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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25764) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2008
[email protected] Black colour, not much head. Aroma is coffee, some roasted malts and fudge along iwth caramel mlts and some wood. Flavour is alcohol, spices, licorice and some fudgeish notes. Impressive, and hides the ABV surprisingly well for being 12 %.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2008
12oz bottle at Coffee District. Nose of vanilla and wood, Roasty notes and some smoke in there as well. This is a very unique and well done brew from DFH. More barley wine meets scotch ale meets Dark Island. Roasty but with some dark fruit notes, tons of vanilla and wood. Very long and tasty finish with hints of chocolate and caramel. Very impressive beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3502) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Deep ruby black/brown body with a tall, long-lasting mocha head. Loads of chocolate malt aroma. Rich, sweet. Bring on the Imperial Brown Ales!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2008
V - thick black color with a lacy with a medium tan head.

A - dark fruits and spices with licorice and caramel brown sugar. rum and oak notes.

T - dark fruits spices, plums and raisins with a smooth caramel and roasted malts, oak notes.

P - smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (10137) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Cask, GBBF 08. Black with a small head. Aromas are sweet molasses with floral notes and berries. Sherry-like. Flavours are sweet and viscous malts with berries. Smoky with tobacco. Strong warming alcohol. Like some of the better English strong ales.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2008
12 oz bottle. Poured a dark, almost black, brown with a one finger brown head. Aroma is very sweet and contains chocolate and some fruits. Palate is very smooth and creamy. Flavor is of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and some fruits. Just enough alcohol to be warming.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10436) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2008
Dark brown with tiny beige head. Sweet aroma that holds overripe fruits, caramel and roasted malt. Sweet vinious flavor with caramel, roasted malt, alcohol and dark fruits. Warwing alcohol towards the end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2008
12 oz bottle from Binnys. This beer is like their normal brown ale on alcoholic steroids. It pours a deep and dark brown with a very small, dark, and bubbly chocolate tan head that dissipates very quickly probably due to the high alcohol content. No real lacing left over. Relatively strong aroma, brown ale/caramel maltiness, with a kick of alcohol and roasty vanilla as well as roasted chocolate. I dont know what palo santo wood smells like, but this sure smells like it was aged in some kind of wood barrell. Im not too big on wine, but Im getting some sort of wine smell to this too. I really like this intense brown ale flavor. It has a hint of alcohol, but the roasted chocolate and vanilla is great. A very warm flavor and finish. Rich and woody with a very full and creamy mouthful. It does have that imperial stout style to the finish. Overall, this beer is awesome. Another great beer from dogfish head. The wine quality mixed with brown ale/imperial stout taste is amazing. This thick and complex brown ale is a winner.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 Pours a DARK brown into the glass with a nice brown head. Aroma is very rich and full of chocolate, wine, and plum or some other dark fruit. Flavor is huge and smooth across the palate. First you get the obvious dose of chocolate and roasted barley followed by a slight tartness that helps it go down warm and smooth. Very little alcoholic burn, but just enough of a warmth to let you know its there. This is a truly impressive brew with a lot of similar characteristics to an imperial stout. After letting it warm a little bit Im starting to pick up some vanilla and rum like flavors. The only bad thing I can say about this beer is that its summer time and my apartment has no air conditioner, but can I really fault the beer for that? I think not.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2008
12 oz bottle from WLV Liquors. Pours a nice dark brown with red edges. Aroma is beautiful is Roasted malts, molassess, wood, pinot noir and candied suger. Floavor is rich and complex with roasted malt, molasses, deep red wine flavors and nice woody undertones. Mouthfeel is still rich and creamy. This may have been my wifes favorite craft beer she has tried so far due to red wine qualities. I was unsure whether or not to purchase this brew at first but will make sure I stock up to see how it ages. Well done DFH.


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