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RATINGS: 2108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer-yum (1187) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 13, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2015 Restrained aroma in an oily black pour. Huge body is both complex and subtle. One of the best ways of finishing an afternoon’s beer tasting for sure.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hamishmcc (3) - - NOV 7, 2015 does not count
Pours dark chocolate brown with thin coffee coloured head. Aroma is woody (unsurprisingly), with lots of spiced vanilla. Mouthfeel very smooth, hits with strong flavours of burnt toffee, vanilla, and winter spices (cinnamon and star anise). Light carbonation and strong alcohol warming through the chest. Absolutely sensational beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1600) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2015
A very good unique beer. Pours a deep black with a brown head. Smells of smokiness and vanilla. Taste is very complex, with lots of oak and vanilla, caramel. Great beer. Had on tap at the Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival in Wilminton, NC.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miyauchi38 (1083) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Brown ale. ポーターかみ&

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
miquelcrush (2030) - Granollers, SPAIN - OCT 17, 2015
Cervesa molt curiosa i complexa, es mèclen els tocs a licor amb la regalèsia, cervesa per tastar però no pel dia a dia. Cerveza muy curiosa y compleja, se mezclan los toques a licor con el palo santo, cerveza para catar pero no por el día a día.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dorkenstein (318) - - OCT 14, 2015
The Bottle I am reviewing has been aged one year and poured into a tulip glass. The aroma is wood, roasted malts, alcohol,and some star anise. Taste is wood, roasted malts, alcohol, star anise, and dark fruits. Alcohol warming in the chest.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1532) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2015
beige head. coffee coloured. aroma is vanilla, candisugar, boozy, nutty, dried fruits, glue, pear. taste like aroma, roasted malts, ash, bitter chocolate, liquorice with a long bitter sweet finish. dense body, creamy carbonation, some alcoholwarmth in the finish. very smooth and drinks very well for the abv. bottle

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (947) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Aroma is bourbon barrel, roasted malt, nutty. Appearance is dark brown, light brown head. Taste is barrel, roasted malt, bitter, nice. Mouthfeel is thick, good carbonation and rich. Overall, pretty tasty.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leghorn99 (197) - Livorno, ITALY - SEP 25, 2015
Un bel colore marrone profondo, quasi impenetrabile; la schiuma, di buon livello, fine, color caffelatte, si riduce ad un sottile cappello. Aroma ricco di malto e caramello, insieme alla vaniglia; presenziano anche cioccolato e caffè, con note liquorose (Porto?). In bocca riamane dolce, ben presenti note legnose, date dalla maturazione in botte. Corpo consistente e rotondo, presenta tutta la variabilità delle sensazioni maltate e abboccate; mentre la carbonazione è leggera. Molto beverina, nonostante l’alcool (12%); ricca di sapori, intensi di vaniglia e frutti scuri, accompagnati da evidenti note liquorose.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (555) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2015
J’avoue que je n’aurais pas deviné ce Palo Santo qui, pourtant, est un bois que je brûle comme encens, de temps en temps : il génère effectivement une odeur fort agréable! Cela dit, la bière est toutefois très réussie! C’est rond, très riche, et on ressent clairement le vieillissement au contact de bois (mais d’arriver à déterminer la nature du bois, c’est une autre histoire...). À l’aveugle, j’y aurais été pour une Porter vieillie en fût de chêne. Le 12% amène un sucre certain, mais rien de désagréable. Très réussie!


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