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
Ranking:
#1,302
Reviews:
2,142
Ratings:
5,946
pDev:
11.72%
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Ratings: 5,946 |  Reviews: 2,142
Photo of Knickfan3
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VAFolks14
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very, very dark brown, almost porter-like. Very sweet, caramel/molasses taste is very obvious from the first taste. You can tell this beer is high in ABV but I wouldn't have guessed 12% without knowing before tasting. Sweetness and malt are a bit heavy but the beer finishes with a smooth texture. Overall this beer is enjoyable and I will purchase again.

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Photo of Negrelly
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a recently purchased bottle into the test glass.
A - Bakers chocolate color, aggressive pour yields a thick tan cap.
S - Dark grains mixed with mint and red raspberry, a hint of char, and cedar. Wonderful on every level
T - Semi dark cocoa, red currant, hints of pinot noir, shade tobacco, and brown sugar
M - A bit hefty, slick start, then a solid move toward the center, a delightfully semi sweet finish
O - A winner on every level. Barrel notes, vinous, and delightfully toasty.
worth seeking out and maybe storing a bit.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought just one to try. Dark dark brown, some nice lacing. I can’t smell much at my age. Lots going on taste wise and I like it a lot. Smoothly done. Dogfish has a winner for my tastes. I like porters, RIP’s and browns.

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Photo of Jbk81
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bryan12345
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron Wood-aged Brown Ale, 12% ABV. Pours dark brown to black, with a one finger tan head. Nose is caramel, taste is caramel, quite sweet, almost no bitterness, but boozy. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent. Boozier and tastier than most brown ales.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve into a tulip...

Pours a porter-stout-like opaque dark brown to black. A vigorous pour yielded a substantial tan foamy head. The head and lacing persist fairly well.

The nose is fairly malty and toasty, with expected wood notes. The booze is noticeable here.

The flavor is all over the map. Big chewy malts in the form of caramel and molasses immediately hit the palate, followed by a strong raw booze note. Earthy hop notes balance the malts fairly well, though this skews pretty sweet. Very barleywine-like or even old ale, with a barrel note that arrives in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is solid and well-matched. Definitely chewy and full-bodied, it nevertheless delivers just enough hop and booze to balance things out. And the carbonation is unexpected given the ABV.

This isn't a "brown" in the conventional sense at all. Very barleywine in many ways, although less hoppy than most iterations of that style. If the booze was a bit more hidden it would be a top-notcher. Still, a good brew.

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Photo of Isarnan
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mccrackrlm
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonB25
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Euphoria69
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jg24rules
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Palo Santo 2016
Surprising head for a 2 year old beer.
Oak (Palo Santo) smell, dusty smell along with chocolate, raisin.
Little bit of a bite to the 12% beer as it goes down with a sweet flavor like molasses that lingers in the back of the mouth. This is a pretty strong stout-like beer especially after aging. Completely overpowers the taste of this delicious shrimp queso flameado dish in a good way. A definite winner with props much deserved. Crazy that the shop has 2 year old 4 packs just sitting there. At a reasonable price too. Thanks again DF.

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Photo of Bstoeckel
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brenden
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: I've never seen a brown that looked so much like a porter or possibly even a stout. It's very dark brown and just a bit of light adds some color to the body. The head is a smallish, thin one but tightly bubbled, leaving spotting on the glass behind a thin leg.
S: You can smell a bit of alcohol, but the barrel adds a lot of character. Good wood with some caramel and vanilla sweetness over a bit of light roast.
T:This one is balanced, not too sweet, and very tasty. The only thing that detracts is the strength of the raw sort of alcohol, and this might be the perfect brown ale without it. As such, it's excellent, with lots of complexity, bread and just enough of a leafy / earthy / almost nutty hops presence to counter the sweetness. Wood adds a nice dryness that doesn't take it overboard or go astringent.
F: This is one that could be very dry, and overly so, between the alcohol and wood but doesn't. It has a bit more body than the typical brown without being heavy and balances crispness and smoothness very nicely.

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Photo of stewartea
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DodgerLove
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RDW
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Griffin2
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.
L - Pours a dark brown with a slight tan head.
S - Smells of caramel and molasses.
T - Tastes of caramel with some molasses on the finish.
F - Full bodied with a slight alcohol burn.
O - Delicious brown ale.

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Photo of MrDis
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OldManStanford
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I keep finding myself coming back to this beer time and again. Especially after my local Whole Foods in the Bay Area started carrying it.

The color is dark, maybe even dank, especially for a brown ale. It feels thick as it pours, and ends up with a nice, even layer of foam on the head.

The aroma comes across with caramel and toasted nuts (almonds, perhaps). Of course, those caramel-coated nuts are surrounded by the smell of the wood! Wonderfully deep and complex.

The taste is heavy and warm, filled with notes of caramel and molasses. The high ABV isn't something you notice on the way in, but after one, I'm always thinking why I don't do that more often.

Overall, it's absolutely worth and taste and something I think is worth coming back to.

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Photo of Cheers101
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black - looks like a stout.
Smell: Woody, the wood aging is awesome
Taste: Wow, a huge beer. Massive wood character. Delicious, but I can only drink 1
Mouthfeel: Heavy.

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,946 ratings