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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

Palo Santo MarronPalo Santo Marron

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Ratings: 4351
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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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours an oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A rich and sweet malt forward aroma with big hints of dark fruit and wood. Big barrel presence with hints of wood, vanilla, and oak. Roasted malts with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, chocolate, biscuit, coffee, grains, smoke, and yeast. Big presence of dark fruit with hints of raisin, fig, prune, cherry, and plum. Sweet scent of brown sugar and syrup. Also some anise and cinnamon like spice. Hops are very light. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich, sweet, and woody malt driven taste with big notes of dark fruit and caramel. Woody taste from the barrel along with some notes of vanilla and oak. Roasted malts with notes of sweet caramel, biscuit, grains, coffee, toffee, toasted bread, yeast, and slight smoke. Big taste of dark fruits with notes of fig, raisin, cherry, prune, and plum. Spice notes of anise and slight cinnamon. Sweet taste of brown sugar and some syrupy molasses. Not much hop presence. A really interesting and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, chewy, creamy, and somewhat syrupy. Alcohol heat is pretty smooth considering the 12% ABV.

Overall: A really good and unique twist on an imperial Brown Ale. Rich and strong but still nicely creamy and smooth. Lots of good dark fruit flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 08:37:42 | More by MattyG85
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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
93 out of 100 based on 4,351 ratings.