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RATINGS: 2004   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6237) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4828) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3491) - 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.

   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.

   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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Bottle: Dark brown w/ a brown head. Shows garnet highlights when held in the light. Sweet malts & alcohol in the aroma & a bit of black licorice joins the show. Flavor has some roasted malt an almost vanilla-like sweetness & a little warming alcohol kick at the end. Finish is roasty dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11590) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2008
(Lupulin Reunulin) Small brown head atop cola body. Aroma is moderately sweet, canilla, some chocolate, cream, caramel, wood. Taste is moderately sweet, vanilla/chocolate, alcohol (light burn). Smooth medium-full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5084) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Sampled at the Brickskeller’s Lupulin Reunulin. Pours a dark, opaque blackish brown with a thin tan head. Aroma has vanilla, caramel, wood (not oak), cherry, chocolate, an industrial or medicinal character kind of like lacquer. Flavor is brown sugar, whiskey, caramel, plenty of coffee, raisins, pistachio, candy, wood pulp, soy and liquid smoke. Finish is thick with a heavy alcohol feel. Stylistically it may be an ASA but truthfully it’s somewhere between porter and stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2517) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 Batch 1. Borderline-opaque bronze. Thick collar of beige froth surrounds a scattered center. Seductively complex notes of nougat, tobacco, port wine, nutty malt, vanilla, butter toffee and cocoa invade the olfactory senses. Hint of cherries, juniper, medicine and zingy yet remarkably well-cloaked alcohol. Softly carbonated, but fairly fuzzy on the palate. Initially airy yet supple, rich and malty with an extravagant undertow of bright, soft, resinous wood which seamlessly melds with the lush, hearty, and deeply layered toffee-drenched malt core. Tannins are entirely nonexistent. Black malt poignantly bristles as it contributes a hint of burnt cookies and creamed java to the bouncy, pillow-soft malt base which beautifully offsets the brisk, lightly metallic char bite. Clean alcohol is felt in the gullet and perfectly tempers the sweetness, but never tarnishes the array of subtleties. Firm black malt acidity echoes the tangy raisin, cherry and prunelike fruitiness while clingy dabs of port wine and molasses continue with a weightier pull to support the sharper, more-defined malt (Crystal?) tones. Finishes with an artful balance of bright wood, succulent tobacco, tingly char and a faint plum and cherry fruitiness which lingers. I pretty much lost hope for this brewery as it seems it’s been a number of years since they’ve produced a great batch of beer. I’ve gotta say that this beer has rekindled my excitement. Intricately layered malt mammoths such as this are always a treat. Absolutely well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4925) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Pours an extremely dark brown. Aroma is vanilla, with caramel, toffee, dark fruits, wood. Flavor is full of vanilla, fruits, toasted malts, with a touch of chocolate. The beer is shockingly easy to drink for it having 12%.

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