1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Palo Santo MarronPalo Santo Marron

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,175 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,175
Reviews: 1,969
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 273
Gots: 845 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Palo Santo Marron Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,175 | Reviews: 1,969 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of CesarLopes
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured on a pint glass.

Really dark for a Brown Ale, leaning to a coffee black color, with some coffee aroma also. Comes out of the bottle beautifully thick and viscous, with a very thin head, but the right amount of carbonation overall. Definitively some taste caramel and vanilla. The bourbony taste of alcohol also comes out strong.

Photo of Devilman
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of jmendels
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For being a rich beer, this was incredibly smooth. It pours a smooth dark brown, with a small amount of lace on the glass There are smells of wood, toffee, caramel, and malt. The taste follows with a rich mouthfeel, yet it does not coat the mouth. Many flavors present themselves, but in such a well balanced manner. This is certainly one of the best Brown Ales I've tried and is a testament to the talent of the Dogfish Head brewery.

Photo of atr2605
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a small tan head that lingers and leaves a nice lace around the glass.
S-vanilla, caramel, wood comes through very nicely
T-Palate is dominated by the caramel and vanilla characteristics, with the wood coming through softly in the finish
M-full bodied and silky.
O-really really nice beer. Definitely alot going on. Thinking about picking up another bottle to age.

Photo of kagent777
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Excited to try this beer, poured into my CCB snifter after a short time outside the fridge. Bottled in 5/16/12, so almost a year old.

Appearance: This one is as black as any stout I have had. The head looks like a thin layer of tight tan foam bubbles. The lacing is sticky and persistent.

Smell: Roasty and malty followed by caramel and wood. At 12 ABV, I can smell the alcohol as well. Wonder how much longer this could have aged.

Taste: In addition to all of the above, I do get a note of vanilla in the taste as well. The wood character is slightly diminished from what I would have expected. I guess they do not call this one a stout because it lacks roasted un-malted barley? As it warms I get a molasses like taste coming in a bit. There is no oak flavor, but I do get a general wood like flavor. I suppose it would be from the Palo Santo wood used for aging. It does seem a bit smoother than your average RIS, with less hops bitterness as well.

Moutfeel: Very thick, but not unexpected. The flavors are huge and cover the mouth very well. The carbonation is expectedly low.

Overall: One of my favorite DFH brews. I could have sworn this was an RIS. A solid curve ball that I will have to look out for again soon.

Photo of gavjamhawk
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Buckeye982
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of FembotsUnite
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Rjhami
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Tim
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of thampel09
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of WolvAlerine
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TychoNDC
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Whimpers
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of John_Schlaffer
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MastaShonuf
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of 604growler
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ericdupont
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Teddy-Pickles
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a huge chalice at MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room on Empire Boulevard in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very dark brown, looks like a stout basically. Lasting, dark brown head completes the effect- it really does look more like a stout than a brown ale. Minimal but decent looking lacing.

Smells like wood and caramel. Pretty blunt, but smells great.

Tons of bitter wood taste, with additional brown sugar, vanilla, oak, caramel, roastiness, and lots of alcohol. One of the more wood forward beers I've had, but I like it.

Full, sticky mouthfeel. Has the mouthfeel of a strong stout. Well carbonated.

A winner from Dogfish Head. One of the strongest browns I've ever had, and of the most out-there browns as well.

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of zacharko
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Oldkentman
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,175 ratings.