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RATINGS: 2151   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 8x12 oz bottles consumed over the course of the month of October, most from a Duvel glass at near room temperature.....the tight-bubbled light caramel head recedes moderately quickly atop a deep chocolate, thick, opaque body, typically leaving very little in the way of lace, though it tends to congeal thickly when swirled enough....the aroma is....just absolute nirvana: the most intense marzipan, inflected by toasted almonds, coconut, deep cocoabutter; hints of port and rosewater, as I dig deeper and oh my have I dug deeper into this one, is this as worthy of digging into as anything, magisterial, tremendous....I remember being so worried, the first time I cracked one of these open, and experienced this divine perfume, wondering if the quality could possibly carry through on the palate, and was overjoyed -- and astonished -- to find that it did, a darker and more bitter, even caustic if drunk too quickly espresso-Scotch burn that lasts as long as I can bear it, continuing and deepening as more sips are taken, sips turning into gulps as I cannot drink slowly, cannot forbear to quaff it as if it were the blood of angels....and like an angel, its kiss is soft, delicate, yet unforgettable. I don’t feel like quibbling here. Though I could never be satisfied with just one kind of beer, one flavor profile, one style ... Palo Santo Marron does everything it can do in its own particular style and profile, perfectly. Impossibly joy-bringing.


3.7
kerenmk (4768) - 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 (153) - 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 (741) - 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 (9) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 25, 2017 does not count
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 (537) - 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 (558) - 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 (524) - - 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 (1291) - 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!

3.5
rondphoto (4455) - 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.


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