RATINGS: 2141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 (4938) - 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 dont 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lore (2563) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nsanders (1111) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlazerT (982) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (1773) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OnTheTrail (466) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Werckmeister (2679) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 27, 2017
12oz bottle at home courtesy of Saeglopur. No obvious BB date. black color, small coffee-colored head. smells boozy, light cheese, liqueurish, dried fruits, light sherry, wood, bit milky, light cherry notes. bit weird but still decent smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes alcohol, glueish, rather strong on the cardboard, bit sherry, spices, peppery, overly ripe fruits, malt liqueur like, dried fruits, some raisins, nutty, marzipan, light wood. finishes lightly alcoholic with notes of marzipan, raisins, light cardboard and peppery notes. not a bit fan of this one. bit of a booze bomb with some off flavours that lacks balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (3866) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 16, 2017
Bottle ( from beergium), Pours dark brown-black with brownish head. The head stays for a long time. Aroma is sour, fruits, strawberries, malt. Flavor is sweet and sour, wood, oak, booze, fruits, berries, strawberries, booze, roast, malt, sugar cherriies maybe. Overall: more beer cocktail than proper beer, but I really like it. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
emdejes (64) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2017
35,5 cl - Bottled on 11/11/2010 Almost no head, roasty flavour. Complex, silky mouthfeel. Very close to a stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2986) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2017
Draft. Dark Brown, nearly black. Mega-malty (roast malts, caramel, toffee, candy sugar, vanilla, some chocolate, wood). Mega-fruity (dried fruits, raisins, berries). Spicy. Very very sweet malty and fruity. Good, but too sweet for me. (2008)

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