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RATINGS: 2132   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
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Rich malt with vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, coffee, light smoke and brown sugar. Perfect body; doesn’t come across and too thick and carries the 12% quite well. Pretty darn good...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (522) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2008
The aroma is a sweet malty, toasty with hints of raisin, caramel, molasses and other flavors I can’t define. It pours almost black with a nice brown head that is mostly diminishing. I hold the glass to the light and you can not see through the glass. The initial flavor is bitter, sweet, finishes with a smokey taste and is wonderful. The body is medium to full, the texture dry and creamy, the carbonation soft.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenleaf (90) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Bottle 12 oz. Pours a very dark brown with a miniscule brown head, no doubt from the high ABV. Nose is a sweet malt with some toasty biscuit and chocolate notes. The taste is very powerful and up front with malt, caramel, and chocolate. The beer slides over the tounge and almost has a coating feel to it on the palate. A very good imperial brown ale, but not for the faint of heart.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (558) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Pours and looks like chocolate syrup. Milk chocolate head. Aroma is malty with high alcohol content. Very chewy, molasses and roasted espresso. Unique cherry cola taste.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2008
In a random visit, shopping for wine (I know I know, forgive me) at Total Wine, I stumbled upon the last 4-pack of this viscous beauty and thanked my Maker for this discovery. Pours a syrupy-looking, thick brownish-raven color with a couple centimeters of cappucino-colored head that stays firm and inviting. Aromas of dark fruits and subtle cocao. Flavors are warm and wintery with hues of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, molasses, soy sauce, and rain-soaked firewood. An almost cloying mouthfeel; an enveloping texture that smooths out in future sips. Slightly astringent and sticky on the lips. This a complex and dark brew, to say the least.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2008
(USA) Brew courtesy of AFI96, Thanks Waylo !! Pours a deep brown color with a med-tan head. Aroma is of dry fruits, dark malts, and caramel. The taste is some what of a suprise because i was expecting this super hoppy flavor of Dogfish Head !! But what i found was a nice blend of chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla. The 12% is hidden fairly well, but it will leave you nice and toasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (4668) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2008
12oz bottle. darker than I was expecting - near black actually. brown head disappears quickly. woody malt, raisins, vanilla, cherry and a little alcohol in the aroma - very interesting. things I taste: raisins, alcohol, chocolate, honey and pepper. woody and seems chewy - though the palate isn’t that thick. there are a crazy amount of smells and tastes happening here - but the ultimate summation for me was: it tastes a little like smoked salmon. so not sure it totally works, but A for effort.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Aroma alcoholic, deep roasted malts, dark fruits. Opaque dark brown color, dark tan head, small bubbles in creamy head, which fell slowly. Flavor has alcoholic, solventy burn, dark malt is intensely nutty... like walnut shell, some unique bitterness that I havent experienced before (the wood?), vanilla, lingering maltiness on the tongue... maybe needs some aging to smooth out.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black in color with thin brown head which does not last long. Aroma sweet, chocolate and caramel. Taste woody, chocolate and roasted malt with bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 Delicious. pours near black with fair tan lasting head. Aroma of vanilla, currants, plum, oak, and cherries. Flavor is roasted with some caramel, honey, and a bit of alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is medium full with medium carbonation. Chocolate in the finish. Nice warming sensation. For 12% abv, this is great. Pretty damn good even if it is a bit pricey.


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