Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Growler poured into a Stella Artois glass on 8/15/11
I'm rating this as an American Strong Ale; seems more appropriate that way.
Pours so dark a brown, it's nearly black. Settles jet black. One finger head thins to a half covering of bubbles. There are some haphazardly strewn blots of lace.
Deep aromas - damp wood and hints of vanilla sit over top sugary malts: molasses, brown sugar, unsweetened dark chocolate and cocoa. Rich and full without being a sugar bomb. Very smooth. Earthy and nutty. I can tell the abv is high, but it doesn't smell hot, considering. Slightly herbal after a few swirls of the glass. Aromas of natural peanut butter and musty bark as it warms.
Palo Santo Marron tastes as complex as it smells. The alcohol is a bit more apparent and the flavors are far sweeter, too. Roasted dark malts, chocolate and a faint spot of coffee. Lots of near-burnt sugars, especially molasses. Wood tones are mild, seemingly buried in the sugars. Nutty overtones. Nips of spice on the finish. Perhaps some stray dark fruit notions low in the mix.
Full bodied; smooth and viscous enough to be a proper stout. Despite a modest, rolling carbonation there is an overall silky feel. A bit of alcohol slickness on the back end. Flavor residuals are massive and linger long.
I've been a fan of Palo Santo Marron ever since I had it on tap in Portland in 2008. It's easily my favorite DFH beer. I reviewed a bottle in 2009 but at the time I didn't feel I did it justice so I scrapped it. When I came across a growler, I figured I might as well get in a proper tick.
Serving type: growler
10-16-2011 00:22:21 | More by Ryan011235
More User Reviews:
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
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
Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
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