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RATINGS: 2066   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2008
This was from a tap. *liked it would buy* aroma: kinda mild and stale. Not as wood smell as the bottle. Nice black grain malts. App: black thick goodness. Flavor: roasted black malts. Wood dry cocoa mild earthy sweetness. Palate:lil to spritzy. OA: nice fun stout thingy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours with a dark color and just the right amount of carbonation. Definitely aromas of wood and most definitely vanilla. Flavors of oak and vanilla togther with some nice malts. Alcohol is fairly subdued. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
Tap @ O’Brien’s. Pours black with red highlights. No head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, wood, and earth. Flat mouthfeel. More wood and earth in the flavor, but a very nice malt backbone, carob, and some smoke make this very pleasant. Definitely a sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - APR 21, 2008
12 oz bottle pours dark and opaque. Looks like a stout. Sturdy cocoa head falls slowly into impressive satiny rings and curtains of lace. Aroma is vanilla, dark roast, coffee and rye bread. Thick and creamy on the palate with low medium carbonation. Taste is complex. Dark roasty notes open with dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Pine hops underneath. An earthy woodiness and rye-like spiciness add depth. A lot of nuances here. Very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12440) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. Pours black with a dark tan head. A strong floral type aroma over typical brown roasted malt. Medium body or better with fizzy carbonation. There is the roasted malt, coffee, and that "floral" thing - which must be the wood. Actually starts to develop a woodiness after awhile. Never had one like this before - it’s heading for stoutville, but it’s sure not a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - APR 18, 2008
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron is a very unique and interesting American Strong Ale. With a unique woody character consuming every aspect of this beer, it is easy to close your eyes and believe you are in a hardware store! Looking beyond the wood, this ale is full of other interesting characteristics. The taste is full of deep brown roasted malts, and the color is a pitch black with smaller deep caramel head. Hints of caramel and vanilla add complexity and balance to a true beer drinking experience. I rate this very high because it is so unusual yet still a pleasure to drink.

   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3013) - 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 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.

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