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RATINGS: 2128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (8006) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2008
(Cask at GBBF, London, 5 Aug 2008) Black colour with brief, pale brown head. Roasted, malty nose with dried fruit and loads of vanilla and caramel. Malty, full taste with notes of vanilla, dried fruit, sweet liquorice, brown sugar and more vanilla. Powerful and full bodied, almost oily mouthfeel. Low bitterness, very sweet. Alcohol well hidden. Very warming, very tasty and very nice (but moderate doses are recommended).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (6950) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 Cask at the GBBF 2008, gravity dispense. Black colour, no head. Alcoholic but interesting aroma and flavour, notes of "oak" (actually palo santo wood), coffee and fortified wine. At 12% ABV this is powerful stuff. Good, but not easy drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
12 oz bottle. Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla and a slight smokiness. Flavor is complex, dark fruits, raisins, prunes, with woodsy notes. Medium body with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is undetectable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1327) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a foamy tan head that settles to a thin film. The aroma shows notes of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, alcohol, and charred wood. As the beer warms more of the wood characters start to come through. The flavors are failry complex showing banana, chocolate, a lor of vanilla, and some roasted woodsy flavors. There is a good amount of alcohol heat on this one, but as it warms up all the flavors seem to blend well with it. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and very smooth with good carbonation. The wood really smooths things out adding a vinous like quality. The finish is long and roasty with the alcohol warmth on the way down. This is a very unique beer and another good one from dogfish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Deep dark brown mocha color with a thin dark-brown head. Aroma is lightly sweet, a touch vineous, with lots of figs/raising/prunes. Flavor is large with bits of toffee and dark caramel, dark cherries, raisins and prunes. Almost a bit of leather, maybe from the wood - which is very mild, especially compared to some fresh oak barrel aged beers. Finish is long and lingering (in a good way).

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shotgun1431 (138) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Very dark brew with a very strong burnt yet sweet flavor. This is a little too strong a flavor for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3831) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
Cask, GBBF 08. Jet black, thin white head and fine condition. Full sweet maltiness in the nose, pleasant sweet chocolate powder in the mouth with noticable alcohol, soft sweet coffee and spirits lingering in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
A Mes rate: Gravicask at GBBF.
Very dark brown with a slight tan head. Fruity as hell, very vinous and generally wine like plus loads of pepper and alcohol. Thick and chewy. Superb bitter finish with some late malty notes. Amazing length. Really, really good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 14, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Poured an ultra dark brown with bits of lighter ruby that was semi-viscous. The head was tan, creamy and didnt last long. The aroma was superb. A malty backbone underneath smoke, fruit, wine, chocolate and earth. The flavor followed suit with the sweet maple woody flavor leading the way cut by a vinous, earthy, chocolaty blend. Thick, almost chewy mouthfeel. Top notch.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
can8ianben (1510) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Mmmmm... beer like this is the reason that DFH has so much credibility. So rich and thick. Aroma of sweet maple syrup, molasses, cherries, and subtle smokiness. Mouthfeel is overwhelming with dried fruit, alcohol, rich malt, and once again - a subtle smokiness. Dark color with a thick tan head. We got to tour the brewery and see the tanks made with this incredibly hard Paraguayan wood and then tasted the beer on tap at DFH Brewpub. Awesome experience.


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