Palo Santo Marron | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,832
Reviews:
2,098
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
Wants:
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Photo of blissfulNemo
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MackT
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

About half way through the 12oz. of this unique beverage.
Dark and mysterious, rich in mouthfeel, warming due to 12% Abv, thanks. Complexities are unlimited, dependent upon your imagination. Mine tells me, malty caramel, vanilla, woodsy hints.
I'll stop there, just to add, this is a nice change of pace. Sip it slo, it's good to go. Not for wimps. Would absolutely buy again, to treat myself, and friends of high regard.

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Photo of Honeyham7
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wanted to love it, love its background, love its construction and delivery. Liked it a lot. Executed on the objective, maybe not overwhelmingly great though. Malts seemed to outweigh the wood options. Very good.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter, per bottle suggestion.

Appearance: Small khazi head, gives way to a ring. Beer is solid black.

Nose: faint sweet aromas, vanilla, licorice

Taste: Dark chocolate, vanilla cream, roasted notes.

Mouth: Medium, a bit thick. Boozy warm sting hinted at in the back.

Perhaps it is impossible to make bad beer when it is aged in wood. My first Dogfish was a dark delight.

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Photo of Dmecca
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight piney hops, dark fruit, wood, alcohol, hint of roasted malt, and slight spice/herb. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, wood, yeast, herbs, and hops. Overall, great aroma, good blend, complexity, and body.

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Photo of sposter4
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thedifferencemaker
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve had this in a pint glass several times but once in a tulip. There wasn’t any differences. The appearance was basically a ruddy brown color with a nice one finger white foamy head that dissipates at a decent pace leaving some nice lacing. The smell was basically like a woody Brown Ale with some light vanilla and booze features. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, it sat about a medium on the body with a nice smooth slightly creaminess running about my mouth and tongue. Overall, I say this was a nicely done Strong Ale.

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Photo of redbarnbikes
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shade1951
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've recently been disappointed in a couple of Dogfish Head's offerings. This one does *not* disappoint.

This brown ale tastes and feels more like a barley wine to me - not a bad thing at all. DFH really seems to like adding hops to their beers - lots of hops. The hops are here too - but they do not overpower. Rather, they lend a welcome balance to the malt.

With a butt-kicking 12% ABV, this is a definite sipper, and probably more appropriate for warming a person up on a chilly autumn or winter evening rather than here in June. But I love dark, rich, flavorful beers all year around.

Chocolate notes are apparent in the flavor, and a bit less so in the aroma. The mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy, and the carbonation is just enough to tickle the throat.

A delicious beer that, though quite expensive, is one I will surely buy again.

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Photo of colbywatts
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of toti1972
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Aceofbass
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BladesOfBarley
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage, Dogfishhead tulip glass.

Okay, so it's been a while since I've reviewed anything, as I am a busy man and don't necessarily care to much for a review after a long dat at work, so here I am, reviewing a vintage of one of my favorite beers. Palo Santo (means "holy tree") Marron is a delicious, rich but subtle brown ale aged on Palo Santo wood, which is used in many South American wines. Pouring a deep midnight black, with a subtle light brown head of about a pinky's width, this beer unleashes aromas of wood, vanilla, dark fruit and chocolate, which evolve into a mix that is not only subtle, but wonderful as well.

The taste follows suit, with rich flavors of chocolate, vanilla, wood and dark fruit, but in a much more stated amount than the aroma would have you believe. As it warms, the wood becomes much more prominent without overpowering the softer notes. A definite after work sipper, perfect with a beef stew or smoked cheese.

For a two year vintage, this beer has held up incredibly well. I'm always happy to see such beer aging on shelves, more for me and those who enjoy aged ales. If you see this vintage around, pick it up, sit back, relax and enjoy.

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Photo of BEER88
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Comander_Shepard
2.14/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McClinton
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emeyer
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours jet black and without much in terms of a head. The smell is intense and full of oaky and vinous notes. The taste is more of a barrel-aged stout than any kind of brown ale, but I guess this beer is something in between. Fairly boozy. A great dessert!

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Photo of CMEG
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my "trapped on a dessert island beer" ! It is in a class all it's own. The look is rich, dark, sexy; pours with a beautiful carmel-colored head. The smell has hints of vanilla, licorice, and of course Palo Santo wood. It is rich in mouthfeel - smooth, soft, rich, mildly carbonated, almost syrupy, but not. Taste is rich, and complex - hints of vanilla, licorice, nuts. Phenomenal beer with food! Steak or, at Dogfish's restaurant, the Gorgonzola burger!

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Photo of Redscot
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of carmike813
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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