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RATINGS: 2148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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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3.1
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Cask, BSF at the GBBF. Black, a little tawny head. Heavy peanut and raw vodka aroma. Soft chocolate and white russian flavor. Kinda silkly palate, lots of flavor, but overall, pretty heavy on the alcohol. 3/5/7/4 13

4.2
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2008
12 ounce bottle. Palo Santo Marron pours clear, bubbly, and black. A thick brown head appears in an instant and then disappears as quickly, leaving no lacing behind. The nose is heavy of molasses and plum, moderate of brown sugar. The taste is heavy and rich, filling tongue, mouth, and throat. The initial drink is of malt and of wood. The wood flavor is not smoky per se, but it dawdles like a smoky wood. The finish is a good alcohol finish that lingers and lingers and lingers. Everything about this ale is heavy, except for its "handedness," for this is excellent stuff. As it warms, the already rich and complex flavor intensifies and increases in complexity. The wood increases ever so slightly in "smokiness" and the flavor of varnish creeps in, which I attribute to the 12% alcohol content and its attendant flavor, warmth, "burn."

3.8
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Pours a deep black/brown color with a thin dark brown head. Aroma is vanilla, caramel and some wood. Lots of roasted malt aroma present as well. Flavor is more vanilla caramel and roast with a hint of bitterness. Not bad and definitely has a little something extra over any kind of typical brown ale.

3.8
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2008
Pours a deep black color with a thin light brown head. Solid aroma of molasses, chocolate and roasted malt. Very good flavor of molasses, chocolate, roasted malt, it’s sweetness is present but it’s contained at a reasonable level. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a DFH that much.

3.8
milewide (2221) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Dark brown with a medium head. Solid body. Aroma is modest carmel. Taste is rich carmel, medium sweet.

4.7
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2008
This beer pours a very dark black brownwith a small brown head. Scent is fruity. Think: brown sugar,bananas,and caramel.Taste is slightly fruity,caramel,vanilla, with a nice soft woodiness. Great ale!!

4.1
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2008
A well balanced beer with well matched aroma and flavor. This nearly black beer had a wonderful combination of coffee and licorice, dark and bright fruits, a bit of sweetness and a bit of dryness, smoke, and even a hint of bubble gum. While there was a great warmth to this beer, the alcohol never stands out but only adds to the experience. To me this is an exceptional beer that I need to serve to friends.

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apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Very dark pour, with thin tan head. Intensely alcoholic aroma with chocolate malt and dark fruit. Almost smells like a Christmas cake. Taste is very sweet with more chocolate malt and dark fruit; the finish ends with a more roasted bitterness, but the weetness remains throughout. Complex heady brew, perhaps just a little too much on the sweet side; still quite delicious though. Nice carbonation on the palate with well balanced body.

4.5
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Deep brown nearly black with large tan head. Beautiful pour. Aroma of cocoa powder, raisins, black cherry. Flavor lands very sweet on the palate, like a sweet dark chocolate. The sweetness subsides initially, but the chocolate lingers. After about 5-10 seconds the profile develops a smoky edge, the wood is starting to come through. The whole package melts together and lingers on in perpetuity, with a fair amount of alcohol burn emerging. Highly enjoyable.

3.9
Aurelius (5294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2008
An oily pour, good label and bottle. Boozy raisin, molasses, stout aroma. Roasted alcohol dominance, dired fruits, moderate astringency over a nice hopping. Heavy body. Woody, bitter chocolate, roast finish. Very good, but potent.


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