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RATINGS: 2074   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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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smith4498 (3650) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Pours murky dark mahogany with light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, vanilla and alcohol. Roasted malt flavor with sweet vanilla and caramel. The Palo Santo blocks really add a nice woody flavor. Full body with average carbonation and a thick, chewy mouthfeel. Another well done brew from the DFH brewers.

3.8
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Chalice. Pours dark brown, almost black with small dark beige head. Aroma is somewhat suprising, I was expecting much different considering the style. Nose of dark fruit- most notably plum and raisin with some sweet chocolate coming through as well. Flavor was malt heavy- lost of roasted barley, toasted oatmeal, with caramel and some earthy, woody aspects to it as well. Though difficult to place, this must be the special wood in which this ale was stored in. Palate is sticky and sweet in the middle, subsiding into a prickly, and finally dry lasting finish. Alcohol evident but not overly so. Another unique offering from Dogfish Head- definitely try some if you can get your hands on it.

3.9
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2008
1st bottled batch. Appears very dark in the glass, a super opaque cloudy brown with a well developed light tan head, that fades into a collar in the glass. Nose isn’t super vibrant and doesn’t have a lot complexity. Mainly dominated by roast, it also has hints of caramel, raisin and a touch of palo santo wood. Flavor has much complexity than the nose. Roast, brown sugar and burnt toffee, with light hints of apple and plum, alcohol and palo santo wood. I like this ale pretty well.

4.3
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2008
12oz bottle w/ a unique wood print bottle cap. Pours black with a thick dark brown creamy foam. Aroma of big vanilla. The heat is available in the nose as well. Flavor is of charcoal, burnt wood chunks, and lots of roast. Very dark roasted malt flavor. Finishes sweet. Full and rich. Big and chewy. All that’s missing is a thick dark chocolate brownie with chocolate chunks to dunk it in. alcohol is very well hidden. The big smile is not. (Rating #1500)

4.1
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Pours black with a tan head that disappates quickly. The aroma has the distinctive Dogfish Head alcohol strength (which I like!) and is marked by hints of burnt wood. The body is fairly full, and the flavor has more of the wood and alcohol, with some hints of dark fruit peeking through. The body thins out on the finish, leaving just a hint of spice in your mouth. Another damned good beer from Dogfish Head.

2.7
phiktion (11) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2008
I do enjoy a Brown Ale but this was alittle to strong of a flavor, though it was not bad at all, just very strong, has a good taste, similar to that of New Castle, just alitte heavier and stronger.

3.8
Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2009 pours dark cocacola, beige head quickly disipates. dreamy mouthfeel. Dark fruits abound, plums, dates, raisins. Woody, roast malts, super dry finish

3.8
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2008
pours a thin motor oil black with very little beige head, qiuck to dissipate. Aroma of dark fruit, raisin, chocolate, malt. Flavor has roasted malt abound, the alcohol is delightfully poignant to the tongue, and the chocolate becomes more prevalent as well. Nice mouthfeel, excellent beer.

3.3
mmather (186) - Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2008
12 oz botle. smooth dark brown with very little head, light carbonation. this is a rich dark smooth beer with lots of caramel, a hint of darker malt flavors. residual sweetness does not overpower this brew. It has a drinkability that defies its higher alcohol content. Definitely a sipper.

3.9
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2008
12 oz. bottle - thanks to mcbackus for the bonus brew; pours thick and dark brown; frothy tan head brings aromas of dank fruit, wood, sweet candy and brown sugar; kind of wine-like; very tasty and sweet; alcohol is well hidden; flavors of vanilla and cherries; dry finish and pretty yummy overall


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