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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,657 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,657
Reviews: 1,913
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 228
Gots: 614 | 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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mmva321

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Thanks Dogfish Head, now I have wood too.

So these were aged in 10,000 gallon Paraguayan Palo Santo wood brewing vessels. Terrific. I hope it was worth it, because so often the playfulness of the brewery hasn't been matched by quality results. But this is a different story. DGF may be moving out of my home state of Illinois, I was sad at first, but I'm going to be devestated because every now and then they come out with a beer like this that is insane to execute and very playful, but doesn't forget that it needs to be a solid well-rounded beer.

Don't know where that came from. Anyway...

A: Pours almost black, but just slightly dark brown around the edges. About 2.5 fingers of dark caramel head dissipate quickly, leaving some lacing around the glass as you drink. It's all nice.

S: Dark fruit isn't always my favorite, but this may be my favorite beer to feature dark fruit, in this case it almost smells like licorice since that fruitiness mixes with the high alcohol presence in the beer. But there is also a caramel maltiness and woody tones that add substance.

T: Once again, I've tried dark fruit and strong alcohol featured beers, and I've always had mixed feelings, but this beer does it right by my taste. It is complimented and well offset by vanilla or caramel malts and also what's really special: a deep, smokey, earthy and devine wood taste that comes through as you let the taste linger. The beer lives up to its name, because it's that "brewing vessel" that really makes the beer work.

M: It's good. Maybe a little too thick as it's already somewhat of a chore to drink a 12% ABV beer with this strong of alcohol involved, but I really can't complain.

D: Of course it can be hard to drink because the alcohol is so present, but the taste really makes this beer a pleasure to drink and after that alcohol diminishes you want more simply because of how good it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 06:59:01 | More by mmva321
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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,657 ratings.