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RATINGS: 2122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
FatPhil (14098) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2011
355ml bottle (Bacchanalia, Cambridge)
3 Burnt ashy aroma, noxious volatiles too, boozy. Generally quite unpleasant.
4 Very dark red, small tight head settles to a tan ring.
3+ Retronasals so hot that I think if I were to sniff out onto a naked flame Iíd be like a flame-thrower. Taste very ashy, and solventy too. Not just alcohol, but acetone.
2 Sticky palate, OK carbonation. Godawful finish, very ashy and astringent. Drying. Burning in my mouth from the combination of pure booze, astringent ashiness, and unbalanced bitterness. This isnít unbalanced - itís the exact opposite of balance. Anti-balanced.
7 A way for idiots with too much money to get drunk. Sorry, but even your average eastern european malt liquor is way more drinkable than this. Utterly devoid of anything which I recognise as essential to a beer. For a laugh, I poured out a pissy pale lager, to see which one I prefered to drink, and, to be honest, this was better than the really bad pale lager. For even more of a laugh, I blended different ratios of the two, and at about the 50/50 mark, it was an almost tasty drink (2.4-ish).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13602) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle at the Dilly Deli. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly diminished with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and citrus hoppy aroma. Medium to full body. Medium to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13420) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle poured an opaque dark brown with a small diminishing brown head. Aromas of wood, chocolate, vanilla, carmel and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of chocolate, light vanilla, light caremel and a hint of wood with a smooth bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (13390) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
On Mini Cask at The Royal Oak, Wantage. Jet black with tan head. I feel totally unworthy about describing a beer like this, so itís just my experience I am putting down. There is a massive roasty flavour kicking off at the start, liquorice, bitter coffee. The beer smooths in to a tarry note, quite heavy on the palate and distinct alcohol note. The palate was cornered then as there was no way I could taste anything else for an hour. Marellous experience, many thanks to Paul of The Royal Oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (13316) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13278) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle bought in London. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2009
A deep dark ale with a thin moka head. Aroma of chinotto, chocolate, licorice, coffee and spices. In mouth, a dark fruit sweetness, with some peated notes, licorice, molasses, chocolate, with anis, herbal roots, sweet rhubarb, and warming alcohol. Wow! . Bottle, shared with probstk, Sept. 12 2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12953) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12903) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2013 Bottle - Roasted malts, cherry and oak. Jet black with a brown head. Dark molasses, roasted malt, earthy hops. The age may have muted the coconut, but still nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - 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.

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