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RATINGS: 2004   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2008
(Draft) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, herbs, florals, and toffee. Flavor of orange, caramel, wood, some chocolate, and herbs.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (11687) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2011
Trade by Beerbill, thanks. Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and dried fruit. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Smooth and soft. 271211

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11649) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
Draft at the Euston Tap, London. Pours opaque black, with a dense, creamy, multi-shaded brown head. Strong malt nose, with vanilla, alcohol and wood. Very sweet flavor, rich, with heavy wood and booze notes, along with some caramel and toffee. Full in body with creamy carbonation and much warmth. Finishes sweet, with spicy wood notes, light, roasted peat and some lingering alcohol burn. Wonderful beer. Has great depth.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11590) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2008
(Lupulin Reunulin) Small brown head atop cola body. Aroma is moderately sweet, canilla, some chocolate, cream, caramel, wood. Taste is moderately sweet, vanilla/chocolate, alcohol (light burn). Smooth medium-full body.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11389) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (11346) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Black beer with a decent beige/brownish head. Roasted caramel aroma, vanilla, oak, woody, raisins, hoppy notes, cocoa, toffee, some discreet spices. Roasted fruity flavor, figs, raisins, caramel, licorice, chocolate, warming alcohol, banana notes, cocoa, some plums. Very nice!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (11338) - DENMARK - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Very dark brown with medium brown head. Aroma is malt, light roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, hops and dark fruits. Flavour light roasted malts, caramel, fruit, yeast, dark fruit, plume, medium sweet, hops and medium bitter,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11311) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Dark, dark brown in color with a thin tan head. Smells quite sweet. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, and toffee. The wood is prominent and gives an almost spicy aroma. A hint of vanilla in there which balances some of the roast nicely. Mildly spicy with lots of dark sugar notes--molasses, burnt sugar, and caramel. Light vanilla flavor and a subtle roast flavor. Really well balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11260) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2012 black with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma with licorice and chocolate. Sweet molasses and roast malt flavour with a unique spicy/herbal note and a little alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11209) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2009
Bottle. [thank you Skortila/ceasar]
Pours deep brown with a small, staying, frothy, beige head. Lovely woody aroma, nicely roasted, chocolate, raisins, tobacco and coffee. Medium carbonation, fine lightly creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is rather sweet and sugary. Coffee, roasted, chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Warming alcohol sensation at the end. Very nice sipper, but it just a tad to sugary for my liking.


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