Palo Santo Marron | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Palo Santo MarronPalo Santo Marron

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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: 5,977 |  Reviews: 2,150
Photo of Eddieeight
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I’m not big into brown ales but I like this. Looks dark brown with some lacing and carbonation bubbling up on the sides. Smells sickeningly sweet and nutty definitely cloying although it doesn’t taste that way. Taste has some sweetness to it, I am getting the vanilla and caramel as described. Also some coffee. The abv is well hidden and I love it cuz I can get a buzz quickly off this. Mouthfeel is semi thick with lots of bubbly. Overall one of my fave brown ales to date.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 09:19/16 1931. DFH Tulip!

A: pours a dark brown, bordering on black with a thin skim of head that rapidly dissipates to nothing more than an island in the center. Held up to a bright light nothing is coming through except at the very margins. Some tiny carb showing there at the edge, but nothing else.

S: sweet, syrupy, boozy nose. Caramel, molasses. Maybe my imagination, but I think I smell some wood. Really does smell like a mild, less roasty RIS.

T: arrives with an immediate, mouth filling sweetness. Complex fruit sugars: molasses, dried fig, prune, blood, tobacco, oak. Lingering licorice, vanilla, molasses, tobacco, and then oak. There is a bit of malt roast here, but it is very mild. Like a breakfast blend coffee. Alcohol is not present on the palate nearly as much as you would expect, but it appears toward the end and lingers on the finish. I bought this not knowing that it was nearly two years old. I wonder if this is one that is better fresh?

M: what do you think it feels like? Motor oil. Thick and syrupy, but with adequate carbonation. Fairly clean, but there is a lingering flavor, of not texture.

O: it’s damn near 100 degrees out today, but this has been sitting in my fridge for months, and I figured hey, it’s now or never. I’ve had RIS’s in hot weather before, and so that isn’t the source of my ambivalence. Really, it’s that this is overpoweringly sweet and boozy, and lacking in either hop or roast bitterness to balance it out. I find this true of many barrel-aged beers; perhaps I’m just not a fan of barrel aging beer (I love whisky, though). A definite sipper, best for the winter months and when you have nothing to do and nowhere to be. For me, a one and done. I wanted to have tried it, so I tried it. Glad I did, but I won’t be having it again.

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Photo of StevenWernerCS
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy, but great for a lean back night to relax, not great with dinner, best with dessert

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

Photo of DanLane
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjw2808
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh.... Kind of sweet and syrupy. Alcohol is well hidden for a 12% beer. Just about black and more of a stout than an ale. Actually, not an ale whatsoever so I have no clue where that comes from. Its okay for a sipper. Bought a 4 pack although won't likely buy this again as I was a bit disappointed. My other 3 wont go to waste however!

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Photo of GratefulFC
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour real dark. Cherries, Chocolate, Coffee, oak, chestnuts.

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Photo of Knickfan3
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VAFolks14
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very, very dark brown, almost porter-like. Very sweet, caramel/molasses taste is very obvious from the first taste. You can tell this beer is high in ABV but I wouldn't have guessed 12% without knowing before tasting. Sweetness and malt are a bit heavy but the beer finishes with a smooth texture. Overall this beer is enjoyable and I will purchase again.

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Photo of Negrelly
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a recently purchased bottle into the test glass.
A - Bakers chocolate color, aggressive pour yields a thick tan cap.
S - Dark grains mixed with mint and red raspberry, a hint of char, and cedar. Wonderful on every level
T - Semi dark cocoa, red currant, hints of pinot noir, shade tobacco, and brown sugar
M - A bit hefty, slick start, then a solid move toward the center, a delightfully semi sweet finish
O - A winner on every level. Barrel notes, vinous, and delightfully toasty.
worth seeking out and maybe storing a bit.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought just one to try. Dark dark brown, some nice lacing. I can’t smell much at my age. Lots going on taste wise and I like it a lot. Smoothly done. Dogfish has a winner for my tastes. I like porters, RIP’s and browns.

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Photo of Jbk81
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bryan12345
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron Wood-aged Brown Ale, 12% ABV. Pours dark brown to black, with a one finger tan head. Nose is caramel, taste is caramel, quite sweet, almost no bitterness, but boozy. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent. Boozier and tastier than most brown ales.

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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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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,977 ratings