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RATINGS: 2045   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niksko (429) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2015
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Nose is chocolate and coffee, caramel. Flavor is plum, dates, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a touch of woody spice. Lovely and warming, with a heavy body and slightly oily mouthfeel. Decadent, delicious. I donít get loads of wood, but maybe Iím not looking hard enough. Lovely beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrenchieK (20) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
Pours black with a frothy tan head. Aroma of dark malt, chocolate, dark fruit and wood. Taste is malty, a bit toasty along with some nuttiness, fruit and light hops. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (373) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2015
Donít go in thinking this is a brown. Donít think itís a stout either. Itís a chimera of sorts. sexy and deep. Reddish black Brown. Hard and hella high abv for such a little bottle.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jabah (166) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
RATED 5/22/2009- Bought a 4-pack of this about a year ago. Had a single aging in the fridge since then, so just opened it up now to sample while I review. Has a VERY strong fruity/oakey aroma with a smokey finish, almost like wine. Dark dark coffee brown, pretty much black appearance. So thick doesnít really have a head, but has a decent amount of carbonation. Tastes of oak, chocolate, fruits, spices, sugar, malts, hops....very yummy. Could be the best beer that I have had...if not then top 3-5.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3016) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2015
(Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron) Bottle 355 ml at home,bottled 11/2013, served into a snifter. ABV 12% Black coloured body, one finger of dark brown head, with good density and retention, leaving light lacing behind. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, caramel, light alcohol, prunes. Great taste. Lots of dark fruits, prunes, sweet caramel, chocolate, malts, vanilla, quite boozy, roasted malts. Thick body, notable carbonation, sticky on the palate. Smooth mouthfeel. Very good, in spite of the sharp alcohol.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Carlisle (180) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Draft. Black color with dark tan head and minimal lacing. Chocolate aroma. Chocolate flavor with slight alcohol in the finish. Heavy mouthfeel and consistency. Overall, more characteristic of a porter or stout than a brown ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1964) - DENMARK - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a medium sized dark brown head. Malty nose with some chocolate, wood, brown sugar. Flavour has quite some barrel with cedar like notes coming through. Also cocoa, brown sugar, dark dried fruits, vanilla, light charcoal, Full body, warming alcohol, soft carbonation, some sweetness but balanced by bitterness and alcohol. Just short of being over the top for my taste, I like this ok as a sipper; the alkiehol isnít too aggressive and the mouthfeel is fairly soft.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Black pour, khaki head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak. Taste is chocolate, coffee and wood pulp. Very thick and oily. Palo Santo wood adds nice backbone to complex flavors. Very good and well built beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gandalf39 (129) - - MAR 20, 2015
Une brown ale avec un arome enorme de fruit cuití on dirait une biere vieillie dans un fut de porto ou madere.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle. Black pour. Thin tan head. Big aroma of coffee chocolate vanilla oak dark fruit. Complex taste of all those. Rich but not too sweet lovely smooth mouthfeel. Handles the 12% alcohol very well with just a nice back if throat warmth. It is up there with the best.


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