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RATINGS: 2151   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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3.9
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
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 didn’t 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
can8ianben (1545) - 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.

4.2
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Wow, this was impressive. The Palo Santo wood gave both the aroma and flavor an incredible vinous quality that was very similar to oak yet had an earthier edge to it. A thick palate as well.

3.8
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Surprisingly dark brown hue with a tan head that had good retention and lacing. Aroma was a mix of wood notes, smokiness and a nice malty presence. Flavor was mildly sweet a nice smoke note and a nice hop profile. Alcohol was present but was well hidden for 12%. Finish was dry. Nice,

3.7
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Pour is similar to 10-W40 with a small head. Aroma is lots of sweet malt, molasses vanilla and port. Mouthfeel is thick with not much carbonation. Flavor is sweet with a quite strong alcohol presence. Wood, vanilla andlots of raosted flavors are present making for a nice complex beer. This is an in your face beer.

4.2
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - GBBF 2008. A dark dark brown coloured beer with a very malty and vinuous nose. Extremely thick and alcoholic in the mouth with a finish that goes on forever. Sweet and woody with very real but very strong brown ale characteristics (albeit US rather than UK). Very scrummy.

3.7
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
From the bottle pours black with a fast falling tan head. Oily palate with big roasty flavors, very roasty sweet with a prune and charred chocolate flavor. A bit of spiciness comes through in the finish, a bit hot, a mild sting to the nose with a warm licorice flavor and some earthy/woodiness.

3.6
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Black with a fleeting head. Big sweet anise cotten candy aroma with pit fruits. Medium heavy body with light carbonation. Heavy sweet flavors of brown sugar, prunes, and black licorice, not much wood aging in the taste. A big sipper beer here.

3.7
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 12, 2008
12 oz bottle, Black with a brown head. toffee and alcohol nose, some chocolate and a whiff of wood. Sweeter than expected, chocolate and sweet malt, the alcohol is present but far less pronounced than the nose led me to believe. Vanilla and woody notes, dark brown sugar and fig. Far more drinkable than I could have imagined. A pleasant surprise.


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