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RATINGS: 1992   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Served in a trappist glass. Pours an opaque, dark brown, with a thin tan head that dissipates relatively quickly. Copious amounts of lacing remain behind, however. Aroma is dense, but alcohol absolutely dominates. Let’s be clear, however, the alcohol is not indiscriminate; rather, it is strongly characteristic of brandy or cognac. Beyond that, some toasted caramel malts are barely discernible. Flavor is, again, driven by alcohol. But as the beer warms, other flavors become more apparent, including some sweetness associated with burnt sugar and vanilla. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but not overly viscous, with a mild hint of carbonation. In all, this is one of Dogfish Head’s finest ales. It’s absolutely strong, but imminently drinkable. The alcohol is definitely front and center, and yet, other aromas and flavors (esp. caramel, sugar, vanilla, and even a slight smoked wood) are able to come forth, ensuring that a balance remains. Strongly recommended.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (604) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2014
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. This is one of the best browns you’ll find anywhere. Something in here makes it exceptionally great. Maybe it’s the wood, maybe the high alcohol content. No matter what, don’t miss out before it’s gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
The board says its 14% and 35 IBUs. Pours deep brown with a nice frothy brown head. Aroma of wood mulch, nutshells, and caramel. Soft carbonation in the mouthfeel. Initial brown ale flavor of brown sugar and caramel, some hints of cocoa, but then it quickly gets overpowered by the alcohol. Warming and dry woody flavor on the finish. Boy, this beer had a lot of alcoholic kick to it. I am not sure a brown ale is meant to have this type of ABV, as it really overpowers the beer. The wood aging definitely helped pull this together.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
Ghyhghhggfcvggvvccc. C vv. vgggfdseygshgyhsthfyhfugfhcyhfynfthfthgfihuigubtfg 6/25 Julie says pretty good has a lot of calories. Nice and rich. Kind of malty. Do not know the price dogfish head is generally over priced and are portentous she gives a 3.5 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (424) - HUNGARY - OCT 8, 2014
A Dogfish Head főzeteiben ha akarnék, sem tudnék csalódni, nem is volt ez másképp ezzel a típussal sem. Külleme elemi erőről árulkodik, rikítóan fekete színe és bézs habja festményeket idéz. Ősereje az aromák terén is beigazolódni látszik; ha a túlérett gyümölcsök aszalványait brandyben és whiskyben áztatnánk, majd nemes fa füstjén pörkölnénk meg kissé, ezt követően pedig csokoládé-vanília fagylalt legjavában hempergetnénk meg, akkor kapnánk valami hasonló végeredményt. Tovább nem is ragozom. Az a fajta ital, ami teret enged a tapasztalásnak, korlátoktól mentesen indulhatunk el az ízlelés ösvényén, majd minden korty alkalmával szakíthatunk egyet az utunkat szegélyező termésekből. Az olyan exkluzív adalékok, mint a paraguayi Palo Santo fán történő érlelés megtette a hatását; stílusos és kifinomult ízvilágát körülöleli egy klasszikus eleganciát biztosító fahordós karakter, amelyből aztán vaníliás, dohányos, prémium kategóriás alkoholok jegyei szűrődnek ki, hogy ezekhez sejtelmesen csatlakozzon egy jótékony imperial stoutos, kávés-étcsokoládés karakter annak földes jellemvonásaival, majd egy mogyorós, diós, pirított magvas szerkezet az édeskés hangulatokat magán hordozva.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffLover (92) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Delicious, thick, flavorful, unique. Complex vanilla, cocao, Smokey flavor. A little earthy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Black beer with a decent beige/brownish head. Roasted caramel aroma, vanilla, oak, woody, raisins, hoppy notes, cocoa, toffee, some discreet spices. Roasted fruity flavor, figs, raisins, caramel, licorice, chocolate, warming alcohol, banana notes, cocoa, some plums. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1226) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2014
355mL bottle Bottled 04/24/14 Wow! Can’t get over how thick this stuff pours, like a pale sump oil-looking liquid making its journey into the glass. Aroma is rich, fortified wine-like, with plenty of raisins, dried fig, dark chocolate, burnt nuts, thick dark toffee, seared red meat character, charred oak, and an almost rancio-like aged character you tend to get with older beers. The stuff is properly thick, not just syrupy, not just oily, but chewable, with a low carbonation accentuating this. Big flavours on the palate with bucket loads of browned caramel, charred nutty wood, dried fruits, earthy leafy hop, cocoa - so much going on! Solid bitter note on finish, booze is warming, not shy but welcoming. Completely different from anything I’ve yet encountered - an old ale, meets an imperial stout, wood aged but not specifically oak, so it’s a whole new ball game. Fantastic stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmericanSpirits (6) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2014 does not count
Definitely blurs the line between strong ale and stout. Coffee and Roma wine on the nose. Booze apparent on the palate running into a nice wine and plum with bitter dark chocolate. Delicious and definitely too easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (823) - California, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Pours black with a brown head. Chocolate, malt, caramel, toffee, wood, molasses and dark fruit aroma. Chocolate, wood, soy sauce, tobacco, dark fruit, malt, caramel and licorice flavors. Full body and average carbonation. Semi-dry chocolate, wood and dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1126) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 7, 2014
2008 bottle side by side with a 2014. Pours black with brown head. Sweet with a big roasted malted finish.

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