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Palo Santo Marron | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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: 5,888 |  Reviews: 2,123
Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown color with a creamy khaki head that has great retention.

S- smells of dark bread crust, caramel, toffee, chocolate, exotic wood, toasted nuts, leather and tobacco

T- rich caramel and toffee up front, followed by notes of chocolate, fig, raisin, prime, tobacco and dark bread crust. The finish brings out some wood notes that continue into the linger, along with more caramel

M- medium thick body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a chewy, warming finish

O- for a style that's typically bland, this is bold and flavorful throughout, very good

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Photo of Brolo75
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with a mocha colored head, no retention, light mahogany edges when held up to the light, no lacing, looks thick for an American brown ale.

A: Lots of vanilla, espresso, chocolate, roasted malts, not getting any of the wood on the nose, light touch of caramel, and it's pretty boozy.

T: Follows the nose with vanilla, espresso, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, hit of spice from the wood, reminds me of turmeric, good amount of alcohol coming through. As the beer warms the caramel gains a stronger presence adding some sweetness. Also, the wood comes through as well adding a stronger spice note.

M: Full bodied with a dry finish, dry finish, low carbonation.

O: Lots of depth and complexity, especially as the beer warms, not a lot on the aroma, beer's strength is in its taste, solid mouthfeel, going to age the other bottles and see how much they change.

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

Photo of MJ64
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave2234
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 12/6/16 poured into a DFH wood aged glass at fridge temp 12% ABV. The beer is dark brown bordering on black. The head is short lived and light brown in color. Head recedes to a few islands of bubbles and a faint ring around the glass. Aroma is chocolate and roast malt with a hint of wood. Taste follows the nose with chocolate and roast up front yielding to woody, spicy boozy notes. Mouthfeel is full bodied, barely carbonated, soft yet sharp with boozy bitterness on the finish. It all works together quite well. Overall, very good. This is a rather extraordinary beer to just be able to look up a local store on the DFH website and purchase without trouble.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep black with a smallish head. The aroma features notes of vanilla, toasted oak, milk chocolate, mild smoke, salami, and licorice. The flavor starts with a strong note of chocolate, and then vanilla, licorice, toast, salami, pepperoni, and rye bread. The mouthfeel is quite thick with fairly minimal carbonation. Overall this is lovely and deep beer with innate complexity,

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

Photo of Mdaniel723
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
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
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Frudel
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dino112265
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +15.1%
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 -3.3%
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 -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rarigney
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +0.7%
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 -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,888 ratings
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