Palo Santo Marron | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Palo Santo MarronPalo Santo Marron
5,870 Ratings
Palo Santo MarronPalo Santo Marron

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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

Added by Imstillthegman on 11-19-2006

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Ratings: 5,870 |  Reviews: 2,114
Photo of XsoldoutX
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Riff
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a light brown head about a half finger thick that lingers for quite some time. Smell is caramel, vanilla, fresh split wood, and leather. Taste is caramel, toffee, wood, and vanilla most notably, a little raisin also showing through. Caramel becomes stronger as the beer warms. Medium heavy body, low carbonation, smooth. Little bit of alcohol. It's certainly good. Not sure if I'd pay that price again ($15/4pack) but not disappointed either.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a deep black stout or porter.Smells like alcohol,raisins,old car leather smell, vanilla,chocolate,faint strawberry? Tastes deep,dank,almost fruity. I can tell the difference between the aging wood.Feels smooth, a tad bit slick maybe, sufficient carbonation. Not sure why this is not considered a port or stout. I guess because it is an American Brown Ale on steroids. Very tasty. Would have again.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmkapalka
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Forms a dark coffee-walnut brown body with a thin ring of 1/2 finger.

Aroma is not very strong, but has hints of wet wood and coffee. Some very light carafe.

Flavor is mostly blackberry coffee, then antiseptic, followed with wet wood, plum, and then a finish of vanilla and pepper. Flavor is pretty washed out over what I expected.

Feel is burning, carbonated, crisp, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall, a bit underwhelming, but I'm sure it will grow bigger with age. (It's good, just...the hype and price point...ya know)

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

Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown color with a creamy khaki head that has great retention.

S- smells of dark bread crust, caramel, toffee, chocolate, exotic wood, toasted nuts, leather and tobacco

T- rich caramel and toffee up front, followed by notes of chocolate, fig, raisin, prime, tobacco and dark bread crust. The finish brings out some wood notes that continue into the linger, along with more caramel

M- medium thick body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a chewy, warming finish

O- for a style that's typically bland, this is bold and flavorful throughout, very good

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Photo of Brolo75
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with a mocha colored head, no retention, light mahogany edges when held up to the light, no lacing, looks thick for an American brown ale.

A: Lots of vanilla, espresso, chocolate, roasted malts, not getting any of the wood on the nose, light touch of caramel, and it's pretty boozy.

T: Follows the nose with vanilla, espresso, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, hit of spice from the wood, reminds me of turmeric, good amount of alcohol coming through. As the beer warms the caramel gains a stronger presence adding some sweetness. Also, the wood comes through as well adding a stronger spice note.

M: Full bodied with a dry finish, dry finish, low carbonation.

O: Lots of depth and complexity, especially as the beer warms, not a lot on the aroma, beer's strength is in its taste, solid mouthfeel, going to age the other bottles and see how much they change.

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

Photo of MJ64
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave2234
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 12/6/16 poured into a DFH wood aged glass at fridge temp 12% ABV. The beer is dark brown bordering on black. The head is short lived and light brown in color. Head recedes to a few islands of bubbles and a faint ring around the glass. Aroma is chocolate and roast malt with a hint of wood. Taste follows the nose with chocolate and roast up front yielding to woody, spicy boozy notes. Mouthfeel is full bodied, barely carbonated, soft yet sharp with boozy bitterness on the finish. It all works together quite well. Overall, very good. This is a rather extraordinary beer to just be able to look up a local store on the DFH website and purchase without trouble.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep black with a smallish head. The aroma features notes of vanilla, toasted oak, milk chocolate, mild smoke, salami, and licorice. The flavor starts with a strong note of chocolate, and then vanilla, licorice, toast, salami, pepperoni, and rye bread. The mouthfeel is quite thick with fairly minimal carbonation. Overall this is lovely and deep beer with innate complexity,

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Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdaniel723
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Probably needs cellar time, too much barrel

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Photo of Tohibii
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Frudel
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black liquid with a small head diminishing to a beige circle around the glass.

Nose is caramel malt, woody notes, molasses, dark dried fruits, hint of vanilla.

Full body, very nice mouth feel.
Taste is sweetness at first, some dark dried fruits, roasted malt, than wooden notes with an alcohol finish warming the throat, long aftertaste.

Very unique one! I love it!

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Photo of jmmochowski
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dino112265
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome Brown Ale

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Photo of Jbbogin
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An Awesome tasting brown ale

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Photo of ASoftMachineMan
4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Originally had this on tap at the World of Beer in Pensacola, Florida, been buying ever since. Bought 12 fl oz bottle from grocery store chilled for 48 hours and poured into snifter.

Look: Pours black with visible viscosity with one finger brown head that dissipates to lacing.

Smell: Nose is forward with sweet malts, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Lingering notes of cut hardwood and molasses.

Taste: Follows the nose but heavier on the bourbon/vanilla notes from the wood. Lingering mildly bitter aftertaste of baker's chocolate and black coffee. Extremely well balanced and dangerously sippable for the 12% abv.

Body: Thick and syrupy but lightened considerably by the high carbonation. Mild coating left on tongue.

Overall: While I have never been disappointed by a Dogfish Head product, this is by far and away my favorite. Very rare too find a readily available brew that hits all the right notes like this one.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: pours darkish brown, looks black in the glass with small head that fades fast
S: sweet dark malt, toffee and slight oak
T: just like the nose but with the highlight being a chocolate malt finish.
F: smooth, abv hidden well, but highly carbonated

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