 5/3/2008)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Pours a dark brown, with a small light brown head. Smells of some banana, clove, dark fruits, a little caramel, and some light chocolate as well. The flavor was a little woodsy, but not as much as i thought. Alot of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel flavors in this brew, which is always fine by me. Maybe a touch of some dark fruit and molasses in there as well to give it some good balance. Really happy with this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4/21/08: Bottle
Body is really opaque. No head/lace and very tranquil, in-fact [Black with hints of brown by the edges]. Good flavor; alcohol, plum, toffee and a bit of Novocaine. Sweet, sticky mout-feel. Aftertaste had a slight nastiness to it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle, pours a solid black with a nice tan head. Aroma is sweet molases and chocolate. Flavor is woody dark and sweet. A little dry in the end, but not back. This beer is super smooth and enjoyable. The wood flavor is absolutly dank! Awesome beer


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