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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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4,662 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,662
Reviews: 1,913
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 228
Gots: 613 | FT: 23
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)
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original review: Reviewed on: 02-23-2008 02:04:24

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip at near cellar temp. Bottled all of 11 days back!

A: Brown ale? Heck this is black with a thin dark tan head. Appealing on this winter night

S: Unique. It's got caramel, toffee, roasted nuts but it's also got this wonderful smell that's quite distinct - a sweetish, spicy aroma that i guess is from the wood. Very good

T: This is like a Scorsese movie - long, twisting and enthralling. Starts off with some caramel and chocolate malt, turns sweet and then all of a sudden, becomes rather dry and then the hops kick in. Mildly done for a DFH beer but well in balance here. The finish is dry with a definitely woody taste to it.

M: Very good - not too light, not too heavy, not too slick - it's got it all together

D: One and done - that's all you need but what did you expect from a 12%abv beer?

Try it at least once - it's interesting!

**Edit: 31 July 2010.**
I've had this over two years now, and my palate's changed a LOT since I last had this.
The nose is excellent, with a blend of vanilla, a light woody character, a little incense and some caramel. As it warms up, the wood grows, but is unique, very perfumey and quite like sandalwood in some respects. With some cocoa to round out the nose, this smells excellent.
The palate opens with a spicy, woody character, with the caramel and little cocoa working very well with it. In some ways, it's like a heavily but slowly caramelized loaf of pumpernickel bread with a dusting of caraway on top. A touch tannic on the finish, this helps balance out the moderate sweetness that's present. The chocolate character really comes through mid-palate, quite cocoa-like. The finish is quite excellent, with a nice, lingering woody spice character. Alcohol is quite spectacularly hidden, this is an excellent beer, one I wish I'd drunk more of.
D+.5

Serving type: bottle

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,662 ratings.