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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4,643
Reviews: 1,912
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 225
Gots: 609 | FT: 23
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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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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with nice info about the beer on the label...bottled on 10/23/08...poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: Probably the darkest Brown Ale I've ever seen...pours a thick dark chocolate color, but is nearly black and almost completely impervious to light once in the glass...capped by a big dark tan cap which fades to a thick ring and film with nice retention...a little bit of sediment in the bottom 1/3 of the glass as well

Smell: Oh my word, this is...wow...it's super rich, chocolaty, with some massive, rummy caramel tones in here as well as a touch of biscuit...it's almost more like a Barleywine without the hops...some dark fruit in here as well...unbelievably rich and vibrant aromas, yum!

Taste: Much fruitier than I expected, with dark fruits and dark caramel malts up front, with some somewhat hot, prickly booze as well...on the tail end there's some nice sharp bitter roastiness which you don't get at all at first...some big fruit on the finish as well, I can't quite put my finger on it, as well as some brownie batter as well...some mild/medium hop bitterness, but this one's all about the malts. A bit of charred woodsiness after this leaves the palate, as well as some lightly roasted coffee. This kind of reminds me (hear me out on this one) of what Sam Adams Triple Bock might be like without all the crazy/scary soy sauce flavors...it's got that awesome chocolaty, rummy, boozy fruit, but without all the off flavors of the TB.

Mouthfeel: Rich, big, and supremely boozy

Drinkability: 1 and done...I mean, I'm loving this one, but it's powerful enough that any more would just be excessive

Conclusion: This was damn good; I'm glad I got to try it. Just another example of DFH pushing the envelope and another one of their successes. I really wish I'd bought two (this was from a mix-a-six) so I could see what a couple more years in the cellar would do to this.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 03:06:30 | More by BedetheVenerable
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3.11/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Bottle date January 2014.
A-black without any light shining through at all. Looks like an imperial stout.
S-booze, liquorice, raisin, ferment able sugars.
T-Carmel, dark fruit, raisin, licorice, overwhelming amount of alcohol and burn. Too much for my taste.
M- full bodied medium carbonation, lots of alcohol legs. One finger head that surprisingly sticks around.
O- very big beer. I have enjoyed world wide stout and 120, but this one is too big for me. The alcohol festers in the back of your throat and causes an overwhelming burn and bitterness. Not for me.

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3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Santo Marron has a thin, cream-colored head, a extremely dark-brown (essentially black) appearance, with noticeable, fierce bubbles streams at the side of the glass. There is a lacing sheen left behind. Aroma is super-sweet, full, syrupy, and of alcohol. Taste is of dark-roasted, very sweet, syrupy barley malt, a background wood note, subdued hop bitterness, and even molasses, I think. Mouthfeel is rather heavy, with an underlying chalkiness (which I perceive as a flaw). Dogfish Head Santo Marron finishes mostly wet and very boozy.

RJT

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
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Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours an opaque dark-brown, with a half-finger head of tiny tan bubbles. Mere dots of lacing.

S - Mild aroma of molasses, burnt sugar, wood, soy sauce, and vanilla. Honestly, expected a much stronger aroma.

T - Big, rich flavors of tree bark, raisin, vanilla, caramel, toffee, date, and fig. Hint of ash/smoke. Finishes with a lingering woodiness, that keeps this from becoming an overly sweet prune/toffee bomb. ABV has a noticeable bite from sip to swallow. Very complex.

M - Medium bodied, with medium-to-low carbonation. Medium body works well with the flavor profile, as anything more would probably push this into syrup territory.

O - Complex and rich. Has a few minor flaws; slightly to "hot", and not all the flavors come together in total harmony, but all in all a really solid offering.

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,643 ratings.