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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4345
Reviews: 1886
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%


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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Reviews by xymyl:
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xymyl

Arizona

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is black in the center then a range of brown to copper then bronze on the edges. The refraction of light is very winelike. The head is dark tan and fades to a thin film after a short while in the glass.

There is quite a bit happening on the nose. Brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, root beer, ginger, eucalyptus and chicory (which is odd because I doubt they put any chicory in here). A lot of what I don't understand in here, I'm chocking up to the palo santo wood, but not sure if that's correct. Regardless, this is a very interesting beer.

Taste is singular and complex, with a lot more going on than even the nose would suggest. Confusing but not overbearing. It has the profile of a classic Old Ale due to the high amount of added dark sugars, but the herbal/woody flavors shift the whole thing just to the left of that. I highly recommend it, but even though this is my second tasting, I haven't quite got a handle on this. I should have bought more. The remaining two will be fun to age.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 03:24:58 | More by xymyl
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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,345 ratings.