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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,623 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,623
Reviews: 1,909
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 222
Gots: 603 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
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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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Ego

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

attained from oak tree buy rite (thanks fellas)
oddly enough I was at the brew pub in rehobeth when the first batch of this beer was being made (it was on the wood aging around halloween a year and a half ago). I remember the wood was strange.. dense.. and "wood" jokes were abounding such as "do you want to hold our wood" etc.. so I am not surprised to see the same joke on the label.

eyes...
this pours darker brown than.. nah, nevermind, might get in trouble for that one.. anyway this pours like some imp stouts. is opaque brown a color ? it is now... the cocoa head settles down quickly and thins out like male pattern baldness to the edges of the glass, this has legs that coat the sides of the glass when swirled, with a nice gentle swirl the head jumps back into contention. nice.

nose...
mild. some coffee (folgers not starbucks), some caramel tone, cocoa covered raisins
not that brown's are usually overwhelming but this one is a little too subtle for me.

taste etc...
nice medium to full body, really fills the mouth nicely, the vanilla tones really smooth out the flavor. did I mention smooth ? this is billy d williams colt 45 smooth.. I'm talking lando calrisian mooching on princess leia smooth... so yeah, it's smooth.
the typical brown flavor asserts itself more on the second sip. alcohol ? This sucker hides the poison well.. you get some burn in the tum tum but that is about all you sense.

verdict?
an absolutely pleasant beer to drink. worth the price ? er.. I don't know about that. I don't taste this and go "I absolutely have to get this!" or recommend it as such. But, that said, Sam and crew are going out on a limb that isn't covered by 42 hop varieties. I salute the effort and vote with my wallet

"if you have the means, I highly recommend one" - ferris bueller

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 03:45:44 | More by Ego
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A - Pours a very dark brown with a single finger of medium brown head. The head is short lived but the lacing is long lasting. Leaves a thick coating on the glass.
S - Medium malt with a moderate amount of toasting and a hard to define after note.
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M - Medium viscosity with minimal carbonation.
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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,623 ratings.