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RATINGS: 2068   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 (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 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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (324) - Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2015
I wanted to age this one, but I just couldnít wait. This one is only about 5 months old. Smells like dark fruit, raisin, coffee, cocoa, some booze and of course, wood. Dark brown with barely any head. What foam the beer does have is tan. Tastes a little sour, with black coffee, cocoa, wood and brown sugar. Hardly any booze in the taste for 12% ABV. Excellent thick and syrupy palate. Very well done from DFH. Unique, bold, high octane but good tasting brew. If aged properly by a more patient person, this beer would probably lose that sour quality and be perfect. As is, itís still very good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EtTuCthulhu (1375) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2015
The beer pours a deep, dark brown color with a small khaki-colored head that disappears quickly. The aroma contains caramel malts, wood, vanilla, toffee notes; the taste is quite umami, slightly sweet, slightly boozy, and a touch bitter, and the flavors were reminiscent of wood, tobacco, vanilla, and bourbon. Despite the high ABV, this beer was smooth, and itís full body, oily and thick texture, and flat carbonation matched the flavors perfectly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1076) - Lille, FRANCE - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: caramel and malt domination. Spicy notes, finish as vanilla. Taste: very high body, sweet and caramel. Woody notes and spicy. Small alcohol finish. Aftertaste: dry malt and caramel with alcohol notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
emusche (60) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Tulip glass; pours deep brown with a tan head. Lacing present on the glass throughout the drink. Aroma of vanilla bean, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and booze. Taste is loads of vanilla, woody malt and more booze. This beer is very good, but I feel like at somewhere between 8-10% instead it couldíve been great.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaymobrown (1741) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Nose -- you can really smell the wood, caramel, nuttiness and alcohol. Just a tiny hint of smokiness. Poured super dark and super thick. Didnít think it would be like this. The alcohol is really upfront with the woodiness, caramel, sweet malt and a bit of bitter. Finish is alcohol. Really great and I will pick up more.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
X (107) - California, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Decent beer, but strong, so strong it makes me want do crazy stuff like listen to old ABBA records and dance naked in the kitchen. I think Iíll have another please.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
youdictategood (415) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Single bottle to tulip. Dark brown pour with a thin, slightly pinkish head. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and wood, and booze in the aroma. Flavor matches - the wood notes are a little much, but the sweetness knocks the woodiness back a little bit when it warms up a bit. Bitter coffee finish and aftertaste. Very creamy/full-bodied mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aenima (311) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2015
Chocolately, dark fruit and vanilla aroma. The taste is a little dominated by vanilla. Vanilla, chocolate and dark fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
climberbob (274) - Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle into fancy stout glass. Thick tan head on a hard pour. Black. Aroma of molasses, raisins and wood. Slick full mouthfeel that hides alcohol. Taste similar to aroma, hints of vanilla, some sweetness but also finishes dry w mild hop bitterness. Solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinfull (1085) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Dark brown color; small , beige head. Aroma of malt , caramel , vanilla and wood. Sweet malty taste with notes of roasted caramel , vanilla , dark fruits and hint of alcohol. Good , dessert beer .


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