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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
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron

Enjoyed on tap at Champps Americana Brookfield, WI. This was served in a 12 oz stemmed tulip. Served chilled...

A) This is dark... A dark brown... Damn near stout territory. A nice tan head, about a fingers worth. Nice retention and some lacing too.

S) Sweet and malty... A bit of roast with a fair amount of dark fruit. Milky, like a hint of milk chocolate, and smokey, with vanilla, and a little spice.

T) Very flavorful... Unlike any brown ale I've had the opportunity to try. It's near the nose. Sweet, smokey, a fair amount of wood. The alcohol is so well hidden.

M) Full bodied with mild carbonation. This is fairly thick... Goes down smooth. Nice aftertaste too.

O) Glad to give this beer a try. Remarkably flavorful with a nice full body. The ABV is well hidden. Very tasty.... Glad to recommend this beer,

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 04:44:11 | More by RoamingGnome
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-29-2014 04:26:44 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2014 06:12:58 | More by Admbmb92
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

07-27-2014 22:11:43 | More by webweb2
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-27-2014 13:53:31 | More by littleplus
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-26-2014 21:36:42 | More by Wayne17
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New York

5/5  rDev +19.9%

07-26-2014 21:26:51 | More by hangya
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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.


Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 13:53:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
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New York

3/5  rDev -28.1%

07-26-2014 12:27:24 | More by Jaybirdbrew
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-26-2014 04:10:44 | More by DrBier
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

07-26-2014 02:47:59 | More by nrweigand43
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -28.1%

07-26-2014 01:52:36 | More by Ronan201
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-25-2014 21:28:24 | More by xhuang61
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-25-2014 15:41:13 | More by jacothom
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

07-24-2014 13:34:14 | More by bhudish
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07-24-2014 05:11:00 | More by dannyboygaga
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3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2014 04:13:09 | More by TempeBeerMan
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-23-2014 22:39:53 | More by jernigan13
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a 2014 version into my Stone tulip glass.

Appearance is black like many RIS. Good amount of head that dissipated slowly.
Smell a bit roasty and coffee that opened up as it warmed to more of a bourbon-y essence.

Taste was very roasty with a bitter finish. As the beer warmed, more complexity revealed itself and became coffee, char, bitter chocolate and wood.

Mouthfeel was medium to full with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall a worthy addition to my DFH samplings. Haven't tried many Brown Ales but this was good. Probably would not purchase multiples of this again. But I would buy the occasional single bottle as a variation to my usual stout selection.

Serving type: bottle

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
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