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:
5,815
Reviews:
2,091
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
Wants:
383
Gots:
1,335
For Trade:
26
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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

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First off this is an incredible beer but I'm reviewing it nitro style at the brewery
Look - incredibly dark with a big lasting tan head
Smell - I feel like the nitro changed the smell, smells like modified Guinness
Taste - sweet brown mixed with a stout
Feel - smooth creamy
Overall - I'll review again not nitro because it's better not nitro

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Photo of Philosoraptor1354
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rizzy17
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bshefftz
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aging this beer is the way to go. Really makes for a much more complex, nutty and well balanced beer. Had it poured from a bottle aged 3 years and new and way better in the 3 year old

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

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

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Pours black with dark brown highlights on the bottom, short ring of tan head flattens out with a few lingering bubbles.
Aroma - Fudge, caramel, vanilla, as it warms some sweet alcohol.
Taste - Loads of chocolate, caramel, malt is creamy and mellow, vanilla towards the middle, almond-like bitterness, alcohol is gentle, light coffee towards the end. Just enough bitterness to offset the sweetness. Aftertaste is long and with lingering toast and coffee.
Feel - Full bodied, creamy, mild alcohol warmth, slightly oily.

Overall - A real treat to drink, loads of flavor and complexity that only improves as it warms. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of foghornleghorn22
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Stouty, dark, dark brown. Almost black.
S- Tobacco, mollasses, sweetness, stone fruit.
T- Roasty, malty and savory flavor. Sweet. Almost an imperial soy sauce flavor. Wonderful
F- Thick, thick thick.
O- Wonderful beer. Thank you to my friend Jack for giving it to me. T

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Photo of tpeters
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lahey
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated october of 2015, so theres a year and a half of age on it.

Beer pours inky black with tan head,
looks more like a stout than a brown. Light lacing

Smells like coffee and maybe light tobacco.

Flavor is what i would call wood aged imperial porter(or stout). Most brown ales dont touch the abv or darkness this beer has. Very enjoyable to me as I love high abv dark beers in general.

Mouthfeel isnt thin, but surprisingly drinkable for a high octane brown. I could see drinking more than one if offered the opportunity.

Next time I buy these, I'll get one 4 pack to drink and one to age. It's that good. If you like high powered stouts, give this a try (even though it's labeled as a brown) At least try a single, dogfish head don't mess around.

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Photo of Muss42
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pitch black color. Smells of milk chocolate, wood, and coffee. Getting coffee, tons of chocolate and vanilla, as well as some spices and barrel wood on the palate. Very thick and syrupy for the mouthfeel. Not an easy drinker but sure a good one.

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Photo of sisterofba
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
2.57/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

**
04/13/17

Bottle to snifter.

I had this 6-7 years ago before I started recording most of my ratings, but I remember thinking it had an odd taste and I did not like it. Trying it this time, I think it's not as off-putting as before, but I still don't love it. I appreciate the strength and also the experimentation with the Brown Ale style which I like. Glad I tried it again

LOOK: very dark brown (almost black). Medium head fades quickly into some minor lacing.
AROMA: the wood dominates, maybe some vinegar or strange oils. Some roasted malt.
TASTE: a touch of raisin comes through, but otherwise it is the wood and strong oily taste which I can only imagine comes from the Palo Santo wood.
FEEL: Medium to Full bodied. Light carbonation due to thickness. Smooth mouthfeel, but some astringency from the wood characteristics.


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