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RATINGS: 2108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RogertheKid (90) - Quebec, - OCT 8, 2013
Very unique beer. Tasty, heavy, smelly... All in a good way. This is a perfect beer for its kind, probably the only one! Hurray DFH!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadie (1183) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2016
Très noir avec une petite robe marron dense. L’arôme à vraiment du bois (!) puis plein de malt torréfié, un peu de mélasse et réglisse. En bouche c’est super intense, comme boire de l’encre. C’est un peu sucré et très terreux avec plein de malt, un goût que je ne connais pas (le bois?) et une finition d’une amertume moyenne.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (416) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
On tap @ HO1K Beers. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Not much of an aroma. Nice roasted nutty malty flavor with a warm alcohol finish. Alcohol is a little overpowering and detracts somewhat from the flavors. OK but not as good as other Brown ales I’ve had.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
growler6 (101) - Pocasset, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2016
Alcohol, vanilla and wood aromas on the nose, good but nothing special. The taste and body turn this up to 11. Nutty, semi sweet, moderate bitterness and a trace of sour (not a fan of sour but it works). Superb mouth feel; medium viscosity and not too sticky. Slightly salty, abrupt finish. The best brown ale I’ve had and new DFH favorite.. Sam knows.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ffbot (262) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 28, 2016
Pour is an exceedingly dark and condense black brown with a tiny creamy tan head that retains and leaves lacing. Smell is just ripe berries, cold winter snow, sweet malt, and a little bit of wood. Taste is wood forwards, balanced lingering sweetness, and a interesting bouquet of flowers and berries. Long sweetened aftertaste

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
arbormist (2) - - MAR 27, 2016 does not count
Barf not my fave. I’d rather have tea. Or coffee without sugar. It’s bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turboninja (427) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle@home, from Heinen’s, Cleveland, USA. Strong smooth taste with overaged berries, alcohol and some oak. Pitch black color with small/minimal beige head. Strong, smooth taste with roasted, slightly berries and malts, a hint of vanilla and alcohol. In addition, some wood flavors mix in perfectly. Averagely balanced with ultra-wide taste spectrum and long aftertaste with berries and alcohol. Strong body with low/medium carbonation. Overall, a superb product with great woody twist. A bit more balancing and this would be perfect.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jnance34 (4) - Raleigh, USA - MAR 19, 2016 does not count
Thick black appearance, strong oak flavor with hints of vanilla and caramel. Smells and tastes fantastic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HuskerTan (1426) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Bottle. A- Tobacco, leather, anise, smoke, jerky. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Leather, tobacco, alcohol, smoke, umani, beef jerky, roasty. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish. O- Hot damn this is delicious. With so many ratings it tells me this must be fairly easy to obtain on the East Coast. Another reason living in Nebraska sucks. No access to DFH. This beer is full of complex notes. And to believe the bottle considers it a brown ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tnkw01 (1678) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle. Very deep brown, almost black. Huge, bubbly , brown head. Aroma and taste is like a very fine imperial porter. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1252) - CANADA - FEB 12, 2016
Appearance: inky unrelieved black with a short fine light beige head that diminishes rapidly to a thin ring, no lacing. (4/5) Aroma: boozy dried fruit, dark malt, woody perfume. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: full slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, lingering sticky and warm (verging on hot) finish. (4/5) I have no idea what the cryptic date code on the bottle (“2395 B2 0616”) means. Obviously it isn’t a brew date in June of 2016, and hot as it is I can’t see that being a BB, so your guess is as good as mine. Flavourful and hot, a slow sipper that opens as it warms. Calling it an “American Strong Ale” here, but it’s got a lot in common with Quads/Abts. About as subtle as ‘arf a brick in the teeth, but boozy good fun. (16/20)


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