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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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93
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4,629 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,629
Reviews: 1,911
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 224
Gots: 606 | 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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Bugsey

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lucky me, I had two of these at the Dogfish Head restaurant in Rehoboth, DE.

Beautiful deep dark color with light lace served in a snifter. Great intense smell of licorice and espresso beans, with a sharpness of chalk, and maybe figs.

Tastes just like it smells, but the mouthfeel is heavy and complex. So, it is definitly a sipping beer. And what a wonder to sip and enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2008 18:46:25 | More by Bugsey
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TheBCrew

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. pour at The Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Deep, nearly opaque brown with mahogany around the edges. Thin dark tan head that sticks around. Lots of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, hazlenuts and figs. Flavor to match with a nice roastiness and hints of vanilla coming through as well. The mouthfeel is quite heavy, which is appropriate for this beer. Meant to be sipped and enjoyed over an extended period of time. Very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2008 14:56:25 | More by TheBCrew
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Opaque brown, like a stout, with a thick two finger brown head that slowly settles to a thin cap (like a stout).

Light roasty malts with some strong hints of chocolate. The alcohol is well perceived.

The flavor is just about the same as the aroma with the roasty malts and the hints of chocolate. Some of the wood can be tasted. Full bodied with medium carbonation, very chewy. The alcohol gives a strong warming sensation with each sip.

This is definitely a sipping beer. Serve it in a wine glass, snifter, tulip, whatever. If in pint glass, take small sips. Because of this I lowered the drinkability score. It's a fine beer though, worthy of the Dogfish Head lineup. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 01:21:43 | More by BeerSox
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ewright

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: They may call this an American brown ale, but it pours out like a good Imperial stout. No light gets through this very dark brown (not quite black) beer. A thin layer of tan head dissipates a bit too quickly to rate a 5.

S: I could smell this beer from the countertop! There is so much going on here, like a fine cognac, coffee and chocolate rolled into one. Rum soaked raisins, figs, cocoa, pipe tobacco... this one has it all!

T: It doesn't seem possible, but everything in the nose also shows up on the palate. There is just a bit too much alcohol burn, but whaddaya expect from 12%? Good hop balance keeps this malt bomb from being overly cloying.

M: Rich, thick, full-bodied... but the alcohol cuts through just enough to keep it from being overbearing.

D: I'm not sure this was the best choice to go with dinner... maybe I'll let the rest warm up and enjoy in half an hour or so. Otherwise, this is a wonderful sipper!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 00:04:54 | More by ewright
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donaldchapman

Colorado

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

A - Very dark brown with very little head, Opaque
S - Malty, chocolate, roast, slight hope, huge alcohol presence
T - Chocolate, slight bitterness, malt, caramel, toffee, hints of dark fruits raisins, slight wood flavor.
M - Full body, alcoholic warmth, smooth.

This is a good beer, I think it will do better as it ages. The balance seems to be right on, the alcohol notes take away from the other flavors in this beer.

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Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 23:22:05 | More by donaldchapman
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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

Served as a very deep brown colored beer with moderate tannish head.

Smell is extremely complex. There notes of wood, roasted malt, vanilla, chcolate, coffee present.

Taste is also a nice combination of flavors. The above mention scents are also present if the taste.

Ending is richly sweet, like expensive chocolate, leaving the perfect taste sensation.

The alcohol is completely hidden. Would be a great after dinner drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 22:50:59 | More by tgbljb
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Strix

Wisconsin

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

Brown ale? More like opaque black ale. Pours thick with a good head.

Smells delicious. Roasted malts, caramel, vanilla and coffee.

After the smell, the flavor disappoints a little. Roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, coffee, woodyness, and alcohol are present. I wish some of the flavors would come out a little more. I let things warm up, but the flavors that come out in the smell seem to be just lingering a bit beneath the surface. That said, very interesting.

Mouthfeel is heavenly smooth. It's like there's nothing in my mouth.

This was probably the most interesting brown ale I've ever had. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 03:22:44 | More by Strix
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Kraken

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Beer pours a very very dark Mahogany, firm pour yields almost no head that vanishes very quickly leaving wispy clinging vestiges along the side of the glass. Moderate lacing. Nose consists almost entirely of ceder and dark malt with a light hint of hops and alcohol. On the palate dark and viscous malt, hints of vanilla, ceder and light sour cherries. Wood really adds to the flavor. Silky smooth, almost creamy, chewy with a nice long finish that starts to show a bit of the 12% abv. Mouthfeel is everything you want in a beer, complex layers of flavor. If I had to mark this down for anything it would be drinkablility. This is really a sipping beer and I would have trouble drinking more then one. Excellent offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 02:52:09 | More by Kraken
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow. I don't know what this is as far as style, but it certainly is *not* a brown ale. It poured up absolutely black; better than some stouts. Smell was dark fruits, some spice, perhaps, dark roasted (burnt?) malts and alcohol. Taste reflected the same with emphasis on the dark fruit and alcohol, although I don't believe this drank like a 12%'er; 9....9 and change maybe, but not 12. Mouthfeel was sensational! (IMO) *This* is the kind of beer I like to relax with shortly before bed. Heavy. Thick. Almost oily. Perhaps the second week of July in Ga. isn't the best time for this one; perhaps the second week of November would be better. Nevertheless, I'm rather impressed with this one, whatever style it's supposed to be. The flavour in this is just delicious! (The label on the bottle says Brown Ale, too, but...)

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

07-15-2008 02:07:19 | More by SilentSabre
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

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

A - Dark dark brown ale teatering of black... Little or no head... Nice tan lacing... Mild carbonation bubbles through to the top... Coats the glass well...

S - Sweet but smokey... Vanilla... Expresso... Malt... Hints of caramel...

T - Complexity is evident from the get go... Smokey malt... Coffee... Tinge of black cherry... Vanilla...

M - Thick but dry with a creamy texture...

D - This is a BIG beer not to be taken lightly... Warming feeling in the chest like a strong brandy or whiskey... To be sipped and savored, not rushed... One of the more complex beers I've ever tried...

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

07-12-2008 17:57:09 | More by philbe311
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pinotboy007

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a 4-pack at Total Wine, Chantilly, VA; I'm splitting this brew with my wife who is enjoying this a lot.

A - Dark motor oil w/almost no light penetration; khaki-colored head that leaves a modest sheet of lacing.

S - Vanilla, wood or something like a very mild Worcestershire sauce; leather; smoked paprika; hops and dark malt. In a word, AMAZING!

T/M - Vanilla, espresso, toasted/smoked wood; peat; alcohol; earth; leather; that Worcestershire trace again; very creamy and dense. Wow.

D - Very drinkable but that 12% ABV will wreak havoc. An amazing beer that's going down way too quickly. Congrats to DFH for a really great brew!

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

07-11-2008 21:37:46 | More by pinotboy007
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a tulip glass and appeared deep brown in color with a medium brown head that lingered for a short while. Not much lacing remained as the beer was consumed.

I need to mention now that I think this beer was served way to cold. I mention this here because I really think it affected the aroma. At first the beer had the aroma of rubbing alcohol and not a great deal more. As the beer warmed up to what I felt was a more appropriate temperature the aroma was much more complex and what I would have expected. Then there was some black licorice, vanilla and almost a bourbon like quality to that aroma.

The flavor became much more complex and frankly much better as the beer warmed as well. Vanilla, brown sugar the black licorice again.... All nice tastes the bounced around as you enjoyed the beer. Also a nice roasted malt taste that complemented the initial flavors I mentioned. There still was a sense of alcohol here that could not be hidden. I was left wondering if they chose to drop the ABV by a point or two they might have had a superior brew.

Mouth feel was big, in part, due to the alcohol. A sipping beer and it was quite drinkable as such.

Very, very good.

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

07-11-2008 02:20:57 | More by Reagan1984
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at Casanovas in WI.

Poured a jet black not at all transparent, into a 12 oz snifter. 2 Finger fluffy brown head.
Retention is a thin layer, with medium even laceing all round. Looks more like a stout.

Smell is of ripe fruity raisins, creamy malty bitter sweet chocolate, mld piney hops with a grassy overtone.

Taste is out of this world. Cocoa, hoppy bittering, malt overtones, white grapes, a bit of oaked smokieness, raisins, a mild nutty flavor at the swallow, a wine like quality as well, tobacco, sweet molasses. A mild alcahol warming at the swallow. Tinge of spice with a touch of cracked peppercorn
Complex and delicious.
Thick creamy body with some carbonation zing in the middle and at the swallow.

Definatly recommend. DFH delivers once again!

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

07-10-2008 21:04:33 | More by Buebie
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Overlord

California

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

I am shocked to see that this beer is retired. Back to Whole Foods I go!

Pours a dark brownish black with a tan creamy head. Frankly, it looks like a Russian Imperial Stout. Considering that I like that style far mroe than your typical brown ale, that's not a bad thing. The carbonation level is quite high (unusual for dogfish head) and is needed, as this is a thick, syrupy brew.

I'm a sucker for vanilla. Love it, love it. The smell of this is rich malt, vanilla, chocolate, and woodsy/earthy tones. I can't put my finger on the wood. I guess this is brewed in some sort of exotic container, but it just smells ... loamy.

The taste continues the trend. There isn't an overload of the smokey/roasted malt here; it's mostly creamy and sweet, with definite chocolate overtones. Delicious vanilla, and that same delicious earthy/woodsy backing that really adds to the complexity.

Really delicious.

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

07-10-2008 08:46:00 | More by Overlord
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NCBeernut

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and impennatrable to light. Thin tan head. Practically no lacing.

S: Very light scent of dark fruits. A touch earthy and woody. Roasted malts. Sugary. A little alcohol in the nose.

T/M/D: Roasted malt leads the taste. Some anise, candy sugar, brown sugar and hints of vanilla and coffee. Sweet at first, with a slightly drier finish. I have tried this fresh and after a few months in the cellar. Can easily taste the Palo Santo wood flavor in the fresh beer, but it kind of mellows and takes a backseat with age. More carbonation that i was expecting - carbonation gives a little bite and a bubbly mouthfeel. Even at 12% abv it doesn't taste much more alcoholic than your average session brew. Dangerously easy to drink - I could easily have another. Brown ale? More like a porter. I think this will age very well.

Edit: I had another bottle and it was silky smooth, not even approaching over carbonated. Mouthfeel is superb. Flavors show more cappuccino-like espresso notes than I remember...more dessert-like.

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

07-09-2008 14:01:35 | More by NCBeernut
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

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

pours a deep dark brown with moderate tan head head that falls a bit to a film.
the nose has chocolate, licorice, coffee, vanilla, caramel, oak (sort of), a ringwood yeast aroma, raisin (with a bit of rum), smoke, some booze. these are roughly in order of strength. a little porter like. rum raisin builds strength with warmth.
the taste contains an herbal licorice chocolate mostly. though beneath the primary flavors, you find caramel, vanilla, wood, smoke, molasses, light tobacco. hints of banana here and there. it's a little porter-like here in the flavor as well, with that tangy quality that one finds in many porters. the alcohol is hidden pretty well considering.
the mouthfeel is fairly full with soft carbonation.
drinkability is pretty good, it's loaded with flavor and alcohol without a lot of burn. a little bit if a sipper obviously, but quite good and drinkable for what it is.

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

07-09-2008 01:29:04 | More by kmo1030
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far333

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brownish black and opaque with a wispy light brown head that rises up quickly and settles quickly.

Aroma of roasted malt and caramel, some brown suagar, some leather, oak, smoke and licorice.

Rich flavor that matches the aroma well - lots of nuances moving around in this, initially cocoa and smoke, some caramel and toffee and vanilla and roasted malt, marshmallow and banana pop up occasionally, sambuca vapors rise up, the alcohol warms the cheeks.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, a rich and tasty beer.

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

07-05-2008 00:26:13 | More by far333
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scottoale

California

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz brown longnecks bottled: 02/11/08, into a large tulip, a dark mahogany browm with subtle carbonation. A 1/2" reddish cocoa head forms and dissipates rapidly, leaving no lace behind.

Rich, earthy nose with a nutty sweetness. Roasty caramel, molassas, wood, vanilla, more wood and a healthy dose of 12% alcohol in the background.

Great flavor of sweet thick caramel, roasty and nut like, balanced by earthy wood and hop notes. Vanilla and molassas coat the tongue as the brew winds down to a pleasantly warm finish.

Perfect carbonation for this big bodied brew, makes for a good strong sipper. This stuff has really grown on me since the first pint Sam bought me a month or so ago at O'Brien's...great on tap or from the bottle!

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

07-04-2008 20:33:18 | More by scottoale
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. bottled 04/16/08. purchased at premier gourmet in buffalo, ny on june 28/08. sampled july 1/08.

pours very dark brown, nearly black but not quite opaque. a thin layer of very fine tan bubbles forms, disappearing fast with no lace.

aroma is good. bit of alcohol. caramel. white bread. biscuit. touch of roast. fruity too, with a bit of raisin, cherry, date. bit of smoke too. earthy and woody. touch of vanilla.

taste is great. bit of alcohol. low bitterness level. bit of dark chocolate. pleasant fruity character too. raisin and date. bit of smoke. light vanilla. nice woody character too. toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level, well integrated and pretty smooth. medium body.

drinkability is great. there's no way this seems like 12%. the malt and bitterness are balancing out the alcohol very well. i like the barrel character too. definitely distinct from your usual barrel-aged offerings, but nice. interested to see how this one will change with age.

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

07-02-2008 01:36:14 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this one!

Pours a deep opaque black/dark brown, no light gets through, imperial stout black, thin tan head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring, few lace spots. Smell is sweet, brown sugar/molasses, booze, lots of dark fruit, touch of chocolate, biscuit, quite sweet, sherry, licorice, wood, neat. Taste is brown sugar and caramel, chocolate, wood, licorice, fruits, sherry, more licorice, alcohol, pretty neat! Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth but pretty damn smooth for 12%. Thanks Russ!

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

07-02-2008 01:30:55 | More by Viggo
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkest brown/black pour with a huge dark tan head, more reminiscent of an imperial stout than any brown ale I've ever seen. Long lasting head leaves an immense amount of lacing down the glass.
Chocolaty/malty aromas and a bit of vanilla become prominent as this beer warns.
Flavors include vanilla roasted malt, bitter chocolate/coffee accents, some boozy alcohol and winey accents, with a bitter chocolate/hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel is lush and silky but somehow light at the same time.
Drinkability is limited by the alcohol content, but this is very easy to drink for 12%abv.
Another delightful example of the way DFH thinks outside the box. Brown ale/imperial stout hybrid, and marvelously creative.

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

07-01-2008 02:58:04 | More by kwakwhore
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wagenvolks

Texas

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

12 oz. bottle into a Three Philosophers chalice.

Presents a dark, seal brown body beneath a fleeting, patchy, burnt-khaki head. Foam retreats to a slim ring of bubbles. Palo Santo Marron is exceptionally dark for a brown ale, althoguh hints of sienna creep in around the edges of the glass. The aroma is intoxicatingly complex and enticing. Rich notes of brown sugar and molasses combine with chocolate chip cookie dough, floral hops, rosemary, and tons of sweet, bready malts. I could smell this beer for days...

The flavor packs a powerful punch of slightly bitter dark chocolate, sour whiskey-esque booze, sweet caramel, and a touch of toasted chestnut and almond. The alcohol heat is certainly noticable, making this beer a definate sipper, but its actually a quite pleasant, warming "burn". The carbonation level is higher than I'd expected for a 12% ABV, and the finish is bittersweet, slightly hoppy, and full of caramel-chocolate liquor notes. Overall, I'm digging this beer, and glad I picked up a 4-pack. It seems like the kind of beer that would age well.

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

07-01-2008 01:42:19 | More by wagenvolks
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer poured a dark amber with a tan head that dissapates quickly. Lacing is present throughout.

Smell - Nice smells of chocolate and cedar.

Taste- The taste is of sweet malt and smoky wood. Nice dark fruit taste as well.

Mouthfeel - Thick beer with medium carbonation.

Overall- Great beer. Very interesting beer. DFH does a great job with this one.

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

06-30-2008 22:37:12 | More by Beerbuddha
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halfP1NT

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a sludgy, opaque black with a thick, creamy, dark tan head. It looks like oil coming out of the bottle. Some lacing is left behind.

Smell is smoky and woody, roasted malts and a hint of coffee with a caramel sweetness. There is a definite alcohol presence, but nothing too overwhelming.

Taste - Mmmmm... roasted malts, bitter chocolate, oak, a hint of smokiness. Alcohol comes through and has a nice pleasant warming sensation. I'm picking up a bit of sweet fruit too, maybe berry? This beer is quite complex, I'm picking up something new with every sip.

There is very low carbonation with this beer, but it is super thick and full bodied, which really worked here. Each sip kept me wanting more, and even with the high ABV, this was a very drinkable ale...a nice balance between flavors and texture. This is the perfect beer to sip on before bed after a long day of work.

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

06-29-2008 17:24:18 | More by halfP1NT
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deepest of browns, actually opaque so probably rocking awful close to black (20-25 Lovibond). Head jumps up immediately to about a finger and a half, recedes rather quickly to a nice thick film that never really reliquishes. Good initial lacing.

Aromas of strong alcohol-infused woodiness, mild notes of vanilla and sweet dark but not roasted malt. The flavors give back a lot of the same, adding some nice dark fruits and a bit of baker's chocolate dry-bitterness.

There's a ton going on here. It's really terrific in the mouth, initially rushing the palate with the carbonation and multiple flavors, but the longer you sit with it the better things turn out to be. Lots of complexity, lots of alcohol content, lots of good beer.

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

06-28-2008 04:13:14 | More by BretSikkink
Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 4,629 ratings.