Palo Santo Marron | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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:
5,846
Reviews:
2,104
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rarigney
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with a super persistent, creamy, dark tan head leaving streaky patches of lacing. Aroma is dried dark fruits and booze. Taste is much the same with some sweet caramel and vanilla. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a nice warming sensation of the big ABV. Excellent beer!

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Photo of akirakcat
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown with a small, light brown head. Smells like toasted malts, burnt brown sugar, and dark fruit. Can definitely sniff the booze too. Dates and brown sugar taste stand out the most, but lots of vanilla as well and can just make out the caramel, especially as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth and lighter than I would expect for how long it takes me to finish off the glass. Overall it's a very good beer. I'm surprised by how fruity and yet rich/dark it is.

Had this on tap at the brewery and then in a 4-pack of bottles.

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Photo of mmellow12
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours near black with a thin creamy dark tan head (looks like bcbs). Leaves dripping tan, oily lace on the glass. Tastes big and boozy! The Palo Santo wood gives this brown ale a unique sweet caramel and vanilla flavor. Costs the same as dragons milk and I like it slightly better. Best beer I've had from Dogfish Head yet, and one of the best I've had period.

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Photo of stephens101
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is dark brown bordering on black. There's a smattering tan bubbles across the top. Has a sweet and roasty aroma consisting of cacao, cinnamon, brown sugar, plum and roasted malts. Tastes of deep rich caramel, roasted malt, currant, cacao, gum, herbal hops and wood, all taking their perfect positions on the stage. Smooth and goes down more like a 6 per-center. Complex and concerted.

Just when you think it's safe to forget the big guys, you find a beer like this and realize why they will always have their place at the table.

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Photo of GlennWB
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of travelguy
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dennqis
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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