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RATINGS: 2030   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2008
It poured a dark chocolate. The head was dark tan and thin. The aroma was vanilla, chocolate, and butterscotch. The flavor was dry, rich, cocoa, vanilla, and grass. The palate was smooth and velvety. The finish was warm and sweet.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (288) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle from Waterbury Craft Beer Cellar, thanks Ben. Aroma: caramel, vanilla, roasted coffee, wood. App : pitch black with small frothy beige head. Taste and palate: full creamy body, medium sweetness, finish is fruity (dark red fruits), sweet and warming from the alcohol. Overall: for some reason, I wasn?t expecting this smell and color when I read it was an American strong ale but I was very impress by its taste and palate.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
demannu (35) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2015
I enjoy the complexity of this beer. Great palate with a balanced flavor profile. Sweet cherry, vanilla, cola, smoked wood, slight booziness and subtle bitterness in the finish are all delivered within a smooth full mouth feel. A great beer for sipping.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyW68 (1184) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Near black pour with light tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and wood. Taste adds plum. Nice stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alberti92 (109) - - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours as dark as night with a tiny ring of head. Aroma is pretty intense and complex and reminded me a lot like garage projects umami monster minus the fish. Aroma has some slight chocolate, coffee, smoked bacon, wood and perhaps a slight hint of sea water. it's full bodied with little to no carbonation. Taste is complex much like the aroma. First you get a hit of dark chocolate and vanilla which is then followed by some cherry. It has quite a bitter finish and at the end of the palate you get that hit of roasted peanut and dry wood. Unlike umami monster this leaves a wonderful taste in the mouth. Didn't know much about this beer before I had it and I definitely won't forget how good it was!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (500) - Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2015 Dark brown with thick brown head. List of woody toffee cherry and booze aroma very nice viscous mouth feel. Starts off boozy dark toast malt like an American strong ale or imperial porter. Quickly followed by an unusual and delicious cherry like boozy woody flavor from the unique wood used in the barrels. I haven’t had this in a few years and forgot just how great this beer is.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arcadia (59) - DeLand, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle from ABC. Pours a nearly pitch black with a thin brown head. Lacing is nice as well. Malt aroma for days; burnt molasses, straw, dark bread. A doughy yeast backbone, it seems. Taste is sweet - vanilla and caramel with strong oak flavors and some pretty well-hidden booze. Body is incredibly full with an almost syrupy texture. The alcohol really comes through on the finish. Beginning to really like this beer. Acquire.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rectacrab (4) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2015 does not count
Great! Looks like a thick black coffee when poured. Initially the flavour is smokey, which gives way to a rich sweetness and good bitterness. Hard to find in Australia, and it is $14 a bottle. Amazing beer though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (1051) - SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2015
355ml bottle as a gift from Virginia, USA:
A very nice beer from Dogfish Head once again, this one had an enjoyable taste to it and went down a lot easier than I had imagined going in. The nose could have been a little more pronounced with some notes proving a little difficult to detect but once given some time to open up things started to be a little more noticeable. The alcohol was fairly well hidden with only small amount coming through and the sweetness in the taste was very nice. A great beer overall and definitely one that I’d like to try again, hopefully I can get my hands on another bottle somehow.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3751) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle shared at Anchorage Jan ’15 Tasting:: Poured a dark black/brown with a light brown head. Aroma was vanilla, woodsy, and caramel. Taste is carbonated, sweet caramel, vanilla, and some wood. A light alcohol burn, just lively to the mouth not over powering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jookos (2914) - FINLAND - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle. Black, brown tan head. Chocolate, milky vanilla brown malty nose. From the aroma already it’s pretty clear it’s going to be an intensive drink. Full bodied, soft wonderfully smooth texture. Malty chocolate, some wood. Doesn’t feel too oaked though (a good thing), just lovely smooth malty. After a couple of sips I do feel a bit of an alcohol burning in the back of my throat, but have no idea how it sneaked there..


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