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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,645 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,645
Reviews: 1,913
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 227
Gots: 608 | 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:
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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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Ohio

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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a very very dark brown color with a large, brown head which has a medium retention and a good lacing. Relatively surprising! 3/5

S - Strong malt, some alcohol (quite obvious), caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, nutty, wooden character and some freshness coming from the hop. 5/5

T - Flavors develop in 3 steps:
1) Malt, some spiciness from the alcohol;
2) Strong liquorice notes with some fruity character;
3) Hop and coffee at the end.
4.5/5

M - Carbonation is spot on. Full body. Obvious notes of alcohol which give a warming feeling. 4/5

O - Definitely an extreme example of the style (could be confused with an Imperial Stout). Off-centered as claims DFH's moto! Excellent drinkability for 12%ABV with a rare complexity of aromas and flavors. I just love this brew! 5/5

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 00:29:40 | More by duracell
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Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

10-15-2012 23:32:19 | More by maynard713
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daskipper

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-15-2012 23:13:47 | More by daskipper
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Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

10-15-2012 19:28:59 | More by RichardMNixon
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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-15-2012 09:17:32 | More by Scandoppelganger
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Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

10-14-2012 18:26:51 | More by elcrawl
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lion22

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

10-14-2012 18:09:27 | More by lion22
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Gerasimos

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-14-2012 01:49:35 | More by Gerasimos
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Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

10-13-2012 23:56:11 | More by anteater
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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Delaware

5/5  rDev +19.9%

10-13-2012 02:54:42 | More by Honeycutt
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

10-13-2012 00:54:14 | More by musicsherlock
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Texas

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

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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

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Illinois

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

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,645 ratings.