Palo Santo Marron | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Palo Santo MarronPalo Santo Marron
5,871 Ratings
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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Photo of divineaudio
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 5/27/09, consumed 11/8/11.

a - pours a deep dark brown, nearly opaque. forms only a thin cap of chocolate brown head that dissipates almost immediately. left only a single little leg of lacing on the side of the glass.

s - big dark fruit aroma. cherry, blackberry, raisin, notes of brown sugar and vanilla. faint alcohol presence.

t - starts off roasty with a strong brown sugar sweetness. big dark fruity flavors follow and provide a pleasing vinous quality. hop bitterness makes an appearance before a lingering, sweet finish. slight alcohol presence.

m - full bodied, medium carbonation, chewy, significant but not overpowering alcohol warming.

o - a pretty fantastic brew. definitely not drinking more than one bottle a night at 12% though. seems a bit hot when it's fresh, but at about a year and a half old, it has mellowed out just fine. more beer should be aged on palo santo wood. highly recommended.

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Photo of JustinAniello
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a one and a half finger cream colored head. Dissipates to a minimal cap and lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel take up the forefront. A light vanilla and some of the wood from the casks moves in and out of the background.

T - Heavy chocolate with a light coffee when it goes down. A light wood shows up in the aftertaste, slight smokiness. Moderately sweet at first turning into a mild bitterness.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy, coats the mouth, great for the style.

O - This is an excellent beer, which goes through a multitude of flavors while not failing on any of them. Lightening on the sweetness would improve this, but not much. Another great DFH to add to the list.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a $20 12oz bottle from 2008 poured into a huge snifter. almost no head on a melted chocolate velvety sludgy soil colored liquid from the heavens. smells of booze right away, vanilla, and some kind of sappy wood. one of the most alluring aromatic impressions ive ever come across in any beer! taste is magnificent, strong, definitely wood aged, not sweet as i thought it might be, earthy, possibly raisins or even dried black currants in a nonfruity way. so many subtleties here, need more of these to dissect it better. wow. awesome mouthfeel, perfect after a big meal as a slow sipper, warming up to room temperature is a must for this baby. i wonder if the vintage makes much difference here? only one ive ever had, but wow is this good. big alcohol warmth in the finish, and almost caustic if held in the mouth for awhile. 12% all the way. would love to get my hands on some more of this one!!!

edit: drank a 2009 edition last night, almost 6 years old. wow, its maybe only a touch oxidized, but mellow and mature like no other, almost like a liqueur. thats maybe a little too long in the cellar, but this one ages with the best of them. be in no hurry to drink this!!!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Bottled date 09/13/2010 served on 11/06/2011.

Appearance: Ridiculously dark brown (pitch black) with a 1/2 inch dark tan head which is slight bubbly but settles after the first sip.

Smell: Aroma of a strong alcohol...similar to port wine. This shouldn't be called smell it is a god damn aroma. Simply amazing but yet very scary because it is not for the faint of heart.

Taste: Molasses and the essence of bitter sweet vanilla. Goes down very easy but beware will hit you so take your time. I wish I could go higher on the taste points but I factor in how many I could have in a row. Unless your in love with wheat soda (ie. Malta Goya) this guy is tough.

Mouth: Very malty, but easy to drink. Flavor sticks to you like black on a tire....bad analogy but wanted you to get the idea that this tastes like nothing else. Slight sweet meets a hint of bitterness.

Overall: I truly love this beer...but drinking too many in a row will definitely cloud your judgement. DFH has done a incredible job with this beer, maybe it's lust or love doesn't matter you will find a winner with Palo Santo Marron.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass at the Owl Shop.

A: Pours a black body with a thin, light brown head that settles into a ring. Ok.

S: Pure, solventy alcohol up front; very sweet, syrupy, and nail-polishy. I enjoy it, but it's pretty simplistic (and indistinguishable from other big DFH beers).

T: Boozy, sweet, chocolatey, and a little spicy + woody. Long, sweet, woody finish. Very tasty, if a bit over the top with the alcohol.

M: Thick, viscous, and well-carbonated. I like it.

O: This one was nowhere near as good as I remember it being when I first tried it on tap a couple years ago, but it was still enjoyable. I definitely appreciate the boldness of such a take on a brown ale, and the palo santo wood gives it an undeniable touch of distinctiveness. I just wish they could rein in the heat a tad.


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Photo of pattermj
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay from a 12 oz bottle.

A- Dark dark brown, poured like I have seen many lighter stouts and stronger porters, very impressed.

S- Oak, fruits, dark grains, alcohol. Very nicely mixed but alcohol rules in the end on it, wish it didn't

T- Dark Fruity, woody (oaky?), chocolate grains. Alcohol again hits in the end, thinking aging could help

M- Alcohol hits it here, not looking for that feel from a brown ale, otherwise well carbonated and smooth, just kick from alcohol.

O- I think I need to age a case and it might become an amazing beer.

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Photo of Doshkin
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - smooth looking very dark almost black with some deep red undertones. this looks like red wine mixed with used oil, in the best way, of course. small amount of mocha head that settles and leaves a thin layer.

s - the alcohol presence is quite strong. the oak comes through next. almost smells like theres a touch of chocolate in there. again with the red wine - like there are some dark and heavy fruits.

t - tastes match smells, each with the same amount of strength as described above. alcohol is definitely the strongest with this beastly 12%er.

m - pretty heavy. very smooth with a good carbonation complementing the heavy flavors.

o - this is truly a treat for a beer. i tried my hardest to take tiny sips while reviewing so i didnt drink it all right away. only half remains though... and im feeling the kick that this beer delivers already. if you are up for a 12oz glass of wine (in terms of ABV) disguised as a beer, look no further.

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Photo of Dubber55
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 7/9/11
Poured into a Founders snifter

A viscous, dark black with some burgundy highlights. 1/2 finger of reddish brown head that settles into a thin collar around the glass.

Smells very woody with some savory spice. I think I am also getting some vanilla, possibly some dark fruit, and booze. Smells a little like a Belgian dark ale.

Taste starts off extremely malty with some cherry and vanilla. In the mid palate, the flavors change to coffee, leather, and tobbaco. The finish is booze and savory spice. Its an interesting flavor combination- not complex though. I don't know if I really taste much of the base beer though.

Carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is kind of syrupy.

I like all the flavors of this beer individually but as a whole, I don't think they really meld together. The wood aging is also way too strong. I'm not a fan

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Photo of aorloski
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an incredibly dark brown, pretty much black color. Very much like an imperial stout, even the same consistency. I have no idea if i should be rating the appearance on brown ale standards or on its own. It looks like no brown ale i have seen more like a stout, as state. About a half fingers worth of khaki head that disappears quickly. decent alcohol legs, expected at 12%

Smell - Warm vanilla right up front followed by a light hint of oak, very subtle which is surprising. As it warms up you get more of the woodiness.

Taste - Dark fruits right up front, especially dark cherries, raisons and figs. A very sweet beer and the wood characteristics do not shine through as much as i would hope. I might add this is a relatively fresh bottle too. Just like the smell, the taste opens up a lot more as it warms. A nice vanilla oak character in the back of the tongue which is very nice.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth and moderately carbonated, coats the mouth.

Overall - This is one of my favorite Dogfish Head beers, not only is it pretty widely available but it is one of the best they brew. This is the kind of innovation you would expect from them but nothing over the top like other things they have done. That being said i had no idea how to review this one, it deserves a category all of its own, definitely not a brown ale. Great brew!

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Photo of tony223366
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: very dark brown/black with a slick brown head of 1 finger that quickly turned into a thin layer. Another coke looking beer! Nice lacing saves the aesthetics of this beer in my opinion.

S: smoke and molasses up front. Whoa, something is mildly acidic in here. Wasn't expecting that. On a third sniff I get cocoa powder.

T: on my first sip I get dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Really smoky. Rich dark fruits. Burnt sugar hides all 12 abvs on the finish. Not truly bitter on the finish.

M: full to medium body. Good carbonation. Very creamy

O: exceedingly rich and delicious. Absolutely a sipper. It's bold and beautiful. One of DFHs brews that knocks it out of the park for me.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from MarcatGSB poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours nearly black, opaque and brown head has consistency but dissipates quickly. Nice lace.

S: Smells of sweet wood, vanilla, booze, roast...hints of coffee, molasses, and brown sugar.

T: Very oaky and vanilla forward with a huge roasted barley presence...the notes of wood mix with an intrinsic sweetness and complement each other like a rich red wine or scotch whisky...there is definitely some alcohol burn but its not overpowering.

MF: Nice dry bitterness and fuller mouthfeel, cut slightly by the alcohol. Viscous.

O: Very pleasant beer, reminds me a lot of the Dragons Milk from New Holland...definitely the most unique 'Brown Ale' I've had to date.

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Photo of Crossmd
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 40 degrees into a tulip glass. No born date.

Pours a completely opaque black with no reflections. I really don't think this could get any darker. Dark tan head comes in at just under a finger. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of a blend of booze, spiced caramel, and burning brown sugar. Well projected, even more so as it warms.

Tastes of a sweet, thick blend of black molasses, hints of caramel, brown sugar and a woodiness that is difficult to describe. Incredibly heavy and rich, it achieves a layering flavor and an intense finish that are very difficult to find similarly from other producers. This feels like a world-class Dogfish Head.

While not a dessert beer per-say, there are obvious connections between this and the World Wide Stout. Rich, heavy, and intensely flavorful, malty and dirty. To say it's an American brown ale may be understating it a little bit.


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Photo of Craibcr
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to the store yesterday and found this, was quite surprised that I had never had it before so immediately had to get it. It was about $3.19 USD if I recall correctly.

A: Pours very dark, with no head while being poured. After it finishes pouring it has a small head that doesn't last very long.

S: Slight smell of caramel, but the smell was not very strong. Was expecting it to be more aromatic for how dark it was.

T: The first taste is very earthy. After it sits on the tongue a bit there is a bitter coffee taste to it that, and maybe a hint of dark chocolate.

M: Low carbonation and the beer feels quite oily. It clings to the mouth, but not in an unpleasant way. The feeling of lingers for about a minute.

O: I enjoyed it, but I don't think it was worth the price I paid for if I'm just enjoying the flavor. In terms of abv, it's not a bad deal though.

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Photo of Autoeros
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Burgundy wine glass, a Unibroue Maudite snifter, and a pint glass (recommended on the brewery site).

Look: Dark as night with hints of rose on the edges, and a rocky pink-brown head. finger-and-a-half of head that laced and retained well until the last quarter, where the carbonation simply gave out.

Smell: Rosehip and alcohol, smoke, and vanilla; it’s rather wine-like, but with a very prominent, nearly bourbonesque bite. Very slight oak, but most aroma complexities are hidden by that alcohol. 12% will often do that to a beer.

Taste: Vanilla and tobacco compete, almost with no avail, against the alcohol bite, which absolutely dominates. A light rosehip and clove flavor lurks. The beer becomes creamier as it wanders on the tongue, the oak emerges in full form, and the deeper flavors are able to come out. It is complex, though unbalanced in the alcohol’s dominance. It’s certainly not a casual sipper; this begs to be held on the palate before the balance even thinks about showing itself. I would like to see those balanced flavors come out sooner on the nose and beginning of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Very light for such a dark beer; this really floats easily around the tongue. No stickiness to speak of, and the

Overall: Very complex; its wine nose is followed by a very sharp biting first sip that manages to evolve to creamy when held on the palate. Fairly well done. While it is the most complex Dogfish Head beer I’ve tasted, the balance leaves a lot to be desired. The nose and taste are very alcohol-forward, and leave little room for the bitterness and softer cream, oak, and smoke that should be at the heart in this beer.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark and very opaque brown that is pushing black. It has a one finger, thick and creamy, mocha-colored head with great retention, but leaves no lacing.

S: The smell is a very complex onslaught of aromas. Nutty maltiness and earthy overtones are the backbone. Sweet vanilla, a woodiness scent, and dark fruits contribute their aromatic qualities in beautiful harmony. A light touch of alcohol at the end provides a slight sting.

T: The taste is along the same lines as the smell with a similar complexity. Again the nutty and earthy tones are present with the subtleties of vanilla, dark fruits, and roasted malts. I'm not catching the woodiness in the taste nor can I tell at all that this has such a high ABV.

M: This has a perfect medium body that could easily pass for a good stout. There is a light carbonation present, but in spite of this, it has a smooth velvety feel. The alcohol once again makes it's presence known, though only slightly, with a small alcoholic warming sensation.

O: This is certainly one of the best brown ales around in my opinion. From beginning to end, I have been impressed by this one. This is very enjoyable.

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

Bottled on 8/11/11. Been reading a lot of good things about this beer, so I'm excited to try it.

Upon opening the bottle, I'm immediately greeted by...sweetness? Brown sugar, figs and is that teriyaki? Very interesting stuff. It pours black with mild carbonation which fades quickly. It looks like an imperial stout

I love the taste. It reminds me almost of a Belgian dubbel or quad. Very sweet, little bit of smoke and oak. It's delicious. At 12%, it is a bit boozy, but nothing overwhelming. It certainly isn't hot.

Overall, would I buy this again? Absolutely. I'm gonna have to buy a few four packs and age them. I'm sure this beer develops beautifully over the years

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Photo of dcloeren
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany brown out of the bottle but as it is collected in my tulip it turns black with no light coming through. Produced one finger of creamy dark tan head. The head slowly receded into a thin film. Got some lacing...

The aroma is very sweet... dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, some great woody aromas, possibly a little vanilla from the wood and definitely some sweet boozy notes.

Taste follows the nose. Sweet dark fruits, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, wood, molasses and cocoa all blend together perfectly. Very complex and delicious

Medium bodied. Very boozy with some serious heat but it is VERY welcomed. Semi sweet drying aftertaste. Definitely coats the tongue with each sip and leaves some residual heat.

Overall, this is the greatest brown ale that I have ever tasted, period. I think that it is extremely well put together. I wish it wasn't so GD expensive but definitely money well spent. Cant wait to age the rest of my four pack and see how it matures. Well done Dogfish Head... Well done. *Starts slow clap*

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Photo of rangerred
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to try this one as it is one of the few DFH beers I have yet to sample.

Bottled on 2/2/11 poured into a pint glass.

A-Pitch black with a small, quarter inch head that fades to a thin covering.

S-smells like dried fruit; raisins and plums. Some wood and maybe a slight bit of alcohol.

T-Definitely a roasted flavor that I did not pick up on in the smell. Also quite a bit of dark fruit and not as much wood as I was expecting. It is there but not to the degree I have tasted in other wood aged beers. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M-Mouthfeel is full-bodied and a bit sticky but not to the point of being cloying.

Overall a very good beer and I'm glad I was able to try it. Not sure it is worth the price, though.

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Photo of gtermi
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I love how this beer pours just like motor oil. There is hardly any head on the beer and it is black as night.

S: To me it has a lot of wood, also picking up some alcohol and some sweetness. After than I cant sense anything else.

T: I am picking up a lot of chocolate and wood flavors, with a bit of alcohol and coffee.

M: The beer if very thick, but suprisingly smooth. Leaves a weird coating in my mouth.

O: This beer is just amazing. It is really expensive, but well worth the money. This is one of the best beers I have ever had in my life.

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Photo of fsvan
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe. Bottled 5/21/2010. Found this on the shelves at a local bottle shop. Didn't realize it had a year and a half on it. Awesome.

A- Deep mahogany red. Beautiful thick, reddish head leaves a big coating on the glass.

S- A wonderful woody flavor, unlike any I remember. I've had this multiple times, and it always wows me. A sweetness, and an alcoholic bite that goes with it. A wonderful smelling beer that I don't have the words to fully describe.

T- The woody flavor from the Palo Santo wood again. Accompanied by a good does of sweet, dark fruit and a firm alcohol bite. This is 12%, but the alcohol is very present. That is the one knock on it.

M- Very thick, mouth coating.

O- One of my absolute favorite DFH brews. Amazingly unique, and really, really enjoyable.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a Stella Artois glass on 8/15/11

I'm rating this as an American Strong Ale; seems more appropriate that way.

Pours so dark a brown, it's nearly black. Settles jet black. One finger head thins to a half covering of bubbles. There are some haphazardly strewn blots of lace.

Deep aromas - damp wood and hints of vanilla sit over top sugary malts: molasses, brown sugar, unsweetened dark chocolate and cocoa. Rich and full without being a sugar bomb. Very smooth. Earthy and nutty. I can tell the abv is high, but it doesn't smell hot, considering. Slightly herbal after a few swirls of the glass. Aromas of natural peanut butter and musty bark as it warms.

Palo Santo Marron tastes as complex as it smells. The alcohol is a bit more apparent and the flavors are far sweeter, too. Roasted dark malts, chocolate and a faint spot of coffee. Lots of near-burnt sugars, especially molasses. Wood tones are mild, seemingly buried in the sugars. Nutty overtones. Nips of spice on the finish. Perhaps some stray dark fruit notions low in the mix.

Full bodied; smooth and viscous enough to be a proper stout. Despite a modest, rolling carbonation there is an overall silky feel. A bit of alcohol slickness on the back end. Flavor residuals are massive and linger long.

I've been a fan of Palo Santo Marron ever since I had it on tap in Portland in 2008. It's easily my favorite DFH beer. I reviewed a bottle in 2009 but at the time I didn't feel I did it justice so I scrapped it. When I came across a growler, I figured I might as well get in a proper tick.

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Photo of jale
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with little head.

S: Deep smoked malt upfront, almost like smoked meat. Some underlying bitter cocoa.

T: Slightly sweet to start with hints of vanilla. Unusual woodiness from the Palo Santo A little alcohol heat. Very earthy at the finish. Aftertaste is stange and somewhat drying.

M: Thick body with very good carbonation.

O: Glad I tried this.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours very dark brown into my snifter and has a 1+ finger head. the retention isnt huge, but isnt too small either. some small islands of foam left around the glass. the body is completely opaque and some nice lacing is left when i swirl around the glass.

alcohol and a roast are the most noticable scents comming out with some wood and dark fruits

slight roast of front that quickly is overcome by a sweet, woody and boozy combination of flavors. molasses and real big sweetness take the forefront and follow til the end. theres a run soaked fig, dark fruit like taste comming at the end. nice stuff.

really heavy and thick feel that follows with some medium amount of carbonation.

nice stuff thats got some nice complex flavors. I'd like to cellar a few and see hoe the age. real nice

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NJ this past weekend…have had it a few times before but not in years. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my DFH tulip. Bottled on 08/11/11.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one and a half fingers of tan brown head and moderate carbonation evident. An inch of head stays throughout drinking it and no lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of wood/cedar, roasted malts, caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, burnt malts, light chocolate and vanilla, and some alcohol. Good, but alcohol is definitely there.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, wood, caramel malts, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, toasted and burnt malts, and light vanilla. Alcohol is pretty strong in the taste, moreso than the nose.

m - Full bodied beer and moderate carbonation. Some definite alcohol warmth.

o - Overall a good beer, but very strong. Lots of alcohol, especially in the taste. Not my favorite DFH heer, but not bad at all, and I'd be interested to see how this one ages over time. Would give it another shot.

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Photo of nhindian
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

Bottled on 11/11/09

A - Pours a dark dark, oak brown, almost essentially black. A creamy, mocha-colored, 1.5-fingered head slowly builds and lasts for a good amount of time. Lots of carbonation streaming up the side of the glass and leaving patches. Lacing is fantastic given the size of this beer, with an almost entire coating covering the edges.

S - On first sniff, I'm getting a ton of roast, nearly boardering on smokey, with a hefty amount of caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. Definitely getting the wood qualities from the Palo Santo tank. Some molasses and sticky tobacco. Quite complex and deep.

T - The flavors deliver a malt profile that is nearly unrivaled in a brown ale. The first time I had this was almost a year ago, and since then I've run the spectrum of different styles and breweries interpretation of them, and this still stands out as very unique and flavorful. There's a bit of soy or smoke, but it's mild and is quickly disposed as the wood and malts take over. Brown sugar, molasses, caramel for sure. Good amount of wood, and lots of vanilla. A slight alcohol heat comes across in the finish.

M - outhfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Full-bodied, smooth, and creamy, with a sweet aftertaste. Long lasting sweetness and roast.

D/O - Drinkability is high. I think this has held up pretty well both in the way it developed in the bottle and my expectations and memory of it. It's a bit sweeter than I remember, I'm not sure if it was like that the first time I had it or if the two years of age brought it out a bit. Still, insanely drinkable for 12%, a bit of alcohol heat but if anything, it's the sweetness that would be the limiting factor for this beer.

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,871 ratings
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