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RATINGS: 2148   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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4.3
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle: pours black with brown highlights. Thick foamy tan ring around edge of glass. Aroma is very sweet. It sort of smells like sweet, vanilla-laced tree sap. Sort of tickles your nose like sawdust. The wood smell is not at all detracting from this brew, though. Rich flavor of chocolate, burnt nuts, some vanilla-like sweetness, and a pretty warm yet dry and woody finish.

3.6
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bootle. Pours dark brown with lighter hues of brown in the light. Sweet malty aroma, some wood, burnt malt, 12% does a disappearing act in this one. A good brew.

3.8
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Pours deep brown with very thin, dark tan head. Nose is full of sweet malt and a touch of wood. The flavor is very brown ale like in smoothness, with toasted nutty flavors, and a bit of malt. Not a lot of the wood detectable. A touch of licorice also.

4.1
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2008
This beer was a great surprise at the Great Orlando Beer festival and was one of if not the best beer there. This beer had an aroma of vanilla, chocolate, maple, and some coffee. The wood presence is very noticeable, but it is a very balanced beer, despite the overwhelming off-white head. This beer is impressive.

4.1
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Bottle. Thanks Fordest. Deep black pour with almost no head. Aroma of chocolate,vanilla, and some coffee. Nice flavor combination of vanilla and chocolate. Lot of alcohol burn on the way down. Some oak or wood flavor in there as well. Every enjoyable.

3.5
sunevdj (4084) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2008
On tap @ Toronado. Pours black with a very small head. Moderate sweet- and bitterness. Malty aromas of chocolate and hints of roasted malts and coffee. Also fruity aromas of dates and pears and hints of plums. Some cask wood too. Portish. Heavy alcohol aromas. Full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. A bit more than average carbonation. Dry finish with strong alcohol notes that made me sweat for a bit.

3.5
marcus (10149) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
This black ale poured with a nice tan head. The flavor is sweet chocolate malt with some raisin notes. The alcohol leaves a warm sensation.

4.1
ThaBobfather (178) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2008
I was looking forward to this beer. The wood aging seals this beer as one of the best DFH makes, if not the best.

4.1
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 17, 2008
bottle. First the appearance. Very dark brown with a red hue as its held up to the light. A frothy thick tan head that stays long, and im already appreciating this beer. Aroma is espresso roast coffee, dark berries, wood, alcohol thrown into the party. Flavor is an explosion of mixed bitterness of dark coffee, dark fruits, alcohol warmth, cinnamon, and probably that PS wood. It is a unique and complex brew. I love it when a beer actually stands up to its hype. What else is to be said? DFH kicks ass.

3.7
DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 Big oaky aroma from start. Didnít care to much for the alcohol burn on the first taste, then grew fond of it. Huge robust roasted flavor. You couldnít pay me enough to drink this too fast. Really nice sipper though. Overall, itís has a serious earthy, wood flavor, that I canít get over. Very avante garde.


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