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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,658 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,658
Reviews: 1,913
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 228
Gots: 614 | FT: 23
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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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

Bottled on 11/11/09

A - Pours a dark dark, oak brown, almost essentially black. A creamy, mocha-colored, 1.5-fingered head slowly builds and lasts for a good amount of time. Lots of carbonation streaming up the side of the glass and leaving patches. Lacing is fantastic given the size of this beer, with an almost entire coating covering the edges.

S - On first sniff, I'm getting a ton of roast, nearly boardering on smokey, with a hefty amount of caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. Definitely getting the wood qualities from the Palo Santo tank. Some molasses and sticky tobacco. Quite complex and deep.

T - The flavors deliver a malt profile that is nearly unrivaled in a brown ale. The first time I had this was almost a year ago, and since then I've run the spectrum of different styles and breweries interpretation of them, and this still stands out as very unique and flavorful. There's a bit of soy or smoke, but it's mild and is quickly disposed as the wood and malts take over. Brown sugar, molasses, caramel for sure. Good amount of wood, and lots of vanilla. A slight alcohol heat comes across in the finish.

M - outhfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Full-bodied, smooth, and creamy, with a sweet aftertaste. Long lasting sweetness and roast.

D/O - Drinkability is high. I think this has held up pretty well both in the way it developed in the bottle and my expectations and memory of it. It's a bit sweeter than I remember, I'm not sure if it was like that the first time I had it or if the two years of age brought it out a bit. Still, insanely drinkable for 12%, a bit of alcohol heat but if anything, it's the sweetness that would be the limiting factor for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 04:13:25 | More by nhindian
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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,658 ratings.