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RATINGS: 2069   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Served in a trappist glass. Pours an opaque, dark brown, with a thin tan head that dissipates relatively quickly. Copious amounts of lacing remain behind, however. Aroma is dense, but alcohol absolutely dominates. Let’s be clear, however, the alcohol is not indiscriminate; rather, it is strongly characteristic of brandy or cognac. Beyond that, some toasted caramel malts are barely discernible. Flavor is, again, driven by alcohol. But as the beer warms, other flavors become more apparent, including some sweetness associated with burnt sugar and vanilla. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but not overly viscous, with a mild hint of carbonation. In all, this is one of Dogfish Head’s finest ales. It’s absolutely strong, but imminently drinkable. The alcohol is definitely front and center, and yet, other aromas and flavors (esp. caramel, sugar, vanilla, and even a slight smoked wood) are able to come forth, ensuring that a balance remains. Strongly recommended.


4.5
melwil1980 (3) - Roseau, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2017 does not count
Yum! Dark, rich brown in color with deep caramel head that diminishes quickly. Smell of sweet and malt. Taste is deep and complex. Starts off sweet and ends strong and roasty. Easy to drink for a 12% alcohol beer. ---I'm new at rating, so please bear with me

3.7
kerenmk (4802) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 15, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’ place. Thanks Adam S. Black with a tan ring. Some BBQ and hickory sauce in the nose. Sweet, rich, BBQ sauce and some dates in the mouth. Sticky, full body, slight fizz and sticky texture, rich sweet and a little bitter finish.

4
StoutBeerReviews (172) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2017
wowzer. for 12% this stuff tastes wonderful. Very woody roasty with a bit of vanilla and licorice. Small bit of boozyness in the flavor but you can feel it more on your tongue. awesome stuff.

3.9
Ronritter (776) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2017
on tap pours auburn with thin head aromaq of roasted malt and dark fruits taste the same with a little booze

4.5
gepajerry (10) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 25, 2017
I love this beer. Unique flavor with a creamy, velvety palate. Unique for me. Highly roasted flavor with chestnut color. Delightful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
Shot (543) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark ruby brown with a thick, creamy one-inch beige head. Aromas of wood, spice, dark fruit. What the hell is it? You can certainly imagine the wooden cask this was aged in. It’s not herbal or spice, but it definitely has a fresh earthy nose. The flavors mirror the aroma. There’s woody spice, earthiness, dark roasted malts, coffee, plum, toffee, dark chocolate--and all of these flavors are abundant, but in more subtle tones than I’m describing. In contrast, there is also a distinct grassiness and breadiness. Wow. This is unique. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. This is really outstanding!

4.5
Beachmaster (566) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Bottle into a tulip. Pours black, with a small brown head that lasts. Nose is dark roast malt. Taste is dark malt, cocoa, and caramel. Creamy mouth feel, well balanced. Delicious.

3.6
ehaak26 (557) - - MAY 12, 2017
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Aroma of roasted malts, wood, alcohol, and dark fruits.

3.9
Frudel (252) - Montréal, 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
drjoeng (1325) - SINGAPORE - APR 29, 2017
12%ABV. Brown ale. Tapped out black brown, almost black. 38ºSRM. 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!


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