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RATINGS: 2040   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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5
   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.


2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Carlisle (150) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Draft. Black color with dark tan head and minimal lacing. Chocolate aroma. Chocolate flavor with slight alcohol in the finish. Heavy mouthfeel and consistency. Overall, more characteristic of a porter or stout than a brown ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1896) - DENMARK - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a medium sized dark brown head. Malty nose with some chocolate, wood, brown sugar. Flavour has quite some barrel with cedar like notes coming through. Also cocoa, brown sugar, dark dried fruits, vanilla, light charcoal, Full body, warming alcohol, soft carbonation, some sweetness but balanced by bitterness and alcohol. Just short of being over the top for my taste, I like this ok as a sipper; the alkiehol isn’t too aggressive and the mouthfeel is fairly soft.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtdewa1 (431) - rome, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Black pour, khaki head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak. Taste is chocolate, coffee and wood pulp. Very thick and oily. Palo Santo wood adds nice backbone to complex flavors. Very good and well built beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gandalf39 (105) - - MAR 20, 2015
Une brown ale avec un arome enorme de fruit cuit’ on dirait une biere vieillie dans un fut de porto ou madere.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle. Black pour. Thin tan head. Big aroma of coffee chocolate vanilla oak dark fruit. Complex taste of all those. Rich but not too sweet lovely smooth mouthfeel. Handles the 12% alcohol very well with just a nice back if throat warmth. It is up there with the best.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1466) - Herning, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2015
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy amber with a little sediment and a white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine - with a bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (36) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2015
No light getting through this dark, thick beer. One finger thick light-brown head formed then dissipated with virtually no lacing along the glass. The body of this brew is almost like that of a stout. Smells of some chocolate, molasses, some sweet dark malts, nuts, possibly caramel, and of course of vanilla. Truly divine flavor and taste of coffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses, toffee, dried fruits and vanilla. This slick, smooth, mouth feel may be quite possibly amazing amongst the subtle carbonation. Overall, this was an awesome concoction that I cannot wait to savor again! Stored a couple away for next time. Highly recommended!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (730) - Iowa, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with thin tan head. Nose is soy, dark fruits, raisins, alcohol. Taste is similar with some alcohol burn. Creamy mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroadestTom (61) - - MAR 7, 2015
Aroma chocolate, coffee, roasty, alcohol, Appearance black, brown foam, Taste medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate full body, thick feel, Overall I would suggest this beer to someone who likes big beers

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (1492) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2015
Shared bottle, dark black colour with a small tanned ring. Dark espresso coffee, cacao, oak, raisins, hints of licorice, dark red fruits, malts, bit of a spicy alcohol burn


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