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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4339
Reviews: 1886
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%

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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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Reviews by kagent777:
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4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Excited to try this beer, poured into my CCB snifter after a short time outside the fridge. Bottled in 5/16/12, so almost a year old.

Appearance: This one is as black as any stout I have had. The head looks like a thin layer of tight tan foam bubbles. The lacing is sticky and persistent.

Smell: Roasty and malty followed by caramel and wood. At 12 ABV, I can smell the alcohol as well. Wonder how much longer this could have aged.

Taste: In addition to all of the above, I do get a note of vanilla in the taste as well. The wood character is slightly diminished from what I would have expected. I guess they do not call this one a stout because it lacks roasted un-malted barley? As it warms I get a molasses like taste coming in a bit. There is no oak flavor, but I do get a general wood like flavor. I suppose it would be from the Palo Santo wood used for aging. It does seem a bit smoother than your average RIS, with less hops bitterness as well.

Moutfeel: Very thick, but not unexpected. The flavors are huge and cover the mouth very well. The carbonation is expectedly low.

Overall: One of my favorite DFH brews. I could have sworn this was an RIS. A solid curve ball that I will have to look out for again soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 02:52:09 | More by kagent777
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was thoroughly enjoyable. A touch boozy, but so well balanced, as it warmed the booze did not heighten. Thick and chewy, this beer had hints of vanilla and dark fruit twisted amongst the caramel bittersweetness. I didn't get any wood from this, but the mouthfeel and carbo just danced up and down my palate. Will absolutely have again. Might be my new DFH fav. If your a RIS fan looking for a touch of variety, try this, you will thank me...

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:37:18 | More by beerdedking
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4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A) Dark brown color like a stout, Very small head

S) Sweet, roasted, dark fruit, woody, coffee

T) Sweet, roasted/smoky, hardwoods, coffee, not too much alcohol for 12%, delicious finish

M) Full body, low carbonation, smooth

O) Extremely delicious, great body, pleasant finish. This is a winner.

Serving type: growler

04-11-2014 00:13:28 | More by robofreak
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-10-2014 21:17:10 | More by tp05lg
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

04-10-2014 02:41:45 | More by John_Rendleman
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3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Super dark brown with hints of light coming through giving it an intense mahogany glimmer. Light 1 finger caramel head doesn't stick around long.

S- Lots of rich wood character, caramelized sugars, and touch of vanilla

T- Sweet malt up front mellows into the dark fruit and damp wood. Significant booze flavor in the finish.

M- I genuinely enjoyed the feel as it was full and somewhat silky, but the booze was slightly hot and distracting.

O- Very solid imperial brown here. I haven't had many beers of the style to compare it to, but the one that comes to mind is Prairie Okie. A bit more contained and less complex to that one in comparison. A unique and well done effort

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 02:32:37 | More by Bosoxfan20
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-08-2014 21:56:29 | More by boudeysbigbrew
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-08-2014 04:41:11 | More by Tsar_Riga
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-08-2014 00:57:50 | More by Beersnake1
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown as a turd but tasty. A nice half inch head.

Smell: It smells like beer, nice, nice

Taste: Like beer of course, thick and wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Its thick and creamy, its dark and incredibe.

Overall: Its a great beer, a dark brown ale, nice head and dark as night. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 00:20:33 | More by bleedsblu
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Dark brown to black appearance with a three finger tan head that has great retention. Laces extraordinarily well.

S. Malt, oak, caramel, cherry and vanilla nose. Lacks assertiveness which dings its score.

T. Raisin, sweet cherry, oak, vanilla and caramel that finishes with a slight hop prickliness. This is a big beer that carries its alcohol very well. As others have stated, it reveals layers of flavor as it warms.

M. Creamy with low carbonation.

O. This is my second favorite DFH beer after 90 Minute. It's is nice change of pace beer to have from time-to-time.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 22:26:35 | More by bound4er
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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
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