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: 5,927 |  Reviews: 2,133
Photo of iftcoach
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of ICTguy21
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: deep dark foreboding brown with tons of bubbles and a barely there tan head from a hard pour.

Smell: malts, chocolate and dark fruit make up a nice but subdued smell

Taste: nearly perfect, dark fruits and chocolate/maltiness assert themselves and vanilla makes an appearance as well. A unique woody taste faintly reminiscent of oak is also there.

Feel: smooth and creamy, medium carbonation

Overall: a smooth well balanced treat that hides it's alcohol like a champ, it's a rich, heavy brew. It is a bit higher priced but well worth trying!

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Photo of jwilcox767
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Jet black, not much opacity. Short lived head.
S: Heavy on the wood and tannins up front. Then alcohol and char/smoke come through.
T: Good, but maybe not in as much vanilla and leather as I'd like. All of the flavors are well blended and smooth. Taste varies a lot over the course of drinking and it warming up. Faint candied fruits, raisin, vanilla bean.
M: Moderate carbonation, a little biting, and good alcohol warmth.
O: Definitely an unusual flavor, but maybe not if you are familiar with palo santo wood. I would drink it again for sure, but I'm on the fence if I would buy it or not. Maybe just a single bottle.

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Photo of ALW42
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ledouge
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 88caprice
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

I tried this early in my beer journey and couldn't finish it. Revisiting it now was a good move. It's big, bold, and complex, and a bit of an acquired taste. Among Bruce Banner brown ales, this is clearly The Hulk (if it even is a brown ale).

Look: dark cola black. Cloudy. Tan head dissipated to a thin ring. Minimal lacing.
Smell: a layered aroma. First, musty barn, wood, leather. Then, metallic, alcohol, char, and smoke. Last, dried fruits, raisin, vanilla bean, bourbon, and fig newtons.
Taste: unusual flavor, presumably from the palo santo wood. Very good, but possibly acquired. Taste follows the smell and is very complex, layered. Changes with the temperature.
Feel: low to moderate carbonation. Smooth. A little chewy. A lingering alcohol warmth.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Riff
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a light brown head about a half finger thick that lingers for quite some time. Smell is caramel, vanilla, fresh split wood, and leather. Taste is caramel, toffee, wood, and vanilla most notably, a little raisin also showing through. Caramel becomes stronger as the beer warms. Medium heavy body, low carbonation, smooth. Little bit of alcohol. It's certainly good. Not sure if I'd pay that price again ($15/4pack) but not disappointed either.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a deep black stout or porter.Smells like alcohol,raisins,old car leather smell, vanilla,chocolate,faint strawberry? Tastes deep,dank,almost fruity. I can tell the difference between the aging wood.Feels smooth, a tad bit slick maybe, sufficient carbonation. Not sure why this is not considered a port or stout. I guess because it is an American Brown Ale on steroids. Very tasty. Would have again. REVISION : Taste = After quite a few occasions of sampling this brew the Paulo Santo wood seems cloyingly sweet, strange super sweet malt profile. Too much of a good thing? I don't know. This is the first review I have changed opinion on.Would not buy again. The 1 in the fridge goes to the first person who wants a beer.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmkapalka
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Forms a dark coffee-walnut brown body with a thin ring of 1/2 finger.

Aroma is not very strong, but has hints of wet wood and coffee. Some very light carafe.

Flavor is mostly blackberry coffee, then antiseptic, followed with wet wood, plum, and then a finish of vanilla and pepper. Flavor is pretty washed out over what I expected.

Feel is burning, carbonated, crisp, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall, a bit underwhelming, but I'm sure it will grow bigger with age. (It's good, just...the hype and price point...ya know)

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

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

Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 5,927 ratings