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RATINGS: 1958   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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11317) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11101) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
12 oz bottle-pours a rich dissipating brown head and black color. Aroma is initially dark malt then more smells subsequently of dark malt-chocolate/molasses, roasty/peat, vanilla/wood, dark fruit. Taste is lots of dark malt-chocolate/molasses/caramel, roasty/peat, vanilla/wood. Some sharpness. Half way through some coffee comes out. RIS/porter-like. Full body. Not an everyday beer for me, but quite enjoyable. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for sharing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11021) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Date: February 09, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Extreme Beer
Appearance: opaque brown, frothy tan head
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma with sweet vanilla
Flavor: lots of chocolate flavor, unique woody character, touch of vanilla sweetness, light bitter finish

Date: April 26, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: Green’s
Score: 3.5 to 3.8
Aroma: picking up some backend woody spicyness in the aroma that was not there before
Body: very creamy body
Flavor: great chocolate flavor, the woody character is well integrated into the chocolate flavor

Date: December 05, 2008
Mode: draft
Words: dan’s kegerator
a bit more subdued on draft, very rich and chocolatey, touch of dark fruits sneaking out,

Date: January 10, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac kennesaw
Score: 3.8 to 4.1
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, dark fruits, touch of wood
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of fruity character in this keg, wood offers a great depth of character
Overall: the fruity potential of this beer is coming out and giving it extra depth of character, I may have to get a keg of this afterall

Date: April 29, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2008
Aroma: sweet winey sherry character showing up in the aroma with the rich chocolate and dark fruits
Flavor: flavor is sweet dark fruits and chocolate, just a touch of the sherry
Overall: ages well and picks up the sherry but not really any better than fresh especially on draft

Date: November 02, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: tmac woodstock
Vintage: 2009
not showing much change with an aged keg, still the velvety rich chocolate with a touch of dark fruits, but none of the sherry that shows up in the bottle after a couple of years,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (10755) - 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,

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10696) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pinball (10686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2009
botlle shared by morten, thanks! dark black, no head. aroma is boozy, wood, raisins, well balanced. fruity. flavor is licorice, malts, roasted stuff. delicious beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10547) - 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.


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