Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hurricane Sandy review... I had cellared this bottle for 2 yrs and brought it up recently and put it into the fridge. Given we could lose power, i wouldn't want this one to go through more temperature change
Poured into an ommegang chalice. Limited to no head - black, reminds me of cola that is almost flat. Bubbling laces finely on the glass.
Aroma is of a subtle but nice blend of coffee with milk, chocolate and dark fruit. Hints of vanilla, not a forward as a fresh brewed PSM.
Taste is wow - complex, for something that was two years in the bottle. I've had PSM fresh... I planned on getting a recently produced bottle to compare, but that dam hurricane changed my plans. Anyways... the taste:malty and chocolatey, which then slides into dark fruit flavors that are subtle (no over plummy/raisiny/pruny-ness) to a slight hop profile. There is some chocolate semi-sweetness that lingers and a coffee with milk flavor on the profile. Much more subtle vanilla tones to this than vs fresh. Interesting, the overall taste of this brew seems much more harmonious, with no alcohol burn or woodiness. Much more coherent than the fresh PSM I recall... I'll let this warm up a bit and see what develops
Mouthfeel - creamy, with carbonation that meets expectations of the appearance.
Overall - dam that storm... b/c this would be a great side by side tasting experience. PSM is an intriguing brew to begin with. I believe this settled down nicely. I'll enjoy it - a memorable storm brew.
Serving type: bottle
10-30-2012 01:16:19 | More by noel2977
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A – Black. Straight black. With a little bit of reddish orange around the edges. It’s gotta be the darkest brown ale that I have ever seen, and is truly blacker than most stouts out there. The head is minimal and is a light cinnamon color. Really a good looking beer.
S – I have just been getting spoiled lately by all these stupidly good smelling beers. This is one of the best, most unique smelling alcoholic concoctions that I have ever had the pleasure of inhaling. I had a chocolate, licorice, caramel, vanilla, woody smell to it that I assume is attributed to the palo santo wood. Just such a phenomenal nose.
T – That is just a dream. Scandalously delicious. Hot diggidy dog, you get vanilla for sure, caramel absolutely, perhaps a caramelized sugar feeling in there as well, pecans! Oh the pecans; chocolate, and cherries. What a symphony. What an adventure. Delightful, supreme, awesome.
M –The mouthfeel, good god the mouthfeel, don’t even get me started. It is unblemished. Medium bodied? Sure. Light carbonation that makes for a silky smooth drinking experience? Of course. The malt in this bad girl make is so that it feels like you’re really drinking something. You know? Really drinking it. Not just mucking about. And it’s good…oh and wonderful warming sensation and all that jazz…but for real, badass, spot on warming goodness. Yahtzee.
O – Yes. So much yes. I don’t know what’s going on with this ridiculous wooden barrel that is larger than any created since the prohibition, I don’t know what Palo Santo wood actually tastes like (but if I’m ever on vacation and a tree gets pointed out to me I’ll be sure to take a nibble) but I do know a glorious beer when I drink one. And ladies and gentleman, you want to know, is this good beer? Well, in response to your question I have a question myself: is the space pope reptilian?
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2012 03:31:18 | More by KKB
3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle shared with my girlfriend, tulip and snifter.
A - this beer is a very deep brown, very little head, just a little lacing on the side. Lighter on the periphery, fading into darkness in the middle.
S - can't smell the booze, which is good, because this guy packs a wallop. I can definitely detect the uniqueness in the aging wood here; something deep, meaty, big.
T - wow, a big taste, full of alcohol and syrup, with only a touch of the wood at the very end. I can tell, like WWS, that I'm going to like this a lot more in a year or two.
M - not great. Too reminiscent of other DFH high ABV offerings.
O - I'm excited to age my remaining bottles, but in the meantime I'm pretty disillusioned. I'm actually kind of surprised that this is a regular offering from DFH.
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2012 01:12:48 | More by JamesShoemaker
Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
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