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RATINGS: 2080   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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3.7
brigg (708) - New York, USA - MAY 23, 2008
(bottle) Opaque brown body with a thin chocolate head. Moderately sweet, dark chocolate aroma, coffee, vanilla, and underlying woody notes. The taste has moderate sweetness, but quickly followed by bitterness and alcohol. Chocolate flavor dominates (along with alcohol), also wood and slight smokiness. Feels great when letting it role over the tongue and around the mouth some - soft, bubbly, full bodied.

4.3
Aquilo (658) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
This seems like they started to make a porter, and they took it in a different direction. It is black with a small brown head. Smell is very roasty and malty, with some chocolate, but also with grapes and figs, and perhaps a few other layers of fruit as well. The flavor has just as many layers of complexity. Roasty malt, then grapes. Winey aftertaste. (In a good way.) Medium bodied. I still say this is a porter. Just a very complex and wonderful porter. Highly recommended.

3.9
blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
My bottle shared with tupalev. Pours inky black with an average size frothy light-brown head. Decent lacing. Nice aroma of dark malt, chocolate, dark fruit, wood and alcohol. Flavour’s malty, a bit toasty along with some nuttiness, fruit, light hops and a hint of alcohol. 12% must be a mistake!? That alcohol is very well hidden if that’s truly the case. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel. Very good stuff that exceeded my expectations.

4.7
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 22, 2008
This is 12%? Seriously? Where is it? I’m sure i’ll feel it in a few minutes after i’m done, but man... Dogfish does it again with this brew. Super thick and dense. Pours a black color with very little carbonation (almost none at all!). There’s a little ring in the glass now, but that’s it. This is made with a ton of dark malt from the aroma. Smells oaky (or palo santo-y i guess?!) there also hints of maybe some dark fruit also. The flavor lends itself well to the aroma. I’m not sure what it is about this beer but I REALLY love it. I’ll head back to the store to pick up all the 4 packs i can get! This stuff is nearly perfect, i frankly cant believe it doesn’t have a higher score. Right now at a 3.8? This is a hidden gem!

4.1
brianprentiss (703) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2008
super yummy beer, very sweet and malty, woody and fruity, high alcohol is invisible

4.6
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours practically jet black with ruby-red streaks on the edge of the glass and a very small tan head that disappeared pretty quickly. The aroma was absolutely beautiful, a mix of gorgeous wood, vanilla notes, cocoa, and heavy malt. Taste is a wonderfully complex blend of chocolate, toffee, coffee notes, and malt with a wonderful wood/vanilla/chocolate finish. There is maybe a little dark fruit thrown in as well, reminding me of a Belgian quad. The alcohol is very well hidden, especially since it’s a whopping 12%. I absolutely loved this beer - Dogfish Head completely knocked it out of the park.

3.6
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 20, 2008
This American Strong Ale pours a deep eclipse black color from a 12 oz bottle. Small sized tan foamy head, with little retention and almost no lacing. The aroma is semi sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla and wood. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are chocolate, coffee, toffee and sweet. The hops are earthy. Interesting flavors, there are lots of chocolate and coffee flavors that intensify and meld as the beer warms. Low carbonation. Smooth taste. Hides the 12%alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is sweet with some raisins.

4
Miver (615) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured dark dark brown with a dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee notes, and a little bit of dark fruit sweetness. Taste of smooth chocolate and coffee yet the wood added some nice character to the flavors. Alcohol is hidden quite well and it’s a nice selection from Dogfish Head.

4.3
Brewmighstro (8) - Boone, USA - MAY 19, 2008 does not count
12 oz. bottle. managed to score 2 ’08 bottles at a local beer supplier. Pours a black with a brown head. there is virtually no head. Aroma is fantastic. Smells of oak, coffee, syrup, vanilla, and alcohol. Loads of wood aroma. WOW!! Loads of coffee and chocolate flavor. Chocolate lingers on for a few. Roasted flavor makes mouth water for more. Smooth and very delicious. Cheers!!!!

4
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle shared with Blankboy and GregClow, courtesy of blankboy. Pitch thick black with very little head. Nice aroma - thick, tar, sweet, dark fruit. Taste follows with the addition of wood. Intense strong complex sipper, this was fantastic.


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