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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4,825
Reviews: 1,929
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 236
Gots: 673 | FT: 20
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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)
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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
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.64/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.8/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Zacemy, Yesterday at 02:29 AM
Photo of daveruman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

not to bubbly when poured, but has a bit of carbonation to it.

A:very dark brown

S: really nice smelling beer, smells more like an american Belgian to me, than a brown.

T: heavy dark, tastes like a dubbel to me, caramel flavored, pretty good

M: carbonation on the tongue when just opened, smooth on the tongue,slightly bitter.

O: pretty good, it's a real heavy brown, i'd say it is somewhere in between a Belgian dubbel clone and a brown ale that is woody.

daveruman, Yesterday at 01:33 AM
Photo of mthomp081
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really nice thick, brown creamy head. Super dark, nearly black. The aroma is super complex. Burnt, smokey, roasted malts some sweetness. Can certainly taste the uniqueness of the wood that is used. Lots of smoked malt, mild bitrerness. Really fantastic.

mthomp081, Sunday at 07:21 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

spedprof, Sunday at 05:23 AM
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance: A syrupy, opaque, deep mahogany, with a golden brown head that gives off a bit of a glimmer before disappearing altogether. (But what do you expect of
from a 12% ABV beer?) 3/3

Aroma: A complex aroma indeed! Presents a dastardly boozy mixture of dried dark fruit, butterscotch, and chocolate. Lightly roasted malt holds it all together, giving off a slightly smoky, even meaty secondary scent. 11/12

Taste: Sugary dates, prunes, and dried cherries come close to being cloying before bitter, rauchbier-like flavors smoke out the sweet and bring in the savory. Lightly roasted malt, rich dark coffee, tobacco, and even a bit of bacon create a surprisingly balanced and finish to the indulgent dessert of a beginning. Spicy hops make for a tangy garnish. Absolutely delicious. 18/20

Mouthfeel: Chewy yet silky, with medium carbonation to create a dry finish appropriate for the smokier flavors. Alcohol warming is just noticeable enough to confirm that yes, this beer is big. 5/5

Overall: Couldn't wait to try this one, and my high expectations were blown out of the trub. Gives the best of any big beer a of any type a run for its money without succumbing to that "you either love it or hate it" description most beers of this size and complexity call forth. Just a tiny touch too sweet in my opinion. Otherwise, it's superb. 9/10

BethanyB, Friday at 09:13 PM
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It tastes like a stout.

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
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