Palo Santo Marron | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
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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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#2,293
Reviews:
2,146
Ratings:
5,961
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
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Ratings: 5,961 |  Reviews: 2,146
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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Photo of Harrison8
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a finger and half of khaki foam with marvelous head retention. Aroma is toasted, nutted, breaded, and caramel malts with soothing oak. Flavor profile is toasted, roasted, nutted, breaded, and caramel malts. It has a wonderfully diverse quality to it, all the while, remaining balanced. Touches of caramel, oak, and molasses help smooth things out even further burying any sign of the 12% ABV. Mouth feel is velvety, smooth, and creamy with a medium thickness. Overall, a splendid beer that retains a world class balance. It drinks quite a bit like a stout, but a balanced stout at that. Lovely brew.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of cbb77
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nofreepass99
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

last one I had was hidden way behind a bunch of stuff by my wine rack. Was from 4 years ago the age did some really wonderful things to it. Haven't had it fresh in a while but a tremendous very flavorful heavy duty beer. One of these will get you where you need to go

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,961 ratings