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RATINGS: 2075   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.


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2008
A rich dark color with a tan head. Aroma is that of an alcoholic chocolate milkshake (malted) Plenty of alcohol in the aroma but still interesting enough. Flavor is a bit lifeless, with a heavy alcoholic flavor. I don’t get a lot of wood character, but I’m not sure what I’m looking for. My main impression is that of an unroasty imperial stout. Same sort of thickness, body wise as well as alcoholic perception.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dal9000 (322) - Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2015
��sampled at 2015 Dayton Alefest = Pours black with a thick tan head. Delicate coffee creamy taste with a sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mambossa (126) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2015
High gravity, palo santo wood, I was sold at that. Bottle to snifter. Thick syrupy pour, ephemeral tan head. Aroma bursting with barbecue, pretzel, ripened fruit atop thick caramel and dates. Flavor is smokey out the wazoo, raisiny, medium resin, oily milk chocolate, lingering cacao and coffee. 12% and little to no alcohol presence, heartily blanketed in syrupy smokiness. Sip it slow and thank yourself later.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttoadee (1012) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Viscous deep brown pour (there is a glimmer of light coming through), ring of coffee colored head. Nose is dark malt, hint of spice, wood, and alcohol. Sweet. Middle is wood shavings on the back of the throat, dark malt with molasses and hints of cardamon, coffee, and allspice. Finish is a blanket of sweet fruit and booze. Better than most ports. Have to have this one again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illiniphil (139) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark oily brown with a 1 finger dark tan melted ice cream head Lots of toasty malt and alcohol but very balanced. Drinks very smooth. Youíd never know its 12 abv. Will definitely cellar this one. Canít wait till next year. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cam_Dynamite (105) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2015
Iíve had this a few times and had mixed experiences. Pours dark. Aroma is fruity, vanilla, wood. Taste is coffee, cocoa, wood, booze, tobacco. I dig.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (904) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is syrupy, dark fruits, roasted malts. Thick, chewy, boozy, dark fruits. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
knacosta07 (2) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - AUG 16, 2015 does not count
Strong hint of cocoa on the nose. Nice lacing, fades to a thin, cream colored head. Appearance is a bit darker than expected for a brown ale - much closer resemblance to a porter. Long, smooth finish with dark fruit notes and hints of coffee and cocoa. As always, a great beer from Dogfish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (342) - Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2015
I wanted to age this one, but I just couldnít wait. This one is only about 5 months old. Smells like dark fruit, raisin, coffee, cocoa, some booze and of course, wood. Dark brown with barely any head. What foam the beer does have is tan. Tastes a little sour, with black coffee, cocoa, wood and brown sugar. Hardly any booze in the taste for 12% ABV. Excellent thick and syrupy palate. Very well done from DFH. Unique, bold, high octane but good tasting brew. If aged properly by a more patient person, this beer would probably lose that sour quality and be perfect. As is, itís still very good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EtTuCthulhu (1385) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2015
The beer pours a deep, dark brown color with a small khaki-colored head that disappears quickly. The aroma contains caramel malts, wood, vanilla, toffee notes; the taste is quite umami, slightly sweet, slightly boozy, and a touch bitter, and the flavors were reminiscent of wood, tobacco, vanilla, and bourbon. Despite the high ABV, this beer was smooth, and itís full body, oily and thick texture, and flat carbonation matched the flavors perfectly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1139) - Lille, FRANCE - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: caramel and malt domination. Spicy notes, finish as vanilla. Taste: very high body, sweet and caramel. Woody notes and spicy. Small alcohol finish. Aftertaste: dry malt and caramel with alcohol notes.


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