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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,626 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,626
Reviews: 1,910
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 222
Gots: 602 | FT: 22
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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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TheAlamoWrocker

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed November 19, 2011. Poured a 12 oz bottle, bottled on 10/04/11, into a JFF is my BFF novelty Pint glass.

A: This is easily one of the blackest beers I have ever seen. There is hardly any reddening even on the edges, if anything the glass has to hit the light right for you to even see it. The head was hardly there and what was there dissipated quite quickly with the only head there for lacing, which slides down sadly.

S: Coffee is the main hitter here followed by a chocolate. The alcohol is definitely present.

T: What I taste is some slight wood, but then it had a sharp alcohol taste the rest of the way. It taste as if it was vodka without any burn. As I desire to let this drink get its full taste out there I'm gonna let it sit for a bit.
When this drink warms, 10-20 minutes, up it becomes cough syrup, why?
20-40, this still taste like cough syrup.
45-1 hour plus, the best this gets is an extremely alcoholic coffee.
At least 3+ hours after being poured and at now complete room temperature the taste as I could only assume reached what it was meant to be. The Palo Santo wood, similar to an Oak, has made it's strong appearance and the sweetness of a molasses adds to this wooden flavor. The alcohol taste is not as rough as it was before, but almost sticks to the Palo Santo wood. The aftertaste is best described as a thin molasses. The coating that it leaves on the mouth is still sadly reminiscent of cough syrup though.

M: Feels thick and syrupy, reminds me of cough syrup all over again. The carbonation is moderate.
As this warms up it becomes less thick and much more decent.

O: This is simply a drink that I needed to be warned that it should be drank at completely room temperature. I have no problem enjoying a drink at room temperature, but please throw it on the label. After many hours it finally became decent to me, different but nice nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 11:21:04 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
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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.

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S - Medium malt with a moderate amount of toasting and a hard to define after note.
T - Equal medium amount of hops and malt at the fore with a cola like after taste.
M - Medium viscosity with minimal carbonation.
O - The unique smell and taste notes, presumably from the non-standard wood, give it a character that is different but not unpleasant. That being said, I will not be having a second one.

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A - Pours black as midnight with a half finger of light mocha head.

S - Roasted malts, with light vanilla.

T - Dark roasted malts with chocolates. Some alcohol comes through mid-palate. It has some more vanilla and booze in there as well. On the finish it has more dark chocolates with heavy toasted malts.

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,626 ratings.