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RATINGS: 1971   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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
cthomas2390 (219) - Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Pours a very very dark brown -- almost black but with reddish highlights. Little head that disappears quickly. Smoky, alcoholic, slightly oxidized note coming through on the nose (6 months old, stored at room temp). Rich, roasted coffee and warming, sweet alcohol presence. Wood comes through on the end -- sweet charcoal/campfire kinda thing along with a dry alcohol note. Huge body and smooth, medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsnicholas (109) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2014 Bottle (12oz): Dark Beer with very little reddish brown head Strong aroma. I taste roasted coffee and booze. Pretty thick in the mouth. A little sticky too. I do like it very much, but its a sipper and 1 is probably enough. This will be on my regular buy list.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trapped (744) - New York City, TURKEY - MAY 28, 2014
Drought. Inky black with chocolate colored spongy head, nutty aroma, roasted malt taste with alcohol aftertaste, low carbonation. Tingling feeling on your tongue.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1334) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with off-white head. Dark fruits, vanilla, cedar/oak, and some roasted character on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes strong.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (195) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - MAY 26, 2014
355 ml bottle shared. Dark brown to black body with a brown head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, malts, dark fruits, some alcohol. Taste was malty sweet and pretty mind-blowing. Chocolate, vanilla, molasses, red wine, some plums, alcohol. Sweet aftertaste which stays really long. Full body with low carbonation. Excellent one which will become even better with aging, my guess.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZacM612 (120) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Surprising appearance. Very dark with light brown head. Looks and smells a bit like a porter. Nice flavor of caramel and chocolate. Very strong finish where you can feel the 12% ABV. Another one well done by Dogfish Head.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jayturcot (7) - - MAY 21, 2014 does not count
Not a strong and intense as the Anderson Valley Imperial Stout. Better taste that still very rich and malty. Enjoyed this overall but definitely for the rare occasion. Edit; enjoying the flavor. Could have 1-2 of these in an evening. Needs to be sipped and would go well with....?? Pours dark.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mkel07 (3300) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2014
355ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique on 16/05/14. Great beer stacked full of aroma and flavour. The finish lingers and leaves you wanting more

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlbeer (771) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with light brown pour. Smells of dark malts, chocolate, dark fruits and slight wood. Tastes sweet on the front with a slight lingering bitterness. Very good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1164) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Boozy aroma of raisin, fig, vanilla, caramel. Appearance is opaque dark brown with a creamy long lasting head. Interesting flavor that I didn’t expect from the aroma. I taste a distinct flavor like a spruce tree, probably from the wood it was aged on. This is very unique, I couldn’t detect the wood aging in the aroma. A good surprise and nice find.


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