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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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asheft (3125) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2008
[bottle] Arome=coffee, mocha, pine, bubblegum, scotch tape, and notes of tobacco and raison. Opaque black with a light brown, bubbly, velvet on top. Usually I put taste before body on these ratings, but the full thick body of this beer is extreme. Velvety sweet molasses coffee chocolate dates raison. Vanilla and butterscotch woody notes. Medium carbonation, slightly salty, beautifully balance between chewy sweet and hops/black malt bitterness, but without the burnt/toasty characteristics of black malts.

4.8
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Holy Cow. This is my new favorite beer. Bought a 4-pack for $10 at the brewery. The beer is so complex, but nothing about it is overwhelming. I would expect it to be too sweet, it’s not. I would also expect it to have a little sourness at the end, it doesn’t. The Palo Santo aroma is interwoven through the taste and aroma. The taste also has chocolatey and coffee tones throughout. Delicious.

4.2
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Dense dark brown/black hue, thin layer of tan foam sustains, moderate lacing. Smell is delicious, big roast malts, hints of nuttiness, coffee, chocolate as well, dark fruits, cedar-like wood, slight tinge of sugary bubblegum, light booze. Taste is mostly roast malts with backbone of nut flavors, dark chocolate and light coffee tones, opens to toffee, dark fruits (raisins, figs), and grassy hops, the wood flavors are subtle in the background, finishes sweet with slight alcohol burn that lingers. Palate is full-bodied, dense and chewy malt texture, moderate carbonation. Overall, this is one tough brown ale at 12%, the specialty wood does a good job of accenting and not dominating the flavor profile, the stiff alcohol presence puts this in the range between traditional strong ale and "sipping" dessert beers, a nice treat for brown ale fans.

3.9
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle courtesy of rustychiles. Pours an inky blackness with a small tan head. Definitely a unique aroma. I am guessing that it as attributed to the Palo Santo wood. Heavy wood and malt smell. Tastes of strong dark malts; slightly roasty, raisins, and sweet. Aftertaste very reminiscent of eating cashews. Well balanced and tasty. Very smooth for 12%.

3.9
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours out like a stout, with a small brown head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is a bit faint, but gives off a woodsy/alcoholic scent. Flavor was pretty sweet, with hints of raisins, vanilla and some molasses. For as high an alcohol that it is it’s remarkably smooth and you can hardly detect any alcohol other than the aroma.

3.9
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells oaky with some sweet hints and lots of booziness. Tastes sweet with lots of woody character. Enjoyable.

3.8
Svesse (8962) - Hässelby, 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
Sigmund (8025) - 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
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
juiceisloose (1603) - 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.


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