1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Palo Santo MarronPalo Santo Marron

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,010 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,010
Reviews: 1,941
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 245
Gots: 744 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this beer comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted. Palo Santo means "holy tree," and its wood has been used in South American wine-making communities.

50 IBU

(Beer added by: Imstillthegman on 11-19-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Palo Santo Marron Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 5,010 | Reviews: 1,941 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

From notes on 12/10/13

Poured into a snifter. Color is dark black with almost no head. Very boozy smell. Kind of like a woody whiskey smell. Most alcohol I've ever smelt in a beer. Oddly, and delightfully, the taste isn't boozy at all. Nice warm taste of sweet fruits like plum. Raisin and caramel too. Would have given it a 10 for taste if it was a little more carbonated, but I understand high abv beers have less. Nice warm mouth feel. Makes you smile when you sip it. Would be a great sit in front of the fireplace on a cold day kind of beer.

kkleu357, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of rEBELlION
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

rEBELlION, Yesterday at 11:52 PM
Photo of wanderlust389
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

wanderlust389, Yesterday at 04:41 PM
Photo of diamondlie
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

diamondlie, Yesterday at 03:51 AM
Photo of Max_e
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

Max_e, Yesterday at 12:40 AM
Photo of Accipiter290
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%

Accipiter290, Saturday at 06:59 PM
Photo of StoutFox
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

StoutFox, Saturday at 05:31 PM
Photo of ejohnson654
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

ejohnson654, Saturday at 03:52 AM
Photo of jborg
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jborg, Saturday at 01:43 AM
Photo of TheBlvckhvnd
4.96/5  rDev +18.9%

TheBlvckhvnd, Friday at 10:11 PM
Photo of hophead81
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

hophead81, Friday at 07:23 PM
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Trashcat, Friday at 06:27 PM
Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

a77cj7, Friday at 06:17 AM
Photo of kevinmaher
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%

kevinmaher, Friday at 03:29 AM
Photo of Roguer
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown, topped with a dark brown head. Decent retention.

Strong aroma, with tons of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and wood. I can't tell Palo Santo wood from oak, but it carries a similar aromatic profile - with the vanilla, but without the char. Red wine grapes complement the dark fruit, as do brown sugar and caramel.

The woody quality of the aroma reminds me quite a bit of Burton Baton, actually.

Incredibly full-flavored, complex, and sweet. Chocolate and fruit up front; roasted barley and caramel in the middle; and a marshmallowy vanilla, with a woody earthiness and spices on the back end.

Very thick brew; sticky and cloying.

This is an excellent beer, although it strikes me as a precurser to today's spiced stouts than a brown ale. Really, really excellent brew.

Roguer, Friday at 12:38 AM
Photo of pathead
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

pathead, Thursday at 08:40 PM
Photo of Martyrob
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Martyrob, Thursday at 07:36 PM
Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

lillitnn92, Thursday at 01:38 PM
Photo of Jguthpsu
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%

Jguthpsu, Thursday at 04:23 AM
Photo of OBD
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

OBD, Thursday at 02:51 AM
Photo of RobinLee
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

RobinLee, Wednesday at 04:57 AM
Photo of bsling
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

bsling, Wednesday at 02:06 AM
Photo of Techichi
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Techichi, Tuesday at 03:26 PM
Photo of sampsonw
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

sampsonw, Nov 17, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,010 ratings.