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RATINGS: 2029   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 Wetn to pick up a cheese steak and stop in the store next to the place and saw this in the fridge. Dark brown with small fizzy mocha colored head. Malty, vanilla,maple, and wood aroma and tatste. Light banana and alicohol in the finish. This is a good beer, however, the woody flavor started to make me sick.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1370) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark blackish-brown with a chocolatey head that quickly recedes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate and some wood, coffee and alcohol.

The flavor is baking chocolate, vanilla and fudge and a slight hint of fruits followed by a slightly bitter, strongly alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little sharp carbonation.

Overall, the alcohol is a bit harsh. If it was as noticeable (or high), this would be a pretty decadent dessert drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle - Pours a dark coffee like brown color with a medium brown head. Nice malted coffee aromas, with the slightest hint of fruit. Smooth coffee/chocolate flavor with hints for fruit and definitely some woody notes. Very drinkable considering the 12%, only a hint of alcohol at the end of a sip. Very enjoyable overall.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a tan head that begins thick, but dies down quickly. The glass is coated with an oily lace. I know that they call this a brown ale, but I don’t think that it can be put into a specific style(brown ale, imperial porter, stout,???) Aroma of sweet caramel malt, coffee, vanilla, and dark fruit(almost like a Belgian influence). Flavor is vanilla dominant, with tastes of coffee, molasses, and dark fruit. The wood is definitely having an effect on things. This is a truly unique beer, but at 12%, and overly malty sweet, consumption will be very limited.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2008
From bottle courtesy of Naka. Deep malty aroma, with woody character, sandalwood spicy. Light cinammon (sort of) and mild sweetness. Alcohol vapors, rubbing alcohol, and a dirty nickel. Dark, dark brown-black, clear, with thin foamy lacing light-tan head. Medium-heavy body, with medium carbonation. Starts spicy, with malty goodness, oak chips and sandalwood. Malty, chocolate, alcohol, pepper. Lots of body with fairly complex character. Dry, like a porter or foreign stout. Chocolate dry nutty finish, with mild coffee-anise undertones. A bit hot yet, but fairly tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4820) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2008
12oz bottle. Deep black color. Sweet, fresh, and spicy aroma. Flavor is sweet and unique. Lots of different flavors going on. Raisins, coffee, cocoa, brown sugar..very interesting pungent brew. Very mellow for 12%, but after a few sips the alcohol warming becomes noticeable. An innovative, impressive beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2008
12oz, @ 4bucks a bottle, i thought this would be superb. however, this one pours a deep brown almost stout like color, yielding a traditional brown ale type flavor, fruits and malt however there is something more here, a sort of woody finish.... exhale reveals some alcohol presences, although sippable not slam-able... needs about a year or 2 methinks.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpjuart (1092) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
12 0z. bottle courtesy of Naka. Pours cola-esque with little, soda-like head. Nse is roasted malt with chocolate and some woody notes. Very Stout-esqe, export to be specific, lots of roast and chocolate, some caramel with some fruity undertones, touch of plum and raisin. There is interesting woody character. Nice oily, slick mouthfeel. Slight alcohol throughout and in after. Pretty good. Could use a bit more bottle aging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2568) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Indian Brown with bigger alcohol(though not that noticeable) and some light woody notes. A groovy brew that might age well. Nice DVD too.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Courtesy of Naka. Pours a very dark brown with faint red hues and a thin tan head. Spicy and woody aroma with strong molasses notes, and hints of brown sugar, soy sauce, dirty change, roasted malts and coffee. Super potent molasses flavor, with brown sugar, coffee, woody, smoky, vinous, and fruity notes. Incredibly complex, but incredibly delicious. Oily and slick mouthfeel. Basically a head on crash between a baltic porter and a foreign stout.


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