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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,184 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,184
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 274
Gots: 850 | FT: 17
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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4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown that lets almost no light through. A two finger brown head forms on top, and last pretty well. This rather looks like a glass of Coke, but with way less visible carbonation.

S: Toasted malt, cacao, sweet, a little boozy. Hints of vanilla, toffee, nuts. Some caramel character shows up as the beer warms a little. What aroma is here smells quite good, but there's not a huge nose on this beer.

T: Wow, this is a big ol' malt bomb! Roasty toasty malt flavors without being big on chocolate or coffee or any particular flavor, nor particularly bitter - the flavors all meld nicely. Then vanilla, toffee, and a woody sweetness. Minimal hop bitterness, and only near the swallow do they show up. As it warms up, I do start to get a bit more sweetness - dark fruit and raisins.

M: Thick, heavy mouthfeel and body. Carbonation on the low side. Alcohol is quite noticeable, but honestly not as much as I expected for a 12% beer. I'm not sure how to rate the beer here...I'm certain that this is out of the listed style, but the ABV is as well - I think the beer is in an entirely different category, though I'm not sure what it would be.

O: Not really my favorite style of beer, but I'm digging this one. I was going to write that it was a sipper, especially with the high ABV - but the glass is already half-empty. Not a beer that I would go back to often, but it is solid. Recommended to try, and expand what you think a Brown Ale can be. I believe I may have a new favorite Brown...

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4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: long neck bottle, poured into tulip glass

Appearance- deep dark brown bordering on black, fine effervescent with thin but persistent minimal foam

Smell: new leather, molasses, cocoa, brown sugar

Taste: so malty! sweet with complex medley of contrasting malty, smokey sweetness with just a hint of hops, clean finish with no significant aftertaste. You'll feel you lips about to stick together from all the sticky malty sweetness

Notes: overall a very complex, sweet and malty beverage - enjoyable sipper, aperitif or after dinner desert beer. tasty!

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4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a super dark brown, basically black, with only a think layer of creamy caramel colored head. The foam fades fairly quickly, leaving only a thin ring along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is nose is sweet of vanilla and oak, boozy, and with just a hint of cedar spice. Smells great.

T: It starts out sweet with malt, some milk chocolate and a bit of vanilla. The beer starts to show it's massive alcohol content, but it's hidden well beneath the other flavors. As it moves into the middle I get some cedar and more vanilla oak. The spice is cranked up a notch as is moves towards the finish. Really nice.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and sticky to start, coats the palate, and lingers for days. The alcohol is a bit overwhelming and warming, but I kinda like it.

O: Delicious beer. I had this years ago and loved it. I still really enjoy this beer. It's not something you'd pick up every day, but it's damn delicious. In fact, I might grab a few more bottles and throw them in the cellar for a few years, because why not?

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

Big bold black thick pour into snifter glass. Massive white head alot of lacing.

Aroma extremely complex with bourbon, molasses, vanilla and dried cherrie. Big bold malty backbone.

The taste is very similar. The flavor and complex as described in the aroma. A bit boozy but not syrupy. If it cellared I bet it would smooth out but tastes awesome as is. Sweet brown ale malt. Don't think I can do justice to describe how complex the beer is.

Mouth feel is medium big. Drinks slowly as it should be.

Buy a 4 pack, drink 1 and cellar the rest. This is an outstanding beer. Definition of a complex American style barley wine. Very unique.

Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,184 ratings.