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RATINGS: 2044   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2008
A cold pour produces a misty shortlived froth and not even a shoe lace. The color is soupy and dense blackish brown. Aromas of black malted roast. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers creating a soft texture. Ghastly roasted malts deliver a chokingly viscous like pus. Theres a moderate sweetness that pushes a woodsy character upfront w/ flavors of coffee bean and chocolate cakebread. The finish is bittered w/ a sense of brightness, lingering alcohol and, wooded cocoa.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
Bottle->tulip glass: Pours a large, rocky brown head that exhibits spare lacing atop a black body. Caramel malt aroma and perhaps some light hoppy aroma as well. The body is light, the texture is oily, the finish is astringent, the duration is average, and is lightly sweet. A very nice beer from DFH--I’ll be cellaring this for certain.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2008
Bottle and served in my Duval snifter: Pours a deep brown hue with a fading frothy tan head and some lace. The aroma has notes of raisin, banana, vanilla, caramel, anise, leather, wood and a vinous red grape vapour. The taste starts with a layer of twangy fruit over a base of sweet malt. I also detect some light spice and earthy yeast character. The finish is moderately woody and ashy malt. The mouth feel is shockingly smooth compared to many of the DFH new releases lately, only a light amount of alcohol and warming. Oily and soft palate works well with the flavor profile. I really enjoyed this one and it should be fun to see how a few of these age. Worthy of a try IMO.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2010 12oz bottle, bottled on 2/11/08. Pours deep brown, nearly opaque, with a medium size tan head. Fairly sweet aroma, with vanilla, oak, chocolate and cherry. Coffee and chocolate come through in the flavor, and are joined by roasted malt, dark fruit, wood, pepper and vanilla. Long, bittersweet chocolate finish, with some alcohol sticking around warming the palate. Great with dessert.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2008
12 oz bottle, thanks to wetherel. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with some orange at the extremities and a tight tan head. I pick up the sweet roastiness of the aroma as I’m pouring it, without even lifting the glass. When I get my nose in there I get some chocolate, vanilla, yeast, earth, tobacco, and cedar. The flavor is rich and tannic at first sip. Very malty, lots of chocolate, licorice, vanilla, and raisin notes. There’s a definite wooden tone to the finish. I don’t know what I should expect from palo santo wood, but the flavor reminds me of cedar or juniper, except far more rounded. Lots of vanilla in the aftertaste, with just a hint of nuts. Once in a while I pick up a chewy, yeasty note. The alcohol is very well masked, especially for 12%. Mouthfeel is on the viscous side. I could drink a lot of this... dangerous stuff. And interesting, too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - APR 2, 2008
Pours a very dark opaque reddish brown with a thin but persistent ring of beige head. Nose has that typical dogfish fruity yeast character, a full vinous scent matched by woody roasted notes and sweet vanilla. Suprisingly light on the palate but slightly syrupy towards the finish, starting with deep cabernet-like berries, bananas, and sooty smoke before progressing towards a rooty, licorice, metallic bitterness in the warming finish. Alcohol is quite well hidden. A well-made beer, just not a personal fave.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrylloyd (3) - Lloyd Harbor, New York, USA - APR 1, 2008 does not count
I was volunteering at the Nassau Spring Beer fest when the guy at next booth over handed me two of these bottles, which I shared with the other volunteers. I was impressed with the flowing syrupy taste that really made lunch taste better. The wood and ice cream tastes stood out beneath the dark brown malts. I could have easily had a couple more of these.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HailSquishface (16) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2008
Pours dark black with a small head that disappears leaving a small ring around the glass. Smells mostly of banana esters from the yeast, not much else going on. Maybe a hint of caramel. Taste is somewhat sweet. Hints of wood, vanilla, banana, with a dry woody finish. Well carbonated and very thick. This is surprisingly smooth and a great beer but I probably won’t drink it that often. I’m glad I only bought one 4 pack.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2008
My bottle must have been different then others,I got a simple wood and grain aroma with hints of melon,very little alcohol detected for a 12%, there is some banana coming through,taste whoa, is that odd,strange dry malty wood taste,where the hell did all those unfermentables go,some hop in the finish,no an ounce of sweetness, merely a smooth tolerable high alcohol brew

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naka (714) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with a light brown head. Doesn’t last long. Nose of cherries, bananas, vanilla, molasses, and alcohol. Also has an interesting woody characteristic. Spicy caramel coffee flavor with anise, a banana soaked wood, and charcoal. Some dark fruit as well. Has a decent creamy / oily texture with a lot of sweetness.


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