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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

Palo Santo MarronPalo Santo Marron

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Ratings: 4352
Reviews: 1887
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%

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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Reviews by Kitt:
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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate with a very thin and weak head of the same.

Aroma a rich molasses, with coffee and caramel, and a hint of cinnammon spice. I can sense the alcohol already!

Taste rich and spicy coffee, caramel, and molasses matching the aroma almost perfectly. Eclectic and powerful malt flavor. Aftertaste of bitter biting hops that linger on the back palatte.

Mouthfeel heavy, creamy, smooth.

Drinkibility is inhibited by the heavy body and rich flavor not to mention a 12% ABV. This is definitely a desert beer -- leave room and only apply after a light fare!

Overall, this is a very fine brown ale or perhaps more appropriately akin to a rich stout. Good job Dogfish!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:17:33 | More by Kitt
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S: Strong, aromatic wood, dark malts, and raisin lead the nose with a hint of chocolate to follow. Aroma continues to build with more woody/earthy notes and some alcohol as it warms.

T: Smoke, wood, and roasted malts rush in, followed by a hint of sweet, dark fruit, and perhaps a bit of raisin and vanilla. Beautifully hidden alcohol, with very little noticeable heat. Roasted malts linger on the palate, with ever so slight bitterness at the finish.

M: Extremely creamy head with excellent carbonation, almost chewy full and silky mouthfeel, and incredibly smooth (actually, it's terrifyingly smooth for its ABV). Not nearly as thick as it looks, following the Brown Ale profile even though it looks more like a Stout. Finishes with a perfect touch of dryness.

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
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