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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,003 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,003
Reviews: 1,941
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 245
Gots: 740 | FT: 18
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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Photo of JamesWn
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

JamesWn, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ChefBogan, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

SloppyJoeWasAMan, Feb 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

speedvagen, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

magovnst, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

waiting4lunch, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of kristenspaintings
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is dark, dark as the night. Disregarding the temperature it could easily be mistaken as coffee. It even produces a dark, rich and malty smelling head. Hops and malt dance in your nose as you take your first inhale, and with the first flavor come many tastes.

Upon the second taste you notice the domination of sweet. With each drink comes a more intense flavor experience, but always overpowered by sweetness.

Simply put, too sweet! The sweetness many times overpowers the delicious and light flavors I have come to love from Dogfish Head.

kristenspaintings, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of JoninVT
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

JoninVT, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of jongullotti
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jongullotti, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of JackOGreen
5/5  rDev +19.9%

JackOGreen, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

nquigley16, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jerefreakinmiah, Feb 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Benny3000, Feb 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -40%

amalahow, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of BruceBruce
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle opened today, just WOW

A. It really doesn't matter, the stuff looks good

S. It is great, almost makes me think of bourbon but it has a hint of chocolate and alcohol

T. Light carb, but great flavor, bit of alcohol, then coco and bitter with a bunch of love and wood. It is great right now, I will admit I haven't had this fresh but will update with a fresh one after trying this.

M. Perfect, a little thick but great for the taste

O. I have passes this beer for a long time not realizing how great it was. I hope the fresh lives up to the vintage, but I could drink this all the time. I seem to get a bit of coffee (typical right) but this beer has really aged well not knowing what a fresh one taste like. Gets better as it warms and is everything I want out of this style.

BruceBruce, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark cordovan brown with a light tan, half finger head. Sub-par retention. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Boozy aroma. Lesser notes of caramel, brown sugar and whiffs of faint vanilla.

Taste - Strong, boozy character. Caramel, chocolate, brown sugar sweetness. Molasses. Raisin. Subtle vanilla notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, near syrupy with low amounts of carbonation. Boozy, but smooth. Finishes bone dry.

Overall - Drinks much closer to a barleywine than it does a brown. Does nothing to hide it's boozy nature. Good, but for the price there are comparable brews I'd rather purchase.

TheSixthRing, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

nsheehan, Feb 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Piparskeggr, Feb 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

RudnicsMEB, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

MarkSansone, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

MrJolly, Feb 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

PeerlessMark, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been aging this bottle of Palo Santo Marron for probably a year or so.

Quite an attractive brew. Very dark for a brown ale. Carbonation is now rather light. The head is dark tan and lingers nicely. The aroma started out boozy and a touch metallic. This faded though, and left mostly sweet caramel, dates and vanilla. The flavor is much more complex. Smooth, sweet with chocolate and dark fruit, then a bit of bite and hops and ending with vanilla, oak, some woody dryness and a bit of smoke. I really like the mouthfeel - not too thick, but pretty heavy. Has a dry, mouthwatering finish that makes you want more. Really nice.

Overall I am liking this beer with some age. It's not perfect, but there are some good things going on.

AaronHomoya, Feb 21, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance was great- a great dark maroonish-brown with a small head. I found the carbonation to be just a bit light, and I found it to have a cloyingly metallic aftertaste. Based upon the 6-pack I bought I cannot recommend this. I usually really like Dogfish Head, but this one missed the mark for me.

mazeroski, Feb 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

DarkLordPsycho, Feb 20, 2013
Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,003 ratings.