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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,629 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,629
Reviews: 1,911
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 222
Gots: 605 | FT: 22
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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ctdfalconer

California

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam's singularities are always worth a try. Dogfish Head loves to surprise its drinkers by kicking out the stops and pushing the limits. Whether you like the result or not, it's always unlike anything else you've ever had. In my own brewing, I love to experiment and I never make the same recipe twice, so I admire DFH for doing it when there's real money on the line. Sure Anheuser Busch won't think twice about dumping thousands of barrels of beer if it doesn't fit into their exacting standards, but what if it turned out that Brazilian hardwoods made awful beer? That nifty new cask of Sam's was very very much not cheap. But here's the genius of DFH: They try all kinds of wild stuff and become known for it, so even if the beer isn't great, but merely drinkable (they're all good, actually), people will buy it just to say they had that latest crazy brew from Dogfish...and then they get to tell the story. When we buy Worldwide Stout or 120 Minute IPA, we're not just buying beer, we're buying the story behind it, we're buying curiosity and exploration.

The Palo Santo Marron is a grand experiment in the micro-brew world. Fortunately, the resulting beer is quite tasty indeed, and definitely not like any other beer. The perfumey aromas of the wood leap out of the glass and the vanilla-coffee-toffee-caramel notes weave nicely into the richness of the strong brown ale. The one point I would state against it is that there was a whiff of something solvent-like nailpolish remover that was a bit off-putting. This is a fresh new avenue for brewing...just because a particular wood isn't traditionally used for making barrels, doesn't mean it wouldn't give a good flavor to beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 04:22:49 | More by ctdfalconer
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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.

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,629 ratings.