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RATINGS: 1974   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.


mnemonic21's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnemonic21 (20) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2013
On tap in Boston - always been a favorite of mine in bottles and on tap didn’t disappoint - brown, malted hue with a lasting, tan head over the course of the pour; awesome bourbon nose with hints of vanilla, caramel, and malts; still always thrown its not as thick as I’d expect but is made up by being strong with clear dark fruits and a strong alcohol presence.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7818) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2014
12 fl oz bottle thanks to Axel (non-ratebeer), sampled in Ludvika on August 26, 2014.
Black color, small teal head. Sweet, spicy, alcohol scent. Sweet, fruity, alcohol taste. Alcohol, fruity aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcdav2154 (448) - GERMANY - AUG 26, 2014
Beautiful beer. Smell and taste very complex dark fruit, wood, coffee, and bitter chocolate. High alcohol doesn’t overwhelm but is warming.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
b79turner (223) - Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2014
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, black...somewhat thin for the ABV, with a small light tan head. Nose is great! Very complex, can definitely pick up the wood.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpreo (1550) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Aged in a barrel made of Paraguan wood. I really love how strong this beer is.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lizardking3 (97) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Super dark. Strong booziness and lots of raisins. Goes down nicely with those dark fruit tones and woodiness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (993) - - AUG 5, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-12-12- Poured from bottle into snifter Appearance – Pours a nearly black color with a small one finger tan head. The head fades quite fast to leave a light level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is sweet and boozy. A strong dark fruit aroma of raisin, grape, and prune are big and bold matched only by a good wiff of alcohol. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter aromas of a woody nature as well as some smells of vanilla and some roasted malt and chocolate. Overall quite robust and delicious. Taste – The beer is not as sweet as would have been detected from the nose. While not as sweet as expected it is as boozy as would be expected from the nose. The taste begins with a lightly fruit sweetened taste with a big roasted malt and a dark bready taste. As the taste moves on, a woody and oaky flavor comes to the tongue with some lighter tastes of vanilla and a bourbon like alcohol taste. While the alcohol is lighter in the middle of the taste it gains strength as the flavors move on. In the end the alcohol is rather strong; leaving a warming and light oaky bourbon burn on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The beer is thick and creamy in body with a lower to medium level of carbonation. Its thick body suits well the very warming nature of the beer. Overall – Pretty boozy but it is nice and warming and has some wonderful flavors. This is definitely a sipping beer.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nataskaos (3) - - AUG 4, 2014 does not count
Could be the best smelling beer of all time. Great up front malt and fruit tastes. Love the lingering sweetness. This is a new favorite for me. Too bad I can’t get it all of the time.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayaron (119) - ISRAEL - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle sample at American Strong Ale tasting at Beer&Beyond, Tel Aviv. Dark black with low quickly diminishing brown head. Unique floral aroma, soapy, woody, smoked, very rich. Very sweet flavor, floral, soapy, woody, date honey, vanilla, chocolate, notes of coffee, balanced. Oily texture. Light carbonation. Full body. Sweet coffee aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TET (1621) - FINLAND - AUG 1, 2014
A very dark brown beer with a quite weak and beige head. The aroma is unique, complex and powerfull, great. Liquirice, dark fruits, aromatic wood, nuts and chocolate. Taste has rich and balanced malts, some caramell and liquirice, aromatic wood. Almost full bodied, easy to drink, nice. Alcohol cannot taste and it’s gives only the strenght and richness, great. Very unique beer, where the complex flavours mix to nice balance. Enjoyable. Complex. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3898) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Extremely good. Great mix smoke with some roast and a nice dose of citrus hops. Dark chocolate and light booze. Medium bitter finish. Pours murky brown with decent head and lacing l. Tap at Rehoboth Beach brewpub.


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