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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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3.3
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
ante (3373) - 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
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.

3.5
RichardGretton (4880) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2008
[email protected] 2008. Black beer with a rum like aroma and a rich and rum like flavour. Overall an average strong beer.

3.9
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 8, 2008
Thanks to Juancho. Drank it in Panajachel, Guatemala. Really liked this one, Dogfish is a great brewery. Pours a amber/brown color with a small head. Light bodied, nice aroma and flavor of bananas, vanilla and spices. Really nice. Alcohol goes unnoticeable.

3.3
harrisoni (19695) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2008
Cask at GBBF 08. Black, no head. Intense alcohol aroma. Herby, hot alcohol. It’s very brandyish. Yes, some vanilla. It does remind me of cognac. Not unpleasant. Warming, good for a winter’s night nip, but for 12.30 lunchtime? Just a bit too much.

4
oh6gdx (26485) - 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
darkguardian (733) - 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
SpringsLicker (3686) - 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
carruthm (1400) - 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.


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