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RATINGS: 2060   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2008
From a bottle poured dark brown/black with a fair amount of light brown head. Flavor of sweet malt with a lingering aftertaste.

   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goodgrief (1855) - 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 18, 2008
Dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Complex aroma of earthy malt with a light dash of wood and smoke. Flavor is rich and woodsy malt with hints of nut and a bittersweet finish. Dark, sweet and rich. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of wood, alcohol, malts, coffee, dark fruits, and vanilla. Poured dark brown in color with a small brown head that diminished quickly. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of wood, alcohol, prunes, ripe dark fruits, a hint of smoke, and hops. Medium to full body. Thick, slightly sticky, dryish texture. Average carbonation. Woody, smoky, malt finish. 12%ABV is well hidden. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2008
Draft @ papago. Came a dark brown with decent size frothy tan head. Aroma was very earthy and malty. Flavor was similar, earthy and malty with a woody nature, all pleasant. My notes mention coffee and maybe a hint of chocolate but state they are background items. I had no idea until I read the description it was this strong. There was a noticable warmth but not 12% worth. A strong medium to heavy body with medium carbonation. I enjoyed it.

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