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RATINGS: 2083   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1474) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2015
beige head. coffee coloured. aroma is vanilla, candisugar, boozy, nutty, dried fruits, glue, pear. taste like aroma, roasted malts, ash, bitter chocolate, liquorice with a long bitter sweet finish. dense body, creamy carbonation, some alcoholwarmth in the finish. very smooth and drinks very well for the abv. bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (523) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Aroma is bourbon barrel, roasted malt, nutty. Appearance is dark brown, light brown head. Taste is barrel, roasted malt, bitter, nice. Mouthfeel is thick, good carbonation and rich. Overall, pretty tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leghorn99 (143) - Livorno, ITALY - SEP 25, 2015
Un bel colore marrone profondo, quasi impenetrabile; la schiuma, di buon livello, fine, color caffelatte, si riduce ad un sottile cappello. Aroma ricco di malto e caramello, insieme alla vaniglia; presenziano anche cioccolato e caffè, con note liquorose (Porto?). In bocca riamane dolce, ben presenti note legnose, date dalla maturazione in botte. Corpo consistente e rotondo, presenta tutta la variabilità delle sensazioni maltate e abboccate; mentre la carbonazione è leggera. Molto beverina, nonostante l’alcool (12%); ricca di sapori, intensi di vaniglia e frutti scuri, accompagnati da evidenti note liquorose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (407) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2015
J’avoue que je n’aurais pas deviné ce Palo Santo qui, pourtant, est un bois que je brûle comme encens, de temps en temps : il génère effectivement une odeur fort agréable! Cela dit, la bière est toutefois très réussie! C’est rond, très riche, et on ressent clairement le vieillissement au contact de bois (mais d’arriver à déterminer la nature du bois, c’est une autre histoire...). À l’aveugle, j’y aurais été pour une Porter vieillie en fût de chêne. Le 12% amène un sucre certain, mais rien de désagréable. Très réussie!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1746) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - SEP 17, 2015
Appearance: Dark brown, leaning towards black. Minimal, dark tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, roasted, coffee, wood. Dark fruit.
Taste: Dark malt, roasted, dark fruit. Slight alcohol, warming.
Bought: Total Wine (Sterling), 355 ml, $3.99
Info: 17/9-2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (636) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. I had this one a few years back. Pours dark, almost black, tan head. Aroma is as woody as I remember. Tons of smoke on it. Malt and hops come through but the wood and smoke are the center pieces. Flavor is amazing. Oak, sweet malt, dark fruit, smokiness, hops, roasted malt. What a complex beer. Absolutely fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Changed (427) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours black. Tan head, little lacing. Aroma is booze, past ripe dark fruit, and since this thing was aged on wood and somebody told me so, wood. Flavor is fruity, booze, wood, tobacco, spice, chocolate, coffee. Front-heavy carbonation, but creamy finish. Long, syrupy, battering. This is a beer that kicks your ass, in a really good way. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JEFE79 (5) - Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - SEP 5, 2015 does not count
Color oscuro, cabeza densa pero sin mucha consistencia, chocolate, melaza y madera, dulce y suave pero con carácter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dal9000 (330) - Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2015
��sampled at 2015 Dayton Alefest = Pours black with a thick tan head. Delicate coffee creamy taste with a sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mambossa (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2015
High gravity, palo santo wood, I was sold at that. Bottle to snifter. Thick syrupy pour, ephemeral tan head. Aroma bursting with barbecue, pretzel, ripened fruit atop thick caramel and dates. Flavor is smokey out the wazoo, raisiny, medium resin, oily milk chocolate, lingering cacao and coffee. 12% and little to no alcohol presence, heartily blanketed in syrupy smokiness. Sip it slow and thank yourself later.

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