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RATINGS: 2056   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2616) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
Bière #5 au Mondial 08 (28/5/08), bouteille. Brune cola, très peu de collet. Arome de fruits très mures, bien malté avec une touche d’épice. Goût de fruits mures malté, légèrement alcoolisé et un peu boisé. Bien mais je m’attandais à quelque chose plus intéressant selon les opinions donné!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
psycho11 (22) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Pours black with no head. Chocolate and bread flavor with fruity aftertaste. Not too much alcohol flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ilovedarkbeer (2408) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Pours a pitch black murky color with some brown highlights. Looks like syrup. Head is medium sized and a honey brown color and looks like little caviar bubbles. Quickly shrinks to a ring. Nose is booze, dark fruit, chocolate, some coffee, and some bread. A really great aroma. Taste is dark fruits up front and then there is a finish of roasted malt and chocolate. Sweet but not overdone. What a well crafted beer that is very different from most ASAs.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (1328) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle. Black and thick with a dark brown, thick creamy head. Roasted chocolate malts in the nose. Thick caramel and bitter chocolate milk flavors. Yummmmmy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2008
bottle: pours a very dark chaocolate brown witha small brown head, looks like a big shot of espresso. aroma is wonderful some wood, cherry, spice, vanilla, brown sugar, and a great floral character. this aroma is very inticing. flavour has a small aomount of alchol burn,but it is not to bad. flavours of earty green wood, roasted grains, brown sugar, some good cherry and vanilla from the wood i am guessing. very good beer

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
12oz bottle. Nearly opaque dark brown with a small light brown head. Dark alefruit, alcohol, hints of chocolate in the aroma. Ruddy, figgy flavors up front. Heavy toastiness, slight roasty hint with vestiges of coffee. Earthy, keening character I assume is the wood permeates throughout. Toast, alefruit, and alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, somewhat hot.

3.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2008
very darf pour no light gets through has a reddish tinge aroma is alchohol slightly plum raisin there is also an aroma i cant really figure out i must be the wood ththe unusual but good flavore must also be the wood with chocolate ansdslight alchol burn. the beer is very warming wood make a great cold weather brew

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Dark brown, oily, no head. Aroma is all dark fruit up front, mostly raisin and plum. Caramelized malt background. Flavor again dominated by raisin and plum, chocolate, toffee, and roasted grain through the middle. Finishes with some more dark fruits and wood. Little boozy at times, but not what you would expect at 12%. Nice brew overall.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle: Pours a beautiful looking mahogany color with a nice, tan head. Wow, this thing is nicely done...cherries and dark malts come through immediately with notes of chocolate, hazelnuts and a woodsy tone complimenting. Medium-full bodied....flavors of dry, bitter chocolate start and end up rounding the corner like helio in turn 4 to finish on a malty, cherry, woodsy note. The checkered flag is waved and DFH is the winner on this bad boy. Well done!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - MAY 25, 2008
Very dark brown - almost porter-ish black with thin almost non-existent head. Aroma: Toffee, brown sugar,, light vanilla (wood maybe?) some figs and finally the alcohol (not over the top) Flavor: While finishing dry and a touch medicinal - nice complement of dark fruits and some vanillin notes. Hop notes are restrained and restrain the sweetness. Overall: A very interesting take on wood aged brown ale with toast, vanilla and other characters - some of the sticky sweetness and medicinal finish detracts.


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