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RATINGS: 1919   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 8x12 oz bottles consumed over the course of the month of October, most from a Duvel glass at near room temperature.....the tight-bubbled light caramel head recedes moderately quickly atop a deep chocolate, thick, opaque body, typically leaving very little in the way of lace, though it tends to congeal thickly when swirled enough....the aroma is....just absolute nirvana: the most intense marzipan, inflected by toasted almonds, coconut, deep cocoabutter; hints of port and rosewater, as I dig deeper and oh my have I dug deeper into this one, is this as worthy of digging into as anything, magisterial, tremendous....I remember being so worried, the first time I cracked one of these open, and experienced this divine perfume, wondering if the quality could possibly carry through on the palate, and was overjoyed -- and astonished -- to find that it did, a darker and more bitter, even caustic if drunk too quickly espresso-Scotch burn that lasts as long as I can bear it, continuing and deepening as more sips are taken, sips turning into gulps as I cannot drink slowly, cannot forbear to quaff it as if it were the blood of angels....and like an angel, its kiss is soft, delicate, yet unforgettable. I don’t feel like quibbling here. Though I could never be satisfied with just one kind of beer, one flavor profile, one style ... Palo Santo Marron does everything it can do in its own particular style and profile, perfectly. Impossibly joy-bringing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
grawk (12) - Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2009
From the first time I had it at the Dogfish Brewhouse, this became my favorite beer. It does everything right.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (141) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 Deep brown appearance with a blooming tan head that recedes to a lasting ring. Nose is caramel, chocolate, spice, and vanilla. Flavor is similar, but there’s a pervasive (and delicious) graham cracker quality, and the finish is extremely long. The body is thick (but not too thick). It reminds me of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, but not bourbony, and a little less sweet, and more drinkable. Great stuff!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
spiritsbeerman (47) - Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 23, 2009
A beautiful dark black with little head and minimal lacing. the carmel, chocolate ,vanilla and a roasty flavor are so well balanced. This beer is awsome, expensive but awsome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2010
For me there is nothing like this beer. Points for unique. Aroma is of, to me, a cedar tree. I think shade in summer or the only scent in winter. This must be the Palo Santo barrels. Musty, dank, rich, roasty and sweet. Appearance is stouty--black. The alcohol is apparent in the pour. Very little head. Taste is slightly sweet and slightly sour--overridden by earthy. It evokes solitude, woods, and cold. And there’s a hint of bite from the alcohol. Syrupy, sticky feel, but thin. Tingles the tongue. More oxidized than you might expect a beer that otherwise leaves a syrupy feel on the mouth. The taste and feel linger long. This is a unique beer. Not for everyone. Palo Santo presents a taste like no other.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
godofsky (264) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2011
pours dark brown with a thin coffee coloured head that quickly fades, leaves good lacing. aroma is loaded with wood, molasses and alcohol. taste begins sweet, very malty, very rich. notes of caramel develop as the beer goes down the throat, and then a whisky like finish. virtually no hops. mouthfeel is full bodied, and the alcohol definately makes its presence known! an unbelievable beer, gotta give this one a perfect score.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KafaBrew (4) - Rome, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2014 does not count
Appears and tastes like a big stout. Absolutely delicious. Full bodied with a roasty finish. The aroma is sweet and woody. Becoming one of my favorites. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
savvysaint33 (1) - Evenston, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014 does not count
my new favorite beer! the smell and the taste is just outstanding,there is so much wonderful flavor to this that i think its better than Bourbon County Stout

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Ha - one of my favorites now. I have to give it a 4.9, so there is room for Thomas Hardy’s et al at the top. But--wow--DFH really nailed it with the Palo Santo. I highly recommend this to all "non beer drinkers"... this beer would be enjoyed by wine lovers, whiskey lovers, etc. The wood really comes through with deep mellow roasted chestnut and malt. Beautiful!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
RFWobbly (10) - Buford, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
I received this in a "sampler 6-pack" so I only had this one,,, but WOW! It was poured into a broad-mouth Coca-cola fountain glass. It pours an opaque, rich, dark brown with a thin tan head. The very pleasant aroma that smelled like sandalwood. The taste was immediately thick and luxurious, with a complex flavor of caramel and maybe a hint of vanilla, but not sweet. Very neutral in that regard. A full body with extremely thick texture, yet creamy. There is no hint of the alcohol in the taste, aroma, or finish. This is a very complex and satisfying ale. So creamy and satisfying that it could be used as an after dinner drink. I got to get more!

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