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RATINGS: 2074   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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bhensonb (15489) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. Pours black with a dark tan head. A strong floral type aroma over typical brown roasted malt. Medium body or better with fizzy carbonation. There is the roasted malt, coffee, and that "floral" thing - which must be the wood. Actually starts to develop a woodiness after awhile. Never had one like this before - it’s heading for stoutville, but it’s sure not a stout.

4.2
djd07 (15263) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small light tan head that diminishes quickly to nothing leaving decent spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong roasted malt and alcohol with chocolate and cherry. Thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt taste and chocholate and brown sugar. Alcohol well hidden making it very easy to drink. A very impressive American strong ale from Dogfish Head.

4.1
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Bottle at Sune’s (Thanks Bager). Black - brown head. Burned, sweetness, fruity, candy, wood, brown sugar, berries, caramel, spicyness. Very nice.

3.4
Ratman197 (15094) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle poured an opaque dark brown with a small diminishing brown head. Aromas of wood, chocolate, vanilla, carmel and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of chocolate, light vanilla, light caremel and a hint of wood with a smooth bittersweet finish.

3.3
DSG (15035) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 28, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2011 Re-rate 4/25/11: Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Lee. Black with a brown head. Aroma of wood, licorice, roasted malt, some chocolate, vanilla and some hoppy notes. Sweet flavor of malt, caramel, a bit of vanilla and a bitter hoppy finish. Medium to full-bodied. 6/4/7/3/13=3.3

Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks David C. Really dark brown with a light brown head. Strong aroma of sweet chocolate. Sweet and alcoholic flavor with chocolate, some nuts, some licorice and some slightly strange fruitiness. Full-bodied and boozy. Decent but overpowering. 8/4/6/3/13=3.4

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imdownthepub (14943) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
On Mini Cask at The Royal Oak, Wantage. Jet black with tan head. I feel totally unworthy about describing a beer like this, so it’s just my experience I am putting down. There is a massive roasty flavour kicking off at the start, liquorice, bitter coffee. The beer smooths in to a tarry note, quite heavy on the palate and distinct alcohol note. The palate was cornered then as there was no way I could taste anything else for an hour. Marellous experience, many thanks to Paul of The Royal Oak.

3.7
Tmoney99 (14747) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle at the Dilly Deli. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly diminished with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and citrus hoppy aroma. Medium to full body. Medium to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met.

3.7
HenrikSoegaard (14291) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle bought in London. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.

2.8
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2008
(Lupulin Reunulin) Small brown head atop cola body. Aroma is moderately sweet, canilla, some chocolate, cream, caramel, wood. Taste is moderately sweet, vanilla/chocolate, alcohol (light burn). Smooth medium-full body.

3.8
kermis (14125) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, alcohol, booze, overripe dark fruits, tobacco, wood, caramel. Flavour is heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation.


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