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RATINGS: 1985   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Funknmilla (677) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2008
12 oz bottle..Dark brown--dirty orange highlights topped with a brown sugar colored head...First sniff--dark easter...Iím taken somewhere---blacking out---I awake in an easter basket, with the easter bunny? He doesnít look as I remember...heís swinging an axe and going for the Palo Santo tree that seems to be growing out of the base of the basket....malted milk balls are falling out of the chocolate birdís nest...I catch them , eat a few, then toss them at the crazed rabbit.....he drops his axe, I cut off his ears and drink my beer...whew!......I notice the alcohol in the finish of this fabulous creation, but no where else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Poured from the bottle gave us a deep dark brownish black color with a chocolate tan head. The aroma is very nice with sweet malty fumes along with chocolate complexity. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and oh so smooth. The flavors are rich and long lasting. Woody vanilla and raisins. Second tasting of this beer and better for sure second time around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2008
12oz from Samís, Durham. Nice design and coloring on the label, I must say. A very thick black pour with a few traces of carbonation and a very minimal (and quickly dissipating) head. The aroma is rich with lots of vanilla notes in there for sure, sweet malts everywhere. To me thereís not a terrific amount of the wood in the nose; and whatís there isnít especially distinct. I must confess that I was disappointed by the flavor too. Enjoyable blend of sweet cream, malts, and a slightly ashy smoke, but nothing I would say is either distinct or especially memorable. Certainly not bad, but kinda meh. Got the 4-pack, so will rerate if my opinion changes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Pours a rich mahogany brown with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Being such a young beer, the aroma is dominated by alcohol, but there are notes of vanilla, dry woods, and dark fruits. The flavor is somewhat lacking. Moderately sweet with raisins, vanilla, and mildly roasted malts being the notable flavor qualities. Interestingly, the alcohol was hardly present on the palate despite the strength in the nose. This beer needs to age for a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4092) - 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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1098) - 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! Canít taste any of the 12%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2640) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3432) - 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.

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