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RATINGS: 1958   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2487) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Bottle from BevMo. Pretty much black in color upon pouring. Roasted malty aroma. Some coffee and chocolate along with a hint of vanilla and alcohol. Strong roasted malty flavor. Some bitter coffee. Some sweet sugary milkiness. Some hop character. Finish is a somewhat spiced woody thing. Well hidden alcohol. Tastes like a sweet impy stout to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Very complex nose. Woodsie-type smell, like oak, sweet. Taste is also complex, very sweet and malty, slight roastiness. Can tell this is aged in wood. Slight flavor of tannins from wood. %12 abv is extremely well hidden. Wood aging adds a very pleasureable complexity to a typically uncomplex style. Hints of vanilla or molasses, very smooth and easy to drink. I’d like to try a few more of these with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
greencatfish (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2008
!2 oz Bottle Color is very stout like with a strong smell of chocolate and wood undertone. Flavor was a nutty sweetness with also a wood undertone.For being 12 % the alcohol was well hidden behind the complexity of this beer. When sampled this beer was 20 days old cant wait to see how this one will test in a year or two. Not quite World Wide of 120 but still another home run for Dogfish IMO

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Dark red/brown, almost opaque, with a medium sized brown head that doesn’t last long. Nose is complicated--salty, fairly sweet, a bit of alcohol, some carob and caramel, and slight tannic notes. Flavor is quite sweet, with a nice banana overtone, marked bitterness, and an earthy aftertaste. Slightly tart, almost oaky hints in there, as well as cherries and prunes. Mouthfeel is a bit chalky, and it’s overcarbonated right now. Might do well to get a bit of age on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2008
I was expecting something more akin to Jiahu and Fort from this beer, and was grateful not to get it! I thought this beer was excellent. Those others I mentioned...not so much. Appearance of this was a dark red-black color. Head was tan and interacted strangely with my glass, as if it were trying to eat through it. Aroma was extremely roasty with lots of great "burned pizza crust" character. Flavor was also very roasty, but had an extremely floral note and some red wine grapiness also. Most really roasty beers are just that; it takes a lot of flavor to balance with some fruit. Mouthfeel was quite smooth but not thick...I didn’t get the feeling this beer would coat the back of a spoon but it wasn’t flat or watery. I would highly recommend this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2008
12oz. bottle. Black with virtually no head. Mild roasted malt aroma with a bit of coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate. Little to no wood detected in the nose. The flavor, on the other hand, is big time wood. Sweet, but not overly so, with a more roasted malt presence than the aroma would lead me to believe. Vanilla, chocolate and strong alcohol kick. Odd plasticy, astringent aftertaste takes a lot away from my enjoyment of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Tasted at 2008 Woodshop hosted by cquiroga. A little bit of smoke. Dark Brown Black Color. Dryish. Alcohol nose present. Roasty. Not as flavorful as I would like. Decent, but pales in comparison to Immort Ale I just had a couple of nights ago, IMHO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Bottled on 02/1//08. Beer is very dark reddish-brown. Nearly opaque. Head is large, light rosy-brown frothy/creamy. Diminishes steadily, mostly, but ultimately lasts. Bit of lacing echoes former high-water mark of head.<P>The aroma has a unique signature. First impression: Reminds me of the way "outside" smelled on Hawaii. It’s malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, lighter notes of chocolate and caramel, evocation of starchy rice wine; Hoppy with light-to-moderate notes of herbal resin, lemon zest; Yeasty with a light note of sourdough; Light miscellaneous notes of savory citrus-laced wood, cedar, olive oil, peppery alcohol.<P>The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, lightly acidic with a long, warm, lightly bitter, lightly-to-moderately sweet, lightly acidic finish.<P>The body is full, the texture is velvety/creamy and the carbonation is average.<P>Unique, compelling. A bit too rich to session with, but great to taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
12oz bottle from SBD. Pours super dark brown, som elight shows through. Crispy tan head yjay fades quick and leaves no lace. Smells dark and roasty along with some dark sweet fruitiness. Tastes sweet and roasty, like chocolate covered raisins, in a good way. Thick across the palate but not too heavy. The flavors really break up the thickness well. Very tasty brew, worth a try for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2008
12oz bottle. Aroma of wood and smoke and a good dose of sweet malt. Black body with tan head and decent lacing. Body texture wos thick rich malt with some cherry and somewhere in the mix of the flavor thought of vegitable beats. Smooth enjoyable brew with some alcohol warming.

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