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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
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4,630 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,630
Reviews: 1,911
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 224
Gots: 606 | FT: 23
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

10-12-2012 16:37:49 | More by Weebsjak
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-12-2012 14:42:22 | More by OGkushington
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alamere

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - well, it's dark black... like a stout basically... lacking in head and lacing, but at 12% abv I think that's appropriate to be honest

S - Smells of dark chocolate and almost a wine like alcohol thing going on. maybe some fig and dark fruit type of currants going on as well... Not a huge nose on this beer, but what is there smells absolutely fantastic.

T - Beer really doesn't taste much better than this in my opinion... and I've had a LOT of beer to be honest. This is the top of the food chain regarding how a beer taste and how original it is.

M - This beer is smooth, and for the ABV isn't carbed like an IPA.. which I think just adds to the smoothness even more. It's a subtle detail.. but really kind of a perfect choice. Kudos to Dogfish on that

O - This is flat out original, big, alcohol heavy and a super smooth drink. This beer is one of the many reasons to love craft beer. It's 100% original and fantastic... not what I'd want to drink every night by any stretch.. but the perfect sip for a cold and rainy Pacific NW evening!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 06:59:56 | More by alamere
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EddieJoe

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

10-12-2012 03:34:02 | More by EddieJoe
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque super dark brown (almost black really) with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, slight soy sauce, wood, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has some nice flavors and aromas but it's quite strong and definitely something you have to take your time with.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 02:21:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Roose13

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, almost like a stout. Chocolate head, about two fingers thick.

S: Chocolate, malty, woody.

T: Dark chocolate, raisin, malt, oak, coffee. It's sweet, but not sickening sweet.

M: Thick, almost syrupy. But it's smooth, which is surprising for a beer that's a bit thick, this sweet and this strong.

Overall: One of the best beers I've had. Not my favorite ABA but it packs a punch and tastes really good. DFH has better offerings, but at a whopping 12% this can work up a nice buzz.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 02:22:55 | More by Roose13
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Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

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New Jersey

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Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, imperial brown color with a thin, fleeting, dark-khaki head. Nose is of vanilla, dark chocolate, light oak and spiced rum, while the boozy, hard-toffee-like flavor whispers sweet nothings of cappuccino, peat (i.e., Scotch) and bamboo into your mouth. This beer is much bigger than I expected (that's on me), but now the 12 percent ABV makes more sense. And so does Dogfish's assertion on the package that "this beer ages with the best of them" -- all indications point to that statement being true, even if the misplaced comma in that sentence does make me a bit suspicious.

Read the full review at http://vittlesandbrews.blogspot.com/2012/10/cellar-calibration-dogfish-head-palo.html

Serving type: bottle

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Geoffy

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

10-06-2012 23:18:54 | More by Geoffy
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bellywin

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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bigjer78

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

10-06-2012 01:28:12 | More by bigjer78
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Johnhaley1989

North Dakota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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brealbg

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

10-04-2012 16:30:38 | More by brealbg
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-04-2012 14:00:34 | More by Davepoolesque
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aarobertson

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02/22/11. Poured into a Stone IRS snifter (my Dogfish glass was dirty :( )Pours basically pitch black with almost no head that dissipates very quickly. Nose is super woody with notes of vanilla, figs, chocolate, heavy roasted malts, slight booze and something sticky like molasses and burnt brown sugar. The taste is soooo damn smooth. I haven't had a Palo Santo in a while but I don't remember them drinking like this. Amazing what 20 months will do. There are some fruity notes right up front like dates, figs and maybe some plum. There are heavy tones of wood, it has notes of burnt sugar, dark chocolate, raisins, booze, molasses, some dark cherries and vanilla all wrapped up with a sweet (but not too sweet) finish. The carbonation is really low, the mouthfeel is silky and surprisingly light for this beer. A couple of years took an already amazing beer and made it even better. Now I need to find another 4 pack and put them away for even longer. Great dessert.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 07:29:04 | More by DonDirkA
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a used motor oil black color with large, mocha colored head.

S- Smells raisiny, with dark chocolatey malt, dark fruits and licorice.

T- incredibly robust, chocolate malts, toffee, licorice, all with a woody undertone. Very good.

M- Full, thick, yet smooth.

Overall- An incredibly solid brew here. Liked it very much

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 01:16:38 | More by BeerBuckeye
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sophisticated

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I typically do not get excited about brown ales but this one, I enjoyed. I've had most DFH brews but somehow overlooked this one. I sometimes enjoy their stranger offerings, but sometimes the high ABV ones are a little much for me.

The Palo Santo -
A) Beautiful. Super dark but quick carbonation and thick sudsy brown head made it look almost like a soda. The head lasted a long time and left a big ring and lace around the glass. Lovely to look at.

S) Upon opening the bottle, malts POURED out. Definitely some vanilla and caramel; inviting smell.

T) Upon first drinking this I wrote "oh wow" for both the taste and the mouthfeel. Super silky and smooth; and the taste is strong. Sweet malts and plum flavors dominate. Also some spice, wood-y-ness, no flavor of alcohol but the feel is there.

D) Why haven't I had this one before? I'm a big fan. More Brown Ales should be like this. :)

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 01:06:51 | More by sophisticated
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mscott1975

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

10-02-2012 22:47:07 | More by mscott1975
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - Pours a viscous thick as hell pitch black with a brownish tint of creamy head that remains as a ring around the glass the entire drink.

S - Chocolate, malt, oak, alcohol, and so much more. A lot going on here

T - Malty up front. Deep wood flavor with a nice sweet chocolate flavor balanced with an alcoholic and nicely bitter finish. As this beer came to room temp, a lot of the nuances and subtle flavors came to the forefront. This drinks more like a stout than a Brown Ale.

O - This is an incredibly smooth (for 12%) and unique offering from DFH. IMO, it is not as good as Burton Baton (from DFH), but it is solid and definitely worth a try.

Note - I thought the description on the bottle was funny - "We have wood. Now you do too."

---3/2/14

I set one of these down for over a year. This is really worth it to age one.

A - maintains a nice mocha head - color is the same.

S - Some faint smoke pulls out, more of the wood is coming out. Same rich chocolate notes, some fruit are more present.

T - Overall rich and complex as previously reviewed. Smooth as hell - creamy.

O - Nicely ages after 15 months. I'd think these continue to age nicely and I will continue to cellar a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 02:44:50 | More by andrewjraab
Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,630 ratings.