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:
5,853
Reviews:
2,106
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
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Gots:
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Photo of Mdaniel723
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
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
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Frudel
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled.
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 -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dino112265
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
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 +6.3%
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 +15.6%
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 -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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