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RATINGS: 2145   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Dark brown/black opaque beer with no head. Aroma is alcoholic, burnt malt with very strong chocolate/coffee notes, also woody. Taste is a bit burnt/bitter and quite sweet. Palate creamy and thick, soft carbonation. Trends more toward the stout/porter than the "strong American ale" which is kind of a catch-all category anyway. This is quite good!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehaak26 (464) - - MAY 12, 2017
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Aroma of roasted malts, wood, alcohol, and dark fruits.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frudel (236) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2017
Bottled. Black liquid with a small head diminishing to a beige circle around the glass. Nose is caramel malt, woody notes, molasses, dark dried fruits, hint of vanilla. Full body, very nice mouth feel. Taste is sweetness at first, some dark dried fruits, roasted malt, than wooden notes with an alcohol finish warming the throat, long aftertaste. Very unique one! I love it!

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drjoeng (1204) - SINGAPORE - APR 29, 2017
12%ABV. Brown ale. Tapped out black brown, almost black. 38SRM. Nose has carmelized nuts. Mouthfeel is syrupy and smooth. Palate has caramel, toffee, butterscotch, praline pecans. There is aged pipe tobacco in the palate as well. The finish is medium and woody and lightly bitter. Perfect finish to a hefty boozy complex ale. You get honeyed figs on the very tail end of the finish. Goes on favorites list!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (4370) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2017
bottle @ Chief Market / Lima OH --- Aroma of dark malt, dark fruit and earth. Opaque dark brown color, brown head that drops to a thin cover, lace bands. Taste is syrupy dark roasted malt with wisps of smoke and a subtle alcohol overtone. Prune, black currant, and molasses enter after the swallow. Very strong, very heavy in the belly, which keeps it from "top dog" status.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lore (2614) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 23, 2017
dark brown colour, one inch creamy dark beige head, which lasts for several minutes; aroma of cherry bonbon made with dark chocolate and some cherry liqueur, dried plum soaked in alcohol, hints of vanilla and some unroasted green coffee beans; taste of dark chocolate, dried cherry and plum soaked in liqueur, vanilla, mild roasted coffee, walnut, hints of (over-)roasted sunflower seeds/peanut and minimal woody-smokey character; another miracle from Dogfish Head!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nsanders (1124) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2017
Tap at Stouts Pub. Deep brown with a thin tan ring. Dark chocolate, alcohol, prunes, sawdust and wet stone aromas. Fairly sweet with a dry alcohol, mineral flavor. Heavy body with fine carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnbc_chugs_only (3) - - APR 12, 2017 does not count
Lovely aroma of roast, malt, chocolate, wood. Lovely beer, black with tan head. 12 oz chug in 5 seconds. Smooth beer, nice chugger, full flavor, full boost, chocolate, wood, roast, yum.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlazerT (1048) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - APR 10, 2017
Sweet, cant-like notes, caramel, slightly woody. Also some fruits, raisins, marzipan, maltiness, oaky and boozy. ABV warming is slightly noticeable down the throat. In overall very sweet, boozy, candy-like cocktail.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (2105) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Pours a nearly opaque black color topped by a large frothy tan head. Nose is dark dried fruit, soy sauce and prunes. Intensely flavored, with notes of dark chocolate, prune juice, soy sauce, dried Montmorency cherries, cold pressed coffee and sweet wood(?). Big alcohol notes as the brew warms. Soft silky mouthfeel. Chewy, cloying finish. Quite tasty and certainly unique.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OnTheTrail (483) - Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Nice dark brown with medium brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, fig, plum, raisin, intense malt, hints of cocoa. Taste is chocolate, a most milky, sweet, then a hop bite that comes in, snaps and disappears, leaving sweetness, then alcoholet and dark fruit (like a liqueur on the finish) . Mouthful is heavy, creamy, rich. A luxuriant sipper.


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