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Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,279 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,279
Reviews: 2,005
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.96%
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Gots: 938 | FT: 22
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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
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Ratings: 5,279 | Reviews: 2,005
Photo of angelmonster
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 2 finger dark chocolate head. Body is black in color and no light comes through at all. Retention and lacing are good

Smell is of sweet chocolate malt and some dark fruit, maybe raisin. Hops and alcohol are not very present.

First taste is of burnt wood and chocolate malt mixed with alcohol. Wood aging is definitely apparent and there is also a hop bitterness in the after taste. You can really taste the 12 percent alcohol in here but the sweetness of the malt mixed with what im guessing is some fruity yeast strain, mellows it to where its a nice sipping beer.

Head is nice and creamy. Body is rich, thick, and silky smooth. Carbonation isnt too high either. Inside of the mouth is left coated with a warming alcohol and hop bitterness aftertaste.

Pretty bold flavors from this beer, which i like. Definitely could only drink one or two at a time though, but at this high abv, thats prolly all i would need.

Photo of DannyS
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Thick, oily black with little head that clears quickly, leaving only a thin layer of foam.

S - Oaky, malty, hints of brown sugar and chocolate. Not especially powerful on the nose, but pleasant.

T - Surprisingly light and sweet. Definitely oaky and chocolaty, but very balanced. Also tasting raisins and dark sugar. Little hop bitterness and almost no alcohol taste. I'm quite enjoying it.

M - Wow. Just wow. One of the thickest ales I've had yet. Very heavy on the tongue, but oh so smooth. Less carbonation than the norm, but it's just enough to bring some more lightness of body to this brew.

D - The 12% ABV is very well hidden, so I could probably have more than one of these, but I wouldn't want to. This is definitely one to sip and savor, like a good cognac or brandy. I'd even recommend sharing the bottle with a friend.

Overall - An excellent brew for casual sipping. It's thick yet smooth, dark yet mild, something yet...well, something else. Just try it, dangit.

Photo of Wheelinb
3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Rotten Apple in Grafton. This is really dark for a so called brown ale. It had a rich smell and appearance but it was much sweeter than I like. It would have gone well with food as it was almost wine-like. A good beer, just not my style.

Photo of gmfessen
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, beer is darker than I was expecting from a "brown ale", looks more like a porter or stout. A very dark brown on the pour, appears black in the glass with a thin, effervescent head that quickly dissipates to a thin bubbly ring around the rim of the glass. Nice lacing as I gently let the beer slide around the snifter walls. The smell is very apparent and complex. Underlying sweet malt comprised of dark fruits, black licorice, star anise, bourbon, and roasted notes like bittersweet chocolate and lightly toasted coffee. The alcohol is there but not in an offensive fusel alcohol way. The flavor matches the smell and then adds a whole new layer of complexity. The dark fruit component is represented by dates, figs, raisins and anise. Once you get past the initial sweetness, there is a good bitterness balance but no hops are evident. The bourbon-esk flavor produced from the wood is apparent. The finale is a big hit of alcohol that really wakes you up and reminds you that you're drinking a 12% abv beer. The ethanol tends to linger as well as the dark malty flavors but in a much more subdued role than the alcohol. The mouthfeel is what you might expect from a beer this big - full bodied with a creamy, rich carbonation. There is a definite warming effect from the alcohol. Overall, a very drinkable beer from the aspect of being likable but definitely one you would want to sip and enjoy. Also, for nearly $16 for a four-pack you may be encouraged to drink it a little slower anyways!

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. into a pint glass/ no freshness date

P: Syrupy walnut brown from the bottle, sits as black as a stout with rosy brown edges. The 2 fingered mocha brown head is thick & creamy with good retention, and settles to a thick cap on the surface.

A: Slightly roasted malts, cocoa powder, vanilla, dark fruits, and alcohol.

T: Malty sweet from the start. Roasted malts lay the base for vanilla, nuts, dark fruits reminiscent of raisins, figs, prunes, and charred wood to frolick about happily in the mouth. Cocoa powder seems to come out nicely on the back end & ride through the finish. Alcohol is noticeably bourbon and contributes to the profile rather than intruding, while providing some good warmth to the soul. This is damn tasty!

M & D: Palo Santo Marron's mouthfeel is superb! It's full-bodied, thick & chewy, rich & indulgent, and creamy smooth. Feels like a stout. Drinkability is good, but the ABV would probably prevent me from drinking more than 2 at a time.

Notes: This is one kick-ass Brown Ale! Great flavors, good complexity, an intriguing depth and an outstanding mouthfeel. What the hell else do you want? This is everything I hoped it would be, and more. The best Brown Ale I've ever had! Highly recommended

Photo of CampusCrew
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting. Hard to beleive this is in the brown ale category. I was unsure what the style was when I orderd. I was kinda of curious to come on on here a check. another weird one from DF

appearance: deep dark brown color, very dark

smell: heavy wood and heavy alcohol dominated

taste: oaky, charred, and maybe bourboness. very high alcohol content

mouthfeel: thick, medium carbonation

drinkability: very slow, brandy like sipping action

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pokesbeerdude rocks!! 12oz received as a supercool extra from my wants... I've been wanting to try and trade for one of these brews for a long time but always had way too many other irons in the fire... Leave it to Chuck to throw it down as 1 of 4!! extras in a box of 6 beers.. Badass!

I am not gonna wait any longer.... pouring it into my trusty big red wine balloon.. 3/4" Khaki tan head has little retention yet surprisingly great lace.. and the brew is dark with great red highlites that only show when held to the brightest bare bulb..

The nose is amazingly rich.. spicy and fruity.. vanilla and chocolate.. toasty.. dark rye bread (?)... lite kirsch?

Blam!! the palate is way more concentrated than the aroma.. all of the above with tannic red grape skins and dark underripe cherries.. still some chocolate and hints of smoke and even jerky.. sorta boozy throughout, but not in a really bad way, more just adding to the overall huge complexity.. finish has a component that I can only say reminds me of pumpkin pie spice without the cloves or ginger and cinnamon (Does that make sense?? because I am struggling to figure it out.) plenty of caramel and deep maltiness is all through this brew.. more tannic red wine notes as it warms.. front of the tongue cherries show with increased temperature..

Huge body and smooth moderate carbonation makes it easier drinking than I was expecting.. but the complexity makes me force it to be a looong sipper... a nice nip or two.. walk away.. fuck with the cats.. come back and repeat..

This is really pretty great right now and honestly surprisingly there is not any "real" hype surrounding it.. I could see putting some of these down for years and only sampling them with the best of friends for some time to come... I should probably try and score more of these... we'll see if I remember after this monster of a brew! Thanks Chuck... I hope you like your box as much as I like mine!!

3.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4

Photo of BeTheBall
2.8/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured an opaque dark brown and with a hard pour, a 2 finger creamy head. Minimal lacing down the glass.
I smelled mainly wood-like oaky scents, some caramel.
Taste was strong of alcohol, very woody with some caramel and vanilla notes, Alcohol was very present and warming, almost burning.
Mouthfeel was very good, creamy and rich.
Drinkability was low due to very high ABV, and too much of a wood flavor for me. One and done.

Photo of julian
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown, near black, fairly thick in body. aggressive pour yielded a half finger dark tan head.

S: sweet, malty, notes of caramel, toffee, a booziness reminiscent of brandy, some mild dark fruits.

T: Up front there's a surge of brown sugar, malt, and the taste of sweet dark fruits (raisins, dates, plums possibly) There's a nice warming from the high ABV, but it's very complimentary to the taste, and not overwhelming. Almost brandy like in taste.

M: syrupy, viscous, medium carbonation, throat warming from the alcohol.

D: Pretty high ABV, but despite that the booziness isn't as intense as I thought it'd be. Definitely not a session beer. Should be sipped and enjoyed slowly. Another great DFH beer.

Photo of drjones633
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of a bottle into a wine glass a dark chocolate/cola color. very little head.(anything over 11% needs to be sipped slowley out of a wine glass or a chalice, in my humble opinion)

Smells of drift wood and achohol.

I taste notes of chocolate, burnt tabacco, up front hopyand sweet.
Finishes like a scotch, dry, tastes of chard oak,achohol finish.

I would drink this on for dessert. Glad I tried it, but not sure how much I could drink and still walk to the fridge for more.

Photo of grayburn
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark heavy brown with minimal head and light lacing. Almost looked like chocolate syrup coming out of the bottle.
Smells strongly of wood, the barrel aging is very evident. A little bit of hops mingle with some sweetness in the background. Very little alcohol smell.
The taste is very earthy at first, the wood comes out and gives an almost astringent flavor to the brew. It is followed by a maple syrup sweetness mingling with citrus and floral hops. Very nice. The wood is what really sets this beer off, and like all DFH children, this one has an interesting story.
The mouthfeel is nice, a bit light on the carbonation, but very big and chewy.
The drinkability is moderate, the alcohol does not stand out in either smell or taste, but the thick body and minor carbonation hurt its drinkability a bit.

Photo of KevinBrewer
2.64/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

PSM pours an opaque black with a late-releasing huge brown-sugar head that lasts and sticks to the sides of the glass. Looks more like an imperial stout than a brown ale, but I'll give DFH the benefit of the doubt since this is an unorthodox brew.

The first thing to hit your nostrils is a spicy phenolic, resinous, medicinal character that almost makes you dizzy. If you can get past that, you will smell sweet cherry wood with milk chocolate and toasty, cakey malt.

Tastes of sweet, chocolaty, cakey malt with the same peppery, phenolic, medicinal quality that was in the aroma. Warming alcohol. The medicinal character stays until the end. Slightly fruity woodiness in the middle with a dry chocolate bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste of dry grassy hops and wood.

Heavy, sticky body. It sticks all over the insides of my mouth. Not typical for a brown ale. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt again because it added to the enjoyability. Moderate carbonation.

A little boozy and heavy to be a session beer, although it was an interesting experience.

I was pretty excited about trying this beer, and I'm still unsure what to make of it. For originality and intrigue, I give this beer 10/10, but I wouldn't drink this on a regular basis. I also would not offer it to a friend and expect them to like it. Maybe it was the strange medicinal character of the wood that I'm not used to. I'm definitely going to age the rest of my DFH PSM for a few years and come back to it.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle > dimpled mug

This one gushes out with a heavy, dark look. Very dark brown color, opaque with a 1" deep, dark mocha head, slow dissipation and obvious carbonation around the edges. A total foamy coverage is left over at all times after the dissipation.

The aroma is very inviting with sweet cocoa, raw heather honey, blueberry pie, sandlewood incense, liquified Rollo's candies, musty, beach and cedar woods; slightly smokey with almonds and crushed peacan's. On a more subtle level there's, sour fruits with sweet dates...inviting for sure.

The flavor of this brew hits the palate like a missle from a stealth Bomber...you just don't know what just hit you! Same goes for the feel; it's like an oil slick on the tongue...hefty and oily! I've had Imperial Stouts that had a lighter feel overall. It has a decent snap in the middle and plenty of heat to add a warming rush to dry it out. It's a heavy liquid. The heat comes on sharp and hot. There's a bitterness from the and warmth that reminds me of whiskey with hops! You ride the hot, bitter wave for a long time before a chalky cocoa-chocolate smooth it out, but just a bit. The sweetness of the malt that's in the nose just doesn't come across in the flavor, even at room temp. complexity is very high and this is a hard beer to define and it takes some serious pondering. The Palo Santo wood plays a very big role on the flavor as it deliver's a cedar-smokey malt edge that is one part brown ale and another part imperial stout-like. Rostie nutiness with a dry, hoppy-bitterness for balance.

Yes, My lips are sticky, but it's a long, long dry, hot bitter finish is rather unpleasant, yet interesting. Bitter chocolate and high earthy PH balance-earthy hop with big alpha acid's really takes it's toll on the palate. Fun to contemplate, hard to drink. The 12% abv is a sneaky devil. BEWARE the snake-oil salesman!!!

Photo of ironlung
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If this is brown than I'm purple...pours black as any export stout with a tiny brown head that rings the outside of the glass. Smell is very complex. Notes of sweet warm vanilla and wood are the most dominant. A sip reveals a smooth sweet maltiness with just a bit of hot alcohol. Alot smaller alcohol profile that the 12% would suggest. Mouth feel is easy and thin. Overall I would guzzle this down and go looking for some hops! A really great beer,just not my style or especally price range. I bought a bottle to try and a bottle to lay down. So I'll get to that other one in a year or so. Hopefully the country hasen't gotten any worse by then!

Photo of jmalex
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's about time I sat down and reviewed this. I've had a few times before, both on tap and from the bottle.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Delirium tulip a deep brown color with a lighter brown head. It starts at a finger's height and drops to a full color with a few stray bubbles.

SMELL: Dark and caramelly with distinct vanilla and toffee notes. The wood is noticeable but not intensely strong. It's also picked up some dark fruity aromas to it, perhaps from prolonged aging. In the back, there's a slight bit of hit from the alcohol.

TASTE: It's a big malty caramel, but the flavors seem light and fleeting. They go to vanilla, some burnt malt, then to burnt wood. Everything drops out on the finish, but the deep, sweet remainder of the flavor just keeps going and going. What a complex beer. I'm at a loss for words at some of what I'm tasting. But it's good!

MOUTHFEEL: Low on the carbonation. It's smooth and silky and only a tad syrupy. Thick with luxury.

DRINKABILITY: It's a big beer meant for sipping. That's for sure. The alcohol is a minor hindrance, but it'll warm you up on a cold day. Considering it's size, it drinks pretty well.

This is just what the doctor ordered for a snow day afternoon. I'm glad I have more of this!

Photo of mdagnew
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured pretty much pitch black. Sooty tan head poured quite thick and fizzy and faded fairly quickly to wispy covering with thin ring around the edge... light lacing lines...

Aroma is pretty complex... lots of rich toasted fruit and malt loaf, sweet toffee and caramel, fresh vanilla beans, dark alcohol soaked dried fruits (raisins, dates, figs), brandy notes, also some marsala, toasted nuts, earthy / cardboard traces, roasted coffee and chocolate, some smokey charred wood...

Taste has a lot of porter like qualities... smokey rich roasted chocolate and toffee malts, definite (raisin ?) brandy notes, lots of molasses and muscovado sugar, bitter coffee, sticky date sweetness, vanilla, light bourbon traces, charred notes...

Feel - Smooth and oily initially then a little sharp bite comes through... full bodied... definitely a sipper this one..

Overall - My first DFH brew and i wasn't let down... an outstanding turbo charged brown ale... highly recommended...

Photo of Vonerichs
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark brown w/ very thin, tan, creamy head.

Very strong smell of roasted coffee and chocolate. There is a smokey smell to it.

Heavy roasted malt/coffee taste, chocolate, and light vanilla. There is a slight sting of alcohol w/ a slight bourbon-like flavor.

Thick and creamy. Light on the carbonation.

Due to the high alcohol content and extremely strong flavor I wouldn't be able to drink more than 1-2 of these in a sitting.

Overall, a very original brew by Dogfish. Well done.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 - 4oz samples at a DFH tasting.

L - black brew with a big bubbled tan head.

S - roasted coffee beans with a touch of alcohol.

T - rich, roasted coffee and smokey/wood flavors mask any alcohol in the taste.

F - medium/full bodied brew with a creamy feel.

D - oh yes it is!

Photo of mjl21
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling date is given. Comes in at 12%.

A-Pours black with a very thin tan head that leaves fast and all that is left is a miniscule ring.

S-Vanilla is the first smell that jumps out. At first it smells a lot like an Imperial Stout. Sweetness hits the nose and smokiness from the wood is definitely detected. As it warms banana comes into play.

T-Caramel, vanilla, roast malt, toasted wood, marshmallow all come out. Has a nice bitterness from the hops and booze hits on the back of the mouth.

M-Full bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Nicely balanced and goes down smooth.

D-Does not feel like a 12% beer. One to enjoy on a cold night by the fire.

This is my favorite of the 3 DFH offerings that we get in Northern California. Price for a four pack ($14.99) puts a damper on how often I will revisit this beer, although to me, one is enough in a night.

Photo of Lothore
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2-11-08, cellared for a little over a year.

A- Pours a deep brownish-black hue with very little tan colored head.

S- Very sweet and malty, dark fruits, caramel.

T- Tastes like a souped up brown ale, roasted malt, coffee notes, bit of a burnt flavor, thick malty sweetness that rolls over the palate towards the end and stays there. seems to be fairly acidic. Others have said they taste a lot of vanilla but I find that it is masked my the intense sweetness and burnt character.

M- Semi-thick, low on carbonation. It coats the mouth with a sticky sweetness that I don't necessarily enjoy.

D- This is an excellent beer to sip on. Definitely one to savor however I just don't know how much I enjoy it. I find that big beers can be really hit or miss for me and this one was a little off target from my taste.

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

Very very dark brown. Looks slightly fizzy with a slight cream head. Smells delicious.. lots of coffee and "woodsy" smells.

Awesome taste, very unique and powerful. Can definitely taste the alcohol but it isn't overpowering and blends well with the wood flavors. Maybe some of the dark coffee and date flavors in the background as well.

This is a little too unique to compare to other "American Brown Ales". If I were classifying it, it maybe should be called an Imperial/Double Brown Ale. Whatever it is, I'll come back to it again. DFH is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of sholland119
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not your grandmama's brown ale, this beer rocks!

A-Pours a deep, opaque brown with very littel head.

S-Boozy with dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruit and a Belgian yeast note.

T-Wonderfully complex, with chocolate, sweet malt, raisin, anise and hops. A bit of warming alcohol too.

M-Medium bodied and just a bit slick.

D-Sip slowly (12%) but otherwise quite drinkable.

HV

Photo of Naugled
2.55/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in chalis

A: very thin dark brown head diminishing quickly. very dark for a brown.

S: smells of lumber, teak and mahogany and other exotic decking material with some underlying roasty chocolate notes.

T: tastes like it smells, a deck, but sweet and syrupy as well with some chocolate and licorice. I struggled to find any vanilla or caramel notes as described by the brewer. However the black licorice is very apparent.

M: coats the mouth with thick sticky sweetness too cloying, also a bit hotness can be felt. A long lingering late bitterness.

D: not very drinkable in my opinion. Maybe this will get better with age, but it will probably take quite awhile. It did not leave me wanting another.

I want to like this beer, but I just can't bring myself to give credit where none is due. The boys at DFH need to rethink this one.

Photo of damienblack
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

By the senses, if I didn't know better, I would say this to be an imperial stout. Pours a thick and syrupy dark brown, almost black. Mocha colored head, one finger and bubbly, leaves a neat bubble pattern in its wake. Big complex aroma, coffeeish toasted malt and vanilla are first and foremost, with some chocolate, brown sugar, oakish smell from the wood, a little nutty, like an aged impy stout and a brown ale had a love child. A little bit of banana in there too, mmm, chocolate bananas.

There is a ton going on here. Almost none of it is like your standard brown ale. Upon first taste it tastes a little like a thin imperial stout, with a big chewy mouth, and a slightly chocolate taste. After a split second you notice two more aspects, a definite oak taste from the wood it was aged in, with just a touch of smokiness, and the fact that it is a bit nutty, enhanced by the chewiness. A strange but pleasant banana flavored yeastiness doesn't feature, but is present all the way through, which adds another layer to the puzzle. Definite vanilla overtones, a little bit of chocolatey, coffee, stoutyness at the end, with a little bit of hoppiness, but the bitterness is almost nil. Just slightly roasty all the way through, not so much as a stout, but providing another layer of complexity compared to the standard brown ale. Also a lot lighter in body compared to the stout, it has an airyness to it that really helps. For me the mouthfeel is the weakest point, but it isn't watery or lacking in any definite aspect, just doesn't pack that extra punch, that extra layer. There is exactly 0% trace of the 12% abv, it is amazingly drinkable, goes down like nobody's business.

This beer goes from above average in some areas to excelling in others. I'm not a big fan of some of DFH's beers, like the IPAs, i find them way to busy for what I'm looking for. But now, it is what I'm looking for in this, and it does not dissapoint. A top notch experimental brew, and everyone should give this one a shot. It shines in several areas.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2/11/08 bottle date. Aged a year in my cellar.

Poured into a Sam Adams ultimate glass.

Very dark for a brown with a consistent, 1/4 finger tan head.

Aroma is sweet, brown ale with a hint of vanilla and some chocolate.

Smooth and well balanced. A nice combo of upfront sweetness with a dry finish. It's hard to pull out a distinguishing characteristic of this beer. I imagine the wood aging plays into the equation. Possibly the smoothest and easiest drinking 12% beer I've had.

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,279 ratings.