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RATINGS: 2141   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2595) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Pours a three finger light brown head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweet roasted chocolate, no wood, high ABV is hidden, mellow finish. $4.20 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
12oz Bottle - Gravity Beer Market - Olympia, WA
Aroma Nice dark malt beer with a great chocolate and fruity aromas.
Appearance Brown in color, Thick head and hazy.
Flavor A great strong beer huge malt flavor and the chocolate and fruit like flavoring was great.
Palate Good Mouthfeel, nice texture with a nice dry finish.
Overall This was a very complex beer with great flavors and a terrific build. Good Job DogFish Head.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (3120) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Deep brown. Thick, sticky body. Inviting aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, malts, cherry, and vanilla. Flavor starts a little unimpressive, but comes on strong as it goes. Roasted, caramel, chocolate, malts, dark, ripe fruit, and light vanilla round out the flavor. A very nice brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (819) - Vail, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2008
a deep brown all the way around. aroma of wood and alcohol. flavor is slightly sweet and woody. very mellow but intriguing wood flavor. nice finish as well.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7487) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a thick black color with a large very dark brown head that lingered. It looked alot like an imperial stout rather than a brown ale. The aroma was port wine, tangy cherry and a touch of wood. The flavor was rich, roasty and sweet with noted cherry, wood, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. The body was wonderfully thick and creamy and hid the 12% alcohol very well. The finish was dryish port wine. Marvelous!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (36408) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
GABF 2007. Vintage 2006. A pitch black beer with a orange-brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of both chocolate and coffee. The flavor is sweet with notes of coffee, cocoa beans, oil, alcohol, wood, and caramel, leading to a alcoholic and woody finish. The body is strong.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackzodiac (12) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Thick, foamy, caramely-brown head that dissolves within minutes and leaves some thin lacing. Very dark in color, almost black. Sweet, malty aroma with some vanilla notes and minor hints of fruits. Smooth yet heavy mouthfeel with a rich, caramely-sweet flavor and hints of everything from coffee and chocolate to brown sugar and bananas. And a very prominent, lingering aftertaste. One of Dogfish Head’s boldest, most flavorful brews.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2008
12oz bottle: Pours to a dark brown, near black body with a small, quickly fading light brown head. The aroma is very mild licorice, raisins, figs, chicory, molasses, vanilla, banana, and light hints of a smoky, earthy wood. Taste is sweet up front, with notes of sweet figs, prunes, dark chocolate, dark molasses, rum, vanilla, a bit of an alcohol burn midway through, then hitting some toasted wood, bourbon, and pepper. Medium-heavy body, medium carbonation (very small, crisp bubbles), finishes with extended sharp alcohol, bourbon, and wood notes. It’s surprising to me how much the alcohol comes through in this one when it doesn’t claim to be bourbon-barrel aged, yet sure tastes like one with plenty of sharp & burning alcohol notes coming through. A bit hot now, but this one should do very well with age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2008
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours out in a dark brown colour with a small dissapearing pale brown head. Rich and full aroma of wood, sweet cherries, molasses and alcohol. Full-bodied with notes of wood, vanilla, raisins, figs, resin, brown sugar, anise and alcohol. Long warming finish of wood, molasses, pepper, chocolate sauce and salmiak.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Watch out. This one will put you down. Super robust, with a pleasant, appropriately warm finish. Rich, rich, rich. They should have called it a black ale. Boozy but more drinkable than you might think. I think that this brew will improve dramatically with a few years in the cellar.


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