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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gpekar (476) - Florida, USA - APR 15, 2008
Poured adark opaque brown with a nice creamy brown head. The head thinned somewhat, but remained throughout the glass and left some lacing. The aroma was malty, chocolate and had some spice fragrance. The taste was very full flavored. The texture was thick and full. There was a mild alcohol flavor blended pretty well with a mild woodsy flavor and a underneath sweetness. This beer was very good I will be getting more at the next release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonPablo (11) - bellevue, Kentucky, USA - APR 14, 2008
Bottle. Poured dark with a small tan head that faded quickly. Aroma strong with wood, roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is strong yet again wood nice earthy flavor with some brown sugar to back it up. Nice bitterness almost a bit spicy at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goodgrief (1843) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 14, 2008
Really dark brown pour with smallish head and almost no lacing. This beer smelled like a typical brown ale, some roase. The flavor was strong roast, light smoky notes, some sweet dried fruits and a faint wood finish. A wonderful blends of flavors...I really liked this. Full mouthfeel and good carbonation. Wow, I canít believe this was 12%, almost no alcohol noticeable at all. Really good Dogfish offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2008
12oz - Brewed Feb. 11, 2008 - Aroma of toasted malts, cedar, subtle red wine, dry tobacco and brown sugar. Pours dark brown with a medium head and great lacing. Flavor is quite tasty and unique. Matches aroma with a little more oak and some molasses. Alcohol is well hidden. Palate is sticky and dry. Different and very drinkable for 12%, I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ccoalier (13) - USA - APR 14, 2008
So much to love about this unique beer from one of the most innovative brewers. It is difficult to compare the finish because I donít have a point of reference. A great but different type of bourban/oak barrel finish. Bought at Bev 4 Less, Santee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2008
Iíll have to re-rate this after the few Iím going to cellar have had a few months to a year to mellow. Good beer though. Very interesting as you can imagine from reading the description. Iím not sure how the special wood is much different from oaking a beer, but whatever wood is used, it can bump up the flavor profile of a beer considerably. The aroma of this one is a leathery, earthy musk, with a hint of sweet dried fruit. It reminded me of going into a boot shop with the leather kick. I consumed this one at or just below cellar temperature, and the flavors were fairly strong. Seems fairly tannic, from the winey note that the wood gives this beer. Finishes with a sweet raisin and alcohol kick. As with any oaked (or whatever kind of wood this was) beer, cellaring will give it time to mature, and the flavors to meld even more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2008
This interesting, handcrafted brown aleís full-bodied maltiness carries earthy herbal and oak notes that roll slowly across the back of the tongue. Itís velvety, molasses-sweet character enlivens the palate after several sips, and a mapley, licorice/vanilla pod presence lingers in the mouth and throat. Hints of medium coffee and light bitterness intensify as the murky dark brown liquid warms while toasty, fruit (banana bread) tones add nuance to the overall mouthfeel. Excellenty crafted, Palo Santo finishes with a luscious, supersweet aroma that evolves into an appetizing cocoa/caramel goodness. Another amazingly unique and interesting beer from an extreme brewery that couldnít possibly disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a decent sized tan colored head. Aroma is chocolate, faint oaky type notes, alcohol. Flavor is molasses, tobacco,chocolate, hint of coffee, woody. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, finished hot and bitter. I didnít particularly care for it. Alcohol was a bit much. Meeeh!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2008
Dark brown color with a lighter head. Aroma is sweet and woody with some brown sugar sweetness matching up with an interesting woodiness. Taste is very nice and has no hint of being 12%ABV - lots of Dubbel/Dark BSA flavor, brown sugary/raisin sweetness, and rich wood flavors. Vanilla and a thicker wood taste than oak are matched up very well in this one. Nice finish. I would drink this often if I hadnít been so lazy in picking up only 1 4pack! The best new beer from DFH in awhile - good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3874) - Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2008
Aroma is strong and malty with smoky hints and a streak of molasses. It pours a luscious deep brown with a thick, fluffy, beige head. Flavor is rich and malty with hints of molasses and a burnt undertone. Aftertaste is lively and very enjoyable. If you like stouts and porters, your probably will find this beer to be right up your alley.

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