Palo Santo Marron | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Palo Santo MarronPalo Santo Marron
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Palo Santo MarronPalo Santo Marron

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

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Ratings: 5,864 |  Reviews: 2,110
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a four pack of this for my birthday. Poured black with a slim mocha head into a Chimay goblet, and looks completely frigging awesome. Nose is dark fruit, super-malt, and boozy. The bottle indicates there should be some vanilla and caramel notes. I get the caramel, not picking up on the vanilla, but definitely some dank wood. Flavor is like liquefied raisin, and boy is this thick. So good, and the vanilla really comes through in the flavor (maybe as it's warming), as does the wood, giving it real winelike character. The mouthfeel as I said is thick, alcohol level is up there with a wine and gives a similarly tongue-numbing sensation, and low carbonation. Overall, completely badass. Now going to chase this with something a bit lighter. I honestly can't see drinking more than one of these at a sitting, two tops. Awesome, awesome beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

p-half a finger head that dissipates quickly

a-black with a mocha head. looks more like a stout

s-not as much as expected. main aroma is sweet caramel and brown sugar. Faint hint of booziness.

t-same as the nose at least first. so sweet caramel at the front, but on the back that palo santo wood comes through to provide some bitter balance to the sweetness. However, the sweetness overpowers the bitterness making this a bit unbalanced.

m-thick and smooth

o-A bit too sweet for me and it seems to be more a stout than a brown ale. This beer could benefit from a more roasty malt or some kind of bitterness to balance the sweetness. A plus for this beer is that at 12% abv there is a low alcohol presence, which makes for an easy drinking sipper. (76/100)

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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/22/11

Pours deep dark brown, almost black but not quite. Thin reddish brown head.

Smell is coffee, vanilla, burnt wood, and alcohol

Taste is coffee and some vanilla as well. maybe a little bit of semi sweet chocolate but barely. Also picking up some butterscotch notes as well. First sip or two the alcohol presence hits but the other flavors overtake and mellow it out some further into the glass and some caramel taste makes itself known.

Feel is sticky sweet and pretty well carbonated surprisingly.

This is a really complex beer. Drinks like a stout for sure and a lot is going on in these 12oz. The 12% abv is there but as the multiple flavors within decide to take turns upstaging each other, the burn quickly subdues. I had one of these 2 yrs ago when I got the 4 ok and thought it was overly boozy. The age really did this one good and glad I have another left to enjoy again. DFH hit the mark with this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into glass. Bottled on 12/5/12.

A - Incredible deep dark brown to black color: almost looks like oil coming out of the bottle and I mean that in the best way possible. A rich, full head takes its time to settle, pleasantly thick at first.

S - The smell is deceptive - it only hints at its dark complexity, but the smell is attractive and a good invitation to the taste.

T - The taste is complex: it starts out with a front of dark caramel sweetness that dissolves against a faintly more bitter front into the aftertaste. There are notes of vanilla in there, but they are subtle.

M - When tasting, the first thing I noticed was its mouthfeel - velvety smooth. Perhaps the nature of the Palo Santo wood lends some of its natural oil to the feel. I'm not sure, but it's amazing.

O - For as heavy of a beer as this is, the finish is smooth and it is enjoyable to continue sipping. I could see having two or three bottles of this back to back, no problem, providing I wasn't leaving the house for a while!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

From my tasting notes: It pours black as used motor oil and looks and tastes like an Imperial Stout. The wood aging gives it a bitter but complex taste that hides the alcohol well. It had a thick and heavy mouthfeel that lets you know you are drinking something substantial while many of the flavors and aromas introduced themselves as it warmed. Not something I could drink all the time, but a dynamic and powerful beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 4-?-2013 about seven-eight months on it.

Appearance - Looks like a stout more than American brown. I guess it's going to be a malty beast.

Aroma - Caramel, brown sugar, subtle vanilla. Hint of grape NyQuil...

Taste - Similar to aroma. Luckily no NyQuil taste. Instead there is a bit of wood shining through.

Mouthfeel - Syrupy, medium to full bodied, low carbonation. More like a stout than brown.

Overall - Somewhat similar to Bitches Brew with no raisin or chocolate. Very tasty.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88.9% out of 100 with 5,864 ratings
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