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:
#1,228
Reviews:
2,128
Ratings:
5,917
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
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389
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Ratings: 5,917 |  Reviews: 2,128
Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madakassal
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A new bottle poured into a tulip. It's fantastic. The beef jerky hits you right off the bat. Then it mellows out into more of a wooden barrel and dried fruit type flavor. Pepperiness from the wood. Too drinkable.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Well, it looks pitch black in the glass, topped by a creamy tan head. Looks more like an imperial stout than a brown ale. The head retention and lacing are incredible for an abv of 12%, so it looks magnificent.

It smells like an imperial stout, too. It smells like dark chocolate, baking cocoa, espresso, licorice, molasses, black pepper. Slightly butter, too, with hints of soy sauce. Smells delectable.

Huge dark and milk chocolate upfront with some caramel and toffee. Big creaminess with vanilla and almond notes. Spicy mid-palate notes of black pepper, licorice, star anise. Slightly smoky. Hints of prune and raisin. A little bit of soy sauce. Finishes slightly sweet but not cloying, alcohol extremely well-hidden, just a warmth going down.

The mouthfeel on this beer is world-class. So silky-smooth, soft, and velvety. Super creamy, but not thick, chewy, or heavy. Moderately carbonated. Flows quickly on the palate but doesn't want to leave your mouth, either. Finishes slightly sticky with some residual sweetness.

Wow! This beer blew my mind. I'm not sure what to expect from the Palo Santo wood, and it tastes more like an imperial stout than a brown ale, but wow, what a magnificent beer. This is absolutely stellar.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This might be the best DFH I've ever had...Damn is it tasty...

I knew there was something special about this beer when I read it was a brown ale but it poured out more like a liquid, black stout. It had thin foam, light lacing, but the impenetrable blackness of the beer was impressive. The scent was a pleasant blend of caramel, roasted notes, and the distinct booziness that comes with 12% ABV. Mouthfeel was full-bodied, somewhat creamy, and more carbonated than I prefer but not to the point of distraction. The taste was anything like a brown ale - this was more a flavorful stout if anything. Though the booziness was the strong note, there were background flavors of vanilla and caramel, with a touch of roasted malts to round it all up.

What an incredible and unexpected surprise from a brewer I thought I had already pegged. Nice job DFH...

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Photo of AngEo
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redleg64
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DMC43
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SpaethJam
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lonewolfwmv
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dammit_Allie
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Reggie1014
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SuperP
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with slight tan head. Aroma is slightly sweet caramel with a little vanilla. Taste is a caramel vanilla with a strong alcohol taste. This beer definitely needs to be aged for 6-12 months

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4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,917 ratings