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RATINGS: 1924   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 donít 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikeB311 (13) - Texas, USA - APR 22, 2014
On tap at whole foods. Strong alcohol aroma. Complex flavor - roasted malts, raisin, chocolate. It does leave a sour taste on my tongue maybe from the wood. I actually had a decent size head and some lacing. Definitely a great beer but the sour after taste bothers me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (2118) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
Very sweet beer. Piles of plum and apricot upfront. Black pour from bottle. Massive alcohol aroma. Fruits figs earthy. A lot going on

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mindwarp (15) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2014
12oz poured into a DFH signature glass. I think they might have invented a Brown Stout by the way it looks in the glass. Dark brown with a small brown head that goes away quickly. Aroma is that of what a brown stout might smell like and I like it. I think I have to let this warm up a bit so please wait for more...Ok Iím back thanks for waiting. Iíve never ate any dried fruit and I havenít ever had a beer that tasted like a raison so with that said here we go. Oh, and Iíve never tasted wood (keep your mind out of the gutter please) so I donít know what wood taste like either. The flavor does have a hint of fruit, dry, wet light dark, I do not know. There seems to be a smokinessí and almost a coffee feeling to the flavor. Heavy after taste which is ok. Kind of creamy and thick in the mouth. Are they sure this isnít a stout??? You can tell there is a high alcohol% but it isnít over bearing at all. I wonder if Iíll be able to drink all 4 bottles tonight, Iíll try. 4hrs later-This is defiantly an ale once it warms up you can tell. This is a really good ale and Iím glad its year around. Just got the last bottle out of the 4pk and I think Iím walking crooked, a And yes, at times I tasted wood (grow up people). +1 for taste and overall

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
dbeatdano (29) - - APR 19, 2014
Pour from bottle is dark brown with a paper thin tan head. Aroma - vanilla, caramel, sweet cherries, strawberries, cranberry and nuttiness. Also faint hint of booze. Taste - maraschino cherries, bubblegum, sour fruits, bitter roasted malt, booze, and citrus hops. Palate - chewy, syrupy mouthfeel with a heavy body. Long, sweet, fruity bitter aftertaste. This is one of the most interesting beers Iíve had in a while. Complex aroma and flavor with a bittersweet bite. Definitely the best brown ale Iíve ever had by far.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hman43 (224) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2014
There is an aroma of wood, roasted aromas, and alcohol. It is black with almost no light getting through and a deep brown head with clinging to the side. Roasted flavors dominate the taste with a pleasant wooden bite on the palate. It definitely is warming on the way down. The alcohol is strong, but not unpleasant.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
574deadzone (890) - North Central, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pours an opaque ruby brown with a decent sized mocha head that leaves some spotty lace. Nose involves brown sugar, minty hops, some clean chocolate, some roasted malt, sandalwood, chimney smoke, some subtle underlying cherries. Fairly sweet, quite bitter, big flavor. Big bodied, oily, viscous, fair action, drying wood action and warm finish. Really digging this, lots of cool stuff going on, very well balanced with all the elements competing for attention.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FestDecBeet (39) - - APR 16, 2014
Served: 12 oz bottle Look: pours a deep black. A dark brown head evaporates to brown spider webs. That hangs around the rim. Smell: coffee, with a bitter hops smell Taste: first sip has a smokey bacon flavor. Definite taste of alcohol from the start (even when chilled). When chilled slight hint of chocolate, coffee, and cherries. Feel: strong amount of carbonation. Smooth flavor profile for the high amount of alcohol. Overall: First Drank: home Decatur March 2014

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydslip (140) - Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2014
Beautiful deep mocha-brown beer with a thin foamy head that forms after the glass has been filled. Rich nose of cocoa, vinegar, mild coffee, and vanilla. The initial flavor fills the mouth with profound roasted grain mixed with astringent alcohol. This then subsides into more subtle flavors of molasses, dried fruit, vanilla, and a bit of smoke. Creamy, somewhat viscous mouth feel with medium carbonation, this is definitely a beer to savor, but one is enough per session for me.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aircanadazkt (1) - Erlanger, Kentucky, USA - APR 17, 2014 does not count
Bought a 12 oz bottle. Poured it into a chalice, which resulted in a more or less flat, 1\4" limited head. The head had a reddish brown color that had the appearance of a good espressoís crema. This beer exudes sweet, fruity, vanilla notes with a fairly pronounced alcohol aroma. The pronounced alcohol smell is mirrored as strongly in the taste. The 12% ABV is very apparent, but well mingled and balanced within the sweet vanilla / caramel and the roasted grain flavors. This is a very good beer that is rich, worthy and practically boasting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeJslc (687) - USA - APR 15, 2014
Very dark brown/black, persistent tan head. Very earthy, bready, nutty aroma with shades of dark fruit. Flavor is also very bready (dark bread), brown malt, nutty notes, a little cocoa and a hint of cola, the wood character is unusual with an earthy, oily character and a little tannic dryness. Very interesting big chewy brown ale, well made. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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