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RATINGS: 2080   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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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3.9
glennmastrange (2914) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle. A huge array of smells in this one. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of dark bread, burnt, molasses, and dark chocolate, moderate perfume and resin for the hops, moderate earth and leather for the yeast, with strong notes of prune, cask wood, licorice, alcohol, dried cherry and scotch. Head is large, frothy, light brown with fair lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is dark brown. Flavor is moderately sweet and lightly acidic to start and the long finish is moderately acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full in the body, creamy to syrupy in the texture and has a soft carbonation. It finishes lightly astringent and heavily alcoholoic. An American Strong with Imperial Stout attributes. A bit unbalanced but it’s complexity and boldness in every aspect makes this a great beer for me...just not too many at once. It felt like I was drinking a shot of whiskey towards the end.

3.5
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Although called a Brown ale, to me it was more porter-like with toasted coffee and chocolate flavors with a malty finish.

3.4
Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Very dark brown. Aroma is dried cherries, alcohol, chocolate. Taste is coffee, caramel, chocolate, dried fruits, raisins, alcohol. Decent depth to it. Silky body.

3.9
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Wine like aroma. Also I get some malts, chocolate, and some chalkiness. It’s very pleasant. Pours a black coffee color. Like a cup of straight espresso, with a thing creamy chocolate colored head. Strong full fruit flavor: cherries, sour grapes, strawberries. A great malty chocolate flavor follows that lingers on the back of your throat. It’s wonderful. Palate is creamy, smooth, clean, and very enjoyable.

4.7
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle. Large brown head with good lacing and dark brown color. Aromas of roasted chocolate, nuts, and molasses. Also hints of wood, port, brown sugar, and some cask. Medium body with creamy, slick texture. Absolutely a perfect beer.

4.1
kapusta (116) - Browns Summit, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Dark brown (thin head) sits atop of a nearly black brew. Aroma of alcohol, molasses, and vanilla come through as you swirl the glass. Tste has notes of vanilla, and a nice oaky sharpness. Highly roasted, but sweet and smooth. One of the best I have encountered from DFH

4.2
hirigalzkar (3258) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2008 Bottle. Black. This is an aggressive beer but at the same time a well balanced brew. Oaky, intense wood flavor, smoked, some vanilla, malted barley, hops.

4.3
mpersinger (366) - , California, USA - SEP 27, 2008
From bottle. Opaque chestnut color with compact tan head. Body reminds me of half and half or olive oil.. Super oily texture coats the tongue with full-on flavor of molasses and bourbon. Deep wood esters and sugars very present. Huge beer

4.7
freekyp (2408) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Bring in the big guns! This sasquatch of a beer has a nose similar to a Belgian dubbel with strong raisiny notes, a large helping of vanilla and oodles of molasses. Pours a beautiful opaque brown with a huge creamy dark brown head. Thick and viscous, this brew is kind of like an imperial stout mixed with a Belgian quad. Alcohol is readily apparent throughout with a whiskey-like quality in the finish. Fruity with dark fruits but also a fudge-like malt backing. Finishes long and sweet. Bittering hops play a role, but are muted, and aroma hops are nearly undetectable. Amazing amount of complexity and flavor is jammed into this beer. Don’t even think about having more than one in a sitting!

4.2
CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Pours from the 12 oz bottle a deep, dark, thick. almost syrupy-looking dark brown (almost black) with a small, light tan colored head that dissipates quickly into patchy lacing. The aroma is smoky, woody, and boozy! 1st sip reveal a LOT going on! Malt, wood, coffee, dark fruit, a tinge of vanilla extract, and yes, alcohol. The mouthfeel is roust, but silky & creamy all at the same time. Overall...WOW!! This isn’t a beer, this is a sensory experience!! I got the last 4pak on the shelves and I put one up to age. I’m gonna have to go get more!! I can’t wait to see what a year of aging does to this baby!! Note to Anheuser-Busch: forget the Beechwood, start aging Budweiser on some Palo Santo blocks!!


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