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RATINGS: 2068   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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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3.1
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Pours dark brown with beige head. Aroma of vanilla, molasses,... soy maybe. Flavor of sweet malt, maple syrup, oak...unpleasant medicine-like finish. Medium body - seems to be closest to an imperial porter. Not one of my favorites from Dogfish.

3.9
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2008
bottle from Bob. A tough and strong ale. good roasted malt flavor with a nice hop balance to finish out. i like the way it tastes.

4
kriggins (6) - , Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2008 does not count
This confusing brew is more like a cross between an imperial porter and imperial stout. Smells of a vanilla toffee milkshake, and appears blacker and more opaque than any stout. The head is hearty and dark with a hot chocolate cream appearance that leaves beautiful lacing which changes with every sip. Some alcohol is apparent as the beer warms but is not overwhelming or unpleasant. Other flavors include coffee, chocolate, walnut, and burnt oak. The palate is creamy, reminiscent of a milk stout as is Dogfish’s Immort Ale. While this beer confuses me, it also makes me happy! I don’t know if I am drinking an American Strong Ale, an Imperial Porter, or an Imperial Stout, but I know it tastes fantastic!

3.3
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
this beer is strong, almost to strong. the abv is over the top. Alcohol is evident is every phase of this beer. American strong ale is a catch all for beers that don’t fit a certain mold. This beer is truely a one of a kind. But its real hard to drink. It goes down real slow and tough. I love Dogfish Head, but not this beer. It gets extra points for the ABV

3.6
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle from a friend in SF. Pours a rich dark color and a fine dark head. Smells mildly of the wood in which it was aged. Any beer that has 12% ABV is going to declare it upon first inhale. However, this was quite restrained. The 12% is nicely hidden behind rich dark malt aromas. I too was anticipating more on the flavor side. More complexity from the wood and malts. Perhaps I expect too much, a beer like this is no easy task. I’m glad to have had it, next time I will wait until it gets colder outside and I can take in some smoky aroma from my fireplace to give that complexity that I missed.

3.1
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2008
A rich dark color with a tan head. Aroma is that of an alcoholic chocolate milkshake (malted) Plenty of alcohol in the aroma but still interesting enough. Flavor is a bit lifeless, with a heavy alcoholic flavor. I don’t get a lot of wood character, but I’m not sure what I’m looking for. My main impression is that of an unroasty imperial stout. Same sort of thickness, body wise as well as alcoholic perception.

3.9
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Pours a deep thick dark brown with a massive chocoloate head. The nose comes acoss as mild dark chocolate. There is a sharp taste with a milkd chocolatey flavor that really gets better at the end. There is a sweetness that is molasses or maple syrup like, but not too overpowering. Although it weighs in at twelve percent, it doesn’t come across like it until you really get into this one.

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moseslikesbeer (183) - conestoga, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
bottle. very dark pour with brown head. aroma of fruit and smoke. Tastsed like fruit and smoke. I wasn’t sure if I would like the two tastes together and I have to say they blend very well. May be a bit too strong for some people. BRAVO Dogfish Head!

3.7
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
12oz. Pours a flat dark brown, almost black with a small brown head. Aroma is a blast of alcohol with sweet barley ringing in the background. Body is surprisingly lifted with vanilla, caramel, slightest notion of coffee and loads of wood. Very, very soft but the creamy mouthfeel lets them get away with it. This makes me think of an Immort Ale @ 90%, which I’m a fan of as I tend to think the Immort is a bit over the top.

4.1
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2008
A brown red pour so thick it leaves a sheen on the glass as you swirl it. Cherries brown sugar and toasted malt on the nose. Pepper, molasses, and abv on the flavor with the toasted malt. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Very solid.


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