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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,276 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,276
Reviews: 2,004
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 294
Gots: 934 | FT: 22
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:
Beer added by: Imstillthegman on 11-19-2006

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
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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Just about black. Some brown highlights but this looks more like black coffee or flat cola. Not much of a head. More like a creamy caramel colored film. Some visible carbonation in almost slow motion as if the beer's too thick for the bubbles to move through. Interesting. Fair amount of lacing. By all means a good looking beer but more akin to a stout than a brown ale

Aroma: Very sweet. Vanilla and smoky wood. Hints of dark plums and tart cherries. Maybe a little coffee. A scotch-like quality with a high boozy smell. Very different for the style but I wouldn't expect anything less from Dogfish Head

Taste: Chocolate and vanilla. Lots of malty caramel. Some coffee or espresso. Dark fruit. Definitely a charred quality. A nice balance. Sweet up front with a bitterness that starts out faint but becomes more apparent with a lingering finish. A tad boozy but it doesn't drink like a 12% at all. Really well done

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy. Very smooth. Not much in the way of dryness which is surprising considering the ABV. Coats the palate nicely. Full bodied to say the least

Overall: Awesome brew. An excellent dessert beer but I don't think I could put away a 4 pack in one sitting. I feel like this would almost be better off as a bomber or 750. Regardless, this is a smooth sweet beer with a moderately complex and very nice flavor profile. Hard to compare it to beers of the style because it's really nothing like any other brown ale I've had but great all around

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A rich, dark black with a caramel, mocha colored 1 finger head that dissipates to a pleasant film.

Smell: Sweet and savory. Vanilla, caramel, and almost a sweet cherry wood as well. Absolutely fantastic.

Taste: Man, this is incredible. Vanilla, caramel, and that beautiful aged cherry wood again. The sweetness is in no way overbearing, but it is the main component.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a heavy beer with a creamy, oily feel, but in a good way.

Overall: By far my favorite done by DFH, and I love alot of the work they do. This is just brilliantly done from beginning to end, and at 12% I have no idea how they made the alcohol completely undetectable. Must get for anyone.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Eye-catching label in the traditional DFH look with great colors and a flat non glossy surface. Label has ABV info, brewery info, small back story on the beer, web info, States “Malt Beverage aged on Palo Santo wood”. Neck label has DFH logo and says Palo Santo. Cap has DFH logo and looks like the rings of a tree. Bottled on date(8/13/12).

Appearance: Poured from its 12oz home into a 16oz snifter after a 15min warming allowance. Pours out a surprisingly thick deep cola brown almost black color with a 2 finger tightly packed tan foam head of medium density. Head retention was 4min 12sec before fading to a thick foam coating and ring. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of vanilla with a smokey woody tone. Has a sweet smell of candied dark fruits. Also has def hints of roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Has a slight booziness. Caramel scents come through as this warms.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of roasted chocolate malts on the front-end with hints of vanilla. This gives way to a sweet plum flavor that immediately turns to the bitterness of dark roasted coffee malts. Finishes with hints of smoke and wood with a slight booziness.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Full bodied and thick with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable in limited quantities due to ABV.

Overall/Comments: I thought this was tremendously good. Another great original concept from DFH that didn't disappoint. A big beer with great flavor. Classified as an American Brown Ale @ 12% ABV. Consumed 4/17/2013.

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
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