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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008
12 oz bottle sampled at Market Cross Shippensburg: Beer poured like an imperial stout and looked very thick coming out of the bottle. poured brown with a small tan head. Aroma was great, lots of wood, vanilla, some roastiness. Flavor was even better, the roastiness of the grains and flavor of the wood really combind harmoniously in this beer. Notes of vanilla, toffee, and brown sugar as well. On the finish the wood really did shine. Brown sugar enter the aroma very prominitely towards the end of the glass. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 16, 2008
Pitch black, nearly purple. Toasted brown, oily looking head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, peat moss and cedar. Oily taste, with coffee, chocolate, thin but oily, lots of alcohol. I wasn’t wowed by this, and not sure what makes this an american strong ale, unless its the +10% alcohol. $10.25 for a 12oz snifter didn’t sit too well with me either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Bottle. Pours rather thick and a very deep brown. The head is small and dark tan with cascades rolling beneath it from a tilt or swirl. For some reason I was really expecting a lighter bodied brew. I guess I don’t know DFH well enough. The aroma is very nice and malty. Suggestions of tobacco, earth, nuts, and a deep woodiness are present. I wouldn’t know this actually included wood unless I read it on the label, but it definitely makes sense. The flavor is heavy and malty, kind of meaty even. A soft, caramelized sweetness hits the palate first. Then the brew transitions to complex wooden tones before culminating in a earthy, meaty, almost smoky finish. Drinking this beer makes me think it would pair excellently with a cigar. A few sips brings out faint hints at ripe fruits, but this is still all about the arbor character. 12 % abv is hidden exceptionally well. There are quite a few crazy brews DFH puts out that I just don’t care for. This is one of the others that makes me keep trying them anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (1898) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Strong tangy malt taste with mild and light wood. Very dark brown color with a medium brown head. Deep malt beginning with light tanginess of wood. Moderate bodied. Complex but still easy to drink. 12% alcohol hidden very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 14, 2008
12 oz bottle of 12 percent sweetness. This was a nice surprise from DFH. Very tasty! Some vanilla and smokey wood. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4375) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a creamy-looking, tan head. Smell: Rich, blended aroma of cocoa powder, smokey wood, molasses, black currants, and a beefy Argentina red wine. Taste: Intense, chewy maltiness with flavors of with chocolate, molasses, and light coffee all with a medium sweetness. Black currant jam fruitiness. Subtle, earthy wood component. The palo santo adds to the complexity of the brew, sure, but doesn’t really bash you in the head with wood. Hints of vanilla, green peppercorns, and red wine. Light touch of acidity. Rather restrained hop bitterness. Finishes semi-sweet with a touch of spice. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: Very enjoyable. The 12% is quite well hidden within this fine beer. The palo santo wood really brings a little some extra to the beer, like when they give you extra peanuts on a flight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Pours a deep brown color with a brown head. Aroma is herbal, spicy, malt, roast, chocolate, and some hops. Flavor is roast, chocolate, herbal, spicy, sugar, and a slight alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DoubleBubble (107) - Mescal Lakes (wherever that is), Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a 1/2" tan head. Spotty lacing. Light spice, woody, and light chocolate aromas. Flavors of roasted malts, very light hops, light spice, and chocolate. Smooth, good beer, but you can taste the alcohol in it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 13, 2008
I nearly poured this one down the drain, but after letting it sit for a bit, it has improved. Like all of the DFH beers, this is a big, huge alcoholic beverage. Flavor is very much dopplebock-like. Soy sauce is the predominant character. Kind of reminds me of Sam Adams Triple Bock, although not nearly as strong or putrid as that stuff. This is the kind of beer you simply can’t drink everyday. The flavor is relatively nice, but there is simply too much going on. Props to DFH for their experimentation, I just wish I could enjoy their beers more. This would be good on a bed of rice.....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2008
From bottle : Pours a carbonated black color, with a light brown fizzy half finger of head, that lasts about 30 seconds, then falls to a ring, with some bubbles in the middle. I love the smell of this one. Dark fruit, wood, alcohol, vanilla...there is some kinda complexity going on here, and it is really nice. You get something new and different with every whiff. Taste is roasted wood, chocolate, some alcohol, and more dark fruits. Medium body with a smooth as hell feel on the tounge. Aftertaste is slightly roasted with some alcohol notes. Very enjoyable

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