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RATINGS: 2128   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
TBone (16449) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2011
Bottled 12 fl. oz (Utobeer, 6)
Commercial description at RB talks about adding wood to the tanks, but DF homepage says that they are using wooden tank. Opaque black color, small brown head with some lace. Aroma has toasted sugar, some licorice and strong vanilla&oak. Full-bodied, soft almost creamy palate. I cant say that "it is hiding alcohol very well", because this IS very strong, but strong in a good, powerful way. Sweetish and roasted flavor with licorice, brown sugar, portwine, vanilla and oak. Aftertaste has coffee, oak and sugar with lingering alcohol. Warming, extreme and interesting sipping beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Dark, dark brown in color with a thin tan head. Smells quite sweet. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, and toffee. The wood is prominent and gives an almost spicy aroma. A hint of vanilla in there which balances some of the roast nicely. Mildly spicy with lots of dark sugar notes--molasses, burnt sugar, and caramel. Light vanilla flavor and a subtle roast flavor. Really well balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (16128) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2008
Very dark brown. Toffee, alcohol and wood in the fairly rich, demerara-accented nose. Firm alcohol, sweet and with lots of brown sugar character, fig and raisin, wood and alcohol. The finish is a bit boozy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (16036) - DENMARK - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Very dark brown with medium brown head. Aroma is malt, light roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, hops and dark fruits. Flavour light roasted malts, caramel, fruit, yeast, dark fruit, plume, medium sweet, hops and medium bitter,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15737) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
Bottle @ Hallinghansens US Tasting, Odense. Pours black with a small creamy head and lacings. Dark fruit, syrup and caramel. Very sweet. Ashy and vaguely roasted flavor. Sweet and quite cloying. A heavy one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (15454) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Smoky brown ale. Heavy wood undertones. Thick and strong. High abv is noticeable, but not distracting. Very nice. Rated 8/3/09

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (15436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2010
12oz bottle, pours very dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, sweet fruit and vanilla. Complex flavour of vanilla, roasted barley, wood, malt, bourbon and alcohol. Great brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (15378) - Snderborg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
Cask, 12.0% at GBBF08. Black colour. Small light brown head. OK liquorice mouthfeel. Very peppery flavour. Quite high alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Bottle at Sunes (Thanks Bager). Black - brown head. Burned, sweetness, fruity, candy, wood, brown sugar, berries, caramel, spicyness. Very nice.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2011
355ml bottle (Bacchanalia, Cambridge)
3 Burnt ashy aroma, noxious volatiles too, boozy. Generally quite unpleasant.
4 Very dark red, small tight head settles to a tan ring.
3+ Retronasals so hot that I think if I were to sniff out onto a naked flame Id be like a flame-thrower. Taste very ashy, and solventy too. Not just alcohol, but acetone.
2 Sticky palate, OK carbonation. Godawful finish, very ashy and astringent. Drying. Burning in my mouth from the combination of pure booze, astringent ashiness, and unbalanced bitterness. This isnt unbalanced - its the exact opposite of balance. Anti-balanced.
7 A way for idiots with too much money to get drunk. Sorry, but even your average eastern european malt liquor is way more drinkable than this. Utterly devoid of anything which I recognise as essential to a beer. For a laugh, I poured out a pissy pale lager, to see which one I prefered to drink, and, to be honest, this was better than the really bad pale lager. For even more of a laugh, I blended different ratios of the two, and at about the 50/50 mark, it was an almost tasty drink (2.4-ish).


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