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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,643 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,643
Reviews: 1,912
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 225
Gots: 609 | FT: 23
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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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erosier

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this beer at Villa Spirits in Storrs, CT.
L: Pours a deep brown almost black color with a medium sized but thick off-white/tan colored head that takes a little time to settle but laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Very complex nose with a deep roasted malt base, hints of vinous fruits, caramel, chocolate, and oak.
T: The taste was very good as it followed the nose and added more flavors to it. Started with a roasted malt base, some caramel, chocolate, oak, vinous fruits, and then added a bit of vanilla, and a tiny bit of alcohol at the end.
M: Very heavy, smooth, rich, warming, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable considering the high gravity of the beer and the intensity of the flavors mixed together.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 13:52:48 | More by erosier
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SeanRedd

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks. I am grateful. The calamari was great, and I dig the banana peppers. Its my birthday, and I celebrate it with Theobroma's predecessor. Complex and enjoyed in private rather than at monitor. Dogfish is in the lead. Has been before; is now and I believe the future. Chocolate syrup, vanilla, breath of hops. A derosion of thought within every sip. Intense, and once again, to be respected. Rather an imperial stout than a hispanic wood age. A gorgeous sight and a gracious surprise.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-31-2008 05:00:52 | More by SeanRedd
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Acochran

Massachusetts

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

Looking for something along the lines of a slow drinkable I stumbled across this gem upon the advice of the storeowner of Wine Palace in West Bridgewater, MA. It's an unfiltered brown ale that the brewers at Dogfish Head age in handmade wooden brewing vessels. Right away you notice distinct caramel and vanilla. Dogfish Head says that's partly attributable to the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood that the brewing vessels are made from. The beer is as dark as they come; there's no light getting through this one. It's not burnt or heavy in any way, but rather the highly roasty and malty brew is bursting with flavor and extremely drinkable. At 12% abv you absolutely "smell" the heat at your nose and sense the alcohol on your tongue, but it's not overpowering by any stretch. If you're not accustomed to extreme beers then this is not for you. However, if you have a penchant for big flavor and drinkability then the Palo Santo Marron should be on your list of must haves.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-31-2008 04:51:09 | More by Acochran
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JRed

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The darkest night imaginable fills my glass. Delicious scent of bitter chocolate with some caramel notes. A heavy bodied beer filled with malty, bitter chocolate and great roast. Beautifully disguised alcohol that is unique and lovely. A wonderful syrupy concoction that could take you to the deepest parts of the subconscious. Still waters run deep rings true here. A gorgeous beer made of black magic potions and I am the living dead. Congrats Dogfish.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-31-2008 04:27:26 | More by JRed
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown,with no light showing thru,with a giant light brown head. The head is huge and leaves great lacing. The smell is strong with dark fruit,figs,prunes,and raisins,roasted malt,and alcohol. The taste is like the smell,dark fruit,alcohol,roasted malt,and candy sugar. A very different flavor and better than I expected. The m/f is heavy with all the flavors mixing well. A very good beer,unsual like I would expect from Dogfish Head, and something that just has to be tried.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-31-2008 00:12:28 | More by jmz62565
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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

I had no idea what to expect when I poured this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised by the two fingers' of thick, foamy, deep-brown head that it produced. This was above a deep, dark -brown beer with ruby highlights and light penetration only at the edges of the glass. The nose had a very organic scent, like fresh-cut wood intermingled with bananas. Mouthfeel was medium with flavors of anise, chocolate, and caramel on the tongue. It may seem like this would be too sweet for a self-avowed hophead, but it was actually more bitter than sweet and with a subtle alcohol heat interwoven into the flavor. It was on the finish that I got the vanilla that the label mentioned, as well as a banana flavor. It was an interesting beer, but its (relatively) high ABV made it a one-and-done.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-30-2008 17:37:38 | More by woodychandler
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changeup45

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and pretty much black in color. Thin brown head with a little sticking around for lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, caramel, wood and some alcohol noticeable. The flavor is heavy roasted malts, somewhat burned, chocolate, oak with slight traces of coffee. Mild bitterness. Interesting that while some of the flavors are a little intense there is absolutely no alcohol noticed, which I got in the aroma. One of the easier drinking 12% brews I've ever had. Good beer but didn't necessarily excite me. Seemed like an Imperial Porter, which I admit are not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-28-2008 17:45:18 | More by changeup45
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown bordering on black with a gorgeous, thick, coffee with cream colored head. This reduced to a thin cap that left behind nice lacing.

S-Prunes, wood and spicy fruitcake. Interesting and complex. Hints of aged port wine.

T-Initial dark fruit sweetness, plum and cherry. This is followed by a slow overtaking from the dry wood astringency.

M-Medium body with a fine smoothness and a dry bitter quality mostly from wood aging.

D-You would never guess 12%. Very smooth and enjoyable. The dryness is most welcoming. A very interesting and unique brew. DFH does it again by making the "odd" a highly drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-28-2008 06:26:25 | More by Deuane
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours an imperail stout black with some brownish red high lights and topped with a thick and creamy coffee and creme colored head.

S: Rich and deep chocolate, brown sugar and coffee caramel maltiness, this is what people talk about when they talk about malt bombs. A slight woodiness is evident but only perhaps because I am ingaining such a thing.

T/MF: Again rich and creamy mouthfeel offers up an equally rich and creamy caramel brown sugar tabacoo and chocolate mixed with a mild dark fruitness and the ever present woodiness. Mouthfeel is slick smooth and creamy and leaves the slightest bit of wood flavoring on the tongue.

D: Pretty damn smooth and drinkable considering the ABV on this bad boy and how well the alcohol burn is hidden as well. Just a tasty beer all around.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-28-2008 04:42:29 | More by bluemoonswoon
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baos

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into my favorite goblet.

A: Very nice super dark brown with a nice brown head of about 1 finger and a half. This dwindles down to a nice sheet that separates a bit for the collar here and there. Made a prawn pattern in my goblet.

S: Sap bubblin' outta green Ash in the wood stove. Very faint vanilla. A deep dark dried fruit sweetness.

T: Boozey Woozey. Dried fruit liqueur. A really good vodka with woodsmoke, vanilla, and the tiniest bit of burnt caramel. I get the wood flavor now in a big way that makes a super dry finish.

M: Just about perfect in my book. Creaminess on swish and a fullness you can feel when you take a swig in slowly. The best part of this brew.

D: Very strong, but me like it strong, Dad! Dadfishhead thank you!!!

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-28-2008 03:34:35 | More by baos
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beachbum1975

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz pink bottle into my standard pint glass. Dark, rich brown in color with maple edges in my glass. The head is dark tan that recedes quickly after the pour. Smells of rich vanilla, banana, butter and molasses followed with hints of figs, honey, spirits, heavily roasted malts. Very complex with along of rich and flavorful scents going on. The smell very inviting. Onto the best part... This is a velvety, medium to full-bodied beer with a rich combination of complex flavors. Much like nose, the most dominant flavors in the taste spectrum include thick vanilla, banana, spices including nutmeg, pumpkin and/or cinnamon and hints of chocolate. The beer finishes with the nut brown reminants you'd come to expect. This beer was a perfect topper after enjoyed a grilled, dry rubbed ribeye. Good stuff, I definitely recommend it for being a unique beer, but not a nut brown beer.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-27-2008 22:54:40 | More by beachbum1975
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter, it pours a dark black color with a coffee-bean colored head that quickly forms on top of about 1 finger thick.

Aroma is rather sweet. Vanilla bean along with some major raisins maybe along with some alcohol. Wonderful!

Very malty flavor along with lots of plum or prunes. Wood flavoring come sthrough toward the finish and it helps to dry out the finish along with the alcohol. Maybe a bit of wood smoke & black pepper also on the finish...very nice!

Very mild for a beer with a 12% abv. Very little carbonation, and I know this will pack some serious punch due to it being so smooth and easy to drink...yikes!

Overall, very nice brew. I'm definitely trying to get more for winter...this will make a nice "snuggler" brew.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-25-2008 23:48:20 | More by Fish113d
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maddogruss

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, body with a small, brown head with no real retention to note and some minimal lacing.

S: An interestingly sweet, banana ester taste with some alcoholic undertones. Some burnt malts, but nothing major.

T: A roasted malt taste with a fairly woody aftertaste. Alcohol is evident at first but recedes into the background of the beer later on, allowing the burnt malt and wood tastes to make themselves much more evident. A fairly balanced taste overall.

M: A pretty smooth and full-bodied mouthfeel that was pleasant on the palate.

D: A decent taste and mouthfeel combo. As you drink this beer, it becomes more drinkable. The alcohol tends ton recede, allowing the burnt malts and wood tastes to make themselves much more evident. A nice beer and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-25-2008 14:30:58 | More by maddogruss
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chrisny4205

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle at the brewpub restaraunt.

Darkest brown ale I have ever seen. Almost black. Still a nice brown head as a reminder. Like "o yeah it is a brown ale". The color is as dense as the wood used in fermenting this beer.

Strong smell of licorice and the wood of the back. The alcohol cuts it quickly. You could almost smell a freshly carved bar stool made out of pal santo wood but its deep a hidden.

Taste is big. Sweet malts hit first then followed by a licorice and then almost like a bourbon taste at the end. Without a doubt you can taste the wood. Its there a dancing around in the back of the taste quickly being cut by the alcohol. Tough to taste any bittering hops.

Liquid velvet rolling across the tongue. Excellent mounthfeel that takes away the drinkability. This beer is too big and strong to be knocking down. I only need two. I am happy with that.

Great beer from a great brewery. Love wood in a beer and used immensely in this beer. Palo Santo wood works good in a big sweet brown ale.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-25-2008 01:09:22 | More by chrisny4205
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

A near pitch black pour with the slightest of brownish hues, I got a +1 finger head of tan foam. Excellent head retention and lots of lacing.

I get a lot of wood in the nose along with some fruit. licorice, chocolate, and some caramel malt.

The taste is a malt lover's dream. Malty sweetness with some roastiness..it kind of has that Milk Stout malty flavour. Yum. Plenty of chocolate and some coffee and the woodiness adds a nice dimension without being over powering, and I get some dark fruit flavour and liquorice as well.

Mouthfeel borders on thick, carbonation is lightish, and it finishes with a nice fruity flavour that brings just the slightest amount of tartness with it. Man, and the alcohol is *very* well hidden; sure there's *some* warming after the swallow but it's minimal for such a big beer.

Bottom line: I really like this American Brown Ale as it has all sorts of good flavours going on and it's a wonderful sipper. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-24-2008 15:13:47 | More by Bitterbill
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a good use for brown beer. Malty and so I can use this to turn people on to craft beer. The wood worked superb wonders without being overbearing, and balanced not too sweet. Dark brown and rich-looking, above average mouthfeel. Very drinkable for 12%. Roastiness also there and well constrained. Six months later, room temperature, more chocolate, thick and woody.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-24-2008 03:07:06 | More by Sammy
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 8/22/08.

A - Dark brown body bordering black with burgundy highlights and burnt medium brown wispy head that settled to a thin film and left very little lacing.

S - Complex aroma with hints of baker's chocolate, confectioner's sugar, dark fruits and woody notes. There's also an earthy yeast character present. A mild soy sauce aspect developed as the liquid warmed up.

T - Flavor opens with chocolate and sweet malt and a hefty does of dark fruity esters. Woody notes begin to emerge soon thereafter with a mild earthy, yeasty character. Finishes with a mild toasted maltiness, wood and a mild alcohol presence.

M - Rich, smooth and full-bodied with lively carbonation and a warm, tingly feeling with some tongue prickle. Mild spiciness on the palate with some definite heat from the alcohol content. Chewy mouthfeel overall with some residual sticky sweetness.

D - Alcohol comes through quite a bit in this one. I'd also like a little less carbonation as well. Still, this brew boasts some nice complex flavors and aromas. Certainly well done, but not my cup of tea. Definitely a sipper!

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-23-2008 01:09:54 | More by ffejherb
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into a snifter. it left thick lace and sheeting that was gone 2/3 of the way through. that is probably the only reason i'm not rating it a 5. the body was a very dense and dark brown. this beer looked amazing.
s - very sweet and malty. vanilla and oak with some maple sweetness are the dominant aromas.
t - licorice, chocolate, vanilla with an oakey finish.
m - incredibly smooth and slick on the tongue.
d - 12%? really? i never would have guessed...

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-22-2008 20:12:59 | More by GPHarris
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czechsaaz

Washington

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

Deep brown sugar and caramel smells with added complexity of vanilla from the wood. Great Fruity yeast esters too. As it warms I get even more yeast of black cherry and ripe peaches. Very, very nice.

Deep black and nothing gets through when held up to the light. Pretty small tan head that settles to a ring around the glass and a little bubbles throughout the rest.

Damn there's a lot going on in the flavor here. First sip was really hard to pin down. Lets see, licorice, black malt, dark caramel, brown sugar and that's just the malt. Nice hop bitterness keeps it very balanced, I don't pick up any hop flavor. Then there's the wood effects, lots of vanilla and an earthy character too. At first I didn't get much from the yeast but as it warmed I got more deep ripe fruit.

Huge bodied with a light but appropriate carbonation level. Slightly warming in the mouth and stomach but not overly alcohol tasting.

This is a huge sipping beer with so much complexity that it shouldn't be "Drinkable" it should be savorable. I will definitely be laying some of this down. Really nice effort.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-22-2008 07:40:09 | More by czechsaaz
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bennetj17

Arizona

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

Black color, quarter-inch tan foam that holds for about a minute before leaving a ring. Nice bouguet of alcohol, licorice fruit, chocolate, bubble gum, and an acetone-like fume in the nose. Perhaps some earthy spice in there too. Quite a unique mixture of aromas.

The taste is complex too, lightly sweet with a choco-maltiness and a grassy hop balance. The finish has a light caramel note with some fruity alcohols, but also has a touch of bitterness to round things out. The mouthfeel is moderately heavy, has a medium carbonation and decent smoothness.

Many Dogfish Head brews seem overly sweet/malty to me, but this one strikes a nice balance, which is especially amazing considering its strength. In fact this beer is almost dangerous. I really enjoyed the complexity and uniqueness of this brew. Recommended...

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-22-2008 03:39:45 | More by bennetj17
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jbphoto88

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, not what I was expecting. This beer pours thick and is brown like the color of a beer bottle. There is little head maybe an 1/8 of an inch and that dissipates to absolutely nothing but an oily haze on the surface of the beverage.

The scent is more like an imperial stout then a brown ale. There is rum soaked dark fruit scent mixed with a woody almost pine scent. Mixed in the background is subtle caramelized malts and light vanilla notes.

The taste is just short of outstanding. It is a rich full bodied brown ale that has a great balance of flavors. Sweet roasted malts are the backbone of this brew with an earthy woody pine flavor always on the flip side. There are some chocolate notes mixed with some raisin flavors all finished by a candied sugar taste reminiscent of a Belgian tripple.

How has this one been off my radar for so long? There is a mild carbonation that really lets the flavors come through. It's so smooth its hard to taste the 12% abv. However at about half a glass you sure can feel it. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-22-2008 00:28:36 | More by jbphoto88
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost impenetrable, with some very slight ruby highlights. Nose predominantly roasted malt, and some wierd wood. Taste follows with good roasted malt character, Some sort of a sweetness to the wood flavor in here. Some vanilla and a bit of spice. Mouthfeel is solid here, with some good viscosity as I would expect from what I would call an imperial brown ale. Drinkability is pretty good for the abv but this one is quite hot. Overall a very unique brew, but quite strane. The wood (im assuiming) imparts a very strange and unique flavor to the brew. A good beer, and a fun drinking experience. Try it.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-21-2008 23:11:55 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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templar316

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish head are striving to make the best beer in the world, and this is certainly a worthy effort.

Pours a dark marron with caramel colored head dissapates quickly with little lacing. Strong alcohol in the smell, a warning to drink slow and enjoy, I think of brandy or barrel aged bourbon as much as beer, though there are definate hints of dates, vanilla, and candy malt. The alcohol gets more powerfull as the beer warms, but the flavor deepens accordingly. And what a flavor, the strong alcohol in the nose dissapears on the lips leaving a sweet vanilla begining, a delicious maltness, definate caramel presence and a soft enveloping earthy finish. I can't belive how smooth this beer is, and how delicious. It rolls over the tongue and begs for another sip. Serve at cellar temp. This is a worthy offering.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-17-2008 03:21:01 | More by templar316
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I bought a single at Cloverleaf for ~3.50 and drank it from a Chimay chalice. The beer was really dark colored and opaque, looked like a stout without much of a head. It had a potent aroma, brandy and chocoloate and dark fruits and alcohol. It was really appealling but daunting, you can tell it's a sipper from the first sniff. The taste was really complex, lots of sweetness from malts, chocolate, brown sugar or toffee, dark fruits like plums and raisins, and brandy or whiskey, kind of similar in ways to KBS. The mouthfeel is way thicker than I imagined it would be, and drinkability is as good as can be hoped from such a rich and complex thick ale. I nursed the glass for 1-2 hours.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-16-2008 12:59:48 | More by TurdFurgison
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown color that does not let any light through. Thick espresso like head with good retention and lacing.

S - Sweet aroma of cedar and vanilla with hints of roasted coffee. Faint alcohol smell as well.

T - Sweet vanilla taste up front quickly overcome by roasted chocolate and coffee with hints of an earthy hop taste. The wood aging comes through in the finish. Alcohol is masked very well fro 12%.

M/D - Full bodied and very smooth and creamy. 12% is tough but still a very drinkable beer. Would probably be better as a sipper, but it is deceptively sessionable.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-15-2008 03:46:24 | More by ckeegan04
Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,643 ratings.