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RATINGS: 2085   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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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JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle. Very dark chestnut brown color, dark brown head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of raw sugarcane, licorice, cocoa, leather, wood. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet taste with some lactose notes, wood, dark spicy fruits, tamarind. Very little alcohol detectable.

4.3
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Whoa!! The Heart of woodsy, those who venture in never to be seen again darkness. Bury your nose in this and just enjoy the moment. Go easy with this guy. Dark chocolate, black licorice (but a mellow version), supple wood, with subtle alcohol towards the end. Rich luxurious palate and finish. 12 oz. bottle. 2008.

3.9
JohnnyJ (5573) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Pour is a very dark reddish brown with creamy tan head. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, plum, vanilla, caramel, leather, oak, and some bitterness. to sum it up.. bitter dark chocolate, dark fruit, and sweet caramel. The body is thick and chewy, with some alcohol coming through.

3.8
shigadeyo (3856) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2008

8/22/2008: Well, I’ve read the information about this beer and the Palo Santo wood so now it’s time to see if this lives up to the hype... Wow, Dogfish Head Palto Santo Marron looks super thick on the pour and is dark reddish brown (looks like the color of liquid dark chocolate). No head or crown forms on the surface during or afte the pour. The aroma is strong and fairly complex. It is moderately sweet and has notes of deeply caramelized malt, chocolate, vanilla (egg-style), smoke/char, and so waming alcohol. The flavor is strong and intesnse as well. Lots of extremely caramelized malt is punctuated by high cacao content chocolate with custard flair and a dry edge to it. The beer is nicely balanced between a moderately sweet maltiness and a dry, more bitter finish. It reminds me of eating 60%-80% cacao chocolate as the sweet-bitter plays out on the palate with some additional twists thrown in. This beer is strong, but the alcohol actually works well with the deep flavors. As suspected, this beer is very thick, mildly sticky, mellow, and a joy on the palate. This is a great sipping beer and well-worth the price. Does it live up to the hype? Let’s just say that it’s quite good, but hards hard to really tell to what extent the Palo Santo really left its mark on this beer without having a reference sample of the same base beer not put into these wooden tanks...

12 fl. oz. bottle (12% alc. by vol.) for $3.79+tax from the Root Cellar in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rating #524 for this beer...

3.9
dogfish120love (1364) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2008
pours dark brown almost black wih a thin lace for a head. smells almost of chocolate, toasted malt, and alcohol. has some chareceristics that one could attribute to a barley wine, yet this beer seems to steal suttle flavors from multiple styles. I taste toasted malt, fruit, and alcohol. All in all the beer is rather sweet with a pleasant lingering aftertaste of what to me seems to be raisin and alcohol.

3.8
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2008
The Dan Journal #227. Tasted 8/11/08. 12oz bottle dated May 28/08. Pitch black with a ten head. Cocoa aromas with notes of leather and caramel. Full bodied with a defined vanilla/oaky, woody character. Sweet and sticky malts. Mild hop presence. Toasty with a solid alcohol note. Good woody note. Solid!

4.2
acearl (510) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Different from memory, seemed much like a proter or an imperial stout, dark brown, thick with dark creamy head, dark sweetness as in carmel and hints of vanilla and fruit, different, nice, better for the colder seasons. High alcohol but smmooth and not in taste.

4.6
barnzy78 (7) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2008 does not count
Pours dark brown-black with a brown head. Aromas are of malts, chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Thick, but smooth palate. Flavors are caramel, vanilla, chocolate, with a hint of banana. Finishes sweet. Very impressive ale.

4.6
knights97 (110) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 Pours to a pitch black, thick in body and a small tan head, the strength of this beer is the smooth, malty taste balanced with a wood taste, not overpowering nor leave any bitter after taste that lingers like other beers while at the same time, hiding the 12% alc. Great beer,

3.9
JAXSON (611) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Really dark brown to black pour with pretty caramel head of tiny bubbles. Great lacing. Surprisingly sweet smell, but a solid roasted backbone. Sweet and creamy in the mouth. Huge and bold, not unlike alot of Dogfish offerings. Alot of smoke in the finish, which was interesting and set this beer apart kind of. Huge malt and sugars. Very good.


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