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RATINGS: 1958   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KajII (777) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown almost black with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown head that dissipated rapidly and had fair lacing. The aroma was quite robust with the scent of roasted caramel malts and a mild sweet yeast with hints of vanilla and coffee with a mild alcohol odor at the back end. The taste was a malty creamy sweet with notes of coffee, caramel and was a tad woody at first and finished sweetly-bitter and had nice notes of coffee and vanilla with mild alcohol aftertaste. The flavor lingered for a little while which let one enjoy the sweet woody coffee taste just a little longer. Mouthfeel was just a bit under full in body and slightly syrupy yet a little creamy in texture with a mild ticklish carbonation. Overall an absolutely fantastic Brown Ale that sits on the palate and lets one enjoy the complexity of it, without a heavy alcohol presence.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwmiller16 (91) - Delaware, USA - JUL 11, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours dark chestnut with maroon foam. Oaky/woody nose with lots of booze. Taste: Roasty notes up front, heavy booze and finishes with chocolate and vanilla notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
generallee08 (535) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
It has an almost opaque dark brown body with lighter chestnut highlights near the edges of the glass. The pour is deep, dark and thick, making a small light brown head to sit on top. This head fades out quickly however and leaves a thin ring of tan foam lace. A quick swirl gives it a wispy thin film covering and slick lace. The aroma has toasted bready malt, roasted grain, sweet brown sugar and molasses. This gives it a sweet overall character but there is also some fresh cut pine, resin, hops, dark wood and leathery notes. Its alcohol is noticeable as well. There is a lot of complexity here in this big full bodied beer. There are sweet notes of brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, raisons, and prunes. This is balanced with some floral/woody notes, pine resin, leafy hops and dark hard wood. It also has notes of toasted bread, roasted grain and warm alcohol that give it a bit of bite. This all comes on a heavy, slightly viscous texture with smooth carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonkun (758) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Tap at brewery. Black pour. Wood, medicine, caramel, oak, vanilla. Big body. Almost creamy coffee and vanilla body. Good carbonation to balance out the big body. Great

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
c0fein (176) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2014
355ml bottle from Saveur Biere

Deep black colour with a beautiful brown head. Aroma of chocolate, tree bark and winegum. Excellent full-bodied taste and mouth-feel. Alcohol feels in palate but not disturbingly. Superb dessert beer for slow sipping.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
hoploader (10) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2014
Wood aged brown ale beer with lots of chocolate and caramel flavour with a hint of vanilla, this would have scored higher with me had they called it a stout or porter

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkska101 (848) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle shared with seb@ saint bock A: chocolate, woody, brown sugar, licorice. App: pitch black beige head. T/p: full body with sweet and moderate long sweet finish. O: great. I like overall balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkinWell (231) - - JUN 16, 2014
Pours a dark brown, almost black, with little head but nice lacing. Sweet malty, caramel on the nose. A creamy mouthfeel with alcohol on the tongue. Vanilla, caramel, and alcohol throughout. A very good, somewhat wacky brown ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lesifflebiere (1188) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Riche, bien noire, elle présente une mousse rare et une texture huileuse, lourde. En nez, vanillée et chocolatée à la fois, avec un peu de café et de fruits confits, sans doute dû au bois. L’alcool est très fort en bouche, le sucre aussi, mais la décadence est agréable. Crémeuse et douce, bien qu’agressive. Une offrande très solide de DFH,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hockeybeerguy (1507) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Reviewed from notes. I’ve had this in a pint glass several times but once in a tulip. There wasn’t any differences. The appearance was basically a ruddy brown color with a nice one finger white foamy head that dissipates at a decent pace leaving some nice lacing. The smell was basically like a woody Brown Ale with some light vanilla and booze features. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, it sat about a medium on the body with a nice smooth slightly creaminess running about my mouth and tongue. Overall, I say this was a nicely done Strong Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Campy877 (166) - Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep brown almost black ink color. Thick long standing dark brown head with heavy lacing. Sweet fruity aroma. Deep roasted malt flavor on the front with a sweet finish that has a distinct alcohol finish. Very well done, Dogfish Head! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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