RATINGS: 2132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5972) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Thanks to Badgerben for this one. I am always excited to get another rating from DFH, which I consider one of the best breweries in the, or the world. Oak and malt aroma. Flavor has sugar, sweet vanilla, and lots of that. Earthy, some dirt, and a little peat. It doesn’t fit into any style very well, but shoehorning it into American strong makes sense. The high abv is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Dark brown with a very small, light-tan head. Odd, sugary nose of slightly-medicinal alcohol with significant fresh lumber, some coffee/plant tucked in the back. Sweet flavor with slightly bitter coffee, alcohol, vanilla, wood. Palateis a little watery, yet enjoyable and somewhat unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
canary dog (748) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Wow. This stuff is FINE. Rich and velvet liquid blankets your mouth. Immediate presence of cherry that results in a cough syrup-like presentation.....but very yummy and rich. Sweetness is well-balanced with complex tones of vanilla and roasted grains. Finish is ridiculously smooth for a 12 percenter. Yes, I think the base is definitely the Indian Brown Ale. An excellent experience; and at roughly $9 per 24 oz., a better deal than any wine around. Superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Got this one in a trade with Carl4Beer...NICE. I liked this one a lot. The base is a nice brown ale...not sure if it is the Indian or not, but its awesome. Full of barley and roasted grains. The Palo wood rounds the whole thing out with a nice wood and vanilla combo that makes this one unique. Everything gets balanced out with a nice and strong malty backbone. High ABV mixes great with everything. Thanks a lot Carl, this one was the shit!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sleeper (91) - Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2008
pours with no head. smells of vanilla and a little chocolate. Tastes of dark grains, chocolate. Also some hops or maybe that’s the alcohol? This is a really good beer. I bet the wood aging has played a role in complicating the flavor. Overall an excellent beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrant (330) - New York, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Smells of strong malt with a distinct piney scent. Tastes very rich, sort of like raisins. The alcohol is hidden well. Tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Draught. Acidic chocolate nose up front with some yeasty spice and light raspberry coming through afterward. Black with a patchy thin brown head. Deep flavor, chocolate sweetness and coffee roastiness against a signature DFH yeast profile. Very tasty. Smooth, silky clean palate. Cherries, wood, and chocolate take turns throughout the life of the beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2299) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Another excellent beer from DFH. These guys can almost do no wrong. The aroma featured that trademark sweet, malty & yeasty nose, with a few touches of brown sugar, chocolate, raisins & bread. The beer poured an opaque & very dark brown color. It was almost black. The head featured a hue of dark tan & left some nice lacing around the glass. The body was quite heavy & even a little syrupy. The flavors were both sweet & savory, with notes of dark chocolate, sweet & bready malts, a hint of alcohol, dark roasted coffee, some bitter hoppiness & a touch of oak. This is definitely one complex beer. I was very disappointed a few weekends ago when I visited the brewpub in Rehoboth. I ordered one, but it never arrived. I learned later that they had just run out of it. But then I stumbled across it at my local distributor. I paid $72 for the case, but it is well worth it. This is a beer that you can enjoy one glorious sip at a time. This is definitely another winner from DFH!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Underhook (162) - Lincoln Park, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Finally found this beer at the local liquor store, snatched it up quickly and made my exit. Been looking for this for a while. The pour... Holy crap, this stuff is darker than I first thought- pours like motor oil as the aroma fills the room. Dark, solid black with a thin head- one of the darkest brown heads Ive yet seen on a beer. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass that dissipates over time. First smell, so many different notes that I have to take multiple sniffs. Aroma is of roasted coffee, vanilla beans, ginger, lots of wood, nuts. With a scent like this I cant wait to taste it. First sip... very malty, a bit sour, lots of brown ale taste and some toastiness of a porter in there as well. Sweet notes, and a lot of spicy ground pepper feel on the finish that leaves the mouth a bit tingly. This is a fantastic experience. Going in depth with the flavors... Lots of sweet ginger, toasted woody malt, roasted coffee, chocolate, some hop bitterness there as well as I get acquainted with this beer... Fruit notes- plum, raisin, other dark fruits that I cant quite put my finger on. There is so much to talk about, this is by far the most complex beer Ive ever had. The kicker for me is the spicy finish along with the severe alcohol warming effect without any semblence of an alcohol bite whatsoever even at 13% ABV. This is a superb, perfectly made beer. I have yet to try one better and it will probably be some time until I will. This beer is as close to perfect as Ive ever tasted. I cant gush enough about this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Rerate 2-3-09
Appearance and aroma are same as before. But am I imagining things or has the flavor really kicked it up a notch after five months. The wood is definitely still there, but it no longer seems to completely dominate the flavor profile. Now a strong core of blackcurrant jam flavors comes through very prominently. Very good. I still see banana and vanilla and licorice. Im excited now to see how the last two bottles turn out.
8 3 8 4 16, 3.9

Original rating 9-11-08
Pours dark brown to black. Little head. Deep aroma - definite wood, licorice, chocolate? demerara etc. Flavor - wood, more wood, banana, vanilla, crystal malt, warming alcohol, licorice. Very good.
8 3 8 4 15, 3.8

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